The Flaherty and The Doker

… New York and Moscow. Strong promotion of the creative documentary takes place these days in the two cities. Or should we call it the cinema d’auteur?

Anyway, no-one would object to put that characterisation on French Nicolas Philibert, who on monday visits Anthology Film Archives in NY to present his film ”Qui Sait? (Who Knows?) that is from 1998. He is there due to the Flaherty NYC series ”The Infinite Child”. Behind it all stands the director of Flaherty, Danish Anita Reher. A description of the rather unknown film by Philibert you will find at the end of this post.

At the same time, with screenings yesterday, today and tomorrow, the Doker Moscow International Documentary Film Festival, that actually took place in May this year, shows and presents the winners of the festival after a crowdfunding campaign to be able to bring over some of the directors. The winner was the Chinese documentary by Ye Zuyi, ”The Gleaners”, best director was Maciej Glowinski with ”Fish’R’Us” and best cinematography went to the film ”The Silence of the Flies” by Eliezer Arias from Venezuela. Behind it all stands Irina Shatilova and colleagues, all filmmakers fighting to get documentaries to the audience. More about the festival and its films, use the link below.

The film of Philibert: WHO KNOWS?, is set in a military hut where, one winter’s night, a group of fifteen students at the Strasbourg National Theatre assemble to fine-tune a show on that city that they developed at the bidding of the director. Over the course of many hours, they talk, argue, sing, teeter on the brink of exhaustion.

Still from Qui Sait? (Who Knows?) Credit: Dunn Méas.

http://flahertyseminar.org/dont-fall-head/

http://www.midff.com/#!home/mainPage

http://illuzion-cinema.ru/международный-фестиваль-документаль/

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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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