Filmkommentaren

Andreas Johnsen: Bugs/ Anmeldelse

Written 26-08-2016 13:16:24 by Tue Steen Müller

Det må være dig, der skriver om Bugs, mailede kollega Allan Berg til mig. Den ”minder mig om en dejlig gammeldags Filmcentralfilm…”, en henvisning til at jeg tilbragte 20 af mine arbejdsår i hedengangne Statens Filmcentral, SFC. Med det i baghovedet gik jeg til pressevisning forleden.

Ja, på en måde er det er en gammeldags film, på den fede måde, som vi fik dem lavet til SFC’s katalog og kolossalt store publikum. Den vil informere, den vil få sit publikum til at tænke, den vil skabe debat. Vel at mærke som en Film med stort F. Og den er lavet til et stort publikum, som den ganske givet vil nå, når den får premiere den 7.september i mere end 50 biografer landet over I samarbejde med DoxBio, som i moderne udgave fører SFC’s biblioteksturnéer videre.

Som Film, hvis vi lige bliver ved den retrospektive sammenligning



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Andreas Johnsen: Bugs

Written 26-08-2016 13:10:48 by Tue Steen Müller

The new film by Andreas Johnsen is already touring internationally - Started at Tribeca and has recently been in Prizren, Kosovo and in Skopje, Macedonia. But a Danish premiere is coming now, read this taken from the website of the film, link below:

This September we will collaborate with DOXBIO in order to make BUGS widely available to the Danish people – in cinemas all over the country. Every year, distribution initiative DOXBIO showcases six documentary films in collaboration with a nationwide network of cinemas. It’s DOXBIO’s mission to bring documentaries to big screens all over the country – not just the big cities.

This means BUGS will be playing at more than 50 cinemas on 7 September. Some of them will continue screening the film for another two weeks. On the night of the launch, a selection of cinemas will be hosting Q&As and tastings of insect-based food and drink such as ant smoothies, insect popcorn, and chili mealworms.

So far we’ve had the pleasure of showing the film a couple of times in Denmark already, but only at special preview events. First at the political festival at Bornholm, known as Folkemødet, and then this last Friday we were lucky enough to show the film to an enthusiastic audience at Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival at their open air cinema.

This week, members of the press were invited to an intimate screening in the old Grand Teatret in the centre of Copenhagen, followed by a tasting hosted by Roberto Flore, who is both part of the film and the current Head of Culinary Research and Development at the Nordic Food Lab.

The tasting included cod skin seasoned with an interpretation of the Mexican Sal de Gusano (a salt made from worms), veal’s heart with anty gin, and a bee larva tacos.

I was there, it was nice, but first of all I watched the film and have written a review, see above, if you understand Danish otherwise check the amazing website created for the film:

http://www.bugsfeed.com

Photo: Difficult shooting in Japan, one of the best scenes in the film...


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Sergey Kachkin: Perm-36. Reflexion

Written 24-08-2016 12:06:37 by Tue Steen Müller

I am writing this text to support a filmmaker in trouble – Russian Sergey Kachkin, who, in these days, 25 years after the fall of USSR, experiences problems in getting his new film, that he has been working on for five years, screened in his own country. It has been rejected for political reasons, linked to Soviet times and Russia today. In an email to me, who has followed the film since it was pitched at the Baltic Sea Forum in 2011, Kachkin, who is born in Perm, where the film takes place, writes:

“In Perm, I was told that it can not be shown at the International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana because the film criticises the local Ministry of Culture and because of this subject in general. It hasn't been selected for Message to Man Film Festival in Saint Petersburg either and I suspect because of the same reasons - criticism of Stalinism, Soviet times and mostly new reality which is directly connected with the past.”

About the content of the film for you to better understand, text taken from the website, link below:



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Dola Bonfils: Det signerende blik

Written 23-08-2016 11:52:42 by Allan Berg Nielsen

"Dokumentarfilmene har i de cirka 100 år, de har eksisteret, repræsenteret en form for kulturel organisering, der ligesom museerne ordner virkeligheden for os og reflekterer de idéer og den erkendelse, der har givet verden en vis mening. Dokumentarfilm tilbyder en vision af verden i et kunstnerisk formsprog, det vil sige disse forløb i tid er ikke blot registrerende for eftertiden, men er også bearbejdet af en personlighed, der signerer sin vision, giver sig til kende med sit blik…” (Dola Bonfils: Det signerende blik, 1993. Nationalmuseet, katalog film/video til udstillingen Museum Europa)

ROOS PRISEN

Dola Bonfils modtog 20. august på Filmhøjskolen i Ebeltoft under det årlige branchetræf for dokumentarfilmfolk Det Danske Filminstituts Roos Pris, som hvert år ”påskønner en særlig bemærkelsesværdig indsats for dokumentarismen i Danmark. Priskomiteen består af sidste års prismodtager, denne gang fotograf Henrik Bohn Ipsen samt direktør Henrik Bo Nielsen og afdelingschef Ane Mandrup fra filminstituttet. De motiverede tildelingen således:

"Dola Bonfils tildeles Roos Prisen 2016 for hendes utrættelige engagement og fordomsfri nysgerrighed, for hendes undersøgelser af magtens strukturer og tilværelsens kompleksitet – samt lysten til at formidle og diskutere sine indsigter på tværs af kunstarter, teknologier og generationer.

Dola Bonfils er som skaber, igangsætter, inspirator og formidler drevet af et enormt videbegær. Hendes egne værker spænder vidt i både tematikker og formater – fra observerende dokumentarfilm om magtens institutioner til eksperimenterende film, hvor kunstarterne mødes og nye erkendelser opstår. Intet emne er for vanskeligt, og nye fortælleformer afprøves frygtløst i forsøget på at gøre os alle klogere på tilværelsen.

Kolleger fremhæver Dola Bonfils' grundighed og fasthed. Hun er altid velforberedt og opdateret på allernyeste viden, og hun holder fast i sine ideer, også når de møder modstand eller uforståenhed. Hun fremhæves også for sin omsorg og medmenneskelige interesse – og for sin evne til at se andre menneskers potentiale. En evne, som hun blandt andet udnyttede i perioden som filmkonsulent på Det Danske Filminstitut."



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Categories: Film History, Artikler/anmeldelser DANSK, Poetics

Alex Gibney: Zero Days

Written 22-08-2016 11:24:38 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Det begynder med at vidne efter vidne nægter at sige noget foran Gibneys kamera når han kommer til spørgsmålet om Stuxnet computervirus angrebet i 2010. Nogle nægter med antydningen af et smil, men alle er faste i mælet. De lægger ikke skjul på den kendsgerning at de ved noget, eller meget, eller alt. De er alle fra inderkredsen omkring begivenheden, som effektivt forsinkede, måske standsede Irans kernevåbenprogram ved at anbringe dette computervåben, dette selvstyrende program i et virus’ form i den iranske forsøgstation Natanz ’ interne computernetværk. Man skuffes, de ved noget, men de vil ikke ud med det, og dertil i fortællingens begyndelse forekommer de heller ikke ikke spændende og charmerende og udstrålende, som talking heads kan være, ja altid er i de rigtig gode film som denne skulle være.

Men begyndelsen er jo blot anslaget i Gibneys fortælling, han holder selv på samme måde som de medvirkende vidner sine kort af viden tilbage, spiller dem i sin metode langsomt ét efter ét. Og efterhånden viser vidnerne sig aliigevel at være interessante, spændende, hele mennesker. Der kommer to fascinerende computerdetektiver til, de gider godt fortælle og det oven i købet så det er til at forstå for folk uden kendskab til computerteknologi. “The most articulate voices helping to bridge the gap between technological vocabulary and everyday speech are two cybersecurity specialists, Eric Chien and Liam O’Murchu from Symantec Research Labs”, som Stephen Holden i sin New York Times ameldelse udtrykker det. De er bare så fine de to tæt samarbejdende kolleger. Og så er der New York journalisten David Sanger (foto) som er den gedigne viden og tryghed og overblik inkarneret: “David E. Sanger, a reporter for The New York Times who calmly puts the development of cyberwarfare into a broad perspective. He is not alone in suggesting that this is now the frontier of modern warfare and that nations are competing fiercely to stay ahead.” Nej, dette problem for innternational ret, at krig over internettet endnu er uden regler, et lovløst område, er vel egentlig overhovedet Alex Gibneys anliggende. Det er vel for så vidtrækkende han som journalist formår at sprede Sangers og andres indsigt han fortæller sin historie. Alle Gibneys fortællinger er vist moralske.



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Heart Of Sarajevo

Written 21-08-2016 12:46:08 by Tue Steen Müller

… is the name of the awards given at the Sarajevo Film Festival, distributed last night in the beautiful city with Romanian Monica Lazurean Gorgan as the winner in the documentary category for her “A Mere Breath” (photo) (the heart was accompanied by 3000 €). The catalogue description goes like this:

“The film explores the profoundly contradictory nature of family love. Both a journey of initiation and a theological parable, the film follows seven years in the life of Sicrea family in Romania, capturing trials and tribulations of Dobrin who is waiting for a miracle that will help his youngest daughter get up from her wheelchair. As we watch his children grow up and become adults, we witness the deep impact of Dobrun's close connection to God on relationships between members of his family…” 7 years… again you can only say thank you to a filmmaker, who stays with her characters for so long time. I am looking fwd. to see that film.

My source for this information is Rada Sesic, great praise to her, who stands



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MakeDox Films and Talks Under a Fig Tree

Written 21-08-2016 12:07:23 by Tue Steen Müller

Two hours drive from Prizren, is Skopje, capital of Macedonia. After Dokufest in Kosovo, Sarajevo in Bosnia, it is MakeDox that takes the documentary scene from last night and until friday 26th of August. It’s a festival that names itself a place for creative documentary film and - with some more words taken from the intro on the website: A young and rarely avant-garde festival celebrating the creative documentary film. One of the most powerful catapults for creating cinema audience in Macedonia. It overwhelms, they say, with its warmth and quality. The wonderful KurshumliAn vibrates with film stories, workshops and live performances, doc-talks under a magical fig tree and music under the night sky. Out in the open, every summer since 2010…

I have not yet been there but film people who have, love it. It’s a festival that in its 7 years of existence have used the Onion as a symbol, to signal that the multilayered and not the one-dimensional is the target, when film selection is done. There is a competition programme, a short film competition, a student film program, a section called ”Newcomers” and a presentation of new Russian documentaries.

The opening film from last night, ”My World is Upside Down” (photo) is directed by the key person behind the festival, Petra Seliskar, here first the



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Baltic Sea Docs 20 Years

Written 20-08-2016 16:17:04 by Tue Steen Müller

I warn you – you are going to hear quite a lot about Baltic Sea Docs in Riga. I will be there – have been “part of the furniture” since it started on the island of Bornholm – to tutor the pitching Forum participants, and to go and watch films. Dates 7-11. September. The film program is now announced, here are some words about it, first from the selectors from the National Film Centre in Riga:

“Our 20th anniversary's visual identity with tremendous storyteller Laurie Anderson and her terrier Lolabelle is here! This year's film programme will focus on phenomenons, persons and events that are beyond good and evil…”

And from me – Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog” is there, a film, that I have not seen yet even if it has been released theatrically in Copenhagen, as I have not seen Steve Hoover’s “Almost Holy” from Ukraine – Hoover will be tutoring the pitchers as well - the Dutch “Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice” by Daan Veldhuizen shot in Laos, and Norwegian Paul Refsdal’s “Dugma: The Button”, that I missed at Dokufest in Kosovo.

But I can recommend Jerzy Sladkowski’s “Don Juan” and “Our Last Tango” by German Kral, both big hits at the Magnificent7 festival in Belgrade, “Sonita” by Iranian Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami was the opening film at DocsBarcelona, where Erik Gandini’s “Swedish Theory of Love” was met by a huge audience. Danish journalistic documentary “Warrirors from the North” has also been screened at many festivals.

My guess is that the BSD screenings will be full as they have been before.

http://balticseadocs.lv/film-screenings/


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DocAlliance Offers ”The Event” for Free

Written 19-08-2016 20:03:36 by Tue Steen Müller

For two more days you will be able to watch, for free, Sergei Loznitsa’s masterly done archive film ”The Event” through the DocAlliance, ”your online documentary cinema”, a fine editorial choice for us to remember what happened in those memorable August days 25 years ago in Soviet Union. Here is the text from the DocAlliance website:

The film takes the viewers to the centre of events of the August Coup which shook the streets of Moscow between August 19 and 21, 1991. It was launched by the conservative branch of the Communist Party which frowned upon Gorbachev’s attempts at transforming the USSR. His political and economic reforms, known as perestroika and glasnost, aimed to create a federation of independent republics with a common president and political vision, finally led to Gorbachev’s short removal from the presidential post. However, the group of politicians who called themselves “The State Committee on the State of Emergency” did not gain the support of armed forces while the citizens of Moscow significantly resisted their attempt. They took to the streets, forming mass gatherings requiring the dissolution of the USSR and the formation of democratic Russia. As proved by the later course of events, it was the August Coup that helped install Boris Yeltsin as the political leader of the country and led to the final dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991.

And here is a quote from what I wrote when I watched the film at DOKLeipzig:

… Loznitsa is not in Moscow in this film, he is in Leningrad and gives me exceptional material from what happened in the streets and the squares, that I love so much today, where people gathered to try to understand what is going on. +  he gives me the legendary mayor Sobchak and his impressive speeches, “the sea of faces” listening to him, the USSR flag being substituted by the Russian, the slogans used like “fascism will not prevail”, bring the “coup gang to justice” and the name of Yeltsin shouted again and again. Fascinating…

http://dafilms.com/event/257-loznitsa_the_event/


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European Film Awards Documentary Shortlist

Written 18-08-2016 11:22:05 by Tue Steen Müller

You may discuss whether this is the right way to do it: to have 10 documentary film festivals recommend to the European Film Academy one film each to be nominated for the European Film Awards, followed by a decision taken by a small documentary committee. A look at the list reveals that the committee has done its best to get as many countries represented as possible, and yet there are no films from the Baltic countries, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Georgia… why?

Anyway, I am not complaining when on the list of 15 I see Piotr Stasik’s impressive ”21 x New York City” (photo), Pietro Marcello’s hybrid ”Lost and Beautiful”, ”Mallory” by master Helena Trestikova and Loznitsa’s wonderful archive work ”The Event”. And makes me happy to see Marianna Economou being there with her refugee story ”The Longest Run”, and ”Becoming Zlatan” by Gertten brothers as well. Surprised to see Jon Bang Carlsen with ”Déjà Vu”, love that director and love that film, but was he not already listed last year? Gianfranco Rosi is there, of course, with ”Fire at Sea” – an obvious favourite for the award?

The whole list to be found on

http://www.europeanfilmawards.eu

And for the selection procedure:

EFA Members will now vote for five documentary nominations. Based on these nominations, the EFA Members will then elect the ‘European Documentary 2016’ which will be announced during the awards ceremony on 10 December in Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016. 


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