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Magnificent7 Belgrade

Written 25-03-2019 12:19:13 by Tue Steen Mller

Magnificent7 Belgrade

So there it is, the program of the 15th edition of the European Feature Documentary Film Festival that takes place from April 9 to April 15 in the Kombank Hall cinema in the centre of the capital of Serbia. As usual I will be there to join my dear friends and co-selectors, the festival directors Svetlana and Zoran Popovic, at the festival that I always talk about as ”7 films, 7 days and 14 restaurants”, the latter referring to the fact that the organisers know how to treat their filmmaker guests as Kings and Queens!

Here you have the list of the films to be screened:

Honeyland, North Macedonia, 2019 – Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov

Bridges of Time, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, 2018 – Kristine Briede & Audrius Stonys

What Walaa Wants, Denmark, Canada, 2018 – Christy Garland

I Had a Dream, Italy, France, 2018 – Claudia Tosi

Buddy, The Netherlands, 2018 – Heddy Honigmann

Gods of Molenbeek, Finland, Belgium, Germany, 2019 – Reetta Huhtanen

The Earth, Austria, 2019 – Nikolaus Geyerhalter

And the list of guests, who will be there at the screenings and take part in the Q&A after, as well as the workshop the day after.

  Atanas Georgiev, producer and editor of the film HONEYLAND

  Samir Ljuma, cinematographer of the film HONEYLAND

  Kristīne Briede, co-director of the film BRIDGES OF TIME

  Audrius Stonys, co-director of the film BRIDGES OF TIME

  Uldis Cekulis, producer of the film BRIDGES OF TIME

  Anne Köhncke, producer of the film WHAT WALAA WANTS

  Claudia Tosi, director of the film I HAD A DREAM

  Monique Lesterhuis, researcher of the film BUDDY

  Reetta Huhtanen, director of the film GODS OF MOLENBEEK

http://www.magnificent7festival.org/en/index.php


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DocuDays New Ukrainian Documentaries

Written 25-03-2019 09:12:05 by Tue Steen Mller

DocuDays New Ukrainian Documentaries

During the next year(s) you will see several Ukrainian documentaries at international festivals. It’s moving in the right direction for the country’s filmmakers, who want to express themselves in this film genre. There are – although limited from a Western European perspective – funds like the Ukrainian State Film Agency and the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation to go to, and there is the DocuDays festival that is instrumental for connecting the country’s documentary makers with producers, festival representatives, sales agents and distributors, not to forget producers and directors from all over, actually. They come here to meet local filmmakers, listen to presentations/pitches, watch material and eventually help. Darya Bassel and Viktoria Khomenko who take care of the Industry Section of the festival make the guests work! Yesterday I heard from one of the guests, Mélanie de Vocht from the IDFA Bertha Fund, that she was signed up for more than 30 meetings, in the few days she is here!

I was invited to moderate the new invention of the festival, „Ukrainian Doc Preview“, where seven films close to final cut, or already there, were



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DocuDays 2019 Opening

Written 23-03-2019 08:08:00 by Tue Steen Mller

DocuDays 2019 Opening

Of course, sadly, the opening of the DocuDays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival could only start with the yearly declaration of solidarity with filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and the other Ukrainians held in Russian prisons.

But there was also an audiovisual live project performed by musician Stanislav Ivashchenko in collaboration with Laser Studio: "750 litres of water, lasers, led lights and only one person, whose every beat is synchronised with its own element and its own sound". A lot for the eye and for the ear followed by lots of clip presentations of the sections in the festival, a speech from a representative from the Swedish Embassy - as Sweden again is the main supporter of the festival and its focus on human rights and this year the focus on what the digital world we live in come up with of challenges.

Therefore it was natural that the opening film was the Dutch (director Hans Pool) "Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World" with a group of journalistic activists, who investigate cases as the MH17 incident where an Ukrainian flight was shot down in the Eastern part of the country. It was interesting to follow how they work - in a film that was more of a reportage than a creative documentary. Fair enough, here you can say that "content is King".

The festival has started, more will follow from the festival in Kiev that runs until March 30.

www.docudays.ua


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Les Films du Balibari is a Winner

Written 22-03-2019 10:35:34 by Tue Steen Mller

Les Films du Balibari is a Winner

… we cover far too little the French documentary situation. I don’t go to Cinéma du Réel any longer and Sunny Side of the Docs is also clashing with other events. And I am not 27 any longer…

But I meet filmmakers here and there and FB is one of the sources to give information. Yesterday I saw this which deserves to be passed on:

« Le jury a récompensé au titre du Producteur français de télévision 2019 dans la catégorie Documentaire, la société LES FILMS DU BALIBARI (Estelle Robin-You, Clara Vuillermoz), en soulignant la qualité et la modernité de la démarche de production allant du local à l’international, l’engagement des productrices dans les combats collectifs autour du documentaire, et leur ouverture au monde (notamment l’Afrique) dans une vision à 360° du métier. En 2018, la société a notamment produit « Debouttes » de Maxime Faure (France 2, SRC), « Libres » de Arno Bitschy (Arte, YLE, Lyon Capitale TV). »

Happy for Estelle and Clara, here is a qoute about the company from their website:



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Lina Alabed: Ibrahim

Written 21-03-2019 21:29:46 by Tue Steen Mller

Lina Alabed: Ibrahim

I det kæmpeprogram som CPH:DOX præsenterer netop nu, er denne film én, som fortjener et ekstra skub frem: den skal I se, I der er interesseret i den mellemøstlige historie, i Palæstina, i forholdet mellem Arafat og Abu Nidal Organisationen, i Livet – som festivalkataloget giver den som tema – som det har formet sig for instruktøren Lina Alabed og hendes familie siden faren, den politisk aktive Ibrahim forsvandt i slutningen af firserne.

Jeg mødte Lina Alabed i Damaskus under DoxBox festivalen, der løb i fire år inden revolutionen, hun var ved at afslutte sin film ”The First Kiss”, men allerede da havde hun planlagt at ville lave en film om sin forsvundne far. Hun ville finde ud af, hvad der skete, hvorfor han forsvandt.

Den er der så nu, filmen bærer hans navn, den er personlig, den følger instruktøren på en rejse i nutiden, hvor hun møder sin mor, en søster og dennes datter, en bror og dennes søn, onkler og tanter – det er en stor familie, en desværre typisk palæstinensisk familie spredt ud i det mellemøstlige og ikke kun her. Moren bor stadig i Damaskus, Lina Alabed i Beirut, søsteren (var det) i Cairo eller Amman, broren i Tyskland osv. osv. Hvad skete der, blev faren dræbt, af sine egne i Abu Nidal organisationen, eller var han spion, var han agent for CIA… Lina Alabed spørger og spørger familiens medlemmer, i deres hjem, i deres køkkener i en stemning, som er præget af intimitet, du føler dig virkeligt ”hjemme hos”, når Alabed sidder i sofaen og spørger, hvad husker du?

Denne hjemlige atmosfære står i modsætning til, hvad der formentlig er sket: faren blev henrettet. Hvorfor?

Og Palæstina… det bedste ved det, siger broren i Tyskland er hummus og falafel, jeg tabte alt for det politiske, da Arafat og Rabin gav hinanden hånden, jeg syntes de forrådte alt, hvad min far stod for. Men hvad er dit hjemland, spørger tante Lina brorens søn: Palæstina, siger han.

Filmen slutter smukt i den palæstinensiske landsby Deir Abu Meshaad, hvor faren voksede op og hvor datteren rør ved oliventræerne.  

Libanon, 2019, 75 mins.

Premiere i Dagmar, 23.3, klokken 19.15

www.cphdox.dk


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Pernille Rose Grnkjr: Hunting for Hedonia

Written 21-03-2019 15:33:38 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Pernille Rose Grnkjr: Hunting for Hedonia

Filmen vises under CPH:DOX festivalen 22. marts 17:00 i Bremen Teater og i UNDERVÆRKET i RANDERS samme dag 17:30, endvidere 23. marts 20:00 i Kulturstationen Vanløse, i Cinemateket 24. marts 12:00 og i Grand Teatret 31. marts 14:15.

https://cphdox.dk/en/programme/film/?id=888

https://cphdox.dk/program/film/?id=888

SYNOPSIS

Hunting for Hedonia. Bor lykken i hjernen? Og kan man kurere depression med elektroder? Dansk film om hjernens mysterier stiller de store spørgsmål. Hjernen er et af den moderne medicins helt store mysterier. Vi ved mere om, hvad vi ikke ved, når det kommer til dette komplekse organ. Vor viden om hjernen er imidlertid i stor vækst - og det samme er både psykiatrien og medicinalindustrien. Vi nærmer vi os (måske!) endda et punkt, hvor vi ikke blot kan kurere depressioner, men ligefrem øge lykken og måske endda forbedre vores hjerner gennem teknologien. Spørgsmålet er, om vi skal gøre det, bare fordi vi kan? Og hvem bestemmer, hvad der er normalt? Den såkaldte Deep Brain Stimulation blev først udviklet helt tilbage i 1960'erne, men blev siden frosset ud i et stadig mere politiseret forskningsmiljø. Nu er den tilbage, og i mellemtiden har teknologien indhentet visionerne. Pernille Roses film med manus af videnskabsjournalisten Lone Frank ser på udviklingen og stiller de store spørgsmål - og lader de skarpeste hjerner svare på dem. En på alle måder tankevækkende film. (CPH:DOX PROGRAM)

Hunting for Hedonia. Does happiness live in the brain? And can depression be cured with electrodes? A Danish film about the mysteries of the brain asks the big questions. The brain is one of the great mysteries of modern medicine. We know more about what we don't know when it comes to our most complex organ. Our knowledge of the brain, however, is growing fast and so are the fields of psychiatry and pharmaceuticals. And now we are (maybe!) approaching a point where we can not only cure depressions, but can actually increase happiness and maybe even improve our brains through technology. The question is whether we should do something, just because we can? And who decides what is normal? The so-called Deep Brain Stimulation was first developed back in the 1960s, but has since been left in the cold by an increasingly politicised research environment. Now, it is back, and in the meantime technology has caught up with the visions. Pernille Rose's film with a screenplay by the science journalist Lone Frank looks at this development and asks the big questions - and lets the brightest minds answer them. A thought-provoking film, in every sense of the word. (CPH:DOX programme)


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Sidse Torstholm Larsen, Sturla Pilskog: Hbets

Written 21-03-2019 12:12:11 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Sidse Torstholm Larsen, Sturla Pilskog: Hbets

En ung kvinde får ordet, forstår jeg, i en samtalekreds for alkoholikere som ikke drikker. Hun er smuk, fotograferingen er smuk, det hun siger er smukt at lytte til, dette vidunderligt langsomme sprog, som i underteksterne burde være oversat omhyggeligt litterært filmen igennem (jeg så på Randers bibliotek en engelsk version med undertekster, som gjorde mig skeptisk), men scenen er smuk, Henrik Bohn Ipsen har fotograferet, jeg kan ikke rose ham nok, alene i sin cinematografi har han lagt grunden til endnu en klassisk bysymfoni her om Maniitsoq i Grønland.

Med fotografiet til denne film og tidligere kameraarbejde som til Inuk Silis Høeghs Sume, 2014 og Lene Stæhrs Eskimo Diva, 2015 uddyber Bohn Ipsen det dokumentarisk filmfotografiske og danske blik på det almindelige liv i Grønland i linje efter fotograferne Jette Bang, Jørgen Roos og Teit Jørgensen.

Kvinden i samtalekredsen er på vej ud af alkoholens lås og jeg følger hende opmærksomt for karakterudviklingen af hende er tydeligst blandt de tre som medvirker filmen igennem. Hendes spontant fascinerende nærvær og Bohn Ipsens lydefri sikre kamera og opmærksomme blik på alt i og uden for billedet, dette filmfotografi er alene denne vigtige film værd. (Henrik Bohn Ipsen har i Nicole N. Horanyi: En fremmed flytter ind, 2017 fotograferet en fuldstændig lignende scene som jeg oplever med samme følelsesindhold. Det bevægede mig mærkeligt forleden aften i bibliotekets sal).

 



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Eva Mulvad: Kirsebreventyret

Written 21-03-2019 11:33:31 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Eva Mulvad: Kirsebreventyret

Filmen har under CBH:DOX festivalen premiere i dag 21. marts 19:00 i Grand Teatret. Den vises på Charlottenborg 27. marts 17:30 og i Dagmar 31. marts 16:30.

https://cphdox.dk/program/film/?id=983

SYNOPSIS

Kirsebæreventyret. Tre danske entreprenører kaster sig ud i at lave kirsebærvin på Lolland. Et eventyr om at tage springet fra hobby til risky business. Da Harald Krabbe arver en herregård på Lolland, har han lyst til at prøve noget nyt. Og nogle gange skal man bare møde de rigtige mennesker på det rigtige tidspunkt. Den nordiske bølge ruller, mad og vin af lokale råvarer er in. Og med vinkenderen Morten og chefkokken Jan kaster Harald sig ud i at lave vin af kirsebærrene fra sin egen lund. En hobby og passion, der hurtigt vokser til en ambitiøs forretning for de tre eventyrere. Selv Dronningen kigger forbi vingården. Men eventyret møder også sine udfordringer i takt med at ambitionsniveauet og presset stiger. Millioner af kroner er på spil, og venskabet mellem de tre er ikke uden uenigheder. Og så er vinverdenen ikke for amatører. Snobberi og hierarkier dominerer, men der er også nye muligheder i at markedsføre sig som et alternativ til netop de etablerede producenter i Frankrig. Det største marked - og den største satsning - er imidlertid mod øst i Kina. Eva Mulvad har fulgt de tre venner over tre års op- og nedture i en film om at satse alt på en god idé. (CPH:DOX program)

A Cherry Tale. Three Danish entrepreneurs embark on making cherry wine on the island of Lolland. An adventure about taking the leap from hobby to risky business. When Harald Krabbe inherits a manor house on the Danish island of Lolland, he wants to try something new. And sometimes you just have to find the right people at the right time. The Nordic wave is rolling, food and wine produced locally are in. And with the wine connoisseur Morten and the master chef Jan, Harald sets about making wine from the cherries of his own grove. A hobby and a passion, which quickly grows into an ambitious business venture for the three adventurers. Even the Queen pays a visit to the vineyard. But the adventure also meets some challenges, as the ambition levels and the pressure increases. Millions are at stake, and the three friends also have their disagreements. Plus, the world of wine is not for amateurs. Snobbery and hierarchies are the order of the day, but there are also fresh opportunities to market oneself as an alternative to the established producers in France. However, the greatest market - and the biggest gamble - is eastwards, in China. Eva Mulvad has followed the three friends during three years of ups and downs in a film about betting everything on a good idea. (CPH:DOX programme)


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Alina Rudnitskaya: School of Seduction

Written 20-03-2019 14:10:51 by Tue Steen Mller

Alina Rudnitskaya: School of Seduction

It’s a lovely start of a film. Shots from a naval parade in St.Petersburg. Grandiose. People in striped sailor blouses, and people in uniforms. Waving the navy flag in front of the Winter Palace. Suddenly focus on a pretty girl dancing with a navy flag in her hands. Seductive movements. And then a couple kissing behind a column, continuing their caressing somewhere else, sex behind the flag… and a bit later she hits him in his face.

Alina Rudnitskaya starts her film in her native city saying that this is about man and woman in a Russia that is proud of herself or should I say himself. And she does so with her own signature of tragedy and comedy. More about that later.

The title comes up on the screen, « School of Seduction », a Danish



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Marie Skovgaard: The Reformist

Written 19-03-2019 22:01:10 by Tue Steen Mller

Marie Skovgaard: The Reformist

Sherin Khankan, 44 year old mother of four, divorced, is a well known name in Danish media for her brave fight for equal opportunities for man and woman within the islam community. She is the founder of the organisation Femimam, set up to secure that women can be imams. She has been interviewed in newspapers and on television and her being the first female imam was a news story that went international.

But noboby has got that close to her as documentarian Marie Skovgaard, who



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