Life in Loops – on DVD

This is a pure commercial for one of the most important documentaries from the last years. Timo Novotny’s film has been shown all over the world, it has been awarded for its innovation of the genre, it is a vision of the world we live in, it has a brilliant mind blowing, I would almost call it, montage, it breaks down rules about the unity of place and time, it’s a film for people who love the city and the genre of city films that started with Ruttmann’s film on Berlin, it is about people, citizens of the world, poor people, people with dreams, people who are suffering but survive.

The reason to write about this two year old film, is simply that the film is now available in a dvd version with an excellent bonus material. A booklet with a text from the director, clips from the first concerts by sofa surfers and Novotny to images, Novotny’s own explanation of principles and structure and a real gift – a conversation over 80 minutes between Michael Glawogger and Timo Novotny to the images of the film. Here is an edited intro of what the festival cph:dox wrote about the film:

‘Life in Loops’ is a remix of the award-winning Austrian 1997 documentary ‘Megacities’… where Michael Glawogger depicts the chaos of the world’s metropoles. Novotny complements 30% of material taken straight from the film (and re-edited) with 70 % as yet unseen footage in which he blends original shots unused by Glawogger with his own sequences (shot by Megacities cameraman Wolfgang Thaler) from Tokyo. ‘Life in Loops’ is an alternative interpretation of Glawogger’s footage. Using a loop to depict life in a big city, Novotny takes the viewer to strange, dark and otherwise impenetrable parts of Mexico City, New York, Moscow, Mumbai and Tokyo and presents a cast of characters…

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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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