Wie Ich bin (How I Am)

It is one of those films that you hesitate to watch because you think that you have seen them all. So many films have been made about autistic children, young people and grown-ups. Even Dustin Hoffmann personified a grown up autist in “Rainman”.

And yet this one is different as a first person narrated documentary where we never hear the young Patrick say anything – but through a text integrated into the image we watch what he thinks and is able to formulate via a computer. He defines his own situation, he actually interprets it better than we could have done. At the same time we watch his beautiful open face and his melancholic glance into the camera as if he was wondering why this happened to him. A clever observer of the world and a young man who is able to communicate.

“The written speech is important for me because then I am not so lonely”, is one of his lines, a very concrete one, where many of the others are pure poetry.

Patrick not only observes, he is also trying to take part and it hurts to see how he sometimes stumbles around bewildered and locked into his own world – “please no pity but sympathy”, he writes on the film image in this very well crafted film school diploma work from Zelig in Bolzano.

Wie Ich bin. By Ingrid Demets, Caroline Leitner and Daniel Mazza. 48 mins. 2007 www.zeligfilm.it / http://www.zeligfilm.it/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=257&Itemid=104

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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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