Magnificent7 Summer Edition 2012

On the 9th, 10th and 11th of July the Belgrade feature documentary film festival Magnificent7 organises a high quality programme of music documentary films. This is how it is announced on the website:

”“The Magnificent Seven” at BELEF is an exclusive summer edition of the modern theatrical documentary anthology as a special festival’s presentation within Belgrade summer art festival BELEF 2012 – THE FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS. The festival’s program is always made up of contrasting creations, without limitations regarding theme and style, where only high artistic criteria plays a role. But for “The Magnificent Seven” at BELEF we have created a selection framework – films that in different ways deal with the phenomenon of music. Music documentary is one of the most evolved forms of documentary filmmaking and some of the greatest film directors like Wim Wenders and Martin Scorsese have given their contribution to this genre. Our intent is to present those films which explore the complicated role music plays in our individual and collective life from a sociological, psychological, and anthropological standpoint, films which in surprising manner confirm the exquisite importance of music in contemporary and traditional culture.

Before each projection begins the audience will be given details about the film, it’s topic and the authors. There will be no entrance fee for any of the programs.

Among the films are neo-classics like “Saudade do Futuro” (2000) by Marie-Clémence and César Paës and “Lagrimas Negras” (1998, PHOTO) by Sonia Herman Dolz, the latter that for this blogger is a much better artistic film about Cuban music than the one of Wim Wenders. Also to be screened are the two Dutch “The Sound of Bandoneon” (Jiska Rikels, 2011) and “About Canto” (Ramón Gieling, 2011).

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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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