Miff stands for Moscow International Film Festival that started its 34th edition last night, again with a strong documentary element. For the second year the MIFF has a documentary competition programme with 7 films plus a section with 18 long and shorter documentaries, most of them known for festival goers, including this traveller, who on that background can only praise the selection for its high quality.

In the competition programme you find Danish ”The Ambassador” (photo) by Mads Brügger, ”Searching for Sugarman” by Malik Bendjelloul, Swedish production directed by a first time feature director, ”Colors of Math” by Russian Ekaterina Eremenko with Pavel Kostomarov on camera, and the fascinating Czech ”Theatre Svoboda” about legendary stage designer Josef Svoboda, directed by Jakub Hejna.

In the ”Free Thought” programme of 18 films there are great films like ”Argentinean Lesson” by Polish Staron, Scorcese’s George Harrison-film, ”5 Broken Cameras”, ”Give Up Tomorrow”, ”Planet of Snail” and ”Vivan las Antipodas”.


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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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