St. Petersburg Syndrome

The famous Stendhal syndrome is normally (due to the French author, of course) connected to Florence. For me it happened (again) in St. Petersburg. Several days of intensive driving around in the city with the consequent beauty bombardement of the eyes (the architecture, the open space, the canals etc.) on the islands, along the embarkments, on Kronstadt, in the museums, made me ask the one and only to help me sit down in the airport just before departure. The symptom: dizziness.

Oh, to visit the Russian Museum and discover Ilya Mashkov and Valentin Serov (painting: Children, 1899) in addition to the well known Malevich and Repin – and do go to the two year old museum Erarta on Vasilyevsky Island, the biggest non-governmental museum with contemporary Russian art. A very pleasant museum it is, wonderful work it has, take a look at the work of Elena Figurina’s children motives, just one artist to study, link below.

Poetic images as the ones Tarkovski talks about or as Kossakovsky gives us in his Vivan las Antipodas.

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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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