Thierry Garrel – stops at/farvel til arte

Thierry Garrel, who has been head of Arte France’s documentary department, has quit the channel after 21 years. He is taking up a job in a multi media project.

I have interviewed and discussed the state of the (documentary) art with Garrel several times and will not hesitate to call him one of the most inspirational figures in European documentary. Always burning for the quality, going for the auteur and not the main stream television. I have no idea why he has taken this decision but would very well understand if he quits because of a new arte policy that leaves far too little attention to the creative documentary. His prestigious slot Grand Format that used to be placed at prime time monday has been given far too little ressources in the last years, and is now broadcast with a lot of reruns close to midnight.

Til vore DANSKE læsere – her er et citat fra et interview med Garrel i DFI’s blad FILM:

“Dokumentaristens væsentligste opgave i dag er at genopdage og forsone os med vor egen menneskelighed. Efter det monstrøse 20. århundrede som markerede afslutningen på humanismen og faldet af utopiske tanker og idealer, er dette møde med den anden det vigtigste. Der skal skabes en forståelse og en refleksion på baggrund af en humanisme med en kritisk dimension. Det er derfor utroligt vigtigt at opfinde nye måder at beskrive den nutidige og fremtidige verden på.”

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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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