Message to Man St. Petersburg

There are 11 feature length documentaries in the international competition of the Message to Man festival that takes place September 22-29. There are well known festival hits and winners like ”Bad Weather” (Giovanni Giommi), ”The Collaborator and His Family” (Adi Barash and Ruthie Shatz), ”Planet of Snails” (Seung-Jun Yi) and ”Bakhmaro” (Salome Jashi), but also a bordercrossing (between fiction and documentary) film like ”Summer of Giacomo” by Italian Alessandro Comodin. And this film blogger, who was in the jury of the festival two years ago, looks forward to watch Jerome Lemaire’s documentary from Marocco, ”Tea or Electricity”, as well as ”Miner’s Hymns” by Bill Morrison and Antoine Cattin/Pavel Kostomarov ”Playback”.

The festival includes several sections with short films, animation/fiction/documentary and has a national documentary competition, ”Gateway to Russia”, 23 films, long and short. Sergey Miroshnichenko presents his much awaited ”Born in the USSR: 28 UP”, built on the concept that was introduced by Michael Apted with ”7 UP”. The audience will also have the chance to watch talented Sergey Kachin’s ”On the Way Home”.

The festival has special programmes that are intriguing, like a chance to see films by the pioneer Vladislav Starevich, a section called ”nuclear propaganda” and a true film historical focus, the Oberhausen manifest that was made 50 years ago:

“The old film is dead. We believe in the new one.” On 28 February 1962, at the 8th West German Short Film Festival in Oberhausen, 26 West German filmmakers proclaimed the Oberhausen Manifesto. This moment marked a milestone in the development of German cinema – never before, and never again, would a break with existing production conditions be demanded, and induced, with such vehemence. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Oberhausen Manifesto, the project “Provoking Reality – 50 Years of the Oberhausen Manifesto” provides a concrete basis for addressing this proclamation and related 1960s movements aiming at cinematic, cultural and political renewal in Germany.

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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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