Kvatashidze: See You in Chechnya

Wonderful to bring good news to the table. In this case about a project that has been developed for some years – I have had the pleasure to meet it in a couple of times in workshops, first time at the Baltic Sea Forum in 2011, where I wrote the following: ”Georgian Alex Kvatashidze (who) showed amazing material shot by war reporters, and interviews with some of them reflecting the personal consequences of the profession.” Kvatashidze has formulated his log line like this: ”If you go to War, the War will come Home with you”

The good news is that the project has obtained considerable support at the Locarno festival. I quote from FilmNewEurope: ”Alexander Kvatashidze’s Georgian/French/Estonian/Netherlands war documentary ”See you in Chechnya” (Lokokina Studio, Exitfilm, Estonia) has taken top honors in the Locarno IFF industry event Open Doors, winning its production award of 20,000 CHF (16,162 EUR). ”See you in Chechnya” also took the ARTE Open Doors prize of 6,000 EUR, while Georgia’s Sleeping lessons by Rusudan Pirvelli won the 7,000 EUR CNC (Centre National du cinéma et de l’image animée) prize.”

Happy for the director and the project, and for the project being co-produced with experienced Estonian company Exit Film. So premiere will be..


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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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