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BJØRN DUNKERBECK – BORN TO WINDSURF

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by Gerald Salmina

grade: 5

There is no doubt that Bjørn Dunkerbeck – Born to Windsurf is worth watching. And in introducing us to the athlete, it also proves to be quite sincere in its intentions. This sincerity, however, almost ends up as naivety, as the staging suffers from any possible rhetoric.

Ode to the great sportsman

Danish windsurfer Bjørn Dunkerbeck has, over the years, become a true legend in his field. Thirteen times world champion and holder of the speed record in the nautical mile, the famous athlete from Ribe has also experienced particularly difficult times, mainly due to the physical problems his profession has caused him. Although, despite everything, he never lost heart. His story and his extraordinary career is told by director, producer and photographer Gerald Salmina in the documentary Bjørn Dunkerbeck – Born to Windsurf, made in 2023.

Numerous breathtaking landscapes slowly accompany us into the world of Dunkerbeck. A new record is about to be broken in Namibia. Bjørn Dunkerbeck runs fast on his surfboard. Then, immediately, we are introduced to the protagonist as a child (thanks also to a series of short archive films), meet some of his family and friends and relive some highlights of his career.

All very classic, if you think of a documentary intended to give us a closer insight into someone. Yet, despite this, Bjørn Dunkerbeck – Born to Windsurf unfortunately cannot be called a totally successful film. From the very first shots, celebratory music introduces us to what we are about to see. The problem, however, is that this music never seems to stop. And, in fact, it never stops. Gerald Salmina wanted to focus entirely on the emotionality and spectacularity of his protagonist’s exploits, constantly emphasising certain concepts, without fear of being redundant or excessively verbose.

There is no doubt that Bjørn Dunkerbeck – Born to Windsurf is worth watching. And in introducing us to Dunkerbeck himself, it also proves to be rather sincere in its intentions. Such sincerity, however, almost ends up as naivety, as the staging suffers from any possible rhetoric. Almost as if the director himself had little experience behind the camera (which, of course, is not true). And it is precisely this rhetoric, made up of super polished images, of moments of pathos that, in the end, fail to convey to the viewer the expected emotions, of the aforementioned omnipresent music, that gives this documentary almost the character of a commercial.

Bjørn Dunkerbeck was a great champion. Of that there is no doubt. The problem is that this concept is repeated, while watching Bjørn Dunkerbeck – Born to Windsurf, dozens and dozens of times, in as many interviews. And so we immediately notice how this newest work by Gerald Salmina also lacks controversial aspects or possible theses to refute (sometimes necessary when developing such a project). What a pity. Especially because such a work really had a lot of potential.

Original title: Bjørn Dunkerbeck – Born to Windsurf
Directed by: Gerald Salmina
Country/year: Austria / 2023
Running time: 107’
Genre: documentary
Screenplay: Gerald Salmina
Cinematography: Thomas Miklautsch, Marvin Salmina, Günther Göberl
Produced by: Planet Watch Film & Video Productions

Info: the page of Bjørn Dunkerbeck – Born to Windsurf on iMDb; the page of Björn Dunkerbeck – Born to Windsurf on the website of the Planet Watch Film & Video Productions