Moscow Film Diary/1

Very close to Copenhagen is Moscow and after a long drive from the airport through heavy Moscow traffic – always like that, the driver said – we landed at one of the ”seven sisters” hotels, Stalinistic architecture, impressive, totally renovated, the Hotel Ukraina. From there to the opening ceremony of the Moscow International Film Festival, where I am honoured to be in the documentary section jury, to stay here for ten days. The ceremony was focused on Russian film stars, youngsters asking for autographs and the celebration of international names like Geraldine Chaplin, a fresh and lively president of the jury, and John Malkovich, who received a life time award for his acting career.

The ceremony was conducted by Nikita Mihalkhov (Dark Eyes (with Marcello Mastroianni), Burnt by the Sun, Urga…), who with his stature outside in the sunshine welcomed us like a character in an American mafia film, and inside on the stage was a jovial and warm master of ceremony.

Greeted and had a drink with jury colleagues, directors Michael Apted and Alexander Gutman as well as the two men behind Free Thought, the documentary section within the festival, for the first time with a competition: Sergey Miroshnichenko and Grigory Libergal.

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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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