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CONTENT 12 WELCOME

Welcome to this year’s festival

SPECIAL FOCUS 08

10 GALA

140 SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT

Films, parties and concerts, which start and end this year’s festival

COMPETITIONS 32 DOX AWARD

20 experimental and genre-transgressing films in competition

76 SOUND & VISION AWARD

144 REALITY CHECK

10 great films in CPH:DOX’s main competition

56 NEW VISION AWARD

14 enchanting music documentaries in competition plus three unique special screenings

This year’s special series puts images and sound to teen spirit

Anarchistic and hyper-energetic films from the new Philippine wave of young film directors

158 IN FOCUS: THE BENNINGS

A retrospective with the two great artists of American documentarism – who happen to be father and daughter

MAIN PROGRAMME 164 TOP DOX

A selection of documentary hits from great international festivals

82 DANISH DOX AWARD

New competition for Danish documentaries

172 SPECIAL SCREENINGS

A lineup of film events beyond the ordinary

98 AMNESTY AWARD

Films from all the series of the programme are handpicked to take part in this competition for films which deal with human rights issues

180 PROJECTING POLITICS  & The WAY WE LIVE NOW

Current conflicts, political will and great courage characterises the festival’s political series

114 DOC ALLIANCE

5 top-quality documentaries presented as part of a collaboration between 5 major documentary film festivals

DOX:EXPANDED 122 SPECIAL EVENTS Quirky, interactive and captivating experiences – far more

186 A LONG DAY OF SHORT FILMS

Absurd, poetic and philosophical snapshots from the world of reality

186 SEMINARS

Workshops, master classes and debates

than just a film screening

126 DOX LIVE: CONCERTS AND PARTIES

Unique, irrevocable and unforgettable live performances

TICKETS Tickets: if nothing else is noted, tickets cost 70 kr.

Special events: a number of special events are held at venues that don’t have their own ticket sales. You can buy tickets via

Discount cards: can be bought for 350 kr. and give you access to

www.cphdox.dk or buy them at the door subejct to availability.

six performances for the price of five. Each discount card includes a ticket to the Reality Check exhibition at Statens Museum for

At www.cphdox.dk you can find an overview of the ticket information

Kunst. The discount card is valid at all cinema screenings except

for all special events.

for seminars. MORNING FILM: Making life easier for busy people. We will During the festival, CPH:DOX has an info-desk at Cinemateket,

show morning films for morning prices each day during the festival

where you can also buy tickets to these special events. The info-desk

for 35 kr. (65 kr. including breakfast). The screenings take place at

is open from 7 to 16 November.

Karriere Bar (Flæsketorvet 57-67)


CREDITS Festival Director: Tine Fischer Head of Programme: Niklas K. Engstrøm Programme Editor: Thure Munkholm Programme Contributors: Mads Bacher, Niklas K. Engstrøm, Tine Fischer (responsible), Mads Mikkelsen, Thure Munkholm Film Preview Group: Mads Bacher, Karen Bjelke, Niklas K. Engstrøm (responsible), Daniella Eversby, Tine Fischer, Louise Højgaard Johansen, Mads Mikkelsen, Thure Munkholm DOX:FORUM: Rebecca Bro, Lana Garland, Tine Mosegaard (responsible) DOX:MARKET: Rebecca Bro, Tine Mosegaard (responsible) Event Production: Niklas K. Engstrøm (responsible), , Stine Fagerholt, Kristian Møller Jørgensen, Amalie Linde, Mads Mikkelsen, Thure Munkholm, Rasmus Karlshøj Truelsen Debates: Niklas K. Engstrøm (responsible), Maren Astrup, Asger Hagelund, Lars Brund Jensen, Amalie Linde (coordinator), Thure Munkholm, Vivek Rai, Rasmus Karlshøj Truelsen Festival Coordinators: Stine Fagerholt, Sofie Holten, Thomas Humle, Kristian Møller Jørgensen, Amalie Linde, Anne Birgitte Borcher Petersen, Vivek Rai, Sander Schwartz, Rasmus Karlshøj Truelsen Seminar: Niklas K. Engstrøm, Daniella Eversby, Tine Fischer, Thomas Humle, Tine Mosegaard, Anne Birgitte Borcher Petersen Seminar / The Way We Live Now: Tine Fischer, Andreas Harbsmeier, Karsten Meyhoff, Thure Munkholm, Anne Birgitte Borcher Petersen, Marianne Torp Marketing and PR: Nikolaj Ehlers, Daniella Eversby (responsible), Sander Schwartz, Sofie Holten Web: Sander Schwartz og Andreas Steinmann Production: Andreas Steinmann, Katrine Sommer Boysen and Riina Spørring Zachariassen Guest Coordination DOX:FORUM: Rebecca Bro Volunteer Coordination: Katrine Sommer Boysen Press: Kristoffer Horn Programme Paper: Jesper Andersen, Mads Bacher, Rasmus Brendstrup, Niklas K. Engstrøm, Stine Fagerholt, Tine Fischer, Kristoffer Horn, Louise Højgaard Johansen, Kristian Møller Jørgensen, Janne Kristensen, Amalie Linde, Mads Mikkelsen, Tine Mosegaard, Thure Munkholm   (responsible), Lise Nielsen, Rasmus Karlshøj Truelsen Dokuville: Daniella Eversby, Tine Fischer, Kristian Møller Jørgensen UNG:DOX: Amalie Linde, Stine Fagerholt DOX:CLUB: Stine Fagerholt, Rasmus Karlshøj Truelsen CPH:DOX’ official main sponsors are: Dagbladet Politiken & Budstikken

CPH:DOX is organised with support from: Amnesty, Danish Center for Culture and Development (CKU), The Danish Film Institute, DR, Copenhagen City Council, DANIDA, EU Nævnet, FAF, Danish Producers Association, Danish Association of Film Directors, Danish Union of Journalists, Kunststyrelsen, Danish Arts Agency, MEDIA Desk Denmark, LO, UBOD, International Media Support, the American Embassy, Goethe Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Filmkopi, The Danish Ministry of Culture, Nordisk Kulturfond, Nordisk Film Fond, International, the Israeli Embassy, the Embassy of the Czech Republic, the Swiss Embassy, Institut Français, Hotel 27, DAY, Soupanatural, TV5 Monde CPH:DOX has collaborated with: 7inch, 8-bit Klubben, Air Play Street Gallery, ArtFreq, Cinemateket, Copenhagen Unfair, Clearchannel, Crisp, Crunchy Frog, Culture Box, The Danish Film School, Det Danske Filmstudie, Distortion, Din Nye Ven, Doc Alliance, Dogma Mobile Intl. Film Festival, Dox-On-Wheels, DR, Empire, European Documentary Network, Fine & Mellow, Filmlageret, Gefährlich, Göetheinstituttet, Filmkontakt Nord, Jameson, Jazzkartellet, Gasværket, Gloria, Heineken, Ind I Glimt, Ideal Bar, Karriere Bar, Kodak, Kødboderne 18, Lead Agency, Loppen, Netkom, New Danish Screen, Nationalmuseet, Ohoi!, Openhagen. net, Planetariet, Projekt Udenfor, Rub’a’dub Sundays, Rust, Råhuset, Salaam.DK, Statens Museum For Kunst, Station 16, Strøm, Studenterhuset, Subotnick, Stengade 30, Strøm, Vega. Festival trailer: Director: Ada Bligaard Søby Editing: Tue Søttrup, Arcana Film Music: Lamburg Tony og Thai Dennis Produced by: Fine & Mellow A/S Poster- and front page photograph: Pax Paloscia, Nicky Bonne, Valdemar Jørgensen Art Direction and Festival ID: LA Graphic Design Graphic design and layout: Majken Lundgaard Klok & Pia de Thurah Typography, layout and production: Andreas Steinmann Print: Politiken, Erritsø, 2008, 60.000 Reprinting permitted on condition of mention of source. CPH:DOX - Festivalsekretariatet – Øster Farimagsgade 16B DK-2100 København Ø Tel:+ 45 3393 0734 - Fax: +45 3312 7505 info@cphdox.dk www.cphdox.dk CPH:DOX operates under the Copenhagen Film Festivals Foundation Director: Mikkel Harder Munck-Hansen Board: Michael Christiansen, Jens Gehl, Kirsten Dalgaard, Jon Stephensen, Nina Crone, John A. Tønnes, Lise LenseMøller, Lissy Bellaiche and Claus Hesselberg.


SPONSORS

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Afghanistan Cinema Club

Embassy of the Czech Republic in Denmark


OTHER venues Air Play Street Gallery Ravnsborggade 21 2200 København N www.airplay.nu

Folkets hus Stengade 50 2200 København N underkonstruktion.dk

Panum Blegdamsvej 3 2200 København N sund.ku.dk

Arbejdermuseets festsal Rømersgade 22 1362 København K Tel. 33932575 www.arbejdermuseet.dk

Gasværket Nyborggade 17 2100 København Ø www.gasvaerket.dk

Rust Guldbergsgade 8 2200 København N www.rust.dk

Den Grå Hal Christania 1440 København K

Karriere Bar Flæsketorvet 57-67 1711 København V www.karrierebar.com

Statens Museum for Kunst Sølvgade 48-50 1307 København K Tel. 3374 8494 www.smk.dk

DOX:CLUB Høkerneboderne 18-20 1712 København V www.cphdox.dk

Kødboderne 18 Kødboderne 18 1740 København V www.kodboderne18.dk

Tycho Brahe Planetarium Gl. Kongevej 10 1610 København V 33 12 12 24 www.tycho.dk/planetariet Vega Enghavevej 40 1674 København V 33 25 70 11 www.vega.dk

Stengade 30 Stengade 30 2200 København N www.stengade30.dk

INFO DOX:CLUB CPH:DOX has its own combined cinema and club in Kødbyen, which makes space for all things trippy, loud, sporty and swinging. Here, we will pay tribute to documentaries with a number of unorthodox events – and will combine party and film with a bar and soup. Beers cost 20 kr. and cocktails 30 kr. At all events, we will be selling organic soup from Soupanatural.

a series of meetings between the audience, the directors of the films shown and the Danish film industry. Danish directors, producers or editors will introduce this year’s competition films. After the screening, there will be a discussion with the film’s director. The event is supported by a visible Danish film industry, which is happy to share its knowledge and contagious enthusiasm for film.

DOX:CLUB is located at Høkerboderne 18-20 in Kødbyen.

DOKUVILLE DR and CPH:DOX have recently entered into a collaboration to disseminate the best documentaries from all over the world to the Danish audience. Under the joint initiative Dokuville,

MEET THE DIRECTORS In collaboration with Sigrid Dyekjær and Mikala Krogh, we are organising

we have made a club for documentaries that command to be seen. Together, we want to give documentaries the place they deserve. We will start with a lineup of fantastic films at CPH:DOX (note the stamp). After the festival, there will be interesting film events all across Denmark every month, followed up by a screening on DR1 or DR2. Read more on www.dokuville.dk. UNLIKE In collaboration with Unlike.net, it will this year be possible to download the festival’s programme directly to your mobile phone. Read more on www. cphdox.unlike.net


CINEMAS 2 Vester Vov Vov Absalonsgade 5 Tel: 3324 4200 www.vestervovvov.dk

4 Gloria Biograf Rådhuspladsen 59 Tel: 3312 4292 www.gloria.dk

6 Posthusteatret Rådhusstræde 1 Tel: 3311 6611 www.posthusteatret.dk

8 Cinemateket Gothersgade 55 Tel: 3374 3412 www.cinemateket.dk

3 Dagmar Teatret Jernbanegade 2 Tel: 7013 1211 www.dagmar.dk

5 Grand Teatret Mikkel Bryggersgade 8 Tel: 3315 1611 www.grandteatret.dk

7 Husets Biograf Magstræde 14, 2. Tel: 3332 4077 www.husetsbio.dk

9 Empire Bio Guldbergsgade 29F Tel: 3536 0036 www.empirebio.dk

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Welcome to the 6th CPH:DOX 10 days, five competitions, 160 films, 10 concerts, debates, art exhibitions, seminars, parties, a digital film market with 250+ titles on demand and our newly established one-of-a-kind Distribution Forum. We are happy to welcome you to all of it. CPH:DOX runs this year for the sixth time. In previous years

increase in complexity, a preservation of diversity and a pro-

we have made it our strongest ambition not to set up limits to

found curiosity towards shared realities. We have made these

the idea of what a documentary film festival is and should be.

knots and meeting points our points of departure.

So once again the meeting between film and the other arts: music, visual arts and literature, is at the core of the festival. It’s about transgressing firmly rooted expectations and hard-

THE FILM PROGRAMME

to-beat generic structures that are always an essential part

We are proud to present our four main competitions: The

of any kind of institution. And it’s about widening the space

CPH:DOX Award; the Amnesty Award; The New Vision Award

in which the documentary film will live and breathe. The

and the Sound and Vision Award. Each competition presents

meeting between fiction and documentary and the equivalent

a strong line-up of international titles, world premieres, well

meeting between art and documentary has been central to the

know directors as well as newcomers to the international

festival since the beginning. Not in terms of focusing on a new

scene. On top of our regular competitions we are this year

tendency but more profoundly by insisting on documentary as

launching a new initiative - DANISH DOX AWARD – a national

cinema in it’s widest sense. The meeting between the different

competition program with eleven international premieres

genres was never meant to wipe out differentiation, nor to blur

showing the strength among the new talents on the contem-

distinctions. On the contrary. The meeting between genres,

porary Danish documentary scene.

the grey zones, the cross over will always be an ultimate


Our Special Focus programmes this year are dedicated to the “wild-at-hearts”.

THE INDUSTRY PLATFORM – SEMINARS, MARKET, FORUM

The side section ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ presents 24 films

We look very much forward to presenting five full days of

which go beyond any encyclopaedic definition of so-called

seminars during CPH:DOX. New ways of producing and

teenage culture. Rather they represent a range of widely

distributing films radically challenge the notion of what a

diverse expressions, which all share a restless energy and,

documentary film is and can be. We have invited two brand

above all, a sense of curiosity, which defies all aesthetic,

new interesting case stories: Lech Kowlaski’s ‘Camerawar.tv’

technical and economic limitations. Harmony Korine, Raya

and ‘Second Life’ directed by young visual artists Alain della

Martin, Gregg Araki and G.B. Jones all represent a willingness

Negra and Kaori Kinoshita. In relation to this we will also put

to challenge status quo, to dismantle the boundaries of filmic

special focus on the copyright-industry at a crossroad. We

convention and perhaps redefine the cinematic experience. It

have invited two young filmmakers, Brett Gaylor and Jamie

might be labelled fiction but it’s for real as no other films.

King, who are revolutionizing perceptions of copyright through their use of the internet.

In focus is also The Bennings. James and Sadie Benning both challenge the personal documentary in their own radical, yet

We will also host a panel on the possibilities of the art scene,

highly different ways. We have shuffled the cards and invited

art galleries, museums and institutions as alternative distri-

them to a cinematic dialogue, which brings out the likenesses

bution venues for documentary films. And there will be a line-

and the differences between father and daughter in a compre-

up of master classes with among others Jonathan Caouette

hensive retrospective. Refined minimalism and poetry united

and James Marsh. Not to mention a two-day conference - ’The

in a unique artistic autonomy.

Way We Live Now’ – about ... the way we live now. Diagnosis from artists, architects, activists.

Nowhere on this planet has the digital filmmaking revolution been any more significant than in the Philippines, which is why the third part of this year’s special focus series will take a look

THE DISTRIBUTION FORUM + DOX:MARKET

at New Philippine Cinema. We have invited Khavn de la Cruz

For the second year running, CPH:DOX provides an inter-

to talk about the opportunities opened up by the digital revolu-

national digital film market. DOX:MARKET offers over 250

tion and about making films of an international calibre, while

international titles on demand. All films selected for a festival

remaining faithful to both one’s personal artistic ambitions

screening at CPH:DOX are automatically included in the

and to the unique characteristics of one’s home nation.

digital market. In addition, a number of films from the festival submissions are selected for DOX:MARKET by the festival

ART, MUSIC, EVENTS

selection committee.

CPH:DOX expands the cooperation with the visual arts scene with the ambitious exhibition and film program ‘Reality

And finally, we are more than happy to welcome you to our

Check’, presented at The Danish National Gallery in coopera-

Distribution Forum for the second year running. Initiated with

tion with curator Marianne Torp. The exhibition focuses on

a strong belief in the creative documentary and an equally

works of art that intervene in reality in radical ways so as to

realistic and optimistic view on its distribution potential, we

investigate, test and reveal the mechanisms and structures

hope to create new, visionary and potent networks between

which can displace reality or even reveal it as a construction.

documentary filmmakers and distributors of all walks,

In addition to the exhibition and film programme the series

traditional as well as new and alternative. The Distribution

presents a line-up of Artist’s Talks with among others Michel

Forum is made to help filmmakers with strong cinematic

Auder and Kenneth Anger.

and international projects to position their upcoming titles in the international marketplace. In an exclusive setting, for

The Sound & Vision Award is bigger than ever this year -

an invitation only audience of professionals and at an early

expanding with a DOX:LIVE dimension, presenting an impres-

stage of the title’s life. And, The Distribution Forum is made

sive line-up of events, concerts and performances. From an

to facilitate early pick-up possibilities for sales agents, buyers

intimate live concert with Patti Smith on the occasion of the

and festival programmers. We hope to make a difference for

Danish premiere of ‘Patti Smith: Dream of Life’. Via Icelandic

the selected projects and wish them the best of luck in their

electronic wiz-kid Jóhan Jóhansson to a live performance

way out on the international market.

by the occultist, scandal-ridden provocateur and pioneer of modern film language per se: avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger. It’s about music, art and film – and a new, surprising and very often improvised space in between the three genres.

Tine Fischer / Festival Director


GALA


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Opening Gala: Same Old Story Opening gala at Statens Museum for Kunst Statens Museum for Kunst is one of the most distinguished venues of CPH:DOX 2008 - and therefore it makes sense for the festival to have this year’s Gala Opening Ceremony behind the old - and the new - walls of the museum. The evening will see the Producers’ Association award the GuldDok prizes for this year’s best documentary, and you can enjoy drinks from Jameson, DJ’s from the world of Danish documentaries and the world premiere of Anders Østergaard’s film ‘Same Old Story’, a film about the author, entertainer and poet Dan Turèll. Anders Østergaard has put images and music to Turèll’s own words, and we follow Uncle Danny through all phases of life. With a unique cinematic rhythm, which matches that of the author himself, Østergaard takes us all the way around the brief and strange thing that is life, which is never easy - for anyone.

• Statens Museum for Kunst Thursday 06/11 20:00 hours


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Everything is Relative DIRECTOR Mikala Krogh Is everything relative? A child is born somewhere on this planet and kicks off Mikala Krogh’s portrait of the strange cycle that is life. Love, loss, light and happiness are all thematic approaches that take the spectator on a tour around the world, from a birth in Mozambique and an underpaid worker in Dubai to the young cancer-patient Sara Bro, whose story is told in the intrusive form of a video diary. Stylistically, the film strikes a balance between the intimately real and the staged in beautifully composed tableaus, while sending a loving nod to Jørgen Leth’s ‘Life in Denmark’. The Count-Down Gala is organised in collaboration with New Danish Screen and Dox-On-Wheels, and after the screening we will serve drinks from Jameson.

Alt er relativt / 2008 / 75 min.

• Empire Bio Thursday 30/10 21:45 hours


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27 Scenes About Jørgen Leth DIRECTOR Amir Labaki A film about poetry, sport and life - and about film as an art form ‘27 Scenes about Jørgen Leth’ is a film portrait devoted to one of

In the documentary, the filmmaker’s ideas illuminate his films, and

the leading experimental European filmmakers. In more than 40

vice-versa. Leth discusses the cultural background of his formative

years of activity, Leth has directed 45 documentaries, experimental

years, his work as a poet and a sports journalist, his decision to

shorts and fictional features, including conceptual short films,

leave Denmark to live in Haiti and his collaboration with Lars von

anthropological film-essays, sports docs, film portraits, travel film-

Trier on ‘The Five Obstructions’ (2003).

diaries and even political fictions. In March and April 2008, Jørgen Leth’s oeuvre was celebrated by screenings and master classes in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the 13th It’s All True International Documentary Film Festival. The film critic and festival director Amir Labaki shot intensively during Leth’s visit, preparing a portrait of a man and his work.

2008 / 70 min. / Distr. It’s All True - International Documentary Film Festival

• Dagmar Friday 14/11 19:00 hours • Dagmar Sunday 16/11 16:30 hours


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Closing Gala: Patti Smith Live + Dream of Life Exclusive concert with a legendary voice CPH:DOX is proud to be able to present an exclusive and intimate

at eye level with her times and has never been afraid to state her

concert with the charismatic anti-diva and punk poet Patti Smith

political opinion, be it musically or through her activism.

at Gasværket, to conclude this year’s festival.

Her musical universe, on the other side, also contains songs of

Patti Smith, who can also be seen in the unconventional portrait

an almost psalm-like beauty, which simultaneously bear witness

film ‘Patti Smith: Dream of Life’ and as a warm-up to all films in

to a searching soul’s restless reconciliation with a paradoxical

the Smells Like Teen Spirit series, became known in 1974 with the

world, and to a deep autobiographical element, which drives her

ill-tempered and forthright single B-side Piss Factory, and had

music. Both elements can be experienced live, when Patti Smith

her breakthrough the following year with the proto-punk debut

concludes this year’s CPH:DOX at Gasværket.

album Horses, which has since attained the status of a classic. With her deeply felt inspiration from outsider poets such as Rimbaud, William Blake and the Beat generation’s Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, Smith from the very start found her very own, unique form of expression, which combined the storytelling popularity of blues rock with the more direct energy of noisy Rock’n’Roll to create a raw and outgoing unity, which since has given rise to her byname “The Godmother of Punk”. A rocknostalgic worship of her pioneering work of the past, on the other hand, would not do her justice. Patti Smith has from day one been

Patti Smith Live + Dream of Life

• Gasværket Saturday 15/11 21:00 hours


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COMPETITION PROGRAMME D O X AWA R D N E W V I S I O N AWA R D S O U N D & V I S I O N AWA R D D A N I S H D O X AWA R D A M N E S T Y AWA R D DOC ALLIANCE


DOX AWA R D


10 films have been chosen to compete for CPH:DOX AWARD 2008. The 10 films are a small but precise selection, which pinpoint the current condition of the international documentary film scene. 10 films, whose diversity embrace the genre’s breadth and present state. From well established names such as Agnés Varda and Avi Mograbi to newcomers, like the team behind this year’s artistic surprise ‘Maggie in Wonderland’. The selected films all boast a solid artistic approach and bear witness to the fact that documentary films are currently undertaking an artistic development like no other genre. The documentary film

scene is a veritable playground, and the 10 films show us, where the developments is heading: from animation via challenging experimentation with the framework of fiction to political document that REALLY makes a difference. CPH:DOX AWARD is worth € 5000 and is awarded in connection with the festival’s gala closing ceremony on 15 November in Gasværket. The award is sponsored by DR.


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Amir Labaki (Brazil)

Hussain Currimbhoy (Canada)

Jonathan Caouette (USA)

Amir Labaki is the founder and director

Hussain Currimbhoy originally comes

Jonathan started his career as an actor

of South America’s largest documentary

from Canada, but was trained in film and

and film director at the tender age of 8,

film event It’s All True, and since 2002,

TV at Curtin University of Technology in

and became a world star for real in 2003

he has also sat on the board of IDFA, the

Sydney and as a film director at Victorian

with ‘Tarnation’ – a film he both wrote,

world’s largest documentary film festival

College of Arts in Australia. He has writ-

directed, edited and played the leading

in Amsterdam. He has twice been the

ten the screenplays for seven short films,

role in. Part documentary, part fiction,

president of The Museum of Image and

which he also directed himself. Hussain

part home video and part LSD trip,

Sound in Sao Paulo and is one of Brazil’s

got involved in festival life early on, and

‘Tarnation’ is a whirlwind of snapshots,

leading curators and film critics. Amir

has both worked as a programmer for

video diaries and dramatic reconstruc-

is the author of 11 books about film, and

The Melbourne Film Festival and for The

tions from Jonathan’s own life. Jonathan

since 2004, he has been responsible for

Adelaide Film Festival. From here, he

has toured with the European Rocky

the weekly TV programme ‘It’s All True’

was recently brought to the Sheffield Doc

Horror Picture Show and could recently

on Canal Brazil, where he presents new

Fest in England by the festival’s director

be seen in John Cameron Mitchell’s

Brazilian documentaries. He has also

Heather Croall, and now works as a pro-

‘Shortbus’. Most recently, Jonathan has

directed numerous artist portraits. And

grammer of the popular British festival.

been a co-director of ‘All Tomorrow’s

he has just had his debut as a dramatist

Parties’ – a film about the cult music

in September with the play ‘Lenya’. Amir

festival of the same name.

has been a member of more than 20 juries worldwide – among other things at Sundance, in Berlin and in Cannes.


DOX AWARD

Jung Soowan (South Korea)

Pernille Fischer Christensen (Denmark)

Soowan Jung is the programming director

Pernille Fischer Christensen caused a

at one of the youngest and most exciting

sensation with her graduation film ‘India’,

film festivals in Asia, JeonJu International

which she made at the Danish Film

Film Festival in South Korea. The festival

School in 1999. The film won an award at

was launched in 2000 and has as its clear

the Cannes film festival’s competition for

and explicit aim to strengthen ‘cinephilia’

graduation films, Cinéfondation. In 2002,

in Korea. The festival lives up to its aim,

she followed up her international success

as it’s in its eighth year of showing a large

with ‘Habibti My Love’, which won both

and challenging programme of young,

the Danish Film Academy’s Robert for the

experimental and innovative films, which

best short film and Odense Film Festival’s

are shown to sell-out audiences in the

best short film award. Internationally,

city’s cinemas. Internationally, the festival

she broke through for good when her first

and its artistic direction attracted atten-

feature ‘A Soap’ not only got selected for

tion right from the start, thanks to its

the Berlin Film Festival, but also ended

focus on digital film experiences – above

up being the first film in the festival’s

all with its ‘Digital Short Films by Three

history to take home both the Silver

Filmmakers’ programme. Apart from her

Bear and a special award for first-time

work at JIFF, Soowan Jung is assistant

directors. At home, ‘A Soap’ among other

professor of film at Dongguk University

things garnered four Robert awards and a

and is also a member of NETPAC and

Bodil for best film.

Fipresci.

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24 DOX AWARD

Waltz With Bashir DIRECTOR Ari Folman Potent and provocative war aesthetics in a ground-breaking animation documentary One of the most powerful and talked-about films at this year’s Cannes film festival. The Israeli director Ari Folman has made a film, which in an innovative way tells a story about war and about memory like none before. Folman has a friend who has a recurring dream every night. 26 ferocious dogs are pursuing him in order to eat him! The dream stems from the massacre in Beirut in 1982, when hundreds of Palestinian civilians living in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila were killed by revengeful Lebanese Falangists. The friend’s dream sets off Folman’s own soul-searching into his own suppressed participation in the war. Through animated interviews with former co-soldiers and reconstructions of their suppressed experiences, Folman tries to process both his personal and the collective trauma. The result is a powerful and artistically impressive cocktail, which sets the collective trauma against the official political history.

Israel, Germany, France 2008 / 90 min. / Distr. Miracle Film

• Dagmar Wednesday 12/11 19:00 hours


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The Wild Hearts DIRECTOR Michael Noer Buckle your helmet and join Michael Noer and the wild hearts on a comic moped road trip to Pomerania. It’s all about freedom, man! The moped gang ‘The Wild Hearts’ have had enough of today’s Denmark. In a group of twelve, they set out from Odense towards Pomerania, embarking on a journey that develops from a wild roadtrip to a ritual odyssee through blod and tears - and with grown-up life waiting on the horizon. They misbehave as well as they can while stopping over at German lay-byes and biker bars, while new-classical oneliners are uttered non-stop. Michael Noer, who received a special mention at last year’s festival for his youth film ‘Vesterbro’, joined the gang in the sidecar and followed the young louts’ journey so close, that the result is like being there oneself. The result is probably this year’s funniest film, and a warm account of having a wild heart in the right spot.

De vilde hjerter / Denmark 2008 / 82 min. / Prod. Copenhagen Bombay Production / Produced by Sarita Christensen & Nina Helveg / Distr. Copenhagen Bombay

• Dagmar Wednesday 12/11 19:00 hours • Dagmar Saturday 15/11 21:30 hours • Dagmar Sunday 16/11 21:30 hours


26 DOX AWARD

RenÉ DIRECTOR Helena Trestikova The documentary answer to Christiane F. The world is out of joint. Or maybe the world is totally in order, and it’s the rootless René who doesn’t fit in. In Helena Trestikova’s portrait film, filmed at close range and during the course of over twenty years, we are left to decide for ourselves. Through letters, personal notes, interviews and beautiful stylised clips, the film describes the Czech dropout René Plásil’s day-to-day wanderings in- and outside prisons. While the official reality and the big political upheaval in the Czech Republic takes place in the background, the only sign of development for René are his growing number of tattoos, which gradually cover his entire body. With “Fuck off People” written across his neck, the obviously intelligent boy, then man, talks open-heartedly about his life and his thoughts.

Czech Republic 2008 / 83 min. / Prod. Negativ.cz / Produced by Kate / Distr. Aero Films

• Vester Vov Vov Friday 07/11 19:00 hours • Cinemateket Wednesday 12/11 21:30 hours • Vester Vov Vov Saturday 15/11 19:00 hours


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This Dear Month of August DIRECTOR Miguel Gomes An improvised joie-de-vivre fresco by a Portuguese talent A must-see from this year’s Cannes film festival - by one of European art-cinema’s great new talents. In 2006, Miguel Gomes was on his way to the Portuguese province of Arganii to start shooting his second feature film, when the money for the risky project disappeared from sight. Gomes changed his plans and nonetheless set out with his 16mm camera and a film crew of five to create the story about three musicians - a father, his daughter and her cousin - during the traditional August festivities in ‘the heart of Portugal’, as the mountainous Arganii province is called. Traces of the plot’s original triad can still be discerned, but fiction and documentary dances a sensual tango, as the peculiarities of the landscapes and the faces are made of the same mythical material as the story itself. But the mountain walls mostly echo tuba music and karaoke songs in Gomes’s celebration of everday life and love in August.

Aquele querido mês de agosto / Portugal, France 2008 / 147 min. / Distr. Shellac

• Husets Biograf Saturday 08/11 21:00 hours • Dagmar Thursday 13/11 21:30 hours • Vester Vov Vov Sunday 16/11 16:30 hours


28 DOX AWARD

Z32 DIRECTOR Avi Mograbi Behind the mask of a massacre Mograbi’s latest film is a controversial artistic portrait of a young Israeli soldier’s inner battle to find forgiveness after a military act of revenge, where innocent and randomly selected Palestinian policemen were liquidated. While the first part of the film follows the intimate conversations about guilt and atonement between the soldier and his girlfriend (whose faces are hidden behind digitally created masks), the second part of the film takes us back to the origin of the trauma and examines the methods, which transform young people into trigger-happy killing machines. Every traditional approach to filmmaking is foregone in the third part of the film, where everything develops into a Brechtian drama and an apathetic tragicomic musical, where the director himself steps out in front of the camera.

France, Israel 2008 / 81 min. / Distr. Les films d’Ici

• Dagmar Thursday 13/11 19:00 hours • Dagmar Friday 14/11 21:30 hours


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Filmefobia DIRECTOR Kiko Goifman A Chinese box filled with fear, fact and fiction in scientific settings. A man enters a cage filled with pigeons, wearing a jacket made of baguettes. A woman is trapped to a chair, while a snake slowly approaches her. And another woman is hanging naked on a trapeze, while remote-controlled cars with dildos fixed to their roofs are driving around underneath her. All for the sake of imagery. For the only true - and ultimately real image of a face - is that of a person being confronted with his or her worst phobia. This is the claim of the white-robed and fictional film director of ‘Filmefobia’, the ‘making of’ of an incomplete, fictional documentary. ‘Filmefobia’ is a Chinese box of alternating truth and illusion, which examines the mystery of phobias from a (possibly) entirely aesthetic perspective.

Brazil 2008 / 80 min. / Prod. Plateau Produções / Produced by Roberto Tibiriça / Distr. Paleo TV Producoes

• Posthus Teatret Friday 07/11 21:00 hours • Vester Vov Vov Sunday 09/11 19:00 hours • Posthus Teatret Friday 14/11 19:00 hours


30 DOX AWARD

BURMA VJ - Reporting from a closed country DIRECTOR Anders Østergaard World premiere of Anders Østergaard’s video activist Burma project With his successful films ‘Tintin et moi’, ‘Gasolin’ and ‘Same

monks lead a massive uprising in September 2007. Foreign TV

Old Story’ (which is also shown at this year’s festival), Anders

crews are banned from the country, so it’s left to Joshua and his

Østergaard has shown for some time now that Danish documentary

crew to keep the revolution alive on TV screens all over. As govern-

and popular impact are mutually compatible. With ‘Burma VJ’,

ment intelligence understands the power of the camera, the VJs

Østergaard departs from the safe foundation of popular culture

become their prime target.

for a while, and moves in a totally new direction. Burma is one of the world’s most closed and censored societies, but during last year’s uprisings by the country’s monks, cracks became visible in the media wall. Armed with small handy cams, undercover Video Journalists in Burma keep up the flow of news from their closed country despite risking torture and life in jail. Their material is smuggled out of Burma and broadcast back via satellite. “Joshua”, age 27, becomes tactical leader of a group of reporters, as Buddhist

Burma VJ / Denmark 2008 / 85 min. / Produced by Lise LenseMøller / Distr. Magic Hour Films

• Grand Wednesday 12/11 19:00 hours • DOX:CLUB Friday 14/11 20:30 hours


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Maggie in Wonderland DIRECTORs Mark Hammarberg, Ester Martin Bergsmark & Beatrice Maggie Andersson A documentary equivalent to Moodysson’s ‘Lilja 4-ever’. On the 15th floor in a Malmö suburb lives Maggie, a Kenyan woman

Mark Hammarberg and Ester Martin Bergsmark have previously

with a penchant for gold jewelry and a serious phobia of pigeons.

enjoyed artistic assistance from Lukas Moodysson, and ‘Maggie in

Maggie has lived in Malmö for many years, but the Swedish welfare

Wonderland’ is their experimental feature debut, co-directed by the

state is not necessarily the best dancing partner for a person who

film’s protagonist, Beatrice ‘Maggie’ Andersson.

has enough skeletons in the closet to keep an entire psychiatric ward employed. With a violent and traumatic past and the daily yearning for an abandoned son, she goes through her days with an impressing will to give her existence a new purpose. The journey into Maggie’s wild, life-affirming but also mentally troubled world through the revealing form of a video diary is both magical and tragic. At close range, we experience her ups and downs and in each sequence we are confronted with the good intentions of the welfare state and the brutality of real life. The directing duo

Sweden 2008 / 72 min. / Produced by Anna Byvald / Distr. Det Svenske Filminstitut

• Posthus Teatret Friday 07/11 19:00 hours • Dagmar Tuesday 11/11 21:30 hours • Cinemateket Sunday 16/11 14:00 hours


32 DOX AWARD

Let’s Be Together DIRECTOR Nanna Frank Møller Drag queens and boyhood dreams from Denmark to Brazil - the story of 14-year-old Hairon Accessories, make-up, high heels and tight-fitting, feminine skirts - maybe usual for many women, but not quite so usual for 14-year-old boys. Nonetheless, the Brazilian-born Hairon, who lives with his mother and his stepfather in a small Danish village, dresses up every day in women’s clothes, which naturally provokes many prejudiced reactions. When his mother takes Hairon to Brazil to meet his biological father, the father reacts violently to Hairon’s femininity - which is later explained, when the film takes a somewhat unexpected turn. Nanna Frank Møller’s ‘Let’s Be Together’ is about identity crises, the courage to pursue ones dreams and about love between human beings.

Denmark 2008 / 82 min. / Distr. Bastard Film A/S

• Empire Bio Tuesday 11/11 21:30 hours • Husets Biograf Thursday 13/11 19:15 hours • Gloria Sunday 16/11 21:45 hours


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The Beaches of Agnès DIRECTOR Agnès Varda Agnès Varda celebrates her 80th birthday with an irresistible autobiography “If you open people, you’ll find landscapes. If you open me, you’ll find beaches.” Agnès Varda To celebrate her 80th birthday, Agnès Varda invites us on an autobiographical walk on the beach. As early as 1954, Varda anticipated the French New Wave’s youthful assault on traditions with her debut ‘La pointe courte’ and since 1990, she has exclusively focused on making documentaries. In ‘Les Plages d’Agnès’she weaves photographs, vintage footage, scenes from her films and present-day sequences into a memorable voyage through her life, during which she confronts the joy of creation and the pain of personal loss, death and aging. It is a singular trip played out against the exciting context of the postwar explosion of cultural expression in France. She knew everyone: her colleagues in the French New Wave, the Black Panthers in California and even Jim Morrison, who would visit when in Paris. Idiosyncratic, engaging and deeply moving, Les Plages d’Agnès is the autobiography of a magnificent artist and a woman of vital curiosity. Les Plages d’Agnès / France 2008 / 110 min. / Prod. Ciné Tamaris / Produced by Agnès Varda / Distr. Ciné-Tamaris

• Dagmar Saturday 08/11 19:00 hours • Cinemateket Monday 10/11 19:00 hours • Gloria Sunday 16/11 14:00 hours


NEW VISION AWA R D


NEW VISION AWARD is the competition programme for experimental, innovative and formally reflective documentaries. These are films that challenge the genre, made by filmmakers and artists who seek out new boundaries, giving us artistic visions that exceed what one would generally expect from a documentary. The films reach far and wide - from long narrative films over conceptual reflections to short poetic moments. This year, there are more films from the visual arts scene than usual, and a number of films have come about as a collaborations between different art forms. In the past ten years, the visual arts scene has moved closer to the documentary form of expression, but usually with a different and often far more conceptual approach to the genre. In this borderland, we find an interesting take on what the genre has to offer, when it is subjected to different terms of production and distribution - and not least when it is set against a different kind of theoretical and methodical self-understanding. These are films, which with their insistent formal,

aesthetic and political reflections manage to sustain the notion of the documentary film as an artistic means of expression. As something, which differs from journalism, reportage and pure entertainment. The NEW:VISION competition is established with the belief that it is these films, which have a crucial importance for the continued existence and development of documentary films. The award is sponsored by the Danish Association of Film Directors and FAF - the Danish union of film and TV employees respectively. The Award is worth â‚Ź 5000.


36 NEW VISION

Tiziana Finzi (Italy)

Jytte Jensen (Denmark/USA)

Andrea Picard (Canada)

With a background in architecture and

Jytte Jensen is Danish, but since the

Andrea is a curator and programmer at

film history, Tiziana Finzi started her

beginning of the 1980s, she has lived

the Toronto International Film Festival

impressive film festival career as a

in New York, studying first at New York

and at Cinematheque Ontario, where

programmer at the Venice Film Festival

University and since 1994 working as

she – apart from programming thematic

in 1994. She occupied this post until 1998,

a curator in the Department of Film at

series and retrospectives – also presents

while acting as a consultant for various

the Museum of Modern Art. At MOMA,

The Free Screen, a series that explores

international festivals and institu-

Jytte Jensen organises international

the borders between avant-garde film,

tions. Thanks to her strong interest in

retrospectives and thematic series, and

video art, fine art, architecture and music.

experimental filmmaking, she became

programmes series of experimental and

Since 2006, she has also worked as a

the main programmer of three sections of

American independent films. Jytte is a

curator at Wavelengths, the festival’s

the acclaimed Locarno International Film

member of the selection committee of

avant-garde programme and an impor-

Festival in 1999. At the same time, she

the museum’s acclaimed and exclusive

tant forum for international artists and

developed a tight cooperation with impor-

annual festival ‘New Directors, New

curators. Andrea Picard is a recognised

tant art museums and contemporary art

Films’ and is active in a number of

film writer and author, and her articles

institutions, and has worked as an artistic

boards and as a member of the funding

have been published by, among others,

advisor for various installation works.

committees of a number of foundations

the Sonnabend Gallery in New York, Flash

Since 2006, Tiziana has worked as a

that fund filmmakers. She has worked as

Arts International, Canadian Architect,

director and programme director for Play

a consultant and guest programmer at

Canadian Art, Prefix Photo and Border

Forward, the special section for audio-

various international festivals and even

Crossing. Her regular column FILM/ART

visual art at the Locarno Film Festival.

finds the time to write articles and hold

in Cinema Scope explores the borders

interviews.

and interconnections between film and art.


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Marek Hovorka

Marianne Torp

(Czech Republic)

(Denmark)

Marek Hovorka was trained at the art

Marianne Torp is a curator and senior

academy in Prague, focusing on docu-

researcher at Statens Museum for Kunst,

mentary film, and can boast five shorts

and occupies a special place at CPH:DOX

on his cinematic CV. In 1997, he founded

with her latest exhibition, Reality Check.

the Jihlava International Documentary

Reality Check, which can be seen and

Film Festival, whose director he has been

experienced right now at the museum,

ever since. In only a few years, the festival

is part of a new and comprehensive col-

has become the largest documentary

laboration between CPH:DOX and Statens

event in Central Europe and has since

Museum for Kunst, which is kicked off

earned large international attention and

with the American experimental film

respect. Under Marek’s guidance, the

legend Kenneth Anger. The collabora-

festival is constantly developing and now

tion arose from a shared desire to take a

also includes East Silver, the largest

closer look at the junctions between film

documentary film market of Central

and fine art. The resulting events will

Europe, and Docair.com, an online sales

comprise film screenings, concerts, artist

portal for documentary films with a high

talks and lectures at Statens Museum for

artistic merit. Marek is an experienced

Kunst during the festival. Marianne Torp

jury representative and has participated

is also an examiner at the Royal Danish

as a jury member at large international

Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual

documentary film festivals such as

Arts in Århus and Copenhagen, and the

Visions du Réel in Nyon and Doku Fest

vice-chairwoman of the fine arts commit-

in Munich.

tee of the Danish Arts Council.


38 NEW VISION

The Feature DIRECTORs Michel Auder & Andrew Neel The flamboyant life of an art dandy based on a - possibly - true story In Michel Auder’s case, the truth is certainly stranger than fiction. One of the first to compulsively exploit the diaristic potential of the Sony Portapak, he was right there at the heart of the Warhol Factory and the Soho art explosion. This fictionalised biography draws on his vast archive of videotapes, connecting them by means of a distanced narration and new footage, shot by co-director Andrew Neel, in which Auder portrays his doppelganger, an arrogantly successful artist who may or may not have a life-threatening condition. Resisting nostalgia through wilful ambiguity, The Feature remains raw and brutally honest as Auder displays the best and worst of himself. Taking in his marriages to both Viva and Cindy Sherman, and affiliations with Larry Rivers, the Zanzibar group and the downtown art scene, this is necessarily a tale of epic proportions, chronicling an amazing journey through art and life whilst providing access to a wealth of fascinating personal footage.

USA 2008 / 184 min. / Distr. SeeThink Productions

• Cinemateket Friday 14/11 19:00 hours • Cinemateket Sunday 16/11 13:00 hours


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Waiting for Sancho (Film 1 of 2) DIRECTOR Mark Peranson Behind the camera at a miraculous and absurd desert hike ‘Waiting for Sancho’ is an ontological investigation into a place

particular, Montse Triola, Serra’s partner in Andergraun Films).

where cinema becomes something more than cinema. Filmed

The result is an immersive, intimate look into the process and

in high-definition colour over five days in the Canary Islands of

elements of filmmaking. It shows how Serra creates a familial

Fuerteventura and Tenerife, ‘Waiting for Sancho’ is a kind of experi-

world that extends outwards from in front of the camera to behind

mental “making of” the critically acclaimed ‘Birdsong’. A particular

it, a world bursting with invention, generosity, frustration and love,

take on the Biblical story of The Three Kings en route to the baby

where the rules are created by the authors.

Jesus, ‘Birdsong’ premiered at the Quinzaine des Realisateurs at Cannes 2008. In the tradition of Pasolini and Straub- Huillet, ‘Birdsong’ is an experimential, religious film, one whose final product reveals little of its creation. Entirely improvised based on a 30-page outline, the film saw the crew traversing scorching deserts, climb the highest mountain in Spain, and hike through wind-scraped, rocky plains in an environment of barely controlled anarchy. Given unfettered access to shoot anything as long as he didn’t step in front of the camera, Mark Peranson has created an intimate, dignified, and humorous tracing of the interplay between Albert Serra, his nonprofessional actors and his dedicated crew (in

Canada 2008 / 106 min. / Distr. Cinema Scope Productions

• Cinemateket Sunday 16/11 19:15 hours


40 NEW VISION

Birdsong (Out Of Competition) (Film 2 of 2) DIRECTOR Albert Serra Pasolini meets Werner Herzog in the story about the three kings According to the young Basque director Albert Serra himself, the fact that he chose the Biblical story about the three wise men as a motif for his second film was simply a pretext to immortalise three people he loves dearly. But ‘Birdsong’ reaches almost transcendental heights as it takes a close-up view of the three elderly gentlemen’s faces, voices and gestures - and of the beautiful, gravelly desert landscapes. It is undoubtedly the closest a recent European film gets to being a down-to-earth miracle in the tradition of Pasolini. Serra improvised his black&white epos over a loose 30-page script, and he lets the camera rest on his actors until the point, where the touching and the absurd melt together in a higher entity, which - depending on your predisposition - is experienced as something religious or poetic, but which above all has to be experienced in the cinema.

El cant dels ocells / Spain 2008 / 98 min. / Distr. Capricci Films

• Cinemateket Sunday 16/11 19:15 hours


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Iraqi Short Films (Film 1 of ) DIRECTOR Mauro Andrizzi War in the times of YouTube A compilation of short videos shot in the midst of war, whether by US or British soldiers, Iraqi militia members, or corporate workers. These are not “films” per se. They are a mix of slices of life recorded on video (many shot while firing on the enemy or being fired upon), pithy propaganda pieces, and soldiers’ visions of war as music video. They are crudely shot fragments, some rife with raw fear, some gloating over momentary victory. Filmed mainly as records, for friends, family, or fellow fighters, and at one point or another put on the web or on local television, the pieces were culled by Andrizzi over several months. Ranging from the banal to the intense, from the shocking to the darkly humorous, Andrizzi’s compilation depicts war as experienced, articulated, and vividly imagined by those actually fighting and dying in it. His addition of a handful of texts, from Mark Twain to C. Wright Mills to Dick Cheney, and sporadic manipulation of a few images suggests a bleak vision of this war’s inexorable chaos and horror. But it is a vision that combines the responsibility to LOOK with critical empathy, analysis and a desire to comprehend some of its impact. Argentina 2008 / 94 min. / Distr. Artists’ Television Access

• Cinemateket Thursday 13/11 16:30 hours


42 NEW VISION

RR DIRECTOR James Benning A contemplative train ride through the American landscape RR consists of 37 static shots, filmed in 37 locations in the USA,

Peck reading from the Book of Revelations, a version of the song

crossed by passing freight trains.

“This Land is Your Land,” Eisenhower’s farewell speech, and the N.W.A. rap “Fuck the Police.”

“This land is your land, this land is my land.” In his new film, the mathematician and railroad enthusiast James Benning grants a large part of the authorship to his object. While in his earlier films he fixed the duration of his shots of American city and landscapes exactly, this time they’re limited by the length and speed of passing trains. A shot is as long as a train takes to appear on one edge of the frame and to disappear again from the other edge. Form and content defined by one and the same gauge. The size of the screen and the breadth of the American landscape are measured congruently in height, width, and depth. Alongside the fascinating idea of how much weight a single locomotive with innumerable cars can move from one point on the continent to another, the soundtrack opens further spaces of perception and association. Among the sounds of the railroad, we hear fragments of a Mormon choir, the broadcast of a baseball game in 1992, an advertising jingle, Gregory USA 2007 / 112 min. / Distr. Calarts/Film

• Cinemateket Saturday 15/11 13:45 hours


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The Confessions of Roee Rosen (Film 1 of 2) DIRECTOR Roee Rosen One hour of frontal assaults against Israel’s absolute taboos ‘The Confession of Roee Rosen’ was produced for this year’s big arts biennial, Manifesta 7, and behind the work is one of the Israeli fine art world’s most remarkable young artists. The video starts with the artist’s own announcement of his upcoming death. He dismisses his entire career and all the lies, scandals and artificial identities that have become a part of his life. But it’s not Rosen himself who delivers the confessions. Instead, he has asked three female immigrants, all of which live in Israel, to read out the confessions aloud - in Hebrew, nota bene - a language they don’t speak. Their monologues are based on Rosen’s own life, but in a wider perspective it is a highly provocative and at times bizarre reflection about large subjects such as art, politics, death and sexuality.

2008 / 57 min. / Distr. Rosenfeld Gallery

• Cinemateket Thursday 13/11 18:00 hours • Cinemateket Saturday 15/11 17:30 hours


44 NEW VISION

Looking Pretty for God (Film 2 of 2) DIRECTOR Omer Fast Children, undertakers and a pictorial stroke of genius With his filmic reflections on the representation processes in modern media society, the Israeli director Omer Fast has quickly become the talk of the town in the international art world. ‘Looking Pretty for God’ is a montage of an undertaker in his funeral business and a fashion photo-shoot of a number of smartly dressed children. The undertaker talks about his trade, about death and about getting the dead people in order, but it is the children with their smart clothes and a 100% artificial setup that deliver the words. The lip-synched children thereby become our way into a story about death as a condition, that is rendered invisible in a serious way and not talked about in modern society. The heavily made-up skin of the children radiates a matte glow under the lighting of the camera, and points straight at the evanescence and vanity that the film addresses.

2008 / 27 min. / Distr. Omer Fast

• Cinemateket Thursday 13/11 18:00 hours • Cinemateket Saturday 15/11 17:30 hours


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Drama Queens (Film 1 of 2) DIRECTORs Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragseth A creative art battle between the greatest -isms of the 20th century Drama Queens is a play without actors. Trapped on a theater stage, outside their accustomed museum environment, are seven sculptures, icons of 20th century art history: Walking Man by Alberto Giacometti (1947), Cloud Shepherd by Jean Arp (1953), Brillo Box by Andy Warhol (1964), Elegy III by Barbara Hepworth (1966), Four Cubes by Sol Lewitt (1971), Untitled (Granite) by Ulrich Rückriem (1984), and Rabbit by Jeff Koons (1986). How will these ‘superstars’ cope with their new surroundings and deal with one another? The sculptures soon prove to be capricious entities. Inevitably, little psychodramas develop on the plain black stage. The action unfolds with the actorsculptures displaying their finest quality, resilience, as they represent the «isms» of 20th-century art history in a series of conflicts and debates. ‘Drama Queens’ was commisioned by Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2007 and peformed live in a theater during the exhibition.

2007 / 45 min. / Distr. Studio Elmgreen & Dragset

• Karriere Bar Friday 07/11 07:30 hours • Statens Museum for Kunst Friday 14/11 16:00 hours • Cinemateket Saturday 15/11 13:00 hours


46 NEW VISION

Tony Conrad, DreaMinimalist (Film 2 of 2) DIRECTOR Marie Losier Marie Losier’s warm portrait of the New York minimalist Tony Conrad Tony Conrad is a pivotal figure in contemporary culture. His multi-faceted contributions since the 1960s have influenced and redefined music, filmmaking, minimalism, performance, video and conceptual art. Known for his groundbreaking film The Flicker, his involvement in the Theatre of Eternal Music and the evolution of the Velvet Underground, and collaborations with a host of luminaries including Jack Smith, John Cale, Mike Kelley and Henry Flynt, Conrad is a radical artist who challenges our understanding of art history. ‘Tony Conrad: DreamMinimalist’ is the latest in Marie Losier’s ongoing series of film portraits of avant-garde directors (Mike and George Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman). The film offers an insightful and hilarious encounter with Conrad as he sings, dances and remembers his youth and his association with Jack Smith.

USA 2008 / 26 min. / Prod. self produced / Produced by self produced / Distr. Arsenal Experimental

• Karriere Bar Friday 07/11 07:30 hours • Statens Museum for Kunst Friday 14/11 16:00 hours • Cinemateket Saturday 15/11 13:00 hours


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A Virus in the City DIRECTOR Cédric Venail Architectural material for aesthetic meditation At the beginning of the ‘90s, the French-Israeli artist Absalon embarked on his life’s project ‘The Six Cells’. Six small cells, six individual houses, were supposed to be erected in a number of large cities all over the world. The inspiration for the project was the spartan aesthetic of a monk’s cell, interpreted with the help of Le Corbusier’s vocabulary - refined and adapted to the artist’s own individual needs. The idea was to create a space, which through perfect proportions and forms could endow an individual human being with a sense of peace, security and creative inspiration. Absalon died at the age of just 29 years, but left behind enough mythical material to make him immortal. The film centers around a presentation held by Absalon himself, while taking the spectator out to those places where the houses stand today. What’s left of his project? A Virus in the City!

Un virus dans la ville / France 2008 / 80 min. / Prod. HUCKLEBERRY FILMS / Produced by Cédric Venail / Distr. HUCKLEBERRY FILMS

• Cinemateket Thursday 13/11 22:00 hours


48 NEW VISION

California Company Town DIRECTOR Lee Anne Schmitt A psycho-geographic road trip to the modern ghost towns of California Lee Anne Schmitt’s remarkable exploration of California’s

progress and expansion, and the tangible sense of the haunted

landscape and past uses 16mm film to document the history of

loss of American promise. The idea of a “company town,” Schmitt

one-time boom towns built and abandoned by the industries that

shows, has developed and changed over time, but at heart their

necessitated their creation. Sold as a limitless land expansive with

circumstances remain the same: these are service settlements laid

free opportunity, California was actually, from its onset, fissured

waste as a result of economic changes; they are, and will always

by the interwoven needs of private and public interests. Schmitt’s

be, almost exclusively swept into the trash bin of history.

associative film proceeds loosely through time, as the great industries of the early 20th century (mining, lumber, oil) give way to the military, eventually leading to multinational corporations, and the use of small towns as satellites for growing urban metropolises. A CalArts film professor, Schmitt follows in the line of her colleagues but has developed a personal style of her own. Eschewing the formal structuralism of James Benning but retaining his poetic eye, and with a voiceover that recalls the work of Thom Andersen, Schmitt chronicles 14 California frontier towns, integrating archival footage and personal asides with beautiful 16mm images to show the towns then and now. She has depicted the ideology of

2008 / 77 min. / Distr. Lee Anne Schmitt

• Cinemateket Thursday 13/11 21:00 hours • Husets Biograf Sunday 16/11 21:00 hours


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Morakot (Film 1 of 6) DIRECTOR Apichatpong Weeresethakul The past is haunting Hotel Morakot in Bangkok Morakot is a derelict and defunct hotel in the heart of Bangkok that opened its doors in the 1980’s: a time when Thailand shifted gears into accelerated economic industrialization and a time when Cambodians poured into Thai refugee camps after the invasion of Vietnamese forces. It was a hosting time. Later, when the East Asian financial crisis struck in 1997, these reveries collapsed. The unchanged Morakot is a star burdened with (or fueled by) memories. Apichatpong collaborated with his three regular actors, who recounted their dreams, hometown life, bad moments, and love poems, to re-supply the hotel with new memories.

2007 / 11 min. / Distr. Kick the Machine

• Cinemateket Sunday 09/11 14:00 hours • Cinemateket Friday 14/11 16:30 hours • Karriere Bar Saturday 15/11 12:00 hours


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Villa Feltrinelli (Film 2 of 6) DIRECTOR Andree Korpys and Markus Löffler A visit to the five-star hotel of evil Since 1989, Andree Korpys and Markus Löffler have collaborated on

in Ostia. Today, the villa where all three spent time near the end of

numerous video-based installations which are typically organized

their lives is a five-star hotel, offering “the highest possible hotel

around a central event related to society and initiate a reinterpreta-

service for the discerning traveler in search of beauty, graciousness

tion of how things happen. This film, commisioned for Manifesta 7

and peace.”

takes the Villa Feltrinelli on Lake Garda as its starting point. This “gloomy hole” - in the words of Benito Mussolini - served as headquarters for the German-controlled Repubblica Sociale Italiana (Italian Social Republic) in 1943-1945. After the Feltrinelli family regained possession of the villa in 1946, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli used it as a communist camp and hideout, becoming increasingly involved in the militant underground until his mysterious death in 1972. In Pier Paolo Pasolini’s last film, Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), four libertines use the villa as the site for their orgiastic pact, each one marrying one of the others’ daughters. In an unsettling connection, all three Italian notables were bodily disfigured in death: Mussolini in the Piazzale Loreto in Milan, Feltrinelli by the power lines in Segrate, Pasolini at the Idroscalo

2008 / 15 min. / Distr. Markus Löffler

• Cinemateket Sunday 09/11 14:00 hours • Cinemateket Friday 14/11 16:30 hours • Karriere Bar Saturday 15/11 12:00 hours


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A Necessary Music (Film 3 of 6) DIRECTOR Beatrice Gibson An architectural science fiction with a collective sender ‘A Necessary Music’ is a science fiction film that has a modern social housing complex on Roosevelt Island in New York as its starting point. Since the 1960s, the building has been the subject of a long line of architectural competitions, which have turned the island and the housing complex into a veritable architectural laboratory. In ‘A Necessary Music’, the visual artist Beatrice Gibson takes the project one step further. Starting from texts written by the inhabitants themselves, and by letting them deliver the texts in staged scenes, Gibson manages to create a story and a piece of fiction, which reactivates the place in the present, as well as its history. An ethnographic work of fiction about places and communities, which in a challenging way explores the social notions about an utopian landscape by lending a direct voice to those people, who live in the place in its present form.

2008 / 20 min. / Prod. Funded by The Graham Foundation For Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and Arts Council England / Produced by Gibson+ Waterman / Distr. ARGOS Centre for Art and Media

• Cinemateket Sunday 09/11 14:00 hours • Cinemateket Friday 14/11 16:30 hours • Karriere Bar Saturday 15/11 12:00 hours


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Rodakis (Film 4 of 6) DIRECTOR Olaf Nicolai A roundtrip journey to a modernist masterpiece ’Rodakis’ is the German painter Olaf Nicolai’s debut film. The title refers to a Greek 20th century craftsman, Alexis Rodakis, whose home was later pointed out and studied as an architectural masterpiece by, among others, Le Corbusier and Adolf Loos. Apart from being a monument and an icon of modern architecture, Rodakis’ house on the Greek island of Aegina is naturally also the story about the man who designed and built it. But strangely enough, there is no biographical material which could confirm the myth that surrounds him. In order to compensate for this, Olaf Nicolai goes back to the island and the house, and uses fiction to create his own version of a story and a biography.

2008 / 12 min. / Distr. Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin

• Cinemateket Sunday 09/11 14:00 hours • Cinemateket Friday 14/11 16:30 hours • Karriere Bar Saturday 15/11 12:00 hours


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The House Belongs to Those Who Inhabit It (Film 5 of 6) DIRECTOR Runa Islam A conceptual hommage to anarchy and anti-property Runa Islam’s work is concerned with disrupting the conven-

poetic, articulation of a radical political message. ’The House

tions of cinematic language and building up new ways to read or

Belongs to Those Who Inhabit It’ is an authentic portrait of belong-

envision narratives and situations. Islam’s new work which was

ing. Islam pays tribute to local alternative political movements,

commisioned for Manifesta 7 continues her recent experiments

focused on the sovereignty of spaces and their proper use.

with the process of ”writing with the camera”. The artist has taken inspiration from a graffiti text found on the wall of the building of former Peterlini: ’La casa è di chi la abita’ (The House Belongs to Those Who Inhabit It). The slogan is an echo of recent anarchists’ interventions, questioning the attitude of local politics towards the heritage of post-industrial architecture. In the film, the camera’s movement is engaged in spelling out both the text and image. What is distinct in this version is Islam’s intention to release the camera from the motion-control apparatus previously engaged and to make more gestures. This can be compared to the ’printed’ word against this ’hand written’ text. As such, the film bears an almost corporeal, tactile quality. The viewer is impressed by the directness of the gestures but simultaneously distanced from its conceptual, though 2008 / 7 min. / Distr. White Cube / Stillphoto: Courtesy Runa Islam and Jay Jopling/ White Cube (London)

• Cinemateket Sunday 09/11 14:00 hours • Cinemateket Friday 14/11 16:30 hours • Karriere Bar Saturday 15/11 12:00 hours


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The Submerged Town (Film 6 of 6) DIRECTOR Deborah Ligorio A bell tower in the middle of a lake, immortalised in a time capsule Deborah Ligorio is a diarist of landscape, carefully recording and

villages in the neighborhood. The film concentrates on the portrait

reflecting upon its social, political and environmental transforma-

of a bell tower emerging from the water, a metaphor of everyday

tions. Her work might belong to a still unlisted genre of poetic

struggle and adaptation. Mapping a disappearance and trying to

ethnography, comparable with the desires of psycho-geographers

document the traces of a former presence, Ligorio’s work oscillates

or the passions of 18th century explorers, obsessed with space’s

between magic and reality, retaining a critical stance towards the

historical dimension, the cultural significance of the place and

policy of urban and environmental redevelopment.

the grammar of belonging. Her investigations of the identity of landscape and geography are meticulously filtered through her perception of the site, from the narrative point of view as well as from her mode of narrating, in which the artist uses her own voice ’off-screen’, automatically mythologizing the site to render it more surreal. ’The Submerged Town’ is a journey into the memory of the region of Trentino - South Tyrol. The artist refers to the engineering project by the Montecatini Company to build an artificial lake which would connect two natural lakes, the Lake of Resia / Reschensee and the Lake of Curon / Graun, in the process submerging several

2008 / 5 min. / Distr. Deborah Ligorio

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SE-LFP-ORT-RA-IT (Film 1 of 4) DIRECTOR Søren Martinsen The small house in the countryside - mixed with antidepressants and magic mushrooms ”It could be so simple: just live in the countryside, look after the garden, make my art and be happy with my family. But I brought something with me from the city: my drinking, my drugs and my depression.” Thus starts the self-portrait of the painter Søren Martinsen. The artist burns out from stress and moves out to the countryside, but his demons predictably follow him. And it is the demons we are introduced to: the failed attempt to discontinue the antidepressants and to varnish the floor while high on magic mushrooms; the aggression and irritability that is constantly ready to erupt. The result is desparate, ugly and vulnerable. Martinsen has made a self-portrait, which in an impressive way combines existential seriousness with comical self-representation, equalling the best slapstick.

Selvportræt / Denmark 2008 / 25 min. / Distr. Martinsen Kunst & Kommunikation

• Cinemateket Friday 07/11 16:45 hours • Cinemateket Sunday 16/11 16:45 hours


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The Deboard (Film 2 of 4) DIRECTOR Tobias Zielony A dark and hair-raising study of brutal gang rituals In sombre monochrome images, the film features the testimony of a First Nation Canadian, Cobby, who has decided to quit a prison gang. Cobby tells of the gang ritual named ’the deboard’, which obliges him to let himself be brutally beaten by three other gang members for five minutes without defending himself. If he survives the ordeal, according to the gang rules, he can leave the gang. His experiences with the prison ’Ni-Miikana Healing Unit’, set up as a pilot project in the legendary ’Stony Mountain Institute’ are what lead him to change his mind. The unit draws on the spirituality inherent in indigenous ways of life and can point to remarkable successes in the area of the resocialization of convicts. Zielony’s work references the historical significance of the Stony Mountain Institute, built in the 1870s, whose inmates were almost exclusively aboriginal. They included Poundmaker and Big Bear, chiefs of indigenous tribes and symbolic figures in the Native resistance, who were captured after their defeat in the Saskatchewan Rebellion of 1885. Zielony addresses the issues behind the crime of indigenous groups sensitively and without simplification. Germany 2008 / 8 min. / Prod. Tobias Zielony / Distr. Tobias Zielony

• Cinemateket Friday 07/11 16:45 hours • Cinemateket Sunday 16/11 16:45 hours


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Aka Ana (Film 3 of 4) DIRECTOR Antoine D’Agata A documentary death instinct from the underworld of Japanese nightlife A pornographic diary conceived and photographed by the French provocateur and Magnum photographer Antoine D’Agata. The film is made up of 120 fragments taken by D’Agata himself during his nocturnal wanderings through Tokyo, Osaka and other Japanese cities. The scenes are about women at night, prostitutes, victims of violence, drug addicts, strippers. D’Agata meets them and gives them a chance to frame their story by investing himself in the most total and brutal way possible. Drugged, deeply drenched in alcohol and on the verge of falling apart, he makes his way into the night to meet the other world - and not least to escape his own fear of sexuality and death. A complex film, a problematic film, a provoking film, which moves along the borderlines of using and being used. Does Agata document in order to experience, or does he experience in order to document?

2008 / 60 min. / Distr. Lazennec / Stillphoto: Antoine d’Agata/Magnum photos

• Cinemateket Friday 07/11 16:45 hours • Cinemateket Sunday 16/11 16:45 hours


58 NEW VISION

Nummer Acht (Everything Is Going To Be Alright) (Film 4 of 4) DIRECTOR Guido van der Werve A crystal-clear and monumental romantic image trip A frozen sea with nothing on the horizon, except for a large ship

Bas Jan Ader, another Dutch artist preoccupied with the slapstick

that is forcing its way through the ice. A tiny figure is walking a few

possibilities of isolation, sadness, alienation and the elements,

metres ahead of this icebreaker, as if it has to lead the way. Looking

especially water (into which, of course, Ader eventually and tragi-

behind could be fatal. Reality, with all its disasters and terrifying

cally disappeared).

tricks, could be breathing down his neck. Walking on imperturbably is his only chance, and as long as he keeps up his pace, everything is going to be alright. A more monumental image could hardly be imagined. Dutch artist Guido van der Werve makes the kind of films Caspar David Friedrich might have dreamt up if he had had a sense of humour and access to a camera. Saturated in an atmosphere of melancholy, loss and loneliness and surely skating close to pathos, Van der Werve’s films never quite fall into it. A crescendo of melancholy can abruptly shift key and tone and segue into a lighthearted mood of absurdity at the least predictable of moments. It is impossible, when witnessing such overwrought, touching and often hilarious scenes, not to think of Van der Werve as the love child of

2008 / 10 min. / Distr. Netherlands Media Art Institute (MonteVideo/Time Based Arts)

• Cinemateket Friday 07/11 16:45 hours • Cinemateket Sunday 16/11 16:45 hours


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SOUND & VISION AWA R D


Music should be experienced in the cinema - but some music films should be seen at music venues or in clubs. The ambitions match the material in this year’s SOUND AND VISION AWARD.

The French electro-gods Justice will kick off the series with a massive party, while the punk poet Patti Smith will wrap it all up at this year’s gala closing ceremony. The frame is thereby set for 10 days of everything from political favela funk, via the crackling noise-symphonic heavy metal of Wolfeyes and Sunny Murray’s expressionistic free jazz, to the Fantasti-

cal Film Freakout Featuring the Flaming Lips: the instant cult hit ‘Christmas on Mars’. We have fused ethereal breathing spaces with frenzied eruptions from the planet’s musical volcanoes. The result is a party revolution far from the utopian dreams of 1968.


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Eduardo Thomas (Mexico)

A.J. Schnack (USA)

Khavn de la Cruz (Philippines)

Eduardo Thomas represents the Mexican

The LA-based American author and

Based in Quezon City, Metro Manila in the

documentary film festival Ambulante, a

award-winning director A.J. Schnack has

Philippines, Khavn de la Cruz has left an

new and groundbreaking festival, which in

made a name for himself as one of the

indelible stamp on Philippine film culture

collaboration with Canana Cinepolis and

most recognised and talented independ-

with his work as a filmmaker, author and

Morelia International Film Festival aims

ent filmmakers in the international docu-

musician. He has been referred to as the

at promoting documentary films both

mentary film arena. He has previously

‘Che Guevara of the Digital Revolution’

in Mexico and abroad. The festival has

been behind the camera for films such

and ‘one of underground cinema’s

most recently exported its programme

as ‘Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)’ about

best-kept secrets’. Khavn’s production

to countries such as Norway, Cuba and

the unconventional and experimental

company Filmless Film was established

England. With focus on the central role

American rock band They Might Be Giants

as a reaction to Dogme 95, with the aim

of documentary as a means of observing

and ‘Kurt Cobain: About a Son’ about

of making feature films exclusively with

ones surrounding society, his approach

the undisputed king of grunge (which

digital technology. As a director, he has

to the genre is founded in a great sense

is shown at this year’s festival in the

made 16 films and more than 60 shorts.

of curiosity vis-à-vis the relationship

SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT series). He

Khavn’s parallel career as a musi-

between fact and fiction. Eduardo Thomas

has also worked as a director of short

cian centres on the band The Brockas,

has an M.A. Fine Arts degree from the

films, directed a large number of music

where he occupies the roles of singer,

Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, and

videos and commercials and today holds

songwriter and pianist. He has directed

since his graduation, he has worked as

the post of editor at the highly acclaimed

numerous music videos for a large

an artist and DJ alongside his position

blog about documentary and non-fiction,

number of Philippine artists, and he has

as a programme editor for the visionary

All These Wonderful Things, which he

written and composed two rock operas.

Mexican festival.

himself created in 2005.

Two of his films are being shown at this year’s festival (in the NEW PHILIPPINE CINEMA and the SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT series) – where he himself will be present to perform the soundtrack live.


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Rikke Frisk

Jessica Tolf Vulpius

(Denmark)

(Denmark)

As head of the electronic music festival

Rock photographer, concert booker,

Strøm, Copenhagen’s own mini-Sonar,

promoter and DJ: the dear woman has

Rikke Frisk has been instrumental in

many names and many roles, and Jessica

putting electronic music on the cultural

Tolf Vulpius will play them all, when she

agenda. The Strøm festival has seen the

goes to work as a member of the Sound

sparks fly through Copenhagen the past

& Vision Award jury. Since 1994, she has

two years, and with the festival’s interna-

worked as a promoter at the Copenhagen

tional profile and high ambitions, Rikke

indie label Crunchy Frog – which has pro-

Frisk is well versed in both the domestic

claimed itself the best record company

as well as the international festival and

in the universe. Driven by the ambition of

music milieu. Before she brought Strøm

releasing quality alternative music with

to Copenhagen, she was one of the

full creative control by the artist, Crunchy

primary forces behind DR’s electronic

Frog has developed into a giant in the

music festival Public Service. In addition,

Danish music milieu. The same ambitions

Rikke Frisk is the head of the secretariat

in terms of quality and creativity were

of WorldMusicFair Copenhagen, which in

also the driving force, when Jessica

2009 to 2011 will host the world’s largest

in 1997 launched the concert-booking

international world music conference and

agency KUBI. Furthermore, she works as

festival, WOMEX, the World Music Expo.

a rock photographer as well as a host of the Friday DJ club CRISP- the Crunchy Treat at Ideal Bar.


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Justice - A Cross the Universe DIRECTOR Romain Gavras, So-Me & Justice On a surrealist tour in the fast lane with the French techno wizards The French electro/rock/techno duo Justice soared to clubbing fame in 2006 with their catchy remix of Simians We Are Your Friends, and quickly became recognised as a much needed vitamin injection in their home country’s electronic music scene. Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, as the two dark-robed producermagicians are called, give it all in Romain Gavras’s brand new film ’A Cross the Universe’, as if they were a heavy metal band from the 1980s. The film, which has the attention-span of a rave dancer awake for the third day in a row, follows the two stars on their American success tour in March and April this year, and is a show of attitude and elegant excess. It all comes to an explosive head in the orgastic live concerts, which leaves one yearning for more - and for the weekend to return again soon.

• Empire Bio Friday 07/11 21:00 hours • Empire Bio Wednesday 12/11 22:30 hours France 2008 / 65 min. / Prod. Because / Distr. Warner Music Denmark • Cinemateket Friday 14/11 23:00 hours


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Soulwax - Part of the Weekend Never Dies DIRECTOR Saam Farahmand 120 concerts, two Belgian beat-mongers and one camera. Experience the electrofied bastards from Soulwax at full throttle. Belgium is best known for beer and chocolate. But with Soulwax and the DJ project 2 Many DJ’s, the brothers David and Stephen Dewaele have given Belgium a serious musical standard-bearer, which they can be proud of. Soulwax was a rock band that discovered how liberating and rewarding a fundamental lack of respect for music could be. With their alter ego 2 Many DJ’s, they became the figureheads for the mash-up wave, which recently invaded the dancefloors all over the world. Where the Beastie Boys filmed one concert with 50 cameras, the debut director Saam Farahmand has filmed 120 concerts with 1 camera. Packed with interviews with high-profile names such as Erol Alkan, Justice, Busy P and Klaxons, Farahmand takes the audience on a rapturous journey. The result is a snapshot of the touring life of one of the most interesting names on the musical firmament.

United Kingdom 2008 / 68 min. / Prod. Partizan Films / Distr. Partizan, London

• Vega Saturday 01/11 23:00 hours • Cinemateket Saturday 08/11 19:00 hours • Gloria Friday 14/11 24:00 hours


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Favela On Blast DIRECTOR Leandro HBL & Wesley Pentz (Dj Diplo) ”Bass, my friend, people like bass...”. The sound of Rio de Janeiro’s slums with added samba rhythms and hardcore hiphop Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas represent a black hole in today’s global urbanisation. A product of social exclusion from established societies, they represent a luminous symbol of a culture that constantly contradicts itself. But with its hot-tempered cultural recycling, they have also been the birthplace of baile funk: the sound of the slums of Brazil with added samba rhythms and hardcore hiphop. Dense, dirty and full of savagery. DJ Diplo has been one of the genre’s foremost standard-bearers outside Brazil, and now he has gotten together with the Brazilian director Leandro HBL to put moving images to the possibly most interesting musical movement right now. ’Favela On Blast’ manages to both portray the cultural melting pot and give the Favelas a voice that they have never had before.

Brazil, USA 2008 / 81 min. / Prod. Mosquito project, Mad Decent & Bananeira Filmes / Produced by Leandro HBL & Wesley Pentz (Dj Diplo) / Distr. Mosquito project / Stillphoto: Rebekka Ehlers

• Cinemateket Wednesday 12/11 21:45 hours • Empire Bio Friday 14/11 22:30 hours


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Bassweight DIRECTOR Suridh Hassan Straight outta Croydon: Take a tour from the electronic night sky deep into the universe of Dubstep. After having lingered deep down in the depths of London’s underground, Dubstep has developed into one of the most interesting fusion genres within electronic music in recent years. Characterised by a deep and intrusive bass curried with lots of restless beats, the genre has drawn huge crowds to clubs all over the world. Starting out in Croydon, the breeding ground of Dubstep, this brandnew documentary takes the audience on a journey deep into the universe of Dubstep. Interviews with the world’s best artists of this explosive art form, from Skream and Benga to Kode 9, Plasticians and Copenhagen’s own 2000F make the film a unique portrait of an underground which has emerged onto the big stage and no longer can nor should be ignored.

United Kingdom 2008 / 61 min. / Prod. Studio Rarekwai // the SRK / Produced by Ryo Sanada / Distr. STUDIO RAREKWAI (SRK)

• Husets Biograf Friday 07/11 21:00 hours • Gloria Thursday 13/11 21:45 hours • Stengade 30 Saturday 15/11 22:00 hours


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Patti Smith: Dream of Life DIRECTOR Steven Sebring A dynamic chronicle about a unique artist. A film which is just as daring and unique as Patti Smith herself The Godmother of Punk, the legendary poet and musician Patti Smith, has been placed under a microscope in Steven Sebring’s refreshing and unconventional documentary. We experience the multi-talented, charismatic and extremely private rock poet in the course of 11 years, as Sebring with an enthusiastic sense of devotion tells the story about an artist, who - with death as her travelling companion - fights against the many paradoxes of human nature. Where the conventional documentary trims and edits, ’Dream of Life’ is full of filmic flotsam, which is essential in conveying the paradoxical world that Smith moves in. Unbearable, captivating and pompous. Refreshingly direct and strangely distanced. Sebring has made a film that captures it all with a liberatingly abstract approach.

USA 2008 / 109 min. / Prod. Clean Socks & Thirteen/WNET / Produced by Steven Sebring, Margaret Smilov & Scott Vogel / Distr. Atlantic Film AB

• Grand Tuesday 11/11 21:30 hours • Empire Bio Friday 14/11 19:45 hours • Gasværket Saturday 15/11 21:00 hours


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Vashti Bunyan: From Here To Before DIRECTOR Kieran Evans A charming road movie with the godmother of freakfolk Without Vashti Bunyan there would be no Devendra Banhart, no Joanna Newsom and no ’New Weird America’. The English folk singer’s significance has been enormous, in spite of the fact that the music industry has only heaped her with disappointments. In 1968, she decided to abandon London’s record labels to take a hippie ride on a horse and cart to the Isle of Skye. The result of the journey were the songs of the debut album ’Just Another Diamond Day’, which today is seen as a cult milestone in the history of folk music - but which at the time was a downright fiasco. Completely disillusioned, Vashti changed tracks and spent the next 35 years as a housewife - while the world slowly started discovering her masterpiece. In Kieran Evans’s moving road movie, Vashti Bunyan steps into a time machine and sets out on the same journey as 40 years ago - except this time she travels by car and has a suitably ironic affection for the flower child she was at the time. The result is as seductive and charming as her timeless songs, which in the film are saluted by Banhart, Four Tet, Max Richter and many others. United Kingdom 2008 / 87 min. / Prod. CC Films & Boyo Films / Produced by Jason Hocking & Steve Butterworth / Distr. CC FILMS

• Dagmar Sunday 09/11 19:00 hours • Gloria Friday 14/11 18:00 hours


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Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (Film 1 of 2) DIRECTOR Matt Wolf Meet ”the funkiest white boy” Arthur Russell, possibly the most complex person within modern music Disco and avantgarde come together in Arthur Russell’s music. The cellist, who came in from the cold, settled in New York and quickly became a part of the experimental music scene of the 1970s and 1980s. With his classical background and a strong affiliation with the no wave scene, he torpedoed all rules of disco and merrily moved around between the styles of Talking Heads, Phillip Glass and Nicky Siano. With its unique images from Russell’s life and live recordings from The Kitchen, ’Wild Combination’ creates a picture of a complex, at times manic personality and his playful music, without which neither Erlend Øye, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy nor any other of today’s electronica gurus would have achieved what they have today. Arthur Russell was behind his time, and yet far ahead of it! He died of AIDS in 1992, and in Matt Wolf’s touching debut he can at long last be experienced on film.

USA 2008 / 71 min. / Prod. Polari Pictures & imofilms / Produced by Ben Howe, Kyle Martin & Matt Wolf / Distr. Polari Pictures

• Gloria Sunday 09/11 21:45 hours • Gloria Friday 14/11 21:45 hours • Husets Biograf Sunday 16/11 17:00 hours


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What the Future Sounded Like (Film 2 of 2) DIRECTOR Matthew Bate The story of the birth of electronic music Post-war Britain was marked by enormous changes and great artistic and cultural experiments. It was in this environment that Electronic Music Studios was born - a radical group of electronic musicians who made use of technological breakthroughs to create a futuristic soundtrack for the new Britain. By inventing the VCS3 synthesizer, the sound pioneers at EMS, headed by Peter Zinovieff and Tristram Cary, radically changed the soundscape of the 20th century. Their influence can be traced to the most popular artists of the day, amongst them Brian Eno, Hawkind and Pink Floyd. ’What the Future Sounded Like’ paints a picture of those artists, who through the help of technological innovations set new standards for music and sound, while simultaneously retelling one of the forgotten chapters of music history.

Australia 2007 / 27 min. / Prod. Plexus Films / Distr. Plexus Films

• Gloria Sunday 09/11 21:45 hours • Gloria Friday 14/11 21:45 hours • Husets Biograf Sunday 16/11 17:00 hours


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Sunny’s Time Now DIRECTOR Antoine Prum The world premiere of a film about the free jazz virtuoso Sunny Murray It is not without a sense of pride that we invite you to the world premiere of ’Sunny’s Time Now’, a film about the drum virtuoso Sunny Murray, who enchanted the world with ’Nefertiti - the Beautiful One Has Come’, recorded at the Copenhagen’s Café Montmartre in 1962. This is the director Antoine Prum’s first documentary, but his background in the arts world has equipped him with a special visual strength, which is a clear extension of Murray’s own basic idea: to liberate the percussionist from the traditional metric function and to break down any formal framework for jazz music in general. Behind the avantgarde facade of free jazz hid an idea about bringing jazz back to being a ”primitive”, almost religious mode of expression, and under Murray’s expert hands, the music became an expression of an intense political era, where demands for equality regardless of skin colour was high up on the agenda.

Luxembourg 2008 / 75 min. / Prod. PTD Studio / Produced by Paul Thiltges / Distr. Paul Thiltges Distribution

• Cinemateket Friday 14/11 22:00 hours • Cinemateket Sunday 16/11 21:45 hours


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Natasja DIRECTOR Andreas Johnsen A touching tribute to the Danish dancehall star ’Yo Denmark, what’s up with you?’ Only few Danish people don’t know that the Danish dancehall star Natasja was killed in a tragic car accident in Jamaica in the summer of 2007. She was the first non-Jamaican to win the highly respected reggae contest Irie FM Big Break Contest in 2006, and she was on a rising trajectory towards a big international career, when she met her untimely death. It is this story which is told by Danish director Andreas Johnsen in a moving portrait, which has its world premiere at this year’s festival. The film follows Natasja during her stay in the Caribbean reggae paradise. Old home video recordings and private recordings of Natasja on the road, filmed by her friend Karen Mukupa, brings the past to life and gives us a deeply intimate and heartwarming portrait of an exceptional artist.

Denmark 2008 / 60 min. / Prod. Rosforth / Produced by Rosforth / Distr. Rosforth & Rosforth

• DOX:CLUB Friday 07/11 21:00 hours • Dagmar Saturday 08/11 21:30 hours • Empire Bio Wednesday 12/11 17:30 hours • Cinemateket Saturday 15/11 21:30 hours


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Bob Marley: Exodus 77 DIRECTOR Anthony Wall A pulsating portrait of the rastafari legend Bob Marley. 1977 was a crucial year for Bob Marley. It was the year that ’Exodus’ was released, the album which was later named the album of the century by Time Magazine, and which single-handedly kickstarted the worldwide career of reggae, while rastafarianism’s message entered the mainstream. Anthony Wall, who worked together with Martin Scorsese in 2005 to make the award-winning ’Bob Dylan: No Direction Home’, has this time round turned his sights on Bob Marley - and brought the legend back to life on the silver screen. ’Bob Marley: Exodus 77’ is much more than a film about an album, however. It is an atmospheric account of an era, its socipolitical reality and an iconic musician. And with its intelligent treatment of archive material and its imaginative use of images, the film is also an ideal example of how a portrait film should be made.

United Kingdom 2008 / 90 min. / Prod. BBC, Tuff Gong & Blue Mountain Films / Produced by Chris Blackwell & Suzette Newman / Distr. Celluloid Dreams

• Cinemateket Saturday 08/11 21:30 hours • Husets Biograf Wednesday 12/11 21:00 hours • Stengade 30 Sunday 16/11 21:30 hours


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Gogol Bordello Non-Stop DIRECTOR Margarita Jimeno An entertaining roadtrip with the musical brats from the Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello. In the captivating travelogue portrait by the first-time director Margarita Jimeno, we follow the band’s - and above all the charismatic frontman Eugene Hütz’s - rapid development from underground legends in the epoch-making Russo-disco scene in New York to being an unparalleled international phenomenon. The film provides a close-up view of Gogol Bordello’s international collective of musical brats during their most intimate moments, and we are present at both the many surreal and obscure concerts, when Hütz philosophises about life’s complexities, and when the band improvises during an exclusive jam session with their rolemodel and idol Manu Chao and their soulmate Yuri Yunakov.

USA 2008 / 87 min. / Prod. Guespa Films / Produced by Darya Zhuk / Distr. Hoptza Films

• Cinemateket Friday 31/10 22:00 hours • Cinemateket Friday 07/11 21:45 hours • Empire Bio Saturday 15/11 17:30 hours


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Hardtimes Killin’ Floor Blues (Film 1 of 2) DIRECTOR Henri-Jean Debon A raw and undiluted snapshot of the personal free fall of Gun Club lead singer Jeffrey Lee Peirce In 1992, Henri-Jean Debon was a fly on the wall observing his great idol Jeffrey Lee Pierce. The lead singer of the now-defunct punk band Gun Club lived a relatively obscure life in London in economic ruin and with a liver that was in a state of advanced disintegration. He died four years later of a brain haemorrhage, and moved by his death, Debon lay aside his recordings. But fortunately the material has now been unearthed again, and the rattling recordings are just as obtrusive as their intensity is moving. ’Hardtimes Killin’ Floor Blues’ is spared the pompousness of obituary speeches. A raw and unsweetened snapshot of a human free fall and a portrait of an exceptional artist, who inadvertently ended up being a caricature of what he always dreamt of being: a real blues man.

France 2008 / 43 min. / Prod. Choses Vues / Produced by HenriJean Debon / Distr. Choses Vues

• Gloria Monday 10/11 21:45 hours • Cinemateket Friday 14/11 16:45 hours


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The Gun Club Live at the Hacienda 1983 (Film 2 of 2) DIRECTOR Ikon Manchester Psychobilly blues! The Gun Club’s death rock lives on the big screen Now you finally have the chance to experience one of the 1980s’ most unique alternative bands live on the silver screen. American punk blues or psychobilly blues best describes the legends from The Gun Club, and their energetic death rock really comes into its own in this live recording from 1983. The Gun Club was one of the most popular live bands of the mid-80s, and ’Live at The Hacienda’, which was recorded during two concerts at the legendary venue in Manchester, captures their in-your-face stage shows and manic energy in the most beautiful way possible.

United Kingdom 1983 / 55 min. / Prod. Creeping Ritual Productions / Distr. Chery Red Records

• Gloria Monday 10/11 21:45 hours • Cinemateket Friday 14/11 16:45 hours


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Anvil! The Story of Anvil DIRECTOR Sacha Gervasi Meet the Duracell bunnies of Heavy Metal, complete with leather pants and long hair The 80s was the golden age of Heavy Metal. Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Iron Maiden sold millions of albums. Things were different for the Canadian band Anvil - and this despite the 1982 album ’Metal on Metal’, which launched their careers as Heavy Metal demigods. Fully equipped with virtuoso shows, tight leather trousers and theatrical heavy hair, things went steadily downhill from there. But Anvil are the Duracell bunnies of Heavy Metal. They just keep going - because there’s nothing else they can do. The director Sacha Gervasi tells their story and at the same time immortalises the band’s latest efforts to attain the wealth and fame that they have always strived for. A both moving and hysterical portrait of a genuine underdog saga about the desire to follow one’s dream despite the tough odds.

USA 2008 / 85 min. / Prod. Metal On Metal Productions / Produced by Rebecca Yeldham / Distr. Metal On Metal Productions

• Vester Vov Vov Tuesday 11/11 19:00 hours • Grand Saturday 15/11 24:00 hours


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SPECIAL SCREENING: Hypnotic Brutality (Out of competition) DIRECTOR Raymond Salvatore Harmon A brain-sizzling concert film with the noise pioneers Wolf Eyes - with a musical aftershow CPH:DOX is proud to be able to invite you to the world premiere of ’Hypnotic Brutality’ in collaboration with Subotnick. The three noise pioneers of the American Wolf Eyes have released more than 150 tapes and albums in ten years, but their gloomy and industrial universe of noise only come into their own at the group’s live concerts. Here, the extreme intensity of the sound reaches almost a psychedelic level, which is taken up perfectly by the film’s visual side. The concert, which was recorded in April this year, thunders away under many layers of glitches and digital video noise, which elevate the experience to both an aural and graphical sense bombardment. The director Raymond Salvatore Harmon will pay a visit, and the sound-happy wirepullers behind the underground band Subotnick will be responsible for the musical aftershow.

Hypnotic Brutality - Wolf Eyes / USA 2008 / 75 min. / Produced by Raymond Salvatore Harmon / Distr. Raymond S. Harmon

• DOX:CLUB Tuesday 11/11 21:00 hours


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SPECIAL SCREENING: Christmas On Mars - A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring The Flaming Lips DIRECTORs Wayne Coyne & Bradley Beesley Flaming Lips have their film debut with a long-awaited, psychedelic Christmas fable from Mars on the Planetarium’s domed screen Now the mothership has - finally - landed from Oklahoma City,

simultaneously a spaced-out trip and a melancholic adventure into

with news from the eccentric indierock icon Wayne Coyne and his

the world of fantasy.

playmates at Flaming Lips. The rumours about Coyne’s science fiction films have circulated for years, but this time it’s for real.

After the screening, we will continue Saturday night in the psych-

Julen is, like so many times before, in danger. This time, though,

edelic tracks of Flaming Lips’ science fiction Christmas ball with a

Santa Clause has committed suicide, and the distressed astronauts

DOX:CLUB party dedicated to forms, colours and free fantasy. Send

(played by the band and their friends) are fighting against despond-

your bunny costume to the dry cleaners, polish your moonboots,

ency and malfunctioning machinery. But on Christmas day, a

grab your new friends, and send your brain on a pleasant safari

special guest steps down from the starry sky onto the red planet

to the colourful tunes of indietronic spacepop. High fives, drinks

with a message of hope.

from Jameson and affectionate pecks on the cheek are reserved

Wayne Coyne has made his delirious Christmas fantasy from junk

for those coming dressed up, while visual sugar-shocks will be

in his own back yard, and has made an instantaneous cult classic.

served to seduce you. Things won’t get any more real on this side

But, most of all, Christmas on Mars is like the group’s music:

of Christmas eve.

Christmas On Mars - A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring The Flaming Lips / USA 2008 / 82 min. / Distr. Warner Music Denmark

• Planetariet Saturday 08/11 20:00 hours


DANISH DOX AWA R D


Danish Dox Award is CPH:DOX’s new competition programme for the best Danish documentaries. The competition was founded in cooperation with the Danish Producers’ Association to support both national and international attention towards the diversity and artistic developments in contemporary Danish documentary filmmaking. The competition is made up of 11 brand new films. From new talents right out of film school to well established names on the international documentary scene. In terms of genres, the selection spans from political analysis and reportage in films such as ‘69’ and ‘The Arab Initiative’ over philosophical essay in ‘Everything is Relative’ to the more formally experimental works such as Niels Plenge’s

‘Screening’ and Steen Møller Rasmussen’s ‘Long Bien Bridge’. Danish documentary filmmaking is going through sweeping developments, and we hope that DANISH DOX AWARD can help support it. The prize is worth € 5000 and is sponsored by the Danish Producers’ Association.


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Yoav Shamir (Israel)

Karolina Lidin (Sweden)

Dietmar Schwärzler (Austria)

Yoav Shamir is a documentary filmmaker

Karolina Lidin is a documentary film

Dietmar Schwärzler is a Film & Media

who is greatly experienced in portraiying

consultant with more than 15 years of

consultant, a freelance writer and a

young people. He was born and raised

experience in the international docu-

curator of various arts projects. Among

in Tel Aviv, where he studied History

mentary arena. She is currently involved

his many projects are the film compila-

and Film in 1995. From 2001 to 2005, he

in the Nordic Film & TV Fund, Sheffield

tion ‘Rohstoff / Raw Materials’, which he

made the documentaries ‘Marta & Luis’,

DocFest/MeetMarket and works at The

established together with Sylvia Szely to

‘Checkpoint’ and ‘5 Days’. The films have

Swedish Film Institute. Karolina Lidin

shed light on non-canonised films, which

participated in over 40 festivals around

started her career at the MEDIA Project

also gave rise to the publication of three

the globe and have been warmly received

for the Creative DOCUMENTARY in 1991.

magazines. Since 1999, he has worked

at great film festivals such as IDFA,

Since then, she has worked as a creative

for the innovative Austrian distribu-

Sundance, Berlin and Documenta Madrid,

producer at Holland House Productions,

tion company Sixpackfilm, a non-profit

where they have won numerous awards.

been the director of the Danish Film

organisation that promotes Austrian film

Yoav Shamir’s latest documentary

Institute’s short and documentary divi-

and video art. Additionally he works for

‘Flipping Out’ is also shown at CPH:DOX

sion, managing director of Filmkontakt

INDEX, where he is a part of the team of

2008 (see SPECIAL SCREENINGS). The

Nord and the leading organiser of

concept developers and programmers.

film depicts the hefty reaction of young

Nordisk Panorama. She has moderated

INDEX was founded in 2004 and strives

Israelis – both women and men – to hav-

the Toronto Documentary Forum since

to make hitherto unavailable audiovisual

ing to go through three years of military

its inception in 2000 and has moderated

works easily available to the public –

service. Yoav Shamir has previously been

IDFA FORUM since 1997. In 2004, Karolina

comparable to a publishing company of

present at CPH:DOX in 2004.

Lidin was presented the Danish WIFT

quality literature.

Award for her contribution to the Danish documentary film world.


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Same Old Story DIRECTOR Anders Østergaard A poetic portrait by, about and with Dan Turèll A world premiere. A film about the author, entertainer and poet Dan Turèll. Anders Østergaard juxtaposes images and music to Turèll’s own words, and we follow Uncle Danny through all phases of life. From the generational battles via the free hippie era to his meeting with both his first love and his biggest love. With a unique cinematic rhythm, which matches that of the author himself, Østergaard takes us all the way around the brief and strange thing that is life, and which is never easy - for anyone. But yet so poetically simple. The film’s director will be present at both screenings of the film.

Så kort og mærkeligt livet er / Denmark 2008 / 47 min. / Prod. Everest Pictures ApS. / Produced by Helle Winther Remfeldt / Distr. Sandrew Metronome

• Statens Museum for Kunst Thursday 06/11 20:00 hours • Grand Sunday 09/11 21:30 hours • Empire Bio Thursday 13/11 18:45 hours


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69 DIRECTOR Nikolaj Viborg A portrait of a house, its history and its people before it was levelled to the ground Feelings run high when Copenhagen’s Youth House is the topic

The sale and demolition of the Youth House, the normalisation

of debate, both among the youths involved and among Danes in

of Christiania, the restoration and demolition of A-huset and the

general. Not least after the events of March 2007, when the streets

silo on Island’s Brygge, the sale of property on the waterfront:

of Nørrebro were burning. ’69’ tells the story about the Youth House

the unconventional and quirky city projects are driven further

as it looked inside, before the building was torn down - told by the

out into the city’s peripheries. There are less and less sanctuar-

youths themselves. We are shown images from the many meetings

ies for artists, punks, hippies and other people who don’t want a

and preparations on the roof of the building, and we are there dur-

beautification of the city. Has Copenhagen become less diverse?

ing the violent moments when the police storm the building. The

Should the nature of diversity be determined by the elite or by the

film portrays the final six months of the Youth House’s 25-year his-

masses? Does the urban space belong to the citizens or has it come

tory as a refuge for youths, but also shows the move from Jagtvej

to belong to politicians?

69 to the new house on Dortheavej. ’69’ is more relevant today than ever before: the youths may very well have been given a new house, but the legal proceedings have just started. Panel discussion: the beautification of Copenhagen is strangling the sanctuaries.

2008 / 60 min. / Distr. Bastard Film A/S

• Den Grå Hal Saturday 08/11 19:00 hours • Grand Thursday 13/11 19:00 hours • Empire Bio Sunday 16/11 17:30 hours


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The Arab Initiative DIRECTOR Lotte Mik-Meyer Conflict and conflict resolution in Cairo in the aftermath of the Danish Mohammed cartoons In the aftermath of the Danish Mohammed cartoons we follow Dane Jacob Skovgaard Petersen, who is posted in Cairo with his family. While here, he has to both mediate and bring about a dialogue between different religious groups, as well as defend and justify what in the Arab world is seen as an unforgivable attack on the prophet. Principle and orthodoxy never end up being opposites in Lotte Mik-Meyer’s insightful film, but elements in the same solution. We follow Jacob Skovgaard in private as well as professionally, and the sensitive moments with the family interact with his everyday life trying to resolve the conflict. An interesting insight into a highly topical conflict area, where clever and alternative approaches such as Skovgaard’s seem vital.

Det arabiske initiativ / Denmark 2008 / 60 min. / Distr. Barok Film

• Grand Monday 10/11 21:30 hours • Cinemateket Thursday 13/11 20:00 hours


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Everything is Relative DIRECTOR Mikala Krogh An unpredictable embrace of the strange cycle that is life A child is born somewhere on this planet and kicks off Mikala Krogh’s portrait of the strange cycle that is life. Love, loss, light and happiness are all thematic approaches that take the spectator on a tour around the world, from a birth in Mozambique and an underpaid worker in Dubai to the young cancer-patient Sara Bro, whose story is told in the intrusive form of a video diary. Stylistically, the film strikes a balance between the intimately real and the staged in beautifully composed tableaus, while sending a loving nod to Jørgen Leth’s ’Life in Denmark’.

Alt er relativt / Denmark 2008 / 75 min. / Prod. SF Film Production / Produced by Christian Rank / Distr. SF Film

• Empire Bio Thursday 30/10 21:45 hours • Dagmar Sunday 09/11 16:30 hours • Panum Monday 10/11 15:00 hours


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Black Heart (Film 1 of 2) DIRECTOR Ada Bligaard Søby The American daydream in a cinematic postcard gives us food for thought from post 9/11 New York New York is full of stories, and in ’Black Heart’ the young documentary talent Ada Søby Bligaard takes a closer look at three of them. Marina got married in a frenzy of punch-drunk love 10 years ago and is now struggling to make ends meet as a single mother of two. Tim is sitting in a record studio in Brooklyn, acknowledging the fact that freedom is inversely proportional to the amount of ones possessions. And Josh, who has just lost everything in a fire, is now a free man. But if it wasn’t for love, what else would one have? ’Just lust and money, cocaine and sushi’. Ada Søby Bligaard, who also made the trailer for this year’s cph:dox, is on philosophic and cinematic home grounds with her feelers stretched all the way out - and she here sends her cinematic post card with greetings from a romantic New York, where the American daydream still persists.

Denmark 2008 / 22 min. / Prod. Super 16 / Produced by Morten Kjems Juhl / Distr. Super 16

• Cinemateket Friday 07/11 19:15 hours • Dagmar Monday 10/11 21:30 hours


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Solange On Love (Film 2 of 2) DIRECTOR Tine Katinka Jensen Two young women. Two equal, yet different, destinies Two young women in Chile, in the year 2006. 22-year-old Solange is a mother of two and earns petty change in the streets of Santiago, where she marshals cars to parking spaces. She is bumptious and has been through quite a lot, without much support from her husband, who constantly relapses into drug abuse. In a different part of Chile, we meet 14-year-old Solange. She is beautiful and constantly has a careful but slightly seductive smile on her lips, just like her boyfriend, whom she meets secretly in the park. The following year, the two of them have a child, and life changes drastically for the two teenagers. The two young women, Solange and Solange, don’t just share a name, but also worries and doubts about what the future might bring. ’Solange on Love’ is Tina Katinka Jensen’s first film after graduating from The Danish Film School’s TV department in 2005.

Denmark 2008 / 50 min. / Prod. Bullitt Film ApS 2008 / Produced by Vibeke Vogel og Elise Lund Larsen / Distr. Dox on Wheels

• Cinemateket Friday 07/11 19:15 hours • Dagmar Monday 10/11 21:30 hours


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Screening (Film 1 of 2) DIRECTOR Niels Plenge Per Nørgaard ”rerecorded” from memory, and the result sings to the eyes During the silent era, the French film director Abel Gance called film ’the music of light’, a description which fits perfectly to ’Screening’. For Niels Plenge doesn’t only recreate one of the biggest works of experimental modern music. His visual accompaniment of the new soundtrack is almost a graphic abstraction of the favourite motif of the 1920s avant-garde: railways and their mechanical patterns. Plenge has ”rerecorded” Per Nørgaard’s ’Voyage Into the Screen’ from 1969 according to his memory, which brought him to Bordeaux, where he twenty years ago got the idea to replace the original instrumentation with railway sounds. The dramatic and strangely catchy musique concrète compositions are structured according to Nørgaard’s mathematical infinite series, which also dictate the rhythm of the editing.

Denmark 2008 / 24 min. / Distr. Niels Plenge

• Gloria Sunday 09/11 18:00 hours • Cinemateket Friday 14/11 21:00 hours


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Long Bien Bridge (Film 2 of 2) DIRECTORs Steen Møller Rasmussen, Cai Ulrich v. Platen & Peter Schultz Jørgensen Life as an organism around a heavy-industry artery in Vietnam The two-and-a-half kilometre Long Bien Bridge, which connects the Vietnamese capital Hanoi with the port Hai Phong, is a small lesson in a marked country’s turbulent modern history. Drawn by none less than Gustave Eiffel at the beginning of the 20th century and built by the French colonialists, it became a strategic goal for American bombers during the Vietnam war in the 1970s. The three Danish directors Steen Møller Rasmussen, Cai Ulrich v. Platen and Peter Schultz Jørgensen expand on and renew the classical tradition of documenting the flow of life around a central nexus of society. Without commentary and musical embellishment, the pictures are allowed to talk for themselves, and they tell a fantastic story about the varied life that surrounds the gradually dilapidated bridge in the course of a month in spring. 2008 / 34 min. / Prod. Steen Møller Rasmussen, Cai Ulrich v. Platen, Peter Schultz Jørgensen / Produced by Steen Møller Rasmussen, Cai Ulrich v. Platen, Peter Schultz Jørgensen / Distr. Cai Ulrich v. Platen

• Gloria Sunday 09/11 18:00 hours • Cinemateket Friday 14/11 21:00 hours


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From Thy to Thailand DIRECTOR Janus Metz Love in Thai In North-Eastern Thailand lies a village with two kinds of families. Those, who have a married daughter in Thy, and those who don’t. The former live in large concrete buildings, the latter in small wooden huts. Sommai is the queen of the town. Her daily work is as a factory worker in Northern Jutland, but now she is back in Thailand, where the young girls gather around her. They hope that she can help them go to Denmark through marrying a citizen of Thy. ’From Thy to Thailand’ is the sequel of ’From Thailand to Thy’, which described the terms of love between Danish men and Thai women in Thy. The gala premiere of Janus Metz’s ’From Thy to Thailand’ will be held in Grand Teatret on Wednesday, 12 November at 2130 hrs. After the screening, we will offer some snacks and a glass of wine.

Fra Thy Til Thailand / 2008 / 60 min. / Prod. Cosmo Film i samarbejde med DR / Distr. Cosmo Film

• Cinemateket Tuesday 11/11 13:15 hours • Grand Wednesday 12/11 21:30 hours • Husets Biograf Sunday 16/11 19:00 hours


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Side by Side (Film 1 of 2) DIRECTOR Christian Sønderby jepsen A war between neighbours in Tarm gives us food for thought Two gardens, a fence and three metres of no-man’s-land. That’s all that’s needed to create a huge drama. The neighbours Frost and Jepsen haven’t communicated with each other for half a lifetime, and it’s obvious they can’t quite remember why. In Christian Sønderby Jepsen’s debut film they are both lent a voice, while each of them digs around in the garden and mark off their territory. The gardens of the village Tarm supply the images for the drama, and the director fully masters the staged documentary, where the grass has never been greener and the sky has never been covered by such large grey clouds. With played-down lines that only people from Western Jutland can deliver, ’Side by Side’ is a moving portrayal of human beings, which bubbles with dry humour.

Side om Side / Denmark 2008 / 47 min. / Prod. Cosmo Film / Produced by Jesper Jack / Distr. Cosmo Film

• Empire Bio Thursday 13/11 22:00 hours


DANISH DOX AWARD 95

Me & Jesper (Film 2 of 2) DIRECTOR Ulrik Crone Visiting a Danish punk legend In the 1980s, Jesper Reisinger was a central figure in the Danish punk scene. Partly as a musician in one of the first Danish punk bands, No Knox, partly as an author and journalist for magazines. Being the ideological focal point of Danish punk culture, and high on both drugs and youthful zest, he communicated the happy message of punk. But it all ended in one go, when he chose to withdraw completely from the public limelight, moved out of the city and back to his parents. Now, Ulrik Crone has invited himself and his video camera to review his life. Together, they are processing their shared past, while finding out if there might be a future fellowship. But nothing works out as planned.

Mig og Jesper / Denmark 2008 / 40 min. / Prod. Melek Caglar / Produced by Peter Bech / Distr. Raket Film

• Empire Bio Thursday 13/11 22:00 hours


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New Danish Screen Evening A premiere screening of two New Danish Screen films, followed by a big party in Empire New Danish Screen, the talent promotion scheme of the Danish Film Institute, presents two documentaries with a subsequent debate with the film’s directors. ’Jesper and I’ is a portrait film about the punk legend Jesper Reisinger, directed by the painter Ulrik Crone. Over the past few years, Crone has recorded countless hours of conversations with Jesper Reisinger, and in his film describes a tour de force friendship accompanied by punk music and drugs. ’Side by side’ is directed by Christian Sønderby Jepsen and is about two neighbours in the small town of Tarm, and about their long term conflict. In this visually fascinating story, the director gets behind the hostilities and uncovers the events which at the time were at the origin of the conflict. After the screening, there will be a party at Empire with drinks from Jameson


AMNESTY AWA R D


Amnesty Award is CPH:DOX’s competition programme for films that focus on various aspects of the fight for human rights. Important films – the ones that absolutely have to be made and have to be seen. Because they make a significant difference. The 10 nominated films cover a broad range. From portrait films of individuals who fight for basic rights such as ‘Letter to Anna’ about the murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya; via political diagnoses of the acute social and political problems of our times as in ‘Children of Don Quixote’, a film about homelessness, or ‘About Water, People, and Yellow Cans’, about one of our time’s largest resource problems, namely water and the right to water. And then we can’t resist emphasising the two Danish contributions: ‘69’ about the last days of the squatted ‘Ungdomshus’ in Copenhagen and ‘Burma VJ’

about the underground press in Burma. The films in this competition have been hand-selected from all parts of the programme, and they are identifiably marked with a special Amnesty label. The competition thus spans the entire programme and ensures a broad and original representation of films in all genres. The Amnesty Award is worth € 5000. The award is sponsored by DAY. Our greatest thanks go to Amnesty International, Danida and IMS, who have made the series possible.


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Brian Hill (United Kingdom)

Katie Speight (United Kingdom)

Malek Shafi’i (Afghanistan)

Brian Hill is one of Great Britain’s most

Katie Speight started her career in 1999

Malek Shafi’i was born in 1974, and in the

innovative and award-winning direc-

at the documentary department of British

past 8 years he has directed documenta-

tors. The multi-talented Brian Hill is

Channel 4. In 2002, she was put in charge

ries both in- and outside of Afghanistan.

a playful filmmaker who explores new

of a series of short films dedicated to new

Malek was trained at the Baagh Ferdaws

narrative approaches to documentary

talents, which she launched under the

High Filmmaking Center in Iran,

filmmaking and challenges traditional

title ‘3 Minute Wonder’, and in 2004 she

graduating in 1999, and spent a brief

conventions. From ‘Drinking for England’

was promoted to Deputy Commissioning

period studying in the Netherlands. After

to ‘Songbirds’ and his BAFTA-winning

Editor, working on documentaries such

spending 20 years in exile, he returned

masterpiece ‘Feltham Sings’, he has been

as Kim Longinotto’s multi-award-winning

to Afghanistan, where he launched the

a groundbreaking contributor to the world

‘Sisters In Law’ and Nick Broomfield’s

Afghan cinema club (BASA). He has

of musical documentaries together with

‘Aileen Wuornos: Life and Death of a

also worked as a senior consultant for

Simon Armitage. His production company

Serial Killer’. She contributed consider-

Radio-Television Afghanistan, and has

Century Films has never shied away from

ably to the development of the channel’s

made around 30 films, many of which

depicting down-at-heel characters, and it

editorial profile, among other things

have won international awards. ‘Up

has produced strong documentaries such

relaunching the highly acclaimed ‘True

to the parliament’ (2005), ‘Drought in

as ‘Slaughterhouse’, ‘Rude Girls’ and ‘The

Stories’ series. Katie Speight has co-

Hazarajat’ (2003), ‘Pamir Territory’ (2003)

Not Dead’. Brian Hill also directs fiction

produced a large number of international

and ‘End of the Earth’ (2001) are some of

and has acted as executive producer on a

documentaries and is currently a free-

the director’s best-known works. Malek

large number of films, among others the

lance executive producer of documentary

is an organiser of the International Film

BAFTA-winning ‘Make Me Normal’.

features.

Festival in Kabul as well as the Second Take festival.


Amnesty AWARD 101

Diana El-Jeiroudi

Frank Piasecki Poulsen

(Syria)

(Denmark)

Diana El-Jeiroudi was born in Damaskus

Frank Piasecki Poulsen was born in 1975

in 1977, and grew up in Syria and Iraq.

and graduated as a director from the

El-Jeiroudi graduated from university

Danish Film School in 2001. He used to

in Damascus with a degree in English

be a squatter and left wing activist, and

literature, and together with a group of

started his career at the local TV station

dynamic film directors and producers,

TV Stop, where he started as a scheduler

she founded Proaction Film, the only

in 1995. After graduating from film

independent film production company in

school, he has worked as a director, cin-

Syria, where she works today. Diana’s first

ematographer and scriptwriter, primarily

experimental documentary ‘Al Qaroura’

for the Danish national broadcaster DR.

(‘The Pot’) was selected for the Yamagata

In 2005, his film ‘Guerilla Girl’ gathered

International Documentary Film Festival

much international acclaim. The film

in 2005. Her latest documentary, ‘Dolls

takes place in the Colombian jungle and

– A Woman from Damascus’, which is a

follows a group of young girls who join the

co-production between Proaction Film

revolutionary movement FARC. During

in Syria and Final Cut Productions in

the past one and a half years, Frank

Denmark, was awarded funding from

has been employed at the production

the Jan Vrijman Fund and supported by

company Koncern Film og TV A/S. He is

the Danish Film Institute. The film partici-

helping to establish a new department

pated in the Silver Wolf competition at

to produce international documentaries,

IDFA in 2007 and in Regard neuf at Visions

and has even tried his hands on the

du Réel in 2008.

drama-documentary genre with the film ‘Forførerens fald’.


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69 ‘69’ tells the story of the legendary Youth House in Copenhagen as it was before the building was torn down – told by the youths themselves. We are shown images from the many meetings and preparations on the roof of the building, and we are there during the violent moments when the police storm the building.

About Water, People and Yellow Cans Water determines the flow of life. Not just on the planet in general, but also specifically for all the poor people on the planet, for whom water is synonymous with survival. A sensitively empathetic journey to the source of existence itself, while living conditions are mapped out, climatological realities are reviewed, and ethnic diversity is saluted.

Another Planet The visionary British author Aldous Huxley once suggested that this world is another planet’s hell. ‘Another Planet’ takes his word for it and weaves together seven stories from three different parts of the world to create a sombre diagnosis of the planet’s near future. A neck-breakingly ambitious project directed with a virtuous hand.

Bab Sebta Three African emigrants hoping to create a better life for themselves in Europe. Desperation meets beauty when ‘Bab Septa’ gives its characters space to find dignity in life as it is.

Burma VJ Burma is one of the world’s most closed and censored societies, but during last year’s uprisings by the country’s monks, cracks were rendered visible in the media wall. Armed with small handy cams, undercover Video Journalists in Burma keep up the flow of news from their closed country despite risking torture and life in jail.


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Children of Don Quixote Homelessness has almost become an acceptable part of modern society. But that’s a lie, at least according to the charismatic Augustin Legrand and his activist group ‘Les Enfants de Don Quichotte’, when they pitched hundreds of tents in the streets of Paris in the autumn of 2006, and got the citizens of the city to come out and live with the homeless during a November night.

Dynamiters, Assasins, Fiends A close look at the relationship between the western world and ‘the Islamic threat’. Controversial CCTV surveillance systems and personal video diaries illustrate the paranoid mood.

Letter to Anna In Eric Bergkraut’s film, the assassination of Anna Polikovskaya turns into an attack on the entire notion of freedom of speech and moral conscience in Russia. The interplay between the individual and the larger historical context brings us close up on both the person and the human rights activist Anna Politovskaja.

Standard Operating Procedure The photographs, taken by American soldiers of Iraqi prisoners, caused shock-waves all over the world and instantly changed the public attitude towards the war. The photographers were convicted, but were they also the true perpetrators asks Errol Morris as he examines the pictures and interviews the many soldiers involved.

The English Surgeon The English brain surgeon Henry Marsh and his Ukrainian colleague judge both the quick and the dead at a hospital in Kiev, where they analyse brain scans and perform dangerous operations with whatever tools they can get hold of. “If we don’t try to help others, we are nothing at all,” is Henry’s mantra.


DOC ALLIANCE


Doc Alliance is a new international collaboration between five large European documentary film festivals, consisting of Visions du RĂŠel, Dok Leipzig, Planete Doc Review Warsaw, IDFF Jihlava and CPH:DOX, with the joint aim of supporting the dissemination and knowledge of creative and artistic European documentaries.

The Doc Alliance competition includes 5 carefully selected films of high quality, which stand out through their original and innovative approach to the genre. The five films are shown at all participating festivals, as well as at international festivals around the world.

CPH:DOX is proud to be the host of the first Doc Alliance award presentation, which will take place in connection with CPH:DOX’s gala closing ceremony.


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Peter Mettler (Canada/Switzerland)

Leena Pasanen (Finland)

Thomas Kufus (Germany)

Since the beginning of his career in

Leena Pasanen began her career as a

Thomas Kufus was born in 1957 in

1980s Canada, Peter Mettler has made

journalist in 1988 at the Finnish news

Germany, and started his directing

films that are seen as impossible to

agency, initially as a journalist and later

career with the documentary ‘My Private

make. Mettler produces works that avoid

as a political commentator in the parlia-

War’ in 1988. In 1990, he founded Zero

any form of categorisation. He mixes

ment, and since then she has worked for

Film together with Martin Hagemann

intuitive processes with drama, essay,

the Finnish YLE TV1 as head of the docu-

and has since expanded his field of

experimentation and documentation, as

mentary department. When YLE launched

activities and now produces, writes

in ‘Gambling, Gods and LSD’ from 2002.

its new digital channels, she was selected

and directs features, documentaries

His unique creative expression has had a

as head of programming, responsi-

and TV-documentaries. Additionally

great influence on other directors, as well

ble for cultural, factual and fictional

Thomas Kufus teaches at a number of

as on protagonists within other art forms.

programmes. In 2005, she was named

film schools and is a member of the

Mettler is based in Switzerland and

director of EDN, European Documentary

European Film Academy and Deutsche

Canada, he has worked with many film

Network. Leena has worked regularly as

Filmakademie, an independent institution

producers, artists and musicians and is a

an advisor and consultant, and teaches

that was formed in 2003 by a number

strong follower of independent creativity.

at numerous educational programmes,

of prominent German filmmakers, and

In 2006, a book about his works was

among others EDN, Discovery Campus,

which focuses primarily on art films.

published by the Toronto International

EURODOC and Television Business

Since 2006, he has been the director

Film Festival in the form of a film and

School. She graduated from EURODOC

and leading producer of Zero One Film,

photography retrospective entitled ‘Of

in 1999 and is a member of the European

which has most recently produced

This Place and Elsewhere, The Films and

Film Academy. She has been a member

‘Letter to Anna: the Story of Journalist

Photography of Peter Mettler’.

of the board of IDFA Forum, INPUT and

Politkovskaya’s Death’, which is shown

Bonnier’s Journalistic Award in Finland.

at this year’s festival in the PROJECTING POLITICS series.


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Citizen Havel DIRECTOR Pavel Koutecky, Miroslav Janek A unique look behind the scenes of one of modern Europe’s most significant political personalities. ”Truth and love have to triumph over lies and hatred.” This was

the presidential elections for the third time and bursts out saying:

the famous slogan of Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution in 1989.

”Shit! I’m president again!”

The revolution’s instigator was Vaclav Havel, the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic, who

On 13 November CPH:DOX and Gyldendal have invited Uffe

can list the democratisation of his country, NATO membership and

Ellemann-Jensen and Niels Barfoed to talk about Havel as a

the start of cooperations with the EU among his achievements. But

person.

in Koutecky and Janek’s jazzy film, we are also given the chance to take a look behind the political scene, where Havel recites poems, complains about the creases in his shirts and recommends places to eat to the Rolling Stones! And the film wonderfully captures the president’s unpretentious approach to his job, like when he wins

Obcan Havel / Czech Republic 2008 / 119 min. / Prod. Film&Sociologie / Produced by Jarmilla Polakova / Distr. Negativ Film Production

• Dagmar Sunday 09/11 19:00 hours • Cinemateket Thursday 13/11 18:30 hours


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the existence DIRECTOR Marcin Koszalka A giddily poetic portrayal of the life of a body after death The Polish actor Jerzy Nowak wants to donate his body to science. He doesn’t give a hoot about notions of heaven or hell. But through literature he could nonetheless find contradictory depictions. We therefore follow the serene and aging Nowak during his preparations to let his body be passed on to the country’s medical students. ’The Existence’ is a reconciliatory farewell to human life and simultaneously a solid depiction of our vanity, as Nowak in no way conceals the fact that the purpose of the documentary is to secure his posthumous reputation. In the meantime we are sent on a poetic and highly corporeal journey through the harsh realities of after-life.

Istnienie / Poland 2007 / 70 min. / Prod. HBO CE + OTO Film Studio / Distr. HBO Central Europe

• Husets Biograf Sunday 09/11 19:00 hours


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The Mother DIRECTORs Antoine Cattin & Pavel Kostomarov A charming and dirty portrait of a Russian mother, whose love helps her keep her sinking ship of a family afloat Liubov is ’The Mother’ who in this portrait does justice to the otherwise unbecomingly simple title. The directors Antoine Cattin and Pavel Kostomarov give us a precise account of her chaos-ridden family, and the result is a painful story about a mother’s unconditional love - and about an unpredictable everyday life. Surrounded by brats and macho fights, Liubov suddenly surprises us by getting the whole gang of nine children to get dressed up to the nines. Like a metaphysical train journey, she recounts her powerful story about her recurrent escapes from a violent husband and about the chaos that her pack of children entails. A chaos, which only disappears, when the vodka magically wipes her worries off her face.

Switzerland, France, Russia 2007 / 80 min. / Distr. Les Films HorsChamp

• Husets Biograf Saturday 08/11 17:00 hours • Husets Biograf Saturday 15/11 17:00 hours


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Comeback DIRECTOR Maximilian Plettau An intriguing boxing film about the struggle to come back to the ring. At the age of 35, when most professional boxers start thinking about retirement, the former German champion boxer Jürgen ’The Rock’ Hartenstein is fighting heavily and against all odds to achieve an international comeback. He avoids women and alcohol, trains in a run-down attic and earns his living as a pub bouncer. The spartan conditions don’t make him revise his goals, so together with his African coach - but without neither sponsors, an agent nor money - he gives everything to fulfil his dream. The director Maximilian Plettau followed Hartenstein for one year, and the result is a documentary manifestation of the winning instinct of a determined man. With its visual beauty and emotional resonance, ’Comeback’ gives the world of boxing a whole new expression.

Germany 2007 / 79 min. / Distr. NOMINAL FILM

• Posthus Teatret Saturday 08/11 19:00 hours • Vester Vov Vov Wednesday 12/11 19:00 hours


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Everything is Relative DIRECTOR Mikala Krogh An unpredictable embrace of the strange cycle that is life A child is born somewhere on this planet and kicks off Mikala Krogh’s portrait of the strange cycle that is life. Love, loss, light and happiness are all thematic approaches that take the spectator on a tour around the world, from a birth in Mozambique and an underpaid worker in Dubai to the young cancer-patient Sara Bro, whose story is told in the intrusive form of a video diary. Stylistically, the film strikes a balance between the intimately real and the staged in beautifully composed tableaus, while sending a loving nod to Jørgen Leth’s ’Life in Denmark’.

Alt er relativt / Denmark 2008 / 75 min. / Prod. SF Film Production / Produced by Christian Rank / Distr. SF Film

• Empire Bio Thursday 30/10 21:45 hours • Dagmar Sunday 09/11 16:30 hours • Panum Monday 10/11 15:00 hours


D O X : E X PA N D E D SPECIAL EVENTS D O X L I V E : C O N C E R T S & PA R T I E S


SPECIAL EVENTS


We are not trying to show off, when we say that this year’s package of special events mirrors reality in all its tragicomic diversity.

It is us human beings, the protagonists of the Divine Comedy, which are the basis of all events – of our teenage kickoff ‘Night of the Restless’, of a bus tour in Dan Turèll’s foot-

steps, of a night out with the homeless, and of six other highly different events on the fringes of the real world


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Open Air Activism: Augustin Legrand & The Children of Don Quixote DIRECTOR Augustin Legrand, Jean-Babtiste Legrand, Ronan Denece France’s wildest activist calls out to Copenhagen in connection with an outdoor tent event and a screening of ’Children of Don Quixote’ ’Children of Don Quixote’ (see description under PROJECTING POLITICS) is a proof that unconventional thinking can produce change, even when it concerns one of the social problems that have become an acceptable part of modern society: homelessness. In the spirit of the film, we are organising free outdoor street films for homeless as well as sheltered audiences, on the corner of Ravnsborggade and Sankt Hans Gade. The Udenfor project will set up their mobile café and will serve a warm meal to the first 150 visitors, while the activist director Augustin Legrand introduces the screening and follows it up with a talk about social change and homelessness. Wrap yourself up in a blanket and take a seat in one of the pitched tents to spend one cold November evening in the company of those people who live outdoors full-time.

120 min.

• Air Play Street Gallery Friday 07/11 19:30 hours


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FLicKeR Dox on a trip. Live experiment with dream machine and flicker films Join CPH:DOX on a trance without drugs, when we in collaboration

Faithfull, Iggy Pop, Genesis P-Orridge and none less than Kenneth

with the Reality Check exhibition examine the borderland between

Anger, who one can also meet live at this year’s CPH:DOX.

reality and dream. Since Bryon Gysin in 1961 constructed his dream machine, the phenomenon has become a cult all over the world.

As part of our live experiment with the brains of the audience,

Now, the director Nik Sheehan has made a hypnotic documentary

we will show four fantastic flicker films: we start off with Tony

about Gysin’s dream machine and about the Flicker phenomenon.

Conrad’s legendary ’The Flicker’, which kicked off the entire wave

We will show Sheehan’s award-winning film ’Flicker’ and examine

of experimental flicker filmmaking, to which the other three films

the flicker culture, giving the audience a chance to try out the

of the evening also belong. We continue with Peter Kubelka’s

trance-inducing state induced by the dream machine and flicker

symphonic ’Arnulf Rainer’, Ken Jacob’s pulsating science fiction

films. We are graced with the presence of Andrew KcKensey, the

flick(er) ’Krypton is Doomed’ and the Danish Jeannette Ehler’s

man who built the original machine together with Brion Gysin, and

brandnew ’Crossroads’ - an explosive and hypnotic frame by frame

who will make sure that we have set the machines up correctly!

montage of Russ Meyer’s ’Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill!’ and Andrej

Nik Sheehan’s ’Flicker’ talks about the artist Bryon Gysin, who

Tarkovskij’s ’Stalker’.

believed that art could revolutionise the human consciousness. The film tells about the origin and development of an idea, and about

We would like to point out that the pulsating light could be danger-

how Gysin’s dream machine had an influence on the most interest-

ous for people with epilepsy.

ing cultural personalities of the 20th century, some of whom we meet in the film: Kurt Cobain, William S. Burroughs, Marianne

Canada 2008 / 72 min. / Produced by Maureen Judge, Anita Lee / Distr. National Film Board of Canada / Stillphoto: Nick Sheehan

• Statens Museum for Kunst Wednesday 12/11 20:00 hours • Husets Biograf Saturday 15/11 19:00 hours


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Tour de Turèll One day in the footsteps of Uncle Danny, including a bus tour, portrait film and music by Sølvstjernerne and Jokeren Get an insight at the Copenhagen of Dan

which is brought to life by Master Fatman

Turèll, as we meet old friends and visit his

and David Birch in the evening, which

local bar, the streets, the heroes and the

will also see the experimental Borderline

night owls that Dan Turèll described in

Ensemble perform.

his poems, books and columns. En route, we are graced with a visit by Dan Turèll’s friends Jakob Ludvigsen and Kenn André Stilling as well as the two sparkling silver stars Jan Kaspersen and Flemming QuistMøller, who step out of the Karma studio and onto the music stage. In an original update made for the present, Jokeren pays tribute to the old master together with

• Onkel Dannys Plads Thursday 13/11 17:00 hours

Sølvstjernerne. After the screening, the bus will return to Onkel Dannys Plads to an nachspiel at DOX:CLUB, where we will dig into DR’s archive material about Dan Turèll. We have been granted permission to select records from Dan Turèll’s record collection,

Reformat the Planet: 8-bit Workshop DIRECTOR Paul Owens In the right hands, everything is possible The ChipTune movement is made up of a

guidance of Uglen Batman and Teppop -

bunch of technology nerds, who manage

and to ice the cake, VJ Øbro, Bitmobilen

to get the most fantastic sounds out of

and Teppop will subsequently give an audio-

gameboys, videogames and other electronic

visual blip-concert.

junk. In the documentary ’Blip Festival Reformat the Planet’, the director Paul

Tickets can be purchased via www.cphdox.

Owens shows how these people throw

dk or on the door.

USA 2008 / 82 min. / Prod. 2 Player

themselves heart and soul into trying to

Productions / Produced by Paul Levering /

get new and interesting sounds out of old

Distr. 2 Player Productions

electronic toys. We will beam the film onto three screens in DOX:CLUB and will subse-

• DOX:CLUB Sunday 09/11 17:00 hours • Husets Biograf Wednesday 12/11 19:00 hours

quently bring the audience one step closer to understanding the art of ChipTune. In collaboration with 8-bit-klubben there will be ample opportunity to get hands-on with gameboy and video music under the expert


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DOX:CUP Table football and balkan rhythms. God’s hand and Kusturica’s spirit rest upon DOX:CLUB when we open the doors to CPH:DOX’s very own table football tournament Diego Armando Maradona was a divine

motor-coordination tests on a Nintendo

footballer - with a divine hand! As a

Wii. Sign up for DOX:CUP on www.cphdox.

warm-up to Emir Kusturica’s film about the

dk, where you can also read more about

football legend, ’Maradona by Kusturica’

the event.

we will convert DOX:CLUB into a different kind of sports arena and invite everyone who believes that football can be played with one’s hands to take part in this year’s biggest table football tournament DOX:CUP. The floor will be covered in green carpets and football tables, the walls will be filled with Jeanette Ehlers’ video projections of ghost footballs, and the sound space will be suffused with balkanised live music by Mames Babegenush, DJ Zlatan & Dimitar.

• DOX:CLUB Sunday 16/11 14:00 hours

The ball is handed to an afternoon full of art, music, referees in fancy clothes and

Night of the Restless All real! All kicks! All night! A whole night with four films, midnight food and lots of coffee This year’s special series ’Smells Like Teen Spirit’ commands to be celebrated with a racket, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do, when we kick off the series on Friday, 7 November with a late-night screening of no less than four the more than 20 film that can be seen at this year’s festival, namely ’Analog Days’, ’Billy the Kid’, ’Devil Come to Hell and Stay Where You Belong’ and ’Totally F***ed Up’ (see descriptions under SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT). Gloria Biografen will open its screen and its lobby for a night dedicated to riots, apathy, adrenaline, AC/DC and bitter-ironic teenage angst. Soupanatural will serve organic midnight snacks, coffee and breakfast to everyone with a ticket, so bring your ladybird or lazycat along and come to the midnight screening! Ticket: 140 kroner / two ticket coupons.

• Gloria Friday 07/11 22:00 hours


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dogma mobile The small, naughty boy of the documentary school class is cross-examined, when Dogma Mobile Film Festival and CPH:DOX invite you to a mini-workshop CPH:DOX and Dogma Mobile Int. Film

good mobile film. And the Swede Patrik

Festival have teamed up to organise an

Eriksson will present his ongoing, sensitive

interactive project, which believes that

and extremely funny film ’An Extraordinary

mini formats can achieve great results. We

Study In Human Degradation’. The audi-

expand on what upcoming film art made on

ence members will subsequently have the

mobile phones implies, when we invite you

chance to make their own mobile film and

to an afternoon with a competition, a pres-

to take part in a competition with a brand

entation and films. Jonah Winbladh from

new mobile phone as the award.

Sweden 2008 / 140 min. / Prod. Plattform

DR Nye Medier will give us a look at the

Produktion / Distr. Folkets Bio

mobile film trends we see in society. Jens Arentzen will show his latest film shot on a mobile and will follow up with an exclusive

• Cinemateket Saturday 08/11

mini workshop on how one can make the

13:30 hours

An Extraordinary Study in Human Degradation DIRECTOR Patrik Eriksson A young man’s search for happiness filmed on a mobile phone It’s much too daunting to go to bed alone at

with the everyday hurdles every creative

night. At least for the sensitive Patrik, who

young man faces. The grainy images from

needs to take antidepressants after being

his mobile phone are liberatingly freed from

dumped by his girlfriend. Together with

cinematic conventions, giving the diary

two friends and on his own, he uses the

format a boundary-transgressing sense

camera of his mobile phone to describe his

of intimacy - and a feeling that anything

own mental breakdown at close range. His

is possible. Which it is. Not least, when

chaotic everyday life replete with netdating,

narcissism really starts taking hold of the

excessive parties, masturbation and prob-

three young men.

lems with women is mixed with the search for happiness and the love of his life - and

• Posthus Teatret Tuesday 11/11 21:00 hours


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DOX LIVE: CONCERTS & PA R T I E S Vesterbro DIRECTOR Michael Noer When Noer gave a digital video camera to his 20-year-old neigh-

testimony of one of life’s most significant transitions, and it shows

bours in Vesterbro, simply briefing them to film the dramatic events

us once and for all, that there is more drama in being a youth than

of their daily lives, he hardly imagined what he had set in motion.

in all pay-TV stations put together.

Like most people of their age, Julie and Martin are impulsive, wild, and constantly on the lookout for those points of reference, which they can fall back on only a few years later (??). But the camera acts as a faithful companion through their constant ups and downs. It is an unexpected and intimate sparring partner, which, as one might expect, is there for their silly, devil-may-care acts of fooling around - but also when they are at their most vulnerable, most insecure, and when everything seems to be turning against them. ‘Vesterbro’ is their story, and exactly because it is seen through their eyes and subsequently told through Michael Noer’s filmic education, which draws in equal measures on Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, it goes straight to the bone of the transition from youth to adulthood with a rarely seen degree of honesty, intimacy and accuracy - from the wild nights with drugs and dance and petty fights, which show that the habits of grownup life are waiting just around the corner, to the constant feeling that the future has to wait. With ‘Vesterbro’, Noer has not only made a relevant youth film, but also a powerful

• Empire Bio Fredag 09/11 kl 22:30 • Grand Torsdag 15/11 kl 21:30

Danmark 2007 / 78 MIN. / English Subtitles / PROD. Copenhagen Bombay Production ApS / PRODUCER Sarita Christensen / Distr. Nordisk Film Biografdistribution


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THERE IS ENOUGH TO BE CELEBRATED AT THE SIXTH EDITION OF CPH:DOX. WITH MORE FILMS, MORE PARTIES AND MORE CONCERTS THAN EVER BEFORE.

Fengming ATHE Chinese Memoir WE WILL OCCUPY LARGER AND SMALLER SPACES OF COPENHAGEN,

DIRECTOR Wang Bing FOR KUNST TO OUR VERY OWN AND BRAND NEW FROM STATENS MUSEUM In this film, the Chinese and teacher He Fengming talks DOX:CLUB IN journalist KØDBYEN, AND WE WILL about the fears she had to endure during Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

INVITE YOU TO COLOURFUL PARTIES

INhusband THE CHAOTIC NAME REALITY. EXPERIENCE Her wrote three essays criticisingOF the bureaucracy, which

KENNETH ANGER, PATTI

led them both to be accused of being right-wing and therefore

SMITH AND JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON LIVE, AND MANY OTHER EXCITING anti-revolutionary, and they were each sent to a prison camp to be ‘politically rehabilitated’. He Fengming talks in heart-rending detail THINGS. FOR REAL! about her 30-year battle to survive, and unfortunately her story is not unique. During the Cultural Revolution, around half a million Chinese were accused of being counterrevolutionary and sent to concentration camps - often to meet their deaths. The director Wang Bing has earlier investigated the serious consequences of the explosive growth of Chinese industry in the award-winning opus ‘West of the Tracks’, but in this film he uses more or less one camera setup to focus on one single person to remind us of the crimes and human rights violations committed by the communist regime. ‘He Fengming’ is a significant and authentic testament of a difficult and conflict-ridden period in China’s history, which still lives on in the lives of older Chinese people, but which is gradually being forgotten as a result of the sweeping changes in Chinese society.

• Cinemateket Tirsdag 13/11 kl 15:45 OBS. Billetpris 100 kr. eller 2 rabatklip • Husets Biograf Søndag 18/11 kl 17:00 OBS. Billetpris 100 kr. eller 2 rabatklip

He Fengming / Kina 2007 / 186 MIN. / PROD. Wil Productions / Distr. Wil Productions Ltd


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Vesterbro Closing Gala: Patti Smith Live + Dream of Life DIRECTOR Michael Noer

Exclusive concert with a legendary voice When Noer gave a digital video camera to his 20-year-old neigh-

testimony of one of life’s most significant transitions, and it shows

bours in Vesterbro, briefing theman toexclusive film the dramatic events CPH:DOX is proud tosimply be able to present and intimate

us once and all, that is more drama in being a youth than musically or for through herthere activism.

of their daily lives, he hardly imagined he had setPatti in motion. concert with the charismatic anti-diva what and punk poet Smith at

in allmusical pay-TV universe, stations put Her on together. the other hand, also contains songs of

Like most people of their age, Juliefestival. and Martin are impulsive, wild, Gasværket to conclude this year’s

an almost hymn-like beauty, while bearing witness to a searching

and constantly oncan thealso lookout for those of reference, which Patti Smith, who be seen in thepoints unconventional portrait

soul’s restless reconciliation with a paradoxical world, and to a

they ‘Patti can fall back Dream on onlyofa Life’ few years later (??). Butto the film Smith: and as a warm-up allcamera films inacts

deep autobiographical element, which drives her music. Both

as aSmells faithfulLike companion through their constant upsin and downs. It is the Teen Spirit series, became known 1974 with the

elements can be experienced live, when Patti Smith concludes this

an unexpected and intimatesingle sparring partner, onehad might ill-tempered and forthright B-side Piss which, Factory,asand

year’s CPH:DOX at Gasværket.

expect, is there forthe their silly, devil-may-care acts of fooling around her breakthrough following year with the proto-punk debut - but also whenwhich they are theirattained most vulnerable, insecure, album Horses, hasatsince the statusmost of a classic. With and deeply when everything seems to be turningpoets against them. ‘Vesterbro’ her felt inspiration from outsider such as Rimbaud, is their story, because it is seen through theirand eyes and William Blakeand andexactly the Beat generation’s Allen Ginsberg subsequently told through Michael Noer’s education, which William S. Burroughs, Smith from the veryfilmic start found her very drawsunique in equal measures on Larry Clark and the Harmony Korine, it own, form of expression. It combined storytelling popugoes straight thewith bonethe of more the transition from youth to rock’n’roll adulthood larity of bluesto rock direct energy of noisy with a rarely seen of honesty, intimacy and accuracy to create a raw anddegree outgoing unity, which has since given rise- from to her the wild “The nightsGodmother with drugsofand dance petty fights,worship which show byname Punk”. A and rock-nostalgic of her that the habits ofof grownup life just around pioneering work the past, onare thewaiting other hand, would the not corner, do her to the constant feeling the haswith to wait. With ‘Vesterbro’, justice. Patti Smith hasthat been at future eye level her times from day Noerand hashas notnever only made a relevant youth film, but also a powerful one been afraid to state her political opinion, be it

• Empire Bio Fredag 09/11 kl 22:30 Gasværket Torsdag Saturday 15/11 kl15/11 21:3021:00 hours • Grand

Danmark 2007 / 78 MIN. / English Subtitles / PROD. Copenhagen Bombay Production ApS / PRODUCER Sarita Christensen / Distr. Nordisk Film Biografdistribution


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Fengming JÓHANN JÓHANNSON A Chinese+Memoir BEN FROST DIRECTOR Wang Bing

Classical music with electronic undercurrents - Jóhannsson and Frost visit CPH:DOX In this film, the Chinese journalist and teacher He Fengming talks about theyears, fears she had tomusic endure during Cultural Revolution. In recent classical has been Mao’s dynamically chal-

artists such as Swans and Arvo Pärt, or modern classical pioneers

Her husband three essays criticising bureaucracy, which lenged by newwrote and visionary artists from thethe modern electronic

such as Michael Nyman or Max Richter, who are closer to Frost’s

led them bothwhich to be accused of being endowed right-wing and therefore music scene, has consistently it with new space,

universe. Frost’s music spans from subtle crackling to monumental

anti-revolutionary, and they were each sent to amovement prison camp to be contents and relevance. At the forefront of this stands

waves of riotous symphonic beauty of an almost Wagnerian

‘politically rehabilitated’. He Fengming talkswho in heart-rending detail the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannson, with his romantic

orchestral dimension. Her highness Björk has of course already

about her 30-yearaural battlespheres to survive, andaunfortunately story is and supernatural unites unique senseher of beauty

made use of Frost as both a remixer and programmer. This is Ben

not unique. During the Cultural Revolution, a million with a dark and daunting musical universe -around close tohalf Arvo Pärt, but

Frost’s first performance ever in Denmark. And this, even if he has

Chinese accused ofstyle. beingWith counterrevolutionary sent toas still with were his own unique Statens Museum and for Kunst

performed on the most prestigious stages and electronic music

concentration camps - often to Jóhannsson meet their deaths. The director an exclusive backdrop, Jóhann will perform on piano

festivals across world.

Wang Bing has earlier investigated the serious consequences of and electronica, accompanied by Iceland’s foremost string quartet thewell explosive growth of Chinese industry in the award-winning opus as as Mathias M.D. Hemstock on electronica and percussion. ‘West of the Tracks’, in this film he uses more with or less one camJóhannsson, who hasbut previously worked together renowned era setup to as focus onAlmond one single to remind us the crimes artists such Marc andperson Barry Adamson, hasofalways had and human rights violations by the a strong cinematic dimensioncommitted in his works, andcommunist the concertregime. is sup‘He Fengming’ is a significant and authenticoftestament of a difficult plemented by nothing less than a premiere a visual show created and on conflict-ridden period China’s Helgason. history, which still lives on live location by the artistinMagnús in the lives of older Chinese people, but which is gradually being forgotten asartist a result of the sweeping in Chinese society. The second of the evening, Ben changes Frost, evokes memories of both Autechre, Murcof and Aphex Twin, but in reality it’s possibly

• Cinemateket Tirsdag 13/11 kl 15:45 OBS. Billetpris 100 kr. eller 2 rabatklip • Husets Biograf Søndag 18/11 kl 17:00 OBS. Billetpris Statens kr. eller Museum 2 rabatklip for Kunst Friday 14/11 21:00 hours • 100

He Fengming / Kina 2007 / 186 MIN. / PROD. Wil Productions / Distr. Wil Productions Ltd


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COUNTDOWN: First PicturePart Of The DIRECTOR Akram Alashqar Weekend Never Dies Party family he doesn’t know. ‘First A recklessly Picture’ is a frightening festivestory and about highly danceable concert

with rockers what it’s the like toelectro be a pregnant woman inSoulwax an

- beamed across multiple andthe with Israeli prison -screens centering around two- the possibility to dance during (and after) screening year old Palestinian boy Naour.the Naour was

film

born in the Israeli Telmond prison, where histhe mother wasyears, imprisoned forbrothers terrorist In past few Belgian

where you can dance and party surrounded

activity. After spending the first years in Stephen and Dale Dawaele havetwo created

by simultaneous projections. The doors

prison of with his mother, is aboutand to move works strong musicalhe intensity

will open at 2300 hrs, admittance is free,

in with his father, whom hastheir only met transgressed every genrehewith

and after the screening Lulu Rouge makes

once before. We follow the sadthe little boy as three simultaneous projects: acoustic

sure that the good vibes continue well into

he hesitantly adapts to the world techno rock band Soulwax, the DJoutside project

the night.

Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / English

the prison and walls. The title ‘First Picture’ 2manydj’s club remixes of their own

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film /

refers to theSoulwax photograph is traditionally music with Nightthat Versions. Saam

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken of a newtour born child on of thethe day of Farahmand’s film ‘Part Weekend its birth. The(see family has also under taken such Never Dies’ description Sound

Dagmar Vega Torsdag Saturday 15/1101/11 kl 16:30 24:00 • Lille hours Mød instruktøren!

a picture Nour. But morethe than anything and VisionofAward) conveys intensity by else, this the firstimages pictureand illustrates Nour’s remixing the sound against preposterously unfavourable odds: on the an intense outpouring of energy, which photo,your his mother takes astraight tight hold him. flicks body’s switch intoofdance They are but they are in prison.on mode. In together, connection with the screening Now, Nour has to adapt to living without 1 November, Lille Vega will be redecorated hishost mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a to a mildly put alternative film event, life outside the prison walls together with a

A Cross My City The Universe: Justice DJ DIRECTOR Abdul Salam Al Hajj Set represents one -ofon the women whoand has In French antiquity, electro women wereat often itsportrayed rambunctious best screen

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to live on both as being chubby andsides plump -of andGuldbergsgade. available for everyone to behold and admire. Today, admiration is replaced fear, andkicks many This year’s musical doxwith programme Arabic therefore have to between live in off withwomen a striking (electro)clash hiding because theirthe beauty. In electro‘My City’, film and reality,of when French we meet some of the many Arabic women kings from Justice make their appearance who have to sacrifice integrity and in Denmark. The nighttheir kicks off at Empire femininity tobrand ensurenew their husband’s and Bio with the and downright family’s road honour. Men women take turns surreal movie ‘Aand Cross The Universe’, in telling theirJustice honest during and personal stories which follows their latest Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English Subtitles /

aboutthrough the unchallenged rules dictate tour the US. After thethat screening,

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab

the livesthemselves of many Arabic women. Women Justice will take to the stage at

Institute of Film

between theother ages side of 12ofand 30 years havefor Rust on the Guldbergsgade tolive remain concealed home so that their a show, which is at likely to outclass any

Dagmar Friday Torsdag 07/11 23:00 15/11hours kl 16:30 • Rust Mød instruktøren!

sexualityyou andmay beauty provokeclubattenconcept havedoesn’t of the perfect tion. experience. And once a woman has reached the bing And together with the Ed age of 30, her beauty her and life in general Banger-colleagues DJand Mehdi Busy P as is seen asacts, beingthe over, andisshe appear in warm-up night set can for “dance, public again. modest appearance dance, dance”But wayher into the early hours. is of extreme importance, not just for the family, this but also her husband’s pride, honour All gloryfor has been made possible and faith. The film’s protagonist thanks to Rust, Okyofemale and Warner Music.

live a free and independent life.


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Natasja Lemon Flower night: film premiere + DIRECTOR party Pamela Ghanime butNatasja a doleful film. The father’s charisma Beirut’s A massive southernReggae suburb Haret party Hraik in true style housed the headquarters of the Shiite

and philosophical outlook on life is accom-

resistance movement during It will be something ofHezbollah a riot, when

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese In 2006, the town CPH:DOX kickscivil off war. its own DOX:CLUB on

and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is

was destroyed by occasion Israeli bombs. 7 November. The is the The world

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants among them the family of the premiere of -Andreas Johnsen’s film about director - were drivenand away from the town. the audience darling musician Natasja All that is left areunder memories, which ‘Lemon (see description SOUND & VISION Flowers’ brings to lifehaven’t throughheard a conversaAWARD). Few people about tionformer between a father and hisimportance daughter. In the Copenhagener’s remembrance of his childhoodand garden in for reggae music in Denmark, about Haret the father has which created a fanher allHraik, too untimely death, took her

Libanon 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles

tastic from garden their new home, filled away theoutside music culture which meant

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr.

with lemonto and pomegranate trees everything her. In connection withand the

Arab Institute of Film

chilli plants. Nature in lets him attainwe peace premiere screening DOX:CLUB, haveof mind. For, he says, unlike human created an as evening in Natasja’s spirit,beings,

Dagmar Torsdag Friday 07/11 15/1121:00 kl 16:30 hours • DOX:CLUB

nature both neverJohnsens intends to harm In the where alias, DJyou. Rosforth, meantime, theDonkeysound women of the(Pharfar family are Miss Mukupa, &

Mød instruktøren!

making themselves comfortable in aonto pink Fresh-I) and Ra$Money send us out sofa group and reminiscing aboutcan lifebe in rocking reggae grounds. Tickets Haret Hraik. memories are sad, but the purchased viaThe www.cphdox.dk. judicious combination of melancholy and humour makes ‘Lemon Flower’ anything

Silence WILD HEARTS PARTY DIRECTOR Rami Farah World premiere of ‘The Wild Hearts’ and moped party at DOX:CLUB During the Six-Day War in 1967, Syria’s

human conflicts.

Golan Heights were by the In collaboration withoccupied Copenhagen Bombay, Israelis, and they no more CPH:DOX willtoday buckle itsare helmet and than an empty and crushed strip ofof land at celebrate the world premiere Michael the border between the two countries. Noer’s moped road movie ‘The Wild Hearts’ Quneitra, as the lonely deserted buffer with a party, which will and go down in history. zone between the two countriesthe is moped called, After the premiere in Dagmar, still contains memories and stories from gang from Noer’s comedy will step out in the past. The conflict notmoped only divided a reality and lead a lavish procesgeographic in two, also had serision towardsregion our own clubbut in Kødbyen, ous consequences for the who lived DOX:CLUB, which has beenpeople converted into inyouth it. In the filma‘Silence’, a clubaward-winning for everyone with taste for

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles /

the human of the are canned beerconsequences and leather vests forconflict the occa-

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction

told inBring a moving sion. your way own through moped! two strong

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters from(Syg different generations, David Havstein Lyd), Røde who talk about the that still lie (Kernefamilien) andmemories Oliviagra (Stereobar) concealed the ruinswhile and dusty will providebetween the soundtrack, the sand. Supported by haunting imagery, director himself will beam some wild which draws connections the visuals onto the white tilesbetween of the former past and the present, the stories of party the two slaughterhouse. Admittance to the generations are gradually together is free of charge if you can woven show the ticket to a poetic a derelict stump fromgem the about film, but you canand alsoquiet buy a patch of whichatstill ticket forland, 20 kroner thegives door.rise to great

Dagmar Fredag Wednesday 16/11 kl 12/11 16:30 21:00 Mød • DOX:CLUB instruktøren! hours


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First Picture Support the Burma VJ Party! DIRECTOR Alashqar Get some ear-Akram and eye-candy as CPH:DOX invites you to a Burma support party

‘First Picture’ is a frightening story about

family he doesn’t know.

whatofit’s like to begreat a pregnant woman in an One this year’s cinematic experiIsraeli is prison - centering the twoences no doubt Anders around Østergaard’s year old VJ’s’. Palestinian boy harsh Naour.universe Naour was ‘Burma The film’s born in the Israeli Telmond prison, where challenges one to take wholehearted his mother was imprisoned fortogether terroristwith action, which is why CPH:DOX activity. After twoayears Crunchy Frog spending and Crispthe willfirst throw sup- in prison withwhere his mother, is about port party, all thehe profits will to bemove given in with father, whom he has only met we to Free his Media in Burma. Before the film, onceoffer before. follow sad little -boy will youWe a glass ofthe champagne andas he hesitantly adapts to thea world outside afterwards you can enjoy live performPalæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / English

the prison walls.and TheJets titleAmazing ‘First Picture’ ances of Snake Bullet

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film /

refers Daniel to the photograph that is traditionally Band, Porcelli (DJ), Danger DJ &

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken of a newCrew born(Club childD.A.R.E.), on the dayRamdas of Slyngestaten its birth. The family has also taken such (Ex-Raveonettes, Spektr) & Amelung plus

Dagmar Torsdag Friday 14/11 15/1120:30 kl 16:30 hours • DOX:CLUB Mød instruktøren!

a picture of Nour. Butwhile morePlaten than anything Søstrene Rosendahl, & Perard else, this first picture illustrates Nour’s deliver charming and humoristic video art preposterously odds: on the with “A Modern unfavourable day Weekday”. photo, his mother takes tightcosts hold70 of him. The event, including the afilm, They areTickets together, they are in at prison. kroner. canbut be purchased www. Now, Nour has adapt living cphdox.dk. Aftertothe film,toyou canwithout join the his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a party for 20 kroner. life outside the prison walls together with a

MyParty 69 City DIRECTOR Abdul Salam Film, party, communal kitchenAl andHajj free entry. These are the code words to the premiere of the Youth House film represents one of the women who has ‘69’ In antiquity, women were often portrayed as being chubby and plump - and available

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to

for everyone to beholdofand The Danish premiere ‘69’,admire. NikolajToday,

live a free and independent life.

admiration is replaced withaward-winning fear, and many Viborg’s latest and already Arabic women therefore have live in seen film about Copenhagen’s YouthtoHouse hidingthe because their beauty. from inside,of will take place In in ‘My one City’, of we meet someplaces of thethat many Arabic women those offbeat Copenhagen’s who have to sacrifice their integrity and Thursday-night demonstrators would like femininity toof. ensure theirHal husband’s and to see more Den Grå in Christiania family’s and women take turns will hosthonour. both theMen screening and the party in tellingtotheir honestHouse, and personal stories devoted the Youth organised in Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English Subtitles /

about the unchallenged rules that dictate collaboration with Bastard Film and free of

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab

the livesfor ofall. many Arabic women. Women charge At 1900 hrs, the communal

Institute of Film

betweenwill theopen, ages while of 12 and 30 yearsGanga have kitchen Bolværket, to remain concealed at home so that their and the children’s punk band Unoderne will

Dagmar grå hal Torsdag Saturday 15/11 kl 08/11 16:30 19:00 • Den Mød hours instruktøren!

sexuality and beauty doesn’t provoke attenget you warmed up for the film. At 2100 hrs, tion.will Andlight onceupa the woman has reached the ‘69’ silver screen - followed agea of 30, party her beauty and her hours life in general by huge into the early of this is seen as being over,with andOrkestar she can appear November morning, Baxtalo,in public again.Terrorkorps, But her modest appearance is Albertslund Hannibalade, Ras of extreme importance, just for the famMoney, Pigegarden and not many others. ily, but also for her husband’s pride, honour and faith. The film’s female protagonist


SAMPLING / REMIX 129 DOX LIVE: CONCERTS & PARTIES

Man Oooooooman! Lemon Flower Dancehall DIRECTOR Party Pamela Ghanime but a doleful film. The father’s charisma A death-defying Beirut’s southern suburb Haret dancehall Hraik documentary and an afterand philosophical outlook on life is accompartythe until daybreak. To the world! housed headquarters of the Shiite resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese civil war. 2006, the town Andreas Johnsen’s ‘ManInOoman’ throws

and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is

was destroyed by Israeli bombs. The itself with a death-defying resolve into the

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitantsJamaican - among dancehall them the family of the notorious culture, directordanceable - were driven thebutts town. where beatsaway and from shaking All that is left arefixture memories, ‘Lemon are a permanent in thewhich unrestrained Flowers’ brings to wild life through a conversastreet parties and Miss Dancehall tion between father and his In contests. Andaafter seeing thedaughter. film, there remembrance of his childhood garden in might be one acrobatic dance trick or other Haretyou Hraik, has created a fanthat maythe feelfather like trying out yourself.

Libanon 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles

tastic the garden outside new home,and filled After screening ontheir 14 November

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr.

with andpremises pomegranate trees and in thelemon suitable of Kødboerne

Arab Institute of Film

chilli plants. Nature letsto him 18 you’ll get the chance doattain so, aspeace the of mind.continues For, as hefor says, human beings, party realunlike with Universal nature never intends you. Inuntil the Soundsystem behind to theharm turntables meantime,Join the a women of the family are daybreak. documentary journey

Dagmar Torsdag Friday 15/11 14/11 kl 16:30 20:00 • Kødboderne Mød hours instruktøren!

making themselves comfortable inwhich a pink deep into a hardcoreparty culture, sofa group and reminiscing about for life most in would otherwise be a no-go-zone Haret Hraik. memories are sad, the people - and The come out the other end but on the judicious combination ofitmelancholy and dancefloor! We promise will be sweaty, humour dirty andmakes fun! ‘Lemon Flower’ anything

Bassweight: Film + live dubstep Silence DIRECTOR Night: Rami Farah human conflicts. Lots of During the Six-Day bass:War ‘Bassweight’ in 1967, Syria’s + live performances by Caspa feat Heights MC Rod, SukhbyKnight, BunZero, 2000F and JSL Golan were occupied the Israelis, and today they are no more than an empty andlingered crusheddeep stripdown of land at After having in the the border betweenunderground, the two countries. depths of London’s Dubstep Quneitra, as theinto lonely deserted buffer has developed one and of the most interestzonefusion between the within two countries is called, ing genres electronic music in still contains and by stories from recent years. memories Characterised a deep and the past. The only a intrusive bassconflict curriednot with lotsdivided of restless geographic region in drawn two, but alsocrowds had seribeats, the genre has huge to ous consequences for theInpeople who lived clubs all over the world. connection with in it.festival’s In the award-winning ‘Silence’, the last screeningfilm of ‘Bassweight’

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles /

the human of thedubstep conflict are and Suridh consequences Hassan’s brandnew

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction

told in a moving way through strong documentary at Stengade 30, two we have,

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters from different generations, together with Ohoi and Strøm, invited some who about the memories that still lie of thetalk most interesting new representatives concealed between and dusty of the genre to bringthe theruins music from the sand. Supported by at haunting imagery, screen to the stage Stengade 30. The which draws connections evening’s line-up consistsbetween of Caspathe feat. pastRod andAzian the present, the stories of the two MC (Dub Police, Sub Soldiers, generations gradually wovenTiger together Fabric - UK),are Sukh Knight (True - UK), to a poetic(Sub gemFM about derelict and quiet BunZer0 - BE)a and Ohoi’s own patch of which stillbe gives rise to great 2000F & land, JSL. It’s gonna deep!

Dagmar Fredag 30 Saturday 16/11 kl15/11 16:3022:00 Mød • Stengade hours instruktøren!


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First Picture A Night Of Fashion & Unfashion DIRECTOR Akram Alashqar Fashion and anti-fashion in an explosive jumble of a fashion fest.

‘First Picture’ is a frightening story about

family he doesn’t know.

what it’s to be a pregnant woman in an Meet twolike major designers in one evening,

of Kødboerne, with DJ’s straight from the

Israeliwe, prison - centering around the twowhen in collaboration with Kødboerne

fashion world and art presented by Unfair

yearBabooshka old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour 18, and Copenhagen Unfair,was

Art with the artists 40 watt, Hrvrk, Silencio

born in thetoIsraeli prison, where invite you a real Telmond fashion fest. Fashion

and Clean.

his mother was imprisoned for terrorist and anti-fashion are paid tribute to in equal activity. After thefashion first twowith years in measures, as spending we mix high prison wear, with his is about moveIn street art,mother, catwalkhe and a fieryto party. in with hiswe father, he hastoonly Dagmar, raise whom the curtains themet sparonce before. We follow theLast sad little boy as kling film ‘Valentino - The Emperor’, he hesitantly the world outside before movingadapts on to atohuge catwalk Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / English

the prison Theoftitle ‘First Picture’ through thewalls. streets Copenhagen towards

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film /

refers to the18photograph that is traditionally Kødboerne in Kødbyen, where we invite

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken a new bornofchild on the dayfilm of you to of a screening Tao Nørager’s

• Dagmar Thursday 13/11 19:00 Dagmar Torsdag 15/11 kl 16:30 • hours Kødboderne instruktøren! Thursday 13/11 21:00 • Mød hours

its birth. The about familythe hasdesigner also taken such ‘Bible Black’ Andrew a picture of While Nour. But more than anything Mackenzie. Valentino’s world is else, this glitter first picture illustrates Nour’s all about and beauty for beauty’s preposterously odds: on the sake, Mackenzieunfavourable is a champion of beauty photo, his mother takes a tightcan holdbeoffelt him. in darkness. And this contrast Theyhand, are together, but the theyfilm’s are inluxurious prison. first as we pitch Now, Nour has to the adapt to living without excesses against Berlin-trash premises his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a life outside the prison walls together with a

Favela My Cityon Blast: Baile Funk Fest DIRECTOR Salam feat. DJ Abdul Edgar liveAl Hajj of the night’s women whoparty, has DJ In antiquity, Edgar women gives werefunk often portrayed from therepresents favelasone a full broken with the Muslim tradition in order to when Diplo’s baile funk film is premiered as being chubby and plump - and available for everyone to behold and admire. Today,

Baile Funk or Funk Carioca emerged as a des-

admiration is replaced with fear, and many perate, but highly explosive outlet for youths

Arabic women therefore have to live in in the Brazilian favelas, inspired by Miami

hiding because of their beauty. In ‘My City’, Bass music and domestic social inequality. In we somethe of genre the many Arabic popular women the meet meantime, has become who have to sacrifice their integrity and among DJ sets around the globe, not least

femininity toMiami ensure and thanks to the DJtheir Diplohusband’s and his protégé family’s honour. Menhave andinspired womenand takebeen turns M.I.A. - both of whom in tellingbytheir honest and personal stories inspired the Brazilians’ powerful rhythms. Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English Subtitles /

On 14 November, you will get thethat chance about the unchallenged rules dictate

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab

yourself your body women. to the power of carithe livestoofmove many Arabic Women

Institute of Film

oca rhythms, useand the 30 occasion the between thewhen ages we of 12 years of have

• Rust FRIDAY 14/11 23:59 • Dagmar Torsdag 15/11 kl 16:30 Mød instruktøren!

European of Diplo and Leandro HBL’s to remainpremiere concealed at home so that their

film ‘Favela On beauty Blast’ (see description under sexuality and doesn’t provoke attenSOUND & VISION AWARD) to throw this year’s

tion. And once a woman has reached the largest Baile Funk party at Rust with one of

age of 30, her beauty and her life in general the film’s protagonists, the Brazilian super DJ

is seen as being over, and she can appear in Edgar, and the director Leandro HBL himself

public again. But her modest appearance is behind the turntables. Get on, funk it up now!

of extreme importance, not just for the family, but also for her husband’s pride, honour and faith. The film’s female protagonist

live a free and independent life.


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Beautiful Losers: Exhibition / Party Street art culture celebrated with a film, a party and a vernissage On Friday, 7 November, 7Inch, CPH:DOX and VEGA celebrate all those street art boys and girls who live and create according to the motto “do it yourself”. The artist Mads Westrup has done it over and over - most recently at Lille Vega. The new mural is celebrated with free beers from 2200 to 2300 hrs, after which 7INCH and CPH:DOX follow up with the film ‘Beautiful Losers’. Get a visually dynamic view of a bubbly universe of dreamers, which have gone from being underground heroes to museum darlings. The world is captured with art as a weapon, and Fredski, Martinez, Soulland, Henrik Vibskov, Joakim & Marco will provide us

• Vega Friday 07/11 23:00 hours

with plenty of ammo with DIY-DJ’ing from 0030 hrs right through the night. Free entry until 0100 hrs.

Bob Marley Rub ‘A Dub Night A Bob Marley documentary with a Rub ‘A Dub afterparty. 1977 was a crucial year for Bob Marley. It was the year that ‘Exodus’ was released, the album which was later named the album of the century by Time Magazine. It single-handedly kickstarted the worldwide career of Reggae, while rastafarianism’s message entered the mainstream. Anthony Wall, who worked together with Martin Scorsese in 2005 to make the award-winning ‘Bob Dylan: No Direction Home’, has turned his sights on Bob Marley this time round - and brought the legend back to life on the silver screen. CPH:DOX pays tribute to rastafari rhythms, when we open the doors to an exclusive Rub’ A Dub party on Stengade 30 after the screening of the film on 16.11. A ticket to the film costs 70 kr. and includes access to the Rub’ A Dub afterparty, which is also the last danceable night at this year’s CPH:DOX.

• Stengade 30 Sunday 16/11 21:30 hours


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Vesterbro ...And All Tomorrow’s Other Parties DIRECTOR Michael Noer

Premiere parties and a bus tour of Copenhagen with Uncle Danny When Noer gave a digital video camera to his 20-year-old neigh-

testimony of one of life’s most significant transitions, and it shows

bours in Vesterbro, simply briefing them to and filmparties: the dramatic events And then there are all the other premieres on Friday,

us once and for all, that there is more drama in being a youth than

of their dailythere lives,will he hardly what heGogol had set in motion. 31 October, be DOXimagined Late Night with Bordello (see

in all pay-TV stations put together.

Like description most peopleunder of their age, Julie and Martin are impulsive, wild, film SOUND&VISION). On Tuesday, 11 November, and constantly on the lookout those points reference, there will be a Brazilian party for in Empire Bio to of celebrate thewhich they can fall back onFrank only aMøller’s few years later But the(see camera premiere of Nanna ‘Let’s Be(??). Together’ DOX acts as a faithful companion through their constant ups and downs. It is AWARD). an unexpected intimate sparring which, as one might Two days later, and Empire will be rockedpartner, by New Danish Screen in expect, is there silly, devil-may-care acts of fooling around connection with for thetheir premiere of the latest films from the talent fac- but(see alsoDANISH when they are at theirfor most vulnerable, most insecure, tory DOX AWARD details). The same evening, the and when everything seems be turning againstinthem. ‘Vesterbro’ Tour De Turèll bus will drive to towards DOX:CLUB Kødbyen, where is their story, will and be exactly because it isDanny seen through their Fatman eyes and an afterparty thrown for Uncle with Master subsequently told through Michael Noer’s filmic on education, which behind the turntables and Borderline Ensemble stage - all in a draws in equal measures on Larry EVENTS). Clark and Harmony Korine, it Turèllesque version (see SPECIAL goeson straight to the bone of the transition from with youthEldorado to adulthood And 15 November, CPH:DOX will join forces Club with a rarely seen degree of honesty, intimacy - from to have a Depeche Mode night in Kødboerne 18and withaccuracy a surprise film the wild nights with drugs and dance and petty showthe and Thomas Madvig, Morten Kamper, Duch andfights, Peter2which spinning that the habits of grownup are waiting just around the corner, vinyl. Make some noise for life CPH:DOX! to the constant feeling that the future has to wait. With ‘Vesterbro’, Noer has not only made a relevant youth film, but also a powerful

• Cinemateket Friday 31/10 22:00 hours • Empire Bio Tuesday 11/11 21:30 hours • DOX:CLUB Thursday 13/11 20:30 hours Fredag 09/11 13/11 kl22:00 22:30hours • Empire Bio Thursday Grand Torsdag Saturday 15/11 kl 21:30 15/11 23:00 hours • Kødboderne

Danmark 2007 / 78 MIN. / English Subtitles / PROD. Copenhagen Bombay Production ApS / PRODUCER Sarita Christensen / Distr. Nordisk Film Biografdistribution


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SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT


“A CHAINSAW COULDN’T CUT IT” (GUS VAN SANT ON HARMONY KORINE’S ‘GUMMO’) Who was first: James Dean or Elvis? Or Arthur Rimbaud? And who really cares? In any case, none of the films in this series connect through any encyclopaedic definition of the topic of teenage culture. Rather they represent a range of widely diverse expressions, which all share a restless energy and, above all, a sense of curiosity, which defies all aesthetic, technical and economic limitations. What can best be said about the common ground of the twenty-four selected films is that they are alive in a way that few films are. Alive in the sense of: “this is for real!”. It might be 100% fiction, staged, scripted, with actors. But it’s real. Following the premiere of Harmony Korine’s ‘Gummo’ the American filmcritic Jaime N. Christley wrote “…It is not a documentary. But what is it?…What is questionable is the very reality [that Korine] is recording, since it is clearly staged, or, more to the point, since it mixes fact with fiction to meet artistic ends… Where do the actors end and where does reality begin? And what are we to make of scenes that are unrehearsed and spontaneous, placed next to scenes that are clearly fabrication?” This is the point of departure for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. There is something at stake: an energy, a courage and above all an ever present willingness to challenge status quo, to dismantle the boundaries of filmic convention and maybe redefine the cinematic experience. If the average documentary is gradually assimilating itself to the polished standards of fictional films, there is enough food for thought in the films of the Philippine directors Khavn de la Cruz and Raya Martin, who radically challenge even the most warped Dogme norms with their ultra-low budgets. The same is true for Jonathan Caouette’s entirely homemade ‘Tarnation’, which was made for 220 dollars on a laptop, and ‘S.P.I.T.’, which is a young street punk’s 1:1 video diary. The independent anarchists Harmony Korine, Gregg Araki and G.B. Jones confront every hierarchy of normality with their edgy trash exposés and move in a rebellious borderland between fiction and reality. And ‘Analog Days’ and ‘Devil Come to Hell and Stay Where You Belong’ show that there is still something new to be discovered in the American indie scene, while being a call to reflect on fiction’s ability to capture and document the ephemeral emotional atmosphere that is the essence of youth. To round it all off, there is also a YouTube battle, a pile of rare riot girl shorts and a midnight movie marathon. It feels right.


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First Picture Spirit DIRECTOR Jem Akram Cohen Alashqar ‘First JemPicture’ Cohens is a frightening video of story Patti about

family he doesn’t know. Smith’s version of ‘Smells Like all films in the ‘Smells

Teen bewoman show before what it’s Spirit’ like to be awill pregnant in an Likeprison Teen Spirit’around series Israeli - centering the two-

year old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour was born theinIsraeli Telmond prison, where To getinyou the mood for this year’s spe-

short film ‘The Chain’, and his grainy, black

his mother waswill imprisoned terrorist cial series, we of coursefor play the song,

& white images shroud his friend Patti in an

activity.has After spending the first“Here two years in which given name to it all. we are

affectionate veil of grey afternoon light.

prisonentertain with his us,” mother, is about to move now, Kurthe Cobain screamed withoriginal his father, whom of he‘Smells has onlyLike met in his recording once Spirit’. before. The We follow the sad as Teen American punklittle poetboy and he hesitantly the world outside anti-diva Pattiadapts Smith to settles for whispering Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / English 2007 / 7 min.

prisonand walls. ‘First Picture’ the tune, withThe hertitle bone-dry blues voice

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refers to the photograph thatrendition is traditionally she gives us a spine-chilling of

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taken of a hit new born child on the day Nirvana’s song - accompanied on of banjo its Steve birth. Earle, The family hasagainst also taken such by and set images

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a picture of Nour. But moredirector than anything by the young underground Jem else, this firstlike picture Nour’s Cohen, who, Patti illustrates Smith herself, has preposterously on the New York as hisunfavourable creative baseodds: and visual photo, his mother a tight hold of him. inspiration. Cohentakes appropriately received They are together, butAward they are prison. an Independent Spirit in in 2005 for his Now, Nour has to adapt to living without his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a life outside the prison walls together with a

My City Gummo DIRECTOR Harmony Abdul Salam Korine Al Hajj one of the women whofilm has In Harmony antiquity, women Korine’s were oftenrecipe portrayed for arepresents dazzlingly original as being chubby and plump - and available

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to

for everyone behold example and admire. Today, ‘Gummo’ is ato succinct of what

live a free and independent life.

admiration is replaced withhave fear,any andmoney many you should do, if you don’t Arabic women therefore have to livefilm. in and want to make an unforgettable hiding because of their are beauty. ‘My City’, Solomon and Tummler two In teenage we meetwho some the by many Arabic women friends killoftime sniffing glue and who have to sacrifice theirinintegrity and of cycling around aimlessly the remains femininity to ensure their husband’s their tornado-ravaged town to shoot and cats. family’s them honour. Men and women take turns Around a giddily bizarre character in telling their honest anddeal personal stories gallery circulates, which a knock-out Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN.New / English Subtitles / 1997 / 89 min. / Distr. Line Cinema

abouttothe unchallenged that dictate blow every white trashrules cliché. And

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the lives Arabic women. Women unites in of anmany uncompromising vision of the

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between the ages ofas12anand 30 yearssewer have American Midwest anti-Bible to ruin remain at home so In that of andconcealed cultural dissolution. histheir virtu-

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sexuality beauty Korine doesn’tmixes provoke attenous debut,and Harmony fiction tion.documentarism And once a woman reachedfrom the and (andhas everything age of 30, her beauty her lifetoincreate general 35mm to Polaroid andand Super-8) isconfrontative seen as beingand over, and she can appear a surreal field trip into in public But her modest appearance a worldagain. of violence and excess, which alsois of extreme its importance, not justand forcritical the fampossesses very own beauty ily, but also for her husband’s pride, honour absurdity. and faith. The film’s female protagonist


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Lemon Flower Analog Days (Film 1 of 2) DIRECTOR Pamela Ghanime Mike Ott but a doleful film. The father’sirony charisma A bittersweet Beirut’s southern suburb indie-romance Haret Hraik with underplayed à and philosophical outlook on life is accomla Gus Sant of the Shiite housed thevan headquarters resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese civil the war.American In 2006, the town A small gem from independ-

and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is

wasscene. destroyed Israeli bombs. ent The by great talent Mike The Ott

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants - among themcollege the family portrays four Californian kidsof the directorthe - were driven away from thehas town. during course of one year. Lloyd All that isout leftand areworks memories, which ‘Lemon dropped at a video store, Flowers’ brings life through conversawhen he isn’t outtosmashing up aRepublican tion between a father his daughter. campaign offices late and at night. Molly, In remembrance of hishang childhood garden in Jordan and Tammy on to their studHaret Hraik, the father hasthree created a fanies half-heartedly, but all of them

Libanon MIN. / English 2006 / 902007 min.//35 Distr. Mike Ott Subtitles

tastic garden outside their filled dreaming of more than theynew canhome, expect.

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with lemon and pomegranate trees and More than anything, this undramatic

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chilli plants. Nature letsthe him attain peace piece of fiction creates backdrop for a of mind. For, as he says, unlike human beings, lineup of incisive and underplayed ironic nature never intends to straight harm you. In the observations, which go to the core meantime, the women of theof family are of the unbearable insecurity teenage making comfortable a pink life. Thethemselves film’s tone touches uponinVan Sant, sofa group reminiscing about life in Solondz andand Linklater, but retains its own

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Haret Hraik. The are sad, Mike but the idiosyncratic stylememories - maybe because judicious combination melancholy and Ott is constantly at eyeof level with his young humour makes ‘Lemon Flower’ anything antiheroes.

Silence A. Effect (Film 2 of 2) DIRECTOR Rami Farah Mike Ott human conflicts. During the Six-Day Wacky satireWar soap in 1967, bySyria’s an unpretentious talent. Golan Heights were occupied by the Israelis,who andinsist todaythat theyAmericans are no more than People don’t an empty andof crushed strip of land at have a sense irony obviously haven’t the border between the two countries. encountered the unfairly neglected Quneitra, as the lonelyMike and Ott deserted buffer independent director - the latest zone between two countries is called, addition to thethe pedigree of filmmakers still contains memories and stories from that previously brought us determined the past. The conflict onlyVan divided slacker-auteurs suchnot as Gus Sant,a Todd geographic in Linklater. two, but also had seriSolondz andregion Richard However, ous consequences for the people who Ott’s witty and incisive observations of lived the in it. In the award-winning ‘Silence’, internal strife of America’sfilm young middle

Syria /2007 / 35/MIN. English 2008 17 min. Distr./Mike OttSubtitles /

the human of the are class is in aconsequences league of its own. ‘A.conflict Effect’ is

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toldaffectionate in a movingsequel way through two Days’, stronga an to ‘Analog

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characters fromreality different wackily staged soapgenerations, that follows the whobuddies talk about the memories that still lie two Robbie and Patrick and a flock concealed between the ruins dusty in of hopeful acting students at aand university sand. Supported by haunting imagery, California. The theatre classes turn out to which drawsinconnections between where the be a course social cannibalism, past andBrecht the present, the stories two Bertolt is worth the value of of the his own generations aredollars. gradually woven together name in social to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet patch of land, which still gives rise to great

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First Picture Totally F***ed Up DIRECTOR Gregg AkramAraki Alashqar family doesn’t know. ‘First Teen Picture’ spleen is a frightening and bitterly story about ironic 90shemelancholia

fiction-documentary homo what it’s like to be a pregnant woman in an

underground

from the

Israeli prison - centering around the twoyear old Naour. Naour was Andy andPalestinian his friendsboy drive around aimlessly

is a personal mix of fiction, found footage,

born the Israeli Telmond prison, where in an in alternatingly sunny and pitch-dark

commentary texts and performative video

his mother was imprisoned forand terrorist Los Angeles, looking for kicks affec-

vignettes, which visually echo both Godard

activity. spending first twoonyears tion, andAfter maybe even a the quick fuck the in

and Kenneth Anger.

prison with mother, he boys is about move bonnet of a his stolen car. The are to mostly in with hisand father, whom heare hasmostly only met into boys the two girls once before. follow the sad boy as interested in We each other, but alllittle of them he hesitantly adapts to the on world share a restless existence the outside outskirts Palæstina / 26 MIN. English USA 1993 2007 / 78 min. / Distr./ Fortissimo

thean prison walls. The title ‘First Picture’ of apocalyptic America. “More Teen

Subtitles Film Sales/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film /

refers to that is made traditionally Angst” is the the photograph sarcastic promise in the

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takenwhile of a new born and childfragile on themoments day of film, intimate its birth. The family hasthreat also taken such are alternated with the of AIDS and

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a picture of Nour. But more anything queer bashers. Gregg Araki than is a recognised else, York this first picture illustrates New Queer Cinema pioneer,Nour’s but an preposterously unfavourable odds: on the under-appreciated independent director, photo, his mother takes a tight hold of him. who often writes, produces, directs, shoots Theyedits are together, but they are in prison. and his own films. ‘Totally F***ed Up’ Now, Nour has to adapt to living without his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a life outside the prison walls together with a

My City Squatterpunk DIRECTOR Khavn Abdul Salam De La Cruz Al Hajj In Aantiquity, Filipino women adrenaline were often portrayed shot

productive DIY anarchist as being chubby and plump - and available

represents one of the women has from an inventive andwho ultralive a free and independent life.

admiration replaced with fear, and Khavn de laisCruz makes each film, asmany if

buttons are pressed at once, Khavn gives an

Arabic women therefore have to live in it was his last. His films don’t resemble

anarchistic take on the future of no-budget

hiding because of their In ‘My City’, anything ever made, andbeauty. as a standard-

film. Khavn will visit the festival to give the

we meet ofgeneration the many Arabic women bearer forsome a new of young

film a live musical accompaniment.

who self-taught have to sacrifice their integrity and filmmakers, he has and been femininity to ensure their and instrumental in getting thehusband’s Philippines onto family’s honour. Menmap and to women turns the cinematic world such atake degree in telling theircalled honest and personal that it’s been a downright newstories wave. Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English Iskwaterpangk / Philippines 2007Subtitles / 79 min./

about the unchallenged rulesanti-retro that dictate But ‘Squatterpunk’ is almost in

Arab Institute Film Filmless / Distr. Arab /PROD. Prod. Filmless Films of / Distr.

thestyle. lives Simultaneously of many Arabic women. Women its hyper-energetic

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between the ages 12 and 30an years have and meditative, theoffilm takes untiringly to remain concealed home so that their curious look at life inat the slums. “Sharp

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broken with the Muslim tradition in order to

for everyone to behold and admire. Today,

sexuality andFew beauty doesn’t provoke attenMinds Need Words,” as the film says tion. And once a woman the self-confidently, and the has longreached and strange age of 30, her beauty and romping her life inaround general scenes of street children is seen that as being she can appear in proves this isover, true.and With punkrock from public again. But modest appearance the director’s ownher band The Brockas, and is of extreme justasfor thehas famwith a styleimportance, that makes itnot look if he ily, but also forhappens her husband’s pride, honour explored what if all the camera’s and faith. The film’s female protagonist


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Lemon Flower Beautiful Losers DIRECTOR Pamela DIRECTORS Aaron Ghanime Rose & Joshua Leonard but generation a doleful film. Thethat father’sinvented charisma Teen southern Beirut’s spirit in suburb the Haret colours Hraik of the and philosophical outlook on life is accomstreettheart housed headquarters of the Shiite resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese civil war. 2006,this the slogan, town Everyone can make art.In Under

sunshine. And the women’s and adapts their visual style in a sadness cheeky is

was destroyed byslackers Israeli bombs. Theterm a group of young gave the

defused by humour andthe pep. way, which also teases problem about

inhabitants - among them the family of the ‘outsider artists’ an entirely new meaning

maintaining ones street cred when one

director - were driven away the town. at the start of the 1990s andfrom mixed impres-

has become the darling of both museums

All that is left are memories, which ‘Lemon sions from hiphop, comics, advertising

and fashion.

Flowers’ brings to life through a conversaand skate-fanzines in the anarchistic and tion between a father and hisaesthetic daughter.and In colourful rummaging box of remembrance his childhood political ideas, of which has since garden becomein Haret Hraik, the father created a fanpopular under the namehas of street art.

Libanon 2007 35 MIN. / English Subtitles USA 2008 / 91/min. / Prod. Sidetrack Films

tastic garden outside their new home, filled Shepard Fairey, Mike Mills, Harmony

PROD. Arab Institute Film / Distr. / Produced by Rich Lim,ofJon Barlow, Noah

with lemon and pomegranate trees an and Korine, Ed Templeton & co. shared

Arab Institute of Green Film / Distr. Sidetrack Khoshbin, Chris

chilli plants. Nature lets him attain peace of uncontrollable do-it-yourself energy, which

Films

mind. For, as he have says,sent unlike human beings, would definitely them to prison or naturethe never intends you.allowed In the down gutters, hadtoit harm not been meantime, the women of ‘Beautiful the family losers’ are to flourish in expression. makingthe themselves comfortable a pink hands stage to the successfulinoutsiders sofa group and reminiscing about life in

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Haret Hraik. The memories are sad, but the judicious combination of melancholy and humour makes ‘Lemon Flower’ anything

Beautiful Losers: Exhibition / Silence DIRECTOR Party Rami Farah humana conflicts. Street During theart Six-Day culture War in 1967, celebrated Syria’s with film, a party and a vernissage Golan Heights were occupied by the Israelis, and today they are no more than an empty crushed strip of land at On Friday,and 7 November, 7Inch, CPH:DOX the border between the two countries. and VEGA celebrate all those street art boys Quneitra, as the and deserted buffer and girls who livelonely and create according to zonemotto between the two countries is called, the “do it yourself”. The artist Mads still contains memories Westrup has done it overand andstories over - from most the past.at The conflict a celrecently Lille Vega.not Theonly newdivided mural is geographic in two, but 2200 also had seriebrated withregion free beers from to 2300 ous consequences for the whofollow lived hrs, after which 7INCH andpeople CPH:DOX in it. In the film ‘Silence’, up with the award-winning film ‘Beautiful Losers’ (see page

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles /

the human consequences the of conflict are XX). Get a visually dynamicofview a bubbly

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told in a moving way through two strong universe of dreamers, which have gone

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters differentheroes generations, from being from underground to museum who talk about the memories that still darlings. The world is captured with artlie as concealed the ruins and dusty a weapon, between and Fredski, Martinez, Soulland, sand. Supported by haunting imagery, Henrik Vibskov, Joakim & Marco will arm which draws connections between us to the teeth with DIY-DJ’ing fromthe 0030 pastright and the present, the stories of theuntil two hrs through the night. Free entry generations 0100 hrs. are gradually woven together to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet patch of land, which still gives rise to great

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First Picture Tarnation DIRECTOR Jonathan Akram Alashqar Caouette family he doesn’t know.collage ‘First A shocking Picture’ is a frightening and unforgettable story about self-portrait what it’s like to be a pregnant woman in an Israeli prison - centering around the twoIf the home video genre immediately gives yearassociations old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour was you of homely cosiness and born in the Israeli Telmond then prison, where priceless Kodak moments, Jonathan his mother shocking was imprisoned for terrorist Caouette’s family exposé activity. After spending thesurprise first twofor years ‘Tarnation’ will be a nasty you.in prison with his mother, about to move Caouette himself editedhe theisprivate footage in with his father, whom he has met and snapshots from 19 years of only - nicely once- before. We follow thelife sadtolittle boyan as put dysfunctional family create he hesitantly themoving world outside eerie, but alsoadapts tragicto and picture Palæstina / 26 MIN. / English USA 20032007 / 88 min. / Distr. Noble

thehis prison walls. The title ‘First of own upbringing, where thePicture’ mentally

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Entertainment

refers to the photograph that is traditionally ill mother and her psychological decay is

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taken of constant a new born childThe on escape the day into of a the only factor. its birth. The family alsobecomes taken such self-centering videohas reality the

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a picture of Nour. But anything young Jonathan’s way more out ofthan the family’s else, thisfold, firstand picture illustratesalso Nour’s infected subsequently out of preposterously unfavourable odds: onWith the the closet, to a life on the other side. photo,reason, his mother takes awas tight hold of him. good ‘Tarnation’ a sensation at They are together, but caused they areain prison. its premiere, and also sensation Now, Nourbeen has to adapt living without for having made fortoonly 220 dollars, his mother’s has to adjust a and edited onintimacy a laptop.and A fascinating andtoyet life outside the prison deeply personal film. walls together with a

My City The Lollipop Generation DIRECTOR G.B. Abdul Jones Salam Al Hajj represents one of the women who has In Queer antiquity,trash women by wereaoften feminist portrayed film-provocateur as being chubby and plump - and available

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to

forfilm everyone to behold and admire. Today, If is a language, the ‘The Lollipop

live a free and independent life.

admiration isuses replaced with fear, and many Generation’ only swearwords and Arabic women have to live in to dirty slang. Thetherefore film, which took 15 years hidingsurviving because of their beauty. In ‘My make endless rumours, hasCity’, been we meet ofCinema the many Arabic women called thesome Queer underground’s who have sacrifice theirDon integrity andfilm. answer toto Orson Welles’s Quixote femininity husband’s and Nothing is to leftensure to the their imagination in the family’sabsent honour.story Menabout and women take turns almost a couple of young in telling their honest from and personal stories hustlers, who escape their parents Jordan 2007 Subtitles / Canada 2008//24 80MIN. min. / English Distr. V Tape

about rules thatporn dictate to get the theirunchallenged foot in the door of the

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the lives of many Arabictowomen. Women in industry. Jones started shoot ‘Lollipop’

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between 12 anddiary 30 years the early the 90s,ages as a of Super-8 fromhave the to remain at home that their tour life ofconcealed her punk band FilthsoColumn, and

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sexuality and beauty doesn’trecords provokeand attenshe has published fanzines, tion. And once a woman has reached the films while working to get this film made. age of 30, her beauty life inand general A feminist pendant of and Johnher Waters is seen as being over,low andbudget she can appear in the Kuchar brothers excesses, public again. But her headlong modest appearance is ‘Lollipop’ hurls itself into its of extreme chaos. importance, not just for the famself-made ily, but also for her husband’s pride, honour and faith. The film’s female protagonist


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Lemon Flower Winter Holiday (Film 1 of 2) Pamela Ghanime DIRECTOR Camilla Magid but a doleful film. The father’s charisma Punch-ups, Beirut’s southern suburb punch-lines Haret Hraik and in-your-face attitudes in and philosophical outlook on life is accomCopenhagen’s suburbs housed the headquarters of the Shiite resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese civil old, war. goes In 2006, the town Lütfiye is 13 years to secondary

and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is

was destroyed bombs. TheBut she school and hasby noIsraeli idea how to fight.

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants among them family of the has enough -opportunity to the do the latter, as director - were driven away fromthe thecorner, town. the winter holiday is just around All that leftall are memories, which ‘Lemon and oneishas the time one needs. Lütifye, Flowers’ lifeher through conversaher sisterbrings Ayten to and friendaMaria live tion betweenblock a father and his daughter. in a housing in Bellahøj, where theIn remembrance his childhood garden in only drama oneofexperiences is that created Haret Hraik,Everyone the father created fanby oneself. is has bored in the awinter

Libanon 2007 / 35 MIN.2008 / English Subtitles Vinterferie / Denmark / 14 min.

tasticand garden their new home, chill, theyoutside kill time by hanging out filled in

PROD.Fourhands Arab Institute Film / Distr./ / Prod. Film of ApS/Super16

withstairwells lemon and pomegranate trees in and the and causing “chaos” the

Arab Institute of Film Produced by jacob Oliver Krarup / Distr.

chilli plants. Nature him attain peace neighbourhood. And lets by picking fights - andof

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mind. For, as them he says, unlike human beings, talking about afterwards, so that one nature never intends to harm you. In the has something to do before school starts meantime, the women offace” the family areand again. The girls’ “in your attitude making themselves comfortable a pink fantastically fitting one-liners areindepicted sofa group and reminiscing about approach life in with an affectionate and attentive

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Haret The memories are sad, but the by the Hraik. promising director Camilla Magid’s judicious combination of melancholy graduation film from the independentand humour makes ‘Lemon anything Copenhagen film schoolFlower’ Super 16.

Silence Billy The Kid (Film 2 of 2)

DIRECTOR Rami Farah DIRECTOR Jenniffer Venditti human conflicts. Another During the Six-Day teenage War in 1967, freak Syria’s or a genius in the making? The portrait a occupied unique outsider. Golan Heightsof were by the Israelis, and today they are no more than an empty and crushed strip ofI’m land ‘I’m not black, I’m not white, notat the border countries. foreign, justbetween differentthe in two the mind. Different Quneitra, as the and brains, that’s all.’lonely Billy is 15deserted years oldbuffer and zonequite between the two countries is called, not like everyone else. At least not still and ifstories from if youcontains ask himmemories - and neither you ask his the past.The Thecharismatic conflict not and onlyexceptionally divided a friends. geographicBilly region in two, also had seriarticulate is cast in a but different mould: ous consequences forand thewunderkind. people who lived equal parts outsider But in it. In the award-winning ‘Silence’, through every kid’s healthyfilm interest for AC/

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles /

the human consequences conflict DC, Kiss and karate - and, of of the course, theare

PROD. Arab Institute Film/Proaction USA 2006 / 80 min. / of Prod. Isotope Films /

told from in a moving way through two strong girl the local diner - he creates his

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characters different generations, own uniquefrom universe in spite of both the who talk about the memories that still him, lie banal provincial reality that surrounds concealed between ruins andFirst-time dusty and the demons thatthe haunt him. sand. Supported haunting director Jennifer by Venditti has imagery, followed whicharound, draws connections between Billy but she doesn’t make the any past and the present,instead the stories of the two diagnosis, providing a thoughtgenerations are gradually woven ful and unforgettable portrait of atogether unique to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet personality ‘in the making’. patch of land, which still gives rise to great

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A Complete First Picture History of My Sexual DIRECTOR Akram Alashqar Failures DIRECTOR Chris Waitt

‘First Picture’ is a frightening story about

family he doesn’t know.

what it’s like to be a pregnant woman an Retracing wrecked loveinaffairs

- an apathetic young escapades in the name of theold monogamous relationship. year Palestinian boy Naour. Naour was Israeli prison - centering around the twoman’s journey through sexual born in the Israeli Telmond prison, where hisComplete mother was imprisoned for terrorist ‘A History of My Sexual Failures’

will be there in person, and - without giving

activity. After spending the first two years in is the rumpled and apathetic filmmaker

away too much - he will bring along his

prisonWaitt’s with his mother,odyssey he is about to move Chris amusing to revisit his

girlfriend.

in with his father, whom heawkward has only faremet wrecked relationships and once before. We with follow the sad little boy as wells. Equipped a camera and with his he hesitantly adapts the world mother in tow, Waitt to seeks out alloutside his exPalæstina 2007 / Distr. 26 MIN. / English 2008 / 90 min. Cinema Mondo

the prison walls. Picture’ girlfriends to findThe out,title why‘First it’s impossible

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refers theNot photograph thatisisinterested traditionally to love to him. one of them

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken of a new child on the day of in helping him, born and the most constructive its birth. The family also takenyou such comment he gets is has ‘I remember being

Dagmar Bio Torsdag Saturday 15/1108/11 kl 16:30 22:30 • Empire Mød hours instruktøren! • Dagmar Thursday 13/11 21:30 hours • Cinemateket Saturday 15/11 21:45 hours

picture than anything a jerk all of theNour. time’.But Formore this reason, Waitt else, thistofirst picture decides start datingillustrates again. AndNour’s to docupreposterously odds:are on the ment it all. But,unfavourable alas, his activities influphoto, by hishis mother a tight him. enced lowertakes regions, andhold it is of only They are together, but are ainbeating prison. after an adventure withthey viagra, Now, aNour to adaptand to living without from real has dominatrix an encounter his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a with a disturbingly keen nymphomaniac, life outside the prison walls together that our hero finally reaches his goal.with Waitta

Devil My City Come to Hell and Stay DIRECTOR Abdul Salam Al(Film Hajj4 of ) Where You Belong DIRECTORS Massimilian Breeder & Nina In antiquity, women were often portrayed

Breeder as being chubby and plump - and available for everyone to behold and admire. Today,

admiration with fear, and many Bonnieis&replaced Clyde meet Bruno

represents one of the women who has broken with the Muslim tradition in order to live a free and independent life.

Dumont in a sensually Arabic women therefore have tothrough live in explosive road trip the USA hiding because of their beauty. In ‘My City’, we meet the many Arabic Why sticksome to oneofconventions, whenwomen you can who have theirCome integrity and and break twoto ofsacrifice them? ‘Devil to Hell femininity ensure theirdescribes husband’s and Stay WheretoYou Belong’ a namefamily’s honour. Men relationship. and women take turns less couple’s mutual Their in tellingare their honest and stories motives unknown, theypersonal drive through Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN.NOCREW / English Subtitles / 2007 / 86 min. / Prod. /

about thesleep unchallenged dictate the USA, at motels,rules film that roadkill and

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab Produced by EMANUELA TEGLIO

the lives of many Arabic women. Women move between bodily affection and distance.

Institute of Film

between ofin12plot andstructure, 30 years have What the the filmages lacks it to remain concealed at home so and that visual their compensates for in atmosphere

DagmarThursday Torsdag 15/11 13/11 kl 18:00 16:30 • Gloria Mød hours instruktøren! • Grand Saturday 15/11 24:00 hours

sexuality and beauty doesn’t provoke attensensuality. There is something threatening tion. And a woman hasdeadlock, reached the about theonce dialogue-starved which age of a30, hertobeauty and herauteurs life in general sends nod underground such is seen as being and she can appear as Vincent Gallo,over, Bruno Dumont and Clairein public again. ButMassimilian her modest Breeder appearance is Denis. Nina and themof extreme not directed just for the selves actedimportance, in, filmed, and thisfamily, but also formeditative her husband’s pride, honour unforgettable, experience. and faith. The film’s female protagonist


REMIX 145 SmellsSAMPLING like teen/ spirit

Lemonin Flower Made Queens (Film 1 of 2) Pamela Ghanime DIRECTOR Nicolas Randall & Joe Stevens a doleful are film. The father’s charisma 3000 southern Beirut’s watts on suburb two Haret wheels. Hraik Thebut BMX’s back - and now and philosophical outlook on life is accomwith the sound! housed headquarters of the Shiite resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese civil war. In time 2006,last thesummer: town Queens, New York, some

and ground: sunshine. And in theQueens’ women’s sadness the ‘Made is the true is

was destroyed Israeli bombs. Theup Four teenagersby from Trinidad open

defused humour recipe forbygood style.and pep.

inhabitants - among theAmerica’s family of the the garage doors andthem roll out director - were driven from the town. first Stereobike Crew! away On customised All that with is left are memories, which ‘Lemon BMX’s, names such as Tinnitus Rex Flowers’ bringsand to life a conversaand Basszilla, withthrough loudspeakers tion between a father and and MP3-players, his daughter. In connected to laptops remembrance his can childhood garden in it is a sensationofthat be heard in the Haret Hraik, the father- has a fanentire neighbourhood andcreated which now,

Libanon 2007 35 MIN. / English Subtitles USA 2008 / 10/min. / Distr. Randall Stevens

tastic‘Made garden filled with in outside Queens’,their can new also home, be heard

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr.

with lemon and pomegranate treesthe and all the way to Copenhagen, where party

Arab Institute of Film

chillialready plants.started Naturetaking lets him attain peace has roots. And with of mind. For, as hegoing says,all unlike human beings, sound systems the way up to 3000

Dagmar Torsdag Saturday 15/11 kl08/11 16:30 • Cinemateket 19:15 Mødhours instruktøren! • Husets Biograf Tuesday 11/11 21:15 hours • Kødboderne 18 Friday 14/11 21:00

naturefixed nevertointends to harm In the watts, a standard BMX,you. there is meantime, to thelive women thegirls family something up to.ofThe andare boys making themselves pink of the new BMX gangcomfortable know, whatina afresh sofa group and reminiscing about playlist is worth (each bike has its life ownin Haret Hraik. The memories are sad, but the tracks), and from their two-wheeled mobile judicious combination melancholy and discos they can play in of the entire neigh-

hours

humour makes ‘Lemon Flower’ anything bourhood. Cocky, but with both wheels on

Silence Man Ooman (Film 2 of 2)

DIRECTOR Rami Farah DIRECTORS Andreas Johnsen & Rasmus During the Six-Day War in 1967, Syria’s Poulsen

human conflicts.

Golan Heights were occupied by the

Israelis, and dances today they are no more than tensions amongst Jamaican Mating and sexual an empty and strip ofDanish land at youths incrushed the first dancehall documentary the border between the two countries. Quneitra,has as the lonely and deserted buffer Jamaica more churches, more murders

living up to the deeply-rooted homophobia

zonemore between the per twocapita countries called, and parties thanisany

that accompanies it.

still contains andare stories from other place onmemories earth. There parties theover past.the The conflict not days only a divided all island seven week,a geographic in two, but had seriand dancingregion is aggressive andalso extremely ous consequences foryoung the people whoFresh lived sexually explicit. The dancers in it.Kamar In the award-winning filmabout ‘Silence’, and know what it’s all when

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles /

the human consequences of the conflict they guide us around the notorious streetare

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction Denmark 2008 / 56 min. / Prod. Rosforth

told in a where movingthe way through twothe strong parties, boys fight for girls,

/ Distr.byArab Institute of Film /Film Produced Andreas Johnsen / Distr.

characters generations, who in turnfrom fight different to be chosen as this year’s

Rosforth & Rosforth

who talk about theEver memories that still lie Dancehall Queen. fresh, ever clean! concealed between the of ruins Dancehall is the music the and poordusty working sand. Supported class, and even ifby it’shaunting all aboutimagery, looking which draws connections theof the flashy and being all sexedbetween up in front past and the present, the stories ofup thefrom two video camera, the tension bubbles generations are gradually under the surface - natablywoven in thetogether raw and to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet ultra-sexual dance, which can easily take patch up of land, which gives rise great place in trees andstill lampposts, alltowhile

• Dagmar Fredag 16/11 kl 16:30 Mød Cinemateket Saturday 08/11 • instruktøren! 19:15 hours • Husets Biograf Tuesday 11/11 21:15 hours • Kødboderne 18 Friday 14/11 21:00 hours


SAMPLING / REMIX 146 Smells like teen spirit

FirstShowing Now Picture DIRECTOR Raya Akram Martin Alashqar he doesn’t know. ‘First Exhilarating Picture’ is a frightening homestory video abouteposfamily about the fateful

youth, made a great what it’s like to be a by pregnant womanFilipino in an

talent

years of

Israeli prison - centering around the twoyear old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour wasby Pictures from children’s birthdays filmed born inparents. the Israeli Telmond prison, happy Games under heavywhere duvets his mother was imprisoned forthemselves. terrorist filmed by the playing children activity.isAfter spending the first two years in There something homely about the prisonvideo with his mother, he iswhy about move home style, and that’s it’stonot so in with his father, he has only met strange that therewhom is something infinitely once before. We follow the sad little boy as recognisable about Raya Martin’s beautiful he hesitantly adapts the parts, world outside marathon portrait in to three recorded Palæstina 2007 / 26 2008 MIN.//280 English Philippines, France min. / Distr.

thewidely prisondiffering walls. The title ‘First on (home) video Picture’ formats by

SubtitlesFilms / PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Shellac

refers to the photograph that is traditionally the young Filipino girl Rita. The film was

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken ofatathis newyear’s born child on the day of shown film festival in Cannes, its birth. The family has taken such which helped cement thealso merely 24-year-

Dagmar Torsdag Saturday 15/11 kl08/11 16:30 • Cinemateket 18:00 Mød hours instruktøren! • Cinemateket Wednesday 12/11 18:00 hours

a picture of Nour. But more- than anything old - but highly productive director’s name else, this first star picture illustrates Nour’sfilm as a shooting on the international preposterously unfavourable the scene. ‘Now Showing’ is bothodds: a veryon simple photo, his mother takesfilm a tight hold of him. and a highly ambitious about both life Theyyouth are together, theywhat are insignificant prison. and - but alsobut about Now, has tovideo adapt to living without a partNour the home format plays in our his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a memories. life outside the prison walls together with a

My City Kurt Cobain: About a Son DIRECTOR AJ Abdul Schnack Salam Al Hajj In An antiquity, intimate women were portrait often portrayed of one

one of the women who has ofrepresents the most controversial

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to musicians of plump recent as being chubby and - andmusic availablehistory for everyone to behold and admire. Today, admiration is revealing replaced with fear, and An unusually insight into themany Arabic women therefore have to live from in life of the Nirvana icon Kurt Cobain, hiding because of their to beauty. In ‘My City’, his innocent childhood the exclusive we meet some of the Arabic women and indescribable starmany status he achieved who have sacrifice integrity before he to took his owntheir life at the ageand of femininity to ensure and just 27. Based on 25 their hourshusband’s of recorded family’s honour. Men and take turns interviews, the director AJwomen Schnack invites in telling honestand anddreamy personal stories us into antheir emotional limbo, Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English Subtitles USA 2007 / 96 min. / Prod. Sidetrack Films/

about the that dictate where theunchallenged king of grungerules outspokenly

Institute of Film / Distr. Arab /PROD. Distr. Arab Capelight Picture

the lives of many Arabic women. Women and grippingly talks about his innermost

Institute of Film

between the of 12 and 30 years have thoughts andages his reflections about existto remain concealed at style homeisso their ence. Schnack’s visual in that a league

DagmarSaturday Torsdag 08/11 15/11 kl 21:45 16:30 • Gloria Mød hours instruktøren! • Dagmar Saturday 15/11 16:30 hours

sexuality doesn’t provokethe attenof its own,and andbeauty it is almost painterly way tion. And once old a woman has reached he assembles audio clips togetherthe with age of 30,recorded her beauty and her lifefrom in general recently video footage places is seen as being over, and she can appear in the USA that played a crucial role in the in public again. But her modest life of Kurt Cobain. The film isappearance brought to is of extremewith importance, not the famperfection the music byjust Benfor Gibbard ily, but Cab also For for her husband’s honour (Death Cutie) and the pride, Nirvana and faith. Steve The film’s producer Fisk.female protagonist

live a free and independent life.


REMIX 147 SmellsSAMPLING like teen/ spirit

Lemon The Wild Flower Hearts DIRECTOR Michael Pamela Ghanime Noer but a doleful Noer film. Theand father’s charisma Buckle Beirut’s southern yoursuburb helmet Haret Hraik and join Michael the wild philosophical outlook on life is accomhearts a comic moped trip to Pomerania. housed theon headquarters of the Shiite road and resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the all Lebanese civil war.man! In 2006, town It’s about freedom, Thethe moped

and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is

was destroyed Israelihave bombs. gang ‘The Wild by Hearts’ had The enough of

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants - among theoffamily ofthey the today’s Denmark. In athem group twelve, director - were driventowards away from the town. set out from Odense Pomerania, All that is left memories, which ‘Lemon embarking onare a journey that develops from Flowers’ bringstotoalife through a conversaa wild roadtrip ritual odyssee through tion between andgrown-up his daughter. blod and tearsa -father and with life In remembrance of his childhood garden in waiting on the horizon. They misbehave Haret thecan father has createdover a fanas wellHraik, as they while stopping

Libanon 2007 / 35 MIN. / English De vilde hjerter / Denmark 2008 / Subtitles 82 min.

tastic garden outsideand their newbars, home, filled at German lay-byes biker while

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Prod. Copenhagen Bombay Production

with lemon andoneliners pomegranate trees and new-classical are uttered non-

Arab Institute of Film / Produced by Sarita Christensen & Nina

chilli plants. lets him attaina peace stop. MichaelNature Noer, who received specialof

Helveg / Distr. Copenhagen Bombay

mind. For, heyear’s says, festival unlike human mention atas last for his beings, youth

Torsdag 15/1112/11 kl 16:30 19:00 • Dagmar Wednesday Mød instruktøren! hours • Dagmar Saturday 15/11 21:30 hours • Dagmar Sunday 16/11 21:30 hours

nature never intends tothe harm you. the film ‘Vesterbro’, joined gang in In the sidemeantime, the women of the family are car and followed the young louts’ journey making comfortable in a there pink so close,themselves that the result is like being sofa group reminiscing about in oneself. Theand result is probably thislife year’s Haret Hraik. are sad, the funniest film,The andmemories a warm account ofbut having judicious combination melancholy and a wild heart in the rightofspot. humour makes ‘Lemon Flower’ anything

Silence Grrls Just Wanna Have Fun DIRECTOR Rami Farah Four short gems from the feminist do-it-yourself school During the Women areSix-Day given the War stage, in 1967, when Syria’s we show

human conflicts.

Golan in fourHeights short gems werefrom occupied the punk by the underIsraelis,that ground andone today can they veryare well no be more grumpy than an empty and have fun andat crushed the same strip time. of land The at West the border Coast’s hardcore between attitudes the twoconverge countries. with Quneitra, the liberation as the philosophy lonely and of deserted beat culture buffer in zone between Greta Snider’s the black&white two countries rear is mirror called, of still a film, contains ‘Portland’, memories which and is about stories a bunch from of the past. young drifters The conflict and their notnightmarish only dividedroad a geographic trip from San region Francisco in two, tobut Portland also had andserious consequences back again. And revenge for theispeople both sweet who lived and in it. In theinaward-winning sarcastic Sarah Jacobson’s filmlegendary ‘Silence’,

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles /

the human consequences underground hit ‘I Was a Teenage of the conflict Serial are

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction

told in a‘No-Zone’ Killer’. moving way looks through at thetwo paranoia strong

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters of grown-upfrom life from different the point generations, of view of who talkslackers, restless about theand memories sets thethat cultural still lie concealed context of the between ‘Y2K’ hysteria the ruinsagainst and dusty strange sand. and unreal Supported images. by haunting And in ‘The imagery, Yo-Yo Gang’, which the Canadian draws connections provocatricebetween G.B. Jones theis past on a slap-happy and the present, collision the course. stories of It’sthe girls two generations against boys,are butgradually it’s also tongue-in-cheek, woven together to a poetic when the yoyo gemgirl about gang a derelict reclaimsand thequiet patch of land, which still gives rise to great streets.

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148 Smells like teen spirit

S.P.I.T.: Squeegee Punks In Traffic DIRECTOR Daniel Cross Street punks in the traffic. A video diary with bruises, spiked hair and a taste of freedom Roach had been living on the street since

on the other side of society’s white fence.

he was 14, when the director Daniel Cross

Everything is tried, and even the usually so

gave him a video camera to film his own

privileged camera manages to be thrown

and his friends’ day-to-day life. He earns

on the ground. ‘S.P.I.T.’ is a film that shows

money cleaning windscreens for small

life 1:1. It sides with Roach’s fight to live

change in the traffic of Montreal - and

a life according to his own terms, even if

lives to experience life to the fullest. One

the repeated cries for normalisation and

doesn’t doubt this one second as one sees

adjustment of the politicians resonate in

Canada 2001 / 77 min. / Prod. Eyesteel Film

his fearlessly excessive but also painfully

the background.

/ Produced by Pascal Maeder, Daniel Cross,

honest video diaries from the tough life

Mila Aung-Thwin / Distr. Eyesteel Film

• Posthus TeatreT Wednesday 12/11 21:00 hours • Posthus Teatret Saturday 15/11 19:00 hours

YouTube Battle: Caouette vs Noer The visual answer to iPod Battles with a guaranteed visual excess If you look at this year’s CPH:DOX pro-

will face New York’s Jonathan Caouette

gramme, it’s obvious that internet culture

(‘Tarnation’). We can guarantee a wild and

rubs off on the world of filmmaking, from

different experience, when the two film

Mauro Andrizzi’s ‘Iraqi Shorts’ to Brett

louts battle live, armed to their teeth with

Gaylor’s ‘Rip: A Remix Manifesto’. On 13

youtube videos and with the audience as

November we will let the internet all the

the jury. To record whose videos are most

way into the cinema, as we present a true

popular with the audience, we have invited

showdown between two young filmmakers,

none other than Pato. So come and shout

who have both used the world wide web in

out your favourite net-VJ!

their work, and who will battle with video images directly downloaded from the internet. Dane Michael Noer (‘The Wild Hearts’)

• Cinemateket Thursday 13/11 21:45 hours


SAMPLING / REMIX 149

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REALITY CHECK


CPH:DOX EXPANDS THE COOPERATION WITH THE VISUAL ARTS SCENE WITH THE AMBITIOUS EXHIBITION AND FILM PROGRAM ‘REALITY CHECK’, PRESENTED AT THE DANISH NATIONAL GALLERY IN COOPERATION WITH CURATOR MARIANNE TORP. The exhibition focuses on works of art that intervene in reality in radical ways so as to investigate, test and reveal the mechanisms and structures which can displace reality or even reveal it as a construction. In addition to the exhibition and film program cph:dox will host a number of events which enters into a direct dialogue with the overall exhibition. From a live concert and performance with the occult provocateur kenneth anger over a trance night without drugs, but with the real dream machines to artist talks with among others michel auder. Participating artist in Reality Check: B Auder (France), Matthew Buckingham (USA), Chris Burden (USA), Jeremy Deller (England), Elmgreen & Dragset (Denmark/Norway), Peter Fischli & David Weiss (Switzerland), Ceal Floyer (England), Yang Fudong (China), Anna Gaskell (USA), Felix Gmelin (Sweden), Felix Gonzalez-Torres (Cuba), Douglas Gordon (Scotland), Rodney Graham (Canada), Aneta Grzeszykowska (Poland), David Hammons (USA), Annika von Hausswolff (Sweden), Jeppe Hein (Denmark), Judith Hopf (Germany), Henrik Plenge Jakobsen (Denmark), Joan Jonas (USA), Joachim Koester (Denmark), Zoe Leonard (USA), Ann Lislegaard (Norway), Enrique Metinides (Mexico), Mike Nelson (England), Henrik Olesen (Denmark), Susan Philipsz (Scotland), Walid Raad (Lebanon), Anri Sala (Albania), Simon Starling (England), Vibeke Tandberg (Norway), Sam Taylor-Wood (England), Fred Tomaselli (USA), Gitte Villesen (Denmark), Danh Vo (Vietnam/Denmark). Bas Jan Ader (Holland), Pawel Althamer & Artur Zmijewski (Poland)


SAMPLING / REMIX 152 reality check

First Picture Artist Talk: Kenneth Anger DIRECTOR Akram Alashqar One of the greatest underground artists live on stage at Statens Museum for Kunst ‘First Picture’ is a frightening story about

family he doesn’t know.

what it’s like to be a pregnant woman in an Occultist, scandal-ridden provocateur and Israeli prison - centering around the twopioneer of modern film language: over the year 60 oldyears, Palestinian boyAnger Naour.has Naour past Kenneth beenwas bornofinthe themost Israeli Telmondexplorers prison, where one influential of the his mother was imprisoned terrorist pitch-black subconscious offor Hollywood. activity.set After two years in Anger the spending tone withthe his first homo-erotic prisonfilm withFireworks his mother, he is and about to move debut (1947), has in withdeveloped his father,his whom he has only met since film language with a once before. We follow through the sad little boy as perfectionist precision an exclusive he hesitantly adapts toinfluence the worldon outside lineup of films, whose both Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / English

the prison Theavantgarde title ‘First can Picture’ pop culturewalls. and the hardly

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film /

refers to the photograph that is traditionally be overestimated. With his fascination of all

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken of a new born onasthe day of things decadent andchild occult a consistent its birth.his The family taken such theme, opus hashas hadalso a colossal influ-

DagmarMuseum Torsdag for 15/11 Kunst kl 16:30 • Statens Mød Saturday instruktøren! 08/11 20:00 hours

a picture of Nour.film Butart. more anything ence on modern In than connection else,the thisperformance first picture illustrates with of ‘KennethNour’s Anger’s preposterously unfavourable odds: on the Technicolor Skull’ (see SPECIAL EVENTS), photo, mother takes a tight hold of him. he will his be interviewed live on stage. They are together, but they are in prison. Now, Nour has to adapt to living without his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a life outside the prison walls together with a

My CityTalk: Elmgreen & Dragset Artist DIRECTOR Abdul Salam Alfollowed Hajj by a discusThe screening of ‘Drama Queens’ sion with Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset In antiquity, women were often portrayed

represents one of the women who has

asisbeing plump and available It rare chubby that art and history has-been so enter-

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to

for everyone to behold and admire. Today, taining. The Danish/Norwegian artist couple

live a free and independent life.

admiration is replaced and many Michael Elmgreen and with Ingarfear, Dragseth are Arabic women therefore have to live in behind this sculpture-live-performance. hiding because beauty. In actors. ‘My City’, ‘Drama Queens’ofistheir a play without we meet some of the many women Seven sculptures caught in Arabic a live dimension whofrom havetheir to sacrifice their integrity and far usual museum context. femininity to great ensure theirofhusband’s and They are the icons modern art: family’s honour. Men and women take turns Walking Man (Alberto Giacometti), Cloud in telling their and personal stories Shepherd (Jeanhonest Arp), Brillo Box (Warhol), Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English Subtitles /

about III the(Barbara unchallenged rules Four that dictate Elegy Hepworth), Cubes

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab

the lives of many Arabic women. Women (Sol Lewitt), Untitled (Granite) (Ulrich

Institute of Film

between the ages of 12(Jeff and Koons). 30 yearsHow have Rückriem) and Rabbit to remain at home sointhat their will these concealed “Superstars” survive their

DagmarMuseum Torsdag for 15/11 Kunst kl 16:30 • Statens Mød Friday instruktøren! 14/11 16:00 hours

sexuality and beauty doesn’t provoke attennew environment - and how will they get tion. Andeach onceother? a woman reachedsoon the on with The has sculptures age ofto 30,beher beauty and hertouchy. life in general prove slightly vain and Small is seen as beingunfold over, and she can appear psychodramas on stage, while the in public of again. her modest appearance is -isms 20th But century art history battle their of extreme notdebates. just for the famway throughimportance, conflicts and ily, but for her honour The twoalso artists will husband’s be presentpride, to discuss and film. faith. The film’s female protagonist the


SAMPLING REMIX 153 reality/check

Fictionally Lemon Flower real: Apichatpong DIRECTOR Pamela Ghanime Weerasethakul but afilm dolefuldirector film. The father’s charisma Five films Beirut’s southern by suburb theHaret Thai Hraik artist and and philosophical outlook on life is accomApichatpong Weerasethakul housed the headquarters of the Shiite resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the LebaneseWeerasethakul civil war. In 2006, the of town Apichatpong is one the

and sunshine. AndVision the women’s sadness is shown in the New competition series.

was destroyed Israeliofbombs. Thecinema. most importantbynames arthouse

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants - among family of the Since his feature filmthem debutthe ‘Mysterious directorat-Noon’ were driven away the town. Object in 2000, the from Thai director All that is left are memories, which ‘Lemon has constantly explored film language in a Flowers’ brings to life through a conversaconsistent and innovative way. We will show tion between a father hiswhich daughter. In a number of his short and films, haven’t remembrance of hisinchildhood in been shown before Denmark.garden The films HaretupHraik, the father has created a fanpick on the main themes of his features:

Libanon 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles

tastic garden outside theirfilm newand home, filled the relationship between reality,

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr.

withuse lemon and pomegranate trees and the of fiction in documentarism, the

Arab Institute of Film

chilli plants. Naturetolets attain peace of of West’s relationship andhim understanding mind.culture, For, asand, he says, unlikethe human beings, Thai not least, complexity

DagmarMuseum Torsdag for 15/11 Kunst: kl 16:30 • Statens

nature never and intends to harmofyou. In the of memories processes recollection. meantime, the women of the family are

Mød biografen instruktøren! Saturday 15/11 15:00

making themselves comfortable in a pink The following films form part of the

hours

sofa group and reminiscing about life in programme: Haret Hraik. (2006), The memories are sad, butMy the The Anthem Host of Asia (2005), judicious Garden combination of Worldly melancholy and Mother’s (2007), Desires humour makes ‘Lemon Flower’ (2005) and Morakot (2008), whichanything is also

Silence Artist Talk: Michel Auder DIRECTOR Rami Farah

A conversation with the French-born video artist Michel human conflicts. Auder During the Six-Day War in 1967, Syria’s Golan Heights were occupied by the Israelis,Auder and today are no than Michel is thethey closest youmore can get to

master class. Using clips from his own and

andocumentary empty and crushed strip land at of a superstar. Inof the course

other people’s films, Auder will talk about

the border between two countries. over 40 years, he hasthe created something

how the diary documentary method can

Quneitra, the of lonely and deserted one for theaslack better terms couldbuffer

be used as a conscious challenge to the

zone between the two video countries is called, simply term Auderian reportage. They

borders between fiction and reality. As a

stillneither contains memories from are video diariesand à lastories Jonas Mekas,

starting point for - and follow-up to - his

the past. Thevérité conflict only Clarke. divided aBut nor cinéma à lanot Shirley

presentation, we will also show three film

geographic region in show two, but also hadfrom serivideo images, which fragments

programmes specially selected by Michel

ous for the people whooflived a lifeconsequences squarely situated in the middle

Auder (see below).

in it. In thesuperstars award-winning film ‘Silence’, stars and in New York’s art and

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles /

the human ofinthe conflict are film scene. consequences Auder was born France, but

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction

told in atomoving wayatthrough strong moved New York the endtwo of the 1960s,

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters from different generations, where he got married to Warhol’s superstar who and talk became about the memories thatofstill Viva a central figure thelie art concealed between the ruins andone dusty and underground scene. He was of the sand.people Supported haunting imagery, first to usebythe video format in an which draws between theof the intimate way,connections and therefore also one past to and the present, the stories of“makthe two first translate Warhol’s talent of generations gradually woven ing the banalare glamourous” into a together direct, to a poetic about is a derelict quiet filmic form.gem CPH:DOX proud toand be able patch of land, which still gives to great to welcome Auder himself to anrise intimate

Dagmarmuseum Fredag 16/11 forkl kunst 16:30 Mød • Statens instruktøren! Friday 14/11 13:00 hours


SAMPLING / REMIX 154 reality check

First Picture Intimately Real I: Michel Auder DIRECTOR Akram The filmed diary meetsAlashqar fiction ‘First In ‘ThePicture’ Vanuatu is Chronicles’ a frightening (1998), story Michel about

family he doesn’t know.

what it’s Auder travels like totobe the a small pregnant Pacific woman island in an Israeli prison Vanuatu, heavily - centering weighed around down bythe a failed twoyear old Palestinian marriage to the photographer boy Naour.Cindy Naour was born in theHere, Sherman. Israeli heTelmond films himself, prison,the where island his mother and its surroundings was imprisoned in a film, forwhich terrorist simulactivity. After taneously leans spending on and the distinguishes first two years itselfin prison with strongly from hisboth mother, classical he istravel aboutreporting to move in with and personal his father, videowhom diaries. he The has film, only met which once before. lasts almost We five follow hours,the is made sad little in a boy wayas he hesitantly that allows the adapts audience to the to world come outside and go as Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / English

the it pleases. prison walls. Prior to The thetitle screening, ‘First Picture’ we will

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film /

refersMichel show to the photograph Auder’s merely thatfour is traditionally minute

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taken‘My long of aLast newBag born ofchild Heroin on(For the day Real)’ of its birth. (1986), where The family Auderhas himself also demonstrates taken such

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a picture the method of Nour. of smoking But more heroin than which anything is else, this first popularly known picture as ‘Chasing illustrates the Nour’s dragon’

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-preposterously and ends withunfavourable saying farewell odds: to drugs on the

hours

photo,high while his mother on heroin. takes a tight hold of him. They are together, but they are in prison. Now, Nour has to adapt to living without his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a life outside the prison walls together with a

Intimately My City Real II: George DIRECTOR KucharAbdul Salam Al Hajj of the women has In Digital antiquity, women diarywere films oftenby portrayed George represents Kucharone - chosen bywho Michel

Auder as being chubby and plump - and available

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to

for everyone to behold and admire. Today,

live a free and independent life.

admiration is replaced with fear, and of many George Kuchar is the playful brother Arabic women therefore have toartistic live in both commercial and highbrow hiding because their beauty. In ‘My City’, filmmaking. TheofAmercian director started we meet some of the many women his long career already as aArabic 12-year-old who havewith to sacrifice integrity together his twintheir brother Mike,and and femininity ensure husband’s and during the to course of their 50 years has excelled family’s honour. Men women take turns in making the kind of and low-budget pastiches, in telling their andname personal stories with which the honest brothers’ has become Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English Subtitles /

about the unchallenged dictate synonymous. In the pastrules manythat years, how-

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab

the lives of many Arabic women. Women ever, Kuchar - armed with a digital camera,

Institute of Film

between ages 12 and 30 years have which he the points atof everyone and everything to remain concealed home so thata their that crosses his pathat - has adopted new

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sexuality andAuder beautyhas doesn’t provoke attenstyle. Michel selected a number tion. And once a woman reached of Kuchar’s more recent has digital video the pro-

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age of 30, For heras beauty andhimself: her life in general ductions. he says “Kuchar

hours

is seen loves as being over, and which she can appear in plainly digital video, enables public herormodest appearance him to again. edit at But home in a hotel room andis of extremefilms importance, not just for the famcomplete the way most people knock ily, but also for her husband’s pride, honour out a couple of journal entries.” and faith. The film’s female protagonist


SAMPLING REMIX 155 reality/check

Lemon Flower Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 1 DIRECTOR (Film 1 of 2) Pamela Ghanime but a doleful film. The father’s charisma Beirut’s southern Godard meets suburb Cassavetes Haret Hraik in a meta-documentary cult hit housed the headquarters of the Shiite

and philosophical outlook on life is accom-

resistance movement Hezbollah The 1960s were the decade, whenduring the

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese civilof war. In 2006, thefilmtown didactic authority documentary

and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is

was destroyed by Israeli bombs. The making was seriously challenged from

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants among family of the within by the- new andthem free the cinema vérité director - were driven away from the style, which used a contemplative andtown. All that is left areattitude memories, which ‘Lemon meta-conscious to thematise the Flowers’ brings to lifethe through issue of reproducing chaosaofconversareality. tion between a father and his daughter. William Greaves’s underground classic In remembrance of his childhood in ‘Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take garden One’ takes Haret during Hraik, the created fanplace onefather warm has summer dayain 1968

Libanon 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles

tastic garden outside their new home, filled in Central Park, and mixes documentary

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr.

withfiction lemonin and pomegranate and layer after layer trees of coyand irony

Arab Institute of Film

chillireal plants. Nature lets him attain of peace of and experimentation. A bunch mind. For, as are he says, unlike ahuman young actors rehearsing piece, beings, while

DagmarMuseum Torsdag for 15/11 Kunst: kl 16:30 • Statens

nature never intends harm In the Greaves and his teamtowalk in you. and out of meantime, of the family the picture the andwomen discussing what it isare that’s

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making themselves in own a pink actually happening. comfortable The title, in its

hours

sofa group and reminiscing about life in idiosyncratic way, refers to the scientific Haret Hraik. are sad, but the problem thatThe onememories changes reality by studyjudicious combinationcult of melancholy and ing it. A documentary hit. humour makes ‘Lemon Flower’ anything

Silence Las hurdes (Film 2 of 2) DIRECTOR Luis Buñuel’sRami classicFarah documentary parody During Luis Buñuel the Six-Day followed War upin his 1967, surrealist Syria’s

human conflicts.

Golan Heights scandals ‘Un Chien were Andalou’ occupiedand by the ‘L’age Israelis, d’or’ (both and made today together they arewith no more Salvador than an empty Dali) with and a surprisingly crushed strip upfront of land documenat the border tary about life between in the the extremely two countries. impoverQuneitra, ished Spanish as the province lonely and Las deserted Hurdes. At buffer least zone between upfront at a first theglance. two countries Becauseison called, closer still contains inspection, ‘Las memories Hurdes’ and is a stories parody from of the the past. The conflict anthropological documentaries not only divided that were a geographic still new in the region 1930s. in two, “Here butyou also see had yetserious consequences another idiot,” saysfor thethe indifferent people who narrator lived in it. Inathe about poverty-stricken award-winning farmer, film ‘Silence’, and if you

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles /

the human pay close attention, consequences you notice of the that conflict manyare

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction

told in aare scenes moving somewhat way through dubious. two Buñuel’s strong

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters from different anti-authoritarian philosophy generations, shines who talkin through about an ironic the memories and utmost that modern still lie concealed critique of between the didactic therhetoric ruins and that dusty the film sand. exhibits. itself Supported by haunting imagery, which draws connections between the past and the present, the stories of the two generations are gradually woven together to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet patch of land, which still gives rise to great

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SAMPLING / REMIX 156 reality check

GittePicture First Villesen & Pia Rönicke in DIRECTOR Akram Alashqar conversation family he doesn’t know. ‘First A conversation Picture’ is a frightening between story about two Danish painters

art can ‘the other’ what it’s likerepresent to be a pregnant woman in an

about how

Israeli prison - centering around the twoyear old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour Under the title ‘The Other as Real’, thewas born in the Telmond prison, where painter GitteIsraeli Villesen has invited her colhis mother was imprisoned for terrorist league Pia Rönicke to a conversation about activity. After spending theof first twoart, years the documentary element video andin prisonhow withart hiscan mother, he is ‘the about to move about represent other’. The in with his father, whom he has onlyismet starting-point for the conversation Gitte once before. follow the Magic)’ sad littleand boy‘Aas Villesen’s filmWe ‘Juju (White he hesitantly adapts the world outside Silent Movie’ and Piato Rönicke’s ‘Facing -A Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / English

the prison title ‘FirstCountry’, Picture’ all Usual Storywalls. FromThe a Nameless

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film /

refers to will the photograph that isthe traditionally of which be shown before discus-

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

takenThe of afilms new born child on the dayother of sion. - together with two its birth. The family also taken films chosen by Gittehas Villesen - are such also a

DagmarMUSEUM Torsdag FOR 15/11 KUNST kl 16:30 • STATENS Mød SUNDAY instruktøren! 9/11 15:00 HOURS

a picture Nour. But more than anything part of theoffilm programme, which is shown else, this first picture illustrates Nour’s independently at Statens Museum for Kunst preposterously unfavourable odds: on the during the festival. photo, his mother takes a tight hold of him. They are together, but they are in prison. Now, Nour has to adapt to living without his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a life outside the prison walls together with a

The Other as Real: Gitte Villesen My City presents DIRECTOR Abdul Salam Al Hajj Five films about the representation of ‘the other’ selected by Gitte Villesen

In antiquity, women were often portrayed

represents one of the women who has

as being chubby and&plump - and available ‘Juju (White Magic)’ ‘A Silent Movie’ (Gitte

broken with Muslim tradition in order Rönicke andthe Kizilyaprak, and it deals with to

for everyone to behold and admire. Today, Villesen, 2008)

live apersonal free andstories independent life. how are experienced, told,

admiration is replaced with Magic)’ fear, and Gitte Villesen’s ‘Juju (White is many a

shared and handed down.

Arabic women live in journey into thetherefore world of have whitetomagic, hidingspecifically because ofits their beauty. In ‘My more manifestation in City’,

Losing: A Conversation with the Parent

we meet where some of the many Arabic Gambia, the film is shot. Butwomen more

(Martha Rossler, 1977)

who have to sacrifice theirthat integrity fundamentally, it is a film dealsand with

The question about anorexia is addressed

femininity to ensureoftheir and the representation ‘the husband’s other’ - about

here by Martha Rossler, who lets the par-

family’s andreality. womenIntake turns how onehonour. relates Men to ones ‘A Silent

ents of a girl who died of anorexia present

in telling their honest and personal stories Movie’, Gambia is replaced with Budapest

their perspective.

Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English Subtitles /

about the unchallenged rules that dictate and white magic with a building from the

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the lives many Arabic women. early 20thofcentury, namely the artWomen club

‘Summer Camp’ (Yael Bartana, 2008)

Institute of Film

between the ages of 12 and 30 years have Fészek.

Taking the Zionist propaganda films (whose

to remain concealed at home so that their

style ‘Summer Camp’ tries to emulate)

sexuality- A and beauty doesn’t atten‘Facing Usual Story From provoke a Nameless

as a starting point, the Israeli artist Yael

tion. And (Pia onceRönicke, a woman2008) has reached the Country’

Bartana portrays the activities of the Israeli

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age of 30, beauty and her alife in general ‘Facing - Aher Usual Story From Nameless

Committee Against House Demolitions

hours

is seen asisbeing she can by appear Country’ basedover, on aand short story the in

(ICAHD), which among other things rebuilds

publicauthor again.Zeynel But herAbidin modest appearance is Kurd Kizilyaprak,

Palestinian houses in the occupied territo-

of extreme importance, not justwith for torture. the famwhich depicts his experiences

ries. In this way, Bartana uses the classic

ily, but forinto her being husband’s pride, honour The filmalso came through a close

story about the ‘Zionist dream’ as a starting

and faith. The between film’s female protagonist collaboration the director Pia

point for his filmic dialogue with ‘the other’.

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SAMPLING REMIX 157 reality/check

FICTIONALLY Lemon Flower REAL II: DIRECTOR Pamela Ghanime RECONSTRUCTING THE REAL but a doleful film. The charisma Four films Beirut’s southernthat suburbwork Haret Hraik with reconstruction asfather’s a means and philosophical outlook on life is accomand an - with works Erhardt, Omar Fast, housed the end headquarters of the Shiite by Miklós Elodie movement Pong and Keren Cytterpanied by colourful images of berries, fruits resistance Hezbollah during the Lebanese civil war. In 2006, the town

and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is

wasnave destroyed Israeli Erhardt bombs. & The La dei folliby(Miklós Little

After theby Empire (Elodie Pong, 2008) defused humour and pep.

inhabitants - among them the family of the Warsaw, 2008)

Elodie Pong’s ‘After the Empire’ is a

director away from the town. The film -- were whichdriven was shown at this year’s

meditation on political and philosophical

All that is leftManifesta are memories, which ‘Lemon arts biennial 7 - has its starting

issues, told by historical figures from both

Flowers’ brings to life through conversapoint in the history of one of thea biennial’s

popular culture and political history. From

tion between a fatherThe andbuilding his daughter. In exhibition buildings. has been

Elvis over Marilyn to Batman and Marx. The

remembrance of hisyears, childhood garden in left empty for many and in 2002 it

characters play themselves and talk with

Haretoccupied Hraik, the has a fanwas by father a group of created anarchists. The

their own voices, but the ironic mise-en-

Libanon 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles

tastic garden outside their home, filled artists Mikolas Erhardt andnew Little Warsaw

scène results in a series of basic issues,

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr.

with lemon and trees and have decided to pomegranate stage the events in their

which even the staged Karl Marx has to

Arab Institute of Film

chilli plants. Nature lets him attain This peace home town with the help of actors. is of

teach the staged Marilyn Monroe about:

mind. For, as he says,ofunlike human beings, not a reconstruction the actual course of

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy,

nature never intends to harm you. In the events, but rather a dramatised perform-

second as farce”.

meantime, women of the family are ance, whichthe with the help of Brecht’s idea

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making themselves comfortable in a pink of Verfremdung gives us a new version of a

The Devil’s Streams (Keren Cytter, 2008)

sofa group and reminiscing about life in political psychodrama.

Keren Cytter’s videos consciously work

Haret Hraik. The memories are sad, but the

in the no man’s land between fiction and

judicious combination of 2007) melancholy and The Casting (Omer Fast,

documentary. She often imitates the

humour makes Omer Fast, who‘Lemon can alsoFlower’ be seenanything in this

documentary genre, but while transgress-

year’s New Vision competition, has taken

ing the documentary by quoting from pop

his starting point in a series of interviews

culture, among other things from films, pop

that he made with American officers,

music and literature. The documentary is

while he was waiting to return to Iraq.

DIRECTOR Rami Farah

embedded in fiction and thereby becomes

Two of his stories have subsequently been

a reflection about the basic questions on

reconstructed by actors in a series of static

representation. ‘The Devil’s Stream’ is a

tableaus - in a pieceWar thatinconsistently works During the Six-Day 1967, Syria’s

video based on a story by Julio Cortazar. human conflicts.

Silence

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with relationship betweenby interviewer Golanthe Heights were occupied the and interviewee, memory Israelis, and today they areand no film, morelove thanand death; andand accident andstrip pureofroutine. an empty crushed land at the border between the two countries. Quneitra, as the lonely and deserted buffer zone between the two countries is called, still contains memories and stories from the past. The conflict not only divided a geographic region in two, but also had serious consequences for the people who lived in it. In the award-winning film ‘Silence’,

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles /

the human consequences of the conflict are

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction

told in a moving way through two strong

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters from different generations, who talk about the memories that still lie concealed between the ruins and dusty sand. Supported by haunting imagery, which draws connections between the past and the present, the stories of the two generations are gradually woven together to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet patch of land, which still gives rise to great

• Dagmar Fredag 16/11 kl 16:30 Mød instruktøren!


IN FOCUS: NEW PHILIPPINE CINEMA


Armed with digital cameras and an unshakeable credo that filmmakers are here to make films - under any circumstances and with whatever means they’ve got, the latest crop of Philippine filmmakers have created a living film culture with an international reach. For even if Philippine films are made in almost no time and with very few means, they are strongly represented at international film festivals. This year alone, their films could be seen at the big, prestigious film festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Vienna and Rotterdam. The new wave of Phillippine film have rightly been called the fist real new wave of digital cinema. Much in the same way directors like Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and Jean Eustache created a filmic revolution (historically, aesthtically as well as production wise) in the sixties by embracing and exploring the new technological means at their disposal – the new wave of Phlippine directors have conquered digital cinema and made it completely their own by using it freely to invent and explore both formal and political issues. From their experiments rise a new way of thinking about cinema, where hot-tempered associative editing, digital formal experiments and a general lack of respect for any type of convention are the fundamental elements. No matter if it’s hair-raising drive-by images from the slums of Manila or slow decryptions of the Philippine landscape. Fronted by the hyperactive and merely 35-year-old Khavn de la Cruz – who is also visiting the festival and who has helped us chose the films of the series – the Philippine new wave has made an impact far beyond its national borders with its self-conscious manifesto form. We’re proud to present this year’s special focus on what we consider some of the most innovative works in contemporary film culture.


SAMPLING / REMIX 160 in focus: new Phillippine cinema

First Picture Autohystoria DIRECTOR Raya Akram Martin Alashqar family he reality doesn’t know. ‘First Picture’ is a frighteningfrom story about Digital memories dreams and what it’s like to be a pregnant woman in an Israeli prison of - centering around the twoAt the center Raya Martin’s beautiful year old Palestinian boy Naour.ofNaour was ‘Autohystoria’ is the execution the revoluborn in Bonifacio the Israelibrothers Telmondinprison, where tionary the Philippine his mother in was imprisoned for terrorist mountains 1897. The Bonifacio brothers activity. After figures spending two years were leading in the first Philippine revo-in prisonfor with his mother, he is about to move lution independence from the colonial in with Spain, his father, whom he only met power and among thehas founders of oncefreedom before. movement We follow the sad littleinboy as the Katipunan 1892. he hesitantly adapts the world outside Tragically, it was the to Philippines’ first Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / English Phillippines 2007 / 95 min. / Distr. Raya

the prison walls. The title ‘FirstAguinaldo, Picture’ independent president, Emilio

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Martin

refers to the thatbrothers is traditionally who gave thephotograph orders for the to be

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken of a Instead new born day of executed. of child givingon usthe a traditional its birth. The family has also taken such take on history, the film approaches its

DagmarBiograf TorsdagThursday 15/11 kl 16:30 13/11 • Husets Mød hours 21:00 instruktøren!

a picturematter of Nour. But more thanof anything subject through a series dramatic else, this first picture illustrates Nour’s allegories, which the director himself has preposterously unfavourable odds: on the called “a collection of digitalised memories photo,dreams his mother takes a tight hold of him. from and realities”. They are together, but they are in prison. Now, Nour has to adapt to living without his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a life outside the prison walls together with a

Years My City When I Was a Child DIRECTOR OutsideAbdul Salam Al Hajj DIRECTOR John Torres

In antiquity, women were often portrayed

represents one of the women who has

as being chubby and plump - and available

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to

live a free independent life. for everyone to beholdfilm and admire. Fragmentary clipsToday, about the lossandand recovery admiration father is replaced with fear, and many Arabic women therefore have to live in hiding When because of their beauty. In ‘My City’, ‘Years I Was a Child Outside’ is John we meetlatest somefilm of the many Arabic Torres’s after ‘Todo Todowomen Teros’, who have sacrifice well theirreceived integrityat and which wastoextremely last femininity to ensure their husband’s year’s festival. The political paranoia and thriller family’s Men take turns has beenhonour. replaced byand the women autobiographical in telling their this honest andbut personal stories diary excerpts time, the pulsating Jordan 20072008 / 24 MIN. / English Subtitles Philippines / 100 min. / Distr. John /

about the rules that dictate stream of unchallenged images has remained intact. This

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab Torres

the lives of many women. time round, TorresArabic focuses on hisWomen relation-

Institute of Film

between and years ship withthe his ages fatherof-12 and the30fact thathave the to remain at home so thatfamily their latter has concealed had another, illegitimate

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sexuality and beauty doesn’t provoke attenon the sidelines. Based on bubbly family tion. And the oncefilm a woman reached pictures, takes ahas close look atthe the age of 30, her of beauty and her lifeTorres in general unique image the father, and is seen ashis being andthrough she canhis appear analyses wayover, forward own in public- again. But her modest appearance is story and the further away he escapes, the of extreme importance, not just his for father. the fambetter he seems to get to know ily, but also for her husband’s pride, honour and faith. The film’s female protagonist

of a


SAMPLING cinema / REMIX 161 in focus: new Phillippine

Lemon Flower Bontoc Eulogy DIRECTOR Marlon Pamela Ghanime E. Fuentes film. The charisma A personal Beirut’s southern suburb attack Haret onHraik the mythbut ofa doleful the West asfather’s the center and philosophical outlook on life is accomof thetheworld housed headquarters of the Shiite resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese civil war. 2006, the town Cultural arrogance andIn the marketing

and sunshine. the women’s sadness is grant’s feeling And of undervalued identity.

was destroyed by Israelidevelopment bombs. The are of the myth of Western

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants - among the family of the unveiled in Marlon E.them Fuente’s ‘Bontoc directoras - were driven away the town. Eulogy’ the real basis for from organising All that is left areWorld memories, whichSt‘Lemon the well-known Fair Expos. Louis Flowers’ brings to life a conversaWorld Fair in 1904 wasthrough no exception. Here, tion between a father and his daughter. hundreds of so-called primitive peoplesIn remembrance of his childhood garden in became an evidence for the high standards Haret theless father has created a fanof the Hraik, West. No than 1100 Filipinos

Libanon 2007 / 351995 MIN. / English Subtitles USA, Philippines / 60 min. / Distr.

tasticshipped garden outside their new were to the country andhome, put onfilled

/ PROD.E.Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Marlon Fuentes

with lemon andexhibits. pomegranate trees andof show as living Fuente’s point

Arab Institute of Film

chilli plants. Nature this lets exhibition. him attain peace of departure is exactly With the mind.ofFor, as hematerials, says, unlike beings, help archive oldhuman photographs

Dagmar Torsdag Sunday 15/11 kl 09/11 16:30 18:00 • Cinemateket

nature never intends to harm you.he In tries the and documentary detective work, meantime, theawomen the family are to track down FilipinoofMarkod-figure,

hours Mød instruktøren!

makingwas themselves comfortable in a pink which shipped to St. Louis, never to be sofa groupThe andfilm’s reminiscing about life in returned. theme also becomes Haret Hraik. The memories but of the an allegorical search for theare lostsad, traces judicious combination of melancholy andof the director’s forefathers, but strongest humour ‘Lemonsubject Flower’ofanything all is themakes highly topical an immi-

The Muzzled Horse Of An Silence DIRECTOR Rami Engineer InFarah Search Of Mechanical Saddles During the Six-Day War in 1967, Syria’s

human conflicts.

DIRECTOR Khavn Golan Heights were occupied by thede la Cruz Israelis, and today they are no more than an empty and crushed strip of land at

the border betweensurreal the two countries. Trembling, punk-poetry with a live soundtrack Quneitra, as the lonely and deserted buffer zone between two countries fetish is called, A worker with the a well-developed for still contains stories from horses is firedmemories - and thisand kicks off a surreal the past.through The conflict not only journey the streets of divided Manila.a geographic region in two, butEngineer also hadIn seriIn ‘The Muzzled Horse of an ous consequences for Saddles’, the people who lived Search of Mechanical Khavn de in it. In the award-winning film ‘Silence’, la Cruz employs his usual visual energy to

Syria 2007 /2008 35 MIN. English Subtitles / Philippines / 75 /min. / Distr. Filmless

the human consequences of thelandscape conflict are explore an inner psychological

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction Films

moving way through two strong -told andinata the same time plays freely with all

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters from the symbolic anddifferent cultural generations, connotations that whotraditionally talk about the memories that still lie are associated with horses. concealed between ruins and dusty Punk and poetry arethe complemented by sand. Supported by haunting imagery, the Khavn’s own music, which is especially whichatdraws connections between the will case CPH:DOX, where Khavn himself past andthe thelive present, the stories offilm. the two provide soundtrack for the generations are gradually woven together to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet patch of land, which still gives rise to great

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SAMPLING / REMIX 162 in focus: new Phillippine cinema

First The Woven Picture Stories of the Other DIRECTOR Sherad Akram Alashqar Anthony Sanchez family he doesn’t know. ‘First Picture’ is a frightening about Communist rebels story in political video poetry what it’s like to be a pregnant woman in an Israeli centering around thepolitical twoIn ‘The prison Woven-Stories of the Other’, year old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour was video poetry meets classical documentary bornpure in the IsraeliUsing Telmond prison, where and fiction. amateur actors histhe mother for terrorist in leads,was theimprisoned director Sherad Anthony activity. After spending the first two Sanchez embarks on a dialogue withyears in prison withhistory his mother, he iswhich abouttakes to move Philippine in a story, in withamong his father, whom he has only place communist rebels. Andmet the once before. follow the sadand little boy as result is just We as hallucinatory dreamy, he it hesitantly adapts to and the space world outside as is beautiful. Time gradually Palæstina 2007 Ng / 26Buhi MIN./ /Philippines English 2006 Huling Balyan

the prison walls. The title ‘First Picture’ disintegrate in discrete psychological

Arab Institute of Sanchez Film / /Subtitles 105 min./ /PROD. Distr. Sherad Anthony

refers to the and photograph thatofiswondertraditionally suggestions in pictures

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken of a new born child on the day of ful marshes and picturesque mountain its birth. Thewhich familyremind has also landscapes, ustaken of thesuch distinc-

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a picture Nour. Butdirector more than anything tive style of the Thai Apichatpong else, this first picture illustrates Weerasethakul. The entire film isNour’s accompapreposterously unfavourable odds: on the nied by strong political undertones, which photo,to his mother takes aatight seem aim at inventing new hold kind of of him. They are together, but they are in prison. uncorrupt communism. Now, Nour has to adapt to living without his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a life outside the prison walls together with a

My City When Timawa Meets Delgado DIRECTOR Ray Abdul Gibraltar Salam Al Hajj one of the women who has In Aantiquity, documentary women were often comedy portrayed aboutrepresents the American dream in

Filipino as being chubby and plump - and available

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to

for everyone to behold and admire. Today,

live a free and independent life.

admiration is replaced and many “Well actually, m’am, I with wantfear, to serve Arabic women therefore have and to live in humanity” is the homosexual extremely hiding because of theirprofessor beauty. InTimawa’s ‘My City’, exhibitionist literature we meet some of the to many women über-correct answer the Arabic question “Why whoyou have to sacrifice their integrity do want to be a nurse?” But his and answer femininity ensure their husband’s and is deliveredtoas kitschy comedy and with family’sinhonour. women takeit turns tongue cheek Men - andand in its own way in telling theirfor honest and personal stories sets the tone Ray Gibraltar’s in many Jordan 20072007 / 24 MIN. / English / Philippines / 70 min. / Distr.Subtitles Ray

aboutunusual the unchallenged that dictate ways film. Usingrules the encounter

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab Gibraltar

the lives of many Arabic women. between two Filipinos - and theirWomen shared

Institute of Film

between the ages accepted of 12 and at 30ayears have ambition of being school for to remain concealed homeGibraltar so that their nurses - as a startingatpoint, soon

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sexuality beauty doesn’t provoke drops theand basic premise in order to letattenthe tion. explore And once a woman reached the film comical andhas extreme detours, age Timawa’s of 30, her cross-cut beauty andode hertolife in general like a pig, or his is seen asthe being over, and she filmmaker can appear in opposite, self-proclaimed public again. But in her modestUSA. appearance Deldado’s family far-away Beneathis of extreme importance, not just the famthe irony lies a harsh critique of for an unequal ily, but which also for her husband’s honour world, the Philippine citypride, of Iloilo and faith. The film’s female protagonist comes to represent.


SAMPLING cinema / REMIX 163 in focus: new Phillippine

Lemon Jesus the Flower Revolutionary DIRECTOR Lav Pamela DiazGhanime a doleful film. The father’s charisma A fable Beirut’s southern about suburb the Haret future, Hraik builtbut on a worn-down historic and philosophical outlook on life is accomfoundation. housed the headquarters of the Shiite resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese civil war.year In 2006, The Philippines in the 2011:the thetown

and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is

was destroyed by Israeli bombs. Theover the military junta has assumed control

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants them the family of the country and-isamong fighting a savage and chaotic director were driven away fromseparathe town. battle for- power against muslim All that is left areinsurgents memories,and which ‘Lemon tists, communist rivalling Flowers’fractions. brings to In lifethe through military midst aofconversait all, the tion between a father his daughter. In anti-hero Hesus (Markand Anthony Fernandez) remembrance his childhood garden in is struggling toofsurvive, while he juggles Harethis Hraik, the father a fanwith parallel careershas as created an academic,

Libanon 2007 / 35 MIN./ Philippines / English Subtitles Hesus Rebolusyonaryo 2002 /

tastic garden their The new visionary home, filled musician, poetoutside and sniper.

/ PROD. of Film / Distr. 140 min. Arab / Lav Institute Diaz

withinternationally lemon and pomegranate andLav and acclaimed trees director

Arab Institute of Film

chilliapproaches plants. Nature him attain peace Diaz his lets apocalyptic fable like of mind. For, as he says, unlike human beings, a paranoid, psychological thriller, shot with nature never intends harm you. Indown the a documentary nerve to and the worn meantime, the women ofas theraw family are in reality of the Philippines material

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making themselves comfortable in for a pink the space of only three weeks, and the sofa group of and reminiscing about life in equivalent half a million kroner. A politiHaret Hraik. The memories are sad, the cal parody and a deeply inventive filmbut with judicious combination of melancholy and an originality that will make most people humour ‘Lemon Flower’ anything sigh withmakes admiration.

Silence Slingshot DIRECTOR Brillante Rami Farah Mendoza human During A hand-held the Six-Day War tour in 1967, through Syria’s slums atconflicts. breakneck speed. Golan Heights were occupied by the Israelis, and today theyintense, are no more than A breakneck pace and conflictan empty and crushed strip of land at ridden destinies mark Brillante Mendoza’s the borderportrait between two countries. handheld of the Manila’s slums, which Quneitra, as the lonely and deserted buffer won the Caligari Prize at this year’s Berlin zone Festival. between Manila the twoprovides countries is backdrop called, Film the stillthe contains memories and camera stories from for film, but it’s a digital that the past. the Theatmosphere. conflict not only divided a provides It moves everygeographic region two,pace, but also seriwhere and at such in a fast thathad it makes ous consequences the people who lived sense to talk aboutfor a visual drive-byin it. In the‘Slingshot’ award-winning filmguerilla ‘Silence’, shooting. is a real film,

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. /2007 English / Tirador / Philippines / 86 Subtitles min. / Distr.

the human consequences ofathe conflict are made independently and on shoestring.

PROD. Arab Institute Ignatius Films Canadaof Film/Proaction

told inalready a moving way through two strong It has garnered admiration all over

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters from different generations, the world and is legitimately compared with who talk about theBrazilian memories that films such as the ‘City of still God’lie and concealed between the ruins dusty Khavn’s ‘Squatterpunk’ (whichand is shown sand. by haunting imagery, in thisSupported year’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ which draws connections series). ‘Slingshot’ shows between the eeriethe and past and the present, theanstories of the two heart-rending reality of impoverished generations are gradually woven together megacity, where coincidence decides who is to a poetic gem about derelict and quiet allowed to wake up to a yet another day withpatch of land,and which givesdie rise to great out a future, whostill should without having experienced peace of mind.

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IN FOCUS: THE BENNINGS


JAMES AND SADIE BENNING BOTH CHALLENGE THE PERSONAL DOCUMENTARY IN THEIR OWN RADICAL, YET HIGHLY DIFFERENT WAYS. WE HAVE SHUFFLED THE CARDS AND INVITED THEM TO A CINEMATIC DIALOGUE, WHICH BRINGS OUT THE LIKENESSES AND THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FATHER AND DAUGHTER IN A COMPREHENSIVE RETROSPECTIVE. James Benning (born 1942) and Sadie Benning (born 1973) are two drastic answers to the same question. With 30 films made over as many years, James Benning is one of American documentarism’s absolute masters. His refined and minimalist landscapes tease the eye, deceive the ear and fundamentally change ones experience of cinematic time and space. Sadie Benning, on the other hand, already turned her camera on herself as a teenager, and made a long line of performative and explicit video works, which combined an intimate poetry with a confrontational, feminist punching of the dominating culture’s (heterosexual!) norms. But common to both of them is a sense of artistic autonomy and an autobiographical consistency, which very few filmmakers can boast. The question that preoccupies them both is how one can unite the documentary and the personal without losing ones critical footing in reality. See how, and experience two of experimental documentary’s most groundbreaking characters face to face, when James and Sadie Benning visit CPH:DOX for a unique screening of their visionary works.


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BENNING BY BENNING 1: Early Works With New Vesterbro DIRECTOR Ideas Michael Noer When Benning Sadie Noer gave made a digital her first videofilm, camera ‘A New to his Year’, 20-year-old when sheneighwas

testimonyinofproto-American one of life’s most significant transitions, and it shows material icons: Highways, billboards and the

bours just 15inyears Vesterbro, old andsimply followed briefing it up them immediately to film the withdramatic a veritable events

us once and for all, there is more drama in being a youth than open landscapes of that the Mid West, which all form the teasing

of their daily hailstorm of visionary lives, he hardly and deeply imagined personal whatvideo he had works. set inThe motion. young

in all pay-TV stations together. backbone around the put film’s absolutely minimal plot - an there is a

Like most Sadie made people her films of their on aage, Fisher-Price Julie and Pixelvision Martin are impulsive, camera (a wild,

plot in ‘11x14’. It only requires a suspension of your expectations

and constantly Christmas present on the from lookout her father) for those - a short-lived points of reference, format, where which

of genre and narrative conventions to catch sight of it, not least as

theyrecorded one can fall back grainy onblack&white only a few years images lateron (??). a standard But the camera audio tape. acts

large portions of the film’s action takes place off-screen. Benning

as ‘A In a faithful New Year’, companion Sadie turns through the camera their constant on herself ups and and records downs. It the is

radicalised his early ideas here in a complete form, which is closer

an unexpected first of the videoand diaries, intimate which sparring gave rise partner, to herwhich, reputation as one formight good.

to a game than a traditional film.

expect, In the three is there yearfor younger their silly, filmdevil-may-care ‘Girl Power’, she acts comes of fooling to agearound as - but a truealso rebel when and they confronts are atthe their normality most vulnerable, fascism ofmost the grown-up insecure, and when world fromeverything a riot-girlseems perspective, to be turning to the crackling against them. noise‘Vesterbro’ of Bikini is their Kill. Thestory, later and ‘German exactly Song’ because is a poetic it is seen super through 8 poem their by the eyesnow and subsequentlyBenning, 22-year-old told through whichMichael immortalises Noer’s afilmic grey education, afternoon. which draws in equal measures on Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, it goes straight to the bone of the first transition from youth toto adulthood ‘11x14’ is not James Benning’s film, but according him withhis a rarely seen degree honesty, intimacy and accuracyis- from it’s first important film.ofBenning’s artistic breakthrough an the wild nights with drugs and and petty fights, which show untraditional roadmovie and andance indisputable major work among that‘structuralist’ the habits of grownup life are waiting around the the corner, the experimental films of thejust 1970s, where to the form constant that the future has to wait. With ‘Vesterbro’, film’s wasfeeling heightened to an abstract and independent picture Noer has not only made a relevant youth film, but alsohis a powerful puzzle of lines, forms and repetitions. Benning found visual

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Fengming Benning by ABenning Chinese Memoir 2: Points of No Return DIRECTOR Wang Bing

Sadie Benning’s second film, ‘Me and Rubyfruit’, takes the

the two-dimensionality of the picture is challenged by the realism

hetero-normative sexualjournalist censorship ofteacher commercial media and In this film, the Chinese and He Fengming talks

in the sound and the movements. But even the ingrown seriousness

self-consciously provokes with aduring cultural tabooCultural in the shape of about the fears she had to itendure Mao’s Revolution.

of art films is punctured by visual jokes - and by a playful approach

a lesbian teenage The film plays with the idea of marHer husband wroteromance. three essays criticising the bureaucracy, which

to the creative process. In 2004, Benning revisited all the surviving

riage between two and of thebeing grainy Pixelvision images simply led them both to begirls, accused right-wing and therefore

people and places, and set into motion a detailed remake of his

underline the distance thewere sugar-coated fantasies ofbe the anti-revolutionary, and to they each sentwedding to a prison camp to

original film. The two versions are shown here in succession.

TV world. Inrehabilitated’. the 1990s, Sadie Benning changed her approach and ‘politically He Fengming talks in heart-rending detail started experimenting with stop-motion animated dolls. Judy about her 30-year battle to survive, and unfortunately her‘The story is Spots’ uniteDuring her first five attempts at this genre andhalf introduce her not unique. the Cultural Revolution, around a million papier maché alter ego,ofJudy. is an outsider, who observes Chinese were accused beingJudy counterrevolutionary and sent to the world fromcamps a distance without getting in it,director but who concentration - often to meet theirinvolved deaths. The nonetheless can’t avoidinvestigated becoming the of consequences the attention ofofher Wang Bing has earlier theobject serious surroundings. the explosive growth of Chinese industry in the award-winning opus ‘West of the Tracks’, but in this film he uses more or less one camera setup to focus on one‘One single person to Woogie’ remind us of the Even if James Benning’s Way Boogie might notcrimes sound and the human rights violations committed the communist regime. like recipe for an audience hit, it wasbynonetheless something ‘Hea Fengming’ a significant and authentic a difficult of hit in 1977.isJames Benning portrays his testament hometown of Milwaukee conflict-ridden period in China’s history,one which still each lives on and its inhabitants in 60 static takes lasting minute and in the lives of older the Chinese people, but which is gradually thereby introduces aesthetic ideal that he has pursued being ever forgotten as a result of Mondrian the sweeping in Chinese society. since. Inspired by both and changes Edward Hopper, Benning works with tableaus using clear and strong pop art colours, where

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SAMPLING / REMIX 168 in focus: the bennings

Vesterbro Benning by Benning 3: Images of Self DIRECTOR Michael Noer

If autobiography is a discrete element in her father’s films, it could

together Jean and Dan’s personal stories from the fragments

hardly be more in video Sadiecamera Benning’s. In ‘If Every Girl neighHad a When Noer gaveexplicit a digital to his 20-year-old

testimony of one of one life’smanages most significant shows of information that to collecttransitions, during theand film,itand

Diary’, the video camera becomes instrument to dramatic examine private bours in Vesterbro, simply briefingan them to film the events

us once all, that together there is more in being a youth than which inand factfor only come in thedrama last scene - which is also

and performative - and is at thewhat same the in 16-year-old of their daily lives,identity he hardly imagined hetime had set motion.

in all pay-TV when stations together. the moment oneput reaches the film’s own present. There are

Sadie’s diary and closest when she acknowledges Like most people of their confidante age, Julie and Martin are impulsive,her wild,

numerous deep autobiographic elements which point past the

sprouting, lesbian sexuality. unrestrained ‘It and constantly on the lookoutThe forextroverted those pointsand of reference, which

film’s characters to their maker, creating a motif that, like the

Wasn’t on the shows Benning’s as a they canLove’, fall back on other only ahand, few years later (??). Butwitty the side, camera acts

political element, runs through all of Benning’s works.

popular cultural iconoclast. The their film’sconstant homoerotic & Clyde as a faithful companion through upsBonnie and downs. It is fantasy plays with genresparring and gender conventions and satisfies an unexpected andboth intimate partner, which, as one might all the normal films’ broken promises freedom, expect, is thereHollywood for their silly, devil-may-care actsabout of fooling around excitement, romance andatsensation. films mark andinsecure, refine two - but also when they are their mostThe vulnerable, most poles in the work of Sadie Benning, which against are herethem. given‘Vesterbro’ a chance and when everything seems to be turning to mirror eachand other. is their story, exactly because it is seen through their eyes and subsequently told through Michael Noer’s filmic education, which draws equal measures on Larry ClarkYork, and and Harmony Korine, In 1980,inJames Benning moved to New ‘Him and Me’ it goes straight thedirector’s bone of the transition adulthood clearly signalstothe entry into hisfrom “Newyouth York to period” with a rarely of honesty, and accuracy - from already in theseen verydegree first frame. Like inintimacy ‘11x14’, James Benning the wild nights with and dance and petty whichtrimmed show experiments with andrugs extremely fragmented andfights, yet strictly that here, the habits grownup balances life are waiting just around the corner, plot whichofdelicately staging and documentary. to the constant the future has(and to wait. With ‘Vesterbro’, 1980s New Yorkfeeling forms that the photographic photogenic) backdrop Noer not only made a relevant film, but alsoto a powerful for thehas young couple’s lives. But it isyouth left up to oneself piece

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SAMPLING / REMIX 169 in focus: the bennings

Fengming Benning by ABenning Chinese Memoir 4: Imagining Decay DIRECTOR Wang Bing

Sadie Benning’s teenage works are made with a psychologi-

discomforting tableaus. Benning’s ascetic view is a far cry from the

cal nerve and that transgress all notions In this film, theedge Chinese journalist and teacherof Hedocumentary Fengming talks

modernity-enthusiasm of classical “symphonies of great cities”, as

filmmaking. Hershe video ‘Living during Inside’ Mao’s is a claustrophobic about the fears hadfilm to endure Cultural Revolution.

the (post)modern reality of manmade chaos constantly threatens

condensation of a three-week period, wherethe thebureaucracy, 16-year-old which Sadie Her husband wrote three essays criticising

the urban order. Without pointing fingers, the distant and cool eye

isolated her Pixelvision - and with her anxiety led themherself both towith be accused of beingcamera right-wing and therefore

of the film captures the small signs of decay as symptoms of a

of not belonging to and the world outside her room. the more anti-revolutionary, they were each sent to aIn prison campsettled, to be

looming political disaster.

but no lessrehabilitated’. personal film He ‘Jollies’, she draws upheart-rending a chronology of her ‘politically Fengming talks in detail young life’s30-year love affairs, describes sexual development about her battleand to survive, andher unfortunately her story from is kindergarten tomboy lesbian teenager. And in thehalf stop-motion not unique. During thetoCultural Revolution, around a million film ‘A Place Lovely’, shecounterrevolutionary leads her toy figures and to a sent Davidto Chinese wereCalled accused of being Lynch-style view of violence basic social and spectacular concentration camps - oftenas to ameet their deaths. The directorelement, whichhas spans from the schoolyard bullies consequences over freak accidents Wang Bing earlier investigated the serious of to that end on frontindustry pages ofintabloids. themurders explosive growth of the Chinese the award-winning opus ‘West of the Tracks’, but in this film he uses more or less one camera setup to focus on oneambivalent single person to remind of the crimes ‘Los’ is James Benning’s portrait of LosusAngeles, human rights violations committed the communist regime. and together with ‘El Valley Cantro’ and by ‘Sogobi’ it makes up his ‘He Fengming’ is aInsignificant and authentic of teach a difficult California trilogy. 1987, Benning moved to testament California to at and conflict-ridden in China’s history, which still on by CalArts (where he isperiod still active today), and brought withlives him his in thefully livesdeveloped of older Chinese people, is gradually being then cinematic style.but Likewhich the other two films in the forgotten as aconsists result of sweeping changes in2Chinese society. trilogy, ‘Los’ ofthe exactly 35 takes lasting 1/2 minutes each, which consistently frames the megacity in picturesque, but slightly

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SAMPLING / REMIX 170 in focus: the bennings

Vesterbro Benning by Benning 5: New Beginnings DIRECTOR Michael Noer

‘Flat is Beautiful’ marks the climax of Sadie Benning’s experiments

linear conception of time is simply one alternative among many

with film, which is also Benning’s longest work, Whenanimation. Noer gaveThe a digital video camera to his 20-year-old neigh-

testimony of one of life’s most has significant transitions, shows others - also on film. Benning announced that he and onlyitwants

recapitulates and combines many of the techniques and formats bours in Vesterbro, simply briefing them to film the dramatic events

us make once and fordigital all, that there drama being youth than to short films for is hismore friends frominnow on,a so ‘Casting

she hasdaily worked with theimagined space of what almost years, of their lives, heover hardly he10 had set infrom motion.

inGlance’ all pay-TV stations a could be theput lasttogether. chance to experience the director using

Pixelvision to 8mm hand-made animation. the story about Like most people ofand their age, Julie and Martin But are impulsive, wild,

the 16mm format that he has sworn by for over 35 years.

an lonelypoints childhood in a dismal andandrogynous constantly on11-year-old the lookoutgirl’s for those of reference, which working-class neighbourhood echoes her own they can fall back on only a fewalso years later (??). But experiences the camera acts as a chronic outsider and patterntheir breaker, and ups it takes to It is faithful companion through constant and place downs. the same degree in intimate the innersparring world, as it does which, in the outer. an unexpected and partner, as oneThe might following Benning formed the feminist discopunk band expect, is year, thereSadie for their silly, devil-may-care acts of fooling around Le Tigre, has since video and installation art at - but alsoand when they areworked at theirwith most vulnerable, most insecure, galleries museums. and whenand everything seems to be turning against them. ‘Vesterbro’ is their story, and exactly because it is seen through their eyes and subsequently toldlatest through Noer’s filmiclook education, which James Benning’s filmMichael takes an admiring at the American drawsRobert in equal measureslegendary on Larry Clark andopus Harmony Korine, it artist Smithson’s land art ‘The Spiral Jetty’ goes straight to the bone of the youth to adulthood (1970), an enormous isthmus of transition earth thatfrom spirals almost 500 with a rarely seen of honesty, and78accuracy metres out into thedegree Great Salt Lake inintimacy Utah. With relatively- from short the wild nights dance and petty show sequences, the with film drugs doesn’tand only pay tribute to afights, place which that has had thatalmost the habits of grownup life are waiting just around the corner, an magnetic attraction for the director. It also recreates the to the constant feeling that the futuresound, has tocolours wait. With passing of seasons in terms of light, and‘Vesterbro’, shadows, Noer has not only spiral made as a relevant youth film, but a powerful using Smithson’s a symbolic reminder ofalso the fact that a

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Stadt Leipzig, Sächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Der Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, ZDF, DEFA-Stiftung, German Films, Medienstiftung der Sparkasse Leipzig, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Sächsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien, Auswärtiges Amt, Filmförderungsanstalt


MAIN PROGRAMME TOP DOX SPECIAL SCREENINGS PROJECTING POLITICS A L O N G D AY O F S H O R T F I L M S SEMINAR


TOP DOX


TOP DOX PRESENTS A SELECTIVE CHOICE OF DOCUMENTARIES THAT HAVE BEEN A HIT AT FESTIVALS AND IN CINEMAS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IN 2008. WITH NEW FILMS BY, AMONG OTHERS, WERNER HERZOG, EMIR KUSTURICA AND ABEL FERRARA – AND PORTRAITS OF GODARD, KLAUS KINSKI, HUNTER S. THOMPSON AND WOLFGANG TILLMANS – THERE WILL BE ENOUGH MATERIAL FOR PROMISING SURPRISES. IN TERMS OF FORM AND CONTENT, THE FILMS ARE HIGHLY DIFFERENT, BUT THEY ALL LIVE UP TO THEIR WELL-DESERVED POPULARITY.


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First The English PictureSurgeon DIRECTOR Geoffrey Akram Alashqar Smith ‘First Picture’humoured is a frightening story about A black look at

he doesn’t know.idealistic thefamily doings of two newly composed sountrackprison by -Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Israeli centering around the two-

brain-surgeons in Kiev - with what it’s like to be a pregnant woman in an year old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour was bornEnglish in the Israeli Telmond prison, where The brain specialist Henry Marsh

After the screening on 14 November, Nils

his mother was imprisoned and his Ukrainian colleague for Igorterrorist Kurilets

Malmros will talk about the film with the

activity. After the first twoatyears in judge both thespending quick and the dead a

director, the film’s protagonist and profes-

prison with his mother, he isanalyse about to move hospital in Kiev, where they brain

sor Jens Astrup.

in withand his perform father, whom he hasoperations only met scans dangerous oncewhatever before. We follow the sad little with tools they can get holdboy of as he hesitantly adapts to an theelectric world outside (amongst other things drill and Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. English United Kingdom 2007 / 93/ min. / Distr.

the prison Thelocal title bits ‘Firstmarket). Picture’“If other toolswalls. from the

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Roco Films, San Francisco

refers to try theto photograph that traditionally we don’t help others, weisare nothing

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken new born child on the day of in at all,”ofisaHenry’s mantra. One alternates

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its birth. The has also taken such marvelling atfamily the courage of the two sura picture of Nour.atBut more than anything geons, laughing Henry Marsh’s temper else,dark this sense first picture illustrates Nour’saway and of humour, and facing preposterously onneurothe in fear when weunfavourable are witnessesodds: in the photo, his motherroom, takesas a tight hold ofof him. logical operation the battery the They aredrill together, but dies they during are in prison. electric suddenly the risky Now, Nour has toofadapt to living without tumor operation an awake patient. his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a life outside the prison walls together with a

If One My City Thing Matters - A Film DIRECTOR Abdul Salam Tillmans Al Hajj About Wolfgang DIRECTOR Heiko Kalmbach

In antiquity, women were often portrayed

represents one of the women who has

for everyone to behold and admire. Today,

live a free and independent life.

Abeing photographic wunderkind at work broken with the Muslim tradition in order to as chubby and plump - and available admiration is replaced many To be open and honest.with Thisfear, is theand German Arabic womenWolfgang thereforeTillmans’ have to live in photographer approach hiding because of their beauty.The In ‘My City’, to his own artistic endeavour. popular we meet photographer some of the many Arabic women German is especially known whohis have to sacrifice theirand integrity and for radical exhibitions his ability femininity ensure their and to turn anytoexhibition into husband’s a work of art family’s honour. Men and women take turns in its own right. In ‘If One Thing Matters’, in telling himself their honest andthe personal stories Tillmans guides film’s audience Jordan 2007 / 242008 MIN. / English Subtitles / Germany, USA / 72 min. / Prod.

about the dictate around theunchallenged preparationsrules for a that number of

PROD. ArabThings Institute of Film / Distr. Why Make Produktion, BerlinArab

the large lives of many Arabic women. Women his vernissages, from the Tate Gallery

of by Film /Institute Produced Heiko Kalmbach / Distr.

between the ages of while 12 and 30 years to the Guggenheim, we’re also have given

Heiko Kalmbach

to remain at home that their the chanceconcealed to follow him to hissostudio in

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sexualityTillmans and beauty doesn’teverything, provoke attenLondon. captures from tion. And life once woman has underground reached the everyday toahomosexual age of 30, hertraditional beauty and her life in general culture, and genres such as poris seen as being and over,still andlife she can appear in trait, landscape are explored public again. But her modestby appearance and reinterpreted constantly the young is of extreme importance, not just for the famstar photographer. ily, but also for her husband’s pride, honour and faith. The film’s female protagonist


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Lemon Jesus Christ Flower Saviour DIRECTOR Peter Pamela Geyer Ghanime but a doleful film. The father’s charisma Klaussouthern Beirut’s Kinski suburb here Haret performs Hraik the monologue of them all and philosophical outlook on life is accomas Jesus Christ himself housed the headquarters of the Shiite resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the least Lebanese civil war. speak In 2006, the town “At they let Jesus before they

and sunshine. And themarathon. women’s sadness is one-hour humiliation

was destroyed Israeli bombs. The nailed him up.”by The words are Klaus

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants among the of the Kinski’s and-they arethem hurled atfamily the audience director - were driven from the in an outrageous fit of away bad temper. It’stown. just All that left are memories, which ‘Lemon like the is megalomaniac eccentric Kinski to Flowers’himself brings with to lifeJesus through a conversaidentify - and his own tion between a father daughter. theatrical defeats withand thehis sufferings of In remembrance of his childhood garden Jesus. Peter Geyer’s film follows Kinskiin Haret Hraik, the father has created a fanduring the course of just one evening in

Libanon 2007 Subtitles Germany 2007/ /3584MIN. min.//English Distr. Kinski

tasticat garden outside their new 1971 the Deutschlandhalle inhome, Berlin,filled

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Productions

with lemon trees and when he forand the pomegranate first time performed his

Arab Institute of Film

chilli plants. Nature him story attainofpeace interpretation of the lets passion the of mind.Testament For, as he-says, unlike human beings, New to great provocation for

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nature never intends to harmhimself you. In the the audience. Kinski exhibits as meantime, the women of the afamily are and both a star and an eccentric, choleric making themselves in a perpink a performer, and thecomfortable now legendary sofa groupquickly and reminiscing about in disformance develops into an life open

hours

Haret Hraik. Thethe memories sad,against but the cussion, where audience,are much judicious of melancholy the will ofcombination the charismatic performer,and humour makes ‘Lemon Flower’ anything occupies the stage and challenges him to a

Encounters at the End of the Silence DIRECTOR World Rami Farah DIRECTOR Werner Herzog During the Six-Day War in 1967, Syria’s

human conflicts.

Golan Heights were occupied by the to the end of the world Follow Werner Herzog Israelis, and today they are no more than an empty anddreamers crushed strip of land at Professional and grim landthe border between the two countries. scapes. German Werner Herzog has always Quneitra, as the and deserted had a special eyelonely for the warped, the buffer eccenzoneand between the two countries isThis called, tric the downright wonderful. time, stillhas contains memories and stories from he travelled to the South Pole, where the-past. conflict not only2005 divided a he as inThe ‘Grizzly Man’ from - once geographic region two,inbut had of serimore focuses on a in place thealso middle ous consequences for the people lived nowhere and its inhabitants. Withwho his idiin it. In the voice-over, award-winning film ‘Silence’, osyncratic he guides us through

Syria 2007 2007 // 99 35 min. MIN.//Distr. English Subtitles / USA Discovery

human consequences of surface the conflict are the images across the white of the

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction Films

told in Pole a moving through two strong South - andway under it, as divers explore

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters fromthe different life deep below ice. To generations, see the South who talk theHerzog’s memories that lie Pole withabout Werner eyes is,still luckily, concealed between ruins and oneself. dusty wonderfully far fromthe being there sand. Supported by haunting imagery, which draws connections between the past and the present, the stories of the two generations are gradually woven together to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet patch of land, which still gives rise to great

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The Art First Picture Star and the Sudanese DIRECTOR Twins Akram Alashqar DIRECTOR Pietra Brettkelly

‘First Picture’ is a frightening story about

what like to be a portrait pregnant woman an An it’s intimate of inthe

family he doesn’t know.

exclusive artist Vanessa Israeli prison -during centering around the in two-Sudan Beecroft a stay year old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour was born in the Israeli Telmond prison, where Vanessa Beecroft’s works aim at breaking his mother was imprisoned terrorist down the border between artfor and life. As activity. years an artist,After she spending often usesthe herfirst owntwo body to in prison her withworks, his mother, is about to move create whichhe have the character in with his father, whom heself-portraits. has only met of corporeal and symbolic oncehuman before.being We follow theenvironment sad little boyare as The and the hethe hesitantly adapts to the world outside at center of her performances, and we Palæstina 20072007 / 26/MIN. / English New Zealand 98 min. / Distr. Pietra

the prison walls.during The title ‘First follow her work a visit to Picture’ Sudan,

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Brettkelly

refers to the photograph that is traditionally where she falls in love with two tender twin

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken of awhich new born child on the day of to siblings, she subsequently fights its allowed birth. The also takensave suchfrom be tofamily adopt has - and thereby

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picture of Nour. ButThe more than anything a destiny poverty. contrast between else,white, this first picture illustrates Nour’s the female artist and the black, preposterouslypeople unfavourable on the impoverished is sharp,odds: and ‘The Art photo,thus his mother tight hold of him. Star’ provokestakes us toaask questions They are together,and but (the they lack are in about colonialism of)prison. cultural Now, Nour The has film to adapt living portrait without of sensitivity. is antohonest his mother’s intimacy has adjust to a a human being and anand artist in to permanent life outside prison walls together with a motion, whothe turns to the camera on the way, but also surrenders herself to it.

My City On The Rocks Chelsea DIRECTOR Abel Abdul Ferrara Salam Al Hajj the women who has In The antiquity, cultwomen director were often Abel portrayed Ferrararepresents makesone hisof documentary

broken with tradition in order to debut withand anplump anarchistic of the theMuslim legendary as being chubby - and availableportrait

Chelsea Hotel. for everyone to behold and admire. Today,

admiration is replaced with fear, and many Arabic in women therefore have to live Check and drop out. For more thanin hiding because of their beauty. InYork ‘My City’, 100 years, Chelsea Hotel in New has we meetan some of the manyof Arabic women housed endless stream authors, who have to sacrifice their integrity and filmmakers, poets, painters and musicians. femininity their husband’s The energytoofensure the place has been likeand a family’s for honour. Men and women take turns magnet everything from eccentric in telling their honest and personal stories bohemians to burnt-out hang-arounds. Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English USA 2008 / 84 min. / Distr. WildSubtitles Bunch /

about the ‘Chelsea unchallenged rules thatisdictate However, on the Rocks’ far from

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab

the lives of many Arabic women. legend-worshipping. With his firstWomen proper

Institute of Film

between the ages of 12 and 30 cult years have documentary, the 57-year-old director to remain concealed at home so that their Abel Ferrara has made a refreshingly

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sexuality andand beauty doesn’t provoke attenun-nostalgic informal vérité portrait of tion. Andlaboratory once a woman reached a social in thehas heart of his the home age ofNew 30, her beauty andobviously her life in general town York. Ferrara feels at is seeninas being over, and she can appear in home the hotel’s labyrinthine interior, public again. But her modestand appearance where the ghosts of dreams tragediesis of extreme importance, not just for the famare still lingering. The place is now under ily, but alsooffor her husband’s honour the threat closure, thanks topride, a board of and faith. that The want film’sto female protagonist directors convert the building into a tourist attraction.

live a free and independent life.


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Stranded: Lemon Flower I’ve Come From A DIRECTOR Pamela Ghanime on The Plane That Crashed Mountains Beirut’s southern suburb Haret Hraik

but a doleful film. The father’s charisma

resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

DIRECTOR Gonzalo and philosophical outlook on life is accomhoused the headquarters of the Shiite ArijÓn and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is the Lebanese In 2006, the town The storycivil ofwar. one of the last century’s most spectacular defused by humour and pep. was destroyed by Israelitold bombs. The plane crashes, by its survivors inhabitants - among them the family of the director - were driven from the with town. What kind of logic doesaway destiny work

are simply given a chance to explain their

that is left are memories, which -All and how far will a human being go‘Lemon to

actions.

Flowers’ These bringsare to life throughthat a conversasurvive? questions Gonzalo tion between father and hisfilm daughter. In Arijón tries toaanswer in his about the remembrance of his childhood garden rugby team from Uruguay, whose 1972in Haret crash Hraik, in the father has created a fanplane the Andes has inspired many

Libanon 2007 MIN.Ethan / English Subtitles 2007 / 130 min./ 35 / Distr. Productions

tastic garden outside theirthe new home, filled books and films. Through survivors’

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr.

with words, lemon and pomegranate trees and own we are given a close look at the

Arab Institute of Film

chilli plants.actions Natureand letsethical him attain peace of day-to-day speculations mind. For, as he says, human72 beings, that characterised the unlike 16 survivors’ days nature never intends to harm you.conditions In the after the crash. Extreme weather meantime, themental womenand of the familyendurare put both their physical making themselves comfortable in a pink ance to the test, providing the breeding sofa group and reminiscing aboutwith life in ground for unrestrained anarchy death

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Haret Hraik. Thethundering memories are sad, butand the looming in each avalanche, judicious combination ofonly melancholy and with cannibalism as the way to survive. humour makes ‘Lemon anything No questions are asked,Flower’ the survivors

Silence Maradona DIRECTOR Emir Rami Kusturica Farah Emirthe During Kusturica Six-Day War inpays 1967, Syria’s tribute tohuman the conflicts. greatest football star of all times Golan Heights were occupied by the Israelis, and today they are no more than an empty and crushed strip of land at This is how sport should be approached! the border between the twotribute countries. Emir Kusturica’s personal to Diego Quneitra, as the lonely and deserted buffer Maradona follows the football star from zone between the two countries is called, Argentina to Barcelona, with stopovers in still contains memories from both Naples and Havana.and Thestories audience the past. TheMaradona conflict not dividedof a the experiences in only the bosom geographic in two, also had family, whenregion he visits Fidelbut Castro and seriin a ous consequences for the people lived forthright conversation, where hewho amongst in it. Inthings the award-winning film ‘Silence’, other accuses Pelé of being a good-

Syria 2007 / 352008 MIN. / English Subtitles / Spain, France / 90 min. / Distr.

the human consequences of the conflict are ieboy - because the Brazilian doesn’t have

PROD. Arab Camera FilmInstitute of Film/Proaction

told in acalibre movingtoway through strong enough play footballtwo at daytime

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters different and indulgefrom in cocaine andgenerations, women at who talk about the memories that still lie a nighttime. Other quaint highlights include concealed and dusty revenge of between sorts for the the ruins Falklands war: the sand. Supported by haunting imagery, scene with the golden goal from Argentina’s which draws connections the in victory over England at thebetween World Cup past andinthe present, stories the two Mexico 1986, wherethe God’s handofcame into generations aretogradually woven together play, is looped the tune of the Sex Pistol’s to a poetic gem about aTake derelict quiet ‘God Save the Queen’. that and Margaret patch of land, which still gives rise to great Thatcher!

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Gonzo: First Picture The Life and Works of Dr. DIRECTOR Alashqar HunterAkram S. Thompson DIRECTOR Alex Gibney

‘First Picture’ is a frightening story about

what it’s like to beof a pregnant woman in an A portrait the colourful Israeli prison -by centering aroundDepp the twonarrated Johnny

family he doesn’t know.

father of Gonzo journalism -

year old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour was born in the Israeliexploration Telmond prison, An unconditional of the where

impact of Gonzo journalism in Denmark.

his motherdream was imprisoned forand terrorist American on acid trips motorcy-

Morten Sabroe, Poul Pilgaard and Åsne

activity. After spending the firstS.two years in cles. In the universe of Hunter Thompson

Seierstad will discuss, moderated by Martin

prisonweren’t with hisany mother, is about to move there clearlyhedefined borders

Breum from DR.

in with hisjournalism father, whom has only met between and he fiction, just the once before. We follow thedescription sad little boy nerve-racking subjective of as he hesitantly adapts to the world outside life’s impact on the monstrous mess we Palæstina / 26 MIN. / English USA 20082007 / 90 min. / Distr. Magnolia

the prison The title ‘First Picture’ call reality.walls. ‘Gonzo’ paints a portrait of

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Pictures

refersthe to author the photograph that is traditionally both and the zeitgeist to which

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken of a newWith born child on thewar, day the of he belonged. the Vietnam its birth. The familyand hasthe alsoflower-power taken such Watergate scandal

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a picture of all Nour. But more than anything generation became fragments of else, this firstliterary pictureexplorations, illustrates Nour’s Thompson’s together preposterously on the with mescaline unfavourable and pink soap.odds: A journey photo, mother takes a of tight of him. into thehis fear and loathing Lashold Vegas and They are in prison. across alltogether, roads in but the they land are of freedom. Now, Nour haswith to adapt to living without In connection the screening on 11 his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a November there will be a debate about the life outside the prison walls together with a

My City Wild Blue Yonder DIRECTOR Celia AbdulMaysles Salam Al Hajj represents one of the women who has In The antiquity, daughter women were ofoften theportrayed legendary documentarist David

withabout the Muslim tradition in order to Maysles makes her debut withbroken a film her father as being chubby and plump - and available

and his films for everyone to behold and admire. Today,

admiration is replaced with fear, and many Arabic women therefore have tofamily, live in As the daughter of the Maysles hiding because their beauty. In ‘My City’, you would thinkof that Celia Maysles was we meet some of the many Arabic women breast-fed documentary filmmaking. But whoopposite have to sacrifice their integrity and out the is the case: she only found femininity ensure husband’s anda a few yearstoago that their her late father had family’sas honour. and women take turns history one ofMen the pioneers of the direct in tellinggenre, their honest andBlue personal stories cinema and ‘Wild Yonder’ is her Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English Subtitles USA 2007 / 70 min. / Prod. CORRA FILMS/

about thequest unchallenged rules thatwhom dictateshe personal to find her father,

ArabbyInstitute of FilmXan / Distr. Arab /PROD. Produced Celia Maysles, Parker,

the lives of many Arabic women. only knows from the family photoWomen album.

Institute of Film Henry Corra / Distr. CORRA FILMS

between the looks ages of and 30 through years have The director for12the past to remain concealed at home their film clips and interviews with so herthat father’s

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sexuality and beautythem doesn’t provoke and attencolleagues, among his brother tion. And once a woman hasAlbert reached the long-time sparring partner Maysles. age uncle of 30, Al herhas beauty andagenda, her life in general But his own and Celia is seen as being andtoshe appear in has to fight to getover, access thecan memories public Butfilm her material. modest appearance and heragain. father’s ‘Wild Blue is of extreme not just for the famYonder’ is aimportance, personal documentary, which ily, but her husband’s pride,herself honour with thealso lensfor turned on the director and faith.the Theessence film’s female protagonist captures of direct cinema.

live a free and independent life.


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Lemon Flower American Swing DIRECTOR Pamela DIRECTORS Mathew Ghanime Kaufman & John Hart but a doleful film. The father’s charisma The flamboyant Beirut’s southern suburb Haret history Hraik of swinger clubs with Larry, the and philosophical outlook on life is accomKingthe ofheadquarters Swing of the Shiite housed resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese civiland war. In 2006, town The couple Mary Larry had athe simple

and sunshine. And the sadness is After the screening on women’s 11 November, Kjeld

was destroyed Israeli bombs. The vision: social &by sexual intercourse should

defusedwill by humour Koplev interviewand twopep. Danish swingers

inhabitants - among them family of the not be distinguished. Underthe this slogan,

about the Danish swinger scene, and about

director - were away the town. they opened thedriven world’s firstfrom swinger club

taboos, prejudices and consequences.

All1970s that isUSA. left are ‘Lemon in Thememories, world was which in the process Flowers’ brings toand lifetherefore through aready conversaof great changes for tion kind between a father andsexual his daughter. this of unrestrained experi- In remembrance of his childhood garden in ments, which meant that their club quickly Haret Hraik, the father has became a phenomenon. Thecreated couplesa -fanfor

Libanon 2007 35 MIN. / English USA 2008 / 82/min. / Prod. HDNetSubtitles Films /

tastic garden outside new home, filled one had to attend as atheir couple - flocked to

/ PROD. Arab InstituteMcGowan, of Film / Distr. Produced by Gretchen Christian

withplace: lemonjudges, and pomegranate and the lawyers andtrees senators

Arab Institute of Film Hoagland / Distr. Magnolia Pictures

chilli plants. him of could be seenNature there, lets while theattain club peace became mind. For, as he unlikewhere human beings, widely known as says, “the place you can

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natureyour never intends harm you. In the meet ex-wife andtoyour future wife”. meantime,the the1980s women of the family are However, witnessed the downfall making comfortable in a pink of Larry,themselves both as a result of the taxman and sofanew group and reminiscing about in the disease: AIDS. The film is life a festive Haret Hraik. The memories areinsad, but the portrait of a colourful chapter the history judicious combination of melancholy and of sexuality. humour makes ‘Lemon Flower’ anything

Silence DIRECTOR Rami Farah During the Six-Day War in 1967, Syria’s

human conflicts.

Golan Heights were occupied by the Israelis, and today they are no more than an empty and crushed strip of land at the border between the two countries. Quneitra, as the lonely and deserted buffer zone between the two countries is called, still contains memories and stories from the past. The conflict not only divided a geographic region in two, but also had serious consequences for the people who lived in it. In the award-winning film ‘Silence’,

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles /

the human consequences of the conflict are

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction

told in a moving way through two strong

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters from different generations, who talk about the memories that still lie concealed between the ruins and dusty sand. Supported by haunting imagery, which draws connections between the past and the present, the stories of the two generations are gradually woven together to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet patch of land, which still gives rise to great

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Fragments First Picture of Conversations DIRECTOR Akram Alashqar with Jean-Luc Godard DIRECTOR Alain Fleischer

‘First Picture’ is a frightening story about

family he doesn’t know.

what it’s like to be a pregnant woman in an Film-philosophical conversations Israeli prisonpioneer - centering around the twotionary of filmmaking

with the ever-revolu-

year old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour was born in theGodard Israeliprobably Telmonddoesn’t prison, need whereany Jean-Luc his mother was imprisoned for terrorist further introduction. The enfant terrible of activity. film Afterhas spending first two years French reachedthe retirement age a in prison with hisbut mother, he is about to move long time ago, this doesn’t prevent him in with his father,towhom he himself has onlyand metto from continuing reinvent once new before. We followwithin the sad little boy as seek challenges filmmaking hesitantly adapts to the world In outside -heand the fringes of the medium. this Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / avec English Morceaux de conversations Jean-Luc

the prisonfilm walls. The title Picture’ dialogue he utters his‘First thoughts about

Subtitles/ /France PROD.2007 Arab Institute Film / Godard / 125 min. /ofDistr.

refers to the photograph that is traditionally everything from politics, history and film

Distr. Arab Institute of Film Les films d’Ici

taken of diffuse a new born child onas the day of to more topics such ‘time’ and its birth. The has also -taken such ‘images’. Thefamily conversations with people

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a picture of Nour. But more thanNarboni, anything such as Dominique Païni, Jean else, this first picture illustratesStraub, Nour’s André S. Labarthe, Jean-Marie preposterously odds: on the Danielle Huilletunfavourable and Christophe Kantcheff photo, his mother a tightown hold of him. are recorded in thetakes director’s home in They are together, are in Rolle, in his studio,but andthey in front of prison. students Now, hasart to adapt at theNour Fresnoy schooltoasliving well without as in the his mother’s intimacy and has toPompidou. adjust to a exhibition spaces of the Centre life outside the prison walls together with a

My City Planet Another DIRECTOR Ferenc Abdul Salam Moldoványi Al Hajj represents one ofof thethe women who has In Aantiquity, strong women andwere uncompromising often portrayed portrait planet,

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to seen a bird’s perspective as beingfrom chubby and plump - eye and available for everyone to behold and admire. Today, admiration is replaced with fear, andHuxley many The visionary British author Aldous Arabicsuggested women therefore in once that this have worldtoislive another hiding because of theirPlanet’ beauty.takes In ‘Myhis City’, planet’s hell. ‘Another we meet of the many Arabic women word for itsome and weaves together seven who have to sacrifice their integrity stories from three different parts of and the femininity to ensure their diagnosis husband’sofand world to create a sombre family’s honour. andChild women take turns the planet’s nearMen future. labourers, in telling theirand honest personal stories child soldiers veryand young prostitutes Jordan 2007 / 24- MIN. English/ Subtitles Another Planet Másik/Bolygó 2008 / /

about the unchallenged rulesinto thata dictate represent a generation born hard

PROD. Institute of Film Film Productions / Distr. Arab 95 min.Arab / Prod. Engram

the lives many Arabic women. Women and shortoflife in poverty, while they offer

of by Film /Institute Produced Ferenc Moldoványi / Distr.

between ages of 12 and 30 years their ownthe take about a possible futurehave -

Engram Film Productions

to remain at home soatthat their and in oneconcealed example also a look deeply

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sexuality and doesn’t provoke attendisturbing andbeauty symbol-laden visions of the tion.of And a woman has reached thethe end theonce world. With ‘Another Planet’, age of 30, her beauty and her life in general Hungarian director Ferenc Moldoványi has is seen over, and she can appear in lived upas to being his neck-breakingly ambitious public again. her modest is project with aBut virtuous hand - appearance and has of extreme importance, not just forfrom the famcreated an intensely up-close film a ily, but also forwe her husband’s honour planet, which seriously endpride, up wishing and faith. The film’s female protagonist was not our own.

live a free and independent life.


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Lemon Must Read Flower After My Death DIRECTOR Morgan Pamela Ghanime Dews but a doleful film. Thenuclear father’s charisma Hidden Beirut’s southern andsuburb forgotten Haret Hraik recordings from the famand philosophical outlook on life is accomily tyranny of the 1960s. housed the headquarters of the Shiite resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese civil Morgan war. In 2006, town When the director Dewsthe found a

and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is

was with destroyed by Israeli The My box the words ‘Mustbombs. Read After

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants among them the family of the Death’ in his- grandparents’ attic, he also director - were story drivenabout awaythe from the town. found a hidden nuclear All thatofisthe left1960s are memories, ‘Lemon family and aboutwhich the conflicts Flowers’ bringswere to life a conversathat the times notthrough ready for. In long tion between a father andtake his daughter. In sound recordings, which on the shape remembrance of his childhood gardenand in of love letters between the housewife Haret Hraik, the father has created a fanthe eternally travelling businessman, the

Libanon 2007 / 35/MIN. / English Subtitles USA, Spain 2007 73 min. / Produced by

tastic garden outside their new home, filled grandparents have documented their long

/ PROD. Dews, Arab Institute of FilmBourke / Distr./ Morgan Alison Palmer

withconsistent lemon andapproach pomegranate and and to thetrees monoga-

Arab Institute of Film Distr. Morgan Dews

chilli plants. NatureThe letsfamily him attain peace of mous relationship. is whirled mind. For, as he says, unlike human beings, into psychological treatment, but all of it is

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nature never intends to harmand you. In the recorded. Frustrating fights constant meantime, thetwo women ofconsequences the family are doubt are just of the making themselves comfortable in athey pink of breaking the invisible codes that sofa group andonreminiscing about life in struggle with a daily basis. Foreboding Haret Hraik. The memories are sad,with but the electronic surfaces are juxtaposed judicioushome combination and carefree movies of to melancholy give an unforget-

hours

humour makes ‘Lemon table look at a time that Flower’ is gone.anything

Silence in Manila Thriller DIRECTOR John Rami Farah Dower human conflicts. A hard-hitting During the Six-Day War inthriller 1967, Syria’sfrom Manila about one of the greatest events Golan Heightssports were occupied by thein history Israelis, and today they are no more than an empty andevents crushed of land atstatus Some sports arestrip raised to the

surrounding the fight, while oozing of the

theimmortality. border between twobecause countries. of Be it the either human

smouldering undertones of all sports.

Quneitra, as thealmost lonely and deserted buffer beings perform super-human feats, zone between the two countries is called, because big personalities meet for their still contains memories stories greatest show-down - orand because offrom politithe tension past. The conflict not only divided a cal that is present in the cultured geographic region The in two, also had serifeud that is sport. nowbut legendary ous consequences the peopleAli who lived encounter betweenfor Muhammed and Joe in it. In the award-winning film ‘Silence’, Frazier in Manila in 1975 contained all of

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. United Kingdom 2007/ English / 90 min.Subtitles / Prod. /

the human consequences of the conflict are these ingredients. A dramatic explosion,

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction Darlow Smithson Productions / Produced

told in the a moving way bodies throughwere two transstrong where muscular

Film / Distr. Arab Institute Film by John Dower / Distr. IMGof Media

characters different generations, formed intofrom symbolic archetypes. Frazier’s

Distribution

who talk theconstantly memoriesbucking that still lie body of a about bull and concealed between and dusty attitude reminds onethe of ruins a sacrificed animal, sand. Ali Supported while danglesby in haunting the ropesimagery, many times whichWhen drawsboth connections between the over. boxers drop into each past andbodies, the present, the stories of the two other’s overcome by exhaustion, generations areatgradually woven together they are united the end in an image that to a poeticinto gem about a derelict and quiet chiselled our collective consciousness. patch of land, whichlooks still gives to great ‘Thriller in Manila’ at therise events

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About First Picture Water, People and Yellow DIRECTOR Cans Akram Alashqar DIRECTOR Udo Maurer

‘First Picture’ is a frightening story about

family he doesn’t know.

what it’s like to be a pregnant woman in an Water unites people. A moving Israeli prison around the twosource of- centering existence.

pictorial journey to the

year old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour was born indetermines the Israeli Telmond prison, where Water the flow of life. Not his mother imprisoned forbut terrorist just on this was planet in general, quite activity. After the first twoonyears specifically forspending all the poor people this in prison with his mother, is about to move planet, for whom water he is synonymous with in with his father, with whom heAustrian has onlydirector met survival. Working the once before. We follow theidea sad consultant little boy as Michael Glawogger as an he hesitantly adapts to the world outside (and not unlike his film ‘Workingman’s Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / English Über Wasser, Menschen und gelbe Kanister

the prison walls. The title ‘First Picture’ Death’), ‘About Water, People and Yellow

/ PROD. Arab of Film / /Subtitles Luxembourg 2007 / 90Institute min. / Distr. Paul

refers portrays to the photograph that is traditionally Cans’ parts of Bangladesh and

Distr. Arab Institute of Film Thiltges Distribution

taken of a new bornachild the day of Kasakhstan, where sea -onwhich is drained its birth. family has also taken and laterThe entirely disappears - has such left

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a picture of Nour. But more than anything behind shipwrecks, fish factories and an else, this first picture illustrates Nour’s entire area empty, deserted and on the preposterously unfavourable the verge of an existential crisis. odds: We areontaken photo, his mother takes and a tight hold of him. on a soberly registering sensitively They are together, theysource are in of prison. empathetic journeybut to the Now, Nouritself, has to adapt to living without existence while living conditions are his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust mapped out, climatological realities areto a life outsideand theethnic prisondiversity walls together with a reviewed, is saluted.

My City Valentino: The Last Emperor DIRECTOR Matt AbdulTyrnauer Salam Al Hajj In Meet antiquity, Italy’s womenking were often ofportrayed fashion

represents one of the women who has

as being chubby and plump - and available

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to

for everyone to behold admire. Today, “What do women want?and They want to be

live a free and independent life.

admiration This is replaced with fear, and many beautiful!” is how provokingly simple Arabic is women therefore have to live reality construed in ‘Valention - theinlast hiding because of their beauty. In ‘My City’, Emperor’. The film is a glimmering and we meet some of the many Arabic women glittering portrait of one of the fashion who have to sacrifice theirpioneers, integritythe and world’s most flamboyant femininity to ensure their husband’s and king of haute couture: Garavani Valentino. family’s honour. Menwith andthe women take turns Through interviews people surin telling their and personal stories rounding him -honest his hard-working employees Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English Subtitles USA 2008 / 96 min. / Prod. Acolyte Films /

about the unchallenged ruleswith thatthe dictate and partners - and not least

ArabbyInstitute of Film / Distr. /PROD. Produced Matt Kapp / Distr. MattArab

the lives of many Arabic women. Women designer himself, we experience the

Institute ofMatt FilmKapp Tyrnauer,

between the agesfrom of 12the andfirst 30 years have Valentino empire row and get toclose-up remain concealed home so that their a look at theatlife of this egocentric

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sexuality andaround beautywhom doesn’t attenpersonality, theprovoke whole world tion. And a woman has reachedtimes, the seems to once revolve. Despite changing age of 30, is her beauty her lifewith in general Valentino still a trueand romantic a is seen asstyle, beingwhich over,is and she can appear classical celebrated in Matt in public again. But her modest Tyrnauer’s entertaining film. appearance is of extreme importance, not just for the family, but also for her husband’s pride, honour and faith. The film’s female protagonist


SPECIAL SCREENINGS


TWO FILMS THAT EACH IN THEIR OWN WAY COVER THE YOUNG LARS VON TRIER, A PREMIERE OF DAVID LYNCH’S ROAD TRIP DOCUMENTARY, GERMAN PUNK PROVOCATIONS AND DIRECTORS’ VISITS, COUNTDOWN SCREENINGS AND PREVIEWS: THERE ARE SPECIAL SCREENINGS EVERYWHERE DURING THE WEEK OF THE FESTIVAL, ALLOWING YOU TO MAKE NEW CINEMATIC ACQUAINTANCES AND TO MEET THE MAKERS BEHIND THEM.


188 Special screenings

David Lynch’s Documentary Project ‘The Straight Story’ as a documentary David Lynch keeps surprising us. After last

ordinary from Lynch’s perspective. The

year’s nightmare opus ‘Inland Empire’, the

project is devised as a longer series, but

headstrong American director now turns

we are among the first worldwide to raise

his digital camera towards the real world.

the curtain a little and give you an exclusive

‘David Lynch’s Documentary Project’ was

taster of Lynch’s documentary project - with

established by Lynch as a caravan project,

an introduction by the film’s producer. To

where his film crew during the course of

conclude the evening, we will show the

two months has crossed the American con-

sequel to last year’s portrait film

tinent and immortalised completely ordi-

‘L Y N C H’, namely ‘L Y N C H 2’.

nary people in small five minute vignettes. But things never end up being completely

• Cinemateket Sunday 09/11 19:30 hours

Man On Wire DIRECTOR James Marsh A bestseller documentary about one of the world’s most spectacular artistic crimes. One misty August morning in New York

beautiful portrayal of the time before, dur-

City in 1974, one could spot a tightrope

ing and after the happening is constructed

walker between the 450m high towers of

like a real heist movie. And it’s not without

the World Trade Center. The man is the

reason that it has filled the cinemas around

French artist and wire walker Philippe Petit,

the world.

whose otherwise so impossible dream to walk between the world’s highest buildings on a thin line between life and death 2008 / 90 min. / Distr. The Works

miraculously came true. The illegal act, which was later called the artistic crime of the century, was preceded by many years of preparations. James Marsh’s dazzlingly

• Grand Thursday 13/11 22:00 hours


Special screenings 189

Lars von Trier - The Early Years ‘Lars von Trier - The Early Years’ followed by Trier’s ‘The Orchid Gardener’ “Everything points to the fact that I was a big pain,” says Lars von

people being interviewed have no doubt: in the merciless hindsight

Trier about himself and his early film ‘The Orchid Gardener’, which

of history, the young Lars - who is called a good old-fashioned ass-

he made in 1977 before being accepted to the Danish Film School.

hole, a cunning fox, a hopeless and cruel person - shines through

You will get the chance to assess - and discuss - if he’s right, when

as having a strained and, not least, straining temperament. But

we have the premiere of ‘Lars von Trier - The Early Years’ - followed

with an uncompromising artistic ambition.

by an exclusive special screening of Trier’s own, highly ambitious debut, which hasn’t been shown in public since its premiere.

‘The Orchid Gardener’ (Lars von Trier, 1977)

‘Lars von Trier - The Early Years’ (directed by Mikael Drozd, Johan

The story about the mentally ill sculptor Victor Marse who has

Ask & Theis Qvortrup, 2008)

some quite sadomasochistic traits, is the young Larst von Trier’s all-embracing tribute to his many different sources of inspiration.

“From ‘The Orchid Gardener’ to ‘Manderlay’, Lars has always gone

An ambitious attempt at exploring what Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Oval

for the grand perverted story,” says film historian and Lars von

Portrait’ would look like, if it was written by the two literary fathers

Trier expert Peter Schepelern in ‘The Early Years’, which is based

of sadism and masochism, Marquis de Sade and Leopold von

on an idea by Mikael Drozd, who also conducts the film’s many

Sacher-Masoch, and filmed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. The result is an

interviews. Taking Lars von Trier’s ‘Orchid Gardener’ as a starting

in many ways unique debut, which deserves to be seen (again).

point, the film portrays an ambitious film debut - and its possibly somewhat too determined director - and ends up being an almost anthropological study of “the phenomenon Lars”. For the many

• Cinemateket Saturday 08/11 16:45 hours • Cinemateket Sunday 16/11 19:45 hours


SAMPLING / REMIX 190 Special screenings

You Killed First Picture the Underground, DIRECTOR Alashqar of Kunst or, The Akram Real Meaning Bleibt, Bleibt

‘First Picture’ is a frightening story about

family he doesn’t know.

DIRECTOR Wilhelm Hein

what it’s like to be a pregnant woman in an Israeli prison - centering around the two-

year old Palestinian boy Naour. A dadaist collage byNaour the was veteran born in the Israeli Telmond prison, where Wilhelm Hein

German provocateur

his mother was imprisoned for terrorist activity. After the first two years CPH:DOX andspending the film group Station 16 in

against a corrupt culture, where everything

prison with his he is about to move welcome you tomother, meet a veteran provocateur.

is for sale. Hein will introduce the film and

in with his father, whom he has ‘You Killed the Underground, or,only The met

will show films for the rest of the weekend.

once Meaning before. We sadBleibt’ little boy Real of follow Kunst the Bleibt, hasas

Read more on www.station16.dk.

he hesitantly adapts world outside gotten its name fromtoa the performance by the Palæstina 2007 Germany 2008 / 26 120MIN. min. // English Distr. Wilhelm

the prison walls. The title Picture’ flamboyant New York film ‘First director Jack

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Hein

refers to theisphotograph is traditionally Smith, and one of very that few films that live

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken of aradical new born child on the day of up to the ethos of the avantgarde itsrevolutionise birth. The family has also taken such to conventional thinking

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a pictureuntamed, of Nour. But moresavagery. than anything through creative The else, thisWilhelm first picture German Heinillustrates belongs toNour’s the most preposterously unfavourable odds: on the important figures of modern avantgarde photo, his mother a tight hold of him. filmmaking, and intakes his latest magnum They are together, butview theyofare in prison. opus he sums up his culture with Now, Nour has tomade adaptup to living a dadaist collage of the without waste his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a matter of popular culture, edited together life outside prisonrecordings walls together with a with his ownthe original in protest

My City Out Flipping DIRECTOR Yoav Abdul Shamir Salam Al Hajj one of the women who has In The antiquity, journey women were of Israeli often portrayed soldiersrepresents from completed military

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to service to drug-dazed nights in India as being chubby and plump - and available for everyone to behold and admire. Today, admiration is replaced with fear, andJewish many Military service is mandatory for all Arabic women therefore to live in Israelis. After three yearshave of conscription, hiding because of their beauty. In ‘My City’, the soldiers receive a bonus, which 30,000 we meet some of the many Arabic women out of 50,000 soldiers use each year to fly who have to freak sacrifice integrity to India and out.their About 2,000 ofand them femininity to ensure husband’s and develop a drug habit their and need treatment. family’s honour. and women take turns The director YoavMen Shamir has travelled in telling theirand honest and personal stories around India visited the youth hostels Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN.Cinephil / English Subtitles / 2007 / 87 min. / Distr.

about the unchallenged that dictateand and religious societies inrules the Himalayas

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab

theGoa lives of many Arabic Israelis women.live. Women in where the young The

Institute of Film

between the ages 12years, and 30and years film was shot overof two thehave result to aremain concealed at homeportrait so that their is tragicomic and shocking of the

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sexuality beauty doesn’t provoke attennation andand youth of Israel. tion. And once a woman has reached the age of 30,isher beauty and herdirector life in general The film introduced by the Yoav is seen as being over, and his shemilitary can appear in Shamir, who after ending public again. Butset her modest service himself out on theappearance same dazedis of extreme importance, not just famodyssey as the young soldiers infor thethe film. ily, but also for her husband’s pride, honour and faith. The film’s female protagonist

live a free and independent life.


SAMPLING / REMIX 191 Special screenings

RIP - A Remix Lemon Flower Manifesto (Beta DIRECTOR Pamela Ghanime Version) doleful film. The father’s charisma Pirates Beirut’s southern worldwide, suburb Haretunite! Hraik Thisbutisathe message of the and philosophical outlook on life is accomworld’s first open source housed the headquarters of the Shiite documentary resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese civil -war. 2006, the is town There is copyright andInthen there copyl-

and sunshine. the women’s sadness is screening withAnd a debate about copyright,

wasWith destroyed by Israeli bombs.and Thedirector eft. ‘RIP’, the web activist

defused byathumour and pep. beginning 1700 hrs (see SEMINAR).

inhabitants among them of the Brett Gaylor-launches into the family great bootdirectorwar, - were driven awayand from the town. legging where pirates anti-pirates All that is left are other memories, which ‘Lemon are battling each with file-sharing, Flowers’ and brings to life through a conversatorrents enormous compensation tion between a fatherThe andfilm’s his daughter. In claims as weapons. protagonist remembrance his childhood gardenatin is Gregg Gillis, of a biomedical engineer Haret Hraik, father created fandaytime, but the dressed uphas at night as athe

Libanon MIN. / English Subtitles 2008 / 902007 min.//35 Distr. National Film Board

tastic garden outside their home, filled brilliant mash-up artist Girlnew Talk, who has

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. of Canada

with lemon and never askedand for pomegranate permission to trees use the

Arab Institute of Film

chilli plants. lets him attain thousands ofNature samples that are usedpeace in his of mind. For, asitself he says, unlike human beings, music. ‘RIP’ is a mash-up; Gaylor

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nature never intends to recordings harm you. In the has therefore made his availmeantime, women of the familycould are able on the the internet, where anyone making themselves comfortable in a pink remix them freely - and has subsequently sofa group these and reminiscing lifeThe in integrated remixes in about the film.

hours

Haret Hraik. The memories are sad, -but result is a convincing war pamphlet andthe judicious combination of melancholy an effervescent and energetic film. and humour makes ‘Lemon anything On 12 November, we willFlower’ warm up for the

Silence Hunger DIRECTOR Steve Rami Farah McQueen During the Six-Day War in 1967, Syria’s

human conflicts.

An intense and picture-conscious docudrama by the Golan Heights were occupied by the British Steve McQueen Israelis, andartist today they are no more than an empty and crushed strip of land at the border between the two countries. The Northern Irish republican and IRAQuneitra,Bobby as theSands lonely made and deserted buffer prisoner the headlines zone between the two countries is called, all over the world, when he started a fatal still contains fromto hunger strikememories in 1981 asand partstories of his fight the past. The conflict not divided a guarantee himself and hisonly fellow inmates geographic region of in political two, but prisoners. also had serithe special status ous consequences for the who lived ‘Hunger’ concentrates the people story about in it. Inon theanaward-winning film Sands intense study of his‘Silence’, staunch

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English United Kingdom, Ireland 2008 Subtitles / 96 min.//

the humanand consequences ofconflict the conflict character, on the bitter he are

PROD.Atlantic Arab Institute of Film/Proaction Distr. Film AB

told in a moving way twodirty strong sacrificed himself forthrough within the walls

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters from of the prison. Thedifferent rawnessgenerations, and simple who talk of about the memories that still brutality the images reminds one of lie concealed between the ruins and dusty Francis Bacon. Michael Fassbender is the sand.inSupported haunting lead the fictionby debut of theimagery, English artist which McQueen, draws connections the Steve who with between political precision past and the present, the stories of the two operates in the borderland between fiction generations and reality. are gradually woven together to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet patch of land, which still gives rise to great

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PROJECTING POLITICS


A SERIES OF FILMS WITH A POLITICAL WILL AND THE COURAGE TO PUT CURRENT CONFLICTS WITH UNPLEASANT QUESTIONS ON THE AGENDA, AND WITH THE CINEMATIC POWER TO PULL THROUGH WITH THIS TASK. IF ANYTHING, THE MEDIUM OF FILM IS CAPABLE OF PUTTING FACES AND VOICES TO ABSTRACT AND DISTANT CIRCUMSTANCES AND TO ANCHOR THEM IN A SENSUAL AND UPFRONT FORM. AND WITH THE CURRENT TOPICS FROM BOTH THE WORLD AND DOMESTIC ARENAS, THERE IS ENOUGH FOOD FOR STRONG EXPERIENCES AND HEATED DEBATES.


SAMPLING / REMIX 194 projecting politics

Triage: First Picture Dr. James Orbinski’s DIRECTOR Akram Alashqar Humanitarian Dilemma DIRECTOR Patrick Reed

‘First Picture’ is a frightening story about

what it’s like to be a pregnant woman in an

family he doesn’t know.

Israeli prison - centering the two-journey A shocking and around touching year old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour was genocide

into the depths of

born in the Israeli Telmond prison, where his James motherOrbinski, was imprisoned for terrorist Dr. who in 1999 accepted

The screening on 16 November is the basis

activity. After spending thebehalf first two the Nobel Peace Prize on of years in

of a debate with the director of Médecins

prison withSans his mother, he is about move Médecins Frontières, has seentomore

Sans Frontières, Søren Brix Christensen.

in with father, whom only met evil andhis destruction thanhe anyhas human once before. We follow the sad little all boy as being ever should. While practically he hesitantly to the world outside other Westernadapts organisations escaped and Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / English Canada 2007 / 88 min. / Distr. National

the prison walls. The title ‘First left the entire country to its ownPicture’ devices,

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Film Board of Canada

refers to stayed the photograph thatofisthe traditionally Orbinski put in some worst

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken ofconflicts a new born child on the day of war African - both during the civil itsSomalia birth. The family has also in taken such In in and the genocide Rwanda.

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a picturehe of returns Nour. But ‘Triage’, to more Africathan afteranything 14 years else, this first picture illustrates Nour’s of absence to find understanding in a place preposterously unfavourable odds: the where it didn’t exist before. Just as on in in the photo, hisaward-winner mother takes‘Shake a tight Hands hold ofWith him. multiple TheyDevil’ are together, but they are infilm prison. the (2006), Patrick Reed’s follows Now,man’s Nour return has to to adapt to living forgotten without one the planet’s his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust continent - and gives us a shocking viewtoofa life outside walls together with a the anatomythe of prison genocide.

My City Havel Citizen DIRECTOR Abdul DIRECTORS Pavel Salam Koutecky Al Hajj & Miroslav Janek

In antiquity, women were often portrayed

represents one of the women who has

as being chubby and plump - and available

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to

live aof freeone and independent life. for to behold admire. Today, A everyone unique lookand behind the scenes of modern admiration is replaced with fear, and many Europe’s most significant political

personalities.

Arabic women therefore have to live in hiding because their ‘Mylies City’, “Truth and love of have to beauty. triumphInover

elections for the third time and bursts out

we meet some of the Arabic slogan women and hatred.” This wasmany the famous

saying: “Shit! I’m president again!”

who have to sacrificeVelvet their Revolution integrity and of Czechoslovakia’s in femininity to ensure their husband’s 1989. The revolution’s instigator was and Vaclav

On 13.11., CPH:DOX and Gyldendal have

family’sthe honour. Men andof women take turns Havel, last president Czechoslovakia

invited Uffe Ellemann-Jensen and Niels

in telling their honest and personal and the first president of the Czech stories

Barfoed to talk about Havel as a person.

Jordan Havel 2007 //24 MIN.Republic / English Subtitles Obcan Czech 2008 / 119 /

about the who unchallenged rules that dictate Republic, can list the democratisation

PROD. Arab Film&Sociologie Institute of Film / Distr. Arab min. / Prod. Produced

thehis lives of many Arabic women. Women of country, NATO membership and the

Institute of Polakova Film by Jarmilla / Distr. Negativ Film

between the ages of 12 and 30EU years have start of cooperations with the among

Production

to remain concealed atin home so that their his achievements. But Koutecky and

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sexualityjazzy and film, beauty provoke attenJanek’s wedoesn’t are also given the tion. And has reached the chance toonce take aa woman look behind the political age of 30, her Havel beautyrecites and her life in comgeneral scene, where poems, is seenabout as being andinshe appear plains the over, creases hiscan shirts and in public again. But herto modest recommends places eat to appearance the Rolling is of extreme not just for the famStones! Andimportance, the film wonderfully captures ily, but also for her husband’s approach pride, honour the president’s unpretentious to andjob, faith. The film’s protagonist his like when hefemale wins the presidential


SAMPLINGpolitics / REMIX 195 projecting

Lemon Flower Letter to Anna DIRECTOR Eric Pamela Bergkraut Ghanime but a doleful father’s charisma The murder Beirut’s southern suburb of Anna Haret Hraik Politovskaya andfilm. theThestruggle for and philosophical outlook on life is accomthe freedom of speech in Russia housed the headquarters of the Shiite resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese civil war. In 2006, the town

and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is

was7destroyed by Israeli bombs.journalist The On October 2006, the Russian

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants - among them family of the Anna Politovskaja was shotthe in cold blood in

The screening on 12 November is followed

director were driven home. away from town. the lift of- her Moscow In a the politically

by a debate with Eric Bergkraut, Anna’s

All that is left are memories, corrupt Russia that leaves nowhich space‘Lemon for

daughter Vera Politovskaya, the chairman

Flowers’voices, bringsher to life through a conversacritical killing - presumably con-

of PEN Denmark Anders Jerichow and

tion between a father and his daughter. tracted by a high figure in Putin’s regimeIn

Anna Libak.

his in childhood garden inbru-remembrance is no surprise,ofbut Eric Bergkraut’s Harethonest Hraik,film, the father has created of a fantally the assassination Anna

Libanon 2007Germany / 35 MIN.2008 / English Subtitles Switzerland, / 83 min. /

tastic into garden outsideontheir home, filled turns an attack the new entire notion of

/ PROD. ArabFilms Institute of Film / Distr. Distr. Accent International LTD.

with lemon and pomegranate and in freedom of speech and moral trees conscience

Arab Institute of Film

chilli plants. Nature lets him attain peace of Russia. The interplay between the individual mind. For, as he says, unlike human beings, and the larger historical context brings us

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natureup never intends to harmand you. Inhuman the close on both the person the meantime, theAnna women of the family areof rights activist Politovskaja. Many making themselves comfortable in a pink the recordings of Anna were originally shot sofa group andearlier reminiscing aboutThe life Dove in in Bergkraut’s film ‘Coca: Haret Chechnya’ Hraik. The and memories areoffers sad, but From therefore a the judicious combination of melancholy and a unique view of the conditions surrounding humour murder makes ‘Lemon Flower’ anything political that was never solved.

Silence Standard Operating Procedure DIRECTOR Errol Rami Farah Morris conflicts. A documentary During the Six-Day War inthriller 1967, Syria’sabouthuman the Abu Ghraib photographs bywere the hard-hitting American father of docuGolan Heights occupied by the mentary Israelis, and today they are no more than an empty and crushed strip of land at thethe border between the270 twophotographs countries. In autumn of 2003,

topics after the screening on 10 November

Quneitra, as the lonely andArmy deserted buffer were handed over to “The Criminal

in Dagmar.

zone betweenDivision” the two countries called, Investigation at the AbuisGhraib still contains and stories from prison in Iraq.memories The photographs, taken theAmerican past. Thesoldiers conflict not onlyprisoners, divided a by of Iraqi geographic region through in two, but had serisent shock-waves thealso world ous consequences for the people who lived and instantly changed public attitude in it. In the film ‘Silence’, towards theaward-winning war. The photographers were

Syria 2008 2007 // 116 35 MIN. USA min. / English Subtitles /

the humanbut consequences of the convicted, were they also theconflict true are

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction

told in a moving way through strong perpetrators? Armed with thistwo question,

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters from differentdocumentarist generations, the legendary American who talk about the memories that still Errol Morris examines the pictures andlie concealed between ruins and dusty interviews the manythe soldiers involved. sand. Supported by haunting imagery, which drawsdirector connections the The former of Thebetween Danish Council past and the stories of the two Of Ethics, Olepresent, Hartling,the and the legal generationsfor are gradually woven together consultant RCT, the Rehabilitation to a poetic gemCentre about for a derelict quiet and Research Tortureand Victims, patch of land, which will stilldiscuss gives rise great Dorrit Ree Akselbo, thetofilm’s

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SAMPLING / REMIX 196 projecting politics

First Picture Children of Don Quixote DIRECTOR Akram DIRECTORS Augustin Alashqar Legrand, Jean Baptiste Legrand & Ronan Denece

‘First Picture’ is a frightening story about

family he doesn’t know.

what it’s like to be a pregnant woman in an

Israeli prison - centering around twoSome people fight forthehouse year old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour was born in the Israeli prison, where Homelessness hasTelmond almost become an

and a role model for activists of all kinds.

his mother part was imprisoned for terrorist acceptable of modern society. But activity. After the first that’s a lie, at spending least according totwo the years char- in

Augustin Legrand will be present at both

prison with his mother, heand is about to move ismatic Augustin Legrand his activist

screenings of the film.

in with‘Les his father, heQuichotte’, has only met group Enfantswhom de Don when oncepitched before. up Wehundreds follow theofsad little they tents in boy the as he hesitantly adapts the world outside streets of Paris in thetoautumn of 2006, and Palæstina 2007 / 26 Quichotte MIN. / English Les Enfants de Don / France

the the prison walls.ofThe Picture’ got citizens thetitle city ‘First to come out and

Subtitles PROD. ArabWide Institute of Film / 2008 / 75 /min. / Distr. Management

refers to the the homeless photograph that is traditionally live with during a November

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken of a new born child on theform day of night. Even if this untraditional its birth. was The family hasbyalso taken such activism first met rough gendarmes

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a picture Nour.Legrand But more thangradually anything in combatofgear, & Co. else, this first picture illustrates Nour’s managed to get through to the top of the preposterously on the French system, unfavourable and with theirodds: untamphoto, hisand mother takes tight holdto ofget him. able zeal anger, theya managed They are together, but they in prison. Ségolène Royal, Chirac and are Sarkozy to lisNow, has to to living ten toNour the voice of adapt the street. Thewithout result was his mother’s andahas to adjust both political intimacy change and powerful andto a life outside film, the prison together with a captivating whichwalls is both a combat call

My City Flow - For Love of Water DIRECTOR Irena AbdulSalina Salam Al Hajj In antiquity, Can one ownwomen air? No,were right? often Butportrayed why, then,

represents one the womenof who has Madsen, and theofspokesman Attac,

as being can one own chubby water? and This plump is a- question and available

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to Kenneth Haar.

for everyone raised in ‘Flow to -behold For Love andofadmire. Water’,Today, while

live a free and independent life.

admiration the film takes is replaced a close look withatfear, the world’s and many Arabiclargest three womenwater therefore companies have toThames, live in hidingand Suez because Vivendi. of From their beauty. the Yellow In ‘My River City’, weChina in meet over someIndia of the to many Bolivia, Arabic daily women Davidwho have to sacrifice versus-Goliath battlestheir are fought integrity against and femininity the privatisation to ensure of water. their husband’s ‘Flow’ is a harsh and family’s honour. critique of the wave Menofand privatisations women takewhich turns in telling has affected their our honest probably and most personal important stories Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English Subtitles / USA 2008 / 93 min. / Distr. Gill Holland

about the and resource, unchallenged the film paints rulesathat number dictate of

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab

the livesfuture sombre of many perspectives Arabic women. as a result. WomenBut

Institute of Film

between what are the ages consequences, of 12 and 30 if the years planet’s have to remain taps run dry concealed of clean at drinking home so water? that their And

Torsdag 15/11 13/11 kl 16:30 16:30 • Dagmar Thursday Mød hours instruktøren!

sexuality where does andthe beauty responsibility doesn’t provoke - and the attention. And-once solution lie? a woman has reached the age of 30, her beauty and her life in general is seen asscreening being over, she can13appear in After the onand Thursday, public again. But her appearance is November, there will modest be a debate about the of extreme importance, notthe justpresident for the famprivatisation of water with of ily, but also for husband’s honour the Academy ofher Future Studiespride, (Akademiet andfremtidsforskning), faith. The film’s female for Karl protagonist Iver Dahl-


SAMPLINGpolitics / REMIX 197 projecting

Lemon Flower Recycle DIRECTOR Mahmoud Pamela Ghanime al Massad but reconcile a doleful film. The father’s charisma An ex-mujahideen’s Beirut’s southern suburb Haret Hraik struggle to faith and realand philosophical outlook on life is accomity the headquarters of the Shiite housed resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

thecan’t Lebanese civilthe war. In 2006, the town “I lie”, says distraught protagonist

andall sunshine. for his life. And the women’s sadness is

was destroyed Israeli bombs. The“It’s in Mahmoud alby Massad’s ‘Recycle’.

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitantsto- lie,” among family pragof the necessary histhem friendthe answers director - were driventakes awayplace from after the town. matically. The scene Abu All that is left area memories, which Amar has made decision that will ‘Lemon change Flowers’ brings life out through conversahis life and bringtohim of hisahome countionAfghanistan between a father and his daughter. In try - and away from his religion remembrance of lying his childhood and identity. But is the onlygarden way toin Haret Hraik, the father has created a fanget out, as the conditions are extreme in

LibanonUSA, 2007Spain, / 35 MIN. / EnglishThe Subtitles Jordan, Switzerland,

tastic garden outside newwhere home,Iraq’s filled the Afghan city Zarqa their (the city

/ PROD. ArabFrance, Institute of Film 2007 / Distr. Netherlands, Germany / 80

with lemon pomegranate leader of Al and Qaeda, Al Zarqawi,trees was and born).

Arab /Institute of Film Productions min. Distr. iSee

chilli plants. him imagery attain peace Massad’s filmNature offers lets striking as itof mind. us For, as he human beings, takes close upsays, on a unlike real middle eastern nature never intends to harmand you.searching In the person: sensible, despairing thecourage women of are -meantime, and with the to the takefamily responsibilmaking themselves comfortable a pink ity for his own life. The cardboardinboxes, sofa group and his reminiscing about life ina which Abu and son collect to make

Dagmar Vov Torsdag Vov Thursday 15/11 kl 16:30 13/11 • Vester 19:00 Mød hours instruktøren! • Vester Vov Vov Saturday 15/11 14:30 hours

Haret Hraik. The sad,ofbut living, become anmemories existentialare image thethe judicious combination melancholy and human being that has aofsecond life which humour makes is far from what‘Lemon he lovesFlower’ and hasanything fought

Silence - Brides of Allah Shahida DIRECTOR Natalie Rami Farah Assouline human conflicts. An Israeli During the Six-Day woman War in 1967, visits Syria’sfemale Palestinian suicide bombers an Israeli prison Golan Heights at were occupied by the Israelis, and today they are no more than an empty and crushed of land at Israeli Natalie Assouline takesstrip us inside the the borderprison between the two countries. women’s ‘Sharon’, where Palestinian Quneitra, as the lonely and deserted buffer women convicted of terrorism are serving zone between theof two countries called, sentences, many them for life.isAssouline still contains from tries to get anmemories answer toand the stories question of the past. The conflict only divided a how it is possible for anot mother to kill somegeographic region inbeing two, but also had one and to sacrifice together withseriher ous consequences for thecause. peopleBut whoitlived own children for a higher is in it. In the filmcolluded ‘Silence’, obvious thataward-winning the women have to

Syria 2007 English Subtitles Israel 2008 // 35 76 MIN. min. // Distr. First Hand /

the human of the conflictcliare only answerconsequences with learned propagandist

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction Films

told in- until a moving way through strong chés the director slowlytwo breaks down

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters from different the veil of propaganda andgenerations, sees that there whoother talk about the that still lie are causes formemories the acts of terrorism concealed between the ruinsfanaticism... and dusty than ideological or religious sand. Supported byahaunting ‘Brides of Allah’ is strategicimagery, combat which draws connections between theand a between interviewer and interviewee, past and thestudy present, the stories of the and two fascinating of human psychology generations are gradually woven together the mental state of a stateless people. to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet patch of land, which still gives rise to great

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SAMPLING / REMIX 198 projecting politics

First Picture Debate: The Arab Initiative DIRECTOR Akram Alashqar

Lotte Mik-Meyer’s perceptive film ‘The

Arab Initiative’ follows Jakob SkovgaardPetersen, while as the leader of about the ‘First Picture’ is he, a frightening story

family he doesn’t know.

Danish-Egyptian Institue in Cairo, what it’s like to beDialogue a pregnant woman in an tries toprison keep up the dialogue which put Israeli - centering around thewas twounder great pressureboy by Naour. the Mohammed year old Palestinian Naour was crisis detailed description under born in(see themore Israeli Telmond prison, where DANISH DOX AWARD). Usingfor a conversahis mother was imprisoned terrorist tion about thespending film as a the starting point, the in activity. After first two years director andhis themother, film’s protagonist prison with he is aboutwill to move participate on 13 November in aonly debate in with his father, whom he has met about the challenges once before. We followthat thethe sadDialogue little boy as Institute was adapts - and still is -facing: about he hesitantly to the world outside Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / English

cultural divides resolution the prison walls.and Theconflict title ‘First Picture’in

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film /

the relationship between that the West and the refers to the photograph is traditionally

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

islamic taken ofworld. a new The bornother childparticipants on the day ofare Lilian Munk a reviewer at Politiken its birth. TheRösing, family has also taken such

Dagmar Torsdag Thursday 15/11 kl 13/11 16:30 • Cinemateket 20:00 Mød instruktøren! hours

and Information in Literary a picture of Nour.and Butlecturer more than anything Studies Copenhagen University, as well else, thisatfirst picture illustrates Nour’s as Erik Bjergager, the Editor odds: in Chief preposterously unfavourable onatthe Kristeligt photo, hisDagblad. mother takes a tight hold of him. They are together, but they are in prison. Now, Nour has to adapt to living without

Film & Debate: Women and modernity in the middle east

his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a life outside the prison walls together with a

DIRECTOR Diana El Jeiroudi

My City

DIRECTOR Abdul Salam Al of Hajj A debate about the modernisation the Middle East from a woman’s perspective In antiquity, women were often portrayed

represents one of the women who has

as being chubby and And plump - and available What is democracy? what, exactly,

broken with Muslim tradition order to seminar willthe be introduced with ain screening

forthe everyone behold and admire. Today, is Middle to East? In an open debate we

livethe a free and independent life. of documentary ‘Dolls’ by Diana El

admiration is replaced withnotion fear, and many will challenge the existing of these

Jeroudi.

Arabic women therefore to live in terms. Do we accept the have Western definihidingofbecause of theirand beauty. ‘My City’, tions the concepts, do weInexpect

Dolls (Diana El Jeroudi):

we meet of the many Arabic women that evensome non-Western societies should

In the Arab world, the Fulla doll has long

who have to their and subscribe to sacrifice them? And canintegrity we really look

won the fight against its American sister

femininity to ensure husband’s and at the “Middle East” their as coherent whole?

Barbie. Here, she is juxtaposed with all her

family’s honour. Men and women take turns CPH:DOX presents a series of documenta-

ideological ballast against the story about

in telling their honest and which personal stories ries by and about women, illustrate

Manal, a housewife who is split between

Syria / Prod. OrwaSubtitles Nyrabia/ Jordan2007 2007/ /115 24min. MIN. / English

about unchallenged rules that a part the of modern life in this part ofdictate the

her desire to work and both society’s and

for Proaction Film / Distr. First HandArab Films PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr.

the lives of many Arabic women. Womenthe world while simultaneously questioning

her husband’s expectations. The claus-

Institute of Film

between theunderstanding ages of 12 andof30 years haveand audience’s democracy

trophobia gets palpable through the many

to remain concealed home soprogressive that their modernity through anatin-depth,

images from Manal’s cramped kitchen and

sexuality and beauty doesn’t provoke attenand enlightening discussion.

living room. In the meantime, the market-

tion. And once a woman has reached the

ing director for Fulla talks about how the

age of 30, her beauty her life in general The panel consists of and the directors

Fulla doll represents ‘the right conservative

is seenElasJeroudi being over, and she can appear in Diana (Syria) and Roksareh

values’. We may be in Syria, but Manal is

public again. But (Iran), her modest appearance is Ghaemmaghami as well as the social

fighting with familiar - or better: universally

of extreme importance, just for the famcommentator and socialnot activist Asmaa

human - problems, which affect us all

ily, but also for(Denmark). her husband’s pride, honour Abdol-Hamid The debate will

equally.

Dagmar Torsdag Saturday 15/11 kl15/11 16:3015:00 • Cinemateket hours Mød instruktøren!

andmoderated faith. The film’s female protagonist be by Mona Eltahawy (USA). The


SAMPLINGpolitics / REMIX 199 projecting

Lemon Bab Sebta Flower DIRECTOR Luisa Pamela Homem Ghanime but astruggle doleful film. The charisma A group Beirut’s southern of suburb Nigerians’ Haret Hraik dignified in father’s a desperate and philosophical outlook on life is accomattempt to cross of the to Europe. housed the headquarters the border Shiite resistance movement Hezbollah during

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

the Lebanese war. InThat’s 2006,how the town One just wantscivil to weep. life-

and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is

was destroyed by Israeli bombs. The affirming and wonderfully contradicting

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants - among themSepta’ the family of the the Portuguese film ‘Bab is, which directorto- Denmark were driven away from comes endowed withthe thetown. All that is left are which ‘Lemon distinguished Prixmemories, Marseille Espérance. The Flowers’ brings to Africans life through conversafilm follows three whoahave settled tion between a father and Moroccan his daughter. Inof “for now” in the northern town remembrance childhood garden in Tangier, hopingoftohis one day make the leap Haret Hraik, father has created a fanto settle “for the good” in Europe. Desperation

Libanon / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles 108 min. 2007 / Distr. Luisa Homem

tastic garden their new home, filled meets beauty outside when ‘Bab Septa’ gives its

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr.

with lemon space and pomegranate trees and characters to find dignity in life as it

Arab Institute of Film

chilli plants. Naturevictims lets himnor attain peace of is. They are neither type-cast mind. For,they as he says, unlike human beings, refugees, are simply human beings.

Dagmar Torsdag Monday 15/11 kl 10/11 16:30 19:15 • Cinemateket hours Mød instruktøren! • Posthus Teatret Saturday 15/11

nature never to harm you. In thesimAnd in the endintends one ends up moved and meantime, the women the family are ply hopes, that they willofsucceed, whatever making comfortable in a pink they do. themselves Jump that freaking fence! sofa group and reminiscing about life in

16:00 hours

Haret Hraik. The memories are sad, but the judicious combination of melancholy and humour makes ‘Lemon Flower’ anything

Silence It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks DIRECTOR Daniel Rami Farah Leconte The Mohammed During the Six-Day War in 1967, cartoon Syria’s crisishuman seenconflicts. from a French perspective Golan Heights were occupied by the Israelis, and today they are no more than an empty and crushed strip of land at Theo Both the murdered Dutch film director

Hebdo will visit CPH:DOX - in connec-

the border between the two countries. van Gogh and Jyllands-Posten’s cultural

tion with the screening of the film on 9

Quneitra, as the lonely and deserted buffer editor Flemming Rose appear in Daniel

November, they will participate in a debate

zone between the docuthriller, two countrieswhich is called, Leconte’s intense deals

about the subject (see below).

still contains memories and stories from with the conceptions of fundamentalism the past. The conflict not onlyofdivided and the price of the freedom speecha as geographic region incase two, against but alsoCharlie had seriit portrays the court ous consequences the people who lived Hebdo. The satiricalfor French newspaper’s in it. Inwas the to award-winning ‘Silence’, crime publish the 12film Danish

C’est d’etre aime par des cons / 2008 // Syria dur 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles

the human consequences of the conflict Mohammed cartoons accompanied by a are

110 min.Arab / Distr. Pyramide International PROD. Institute of Film/Proaction

told in a moving way through two strong drawing by the French cartoonist Cabu,

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters generations, showing anfrom angrydifferent Mohammed with the tag who “It’s talk hard aboutbeing the memories that still line loved by jerks”. Thelie concealed thenewspaper ruins and dusty court case between against the became sand. Supportedtopic, by haunting imagery, a hot domestic where both Chirac which connections between on the draws one side and Sarkozy on thethe other past commented and the present, thecase, stories the two side on the andofLeconte generations are gradually woven follows the escalation of the casetogether from to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet close range. patchthe of land, which to great Both director andstill thegives editorrise of Charlie

Dagmar Fredag 16/11 Sunday kl 16:30 09/11 Mød • Nationalmuseet instruktøren! 15:00 hours • Grand Monday 10/11 16:30 hours


SAMPLING / REMIX 200 projecting politics

First PictureAssassins, Fiends Dynamiters, DIRECTOR Joseph AkramBullman Alashqar ‘First Picture’ isterrorists a frightening story about Potential versus

he doesn’t know. thefamily West’s paranoia

what it’s like to be a pregnant woman in an Israeli a prison - centering around thebe two‘When muslim fights back, do not year old Palestinian boy Naour. Naour surprised’ is the obstinate slogan in was born in the Israeli Telmond prison, where ‘Dynamiters, Assassins, Fiends’, which uses his mother was imprisoned terrorist ‘An Anarchist Manifesto’ as afor starting point activity. spending first two years in to take aAfter closer look at the relationship prison with mother, he isand about move between thehis western world ‘thetoIslamic in with his whom hasbelieved only met threat’. Andfather, if the film is he to be once before. the sad little boy as together withWe thefollow British muslims being he hesitantly- adapts toWest, the world outside in interviewed then the and London Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. United Kingdom 2008 / 85/ English min. / Distr.

the prison walls. Theanother title ‘First Picture’ particular, is facing terror attack.

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Joseph Bullman

refers to the photograph that is traditionally Controversial CCTV surveillance systems

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken of a newvideo borndiaries child on the day of and personal illustrate the its birth. The family has also taken such paranoid mood.

Dagmar Bio Torsdag Saturday 15/1108/11 kl 16:30 17:30 • Empire Mød hours instruktøren! • Cinemateket Tuesday 11/11 18:45 hours • Empire Bio Sunday 16/11 15:00 hours

a picture of Nour. But than of anything On 11. November, the more screening the else,isthis first picture illustrates Nour’s film followed by a debate with the idea preposterously odds: on the historian Mikkelunfavourable Thorup and the former photo, his mother takes a tight hold Hans of him. Danish intelligence agency director They areBonnichsen. together, but they are in prison. Jørgen Now, Nour has to adapt to living without his mother’s intimacy and has to adjust to a life outside the prison walls together with a

My City Red DIRECTOR Bent Abdul Staalhøj Salam Al Hajj representsfireball one of the women has In Aantiquity, political women portrait were often portrayed of a 86-year-old and who of the

history of Danish as being chubby and plump -socialism and available

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to

for everyone to behold and admire. Today,

live a free and independent life.

admiration is replaced with fear, back and many With ‘Red’, Bent Staalhøj travels

The premiere will take place at the

Arabic toforces live in in timewomen to meettherefore one of thehave main

Worker’s Museum, where Bjarne Jensen

hiding because of their beauty. In ‘MyParty City’, behind the Danish Socialist People’s

and SF’s former leader, Gert Pedersen, will

we meet some of theThrough many Arabic women (SF), Bjarne Jensen. first-hand

be present.

who have to their integritylook and accounts, wesacrifice are given a close-up femininity to ensure their husband’s and at the internal battles within the political family’s honour. Men and women take turns left and at the desperation over the Sovjet in tellingperversion their honest and personal Union’s of socialism. Butstories above Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN.DOK-Film / English Subtitles Rød / 80 min. / Distr. / Bent /

about rules that all, wethe areunchallenged given a close-up look atdictate a man

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab Staalhøj

the lives of sense many Arabic women. Women with a rare of social awareness and

Institute of Film

between ages of 12 and 30 years have a burningthe political commitment. Bjarne to remain concealed at dawning home so sense that their Jensen talks about the of

Dagmar Torsdag 15/11 Festsal kl 16:30 • Arbejdermuseets Mød Wednesday instruktøren! 09/11 13:00 hours

sexuality and beauty among doesn’tyouths, provokeand attensocial responsibility tion. And a woman hasresponsibilreached the about howonce he chose to take age- of 30,when her beauty and her lifelet in them general ity even the Soviet Union is seenTogether as beingwith over,Aksel and she can appear in down. Larsen, he public again. But her modest consequently founded SF as aappearance reaction is of extreme importance, not just for the famtowards inequality and social darwinism, ily, but her dissociation husband’s pride, but alsoalso as afor clear from honour any and faith. The film’s female protagonist kind of dogmatism.


SAMPLINGpolitics / REMIX 201 projecting

Lemon Flower Battle of Rabbit Town DIRECTOR Pamela DIRECTORS Christian Ghanime Pagh & Thomas Bøttcher

Beirut’s southern suburb Haret Hraik

but a doleful film. The father’s charisma

housed the headquarters of the Shiite

and philosophical outlook on life is accom-

was destroyed by Israeli bombs. The

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants amongisthem the family of the These years,- Brazil the home of intense

Morten Nielsen, who inspired the film

director -battles were driven away from the town. political between deeply-rooted

through his field work on corruption and

All that is left memories, which ‘Lemon corruption andare new democratic move-

power structures in Brazil, will also be

Flowers’‘Battle bringsoftoRabbit life through a conversaments. Town’ follows two

present.

panied Briefly: by colourful images of berries, in fruits resistance movement Hezbollah during Business, corruption and passion. democracy and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is the Lebanese civil war. In 2006, the town Brazilian

tion between fatherand andClovis, his daughter. local leaders,aCarlos throughIna remembrance of election his childhood garden in dirty city council campaign in the Haret Hraik, theThe father hasiscreated a fanCoelhos favela. result an unseen

Libanon MIN. / English Subtitles 2008 / 552007 min.//35 Distr. Christian Pagh

tastic garden outside their new picture of Brazilian politics. Onehome, that filled

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr.

with lemon pomegranate treesand andin takes place and on the streets, in bars

Arab Institute of Film

chilli yards, plants.where Nature lets can him be attain peace back votes bought forof mind. For, as heand says, unlike human beings, football shirts, where politics is both a

Dagmar Torsdag Sunday 15/11 kl 09/11 16:30 19:00 • Cinemateket hours Mød instruktøren! • Posthus Teatret Saturday 15/11

nature never to harm you. In the business and intends a passion. meantime, the women of the family are making themselves comfortable in a pink At the premiere of the film on 9 November, sofadirectors group and reminiscing life in the will talk about about the unusual

21:00 hours

Haretof Hraik. Thefilm memories are in sad, story how the was made thebut the judicious combination of melancholy and impoverished and dangerous favela where humour makesplace. ‘Lemon anything the film takes TheFlower’ anthropologist

Silence 69 Debate: DIRECTOR Rami Farah Has Copenhagen become a city in the province? A debate in connection with Nikolaj Viborg’s ‘69’ During the Six-Day War in 1967, Syria’s

human conflicts.

Golan Heights were of occupied by thethe The ‘normalisation’ Christiania, Israelis, andand today they are of noA-huset more than restoration demolition and an empty crushed stripthe of land at the silo onand Islands Brygge, privatisation thethe border between countries.Is of property alongthe thetwo waterfront... Quneitra, as the lonely and deserted buffer the sale and demolition of the Youth zone between two countries called, House just onethe step among manyisthat still contains memories stories from lead to less diversity andand more unification theCopenhagen? past. The conflict not only divided in In connection with thea geographicofregion two, but also (see had seriscreening ‘69’ onin13 November ous consequences for the people who lived description under DANISH DOX AWARD), in it.director In the award-winning ‘Silence’, the Nikolaj Viborg,film the activist

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles /

the human consequences of the conflict Mads, the architect David Zahle, and the are

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction

told inofadevelopment moving way through two strong head at Bygningskultur

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

charactersKristoffer from different generations, Danmark, Weiee, will discuss, to who talk about the memories that stillthe lie what extent Copenhagen is becoming concealed the ruins and dusty victim of a between ‘gentrification project’, which sand.away Supported by cultural hauntingbreathing imagery, does with the which draws between the spaces, whichconnections society is dependent on. past and the present, the stories of the two generations are gradually woven together to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet patch of land, which still gives rise to great

Dagmar Thursday Fredag 16/11 13/11kl 19:00 16:30 hours Mød • Grand instruktøren!


SAMPLING / REMIX 202 projecting politics

First BUT They Picture burn cars, don’t they? DIRECTOR Alashqar An afternoonAkram dedicated to riots - with a debate and an activist film programme

‘First Picture’ is a frightening story about

family he doesn’t know.

whatFrench it’s likebanlieues to be a pregnant woman The exploded in riotsininan

and subsequently there will be an open

IsraeliEurope’s prison - invisible centeringghosts, aroundeveryone the two2005.

debate, among others with Initiativ mod

year aold Palestinian boy Naour. Naour with different ethnic background whowas are

Statsracisme (the initiative against state

born in the Telmond prison, where banished toIsraeli the peripheries of existence

racism).

his mother wasenough. imprisoned for terrorist every day, had “Rabble” is what activity. After spending years in the interior minister at the first time,two Nicolas prison with his mother,had he to is about to move Sarkozy, inadequately say about insection with hisoffather, whom he which has only met a the population, was once before. We the follow the little boy as pressed against wall tosad begin with. heFebruary hesitantly2008, adapts the world outside In thetoviolence came to Palæstina 2007 / 26 MIN. / English

the prison walls. The title ‘First Picture’ Nørrebro.

Subtitles / PROD. Arab Institute of Film /

refers to the photograph that is traditionally Are street fights a new expression for

Distr. Arab Institute of Film

taken of asocial new born child on the day of extreme discord? itscollaboration birth. The family also taken such In withhas openhagen.net,

Dagmar Hus Torsdag Sunday 15/1109/11 kl 16:30 14:00 • Folkets Mød hours instruktøren!

a picture of Nour.you Buttomore than anything CPH:DOX invites the debate at Café else, this first pictureinillustrates Nour’s Under Konstruktion Folkets Hus on 9 preposterously unfavourable odds: on the November at 1400 hrs. We will screen photo, his motherfilm takes a tight of him. Romain Gavras’s ‘365 jourshold à Clichy’ TheySylvain are together, but‘Don’t they are in prison. and George’s Go Into the Now, Nour hasViolence’. to adapt to living without Night Without The editor of his mother’s intimacy and has to will adjust to a Øjeblikket, Jeppe Wedel-Brandt, make lifeintroduction outside the prison walls together an about French suburbs,with a

My City Liveleak: Redefining the Media DIRECTOR Abdul Salam Al HajjGenre and the Documentary represents one of the women who has In Information antiquity, women were wars often inportrayed the year 2008 as being chubby and plump - and available

broken with the Muslim tradition in order to

for everyone to behold It’s not just war per se,and the admire. one withToday,

live a free and independent life.

admiration is replaced with that fear,has and many missiles, blood and bombs, Arabicon women therefore live in taken new forms. Evenhave the to information hiding because beauty. Inaffair. ‘My City’, war has becomeofatheir decentralised we meet is some of theexample many Arabic Liveleak the best of this,women and whoeffect have to sacrifice their integrity andreal the that this website has had on femininity to ensure husband’s and policy decisions can’ttheir be underestimated. family’s honour. Men the andfilm women take turns Saddam’s execution, ‘Fitna’ and a in telling their honest and personal stories row of shocking recordings of the actions Jordan 2007 / 24 MIN. / English Subtitles /

about the unchallenged that dictate of American soldiers arerules just some of

PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr. Arab

lives known of manyexamples Arabic women. Women the best of the media

Institute of Film

between the ages of 12 and 30 Liveleak years have that has leaked from this site. is to remain concealed at home that their instrumental in redefining theso role and

Dagmar Torsdag Thursday 15/11 kl 13/11 16:30 • Cinemateket 16:30 Mød hours instruktøren!

sexuality and beauty doesn’t provoke attenthe possibilities of media as well as docution. Andfilmmaking. once a woman hasthe reached the mentary After screening age of 30, her beauty and her life in general of ‘Iraqi Short Films’ (see discussion und is seen as being and shethe candirector appear in New Vision) on 13over, November, public again. But herdiscuss modestthe appearance is Mauro Andrizzi will potential of of extreme importance, not just of forLiveleak, the famthe new genre with the director ily, but also for her honour Hayden Hewitt. Thehusband’s discussionpride, will be and faith. The female protagonist moderated by film’s Francesco Lapenta.


SAMPLINGpolitics / REMIX 203 projecting

Lemon Flower SLUM-TV DIRECTOR Pamela SLUM-TV examines theGhanime political potential of the film

medium. The people behind the initiative are visiting but a doleful film. The father’s charisma CPH:DOX. Beirut’s southern suburb Haret Hraik housed the headquarters of the Shiite

and philosophical outlook on life is accom-

resistance movement Hezbollah What role can (new) media play induring a slum

panied by colourful images of berries, fruits

thethe Lebanese civilworld? war. InThat 2006, in developing isthe thetown basic

and sunshine. And the women’s sadness is

was destroyed by Israeli The question that directs the bombs. project SLUM-TV.

defused by humour and pep.

inhabitants - among them the family SLUM-TV was established in 2006 by of a the director were driven away town. group of -international artistsfrom and the activsts, All that is left with are memories, whichproduce ‘Lemon who together the inhabitants Flowers’ brings to life through comedies and newsreel in one aofconversathe tion between a father and daughter. In biggest slums, Mathare ofhis Nairobi, Kenya. remembrance of his childhood garden in After public screenings, the material Haret Hraik, the father hasnet created a fanbecomes available on the (www.slum-tv.

Libanon 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles

tastic outside their new home,offilled info /) garden and also serving as an archive oral

/ PROD. Arab Institute of Film / Distr.

with lemon and pomegranate and history. Soon, SLUM-TV’s web trees presence

Arab Institute of Film

chillibeplants. Nature into lets ahim attain peace of will transformed form of social mind. For, as says, unlike beings, “youtube”. ForheCPH:DOX two human of the initators

Dagmar Torsdag Wednesday 15/11 kl 16:30 12/11 • Cinemateket

nature neveras intends harm you.local In the of SLUM-TV well astoone of the meantime,will the talk women of the project, family are producers about show

16:45 Mød hours instruktøren!

making themselves comfortable in aand pink examples of the material produced sofa groupaand about lifethat in announce veryreminiscing special competition Haret Hraik. The memories are but the eventually will bring a person tosad, Mathare judicious combination for a one-week stay. of melancholy and humour makes ‘Lemon Flower’ anything

Silence DIRECTOR Rami Farah During the Six-Day War in 1967, Syria’s

human conflicts.

Golan Heights were occupied by the Israelis, and today they are no more than an empty and crushed strip of land at the border between the two countries. Quneitra, as the lonely and deserted buffer zone between the two countries is called, still contains memories and stories from the past. The conflict not only divided a geographic region in two, but also had serious consequences for the people who lived in it. In the award-winning film ‘Silence’,

Syria 2007 / 35 MIN. / English Subtitles /

the human consequences of the conflict are

PROD. Arab Institute of Film/Proaction

told in a moving way through two strong

Film / Distr. Arab Institute of Film

characters from different generations, who talk about the memories that still lie concealed between the ruins and dusty sand. Supported by haunting imagery, which draws connections between the past and the present, the stories of the two generations are gradually woven together to a poetic gem about a derelict and quiet patch of land, which still gives rise to great

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THE WAY WE LIVE NOW

A LARGE CONFERENCE ABOUT THE WAY WE LIVE NOW – IN COLLABORATION WITH LETTRE INTERNATIONALE AND THE ROYAL DANISH ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS’ SCHOOLS OF VISUAL ARTS Individual occurrences, events, movements and people can suddenly change and characterise the way we see the world and talk about it – they can divide the world in a new way and redirect our attention towards hitherto unknown conflicts, and they can change the way we live and adapt ourselves to our surroundings. Such events were the riots of 1968, the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 or the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. And such events were the meltdown of Chernobyl in 1986 and the emergence of AIDS in the 1980s.

the way we live today. Which conflicts and radical events characterise the way we arrange ourselves and the way we regard our own lives? With the publication of a special edition of Lettre Internationale and the organisation of this conference with artists, authors and writers from all across Europe, we want to try to produce a snapshot of Europe’s mental state right now, because in times of conflict there is a need to take stock and to leave events and discussions behind, and to be able to look forward to new opportunities.

The international culture magazine Lettre Internationale, CPH:DOX and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ Schools of Visual Arts have joined forces to create a project, that will try to outline

The conference is held at Statens Museum for Kunst. Admission is free of charge. Lettre Internationale will be handed out for free. The event is held in English.


SATURDAY, 15 NOVEMBER, 1100 TO 1600 HRS

SUNDAY, 16 NOVEMBER, 1100 TO 1600 HRS

INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

LINDA POLMAN (NL): THE HUMANITARIAN AID SUPER MARKET

GEERT LOVINK (NL): THE GOOGLIFICATION OF OUR LIVES

Humanitarian aid is a global industry. Who can benefit from it?

The only means against an information overflow is a creative net culture

Moderator: Søren Peter Andreasen, founder of Dalberg Global Development

Moderator: Timme Bisgaard Munk, director and editor of

Advisors, a consultancy focusing on international development.

Kommunikationsforum

Linda Polman (born 1960)

Geert Lovink (born 1959)

Journalist and author. Over the past twenty years, she has written for most

Dutch media theorist and internet activist. Founder of the Institute of

Belgian and Dutch newspapers. Was dispatched to Rwanda in 1995, where

Network Cultures in Amsterdam and co-founder of Agentur Bilwet and the

she became an eyewitness to the massacre on an estimated four thousand

Digital City network. He lives and teaches media theory in Amsterdam.

refugees in the Kibeho camp. Next year, her book “With Friends Like These” about the international humanitarian aid industry will be published. ÅSNE SEIERSTAD (NO): EUROPE’S GREAT NEIGHBOUR

EYAL WEIZMAN (ISR): TACTICAL LIQUIDATIONS Israel’s “humanitarian war” has made use of alternative means to keep up territorial security

About being a witness of Chechnya and the Russian House Moderator: Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, lecturer at the Department of Arts and Moderator: Clement Kjersgaard, editor and TV host

Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen

Åsne Seierstad (born 1970)

Eyal Weizman (born 1970)

Norwegian journalist. Has made a name for herself with her daring and

Israeli architect, curator and director of the Centre for Research Architecture

acute coverage from all over the world. She has studied Russian, Spanish

at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. He has worked together with

and the history of ideas at the University of Oslo. Seierstad has worked as

a long list of NGOs and human rights organisation in Israel-Palestine. He is

a correspondent in Russia, China, Afghanistan, Kosovo and subsequently

the editor of the magazine Cabinet and has most recently edited ‘A Civilian

in Iraq. She has written the books ‘One Hundred and One Days’ (2003), ‘The

Occupation. The Politics of Israeli Architecture’ (2003) and published ‘Hollow

Bookseller of Kabul’ (2002) and ‘With Their Backs to the World: Portraits

Land. Israel’s Architecture of Occupation’ (2007). He lives in London and

from Serbia’ (2000). She has most recently published ‘Angel of Grozny’ about

Tel Aviv.

the war in Chechnya. LUNCH BREAK LUNCH BREAK INES WEIZMAN (GER): SUBURBAN FANTASIES HAYDEN HEWITT (UK): REDEFINING THE MEDIA

Suburban landscapes on the border between dream and nightmare

Video-sharing as a political manifestation Kristoffer Lindhardt Weiss, head of consulting and development at Moderator: Nikolai Thyssen, head of new media, Dagbladet Information

Bygningskultur Danmark. Former partner at the architects practice EFFEKT

Hayden Hewitt

Ines Weizman (born 1973)

Co-founder of the video-sharing site LiveLeak, which primarily uses its

German architect and critic. Head of MA Cities, Design and Urban Cultures

servers to host war footage – often recorded by the soldiers themselves, and

at London Metropolitan University. Has worked with utopian architecture

which are often of a nature that other media don’t dare, can’t or don’t want

and the transformation of metropolitan areas in former East Germany. She

to broadcast. It was through LiveLeak that the Dutch anti-Muslim film ‘Fitna’

lives in London.

and the images of Saddam’s execution reached the broad public. DANH VO (DK): GOOD LIFE SYLVAIN GEORGE (FR): BORDERLESS IMAGES

Biography and power

Video activism as a political voice Moderator: Marianne Torp, curator at Statens Museum for Kunst Moderator: Jeppe Wedel-Brandt, editor at Øjeblikket Danh Vo (born 1975) Sylvain George

Danish artist with Vietnamese roots. Often works conceptually, and often

French video activist with an education in philosophy and social sciences,

uses his own Danish-Vietnamese story as a background for his works. Danh

who in his visual communiqués consistently works with giving a voice to

Vo was trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2004 with the

those without one. Not just in ‘N’entre pas sans violence dans la nuit’ (trans-

work ‘Vo’, where he invited his family to take over his place in the creation

latable as Don’t go into the night without violence), which is shown at the

and destruction of the work. Danh Vo is shown at the Reality Check exhibi-

debate event ‘They burn cars, don’t they?’ at this year’s CPH:DOX, but also

tion with the work Good Life (2007).

in the still uncompleted ‘No Border’ about paperless immigrants in Paris, which today’s presentation focuses on.

ROUNDUP

ROUNDUP

THE CONFERENCE IS SUPPORTED BY THE BOARD FOR PROMOTING DEBATE AND INFORMATION ON EUROPE. LETTRE INTERNATIONALE IS PUBLISHED BY THE ROYAL DANISH ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS’ SCHOOLS OF VISUAL ARTS, AND SUPPORTED BY MONTANA.


A LONG D AY OF SHORT FILMS


KAFKA’S LOVE LETTERS, GERMAN HAIRSTYLES ON WHEELS, AND THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY EXPLAINED IN FIVE MINUTES ON A SWEDISH SPEEDWAY TRACK. CPH:DOX WELCOMES YOU TO A LONG DAY OF SHORT FILMS. The short film is a playground and a laboratory, where there is space to try out and follow new ideas and filmic experiments, which are too risky for feature films. The short format gives the filmmaker the possibility to visualise a thought, examine a small corner of the world, try to change it, or maybe just immortalise his eccentric uncle. And it gives all of us the chance to satisfy our curiosity, see how the other half might live and see where the documentary film as such is going. This year, CPH:DOX has dedicated a long day to short films, which otherwise all too rarely reach the darkness of the cinema, with four programmes of absurd, quirky and philosophical snapshots from the world of reality. Take the whole tour and see more films than you have ever seen in one day, or try your luck and be positively surprised. A Long Day of Short Films costs 140 kroner / two discount coupons for the entire day, which includes all four programmes and a soup during the break. One can also buy tickets for individual performances for the normal ticket price.


SAMPLING REMIX 208 a long day/ of short films

Vesterbro Program 1: Kittens, phones and haircuts DIRECTOR Michael Noer

Everyday absurdity in a minimalist setting When Noer gave a digital video camera to his 20-year-old neigh-

testimony of one of life’s most significant transitions, and it shows

bours in Vesterbro, simply briefing them to film the dramatic Everyday life is a broad concept, which varies depending on events

us once and for become all, that fashionable there is more drama beingwant a youth hairstyles have again, youinmight to than

of their daily lives, he hardly he had set in motion. whether you’re a hopeful filmimagined director,what a retired cat-lover, a house

in all pay-TV stations think again. In ‘Berlinput Hairtogether. Today’, the Danish Berlin hairdresser

Likeamost their age, Julie and Martin area impulsive, wild, cat, prizepeople cow, aof schoolchild in Mongolia or just hairdresser-on-

Rikki and a small film crew agree to do something about German

and constantly lookout those points ofdream reference, which wheels. We set on thethe ball rollingfor with a promising about the

hairdressing standards and drive around the city in a Fiat 500,

they canfilm, fall back a few years later an (??). But the camera perfect whichon inonly ‘Miraslava’ becomes ironic mirage. Theacts

offering free haircuts to those people they feel that need them

as a faithful companion theirfollows constant and downs. underplayed Polish film through ‘Kitty, Kitty’ twoups cat-loving pen-It is

most. No matter if beauty ideals are relative or not, they go hand in

an unexpected and intimate sparring one might sioners and their friends. One catchespartner, a hint ofwhich, a shy,as unresolved

hand with hard and painstaking work. This is also true for the world

expect, isbehind there for their silly, devil-may-care acts ofthe fooling around romance their grumpy quarrels and behind tireless care

of animals, which in the Dutch ‘Jolanda 23’ is visited from a slightly

- butafford also when they are atand their most vulnerable, they the hungering neglected cats in themost city’sinsecure, parks.

surrealist viewpoint.

and when everything to be turning against them. ‘Vesterbro’ ‘Fone Fur Follies’, on seems the other hand, is a cheerful paparazzi’s view is their story, andinner exactly it iscat. seen their director eyes and of the privileged lifebecause of a house Thethrough avantgarde subsequently told mobile throughphone Michael Noer’s filmicvideo education, which Vivian Ostrovsky’s film is a funny diary starring draws in friend equal measures Larry and Harmony it her best in the leadon role, andClark featuring quotes in Korine, the soundgoes straight tofrom the bone of the from youth to adulthood track that span ‘Tarzan’ to transition tearful melodramas. with a rarely seen degree of honesty, intimacy and accuracy - from the wild nightsofwith andremember dance andtheir pettyfirst fights, which show And all those you drugs who still school day, will thatdoubt the habits ofthe grownup life are waiting just around the when corner, no feel for 8-year-old Alosha in ‘The First Day’, to the constant that the futurewilderness has to wait. ‘Vesterbro’, he is sent alonefeeling from the Mongolian toWith the school in Noer has notvillage only made relevant but also powerful the country far upathe river. youth And if film, you think thataGerman

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SAMPLING a long day of short/ REMIX films 209

Fengming2: Program ASigns Chinese of Life Memoir DIRECTOR Wang Bing

Four films with a discret, disturbing edge In this film, the Chinese journalist and teacher He Fengming talks about thefilms fearsisshe hadempty to endure during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. To watch to fill spaces. Either where the film more

of the authoritative regime - and a threat to his personal security,

Herless husband wrote lack threesomething, essays criticising theones bureaucracy, which or consciously or where own knowledge

which is here brought to life in anarchistic animations. And

led them accused being right-wing about theboth statetoofbe the world isofno longer enough.and Thetherefore four films of

‘Ma’rib’, finally, is a wordless trip to the city of the same name in

anti-revolutionary, anduse theyofwere each sent to a prison camp to be this programme make aesthetic and cultural abstraction

Yemen, which lies side by side with the ruins of its forerunner from

‘politically rehabilitated’. Hefor Fengming in heart-rending as a cunning political quest traces oftalks life on the perimetersdetail

antiquity. The desert dust wraps the archeologists and the crafts-

about her The 30-year battle survive, unfortunately herpulsate story is of reality. lights fromtothe ‘Grandand Wheel’ ferris wheel

men in a mystical veil, which the editing and the virtuous pictures

not unique. During the Cultural Revolution, around million against the pitch-black night and encircle the profilehalf of aa woman,

transform into a real documentary fresco.

Chinese were accused of being sent to who is smoking a cigarette. Thecounterrevolutionary film, which has takenand its name concentration camps to meetand their deaths. The director from this picture, is an- often underplayed cool protest film, where an Wang Bing has earlier the against serious the consequences of amusement park and ainvestigated demonstration Iraq War both the explosive growth of Chinese industry in thecontrast award-winning illustrate a crisis-ridden America. The critical betweenopus ‘West of the Tracks’, this film he uses more or less onethe camcinematic beauty andbut rawinreality is also smouldering under era setup to focus on one single person to remind usneighbours of the crimes rubbish heaps, among which ‘Familia 068’ and their and human rights violations committed by the communist regime. live. The film, which is stripped of comprehensible dialogue, unfolds ‘Heexceptionally Fengming’ isbeautiful a significant andfrom authentic testament of a difficult in images Nicaragua’s “wasteland”, and conflict-ridden period in China’s which still lives on where the anonymous members fromhistory, Gypsy families drive around in the of older Chinese people, but which is gradually being to findlives recyclable goods. forgotten as a result of the sweeping changes in Chinese society. ‘Cyanosis’ follows Iran’s only street artist, Jamshid Aminfar, whose imaginative and colourful paintings are a protest against the ideals

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SAMPLING REMIX 210 a long day/ of short films

Vesterbro Program 3: Spaced In / Spaced Out DIRECTOR Michael Noer

A philosophical science-faction from the thinner parts of the atmosphere When Noer gave a digital video camera to his 20-year-old neigh-

testimony of one of life’s most significant transitions, and it shows

bours and in Vesterbro, simply briefing to film the dramatic Inner outer space converges inthem a journey, which begins onevents

usisonce for all,that thatthe there is more in being a youth than It alsoand a vacuum three olderdrama scientists at the closed-

of their daily in lives, imagined what hadwhere set in seeing motion. skateboards ‘Tripheonhardly a Piece of Wood’ andhe ends

in all pay-TV stations put in together. down Soviet observatory ‘Cosmic Station’ move around in, while

Like most works. people The of their age, Julie Martin aremould impulsive, wild, no longer six films in thisand programme reality

they hope that one day they’ll be able to register particles from

and constantly on the for those of reference, which according to their verylookout own - and highly points inventive - principles, and

hitherto unknown galaxies and thereby cause a sensation.

back only a few yearsMarker later (??). But the acts they can will fall meet the on approval of Chris fans, and ofcamera everyone

The question is, however, where science ends and where lost

as a faithful theirphilosophical constant upsbrain and downs. It is who is open companion to a round ofthrough visual and gymnastics.

dreams begin. In the Brazilian ‘Dreznica’, the impressionistic Super

an unexpected and intimatecombines sparring the partner, which,from as one might ‘La Constelación Bartleby’ inspiration Marker,

8 images unite in a visual essay about what it’s like to lose ones

expect, isMelville there for their devil-may-care acts of fooling Herman and Raysilly, Bradbury in a literary-poetic futurearound dysto-

eyesight. Blindness is transformed into images, spoken memories

- but also when they are at else theirthan mostthe vulnerable, mostof insecure, pia - created from nothing raw materials reality.

and a poetic prism, where the past and the present melt together.

and when everything seems to besaid, turning ‘Vesterbro’ “Everything is relative,” Einstein and against therebythem. was misunderis theirbystory, and exactly because is seen through their eyes and stood millions. The Swedish filmit ‘Speedway’ throws new light on subsequently toldand through Michael Noer’soffilmic education, which Einstein’s words explains the theory relativity in five minutes draws in equal measures Larry Clark andHund Harmony it with a speedway track as aonmodel. The Bob singerKorine, Thomas goes straight to the bone of the transition Öberg is responsible for the film’s music. from youth to adulthood with a rarely seen degree of honesty, intimacy and accuracy - from the wild nights withother drugs and lets dance petty fights, which show ‘NightStill’, on the hand, itsand meditative and sparklingly that the habits of grownup lifemore are waiting justlight, around thetheir corner, beautiful pictures, which are dark than speak to thesilent constant feeling thatthe thewinter futurevacuum has to wait. ‘Vesterbro’, own language from of theWith Dachstein Noer has not only made a relevant youth film, but also a powerful mountains.

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SAMPLING a long day of short/ REMIX films 211

Fengming4: Program ABeyond ChineseImagination Memoir DIRECTOR Wang Bing

The world as will and imagination - from Kafka to mannequin dolls with a soul In this film, the Chinese journalist and teacher He Fengming talks about the fears she had to endure Cultural The ability to imagine things can beduring both aMao’s freedom and aRevolution. burden.

become the portrait of a particular state of mind.

Her fortunately husband wrote three exclude essays criticising the from bureaucracy, which But it doesn’t other people taking part

And precisely Franz Kafka would no doubt nod in approval at

ledthe them to be you accused ofassured being right-wing and therefore in fun,both of which can be through these four films,

‘Himlen er en kasse’. The walls in the poet Martin Falle’s house are

anti-revolutionary, sentthe to aidiosyncratic prison camp to be which each in their and ownthey way were inviteeach you into

covered in drawings from top to toe, so it’s just like being invited

‘politicallyofrehabilitated’. He Fengming in heart-rending universe a wrinkled brain. ‘My Nametalks is Karl’ gives the worddetail to a

straight into his imaginative head.

about her 30-year battle towho survive, unfortunately her story of is chatty elderly gentleman, couldand have been the descendant

And ‘Zietek’ is a Polish sculptor, who has used the past 40 years

not unique. During Cultural aroundstation half a in million Kaspar Hauser. Karlthe walked intoRevolution, a German police 2006

of his life to fill his and his wife’s house with homemade, female

Chinese accused of his being counterrevolutionary andknown sent tonor and couldwere not remember own name. He was neither

mannequin dolls made of wood. The dolls don’t only have names,

concentration campsand - often to meet their deaths. The notified as missing, he has only recently started to director remember

but also their own personalities, which only the enigmatic Zietek is

Wang Bing investigated the seriouslife. consequences details fromhas hisearlier - as it turns out - spectacular One simply of

on speaking terms with.

the explosive growth of Chinese industry in the award-winning opus doesn’t believe ones own ears when he gets going with his stories. ‘West of thedoes Tracks’, in this film hecould usesthey morebeorthe less one camBut where it allbut come from, and product of a era setupmind to focus onstill onecontaining single person remind us of the crimes rampant while theirtoown truth? and human rights violations committed by the communist regime. ‘He Fengming’ is asame significant andto authentic testament a difficult One could ask the question Franz Kafka. In theof Austrian and conflict-ridden period in China’s which lives on ‘Sag es Mir Dienstag’, we are shown ahistory, different and still unknown side in the lives of older Chinese people, but which is gradually being of literary genius: the author of some dramatic love letters to forgotten as aMilena result Jesenská of the sweeping inletters Chinese society. his girlfriend in Julychanges 1920. The are visualised in grainy and autumnal Super 8 images from a Vienna, which

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SEMINAR


THE FESTIVAL’S SEMINAR PROGRAMME IS AN UMBRELLA OF SEMINARS, MASTER CLASSES, ROUND TABLE DEBATES, SPECIAL SCREENINGS AND WORK-IN-PROGRESS PRESENTATIONS OF UPCOMING FILMS. THE FOCUS IS INTERNATIONAL AND THE STANDARD CORRESPONDINGLY HIGH, WHEN CPH:DOX WELCOMES A LONG LIST OF DANISH AND FOREIGN DIRECTORS AND FILM INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS TO TAKE ON SUBJECTS SUCH AS COPYRIGHT AND ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION.


SAMPLING / REMIX 214 seminar

Vesterbro Real music: documentary soundtracks DIRECTOR Michael Noer

When Noer Reality is filled gave with a digital music, video and camera even if many to hisdocumentarists 20-year-old neighinsist

testimony of one of life’s most significant transitions, and it shows

bours on keeping in Vesterbro, the use of simply music briefing to a minimum, them to film it is the stilldramatic one of theevents main

us once and for all, that there is more drama in being a youth than

of their daily narrative tools lives, of documentary he hardly imagined filmmaking. what he In ahad Danish set incontext motion.

in all pay-TV stations put together.

Like most there was recently people of- their in connection age, Juliewith andChristoffer Martin are Guldbrandsen’s impulsive, wild, and constantly ‘The Secret War’ on- the a large lookout debate for those about points how music of reference, can colour which and they can fall influence ourback perception on onlyof a few reality. years Butlater music (??). can But bethe both camera a suppleacts as a faithful ment and a complement, companion through and both their canconstant make the ups film and experience downs. It is an unexpected larger and one’sand empathic intimateparticipation sparring partner, stronger. which, In other as one words: mightt expect,isisenough There there for to discuss, their silly, when devil-may-care CPH:DOX invites acts of both fooling directors, around - but also editors and when composers they aretoatatheir joint most cross-disciplinary vulnerable, most debate insecure, and conand when everything versation, focusing onseems the creative to be turning work with against music them. in documenta‘Vesterbro’ is their ries andstory, the expressive and exactly potential becauseinherent it is seen in through the interplay their between eyes and subsequently moving images told andthrough lively sound Michael spheres. Noer’sThe filmic debate education, is moderated which draws by Peter in Albrechtsen, equal measures a sound on Larry engineer Clarkand andmusic Harmony journalist. Korine, it goes straight to the bone of the transition from youth to adulthood withparticipants, a rarely seenamong degreeothers, of honesty, intimacy and accuracy(direc- from The are Carl Henrik Svenstedt the wild nightsAdam with drugs and danceDenmark), and petty fights, show tor, Sweden), Nielsen (editor, Sanna which Salmenkallio that the habits of grownup lifeJóhannsson are waiting (composer, just around Iceland) the corner, (composer, Finland), Jóhann to Kristian the constant feeling that the future has tosound wait. With ‘Vesterbro’, & Eidnes Andersen (composer and designer, Noer has not only made a relevant youth film, but also a powerful Denmark)

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SAMPLING / REMIX 215 seminar

Fengming The Musical A Chinese Portrait Memoir DIRECTOR Wang Bing

Meet Steven Sebring and Henri-Jean Debon for a debate about the musical portrait. In this film, the Chinese journalist and teacher He Fengming talks about the had to endure during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Music, filmfears and she great personalities are a potent combination offerHerlots husband wrote three essays criticising bureaucracy, which ing of possibilities. Nonetheless, many the music portraits have an led them both to be accused being and very therefore unfortunate tendency to play of from theright-wing same - rarely musical and they were each sent a prison camp -anti-revolutionary, emotional score. Meet Steven Sebring - thetoman behind the to be ‘politicallyacclaimed rehabilitated’. He Fengming in heart-rending detail critically and deeply personaltalks portrait film ‘Patti Smith: about her 30-year battle to survive, and -unfortunately her story is Dream of Life’ - and Henri-Jean Debob who made the shattering not unique. Killin’ DuringFloor the Cultural Revolution, around half a million ‘Hardtimes Blues’ about the Gun Club singer Jeffrey Chinese wereself-destructive accused of being counterrevolutionary and sent Lee Pierce’s free fall - at a seminar about the to concentration camps - oftenSebring to meetand their deaths. director poetry of musical portraits. Debon willThe debate how Wang Bing hasthe earlier investigated serious consequences one can avoid traditional clichésthe in aid of a more liberated of and the explosive of Chinese in the award-winning opus more musicalgrowth filmic form, whichindustry gets closer to the life lived behind ‘West of the Tracks’, but in this film he uses more or less one camthe music. era setup to focus on one single person to remind us of the crimes

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and human rights violations committed by the communist regime. ‘He Fengming’ is a significant and authentic testament of a difficult and conflict-ridden period in China’s history, which still lives on in the lives of older Chinese people, but which is gradually being forgotten as a result of the sweeping changes in Chinese society.

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He Fengming / Kina 2007 / 186 MIN. / PROD. Wil Productions / Distr. Wil Productions Ltd


SAMPLING / REMIX 216 seminar

Redefining Documentary, Working MultiPlatform RE-DEFINING DOCUMENTARY, WORKING MULTI-PLATFORM Case Stories: Camerawar by Lech Kowalski

Second Life

& Second Life by Alain delle Negra and Kaori Kinishita

Directed by young visual artists Alain della Negra and Kaori Kinoshita, Second Life is a documentary project rendering the

Introducing two new documentary projects from French production

porosity between the virtual and the real, a film about how the

company Capricci Films, this session asks what a documentary

users of the virtual universe have their real lives influenced by

work is today. In what way can it reflect the ‘real’ in a world where

Vesterbro

things happening to their avatars. Setting out to make this a feature

reality is so fragmented? Can traditional cinema create an objective

documentary, the filmmakers were challenged by questions of

account of reality or must we include various platforms, theatres,

DIRECTOR Michael Noer

truth and questions of form. In what way could a documentary

TV, the art scenes and the internet, to get closer to the truth?

film reflect the multifaceted reality, they were encountering?

When Noer gave a digital video camera to his 20-year-old neigh-

Surprisingly some, themost artistic questions found their answers testimony of to one of life’s significant transitions, and it shows

Camerawar bours in Vesterbro, simply briefing them to film the dramatic events

in production process. Supposedly producing a ‘film model’, usthe once and for all, that there is more drama in being a youth than

Questioning the film business reach of their dailycinema lives, heand hardly imagined whatand he its hadability set intomotion.

that convince to get involved, the short film in allcould pay-TV stationsfinanciers put together.

and with audiences, underground’s Likecommunicate most people of their age, Juliethe andAmerican Martin are impulsive, wild,

Neighborhood was made. Subsequently, after more filming, the

answer to Werner Herzog, cultfor figure Lech Kowalski has turned and constantly on the lookout those points of reference, which

short film Newborns was produced, as an intermediate stage

to thecan internet. Renowned controversial winning they fall back on only afor fewhis years later (??).award But the camera acts

that could be presented to the investors. Both films were seen by

documentaries, a journalist oncetheir called Kowalski warrior battling as a faithful companion through constant upsa and downs. It is

festival and art gallery representatives who came on and exhibited

with a camera to redefine thesparring art of documentary. Kowalski an unexpected and intimate partner, which, as onehas might

the two films as works in and of themselves. Additionally, a CD Rom

now taken his battle online with www.camerawar.tv. expect, is there for their silly, devil-may-care acts of fooling around

and a blog was initiated as financing and research devices, At that

Launched on September 29th, 2008, is a new kind - but also when they are at their mostcamerawar.tv vulnerable, most insecure,

point it became obvious that those works were not separate units

of documentary where Kowalski post aagainst new film chapter each and when everything seems to bewill turning them. ‘Vesterbro’

with each their meaning and use, but rather parts of a whole - ele-

Monday for a year. Every chapter andand is their story, and exactly becauseisitaisshort seendocumentary through theirineyes

ments that make up the documentary project.

of itself. Whentold viewed together, whether or in subsequently through Michael Noer’schronologically filmic education, which arbitrary sequences, the chapters a story. They canKorine, be viewed draws in equal measures on Larry tell Clark and Harmony it in

To present camerawar.tv and Second Life at CPH:DOX we are happy

any andto express a new cinematic narrative. Thistoisadulthood a new kind goesorder straight the bone of the transition from youth

to welcome Thierry Lounas, & Mathilde Trichet, producer of both

of cinema in aseen newdegree venue.of A cinema of television and corporate with a rarely honesty,free intimacy and accuracy - from

projects, and Alain della Negra, director of Second Life.

production restraints, through rip away the wild nights with drugs and which dance Kowalski and petty seeks fights,to which show the between audiences about thatwalls the habits of grownup lifeand areartists. waitingBlogging just around theeach corner, chapter, the audience withhas thetodirector with‘Vesterbro’, comments to the constant feelingcan thatinteract the future wait. With or by submitting and music ofyouth their film, own.but also a powerful Noer has not onlyfilms made a relevant

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SAMPLING / REMIX 217 seminar

Young punks & copyright in the 21st century Fengming A Chinese Memoir YOUNG PUNKS & COPYRIGHT IN THE 21st CENTURY DIRECTOR Wang Bing In thisStory: Case film, the RIP:Chinese A Remixer’s journalist Manifesto and teacher He Fengming talks

bits and pieces contributed to his video remix community, called

aboutBrett Talk: the fears Gaylor she & had Jamie to endure King during Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

OpenSourceCinema.org, by people all around the planet. Showing

Her husband CPH:DOX is delighted wrote three to present essays an criticising energetic theand bureaucracy, thought provokwhich

a way to facilitate online collaboration and creating a participatory

led them ing session both with to two be accused young filmmakers of being right-wing who are revolutionizing and therefore

way to discuss the issues of copyright and ownership.

anti-revolutionary, perceptions of copyright and they through were their eachuse sentoftothe a prison internet. camp to be

Joining Brett on stage for the wrap-up discussion is well known

‘politically The copyright-industry rehabilitated’. is He at aFengming crossroad. talks Peer-to-peer in heart-rending networks detail

filmmaker Jamie King. Jamie is the director of the STEAL THIS

about are exploding her 30-year and the battle ordinary to survive, distribution and unfortunately systems are her losing story is

FILM project, a film series examining the technological and cultural

not unique. market. People During mixthe andCultural share sound Revolution, and motion around when, half awhere million and

aspects of the copyright wars and the cultural and economic impli-

Chinese as they like. wereSome accused say culture of beingiscounterrevolutionary like a donut - pay forand it, and sentyou to get

cations of the internet. STEAL THIS FILM documents the movement

concentration to eat it. Otherscamps say you - often can’tto own meet music their- its deaths. just feelings, The director and how

against intellectual property produced by The League of Noble

Wang can you Bing ownhas that? earlier So who’s investigated right? Isthe culture serious a product? consequences And will of the

Peers and so far two parts have been released via the BitTorrent

the explosive next generation growth ever of settle Chinese for anything industryless in the than award-winning free? opus

peer-to-peer protocol. According to the filmmakers STEAL THIS

‘West of the Tracks’, Kickstarting the discussion but in this is Canadian film he uses filmmaker-rebel more or less Brett one cam-

FILM was downloaded 150.000 times in the first three days of

era setup Gaylor introducing to focus on and one showing single clips person from to remind his brand us new of the docucrimes

distribution. The documentary can also be downloaded on official

and human mentary project rights RIP: violations A Remixer’s committed Manifesto. by theFor communist several years, regime.

STEAL THIS FILM website www.stealthisfilm.com.

‘He Fengming’ Brett has been is researching a significant theand intersection authentic of testament culture and of acreativity difficult -and exploring conflict-ridden how in the period digital in China’s age, everything history, we which know stillabout lives copyon in thehas right lives been of older turned Chinese upsidepeople, down. From but which mash-ups is gradually to filesharing, being forgottentoasdistribution, creation a result of the everything sweeping is changes in flux. Questioning in Chinese ownership society. and rights, Brett has constructed a feature documentary based on

Moderated by artistic director of HotDocs Sean Farnell, this session

will also invite more traditionally thinking right holders on board Cinemateket Tirsdag 13/11 kl 15:45 OBS. Billetpris 100 • asking how and 2ifrabatklip we can talk about rights, when dealing with an kr. eller anarchistic media like theSøndag internet.18/11 kl 17:00 OBS. Billetpris Husets Biograf • 100 kr. eller 2 rabatklip

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SAMPLING / REMIX 218 seminar

Vesterbro DIRECTOR Michael Noer When Noer gave a digital video camera to his 20-year-old neigh-

testimony of one of life’s most significant transitions, and it shows

bours in Vesterbro, simply briefing them to film the dramatic events

us once and for all, that there is more drama in being a youth than

Smells Like Teen Spirit Like most people of their age, Julie and Martin are impulsive, wild,

in all pay-TV stations put together.

of their daily lives, he hardly imagined what he had set in motion.

and constantly on the lookout for those points of reference, which

they can fall back on only a few years (??). But the camera acts From counterculture tolater fashionable culture? as a faithful companion through their constant ups and downs. It is an unexpected intimate sparring partner, aswe one might On the occasionand of the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’which, series, have expect,three is there for theirwho silly, devil-may-care of fooling invited directors, each in their own acts way work with around the - but alsoform when are expression at their most vulnerable, insecure, “trashy” ofthey artistic - Daniel Crossmost (‘S.P.I.T.’), Chris and when everything seems beSexual turning against them. ‘Vesterbro’ Waitt (‘A Complete History OftoMy Failures’) and Michael Noer is their story, and exactly because it is seen through their eyes and (‘The Wild Hearts’) - to talk about aesthetics and anti-aesthetics, subsequently told through Michael Noer’s filmic education, about counterculture and fashionable culture, and about thewhich draws in equal measures on aLarry Clark and authentic Harmony Korine, possibilities of working with rebellious form of it goes straight to theisn’t bone of the transition from youth to adulthood expression, which automatically assimilated by the big comwith a rarely seen degree Is of DIY-culture honesty, intimacy accuracy - from mercial hipster machine. and theand belief in a personal, the wild nights with drugs and dancebeing and petty show punky and transcending expression eatenfights, up by which an industry the habits grownup life are waiting just around the corner, that feeds off a of subculture of aesthetic self-presentation? Have to the constant that the future hassuch to wait. With Richardson ‘Vesterbro’, magazines suchfeeling as VICE, photographers as Terry Noerbrands has not onlyas made a relevant youth film,itbut also a powerful and such American Apparel made impossible to be rebellious with the anti-aesthetic.

• Empire Bio Fredag 09/11 kl 22:30 Cinemateket Torsdag Wednesday 15/11 kl 21:30 12/11 14:00 hours • Grand

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SAMPLING / REMIX 219 seminar

Re-inventing Entertainment Fengming A Chinese Memoir open source’ project for filmmakers aiming to help content creaCase Story: Lance Weiler

DIRECTOR Wang Bing

tors understand the changing landscape of funding, production,

CPH:DOX is the proud to present an exclusive session Lancetalks In this film, Chinese journalist and teacher He with Fengming

related projects include FROM HERE TO AWESOME a discovery and

Weiler, pioneer and had gurutoinendure 21st century Named a tech about the fears she duringfilmmaking. Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

distribution R&B lab, as well as DIY DAYS a series of conferences

iconoclast andwrote a re-inventor of entertainment of the which way Her husband three essays criticising thebecause bureaucracy,

that bring innovators together with content creators to discuss and

he distributes work,right-wing Lance Weiler at CPH:DOX ledproduces them bothand to be accused his of being andistherefore

debate the future of the industry.

Talk: Lance Weiler & Matt Dentler

promotion, and distribution in a digital age. Other Workbook

to inspire filmmakers think out each of thesent box.to a prison camp to be anti-revolutionary, andtothey were ‘politically rehabilitated’. He Fengming talks in heart-rending detail

Wrapping up the session, Matt Dentler will join Lance Weiler

about her 30-year battle survive, and unfortunately her story is Lance’s first feature THEto LAST BROADCAST has the honor of being

on stage to further the talk on new production and distribution

not first unique. Duringrelease the Cultural Revolution, around a It million the all digital of a motion picture in thehalf USA. is cur-

possibilities. Matt is former programmer at SXSW now heading

Chinese were accused of 20 being counterrevolutionary and sent to rently distributed in over countries and has, in a self-distributed

Cinetic Rights Management. CRM was formed in 2007 by Cinetic

concentration often to meet worldwide. their deaths. The effort, grossedcamps over 4 -million dollars For hisdirector newest

Media offering film sales representation for digital media. CRM is

Wang Bing hasTRAUMA, earlier investigated the serious of feature, HEAD Lance put together hisconsequences own 17 city theatri-

dedicated to assessing the universe of licensing opportunities in

the release, explosivewhich growth of Chinese industryDVD in the award-winning cal rolled into a national release and a VODopus

order to maximize revenue on behalf of filmmakers. CRM maintains

‘West ofby theWarner Tracks’, but in this film he uses more orwith lessnew one ways camrelease Brothers. Always experimenting

up-to-the-minute relationships with and knowledge of all digital

eratell setup to focus on oneaudiences, single person to developed remind us aofcinema the crimes to stories and reach Lance ARG

retailers, from the large portals serving the broadcast audiences to

and humanreality rightsgame) violations committed by the communist regime. (alternate around HEAD TRAUMA. The cinematic ARG

the small sites serving deep niche interests.

‘Hea Fengming’ a significant authentic of a over difficult is mash-up ofismovies, music,and theatrics andtestament gaming - and 2.5 and conflict-ridden period inelements China’s history, whichacross still lives on million people experienced of the game theatres, in the lives of older Chinese people, is gradually being mobile drive-ins, mobile phones andbut thewhich internet. forgotten as a result of the sweeping changes in Chinese society. Lance is also the founder of www.workbookproject.com - a ‘social

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SAMPLING / REMIX 220 seminar

Distributing in between film/art Sharing experiences in exchanging fields and investigating the

internationally.

frontiers between cinema and art, video artists, curators, programmers and distributors will debate relationships between film and

Andrea Picard is a curator and film programmer for Cinematheque

other contemporary visual art forms. In focus is the art scene, art

Vesterbro

Ontario as well as the curator of Wavelengths, the Toronto

galleries, museums and institutions as alternative distribution

International Film Festival’s avant-garde programme, an important

venues for documentary films. Which are the venues, who are the

DIRECTOR Michael Noer

forum for international artists, curators and filmgoers.

people, what are they looking for and how can filmmakers and

Her longstanding FILM/ART column for Cinema Scope magazine

artists crossgave borders? When Noer a digital video camera to his 20-year-old neigh-

explores between cinema and the visualand artsit‘ashows place testimonythe of junctions one of life’s most significant transitions,

bours in Vesterbro, simply briefing them to film the dramatic events

where finds herself. us onceshe andoften for all, that there is more drama in being a youth than

The discussion willhe behardly in the imagined safe hands of Tiziana of their daily lives, what he hadFinzi. set indirector motion.

in all pay-TV stations put together.

and FORWARD, a prestigious section at wild, Likeprogrammer most people of PLAY their age, Julie and Martin are impulsive,

Alain delle Negra has a Plastic Arts background and specializes in

Locarno International Film Festival made in collaboration and constantly on the lookout for those points of reference,with which

video arts. He is currently making Second Life - his first documen-

the important art later galleries on acts theymost can fall back oncontemporary only a few years (??). and But focusing the camera

tary film together with long term artistic collaborator and partner

visual arts. companion through their constant ups and downs. It is as a faithful

artist Kaori Kinoshita. Part of their research has been screened at

an unexpected and intimate sparring partner, which, as one might

film festivals and art institutions as installations. Alain delle Negra

Also joining the for panel is Mark Adams, Directoracts of Cinema at around the expect, is there their silly, devil-may-care of fooling

is presenting his work in progress at DOX:FORUM and joins this

Institute Contemporary invulnerable, London. Mark oversees - but alsoofwhen they are atArts their(ICA) most most insecure,

panel with his experience in crossing borders between art and film.

all operations at seems the ICA,toincluding theagainst venue’s two cinema andfilm when everything be turning them. ‘Vesterbro’ screens and the distribution ICA Films. He isand is their story, andfilm/DVD exactly because it is company seen through their eyes

Completing the panel is Dietmar Schwärzler from Sixpack Films.

also a film critic writerMichael with several publications. subsequently toldand through Noer’s filmic education, which

Sixpack Films was founded in 1990 as a non-profit organization

draws in equal measures on Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, it

working to secure an audience for Austrian film and video art and

Jytte Jensen has been with Museum of Modern NY since goes straight to the bone of The the transition from youthArt to in adulthood

Dietmar brings his experience in presenting and working films in

1984 organizes international retrospectives, retrospecwith awhere rarelyshe seen degree of honesty, intimacy and accuracy - from

the art context to the panel.

tives of individual international artists,and as petty well as programs the wild nights with drugs and dance fights, whichof show experimental independent cinema. Jytte onthe several that the habitsand of grownup life are waiting justserves around corner, boards as well as on many and funding panels and has conto the constant feeling that grant the future has to wait. With ‘Vesterbro’, tributed festivals and artainstitutions Noer hasprogramming not only madetoaseveral relevantother youth film, but also powerful

• Empire Bio Fredag 09/11 kl 22:30 Cinemateket Torsdag Friday 15/11 kl 14/11 21:30 11:15 hours • Grand

Danmark 2007 / 78 MIN. / English Subtitles / PROD. Copenhagen Bombay Production ApS / PRODUCER Sarita Christensen / Distr. Nordisk Film Biografdistribution


SAMPLING / REMIX 221 seminar

From Manila Fengming A Chinese to Cannes Memoir - New Philippine Cinema DIRECTOR Wang Bing revolution and the digital In this film, the Chinese journalist and teacher He Fengming talks about the on fears had has to endure during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Nowhere thisshe planet the digital filmmaking revolution Her husband wrote three essays the bureaucracy, which been any more significant than incriticising the Philippines, which is why led them to befocus accused of will being right-wing this year’sboth special series take a look atand Newtherefore Philippine anti-revolutionary, and they cameras were each sent a prison camp to be Cinema. Armed with digital and an to unshakeable credo ‘politically rehabilitated’. Fengming in heart-rending detail that filmmakers are here He to make filmstalks - under any circumstances about herwhatever 30-year battle survive, and unfortunately story is and with meanstothey’ve got - the latest crop her of Philippine not unique. During the Cultural Revolution, around a million filmmakers have created a vibrant film culture withhalf an international Chinese were accused of being counterrevolutionary sent to reach. For even if Philippine films are made in almostand no time and concentration camps -they often meet their deaths. The director with very few means, aretostrongly represented at international Wangfestivals. Bing hasThis earlier serious of film yearinvestigated alone, their the films could consequences be seen at the big, the explosive growth of Chinese industry in the award-winning opus prestigious film festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Rotterdam. ‘West of the Tracks’, but filmthe hefrontman uses more onenew camWe have invited Khavn deinlathis Cruz, of or theless digital era setup to focus single person to remind the crimes wave, to talk abouton theone opportunities opened up byus theofdigital and humanand rights violations the communist regime. revolution about makingcommitted films of an by international calibre, while ‘He Fengming’ is ato significant and authentic testament of a and difficult remaining faithful both one’s personal artistic ambitions to and unique conflict-ridden period in history, which lives on the characteristics of China’s one’s home nation. Hestill is accompanied in the of older Chinese people, but which is gradually being by the lives producer Arleen Cuevas and Sherad Anthony Sanchez, the forgottenofas‘The a result of Stories the sweeping changes in Chinese society. director Woven of the Other’. The discussion will be moderated by Thure Munkholm, programme editor of CPH:DOX.

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SAMPLING / REMIX 222 seminar

Vesterbro DIRECTOR Michael Noer When Noer gave a digital video camera to his 20-year-old neigh-

testimony of one of life’s most significant transitions, and it shows

bours in Vesterbro, simply briefing them to film the dramatic events

us once and for all, that there is more drama in being a youth than

of their daily lives, he hardly imagined what he had set in motion.

in all pay-TV stations put together.

Like most people of their age, Julie and Martin are impulsive, wild, and constantly on theThe lookout forCurtain those points of reference, which Behind

they can fall back on only a few years later (??). But the camera acts as connection a faithful companion through their constant ups and It is In with DR, we are preparing the ground for downs. an exciting an unexpected and intimate sparring partner, one might day about the borders between journalism andwhich, fiction.asWhen DR expect, is there for ‘From their silly, devil-may-care acts of fooling around in January showed Thailand to Thy’, almost one million - but also when theytoare their mostThe vulnerable, mosta insecure, viewers were glued theattelevision. film showed reality in and when everything seems tohave be turning against them. Denmark, which many people prejudices about, but‘Vesterbro’ it did so by is their story, and exactly because is seen through their eyes and staying at eye-level with the film’s it participants. The sequel, ‘From subsequently toldwill through Michael Noer’s filmic education, which Thy to Thailand’, be shown here, and after the screening, the drawsdirector in equalJanus measures Larry Clark and Korine,Sine it film’s Metz,on the researcher andHarmony anthropologist goes straight to theasbone of the transition from to adulthood Plambech as well the couple participating in youth the film, Niels and with a rarely seen will degree of honesty, intimacy and accuracy - from Sommai Molbæk, discuss the making of the film, its premises the wild nights with drugs andHoffman dance and petty which show and ethical challenges. Mette from DRfights, will moderate the that the habits of investigative grownup life journalism’s are waiting just around the political corner, discussion about shift from the to the constant feeling thatproblems the future has to wait. With ‘Vesterbro’, sphere to communicating within intimate spheres. Noer has not only made a relevant youth film, but also a powerful

• Empire Bio Fredag 09/11 kl 22:30 Cinemateket Torsdag Tuesday 15/11 kl 11/11 21:3013:15 hours • Grand

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SAMPLING / REMIX 223 seminar

Fengming A Chinese Memoir DIRECTOR Wang Bing In this film, the Chinese journalist and teacher He Fengming talks about the fears she had to endure during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Her husband wrote three essays criticising the bureaucracy, which The Gonzo heritage led them both to be accused of being right-wing and therefore

anti-revolutionary, and they were sent toabout a prison to be We are preparing the ground for aeach discussion the camp challenge ‘politically rehabilitated’. He Fengmingfilmmaking. talks in heart-rending detail of Gonzo journalism for documentary Today, making about 30-year battle toand survive, and unfortunately is use of her literary techniques subjective perspectives her is nostory longer not unique. During Culturaland Revolution, around half athe million seen as being quitethe as radical provocative, as when father Chinese accused of being counterrevolutionary sent to of Gonzowere literature, Hunter S. Thompson, started the and trend in the concentration camps - often to meet their deaths. The method director 1960s. But nonetheless, it is still a significant working Wang Bing has earlierand investigated the serious of for many journalists, it is a tendency which consequences is reflected in the the explosive of growth of Chinese industry inThe theday award-winning development documentary filmmaking. kicks off withopus ‘West of the Tracks’, in this film one caman exclusive preview but of ‘Gonzo: The he Lifeuses and more Work or of less Dr. Hunter S. era setup to after focuswhich on onethe single person remind us of the crimes Thompson’, heritage andtopotential of Gonzo jourand human rights violations committed by the communist regime. nalism will be discussed by Morten Sabroe, Denmark’s best-known ‘He Fengming’ of is anew significant and the authentic of a and difficult representative journalism, authortestament Poul Pilgaard the and conflict-ridden period inwho China’s history, lives in onher Norwegian Åsne Seierstad, herself gets which deeplystill involved in the lives older people, but which is gradually being stories and of with theChinese people whe describes in her books. The debate forgotten as aby result of the sweeping changes in Chinese society. is moderated Martin Breum from DR2.

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SAMPLING / REMIX 224 seminar

Vesterbro DIRECTOR Michael Noer When Noer gave a digital video camera to his 20-year-old neigh-

testimony of one of life’s most significant transitions, and it shows

us once and for all, that is more drama in being a youth than bours in Vesterbro, simply briefing them to film the as dramatic The documentary Aevents thriller: A there conversation in all pay-TV stations put together. of their daily lives, he hardly imagined what he had set in motion. with James Marsh Like most people of their age, Julie and Martin are impulsive, wild, and constantly on the lookout for those points of reference, which they can onthe onlyBritish a few director years later (??).Marsh But thehas camera With ‘Manfall Onback Wire’, James madeacts as a of faithful companion throughand their constant ups and downs. It is one this year’s best-received popular documentaries. an unexpected and sparring which, asofone might Not least thanks to intimate his elegant use of partner, the instruments fiction. expect, is there for their silly, devil-may-care of fooling around Reconstructions, the suggestive use of music acts and the screenplay’s - but also structure when they- are their mostthat vulnerable, insecure, narrative thatatresembles of a heistmost movie - all and when everything seems turning againstwhich them.disengages ‘Vesterbro’ contribute to putting the filmtoinbe a genre context, is from their the story, and“documentary” exactly because it is seenit through theirappeal, eyes and it label and gives an audience subsequently told through Noer’s filmic education,ofwhich which is comparable to theMichael great mainstream productions draws in equal measures Larrycareer, Clark and Harmony Korine, it Hollywood. Throughout hisonentire Marsh has effortlessly goes straight to the bone ofdocumentary the transition-from youth to adulthood moved between fiction and and in a conversawith with a rarely seenRiis-Hansen, degree of honesty, intimacy and accuracy tion Anders who himself is working on a - from the wildproject nights with his drugs dance pettyterrorist fights, which similar filmand about theand Danish groupshow that the habits of grownup life are waiting justofaround the convencorner, Blekingegadebanden, he talks about the use the genre to theofconstant feeling thatthe therationale future has to wait. With ‘Vesterbro’, tions fiction, and about behind “documentary as Noer has not only made a relevant youth film, but also a powerful thriller”.

• Empire Bio Fredag 09/11 kl 22:30 Cinemateket Torsdag Friday 15/11 kl 14/11 21:30 14:00 hours • Grand

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SAMPLING / REMIX 225 seminar

Fengming A Chinese Memoir DIRECTOR Wang Bing In this film, the Chinese journalist and teacher He Fengming talks

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Copenhagen Bombay Refshalevej 147, 1. 1432 Copenhagen K Denmark Cosmo Film Ryesgade 106a 2100 Copenhagen Ø Denmark Tel: +45 35 38 72 00 cosmo@cosmo.dk Deborah Ligorio Germany deborahligorio@googlemail. com

Choses Vues Francis Lecomte SCOP à capital variable en A.R.L 75018 Paris France Tel: 493 842 488 contact@choses-vues.com

Det Svenske Filminstitut Sara Matushita-Rüster Filmhuset, Borgvägen 102 52 Stockholm Sweden Tel: +46 8 665 1100

Christian Pagh Denmark pagh.christian@gmail.com

Discovery Films Joreida Torres USA

Ciné-Tamaris 86 rue Daguerre 75014 Paris France Tel: +33 1 43 22 66 00 cine-tamaris@wanadoo.fr

DOK-Film / Bent Staalhøj Bent Staalhøj Tyrolsgade 11 2300 Copenhagen S Denmark dok-all@vip.cybercity.dk

Cinema Mondo Unioninkatu 10 00130 Helsinki Finland Tel: +358 9 633 767 villep@cinemamondo.fi Cinema Scope Productions 465 Lytton Boulevard ON M5N 1S5 Toronto Canada Tel: +1 416 889 5430 sancho@cinema-scope.com Cinephil 18 Leventin St. 65112 Tel Aviv Israel Tel: 972 3 566 4129 info@cinephil.co.il

Dox on Wheels Øster Farimagsgade 16 b 2100 Copenhagen Ø Denmark Tel: 50598159 nfo@cphdox.dk Engram Film Productions Cseresznye utca 58 1112 Bratislava Hungary Tel: +36309868903 engram@c3.hu Ethan Productions 36 Blvd. de la Bastille Paris 75011 France Tel: France


Eyesteel Film 4475 Boulevard St. Laurent, #202 H2W Montréal, Québec Canada Tel: 1 514-937-4893 daniel@eyesteelfilm.com Film Sales Company Theatrical Sam Sibble 151 Lafayette St. (5th floor) 10013 New York USA Tel: +1 212 6250535 andrew.herwitz@filmsalescorp. com Filmless Films 21 Kamias Road 1102 Quezon City, Metro Manila Philippines Tel: +63 9178394676 First Hand Films Esther van Messel Fritz heeb -Weg 5 8050 Zürich Switzerland Tel: +41 44 312 20 60 info@firsthandfilms.com Folkets Bio Stora Nygatan 21, Box 2068 103 12 Stockholm Sweden Tel: +46 8 545 275 23 info@folketsbio.se Fortissimo Film Sales Frederique de Rooij Veemarkt 77-79 1019 DA Amsterdam Netherlands Tel: +31 206 27 3215 marnix@fortissimo.nl Fourhands Film ApS Bjørnholms Allé 4-6 8260 Viby J. Denmark info@fourhandsfilm.dk Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin Auguststrasse 26 10117 Berlin Germany Tel: +49.30.280 6605 berlin@eigen-art.com

Gill Holland the group entertainment, sonaBLAST! Records 632 E. Market St., 2 USA Tel: (502) 561-1162 gill@thegroupentertainment. com

It’s All True - International Documentary Film Festival Rua Mourato Coelho, 325 - Cj.06 05417-010 São Paulo Brazil Tel: (55 11) 3064-7617 labaki@uol.com.br

HBO Central Europe Pulawska 17 Poland info@cinemaxtv.cz , krak@ hbo.pl

Joseph Bullman UK josephbullman@mac.com

Heiko Kalmbach Germany Tel: (49-30) 442 52 44 h.kalmbach@gmail.com

Ken Jacobs 94 Chamber Street 10007 NY New York USA Tel: +1 (212)-227-3144 nervousken@aol.com

Hoptza Films USA Tel: +1 917 853 4434 margx@hoptzafilms.com HUCKLEBERRY FILMS rue de Savoie 15 75006 Paris France Tel: +33 6 22 31 51 98 huckleberryfilms@orange.fr Ignatius Films Canada, Manila Office 947 Busilak Street, Barangka Drive 550 Mandaluyong City Philippines Tel: (63-2) 747 6742 ignatiusfilmscanada@yahoo.ca IMG Media Distribution UK Tel: +44 (0)208 233 5300 iSee Film Productions Pauwstraat 7 3512 TG Utrecht Netherlands Tel: + 31 30 23 81718 info@bashafilm.com Isotope Films 100 Ave. of the Americas, 14th floor NY 10013 New York USA Tel: 1 212 659 3738

Kick the Machine 641/10 Vara Place, Ladprao 5 10900 Jatujak Thailand Tel: +66 2 938 4460 kickthemachine@gmail.com Kinski Productions Hamraakoppel 101 22395 Hamburg Germany Tel: 040/881659920 geyer@kinski.de Kourtrajme Romain Gavras 7 Rue Picasso 93370 Montfermeil France Tel: +33 (0)1.41.12.10.00 kimchap@kourtrajme.com Lav Diaz Philippines lavrente@yahoo.com Lazennec 5, rue Darcet 75017 Paris France Tel: +33 1 53 04 41 00 pmaus@lazennec.com Lee Ann Schmitt 2658 Cunard Street CA 90065 Los Angeles USA Tel: (323) 304.4588 lee_anne_schmitt@hotmail. com

Les films d’Ici 62, bd. Davout 75020 Paris France Tel: +33 1 4452 2333 catherine.roux@lesfilmsdici.fr Les Films Hors-Champ L’Epignau 1 1373 Chavornay Switzerland Tel: +41 21 550 3640 films@hors-champ.ch Luisa Homem Portugal Tel: +351 96 255 80 52 luisa.homem@gmail.com Magnolia Pictures Laird Adamson 49 W 27th St., 7th Floor NY 10001 New York, NY USA Tel: (212) 924-6701 cbowles@magpictures.com Markus Löffler Buntentorsteinweg 47 28201 Bremen Germany hbloeffler@yahoo.de Marlon E. Fuentes Philippines Martinsen Kunst & Kommunikation Nødholmsvej 52 4171 Glumsø Denmark Tel: +45 5172 8212 soren-m@vip.cybercity.dk Matt Tyrnauer, Matt Kapp USA matt@tyrnauer.net, kappmatt@ mac.com yyy Metal On Metal Productions Sean Barney 11812 SAN VICENTE BLVD; FOURTH FLOOR 90049 CA, LOS ANGELES USA Tel: +1 (310) 867-9818 seanbarney@seanbarney.com


Mikael Drozd På Bjerget 4 2400 Copenhagen NV Denmark Tel: +45 - 2768 0979 mikael.drozd@gmail.dk Mike Ott USA soundvirus@aol.com Miracle Film Jes Graversen Dronningens Tværgade 44, 4 m.f. 1302 Copenhagen K Denmark Tel: +45 3314 7602 jes@miraclefilm.dk Mosquito project Leandro HBL Praia de Botafogo, 96 ap 1702 22250-040 Rio De Janeiro Brazil Tel: 0055 21 3253 1022 info@leandrohbl.com National Film Board of Canada Madeleine Bélisle 3155 Côte de Liesse H4N 2N4 St-Laurent, QC Canada Tel: +1 514 283 9700, +1 514283-27 festivals@nfb.ca Negativ Film Production Katerina Riley Ostrovni 30 110 00 Praha 1 Czech Republic Tel: 00 420 606 634 688 office@negativ.cz Netherlands Media Art Institute (MonteVideo/Time Based Arts) Keizersgracht 264 1016 EV Amsterdam Netherlands Tel: +31 20 623 7101 theus@nimk.nl

New Line Cinema International Maria Ortiz 116 North Robertson Boulevard 90048 Los Angeles, CA USA Tel: +1 310 854 5811 Niels Plenge Egilsgade 40, 2. sal tv. 2300 Copenhagen S Denmark Tel: 32 57 13 56 Noble Entertainment Anna Lindström Sturegatan 48, P.O.Boks 7130 10387 Stockholm Sweden Tel: +46 8 442 5611 info@nobleentertainment.com NoCrew P.O. Box 16 12768 Parksville, New York USA info@nocrew.net NOMINAL FILM Infanteriestrasse 19, Haus 1b 80797 München Germany Tel: +49 89 30 768 905 max@nominalfilm.com Omer Fast Israel oliverfunk@hotmail.com Paleo TV Producoes Brazil luisa@paleotv.com.br Partizan, London Sasha Nixon 40/42 Lexington St W1F 0LN London UK Tel: 0044 207 851 0200 Paul Thiltges Distribution 45, Boulevard Pierre Frieden 1543 Luxembourg Austria Tel: +352 44 70 70 - 4670 pthiltges@ptd.lu

Pietra Brettkelly New Zealand Tel: +64 2 1222 4122 pietra@thetvset.co.nz Plexus Films Matthew Bate 54a High Street Kensington 5068 South Australia Australia Tel: +61 8 8361 3933 matt@plexusfilms.com.au Polari Pictures 402 Graham Avenue, PMB 134 11211 Brooklyn, NY USA Tel: +1 646 232 8736 info@arthurrussellmovie.com Pyramide International Paul Richer 5, rue du Chevalier de Saint George 75008 Paris France Tel: +33 1 4296 0220 pricher@pyramidefilms.com Raket Film Blomstervænget 52 Denmark bech@raketfilm.dk Randall Stevens Nicolas Randall UK nicolasrandall@mac.com Raymond S. Harmon Raymond Salvatore Harmon USA creatcher@hotmail.com Rosenfeld Gallery 147 Dizengoff Street 63461 Tel Aviv Israel Tel: +972 3 5229044 agrosen@netvision.net.il Rosforth & Rosforth Andreas Rosforth Johnsen Amagertorv 27 1160 Copenhagen K Denmark Tel: +45 22700044 rosforth@gmail.com

Sandrew Metronome Omøgade 8 2100 Copenhagen Ø Denmark Tel: +45 3915 4900 SeeThink Productions Ethan Palmer 16 Broadway #1 11211 Brooklyn, NY USA Tel: (1-917)690 5146 ethan@seethink.com SF Film Forbindelsesvej 3 2100 Copenhagen Ø Denmark Tel: +45 7026 7626 mf@sf-film.dk Shellac 82 Bd Ornano 75018 Paris France Tel: 01 42 55 07 84 shellac@altern.org Sidetrack Films 55 Washington Street, Suite 712 NY 11201 New York USA Tel: +1 (646) 292-5380 jared@sidetrackfilms.com / bl@ sidetrackfilms.com Studio Elmgreen & Dragset Schandauer Strasse 13 12045 Berlin Germany Tel: +49 (0) 30 680 85 680 sandra@elmdrag.net STUDIO RAREKWAI (SRK) 52 - 54 Turnmill Street EC1M 5SH London UK Tel: +44(0)207 096 0224 studio@rarekwai.com Super 16 Morten Kjems Juhl Mosedalvej 14 2500 Valby Denmark Tel: 28893930 info@super16.dk


The Works Gareth Tennant Portland House, 4 Great Portland Street W1W 8QJ London UK Tel: +44 207 612 1080 rachel@theworksltd.com Tobias Zielony Friedrichstr.4 10969 Berlin Germany Tel: +49 175 5678781 tzielony@gmx.de V Tape 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 452 M5V 3A8 ON, Toronto Canada Tel: 416.351.1317 wandav@vtape.org Video Data Bank 112 S. Michigan Avenue IL 60603 Chigago USA Tel: +1 312 345 3550 info@vdb.org Warner Music Denmark Falkoner AllĂŠ 63, 4 2000 Frederiksberg Denmark Tel: +45 3616 6888 White Cube 48 Hoxton Square N1 6PB London UK Tel: +44 (0) 20 77 49 74 72 hayley@whitecube.com Wide Management 42 bis, rue de Lourmel 75015 Paris France Tel: +33 1 53 95 04 64 wide@widemanagement.com Wild Bunch Esther Devos 99 rue de la Verrerie 75004 Paris France Tel: +33 1 5301 5020 lkalmar@wildbunch.eu

Wilhelm Hein Germany kintoppp@gmx.de


distributors 27 Scenes About Jørgen Leth . . . . . . . . . . . 16 69 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 69 Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 A Complete History of My Sexual Failures . . 144 A Cross The Universe: Justice DJ Set . . . . . . 126 A Necessary Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 A Night Of Fashion & Unfashion . . . . . . . . 130 A Virus in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 A. Effect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 About Water, People and Yellow Cans . . . . . 184 Aka Ana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 American Swing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 An Extraordinary Study in Human Degradation 120 Analog Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 .And All Tomorrow’s Other Parties . . . . . . . 132 Another Planet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Anvil! The Story of Anvil . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Artist Talk: Elmgreen & Dragset . . . . . . . . 152 Artist Talk: Kenneth Anger . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Artist Talk: Michel Auder . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Autohystoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Bab Sebta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199 Bassweight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Bassweight: Film + live dubstep Night: . . . . 129 Battle of Rabbit Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201 Beautiful Losers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Beautiful Losers: Exhibition / Party . . . . . . 131,141 Behind The Curtain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222 BENNING BY BENNING 1: Early Works With New Ideas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Benning by Benning 2: Points of No Return 167 Benning by Benning 3: Images of Self . . . . 168 Benning by Benning 4: Imagining Decay . . 169 Benning by Benning 5: New Beginnings . . . 170 Billy The Kid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Birdsong (Out Of Competition) . . . . . . . . . 40 Black Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Bob Marley Rub ‘A Dub Night . . . . . . . . . . 131 Bob Marley: Exodus 77 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Bontoc Eulogy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 BURMA VJ - Reporting from a closed country 30 BUT They burn cars, don’t they? . . . . . . . . 202 California Company Town . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Chelsea On The Rocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Children of Don Quixote . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 Citizen Havel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107, 194 Closing Gala: Patti Smith Live + Dream of Life 17, 124 Comeback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 COUNTDOWN: Part Of The Weekend Never Dies Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 David Lynch’s Documentary Project . . . . . . 188 Debate: 69 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201 Debate: The Arab Initiative . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Devil Come to Hell and Stay Where You Belong 144 Distributing in between film/art . . . . . . . . 220 dogma mobile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 DOX:CUP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Drama Queens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Dynamiters, Assassins, Fiends . . . . . . . . . . 200 Encounters at the End of the World . . . . . . 177 Everything is Relative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15, 88, 111 Favela On Blast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Favela on Blast: Baile Funk Fest feat. DJ Edgar live . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 FICTIONALLY REAL II: RECONSTRUCTING THE REAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Fictionally real: Apichatpong Weerasethakul 153 Film & Debate: Women and modernity in the middle east . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Filmefobia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 FLicKeR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Flipping Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Flow - For Love of Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 Fragments of Conversations with Jean-Luc Godard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182

From Manila to Cannes - New Philippine Cinema and the digital revolution . . . . . . . 221 From Thy to Thailand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Gitte Villesen & Pia Rönicke in conversation 156 Gogol Bordello Non-Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Gonzo: The Life and Works of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Grrls Just Wanna Have Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Gummo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Hardtimes Killin’ Floor Blues . . . . . . . . . . 76 Hunger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 If One Thing Matters - A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Intimately Real I: Michel Auder . . . . . . . . 154 Intimately Real II: George Kuchar . . . . . . . 154 Iraqi Short Films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks . . . . . . . . . . 199 Jesus Christ Saviour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Jesus the Revolutionary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 JÓHANN JÓHANNSON + BEN FROST . . . 125 JONATHAN CAOUETTE MASTERCLASS: How To Make A Film For Five Hundred Bucks 225 Justice - A Cross the Universe . . . . . . . . . . 64 Kurt Cobain: About a Son . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Lars von Trier - The Early Years . . . . . . . . . 189 Las hurdes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Let’s Be Together . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Letter to Anna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195 Liveleak: Redefining the Media and the Documentary Genre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202 Long Bien Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Looking Pretty for God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Made in Queens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Maggie in Wonderland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Man On Wire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 Man Ooman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Man Oooooooman! Dancehall Party . . . . . . 129 Maradona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Me & Jesper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Morakot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Must Read After My Death . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Natasja . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Natasja night: film premiere + party . . . . . . 127 New Danish Screen Evening . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Night of the Restless . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Now Showing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Nummer Acht (Everything Is Going To Be Alright) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Open Air Activism: Augustin Legrand & The Children of Don Quixote . . . . . . . . . . 116 Opening Gala: Same Old Story . . . . . . . . . 14 Patti Smith: Dream of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Program 1: Kittens, phones and haircuts . . . 208 Program 2: Signs of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 Program 3: Spaced In / Spaced Out . . . . . . . 210 Program 4: Beyond Imagination . . . . . . . . 211 Re-inventing Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Real music: documentary soundtracks . . . . . 214 Recycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Red . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 Redefining Documentary, Working Multi-Platform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216 Reformat the Planet: 8-bit Workshop DIRECTOR Paul Owens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 RenÉ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 RIP - A Remix Manifesto (Beta Version) . . . 191 Rodakis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 RR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 S.P.I.T.: Squeegee Punks In Traffic . . . . . . . 148 Same Old Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Screening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 SE-LFP-ORT-RA-IT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Shahida - Brides of Allah . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Side by Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Slingshot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163


SLUM-TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203 Smells Like Teen Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218 Solange On Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Soulwax - Part of the Weekend Never Dies . . 65 SPECIAL SCREENING: Christmas On Mars - A Fantastical Film Freakout Featuring The Flaming Lips DIRECTORs Wayne Coyne & Bradley Beesley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 SPECIAL SCREENING: Hypnotic Brutality (Out of competition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Squatterpunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Standard Operating Procedure . . . . . . . . . . 195 Stranded: I’ve Come From A Plane That Crashed on The Mountains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Sunny’s Time Now . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Support the Burma VJ Party! . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 1 . . . . . . . . . 155 Tarnation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 The Arab Initiative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins . . . . . 178 The Beaches of Agnès . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 The Confessions of Roee Rosen . . . . . . . . . 43 The Deboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 The documentary as A thriller: A conversation with James Marsh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224 The English Surgeon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 the existence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 The Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 The Gonzo heritage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223 The Gun Club Live at the Hacienda 1983 . . . 77 The House Belongs to Those Who Inhabit It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 The Lollipop Generation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 The Mother . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 The Musical Portrait . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 The Muzzled Horse Of An Engineer In Search Of Mechanical Saddles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 The Other as Real: Gitte Villesen presents . . 156 The Submerged Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 The Wild Hearts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 The Woven Stories of the Other . . . . . . . . . 162 This Dear Month of August . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Thriller in Manila . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Tony Conrad, DreaMinimalist . . . . . . . . . . 46 Totally F***ed Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Tour de Turèll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 Valentino: The Last Emperor . . . . . . . . . . 184 Vashti Bunyan: From Here To Before . . . . . 69 Villa Feltrinelli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Waiting for Sancho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Waltz With Bashir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 What the Future Sounded Like . . . . . . . . . 71 When Timawa Meets Delgado . . . . . . . . . . 162 Wild Blue Yonder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 WILD HEARTS PARTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Winter Holiday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Years When I Was a Child Outside . . . . . . . 160 You Killed the Underground, or, The Real Meaning of Kunst Bleibt, Bleibt . . . . . . . . . 190 Young punks & copyright in the 21st century 217 YouTube Battle: Caouette vs Noer . . . . . . . . 148 Z32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28


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