Peter Kerekes: Doc on Cosmonauts

”Cooking History” by Slovak director and producer Peter Kerekes (photo) has been praised on and Kerekes is again on the hunt for funders of his new film project on astronauts that he presented while participating in European Film Promotion’s Producers On the Move at Cannes. Taken from the always updated and well edited IDF site is this text:
“At the pitching forum I was among the last ones and I didn’t want to cloy tired listeners with figures and percentages, so I started telling jokes about cosmonauts,” he told FNE. He woke up the audience, and suddenly Cosmonauts, which was to be mentioned at the end of his presentation about (another project) Things, became topic number one.

Kerekes’ latest film Cooking History won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Doc in Toronto and honourable mention at the Planete Doc Review in Warsaw. “We experienced coming in second – and it is similar to being the second one in the selection for a cosmonaut,” Kerekes said, describing the source of the idea that led to the new project. The film will explore human stories of second-place cosmonauts from the USA, former USSR, Israel, and post-communist countries…

Cosmonauts is currently in development. The treatment is due by September 2009, with a script by autumn 2010, and shooting in 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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