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Docu Talents in Karlovy Vary

Written 22-06-2017 10:21:57 by Tue Steen Müller

It’s such a fine idea and it works: Docu Talents from the East, the 13th edition, to take place during the festival in Karlovy Vary, July 4 14.00-16.00, organised by the always innovative people from the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival that I have had the pleasure of visiting a couple of times.

The concept is well-known: Director/producer behind 12 selected projects get 8 minutes to present their projects, all of them to have premiere late 2017 or in the first half of 2018. In other words a great opportunity for festival representatives, sales agents, broadcasters etc. to check out what is coming up from Eastern and Central Europe.

There are films from Kazakhstan, several from Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine/Luxembourg/Estonia, Lithuania.

I know of some of them so these are the ones I will mention, read about all of them on the site, link below.

”D is for Division”, in post-production, is directed by Davis Simanis



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Tamar Tal: Shalom Italia

Written 20-06-2017 16:49:19 by Tue Steen Müller

The director name seemed familiar, Tamar Tal, and looking back at the posts on the site I found this on the wonderful one hour film that I saw at DOK Leipzig in 2011:

”Life in Stills” by Tamar Tal from Israel … is a very funny and warm film with a 96 year old grandmother and her grandson, who keep a photo shop alive in Tel Aviv. The scoop photos are from the declaration of independence of the state of Israel…

Now her newest film is Documentary of the Month at the Danish Cinematheque from June 22-June 28. I saw the trailer, link below, you should do the same, it will make you want to go and watch ”Shalom Italia”. Here is the synopsis of the film:

Three Italian Jewish brothers set off on a journey through Tuscany, in search of a cave where they hid as children to escape the Nazis. Their quest, full of humor, food and Tuscan landscapes, straddles the boundary between history and myth, both of which really, truly happened.

In Danish: Tre jødisk-italienske brødre på 73, 82 og 84 sætter hinanden stævne i Toscana. Som børn måtte de under 2. verdenskrig flygte fra nazisterne fra Firenze ud i en toscansk skov, hvor de skjulte sig i et helt år med deres familie i en hjemmebygget hule blandt nogle klippesten. Nu har de sat sig for at finde stedet i skoven, hvor de i frygt og stilhed levede et helt år og på den måde overlevede krigen. Der er masser af humor og varme imellem de tre brødre, der husker deres fortid meget forskelligt.

Israel, 2016, 70 mins.

http://tamartal.com/shalom-italia/

www.dfi.dk/Filmhuset/Cinemateket/Billetter-og-program 


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Celebrating Syria – a Festival of Arts and Culture

Written 18-06-2017 09:30:21 by Tue Steen Müller

… in Manchester, July 10-23, organised by Rethink Rebuild Society: ”A fortnight of exhibition, films, theatre, live music, talks by writers, panel discussions and interactive art workshops exploring Syrian arts and culture before and after 2011.The first of its kind in the UK, this festival is a celebration of a hopeful, inspiring and imaginative face of Syria and the Syrian people and their rich contribution to the collective history of human expression.”

And it is indeed an inspiring program that is offered. CHECK THE WEBSITE, LINK BELOW. When it comes to films there are three works to be screened:



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Vit Klusák: The White World According to Daliborek

Written 17-06-2017 10:09:13 by Tue Steen Müller

It is a great film that will evoke a lot of reactions and maybe legal questions: Are you in Czech Republic allowed to express, in public, racism as he does?

… Dalibor’s view on the world is bad - at the same time as he is (no irony) a poor guy who lives at home with mum and her boyfriend, who are also racists. Dalibor wants to get out of his boring life, so he puts himself into some roles, singing, recording… and he does not seem to have luck with the girlfriend, to say the least!

These were my short email-comments from months ago when I was asked whether there are festivals for this strong, pretty controversial documentary, Vit Klusák’s “The White World According to Daliborek”, that will have its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival that takes place June 30-July 8.



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FolkeBio Allinge /LØRDAG

Written 15-06-2017 07:05:54 by Allan Berg Nielsen

FILM & DEBAT

Det Danske Filminstitut inviterer i samarbejde med Politiken til film og debat under Folkemødet 2017 i Allinge. Se programmet for FolkeBios tredje dag her med Filmkommentarens anbefalinger føjet til:

LØRDAG DEN 17. JUNI

10:30 | MON DE KOMMER OM NATTEN?

Instruktør: Emil Langballe. For år tilbage flygtede 14-årige Rokhsar og hendes familie fra Afghanistan. De bor nu i en lille jysk provinsby, hvor Rokhsar går i skole og til fodbold. Familien venter på den endelige afgørelse om asyl, men ventetiden har forvandlet Rokhsar for altid. // Marina Janell Søndergaard, forkvinde i bestyrelsen for Dansk Flygtningehjælp Ungdom DFUNK, introducerer filmen.

FILMKOMMENTAREN

Vi har ikke set Mon de kommer om natten endnu, men vi glæder os. Tue Steen Müller har i sit arbejde ved internationale festivaler været opmærksom på instruktøren Emil Langballes tidlige arbejde: ”… Velican theatre (St. Petersburg) where we watched young Danish Emil Langballe’s graduation film from the National Film School in England, ”Beach Boy”, a well balanced, cinematic non-moralistic portrait of a young black man and his relationship to a middle-aged British woman in Kenya. The young man makes a phone call to his girl friend, who is pregnant but is aware of his profession. The film is light and pretty much less demonstrative than the feature of Ulrich Seidl.” http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/2857/

og i Kalovy Vary ”… Best documentary film under 30 minutes was “Beach Boy” by Emil Langballe, 27 mins., a film from the National Film School in England.” http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/2423/



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Silver Crane Awards 2017 Lithuania

Written 14-06-2017 21:15:00 by Tue Steen Müller

It’s been some good weeks for Lithuanian director Audrius Stonys. He won an award at DocsBarcelona and one at Krakow Film Festival and last night he received for the fourth time the national award for the best documentary 2017, “Woman and the Glacier”. The award is a trophy statuette of Silver Crane created by the sculptor Audrius Liaudanskas, given out for the 10th time.

Viewers of “Woman and the Glacier” will agree that the award for best cinematography went deservedly to Audrius Kezemys for his work on “Woman and the Glacier”. Superb is the only word that fits.

And no surprise that the award for best co-production went to Giedre Zickyte for her work with Chilean Maite Alberdi “I am Not from Here”.

Same Zickyte was not present at the ceremony as she was pitching a project at the Sheffield Doc/Fest together with director Marija Stonyte, who won the award for Best Student film, “Mountains Mountains”. Yes, Marija is the daughter of Audrius…

Photo of the two x Audrius, Stonys and Kezemys.

More winners for fiction and animation… check the website of Lithuanian Film Centre, an English list must be on its way:

http://www.lfc.lt/en/


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FolkeBio Allinge /FREDAG

Written 14-06-2017 08:20:58 by Allan Berg Nielsen

FILM & DEBAT

Det Danske Filminstitut inviterer i samarbejde med Politiken til film og debat under Folkemødet 2017 i Allinge. Se programmet for FolkeBios første dag her med Filmkommentarens anbefalinger føjet til:

FREDAG DEN 16. JUNI

10:30 | BIG TIME

Instruktør: Kaspar Astrup Schröder. Få indblik i de kreative processer hos den verdenskendte og innovative arkitekt Bjarke Ingels, mens han kæmper for at fuldføre sit største projekt til dato. Vi følger arbejdet og de mange kompromiser, det kræver, og vi er med, når privatlivet presser sig på.

FILMKOMMENTARENS ANBEFALING

Bjarke Ingels er sjov at være sammen med. Han er, når han taler dansk, den 40 årige uhøjtidelige drengerøv som elsker sit fede job, ”vil gøre en forskel”, er visionær og får den internationale anerkendelse som han fortjener, når man ser de mange bygninger, han har lagt navn til i Danmark and all over. Hans drømme er gået i opfyldelse.

Og han er den fremragende fortæller, når han på engelsk ved det hvide papir tegner og fortæller – om tankerne bag forbrændingsanstalten og dens skibakke og om arbejdet i New York med at omforme verdens mest berømte skyline. For at bruge hans eget udtryk, på dansk, er det sindssygt spændende at se arkitekten med en tuschpen ved det hvide papir, filmet en face eller fra oven. Her træder filmens instruktør ind og arrangerer for tilskueren. Visualiserer hvad det er arkitekten kan og gør. Det er medlevende og oplysende… Læs hele Tue Steen Müllers anmeldelse her: http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/3908/



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Folkebio Allinge Shows Docs

Written 13-06-2017 19:38:13 by Tue Steen Müller

And then you should know what that means. Allan Berg introduces the films that will be shown in Allinge on the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, where Folkemødet, Denmark’s Political Festival on Bornholm takes place June 15.-18. 2017. The idea behind the Folkemødet is a meeting of people and politicians, where Bornholm provides the venue for Danish politicians to debate current political issues. All events are free and within walking distance of each other. Each political party represented in Folketinget has the opportunity to hold a major speech…

And there are films, selected by the Danish Film Institute and the newspaper Politiken. The first ones to be shown on thursday are Lise Birk Pedersen’s Italian based ”Tutti à Casa”, followed by Danish photographer activist Jabob Holdt and the film about him, and Pernille Rose Grønkjær’s portrait of stand up comedian Anders Matthesen, ”The Other Side” – of the artist.

Follow Allan Berg and his recommendations on this site.


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FolkeBio Allinge /TORSDAG

Written 13-06-2017 11:13:41 by Allan Berg Nielsen

FILM & DEBAT

Det Danske Filminstitut inviterer i samarbejde med Politiken til film og debat under Folkemødet 2017 i Allinge. Se programmet for FolkeBios første dag her med Filmkommentarens anbefalinger føjet til:

TORSDAG DEN 15. JUNI

14:00 | "TUTTI A CASA

– Al Magt til Folket?". Instruktør: Lise Birk Pedersen. Filmen følger det italienske protestparti Movimento fra outsider til magtfaktor i det italienske parlament og skildrer dermed en generel udvikling inden for de vestlige demokratier.// Populisme og politikerlede er temaet for den efterfølgende debat, hvor instruktøren fortæller om sin kommende film "Demokratiløftet". Mød Lise Birk Pedersen, Victor Boysen, RU, Lasse Quvang Rasmussen, DSU, og Tobias Weische, DFU.

FILMKOMMENTARENS ANBEFALING

Vi er 83 minutter inde i filmen, her er det dramatiske højdepunkt, i billedet ser vi de egentlige medvirkende bortset fra en. Kvinden i midten er Paola, manden til højre er Alberto, manden til venstre er Mario. Den fjerde hovedperson er fraværende, det er den på det tidspunkt i filmens forløb ekskluderede Luis. Scenen sammenfatter filmens to vigtigste dramatiske forløb, den pludselige vækst, men så også uenighederne og eksklusionerne i det nye parti i Italien, Movimento 5 Stelle og nedturen for den tidligere regerende partikoalition og især den dominerende Silvio Berlusconi… Læs hele min anmeldelse her: http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/3793/



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Peace Award Comeback at DOKLeipzig

Written 13-06-2017 11:13:15 by Tue Steen Müller

At the 60th edition of DOKLeipzig (October 30 – November 5) the so-called Leipziger Ring Film Prize returns to the festival after having been away for one year due to lack of funding. It comes back in a new form, here are quotes from the press release that reached us this morning:

”After a one-year break, the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution (the Peaceful Revolution Foundation in Leipzig) will once again be awarding the Leipziger Ring film prize at DOK Leipzig. The 2,500 euro prize will honour a documentary film about human rights, democracy and civic action. From 2010 to 2015, the prize was awarded annually but the foundation had to break with this tradition last year because of a lack of funds. The response of dismay encouraged the foundation and DOK Leipzig to re-launch the prize. In its new form, the festival audience will decide on the winning film instead of a jury of experts.

"Thanks to the overwhelming reactions of Leipzig citizens, the international audience and the resolve of the Stiftung Friedliche Revolution, this significant prize has returned to DOK Leipzig," says festival director Leena Pasanen. "The response showed how important this award is for the city in which the Peaceful Revolution began. The prize is also extremely necessary at a time when political developments indicate that democracy and human rights are at stake all over the world."

… DOK Leipzig will nominate five documentary films (at least 25 minutes long) from its Official Selection for the award, which will reward artistic documentary films that focus on the civic action of people all over the world and explore the non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights and participation in societal processes. The prize might also honour the achievement of directors who make films in a courageous way and with great personal commitment against the odds and despite a lack of freedom of speech and press.”

http://www.dok-leipzig.de


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