Pirjo Honkasalo: My 10 best

Idfa – International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam – asks every year a prominent director to choose her/his 10 Best Film list, whihc are then screened at the festival. This year the director is Finnish Pirjo Honkasalo and her list goes like this:

The Earth, Aleksandr Dovzhenko (Russia, 1930)
The Mad Masters, Jean Rouch (France, 1955)
The Earth Trembles, Luchino Visconti (Italy, 1957)
Close-Up, Abbas Kiarostami (Iran, 1990)
Kyoto, My Mother’s Place, Nagisa Oshima (Japan, 1991)
Quince Tree of the Sun, Victor Erice (Spain, 1992)
Brass Unbound, Johan van der Keuken (Netherlands, 1993)
Tell Me What You Saw, Kiti Luostarinen (Finland, 1993)
The Smiling Man, Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann (Germany, 1996)
Blockade, Sergei Loznitsa (Russia, 2005)

Bravo is my warm greeting to the director (who will have a retrospective of her own list of masterpieces like “Tanjuska and 7 Devils” and “Three Rooms of Melancholia” (photo)), who has no English language film on the list contrary to what most critics and filmmakers, because of ignorance, normally include. I am looking forward to re-visit Luchino Visconti and Congo-Müller, the protagonist of “The Smiling Man”, not to mention the fabulous film of Victor Erice. The festival takes place November 17-28.


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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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