Mads Brügger: The Ambassador

Filmkommentaren was invited to look at the new feature length documentary by Danish Mads Brügger (selected for the upcoming idfa festival competition in Amsterdam) and watched the film together with students at the documentary film school Zelig in Bolzano, Italy. Here follows a collective review based on the spontaneous reactions from the 10 directing students, in their own language:

Una follia totale – Tiziana Poli

Völlig unglaublich (fast unmöglich) – Juri Mazumbar

Too horrible to be true – Alexandra Kaufmann

скандальный (shocking)
потрясающий (incredible)
очень смешной (hilarious) – Vasili Vikhliaev

La musica rende il film ancora piu ironico, brillante, intelligente – Irene Ammaturo

Von lächerlich bis sehr tiefgreifend – Lisa Wimmer

Osé (Daring) – Victoria Chan

Et rått og tankevekkende møte med business og diplomati i CAR – Ane Helga Lykka

Nehmt die Sonnebrillen runter und öffnet die Augen für die versteckten Machenschafter von Botschaftern! – Stefan Pircher

Ist sowas überhaupt legal? – Benjamin Thum

A voir absolument – Julie Fawel (guest)

Cocktail af fin journalistik, komedie og dårlig smag – Tue Steen Müller (teacher)

The film opens today in 50 cinemas in Denmark. About the film, read below.

Denmark, 2011, 93 mins.ügger-takes-his-Ambassador-to-IDFA.aspx

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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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