Pervert Park visninger på bibliotekerne

Written 27-05-2015 08:25:20 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Dokumania Derude skriver om filmen: ”PERVERT PARK lukker os ind i den amerikanske trailerpark Florida Justice Transitions, hvor der kun bor dømte sexkrænkere. Trailerparkens beboere er tvunget til et liv isoleret fra det omgivende samfund, hvor de er overladt til selv at finde ud af, hvad der kommer efter forbrydelse og straf. PERVERT PARK tager os med bag stigmatiseringens usynlige hegn, låner et menneskeligt ansigt til et udstødt samfund af dæmoniserede sexforbrydere - og tvinger os til at tage stilling til et moralsk dilemma, der er dybere og mere komplekst, end man måske lige har lyst til at blive mindet om.”

DEN SORTE DIAMANT

Torsdag den 28. maj 2015 klokken 17-19 Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, København Efter filmen er der paneldebat med børnepsykolog fra Red Barnet Kuno Sørensen, overlæge og leder af Sexologisk Klinik, Rigshospitalet Ellids Kristensen, Formand for SPOR – Landsforeningen for voksne med senfølger af seksuelle overgreb Anne Christensen og direktør for Januscenteret Mimi Strange. Arrangementet er et samarbejde med Final Cut for Real, De Andra & Det Kongelige Bibliotek/Students Only! Gratis for alle, tilmelding efter først til mølle princippet til cadv@dr.dk  Man vil modtage en bekræftelse, når man har fået plads.

KORSØR-SLAGELSE BIBLIOTEKERNE

Torsdag den 28. maj klokken 19.00 Korsør Bibliotek, Bernstensgade 3, 4220 Korsør Filmen vises i samarbejde med SPOR – Landsforeningen for voksne med senfølger af seksuelle overgreb, som også vil være til stede og svare på spørgsmål efterfølgende. Gratis for alle, tilmelding via LINK

 

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Xavi - The Director

Written 26-05-2015 14:48:10 by Tue Steen Müller

I am in Barcelona, it's summer, there is an outdoor pool outside my hotel window, and it is crowded. I am not here for holidays, DocsBarcelona has started with some events for professionals and tomorrow is the opening of the festival for the audience - opening film "Falciani's Tax Bomb", a German/Spanish coproduction with an English director Ben Lewis. But in my mind I have been in Barcelona for some days. Saturday at Camp Nou the ceremony was held to celebrate that FCBarcelona won the Spanish League in football AND it was the farewell to Xavi Hernandez, who has been in the club sinde he was 11 years old and has played (from 1998-2015) more than 500 matches. 35 years old he has decided to end his carreer in Qatar, where other ex-Barca players spend their life and earn...including Michael Laudrup as a coach.

Anyway, I was thinking about how squeeze in a text about this wonderful gentleman of the game, a man I have adored for the whole time - and is he not the perfect dramaturg? Has he not been the one who has mastered to find the rythm, the one who has been able to see when the descriptive, the informative should be there, playing the ball around in small circles for suddenly to feel that now is the time to poetry, to surprise the audience making a peak in the narrative and send a player a pass that makes it easy for him to score. A director, an editing director who knows when to set more pace. Always available with an enormous overview, a man with a big generosity to his audience.

Photo taken by friend and colleague Joan Gonzalez, who was there with his son Marti.


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Signe Byrge Sørensen to Barcelona

Written 24-05-2015 12:59:13 by Tue Steen Müller

There have been masterclasses with Avi Mograbi and Michael Glawogger, world class directors of documentaries, at previous DocsBarcelona festivals.

This year the festival has invited Signe Byrge Sørensen, producer of ”The Act of Killing” and ”The Look of Silence” AND many, many other important documentaries, to meet the audience at Gaudi’s famous La Pedrera. The participants to this masterclass will experience the carreer of a committed producer during an event called ”7 Shots 7”:

”…  DocsBarcelona’s annual invitation to a prominent figure within the documentary world, who by selecting 7 shots or sequences from their work, opens up a debate around audiovisual language.”

And a quote from when I visited a Q&A with Signe Byrge in Riga at the Baltic Sea Forum:

”It was not the first time that I attended a session with the producer of this all-over-world-going film (”The Act of Killing”, ed.). And it was not the first time that I left the cinema full of admiration for the professional and personal way Signe Byrge addressed the audience giving it precise, inside and interesting background information on the making of a film that was 7 years on its way, with her on board five years.”

I will be the moderator of the masterclass and I have told Signe Byrge not to be modest and polite, but to talk about herself and not (only) Oppenheimer and her editors Janus Billeskov Jansen and Niels Pagh Andersen!

http://www.docsbarcelona.com/en/ed-2015/festival/sections/master-classes/


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The Salt of the Earth in Danish Cinemas

Written 24-05-2015 12:38:42 by Tue Steen Müller

The film of Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, a portrait of world star photographer Sebastião Salgado, runs in Danish theatres right now – go and watch it!

Mikkel Stolt wrote about it at the Danish cph:dox premiere, here is a quote:

”The film’s sense of time and space turns out to be the perfect conveyor of Salgado’s pictures and words. The horror and the beauty in the protagonist’s work are presented to us in a way that reveals how great interpreters of reality both the still photographer and the directors are… ”

And I saw an exhibition of the photographer’s ”Genesis” in New York last year and quoted from the catalogue:

The result of an eight-year worldwide survey, the exhibition draws together more than 200 spectacular black-and-white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, and indigenous peoples—raising public awareness about the pressing issues of environment and climate change.

http://www.icp.org/museum/exhibitions


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FILMCENTRALEN 6 /Claus Bohm

Written 23-05-2015 11:20:44 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Jeg tager et nyt dyk tyve år ned i filmsamlingen på Filmcentralen / For alle og rammer en af de kloge og tænksomme film af Claus Bohm, nemlig Filosof, en samtale mellem Villy Sørensen, Per Aage Brandt, Hans-Jørgen Schanz og Ole Fogh Kirkeby, fire talking heads, hvad for nogen nok lyder støvet. Men jeg husker fra dengang i 1996, da filmen var ny, at den gnistrede af klarhed, og det gør den selvfølgelig stadig. Jeg skrev dengang denne anmeldelse og ser med fryd, at min tekst forankret i sin tids teknologi er forældet i visse pointer, men filmen derimod er fri af al aktualitet, den handler om dette samværets eufori, som gør mig tør i munden:

Sjældent har jeg set en film, hvor jeg i den grad ønsker at eje en videokopi at spole tilbage i. (Nu har jeg så altså en mulighed mere, streamingen på Filmcentralen!) Selvfølgelig er det flot at se disse kloge, talende hoveder projiceret på lærredet i biografen. Man drukner sig i samgværet, og glemmer selve formuleringen. Og i Bohms film Filosof er det formuleringen det gælder, det er jeg ikke i tvivl om, men da det er film og netop ikke radio, som man automatisk kunne hævde, så er det samværets fysiske eufori, der står som erindring bagefter. Som efter en god bog jeg har slugt i én køre. Når jeg udmattet lukker den indser jeg til min selvbebrejdelse, at jeg ikke husker formuleringerne. Kun samværets berøring, som gjorde mig tør i munden. Og jeg græmmes som min tegneseriehelt, ved som han, at jeg endnu en gang ikke slog til.

Så er det herligt at få fat i båndet for et gensyn, så jeg ved videomaskinens hjælp får noteret, hvad det er Kirkeby, Sørensen, Schanz og Brandt formulerer. Tag nu bare Kirkeby. At se ham tale, se fremstillingens formulering, er at høre sprogets musik, der hvor det er nærmest bestemmelsen. At begribe verden. Kirkeby taler i ubrudte kadencer. Fortryder ingen sætning, retter ikke en detalje. Og Bohms film fastholder enhver frasering, så hvad jeg i fryd glemmer af indholdet, det genkalder jeg på båndet. Claus Bohms arbejde er en god film, radikal og hensynsløs som forestilling, men frydefuld. Generøs som del af en videosamling.

Danmark 1996, 36 min.

Litt.: Claus Bohm: Filosof, 1996. En fin lille bog om filmen, som man ofte ledsagede filmene med dengang på Statens Filmcentral.

Filmcentralens streaming: http://filmcentralen.dk/alle/film/filosof

Om filmen: http://www.dfi.dk/faktaomfilm/film/da/28588.aspx?id=28588

Om Claus Bohm: http://www.dfi.dk/faktaomfilm/person/da/7554.aspx?id=7554


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FILMCENTRALEN 5 /Jon Bang Carlsen

Written 20-05-2015 15:20:41 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Ved hjælp af Filmcentalen / For alle kan jeg gå langt tilbage for eksempel i den gamle diskussion om iscenesættelse i dokumentarfilm, og se de i den sammenhæng uomgængelige hovedværker, Jon Bang Carlsens It’s Now or Never og How to Invent Reality fra 1996. Jeg skrev om filmene dengang, og sådan så jeg dem altså ved deres fremkomst:

Når Jon Bang Carlsen i It’s Now or Never lader de medvirkende i Vestirland spille løs, ikke deres egne liv, men digtede liv, ikke i deres egne huse, men i huse, han har fundet velegnede til den særlige stemning, han ønsker i sin film, kunne man hævde, det ikke længere er dokumentarfilm, han laver, men fiktion. Men egentlig er det lige meget, blot det er en enestående oplevelse. For så er alle midler tilladte, skrev juryen i sin begrundelse for at give ham grand prix på Dansk Film Festival i Odense (1996). ”Vi behøver ikke at klassificere et sådant værk som det ene eller det andet. Det er bare en glæde at tage imod med åbent sind”. Som Christian Braad Thomsen fortæller om Karen Blixen i sin film om hende: ”Hun digtede frejdigt om på sandheden for skabe sand digtning.”

Og Bang Carlsen har villet lave et sandt filmdigt om en fattig tilværelse omgivet af stor skønhed på den barske Atlanterhavskyst. Hovedpersonen Jimmy køber en ny ko. Den kan tydeligt ikke lide ham (eller filmholdet?) og vil kun nødtvunget ind i hans gård. Og sådan går det formodentlig også, da han omsider gennem en ægteskabsmægler får kontakt med en kvinde at gifte sig med. Filmen slutter netop som kontakten er etableret. Jimmy har stillet samme nøgterne krav til konen som til koen. Hun skal kunne malke, den give mælk.



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DocsBarcelona 2015

Written 19-05-2015 10:47:43 by Tue Steen Müller

There was champagne on the football pitch the other day in Madrid, where FC Barcelona won the Spanish League. And the Danish fan in his corner chair in the garden house took a cigar from the humidor and celebrated his favourite team once more as he has done so many times in Copenhagen and in Barcelona at Camp Nou. A great prologue to what starts next week in the Catalan capital: DocsBarcelona, another celebration, this time of the art of documentary cinema.

I have been working with and for DocsBarcelona since the very beginning almost twenty years ago, have enjoyed seeing the development of an event that started as a so-called industry training and pitching arrangement to be added with a festival some years ago, and now also an InterDocsBarcelona ” to encourage interactive and transmedia documentary”. If you go to the website of DocsBarcelona, you will also discover that there is a Documentary School coming up, a Documentary of the Month distribution initiative that celebrates its 10th year – and by the way DocsBarcelona also operates in Chile and Colombia!

Yes, DocsBarcelona is super ambitious and still the festival has a moderate size with a reasonable number of films presented in a reasonable number of screening venues. The CCCB (the Cultural Centre) will host screenings and the industry meetings where the format has changed from an open pitching session to speed meetings – 40 projects are to be presented to a selection of 30 financiers and distributors/sales agents. I talked to a friend, who had got 13 meetings. What a logistical process to make this work out!

Back to the festive atmosphere, the festival has introduced ”Docs&Wine” (!!!), a quote from from the site:

…After viewing 5 clips from 5 different films from the festival, the couples will have to pair each film with one of the selected wines. A game in which participants will enjoy a new way of approaching documentary through wine. A pioneering sensual experience that will not leave you indifferent… I have signed up!

http://www.docsbarcelona.com/en/


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FILMCENTRALEN 4 /Uyarra og Christoffersen

Written 17-05-2015 11:35:28 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Filmcentralen / For alle kan jo gå hen og blive en samling som der trygt kan refereres til og hvorfra filmværkerne til enhver tid langt ud i fremtiden kan hentes frem og bruges af mig, af lånerne, af offentligheden ligesom de litterære værker i de store biblioteker, i dem af dem, som ikke har opgivet at være samlinger. Som da jeg forleden dag via et opslag på Facebook fra Sara Thelle om to artikler af diplomatimedarbejderen Julian Borger i The Guardian om de dramatiske og omhyggelige forberedelser til en retssag mod Bashar al-Assad læste om en af mine dokumentarfilmhelte, den canadiske ekspert i international ret Bill Wiley (FOTO) i Esteban Uyarras og Michael Christoffersens Saving Saddam fra 2008, som netop nu er dybt involveret i den sag. Jeg må jo i denne nye sammenhæng se den film igen. Dengang skrev jeg dette om den:

... Det måtte slutte der på forhøjningen med trappen op. Har nogen mon talt trinene? Bødlen med sort hætte lægger et sort tørklæde om Saddams hals, og derefter løkken, som netop ser sådan ud. Man ser det alt sammen på mobiltelefon-optagelsen. Det er ikke noget smukt billede. Det er forfærdende som den grimme videooptagelse fra retssagen mod Elena og Nicolae Ceausescu. Billedet af dem i overtøj. De sidder i den kolde skolestue, hvor standretten finder sted. Summarisk rettergang.

Denne films hovedperson, Bill Wilay vil forhindre, at noget sådant gentages. Han vil en retfærdig rettergang efter internationalt anerkendte regler, han vil, at drabene hører op, vil afskaffe dødsstraffen som første skridt… (Læs videre

In English from FILM Magazine 1 November 2008:

THE CRIME OF CRIMES

by Allan Berg Nielsen

In Saving Saddam, Bill Wiley, a Canadian lawyer, wants to abolish the death penalty. The film is produced by Mette Heide and Michael Christoffersen for Team Productions, the company that produced Milosevic on Trial, about The Hague Tribunal.

There it inevitably ended, on the podium, with the steps leading up to it. Did anyone count the steps? The black-hooded executioner ties a black kerchief around Saddam’s neck, next the noose, which looks just so. The mobile phone video shows all, and it’s not pretty. It’s every bit as horrifying as the ghastly video of the trial against Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu with its unshakable image of the two of them wearing their overcoats in the chilly schoolroom where a military court was hastily convened. The protagonist of Saving Saddam, Bill Wiley, a Canadian lawyer, wants to prevent the same thing from happening again... 



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Cannes Festival Goes for Documentaries – does it?

Written 16-05-2015 17:03:46 by Tue Steen Müller

Interesting article in Nonfics yesterday by Daniel Walber, a clever comment and reflection on the fact that the Cannes Film Festival has introduced a ”Oeil d’Or” (Golden Eye) award of €5000 with 14 films competing and with a jury that includes fine names as Rithy Panh, Nicolas Philibert and Diana el Jeiroudi.

The problem, however, according to Walber, well to anyone who is in for the artistic, creative documentary, is that 10 of the films are films about legendary film directors and actors – a quote:

“There are two 50-minute films on Orson Welles, one of which was produced by Turner Classic Movies. There’s one about actor Steve McQueen‘s love of auto racing, another about pioneering African filmmaker Ousmane Sembène, and a profile of Gérard Depardieu. There’s even a documentary about the history of the Palme d’Or itself. Kent Jones‘s Hitchcock/Truffaut is an inevitable highlight, as well as Stig Björkman‘s Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words. Daniel Raim, Oscar-nominated for his short profile of art director Robert Doyle, is back with Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story. Finally, the one I’m most looking forward to is By Sidney Lumet, a new American Masters film from Afternoon of a Faun director Nancy Buirski.”

I am sure that several of these films are full of creativity (long to see Björkman’s on Ingrid Bergman and the one on Hitchcock/Truffaut) but they “smell” of well crafted television documentaries, where the main subject is commented on by colleagues, experts, whatever. So the competition is in no way reflecting the strong position of author-driven documentaries worldwide today as the feature categories go for the “auteur”.

To be fair Asi Kapadia’s film on Amy Winehouse, Amy (photo), that has received enormously positive reviews after its screening at the festival, is also in this first competition at the Cannes festival. Let’s wait and see what the jury decides.

http://nonfics.com/cannes-documentary-prize/


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FILMCENTRALEN 3 /Vibe Mogensen

Written 16-05-2015 13:59:27 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Jeg vælger denne gang Min fars sind, den er fra 2005, jeg havde haft lidt med den at gøre. Dette er hvad jeg skrev kort efter premieren til en visning i Randers:

Det er en meget smuk titel Vibe Mogensen har givet sin film. Den dækker fuldstændig filmens overvejelse og indhold. Jeg har fulgt den fra de første skitseagtige optagelser for nogle år siden – den var længe undervejs, men den har ikke ændret retning, den var og blev denne uro: min fars sind. Filmen har to medvirkende, Vibe Mogensen selv og hendes sindssyge far. Og den handler om dette sind og tanken i titlen. Arven. Er det sådan i en familie, at alt arves? Og er det så også sådan, at vi må vedgå denne arv?

Instruktøren besøger med sit kamera faderen, som bor alene i Randers. Og de bruger samværet til at dykke ned i familiehistorien. De har fotografierne og de mange film, som skyldes faderens store produktivitet altid. Som datteren anerkendende noterer – nu kan hun bruge dem i sit arbejde, i sin undersøgelse og fremlæggelse af historien, hvor faderens og moderens forhold er centralt. Moderen er borte nu. Hvorfor er hun det?

Faderen malede også dengang, og de leder i kælderrummet og i loftsrummet efter et bestemt billede. En fremstilling af en mand og en kvinde som et tohovedet væsen, som siamesiske tvillinger. Og siamesiske tvillinger kan ikke skilles uden, den ene dør, har han læst. Hun kunne ikke leve uden dig, konkluderer datteren om sin mor, men hun kunne heller ikke leve med dig. Du har ret siger faderen sagtmodigt.

Og sådan går deres samvær og deres samtaler videre, datterens og faderens. Kameraet er stadigvæk deres medium, selv om han ikke vil filme mere. Han vil gerne medvirke. Også vise sine følelser, sin sorg, da hun fortæller, at hun skal skilles. Åh, nej – siger han, men han havde anet det. Arven går videre, Sådan også med kærligheden til børnene – som Vibe Mogensen er sikker på hun har, ja, du er god mod dine børn, fastslår faderen, og hun nikker: jeg må jo have lært det et sted.

SYNOPSIS

… ”As an editor I’m trying to find the soul/the spirit of the film”, she (Nanna Frank Møller) said and continued to show material from the masterpiece of Vibe Mogensen, Min fars sind (The Mind of my Father): A grown-up man one day starts to cry, he does not know why, it gets worse, turns into a mental illness bringing him on strong medicine to survive. The daughter, the director, visits him, films him, as he has been filming her on holidays way back before he got ill. I have seen the film several times, every time it moves me immensely. (Tue Steen Müller on The Mind of my father)



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