Katrine Borre: Mette’s Voice

“Mette’s Voice” is reviewed below by Allan Berg, who praises the film. The film is available in an English subtitled version and could definitely be interesting for festival selectors. Here is the synopsis: Denmark is supposed to be a country of happy people. It is also ranking no. 2 in the world as consumer of psychopharmaca, and one out of ten Danes takes Prozac on a regular basis.

Mette is 43 years and a trained nurse. She has been a psychiatric patient for the past 15 years. She has been hearing voices since she was 8.Diagnosis: Paranoid Schizophrenia. Treatment: Vast amounts of medicine, 150 electro-shock treatments and disablility living allowance.

To psychiatrists, Mette represents one of the most complex patient groups. She is stigmatized and surrounded by prejudice. This film tracks Mette’s life and her ups and downs during four years. She is finally getting along and achieves some of her greatest goals.

A warm and thought provoking film about mastering your own life. About growing yourself and encountering life’s trauma – despite diagnoses. About never bereaving other people of their hopes.

The film takes Mette’s perspective. It has become a strong manifest in very

emotional discussion in Denmark on traditional and one-sided focus on medical treatment of mental diseases.

Director  & Producer: Katrine Borre – born in Aarhus 26 July 1960.

Katrine Borre has worked as an independent freelance documentary director in collaboration with a number of production companies since 1985. DR-TV, The National Danish Film Institute and Swedish TV are some of the distributors to buy Katrine’s productions.

April 2012 Katrine started her own production company, Cowgirls For Real, and Mette’s Voice is the first production to appear from this company.

Most often, Katrine Borre works on her own with her camera. She prefers to integrate with prejudiced people or environments. She strives to present counter-images or to look at important issues from new angles. Her stories will always start with individual human beings. Themes are often love, dreams and longings. Her genre is ‘poetic realism’.

In her own life, Katrine is a devoted jazz singer.

www.filmkontoret.dk/FILMKONTOR-Cowgirls-for-real.html

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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