Interviews with filmmakers and other politically interesting people.

VISIONS DU RÉEL 1999: Celebrating the Lyrical Docs

This year the international documentary festival in Nyon celebrated multiple anniversaries with a wide-ranging programme, large audiences, and a focus on poetic docs.

ERIK GANDINI: Getting Back the Lost Reality

With three feature documentaries behind him, all dealing with some of the big conflicts of our time, Erik Gandini is a politically committed filmmaker and part of a new generation with a new approach to documentary style

US UPDATE: Commitment

Festivals around the USA report that independent American filmmakers are presently making the documentary a genre worth talking about

BALTICUM FESTIVAL 1999: Singing Different Tunes

Two recurring questions - the legitimacy of staging in documentary, and considerations of the audience - were among the main discussion themes at a seminar held during the 10th Balticum Film & TV Festival on the Danish island of Bornholm this past June

DENIS FREYD: Producer of the year

Denis Freyd founded the production company Archipel 33 in 1988

JESSICA YU: Don’t just eat your spinach

American filmmaker Jessica Yu won this year‘s Oscar for best documentary short for her film Breathing Lessons, on the physically handicapped poet and journalist Mark O'Brien. ULLA JACOBSEN met her at the Festivals of Festivals in Århus, Denmark.

VIKTOR KOSSAKOVKSY: Not today, tomorrow

Viktor Kossakovksy's film Sreda (“Wednesday”) is one of this year’s most celebrated documentaries. Tue Steen Müller met the Russian director at the Balticum Film & TV Festival, where Sreda won the main prize.