Written 31-05-2009 12:46:37 by Tue Steen Müller
Great to see that documentary festivals not only grow in Europe. For the second time an international documentary festival will take place in Agadir in Marocco November 10-14. For long documentaries, i.e. film that are longer than 52 minutes produced in 2008-2009.
A glance at the site of the festival reveals a high quality programme with two films as winners that have both been reviewed/written about on filmkommentaren.dk:
”The Mother” by Antoine Cattin and Pavel Kostomarov, and ”A Road to Mecca” by George Misch.
With a generous offer of films from countries that normally have difficulties in reaching European festivals.
Written 29-05-2009 08:30:37 by Tue Steen Müller
Readers of filmkommentaren.dk will know that I consider the international documentary festival in the capital of Portugal as one of the leading when it comes to quality in selection and side programme policy.
The programme for 2009, the festival takes place October 15-25, advertises a tribute to Jonas Mekas, a section with ”love stories” and a focus on Balkans. The latter being a great idea as this is indeed a region where innovative documentary storytelling reigns in these years.
Talking about innovation – this is what Jonas Mekas has contributed to in his long career. Here is the text from the site of the festival:
Jonas Mekas is known as the mentor of North American avant-garde cinema.
Born in 1922 in a small village of Lithuania, he studied in Vienna and settled himself in the United States after World War II. Two weeks after his arrival in New York, he bought a camera and started a very personal film journey. He had collaborations with Andy Warhol, Alan Ginsberg, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Salvador Dali among other personalities. Titles like Lost, Lost, Lost (1975); Reminiscences of a Voyage to Lithuania (1972) and As I was Moving Ahead, Occasionally I saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2001) were screened at the main film institutes and world Museums. Jonas Mekas it is also a writer and art exhibitions curator. He will give a masterclass at doclisboa and he will discuss some of his films with the audience.
Written 26-05-2009 07:24:27 by Tue Steen Müller
Latvian Herz Frank, a master in the history of documentary, with works like "Ten Minutes Older", "There were Seven Simeons", "The Song of Songs" and "Flashback":
In front of me on my work table is the central fragment from Raphael's fresco "The School of Athens". Plato and Aristotle discuss the philosophical meaning of life. Plato is pointing upwards - the essence is the Idea! Aristotle, on the other hand, has his palm pointing down to the ground - the basis is the material! Even earlier in the Old Testament (Genesis) both views are united. In the first book of Moses the first lines states: In the beginning God created heaven and earth. Read - the spiritual and the material.
As a documentarian, I follow these principles directly. Facts have to be the basis for documentary films. And if we want to uncover the truth in them, facts have to be portrayed not only on the surface and as purely informative, but also ith sensitive, spiritual eyes. Even better if one eye is dry, and the other - damp... Life has to be filmed imaginatively, and only then will we understand its deeper meaning. There is an image hiding in every detail of each fact, in each living and inanimate thing. You only have to know how to see and record them. A documentary camera is not a video-recorder in the street...
Written 26-05-2009 07:04:31 by Tue Steen Müller
The film about the Indian boy Bilal has previously been reviewed on filmkommentaren.dk The idfa festival and the connected Jan Virjman Fund has followed "the carreer" of the film and has posted this small sunshine story about a film, its director and main character:
Bilal, the story of a two-and-a-half-year-old boy growing up with completely blind parents, was screened at IDFA 2008. This year the documentary travels around the world, receiving awards at film festivals from Qatar to Mexico. Bilal will even be screened at the prestigious Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA) in New York. Director Sourav Sarangi reflects on the production of Bilal, from a project supported by IDFA’s Jan Vrijman Fund to an award-winning documentary.
Read more / Læs mere
Written 21-05-2009 19:36:47 by Tue Steen Müller
For those who read Russian there is a very fine new website to visit that includes good and relevant info on what is going on in Russia in the field of non-fiction and documentary. The site is independent and is set up by Ludmila Nazaruk, producer from St. Petersburg.
For us, who do not read Russian there is help to get via the (also new) google translation service. I did so via the Danish google.dk and tried the translation into Danish, which was not very good. I switched to English which gave me a much better translation, not perfect but I got the most important information and have now added miradox to my bookmarks. Ludmila Nazaruk told me about her great initiative that should be supported also from the West. Her plan is to work on making a proper English version and she has contact to EDN to make a collaboration on spreading the news about Russian documentaries. Vice versa.
Just to have a list of Russian documentary festivals, and to follow what is shown on Russian television are important for professionals, or to read how a director as Sergei Miroshnichenko evaluates the situation for Russian documentary... The photo is the logo of Artdokfest in Moscow in December. It has filmmaker Vitaly Manski as president. The programme for 2008 is a clear evidence of high quality. And the message of the logo is clear enough!
Bravo – and the least you can do is to pay a visit to
Written 20-05-2009 10:47:21 by Tue Steen Müller
Kim Longinotto is an amazingly productive film director, who has a slate of important films in her filmography (among them masterpieces like ”Divorce Iranian Style”, ”Runaway”, ”Gaea Girls”, ”Sisters in Law”), and she is a director that with her subjects and cinematographic skills reach both a broad audience and the film buffs. A retrospective of her work runs right now at MOMA in New York, and she is a hunted teacher for whatever film school or festival masterclass all over the world. She has never put herself in the first place, it is the people who matter for her, the stories around women in need, women towards whom she is capable of building trust when she appears with the camera, whe operates herself.
Written 19-05-2009 23:35:17 by Tue Steen Müller
The film was reviewed in August 2007, now we repeat the review for those Danish people who watched it on DR2’s new tuesday night documentary strand ”Dokumania”. The Danish language review went like this:
Written 19-05-2009 23:20:41 by Tue Steen Müller
The festival in Warsaw is over and the many prizes have been awarded. The following films awarded at Planete Doc Review are to be found reviewed or noted on filmkommentaren.dk:
Geoffrey Smith: The English Surgeon. Anders Østergaard: Burma VJ. Peter Kerekes: Cooking History. Bartek Konopka: Rabbit a la Berlin. Magnus Gertten & Elin Jönsson: Long Distance Love. Georg Misch: A Road to Mecca-the Journey of Mohammad Asad.
Crisis in the world of documentary films? No, on the contrary. If you have seen the 6 films mentioned, you will discover how it goes from classical documentary story telling like in ”The English Surgeon” to innovative narratives like in ”Cooking History” and ”Burma vj”.
Written 19-05-2009 14:16:40 by Tue Steen Müller
OBS til danske læsere: Se denne smukke og gribende krimidokumentar om opklaringen af to justitsmord begået mod en handicappet mand, som sad i fængsel i over 18 år for to kvindemord, han ikke havde begået. Det er en krimi med rigtige mennesker i en rigtig historie, en skamplet på det oplyste og velorganiserede norske retssamfund. Filmen vises i Cinemateket i København torsdag den 21. Maj kl. 19.
But I continue in English as the film definitely has international potential and deserves to be shown at festivals all over as a fine piece of genre-conscious storytelling that appeals to both heart and brain. Of course the filmmakers have chosen to play as much as they can according to the rules of the crime series stereotype that we can watch every night on television if we want to.
Ex-newsreporter Tore Sandberg and his friend, ex-police investigator Frode Asbjørnsen constitute a couple like good old Morse and Lewis or other modern parallels or why not Sherlock Holmes and doctor Watson. They are indeed different in temperament but they are as characters so good together, these two older gentleman who have never visited a fitness centre and like the good side of (pub)life! The scoop of the film lies with the two characters in their chase for the truth. For Tore complemented with the motivation to rehabilitate Fritz Moen, who sat in jail for more than 18 years for two murders that he had not done. The two men can argue against each other, have funny conversations and at the same time be totally dedicated to the mission.
Tore covered the case way back and feels bad he was part of the media hysteria that hurried to condem Fritz Moen as the easy guilty person. Step by step Tore collects evidence that it could not have been Fritz – through interviews he makes with Fritz himself, with people who were involved in the investigation 20 years earlier and through all the court documents. The filmmakers create a story with dramatic flow, with repetitive tableau-like images of the water where the corpses of the young women were found, of Tore driving through a tunnel with a light at the end, and with reconstructions of the crimes done in an effective, yet discreet manner. Sorry, cant find anything to complain about!
Written 18-05-2009 08:35:22 by Tue Steen Müller
Danish born Henning Albert Boilesen was a succesful businessman during the military dictatorship in Brazil in the 60’es. He went to the top, had close contact to the rulers of the country, and as many other industrialists in Sao Paulo, he contributed financially to the operation of the OBAN that was set up by the government to fight the subversive revolutionary groups in the country. But not only was he contributing to the fight against the communists, he was said to hate, but he also, it is stated by several of the interviewed people in the documentary, personally witnessed or took part in the torture that was performed by the OBAN. In April 1971 he was brutally machine-gunned to death in the streets of Sao Paulo.
In this very well researched story, the narrative elements are constituted by interviews with former military people and historians, journalists, ex-militants – and people from his childhood community in Denmark, by clips from feature films, by an enormous amount of official and family photos and by archive material from the time where a climate of fear must have reigned in Brazil. In other words, an impressive piece of journalism. Serious stuff put in contrast to light (kind-of) bar music and quick, often playful editing. This is where I have my doubts and criticism of the otherwise convincing and maybe especially for a Dane interesting story about Boilesen, one of many who were on the side of the oppressors. Could another take on the story, some times during the story, have provoked more drama, more intensity through breaks in the format, through a different rythm and different sound design instead of having the same storytelling flow regardless the themes in the film? In order to show and not only tell that Boilesen had a dualism in his character - a sadist and a charming positive person as well. I can see the danger of making a story like this into something heavy and over-serious, but I also sense a touch of tabloid in the choice. (Like I saw in the recent film on Baader-Meinhof). Having said so, thanks for bringing this story to a Dane, who had never heard about Boilesen and his torture pianola sending electric shocks through the prisoners! And thanks for reminding us of the traumatic recent past of Brazil.
2009, Brazil, 93 mins.
Winner 1st Prize National competition at It’s All True 2009
Written 17-05-2009 15:15:31 by Tue Steen Müller
The title of the film is actually ”Pale Peko Bantu Mambo Ayikosake” which in swahili means ”Where there are people there will be problems”. And problems there are in Katanga, the location of this fresh and direct film that manages what most films do not when the subject is a foreign country with a foreign culture far away from wealthy Western Europe. The director has chosen to tell the story in first person, not through his own voice but through the main character. It is a very well written text that matches the intensity of a story that has a lot of humour in a dead serious context. Here is the catalogue annotation from when the film was shown at the idfa 2008 festival:
Belgium, 2008, 95 mins.
Written 15-05-2009 14:53:01 by Tue Steen Müller
For readers of Swedish language there is a fine service provided from Lars Säfström, documentary head of svt Malmö. Säfström writes about what he has seen and about the discussions at the public broadcaster's yearly gathering that this year takes place in Warsaw.
Still from RIP: A Remix Manifesto by Gregg Taylor
Written 15-05-2009 13:44:53 by Mikael Opstrup
Rundt omkring i den store verden sidder der nogle kulturelle ildsjæle og bygger små læhegn omkring det hul, hjemlige politiske ildsjæle gør deres bedste for at begrave kulturen i.
Og vil du også gerne bidrage med din film til en happy end, så kan du kontakte undertegnede
PS. En udstilling om det smukke hus i Damaskus er åbnet i dag på Davids Samling i København.
Written 15-05-2009 11:44:01 by Tue Steen Müller
Film History – The Finnish film critic and historian Peter von Bagh is the artistic director of this exciting week in June:
Il Cinema Ritrovato, the festival sponsored by the Mostra Internazionale del Cinema Libero and the Cineteca del Comune di Bologna, invites film lovers from around the world to Bologna from Saturday June 27th through Saturday July 4th, 2009. Eight days and evenings of cinephilic joy to be experienced in various locations: the twin screens of the Cineteca's Lumière cinemas, one dedicated just to silent cinema, the other to sound; the Bologna Opera House and the Arlecchino Cinema (where we can experience the miracle of big screen projection as films were meant to be seen, but almost never are these days)…
… The underlying theme of this all is again cinephilia, the absolute love of cinema. Several programs will be dedicated to this theme: films on notable personalities (Bernard Chardère, Henri Langlois’s television interviews), the unsurpassed Cinéastes de notre temps programs by André S. Labarthe.
Photo: Henri Langlois.
Written 14-05-2009 10:13:32 by Tue Steen Müller
Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, receives 10 million letters per year and 76% of them are answered! This is stated by an employee from the administration that takes care of this personal contact between the president and the population.
Written 13-05-2009 12:11:21 by Tue Steen Müller
For a documentary veteran viewer it is pure pleasure, when you watch a film that gives you surprises you in structure, narration and content. I knew that Slovak/Hungarian Peter Kerekes after his wonderful ”66 Seasons” was working on a big budget film on a somewhat crazy subject: How did they cook for the soldiers on the front, what did they eat, under which circumstances, war and food... but I had no real idea on how he would materialise his idea and construct his film. I must say that I am amazed how innovative and playful and funny and moving and clever and original this great film is.
Written 12-05-2009 14:30:49 by Tue Steen Müller
Osh in Kyrgyzstan. Not a place that we have heard much about. The same goes for the people who live there. Who fall in love as everyone (hopefully) does all over the world. However, the problem for the two protagonists, Alisher and Dildora, is that they need money to survive and as there is no work for Alisher in Kyrgyzstan, he leaves for Russia with the help of an agency, that turns out to cheat on him and many others. Low-paid he is and there is not a lot of money going back to Dildora and his parents. While away from home, Dildora gives birth to their child, which does not make the living conditions easier. There is but one solution for Alisher – he must go back home for the sake of mother and child, but also for the ill mother and the silent father, who drinks too much.
Written 12-05-2009 13:51:02 by Tue Steen Müller
“The life, demolition and reconstruction of the Kopaszi dam between 1998 and 2007. A mostly black & white 35mm documentary shot over ten years in a forgotten landscape in the center of Budapest. People living in houseboats and wooden houses, struggling against flood, snow and investors who want them to evict. The second part of The Dike of Transience.”
Written 12-05-2009 13:46:21 by Tue Steen Müller
I have known the works of Viktor Asliuk for many years, small universal stories about people and what they do in their lives, conveyed with a lot of warmth, with ”We are Living on the edge” as a masterpiece that has gone all over.
For that reason I can not help to be a bit disappointed with his new film about a doctor who goes around to help lonely and forgotten people in the countryside of Belarus. It is far too short, the character should have been more developed, it starts, it has some sweet moments but does not really get close and does not capture emotions, and then it is over.
Belarus, 20 mins., 2008
Written 11-05-2009 14:09:27 by Tue Steen Müller
Georgian director. Saw one of her previous works last year, ”Their Helicopter”, written about on this site. And praised at the same time her on-going film project, ”Restaurant Bakhmaro and Those Who Work There”, that is now with the director at the Ex Oriente film project.
Written 11-05-2009 11:01:52 by Tue Steen Müller
Ud fra et dokumentar-synspunkt er serien om Quatraro (for sagen som sådan se tidligere indlæg) et tv-program, som viser to journalisters research. Man kunne så være fræk og spørge, hvorfor pokker vi skal se researchen og ikke en velturneret undersøgende krimidokumentar, hvor journalisterne holder sig i baggrunden og ikke i forgrunden. Hensigten med denne genres fortællemåde er imidlertid at Brügger og Bertelsen skal være i forgrunden som to karakterer, vi skal interessere os for, en slags to uheldige helte som gør, hvad de kan for at bryde den tavse mur og gåderne omkring sagen. Arbejdsmåden og det store uoverskuelige EU er det, det drejer sig om. Også.
Spørgsmålet er så, om de er gode nok til at fylde disse roller ud? Om den underfundige skæve humor, som de to praktiserer så godt i studiet derhjemme, også fungerer i diverse hotelværelser og fly. Jeg synes det ikke, jeg keder mig stadig, selvom dette andet afsnit havde en række gode ansigter og typer i de mange kontorer i Bruxelles og i Quatraros fødeby. Men når jeg nu synes at det måske ikke er så interessant at finde ud af hvordan manden døde for 16 år siden, og ikke fanges af de evindelige nærbilleder af de to journalister... det kan blive bedre i de kommende afsnit, men faren for manér, selvsving og krukkeri er nærliggende.
Set på www.dr.dk
Written 11-05-2009 09:26:15 by Tue Steen Müller
OBS! Especially for Danish and Swedish readers: On this site the great film of Dragan Nikolic has often been mentioned and praised (go to “search” and write the title). Here is another piece of promotion on the occasion of the screening on Swedish public channel svt 1 tonight at 22.00.
The Caviar Connection is a documentary about the Rats brothers - two sturgeon fishermen and their dream to catch the BIG fish which will bring them the money to leave their small village in Serbia. The brothers and those who live around them are like characters from slapstick comedies, they always argue, cheat and calculate, they disagree but yet, always work together. While they gamble with written and unwritten rules of nature and economics, their characters become deeper without them even noticing it. (Transit Film, the distributor)
... A wonderful mixture of observational documentary and creative authorship. It shows the inevitable disappearing world of traditional fishing through the colorful, character driven story of one family. The film pulls us so fully into this world, that we can’t help but have warmth for these flawed characters, find humor in their ordinary situations, and feel compassion for their struggles. (Jury motivation at ZagrebDox where it won first prize).
Written 09-05-2009 12:35:12 by Tue Steen Müller
Best international feature Documentary at the Hot Docs was announced yesterday night and the winner was the Lebanese filmmaker Simon El Habre with this ”The One Man Village”, well deserved for a charming and well constructed film. Here is the review I wrote when I saw the film at DoxBox in Damascus in March:
It is one of those minimalistic films that subject-wise has been seen so many times: Man lives alone outside the cities, big house, animals - cows, chicken, horses, cats and dogs - he has retired from the noisy world full of pollution and he has a fine life. A bit excentric, yes, but clever and sweet to the filmmaker, his nephew, the Lebanese film director Simon El Habre, who masters a narrative full of warmth and surprises with the behind the camera nephew getting closer and closer to his uncle and his story. And why are you not married, have you ever been in love, what happened to your parents... questions are asked, the uncle demonstrates his passion for the animals, gets into his old, rusty car to go downhill with the milk, and slowly we understand that the village is emptied because of what happened in the civil war in Lebanon between 1975 and 1990. The film has an extraordinary sound design and you are not bored for a moment. It was in Berlin, it goes to Nyon and Hotdocs, well-deserved. Tell your local festival to screen it.
... in Damascus the audience enjoyed the film with big applause. What an uncle to have! Charismatic, energetic, with a smile in his eyes all the time, a happy man.
Written 09-05-2009 01:33:08 by Tue Steen Müller
It is one of those films where you are attracted by the visual and the tone of the film and the words, in other words by the film, and still feel like you want to watch and listen again. Because you did not get it all. Being a chaptered film essay of highest originality, with funny playful captions, you can actually do your re-view by clicking your remote control. To pick the chapters. And you can visit the (also) rich website to get on your screen the aphorisms. Simply to read what you heard.
Written 09-05-2009 01:31:09 by Tue Steen Müller
This is a clip from a text made by the director, to be found on his website in full length:
… I myself have systematically collected aphorisms for the last ten years. Whenever I wonder why I am still living in this crazy country after years of civil wars, domestic repression and international satanization, I turn to my collection of aphorisms for reassuring consolation and a 100%-proof optimism fix.
Understanding the world around you, fighting back at the Gods with pen and paper, turning satire into a state of mind – it really means transcending it all. All of a sudden, a wasted childhood becomes an asset; terminal living in Serbia – a privilege. From this perspective, Serbia stops being a traumatized, post-war country lost in transition, and turns into a stylish crossroads full of off-beat characters trying to contribute to a better understanding of this world by making up great lines.
These authors – vagabonds, politicians, psychiatrists, dentists, postmen, winemakers… - have no illusions that they can change anything, but they also can’t bear to stay idle, so they do a brilliant service to humanity – they make their ingenious comments public. If they can’t change the world around us, at least they can change our perception of this world. More than often, this is more than enough…
Written 06-05-2009 10:07:33 by Tue Steen Müller
For the 6th time this international documentary film festival takes place in Warsaw at the Kinoteka. The programme is overwhelming in volume AND quality. No wonder that the festival two days ago received The Main Award at the Polish Film Institute Awards in the category International Film Event.
Photo: Rabbit a la Berlin by Bartek Konopka, 54 mins. 2009 - to be shown at the festival with a follow-up discussion on 1989.
Written 06-05-2009 09:57:42 by Tue Steen Müller
Honour your master... this is what four young Polish filmmakers do. They have all come out of the Andrzej Wajda Master School in Warsaw, and their names are already known outside their own countries in festival circles and as participants in international training sessions like Ex Oriente.
Written 06-05-2009 09:55:22 by Tue Steen Müller
The festival includes no less than 6 competition sections with the Millenium Award as the main one. 19 films compete for the 6000€, several of them known to readers of filmkommentaren.dk. Like ”Kites” (photo) by Polish Beata Dzianowicz, ”Burma vj” by Danish Anders Østergaard, ”Another Planet” by Ferenc Moldoványi, ”The English Surgeon” by Geoffrey Smith and ”Blind Loves” by Juraj Lehotsky. And on a note basis Slovak Peter Kerekes ”Cooking History” and Polish Marcin Latallo’s cinema version of ”Our Street” – both to be reviewed here on a later occasion.
http://www.dfi.dk/tidsskriftetfilm/64/frontpage.htm (article called ”Bridgebuilding”)
Written 04-05-2009 11:38:23 by Tue Steen Müller
Flemish language broadcasting company Lichtpunt in Belgium introduces itself like this: ”The aim of Lichtpunt is creating informative programmes on subjects from a humanistic point of view. Above all we attempt to approach our television viewers as being open minded and outspoken adults. Special attention is given to situations where frankness and freedom is being limited. The themes treated are analysed from an ethical and not from a political point of view.”
Lichtpunt, in volume a small broadcaster, is (pre)buying a lot of documentaries as well as being involved in some coproductions. But the channel has also produced several interview programmes with European culturally important characters like Ken Loach, Günter Grass and Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Producer and commissioning editor Wim van Rompaey sent me screeners of these ”Tidjgenoten” to watch and what a pleasure in nowadays television to see programmes where the interviewer is well prepared, the interviewed responds to this with intelligence and the programme takes its time and uses good archive material or material shot for the programme. Information, entertainment, interesting talking faces, food for thought. Enzensberger (photo)... what a charming and lively man, who among many matters talks about his travelling around to look at and try to understand the world. ”Man muss es anschauen, entdecken, man interessiert sich für etwas anderes”, than yourself.
Written 04-05-2009 08:55:13 by Tue Steen Müller
Som stor beundrer af ”Den 11. Time” satte jeg mig for at se første afsnit af ti (på DR2) af makkerparrets nye serie om EU embedsmanden Antonio Quatraro, som i 1993 faldt eller blev skubbet ud af et vindue i en kontorbygning på rue de la Loi. Et stort filmprojekt hvor de to leder efter sandheden om den uheldige italiener og de mange spegede forbindelser, han havde.
Jeg sidder der også næste gang og håber inderligt at kvaliteten stiger klækkeligt. Stort set hele dette afsnit foregik på et hotelværelse i Casablanca, hvor de to journalister fra Danmark udspørger en engelsk journalist, som tilsyneladende ved alt om sagen. Og som Bertelsen beder om at forklare hvordan EU er opbygget. Det bliver til en kolossalt kedelig omgang interview-tv, som fotograf og instruktør Jeppe Rønde forgæves prøver at gøre spændende at se på med forskellige fotografiske indstillinger på de tre mænd i et rum. Indstillinger som bliver klippet sammen med de to ombord på en flyver på vej til Bruxelles i samtale om sagen og om flymaden. Det er et forsøg på at skabe den absurde, kloge komik, som kendetegnede ”Den 11. Time”, det fungerer bare ikke her hvor studiet er afløst af en journalistisk undersøgende og opsøgende opgave.
Written 03-05-2009 19:34:12 by Tue Steen Müller
The big international documentary festival in Toronto is running now and until May 10 and they do a wonderful promotion and information work for the audience and for us who are not there. Annotations on the film, written interviews, it’s all there... Lots to pick up...
Photo from Norwegian Håvard Bustnes award-winning "Big John".
Written 02-05-2009 23:22:48 by Tue Steen Müller
Football is creative! When Barcelona plays like they did tonite. In Madrid, against Real. No, not creative. Artistic. Pure pleasure. As they write on the website of FC Barcelona:
Now that’s what you call football! (2-6). Barça have won at the Bernabéu with an amazing display of attacking and entertaining football. Henry (2), Puyol, Messi (2) and Piqué scored the goals in a historic victory that leaves the team just five points away from the championship title. May 2, 2009 will go down as one of the most historic days in the proud history of FC Barcelona. A day to compare with that magnificent February 14, 1974 when that legendary side led by Johan Cruyff won 5-0 at the Bernabéu. 35 years later, Barça have once again brought Madrid to their knees with a recital of football at its very best...
I watched it alone with a constant sms contact to other Barca fans and with my Barca shirt next to me. Oh, to witness magical moments like these. Look at the photo, a brilliant goalkeeper, Casillas, what could he do, nothing but face the fact that he had been an extra in a drama that was second to none.
Written 01-05-2009 23:30:49 by Tue Steen Müller
The Documentary Film Centre at the University of Westminster in London arranges in May 5 screenings and filmmaking discussions under the headline: The Factual and the Fictive: A series of screenings/talks exploring hybrid fiction/documentary film-making.
One session is dedicated to Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, another to Austrian Ulrich Seidl, one to Portuguese master Pedro Costa and his “In Vanda’s Room”, one to Werner Herzog led by his British coproducer and former commissioning editor André Singer, and finally a whole day is dedicated to pioneer political filmmaker Peter Watkins from “The War Game” (photo) to “La Commune”. With an understatement: a programme that is not bad at all.
Written 01-05-2009 16:22:32 by Tue Steen Müller
1989 will be remembered in festivals and on tv. And documentaries will be a strong visual element to show the changes that took place when the Berlin Wall went down, followed by the decline of the USSR. The following text about a fine, generous offer to watch great films for free on the net is taken from the newsletter of DOK Leipzig:
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John Burgan: Sounds like a great initiative - just the sort of exchange that both schools can really benefit from....
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matala: Wow, my exact feelings and thoughts could not be articulated this perfectly about Kievan film fest audience; what I saw in Molodist three yrs ago was ...
Tue Steen Müller: The films mentioned in the text of Sevare Pan are available on arteeast.org...
PP: Wise words....