Moscow IFF Documentaries

The documentary film competition at the Moscow International Film Festival (June 22-29) includes 6 films:

”A Hellish Chaos” by Sergey Debizhev, that refers to ” the 100th Anniversary of the revolution in Russia. Film researches the reasons of the “Russian revolution”, First World War, external and internal conspiracies, which led to the collapse of the monarchy and traditional world order. Narration is build of quotes, memoirs and inferences of eyewitnesses. The facts are told based on the views of the authors of the film…” Curious to see how this historical period in interpreted by Russians of today.

”Devil’s Freedom” by Mexican Everado Gonzalez, is an investigation into ”the phenomenon of violence (that) has emerged

as a tragic feature of the country’s life and subconscious”, the Japanese/American ”The Departure” by Lana Wilson, ” A punk-rocker-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live”, Russian Ulia Bobkova’s portrait of Oleg Karavaichuk, ”eccentric musical genius and famous St. Petersburg composer”, a man I have heard so much about when in the city, title ”The Last Waltz”, French Jean-Stéphane Bron’s ”The Paris Opéra”…

and two films I saw at the Krakow Film Festival, Chilean Lisette Orozco with her ”Adriana’s Pact” (Photo), winner in the Polish festival, well-deserved because of its strong family story, and Swiss Jacqueline Zünd’s aesthetically strong ”Almost There” about three old men = males.

As usual the festival also has a panorama section called ”Free Thought”, where you find Raoul Peck’s masterpiece I am not your Negro, Laura Poitras controversial Assange-film ”Risk” and late Michael Glawogger and Monika Wille’s Untitled”.


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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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