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Kim Longinotto: Shooting the Mafia

Written 16-02-2019 11:10:53 by Tue Steen Mller

Kim Longinotto: Shooting the Mafia

Kim Longinotto, in her latest film presented at this week’s Berlinale (and already shown at last Sundance), portrays the Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia who has documented the Sicilian mafia over more than four decades. Battaglia happened by chance to become a photographer for the Palermo daily „L’Ora“, when – almost already 40 - she asked for a job as a journalist during the Sicilian summer holidays. After just a few days of work, she had to report her first mafia assassination. Over the years, Letizia Battaglia has become the woman who has seen an immense number of crime scenes, burials and finally court trials. Her mostly black and white pictures have been shown in museums and exhibitions around the world.



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Scott Barley : Sleep Has Her House/ 2

Written 15-02-2019 12:08:35 by Tue Steen Mller

Scott Barley : Sleep Has Her House/ 2

It was one of the magnificent 7 films in the Belgrade festival last year in June and now it goes to ZagrebDox in the Slow Dox section. Go and see it – it is something special as the two texts here underlign, the first one is from the website of the festival, the second one is what I wrote after the screening in Belgrade :

A spectral landscape where human traces have completely disappeared. Only animals under the cover of darkness quietly await the arrival of a mystic spirit diffusing over the forest basins. This feature-length cinematic nocturne is a nightmare, a romantic excursion into unbridled wilderness, and an apocalyptic vision in one. Employing slowly passing images of dusky and seemingly deserted landscapes, Barley envelops nature in a cloak of impenetrable mystery, transcendental repose, and chilling expectation.

Painting with an I-phone! I had the most amazing aesthetic experience for a long time in the cinema yesterday night at the Kombank Dvorana cinema during the Magnificent7 festival in Belgrade. 90 minutes with landscapes, rivers, valleys, woods, sunset, barely visible graphic prints on the film screen, from pleasure to nightmare, no dialogue, cinema pur, a rollercoaster of impressions and associations remembering our Danish master Per Kirkeby seeing some of the colourful images, created by Scott Barley, a visual artist using the film medium, making a visual installation in the dark room that the cinema constitutes, thinking of Casper David Friedrich of course but also of Muybridge and his horses or maybe better of the white horse in Pirjo Honkasalo’s “Three Rooms of Melancholia” – and towards the end it’s Götterdämmerung without Wagner but with lightning and thunder at a sound level that made me want to hold my ears and close my eyes to avoid the epileptic seizures that I could have inherited from my father. I can’t remember being so much physically attacked by the film medium. I read that the director is born in 1992, this Anselm Kiefer of cinema, gosh I was suffering with this nightmarish pleasure!

http://zagrebdox.net/en/2019/program/dox_special/slow_dox/sleep_has_her_house


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ZagrebDox 2019

Written 14-02-2019 14:58:50 by Tue Steen Mller

ZagrebDox 2019

Step by Step is the way that Croatian ZagrebDox festival has followed to announce its program for the 15th edition. The last couple of days the inviting website of the festival – link below – has told its readers what to expect in the competitive sections at the festival that starts February 24 and goes on until March 3. There are 18 films in the regional and 19 in the international category, plus ”Happy Dox“, „Biography Dox”, ”Controversial Dox”, ”Masters of Dox”, ”State of Affairs”… and more.

In the regional competition you will find films praised on this site, Eszter Hajdú’s brave critical film from ”Hungary 2018” and Claudia Tosi’s ”I Had a Dream” (photo) that also deals with politics through two – the word again – brave wonderful women. Also I can warmly recommend the short film ”In Between“ by Samir Karahoda from Kosovo, it has style and message.

From the International program loyal readers of this site might remember the text about Andrei Kutsila’s beautiful and thoughtful ”Summa”, those who can read Danish ”Island of the Ghosts”, reviewed and loved by colleague Allan Berg, the promising 1968-film ”My Unknown Soldier” by Anna Kryvenko and ”The Raft” by Marcus Lindeen.

I will be at the festival – looking very much to be present at a festival that has a high quality – short and long documentaries, award winning films from all over. Read all about it, good texts present the program on the site:

http://zagrebdox.net/en/2019/home


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Borch Hansen & von Lowzow: Jrn Utzon

Written 13-02-2019 14:23:49 by Tue Steen Mller

Borch Hansen & von Lowzow: Jrn Utzon

Instruktørerne hedder Lene og Anna til fornavn og filmen har undertitlen „Manden og Arkitekten“...

og det er, hvad vi får som tilskuere i den kendte Nordisk Film stil, som er designet til et internationalt marked som filmene om Karen Blixen, Knud Rasmussen og P.S. Krøyer var det – det vil sige biografisk fra a til z, bygget op omkring arkivmateriale, privat og offentligt, interviews og en kommentatorstemme, der tager os ved hånden. Og med stemningsskabende musik.

Åh nej, det er bare for meget af det gode, når der bliver sagt ”geni” i hver anden sætning og når sukkersøde sætninger veksler med musik fra ”væg til væg”. Men er du med på genren og formen, er det faktisk godt at være i selskab med den smukke høje mand, der aldrig – ifølge filmen – kritiserede andre og som hyldede arkitekturen som ”the art of capturing simplicity”.

… den smukke mand med den smukke hustru Lis. Deres livslange kærlighed er der billedmæssig dækning for: privatfotos, private filmoptagelser og først og fremmest, hvad to af parrets tre børn siger om deres opvækst, Lin Utzon and Jan Utzon. De taler om deres liv i Danmark, i Australien, på Hawaii, på Mallorca og der er masser af optagelser med den lykkelige solbrændte familie på havet, som han elskede. De taler ikke bare kærligt om deres forældre, de giver også besked.

Og så er der jo lige det at de huse, som Utzon tegnede er så gennemfotograferede og filmede, mange gange med Utzon selv bag kameraet, at du som tilskuer får noget af vide om, hvorfra Utzon fik sin inspiration, i nogle sekvenser brillierer Utzon selv som den ”greatest teacher”, en af de udenlandske arkitekter, som interviewes, kalder ham.

Operahuset i Sydney fylder naturligt nok meget i filmen med arkivmateriale og udtalelser. What a scandal; Australierne behandlede ham skidt og det blev ikke bedre, da han kom hjem til Danmark, hvor han skulle betale dobbeltskat. Efter Sydney i 1967 boede han i udlandet til 2004, men fik opgaver – National Assembly i Kuwait, Bagsværd Kirke, Paustians Hus plus at han tegnede huse til familien på Mallorca.

Arkitekten Oktay Nayman, der arbejdede med Utzon, til os danskere: I værdsatte ham ikke, tænk på alle de huse, han kunne have tegnet for jer.

Filmen har premiere i flere danske biografer fra i morgen. Med engelske undertekster.

Danmark, 90 mins., 2019.      


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Auteur Filmklub

Written 12-02-2019 12:12:19 by Tue Steen Mller

Auteur Filmklub

Efter mange års fremragende filmformidling valgte filmproducent og forfatter Ebbe Preisler at gå på velfortjent pension fra sin Mandagsdokumentaren. Preisler var før Mandagsdokumentaren en vigtig person i både dansk og europæisk dokumentar-sammenhæng. Det kan I læse lidt mere om her: http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/375/

Gode folk har taget over og dannet Auteur Filmklub Kvarterhuset. De forklarer selv at ”auteur” betyder at filmskaberen er i centrum for arrangementerne, at filmklub er en klub med programaktiviteter og at Kvarterhuset er det nye faste visningssted, hvis i klikker her

https://www.auteurfilm.dk/

adressen er på Amager og det er også her at ”auteur dinners” på franglais finder sted i Øens Spisested i Holmbladsgade. Næste middag – den 21 februar – viser den glimrende film ”En frygtelig kvinde” (foto) hvor instruktøren Christian Tafdrup spiser med og diskuterer den for mange kontroversielle film.

Og så går det ellers løs med en række dokumentarfilm. Bl.a. ”Dreaming Murakami” af Nitesh Anjaan og Christian Braad Thomsens ”Karen Blixen – Storyteller”. Klik på linket ovenfor og få alle oplysninger. Herfra skal der bare lyde et Bravo!

Manager af Auteur Niels Elbæk har bedt mig tilføje et par links, de kommer så her:

Jeg vil blive rigtig glad, hvis du kan tilføje to links mere til dit blogindlæg:
1. Link til hjemmesiden for filmklubben, der nu ligger under Kvarterhuset: https://kvarterhuset.kk.dk/artikel/auteur-filmklub-kvarterhuset
Der kan man også finde programmet.
2. Samt gerne dette link, hvor man kan melde sig ind i klubben: https://elkfilm.us16.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=41733784baf060d6b03437c71&id=5ff1d977be

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Torquil Jones & Gabriel Clarke: Bobby Robson

Written 09-02-2019 14:34:43 by Tue Steen Mller

Torquil Jones & Gabriel Clarke: Bobby Robson

--- with the subtitle “More than a Manager” is a well-made classic football documentary about the legendary Englishman, who played football 20 times for England and was a coach/manager for more than 50 years, not only in England but abroad in Holland, Portugal, Spain before he returned to his last job in the club, that was very close to his heart, Newcastle United. With classic I mean, interviews with players who praises Robson, archive with him, clips from games.

Bobby Robson (Sir Robert William Robson) (1933-2009) was a true British gentleman, an old school coach, for several of the players a father figure like for Paul Gascoigne, Gazza, this fantastic player who later on spoilt his carreer through alcoholism. In the film Gazza comes back several times saying how Robson was always checking how he was. To help him. The same for Brazilian Ronaldo, who was 19 when Robson took him to FC Barcelona supported by Danish coach, former star Frank Arnesen, who had discovered Ronaldo and brought him to PSV Eindhoven.

There are wonderful clips from Ronaldo’s stay at Barca in 1996-1997 and this year is in many ways the focus of the film. Robson loved to be in Barcelona but the fans did not like his kind of football, even if the won titles for the Catalan club. He took over from Johan Cruyff and his style was not appreciated. Nevertheless, Pep Guardiola, who was playing for Barca that year, praises him, as does Robson’s “translator”, José Mourinho, who learned from him – well, my comment, the gentlemanship he did not take with him! At a press conference you see Robson, who had just been sacked next to the new coach, Dutch van Gaal... no charisma at all!

If not for him, I would not have had a career, says Gary Lineker (the best coach England has ever had, is another sentence from the brilliant goal scorer), the same goes for another great player Alan Shearer, who stresses that Robson saved Newcastle United.

The private Bobby Robson is also in the film. His widow talks nicely about their life together, and one of the sons, with private archive and information about how he overcome a handful cancer operations, except fort he last one...

England, 2018, 100 mins. Available on Netflix.   


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Mads Brgger: Cold Case Hammerskjld

Written 06-02-2019 12:29:59 by Tue Steen Mller

Mads Brgger: Cold Case Hammerskjld

Fy for pokker… nu ved jeg at der er en organisation i Sydafrika der hedder SAIMR, South African Institute for Medical Research. En hemmelig loge, som var indblandet i mordet på den svenske FN generalsekretær Dag Hammerskjöld i 1961, hvor hans fly på vej til Congo faldt ned under mystiske omstændigheder. Hvordan og hvorfor døde svenskeren, som ville kolonialismen til livs og mødte stor modstand fra hvide i det sydlige Afrika.

Om dette har Mads Brügger lavet en film sammen med Göran Björkdahl, som har undersøgt Hammerskjöld-sagen det meste af sit voksne liv. Det er nærmest blevet en besættelse for ham. Brügger har arbejdet med Björkdahl i seks år på bedste journalistiske vis OG i bedste Mads Brügger film-stil, hvor han er i billedet, spiller den hvide mand med tropehatten, som vil grave resterne af flyvemaskinen op, men får ikke lov, tænder hænder-rystende en cigar, bliver spurgt af Björkdahl hvorfor han ryster på hænderne, ”du plejer jo at være en cool fyr”, og deri har svenskeren ret, når Brügger selviscenesættende klædt i hvidt som medlemmerne af SAIMR - får vi at vide - dikterer filmens manuskript til først den ene så den anden sorte sekretær, som ikke blot skriver ned, men også reagerer på oplysningerne om at sorte får indsprøjtninger med aids.”Gruesome” siger den ene sekretær og hun har ret og det er imponerende og rystende, hvad de to graver op af informationer og vidnesbyrd fra mennesker, som tør stå frem.

I forbindelse med filmen er der skrevet lange artikler i Observer og andre steder, hvor undersøgelserne og hovedpersonerne præsenteres. Som en anmeldelse har fremhævet er filmens indhold en sensation - afdøde Maxwells dagbog som afslører meget, Geoffrey Jones som ifølge slutteksterne nu lever i skjul somewhere pga. hvad han siger; han går så langt at han siger CIA, da han bliver spurgt, hvem der kunne have stået bag flystyrtet og mordet på den pæne, ordentlige Hammerskjöld, som har lagt navn til en fin allé i København, der huser den amerikanske ambassade!

Som film leverer Brügger her sit bedste; han blander iscenesættelsen med en ærlig tvivl da han opdager, at han er på vej til at grave noget stort ud af historiens glemsel. Han glider fra at være hovedperson i nok en absurd historie til hen i filmen at lade tropehatten ligge og give publikum en vejdrejet spændingsfilm, der har mange humoristiske elementer, men endnu flere, hvor hovedet rystes over kolonialismens hæslige hvide ansigt. Fy for pokker!  

Danmark, Sverige, 2019, 128 mins.


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DocPoint 2019 Summing Up

Written 04-02-2019 19:56:40 by Tue Steen Mller

DocPoint 2019 Summing Up

A total of 107 films were screened at DocPoint Festival in more than 260 screenings, a fifth of which were sold out. The documentary film event for children and young people, DOKKINO, organised in connection with the festival, gained 3 000 visitors. “I am pleased that a diverse festival audience was again inspired by documentary films”, says the Executive Director of the DocPoint-elokuvatapahtumat association Tapio Riihimäki. ”The good vibe and the warm atmosphere at DocPoint screenings is noteworthy and our international filmmaker guests have also remarked upon it.”

The most viewed film during the festival week was GENESIS 2.0 (Photo), the startling journey of the director Christian Frei to the core of cloning and ethics. Among the most popular films at the festival were AQUARELA depicting the power of water, OUR NEW PRESIDENT and FAHRENHEIT 11/9 both analysing Donald Trump’s ascent to power but from different viewpoints, and the poetic CIELO, of which all four screenings were sold out. Of the Finnish premieres, the biggest audiences were drawn by Reetta Huhtanen’s GODS OF MOLENBEEK and Arthur Franck’s THE HYPNOTIST.

The DocPoint audience and Tue Steen Müller, the Danish film critic making this year’s Critic’s Choice, were unanimous: the winner of the Audience Award GODS OF MOLENBEEK is also the Critic’s Choice. Müller says: “The filmmaker has cleverly made a film that puts the magic of childhood in the foreground as a comment to the world around the two boys. It is charming! This film will travel the world.”

Give us feedback!, please We’d love to here from you – and arrange an even better festival again next year! The 19th DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, it will take place from 27th January to 2nd February 2020. See you there!

https://docpointfestival.fi/en/blog/2019/02/04/diverse-audiences-inspired-by-docpoint-festival/


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Honeyland Wins 3 Awards at Sundance

Written 03-02-2019 09:51:33 by Tue Steen Mller

Honeyland Wins 3 Awards at Sundance

He was right Atanas Georgiev, the producer and editor of the film "Honeyland", when he said that it was close to be a masterpiece and hmmm, I was right when I gave it the highest marks in a review the other day http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4449/ Here is what I took from the Indiewire website:

World Cinema Documentary Competition

Grand Jury Prize – “Honeyland,” directors: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

Directing – “Cold Case Hammarskjold,” director: Mads Brugger

Special Jury Award for No Borders – “Midnight Traveler,” director: Hassan Fazili

Special Jury Prize for Impact for Change – “Honeyland,” directors: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov

Special Jury Award for Cinematography – “Honeyland,” Fejmi Daut, Samir Legume

Three awards out of five, wow! Mads Brügger's film will be reviewed in connection with its Danish premiere February 7.


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Reetta Huhtanen: Gods of Molenbeek

Written 03-02-2019 09:08:53 by Tue Steen Mller

Reetta Huhtanen: Gods of Molenbeek

Oh childhood with all your curiosity and innocence! Where the world is open for you, where you can ask all kind of questions. Where you can wish for everything, which is what the two boys do in Finnish debut director (for long documentaries) Reetta Huhtanen’s remarkable film “Gods of Molenbeek”.

I want a God as Amine, says 6 year old Aatos to his mother, who is Finnish, his father is from Chile. He goes to a French language school, whereas his close friend Amine’s parents are from Morocco. Amine goes to an Arabic



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