Yamagata Int. Documentary Film Festival/ 2

15 films take part in the international competition of the festival. There are (for Filmkommentaren readers) well known titles like Armadillo (Janus Metz), Nenette (Nicholas Philibert), Nostalgia for the Light (Patricio Guzman) and Position among the Stars (Leonard Helmrich) –  and films which have been visiting European festivals like The Woman with 5 Elephants (Vadim Jendreyko), The Collaborator and His Family (Ruthie Shatz and Adi Barash), and Day is Done (Thomas Imbach). And films from China, USA, Colombia, Portugal (a visual poem on Lisbon by Jon Jost filmed over 15 years!), Japan, Egypt, The Philippines and France.

For a European eye it is maybe more attractive to follow what happens in Asia – the festival has selected 24 works for the section ”New Asian Currents”, ”of sincere and high-spirited directors”.

The whole festival programme is not yet announced but other sections include ”New Docs Japan”, films from Cuba and ”Films about Yamagata”, which will probably have material from the earthquake and the power plant accident in March this year.

The festival has a film library as well as a documentation centre open to the audience, organises screenings and events the whole year around, in short, it is all quite impressive.


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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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