Wojciech Staron in New York

“It has a story, a point of view, a humanistic approach and a director, who is also the cameraman and who has the skills to catch magical moments as they happen in life. A decade ago the director made ”Siberian Lesson” and now he goes to Argentina with (his family) the same teacher and her two kids…”

A text quote from the review I made in May 2011 about ”The Argentinian Lesson”, one of the most beautiful documentaries from the last years.

Now the two films (from Siberia and Argentina) have been released as one entitled ”Two Lessons”, in New York in the cinema founded by Albert Maysles. This deserves a big BRAVO and links to reviews from the US, including one very well written from New York Times. The question that comes to my mind is simple – why don’t we/you do the same in other cities and festivals?

The credit list of ”Two Lessons”:

Directed by Wojciech Staron; director of photography, Mr. Staron; edited by Zbigniew Osinski; produced by Malgorzata (Malgosia) Staron; released by Non-Fiction Cinema Releasing. At the Maysles Cinema, 343 Malcolm X Boulevard, between 127th and 128th Streets, Harlem. In Polish and Spanish, with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 54 minutes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/16/movies/wojciech-starons-family-stars-in-two-lessons.html

http://www.popmatters.com/review/177509-two-lessons-polish-filmmaker-wojciech-staros-gorgeous-reflections/

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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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