More Sugar Man (this is what they call the film in France), where  a twitter on Le Blog Documentaire calls it a ”véritable scandale du cinema” that the film is released in only 3 ”salles”!

On the same Blog there is a fine, long analysis of the narrative structure chosen by its director Malik Bendjelloul, written by Benjamin Genissel. You should read it all, but here are two quotes for our French readers:

…Pendant 45 minutes donc, on entend parler de cet homme et on finit par se demander : Mais existe t-il vraiment ? Quand vais-je moi aussi le rencontrer ? Faire sa connaissance ? La curiosité monte, monte, ne cesse de monter. Comme le suspense selon Hitchcock. Le spectateur salive d’envie, de désir : Mais qui est donc cet homme?…

… Et ce qui est vraiment réussi dans Sugar man, c’est que notre attente de spectateur ne s’avère nullement déçue. 45 minutes environ à faire grimper en nous le thermomètre de la curiosité et du désir, toute une construction qui offre une stature incroyable à cet excellent chanteur injustement méconnu, à nous faire sentir à quel point son parcours est hors du commun pour un artiste d’un aussi grand talent, avec le risque que ça finisse en dégringolade… Et non…

Le Blog Documentaire is an excellent web-magazine on documentaries, check it out, if you can read French.

http://cinemadocumentaire.wordpress.com/

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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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