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Daniel Dencik: Kaptajnens Skygge

Written 18-07-2019 13:54:40 by Tue Steen Mller

Daniel Dencik: Kaptajnens Skygge

Fand´me godt, siger Jørgen Leth til sin cyklende digterkollega Christopher Juul Jensen i Daniel Denciks kortfilm, som kan ses på TV2 den 22. juli kl. 17.25. Juul Jensen har fået adgang til Jørgen Leth i dennes frokostpause og har læst et af sine digte op. Han skriver digte, den charmerende nu 30-årige rytter, som er hjælperytter, en taber som han siger - den position holder nu ikke filmen ud - og i øvrigt er han glad for at hjælpe og bliver sur hvis kaptajnerne ikke vil modtage hjælpen, reflekterer over det i sine fine samtaler med Dencik og i digtene -

i en film som i modsætning til filmen om Breschel er i balance, har et smukt billed-æstetisk flow, indeholder vidunderlige slow optagelser, nogle af dem fra Israel, hvor feltet bevæger sig langsomt gennem ørkenen, ren magi; der er klip fra familiens arkiv, som behændigt sættes sammen med optagelser fra løb; der er en tone som passer godt til Juul Jensen, som ligger nummer 140 i årets Tour, kørende for Mitchelton-Scott som hjælperytter for Adam Yates, der er på 7nde pladsen i classementet.

Juul Jensen har ikke fortalt sine holdkammerater at han digter, heller ikke at han godt kunne tænke sig at vinde en gang – men hvis man vinder, så kan det kun gå nedad, som han siger, hvorimod man kan altid blive en bedre hjælper. Jeg er lykkelig, siger han, jeg er sammen med verdenseliten i cykelsport. Jeg elsker mit arbejde. En klog fyr, en digter in spe?, lad os høre mere fra og om ham.

Filmen, fand´me godt gået af Dencik og hans hold.

Danmark, 2019, 25 mins.

TV2 den 22. juli kl. 17.25 og TV2Play.


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Daniel Dencik: Forsvindingsnummeret

Written 17-07-2019 11:35:40 by Tue Steen Mller

Daniel Dencik: Forsvindingsnummeret

I 2013 anmeldte jeg her på sitet Daniel Denciks ”Moon Rider” om cykelrytteren Rasmus Quaade, som jeg lovpriste for at have  ”en fortællestil, hvor teksten, cykelrytterens refleksioner, som kommer som akkompagnement til billederne, aldrig i form af interview, undertiden opfattes som en slags stream-of-consciousness”. Siden – og før - da har vi fulgt Denciks film, Allan Berg har skrevet om Tal R-filmen og om ”Ekspeditionen til verdens ende”. Ingen tvivl om at redaktionen, Allan Berg og undertegnede, betragter Dencik som en vigtig ny dansk filminstruktør – ”Guldkysten”, spillefilmen, har jeg ikke set. At han også er forfatter og har bragt det litterære med ind i sine film er synligt og hørligt.

Og så har han skrevet vidunderligt i aviser om cykelløb – hans bog ”Sportshjerte” er jeg ikke kommet til endnu.

Alt dette som optakt til en kort tekst om filmen ”Forsvindingsnummeret” om rytteren Matti Breschel, 27 minutter lang, som blev sendt på TV2 i går og er tilgængelig på TV2 Play. Jeg ville godt have haft mere om den karismatiske rytter, som taler godt og interessant, som elsker jazz (der er bestemt noget ”jazzet” over filmen), funderer på Denciks opfordring over det at skulle ”forsvinde” fra det erhverv, som han har haft i næsten tyve år… og andre i filmen karakteriserer ham, inklusiv hans kone, som siger, at han undertiden optræder psykopatisk! Filmen springer rundt i forskellige stilarter, der er interviews, der er arkivoptagelser fra løbene, inklusiv det hvor Breschel brækkede ryggen, der er privatoptagelser fra Breschels bryllup og fra leg med børnene i haven, der er optagelser fra instruktøren og rytterens vandren rundt på den jødiske kirkegård, hvor faren ligger. Læg en sten, siger Dencik, en brosten spørger Breschel (!), som elsker Belgien og de hårde løb på landets landeveje! Småsnakker om eksistentielle spørgsmål. På trods af tv-slottets begrænsninger – en film jeg kunne lide at se, i disse Tour-tider, hvor journalistiske banaliteter florerer på skærmen.

Danmark, 2019, 27 mins.


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Baltic Sea Docs 2019 Announces Selected Projects

Written 15-07-2019 18:12:57 by Tue Steen Mller

Baltic Sea Docs 2019 Announces Selected Projects

The Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (BSD) is the most important documentary training and pitching event in the Baltic countries, taking place in Riga, Latvia, from September 3 to 7 and mostly focusing on the projects from a greater Baltic Sea region as well as EU border countries. This year it will celebrate its 23rd edition. BSD is organised by the National Film Centre of Latvia, with financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Creative Europe Media programme, and Riga City Council.

BSD this year has selected 25 documentary film projects from 20 countries (out of more than 120 submitted), which will be provided with training



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Yamagata

Written 12-07-2019 17:54:16 by Tue Steen Mller

Yamagata

… in Japan hosts a bi-annual documentary film festival of high quality. I have previously – see http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/1684/ – praised the festival for its modest pr activity and seriousness. Old-fashioned some might say, I would say refreshing that in the middle of festivals with colourful promotion and many times repeat of ”we are the best” or ”we want to be the best”, there is a festival that stands out by taking a different low-key way, check for yourself, click the website below.

In the selection for the festival taking place October 10-17, you wil find films by Wang Bing, Frederick Wiseman and Anand Patwardhan, all big names but it warms my heart to see that the festival has fallen for “Cachada – The Opportunity”, the film by Marlén Viñayo from El Salvador, her first film, that won an award at DocsBarcelona and has earned many positive words from critics, including the one, who writes these words, link below.

The same goes for Anna Eborn’s “Transnistra”, also a young female director, who now takes big steps on the international scene. The film, shot on 16mm film, is a true auteur film, if you like, click below and read words that include the name Truffaut.

https://www.yidff.jp/

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4540/ (Cachada)

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4475/ (Transnistra)


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DokuFest Announces Its Program

Written 08-07-2019 11:46:37 by Tue Steen Mller

DokuFest Announces Its Program

”More than 100 wonderful documentary films as well as a great array of short fictions and experimental cinema representing 40 countries, is what characterizes the film competition…”, are words from the press release sent out a couple of days ago by the festival in Prizren Kosovo, that takes place August 2-10. The artistic director of the festival, Veton Nurkollari, is a happy man:

“Bold and innovative, timely and important, is how I’d identify many of the films from this year’s competitions. “DokuFest continues its mission to bringing the best and the brightest in contemporary filmmaking to Kosovo and we are thrilled to welcome a number of first-time directors as well as many returning ones to the festival.”

There are no less than six competition sections: Balkan Dox, Intl. Dox and Feature & Shorts, Intl. Shorts, Human Rights Dox, Green Dox, National Competition.

Several of the films have been highlighted on this site, let me mention five of them:

Artemio Benki: Solo - http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4542/

Reetta Huhtanen: Gods of Molenbeek - http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4454/

Rachel Leah Jones & Philippe Bellaiche : Advocate http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4553/

Dina Naser: Tiny Souls - http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4543/

Viktor Kossakovsky: Aquarela - http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4408/

As usual, the festival in Prizren offers high quality – and I can add that the festival atmosphere is friendly and relaxed with much time to digest and discuss what you have seen.

https://dokufest.com/2019/


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Ksenia Okhapkina: Immortal

Written 05-07-2019 16:11:50 by Tue Steen Mller

Ksenia Okhapkina: Immortal

This film had its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary Festival that ends tomorrow, July 6. It has had three screenings, and let me start this review of a film, that will conclude with the highest marks on this site by quoting the catalogue text of the festival:

” How do the mechanisms of political power directly influence the lives of a country’s inhabitants? In seeking an answer to this difficult question, this cinematic essay looks at everyday life in a small Russian industrial city, uncovering along the way how dangerous and furtive an all-permeating ideology can be.”

… saying that there is nothing wrong in the text, it is also about indoctrination and building up patriotism, but not about everyday life, the text is a simplification that makes you think that here comes another social documentary from Russia, one of the many that fills festival programs all over. No, this is Cinema far away from information and much closer to interpretation of human life through sound and image and editing and point of view. It is seldom that I see a film that so precisely invites you into a world conveyed via symbols and sequences that has a flow of scary beauty that hits your eyes. Russian Sergey Dvortsevoy once said that for him every image, every sequence must have energy – in Ksenia Okhapkina’s film this is the case. The film is a composition, you are linked to the film with your eyes and ears, it is brilliant.

It takes place in the area, where there used to be Gulag camps and where there now live people, where coal is transported in containers attached to trains in an Arctic landscape, where the ice is burnt away from the pavement and where kids are trained to use rifles, girls are doing ballet and march – 1,2,3,4 – and where a golden tree stands with appartment buildings in the background. Where pilot training is talked about in a museum of heroes, who died for the Fatherland. You have a focus on kids listening and watching a propaganda film, where we the audience hear the sentence “the path to immortality”. Hence the title. Where people are filmed like shadows from behind, they are anonymous individuals, who have given up… no let me refrain from my interpretations to avoid simplifications… in a film that has the total ambition to let the images and the sound speak for what you take from it. Don’t say it, show it! And yet the lonely snow-covered dog barking represents of course, what the director and her excellent crew of camerapersons and editors and sound people and composers want to tell the audience, bringing with extraordinary cinematic skills a tone and a point of view the film to a thematically existential level. As did Pirjo Honkasalo years ago with her “Three Rooms of Melancholy”. It’s in that category, wrote the overwhelmed Danish reviewer.

Estonia/Latvia, 2019, 60 mins.


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Daniel Rosenfeld: The Years of the Shark

Written 03-07-2019 12:34:02 by Tue Steen Mller

Daniel Rosenfeld: The Years of the Shark

Det bliver en kort anmeldelse, nærmere en opfordring til danske læsere: Gå i Grand Teatret i København og nyd 94 minutter med den formidable argentinske bandoneónist Astor Piazzolla. En portrætfilm som Daniel Rosenfeld har lavet i samarbejde med Daniel Piazzolla, som har givet instruktøren adgang til et vidunderligt privatarkiv, som sammen med koncertoptagelser bringer tilskueren tæt på kunstneren og lader os forstå, hvorfor han fornyede, mange siger revolutionerede, tangomusikken med sin bandonéon, og hvorfor han i Gardel’s hjemland mødte modstand, også når han insisterede på at tango ikke ”blot” var dansemusik.

Det er smukt, det er melankolsk, det er voldsomt, det er temperament og det er et liv, som følges fra barndommen i New York til Argentina og frem og tilbage mellem hjemlandet og New York og med mange ture til Europa, specielt til Frankrig, hvor han blev og stadig er værdsat. Det er ren forførelse når Piazzolla sætter sin bandonéon på knæet og fylder rummet med poesi.

En flot film med en kompliceret kunstner fortalt via sønnen Daniel.  

Argentina, France, 94 mins., 2018

http://www.piazzolla.org/


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Marco Gastine: As Far as the Sea

Written 01-07-2019 12:24:21 by Tue Steen Mller

Marco Gastine: As Far as the Sea

It’s a strong piece of observational public service documentary, Greek/French director Marco Gastine has made. “Public Service” reminding us about, what legendary Scottish John Grierson thought should be the role of documentaries: to make the audience, the civil society understand the importance of public institutions. In this case the K.A.T. hospital in Athens Greece, where a section is treating patients, who have experienced serious accidents, paraplegics. But Grierson also stressed that these documentaries, apart from having an informative goal, should be made by filmmakers with a creative and artistic interpretation.

For 108 minutes the film takes the audience to the hospital with the staff and



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Laila Pakalnina: Spoon

Written 29-06-2019 18:23:05 by Tue Steen Mller

Laila Pakalnina: Spoon

… her 65 minutes long documentary has its premiere in Karlovy Vary tonight. The play- and colourful Latvian director is very busy on Facebook, where she for a long time has posted great photos, the last couple of days also from Karlovy Vary, where she is with her cinematographer. She is one of few veteran directors, who is always able to surprise the audience.

In an interview before the premiere at the festival’s documentary competition, the director said to ScreenDaily’s Laurence Boyce : « The first important thing to understand was not where to film but with whom to film. It was a very important decision to work with cinematographer Gints Berzins with whom I’d studied with at Moscow Film School (VGIK). We had created our common understanding about what film is and made many films together. »

… a guarantee for something special, which she already promised us at the Baltic Sea Docs pitch in 2017, where she showed stunning images created by Berzins and by the way also, as the show-woman she can be, threw plastic spoons to the panelists at the table. Berzins has also made several films with another Latvian director, Viesturs Kairiss, where the camerawork is far from mainstream.

« (the dialogue-free film is) a deceptively simple affair in which Pakalnina charts the creation of a meagre plastic spoon. But within this simplicity lies a nuanced commentary on both the wastefulness of human society and the magnificent spectacle of human endeavour. »

Looking forward to see the film on a big screen somewhere at a festival or in Riga in September ?


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Beniamino Barrese: The Disappearance of My Mother

Written 28-06-2019 15:29:51 by Tue Steen Mller

Beniamino Barrese: The Disappearance of My Mother

This film that I first got to watch yesterday having heard and read about it, only positive words… Here is the annotation from IDFA’s Docs for Sale:

“Benedetta (Barrese) wants to disappear. An iconic fashion model in the 1960s, she became a muse to Warhol, Dali & Penn and Avedon. As a radical feminist in the 1970s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. A fight against the manipulating world of images and against her son’s camera, who filmed her since he was a child, despite her resistance.”

And in the CinéDoc Festival in Tbilisi, where I was in the Caucasus jury, the international jury gave the film the main award with the following motivation:



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