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Ivars Seleckis at Baltic Sea Docs 2020

Written 13-07-2020 12:42:17 by Tue Steen Mller

Ivars Seleckis at Baltic Sea Docs 2020

A new film project by veteran documentary director and cinematographer Ivars Seleckis will be presented at the 24th edition of Baltic Sea Docs that starts on the 29th of August. The brief description goes like this: ”The documentary “The Land” will reveal the countryside of the 21st century through the individual and personal stories of the five protagonists living in the Latvian countryside and farming their land.” Producer is Gints Grube, Mistrus Media, who also stood behind Seleckis last big success ”To be Continued”.

”Ivars Seleckis began his career the same way many film people do – from the ‘bottom’. Though he had university education, he spent months lugging ‘boxes’ and the heavy film camera around the Riga Film Studio until he was allowed to switch it on. The first scenes he shot that appeared on film were in 1960 – in the documentary, “My Riga” – a film that became the first timid step away from the official propaganda and towards a more humanly intimate poetics. (source: http://nkc.gov.lv/en/uncategorized/ivars-seleckis-2/)”.

Since then, as cinematographer and later on as director, Seleckis name has 

 



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Baltic Sea Docs 2020

Written 11-07-2020 12:57:07 by Tue Steen Mller

Baltic Sea Docs 2020

Riga, Latvia. 29.08 - 4.09.2020. The 24th Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries. For “professional filmmakers from the Baltic Sea region, as well as from Eastern and Central Europe”. It started in Denmark, had some years in the Baltic capitals before it found its permanent home in Riga in 2005. I have been “part of the furniture” since the beginning. With pleasure.

There is a film program to be announced later as well as seminars and list of tutors and decision makers, who will take part in an event that this year will be hybrid with some people based in Riga and many people attached to the Zoom presentations and questions and answers.

Project manager Zane Balcus and her team have made the selection of projects, 24 as usual, you can see them all via the link below.

Let me mention names that I already know from previous gatherings:

 



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CinDOC Summer School 2020

Written 01-07-2020 08:42:05 by Tue Steen Mller

CinDOC Summer School 2020

They had no choice the good people behind the Georgian documentary film festival CinéDOC. They already had organised three summer schools, this was to be the fourth and it had to be online… the intensive workshop dedicated to promising filmmakers from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Intensive? Indeed it was! 12 film projects. 4 tutors. And a (great) team of organisers led by Ileana Stanculescu and Artchil Khetagouri, the two filmmakers and directors of the festival CinéDOC that has not yet taken place because of the pandemic. Postponed. But not this summer school workshop.

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IDFA Director Nyrabia Interviewed

Written 23-06-2020 20:15:46 by Tue Steen Mller

IDFA Director Nyrabia Interviewed

Nick Cunningham, brilliant interviewer and reporter for the trade magazine BusinessDocEurope, has made an interview with artistic director of IDFA Orwa Nyrabia, who as usual talks clear and precise about the situation for documentaries in these times of lockdown. I have picked only a couple of quotes so please read it all, click the link below.

“A thousand persons watching the film at home over a week are not equal to a thousand persons in a cinema watching the same film… To me, watching a good film in a good cinema with other humans is a privilege, a valuable expression of our human civilization… It is a noble experience that I still want to defend within a civilization that is, otherwise, not much to brag about.”

Nyrabia’s concerns lie more with the filmmakers whose new documentaries are being met with a mute response within the virtual ether. “Overall, the on-demand approach to an online festival offer was very difficult to experience for a filmmaker who has been working on a film for years and hoping to be there and feel, see, smell and hear the audience watching their film. During a pandemic, a festival cannot have the full answer to that. A festival can either take place, not take place, or find the statement it wants to make within the context – and the means and technology to make it.”

… ” Film does not exist on its own in the can (or the hard drive). Film exists when it is on a screen with an audience. That other thing we see alone on a smaller screen is something else. It is better than nothing for sure, but it is not a replacement.”

https://businessdoceurope.com/orwa-nyrabia-on-the-return-to-live-for-the-sake-of-filmmakers-and-audiences/?fbclid=IwAR2gZ15voEo-FGiucIvtAWgyC3cUzUvbVGOqoUiYScpdlGMxE_ssLhekkBY


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Christine Albeck Brge: Livet mens vi dr

Written 21-06-2020 12:58:06 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Christine Albeck Brge: Livet mens vi dr

Det her er bare en rigtig god dokumentar, den holder mig fuldt koncentreret fanget denne hele time i sin udfoldelse af den lavmælt kloge flertydige titel som ikke vil være andet end en overskrift, men som i sin underfundighed åbner for skildring af en livsforståelse som på trods er forbavsende rig med de fire medvirkende: en pilot, en operasanger, en embedsmand, en pædagog, fire kloge kvinder alle syge af uhelbredelig brystkræft, dette lille spektrum af nære veninder er dokumentarens hele verden og viden. Og det er bare en rigtig vis dokumentar Christine Albeck Børge således debuterer med. Må der dog bare komme flere fra hendes hånd... 



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Biograffilm Festival Bologna Awards

Written 17-06-2020 14:08:39 by Tue Steen Mller

Biograffilm Festival Bologna Awards

The first Italian online festival to draw to a close inside a cinema

Biografilm celebrates both the reopening of cinemas in Italy and the winning films of the 2020 edition, which, for the first time, was accessible for free online nationwide in Italy. The festival welcomed a large audience: over 45,000 reservations in the Biografilm Hera Theatre virtual cinema.

“The joy of being back inside the cinema and meeting others in person is enormous, but I am also delighted about the festival’s virtual participation” says the director Leena Pasanen, “our decision to move online was rewarded by an audience who has actively followed our programme, showing their enthusiastic support on social media too. For next year we will carry on working to ensure the possibility of access to the festival for those who cannot come to Bologna. Our industry event for film professionals, Bio to B, also saw an astonishing turnout, with 150 accredited guests able to connect from home from all over the world.”

Biografilm Festival returned to the cinema in time for the Awards Ceremony,

 



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Biograffilm Festival Bologna

Written 13-06-2020 19:20:41 by Tue Steen Mller

Biograffilm Festival Bologna

16th edition, June 5-15, with Finnish Leena Pasanen as the new director for a festival that has the subtitle ”International Celebration of Lives”. There is an international competition with 12 films (with films like Danish „It Takes a Family” by Susanne Kovács, ”Sing me a Song” by Thomas Balmes, ”The Earth is Blue as an Orange” by Iryna Tsilyk from Ukraine – and two Italian films that I have seen:

”Faith” by Valentina Pedicini, the opening film, a strong card to play by the new director; the film won the main award at DocsBarcelona, I saw it at IDFA and remembered ”the former Zelig student, who actually prepared the film, when she was in the school in Bolzano. She made a short film at that time, 11 years ago. “I was young at that time, 11 years later I felt mature enough to go deeper, stay longer at the place-“. And she did together with cameraperson Bastian Esser and his assistent Lucia Alessi – both of them also Zelig students…”. And I – teaching at the school – remember the three talents very well.

The other Italian film in competition is Francesco Cannavà’s “Because of my Body”, first film, produced by experienced Raffaele Brunetti, a film made with respect and care with two amazing characters. No need to give an annotation, as the one from the festival website is precise: “Because of a serious motor disability, Claudia cannot move without being helped by her mother. At the age of 20 she is still a virgin and wonders what sexual pleasure could possibly be like. But one day Marco, a Love Giver, comes into her life. Marco has just attended the first course to help disabled people to discover their own bodies and sexuality, an unprecedented event, on the margins of legality. Supported by a team of specialists, Claudia and Marco embark on a series of meetings which become ever more intimate. However, the project is subject to protocol which includes a rule that is difficult to enforce: never fall in love.” 

Yes, the meetings become “ever more intimate”, sometimes challenging my modesty but it’s never flat, it is gentle and beautiful – show me my clitoris, one scene, painting the body, blue for what you don’t find appealing, another scene, red for sexually appealing, she drives her car in a fantastic scene that conveys her joy on her way to Marco, who more and more becomes “the one and only”. It’s not easy – the mother suffers, Claudia suffers as does Marco in a film full of life and fine moments.

There are 8 more Italian films being presented – in an Italian competition. I will be back with comments on a couple more.

https://www.biografilm.it/en/


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IDFA returns to cinemas in November

Written 11-06-2020 20:55:21 by Tue Steen Mller

IDFA returns to cinemas in November
(with the) Program extended by limited online screenings
 
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is planning its 33rd edition. With Dutch cinemas now re-opening, IDFA is looking forward to holding the festival in theaters from November 18th to 29th, albeit with potentially reduced capacity. The festival’s competitions will remain intact, to be presented in cinemas and extended with limited virtual cinema screenings and events. 

IDFA competition and audience screenings
 
to be continued...


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Krakow FF Awards Intl. Doc Competition

Written 07-06-2020 10:24:58 by Tue Steen Mller

Krakow FF Awards Intl. Doc Competition

… and Fipresci Award

Having watched all the competitive films the International Documentary Jury of the 60th Krakow Film Festival consisting of: Łukasz Żal – chairman (Poland), Renata Santoro (Italy), Tod Lending (USA), Eva Mulvad (Denmark), Martin Horyna (Czech Republic) has decided to award the following prizes:

 



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Krakow FF Back to the Cinema

Written 06-06-2020 18:08:37 by Tue Steen Mller

Krakow FF Back to the Cinema

This is a copy paste from the Krakow FF website of today:

The 60th Krakow Film Festival invites you to screenings of award-winning films at the Pod Baranami Cinema in Krakow!

The pioneering decision to organize this year’s entire Krakow Film Festival program on the web was a success! The virtual cinema screening rooms has been packed to the brim from the first day of the festival! An enthusiastic, numerous audience participates in meetings with the creators and special live events. The organizers receive thanks and praises coming from all over the world. The Krakow Film Festival has prepared a unique surprise for the viewers. On the last day of the film holiday, you are invited the cinema!

Traditionally, on Sunday, the last day of the festival, the organizers invite the audience to an unforgettable marathon of films awarded in all festival competitions. This year will be no dofferent. Sunday screenings in the virtual cinema will start at 11.00 a.m. CET and will last until late evening. The last tickets are waiting for viewers.

The Krakow Film Festival decided to immediately react to the lifting of some restrictions on cinema activities and invite the audience to screenings of the winning films on 7th of June and have the audience fill all the rooms of the friend Pod Baranami Cinema. Thus, KFF will become the first festival in Poland realized entirely online and in the cinema!

We have often said that despite the great excitement with the new formula of this year’s festival, we can’t wait to get back to the cinemas. We are happy that this can happen much earlier than we thought. Thanks to this, the finale of our festival will be truly unique and will certainly go down in history, emphasizes Olga Lany, spokeswoman for the Krakow Film Festival.

Screenings in the cinema halls of the Krakow Pod Baranami Cinema (at the Main Square and in the Małopolska Garden of Arts) will start in parallel with the virtual screenings – at 11.00. Tickets are PLN 15 and they will only be available at www.kinopodbaranami.pl and at the cinema ticket offices. A detailed screenings program will be announced after the closing ceremony of the festival, which will take place on June 6 at 7.00 p.m.. Immediately after the Gala, selected award-winning films will also be shown: films of the winner of the Golden Hobby-Horse in the Polish competition, winner of the Golden Dragon in the short film competition and winners of the Golden and Silver Horn in the international documentary competition.

Photo: Romanian documentary "Acasa, My Home" by Radu Ciorniciuc. Could be one of the winners of tonight and thus one to be shown in the cinema tomorrow.


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