Sergey Dvortsevoy in Nyon

If you happen to be around Nyon in Switzerland on tuesday April 28, you should go and meet one of the few real stars in documentary cinema, Russian director Sergey Dvortsevoy. He has been invited to Visions du Réel and a retrospective is being done in his honour. If you dont happen to be at the festival in Nyon, try otherwise to get hold of the films of Dvortsevoy: Paradise (25 mins), Bread Day (55 mins), Highway (57 mins), In the Dark (41 mins), Tulpan (fiction) (100 mins.). Or start by watching the director in small interviews on the sites mentioned below.

”You have to put all your energy into the filmmaking. You have to choose, to wait and to catch”, Dvortsevoy says in the Nyon-interview, and those who have seen Paradise about the Nomad family in Kazakhstan will remember the little boy who is eating, or the cow that has its head stuck in a churn, or the woman who is combing her hair – or the blind man in In the Dark who just sits there talking to his cat from his sofa – or the women pushing the train wagon in the snow in Bread Day. Magic moments given to us by a director with a minimalistic film language, always shooting on film, made with a big heart for people, and normally on small budgets!

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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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