ZagrebDox 2013

… is running until March 3rd with a fine programme put together by the founder and director of the festival, now in its ninth edition, Nenad Puhovski.

The international competition includes strong films like ”Elena” by Petra Costa, ”Chasing Ice” by Jeff Orlowski, ”Bengali Detective” by Phil Cox, ”Private Universe” by Helena Trestikova, ”The Act of Killing” by Joshua Oppenheimer and ”The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear” by Tinatin Gurchiani. 19 films all together will be watched by the international jury, and there is a great variety to find also in geography. Just look at the films mentioned, they come from Brazil, USA, UK, Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia.

24 films compete in the regional competition, most of them new to me, but notice ”Dragan Wende” by Lena Müller and Dragan von Petrovic as well as the wonderful ”Summer of Giacomo” by Italian Alessandro Comodin.

And then the Croatian audience and the festival guests are offered 8 of Viktor Kossakovsky’s documentaries as well as a Scottish Documentary Institute Retrospective with ”I am Breathing” by Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon, ”Cutting Loose” by Finlay Pretsell and Adrian McDowall and ”Pablo’s Winter” (photo) by Chico Pereira. These are all films that travel to many festivals, but what is (also) interesting about the programme in Zagreb is the short videos that the Institiute, under the leadership of Noë Mendelle, has produced during training sessions in Libya and Morocco.

If you are in Zagreb there is film and fun for you to night according to the website: A Scottish Documentary Institute Retrospective, curated by Finlay Pretsell, is one of the official programmes of this year’s ZagrebDox. After the film part,  today at 8pm, Festival Centre, we will raise our glasses to the magnificent Scottish documentaries and their authors with a bagpipe player and some whisky. PS. I know Pretsell very well, and he knows about whisky!

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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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