Viktor Kossakovsky: Gunda

Svetlana and Zoran Popovic, Magnificent7 directors:

A masterful film by one of the most important documentarians in the world. Premiered at the Berlin Festival and the New York Festival. The film that was made for the big cinema screen!

Gunda is a story told in images exclusively created in an extraordinary visual style. The black-and-white photography that evokes the best classical films woven into the series of magical scenes takes us into the world of beautiful, large and small entities in areas ruled by the rhythms of nature. Specially inspired by his own childhood memories, the author Viktor Kossakovsky recorded this visual poem with the idea of directing our attention to the irresistible beauty of beings that together with man make up the precious living world of our planet. Beings capable of making us infinitely happy, but that are often neglected and are suffering because of us and from us. A superb work of art, in the creation of which the celebrated Joaquin Phoenix, as an executive producer, helped with his commitment.

A great cinema holiday, a great visual praise of Nature!

Norway, USA 2020, 93 minutes. 

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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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