A variety of venues for CPH:DOX
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The 13th Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival will show films in a bar and a mosque, and has added the new Blur pic to the programme
Unspooling from 5-15 November, the 13th CPH:DOX - Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival – now the world’s third-largest showcase for documentaries – is not only covering the Danish capital, but will also supply films from its programme to 23 cinemas in the region. Festival director Tine Fischer has also chosen some rather special venues for the CPH:DOX screenings: at the new Imam Ali Mosque, she will show Iranian director Majid Majidi’s Muhammad: The Messenger of God and Saudi Arabian director Parvez Sharma’s A Sinner in Mecca.
The Absalons Church has a more varied line-up, with such titles as Danish directors Sebastian Cordes’ A Place Called Lloyd, Vladimir Tomic’s Flotel Europa [+see also:
film profile] and Emil Langballe’s Josefine’s Farm (co-directed by Andrea Storm Henriksen and Fredrik Bondesen).
There will be films at the Danish Royal Theatre (with a focus on the sea, boats and puppets) and at the Kayak Bar under the Knippelsbro bridge (with a water-based theme). The former Triangle Theatre, a tent in the King’s Garden and the 8Tallet apartments are also included among the settings for the screenings.
Two late additions to the schedule will unspool more traditionally: British director Sam Wrench’s Blur: New World Towers, shedding light on the British band’s reunion after 16 years (at the Grand Theatre on 5 November), and British directors Daisy-May Hudson and Kartel Brown’s Out and Bad, about UK dancehall culture (at Absalon on 7 November).
In F:ACT, the festival will for the third year explore the intersection between documentary and investigative journalism. The section will open today (4 November) with Danish director Nicole Horanyi’s Motley’s Law, about American lawyer Kimberley Motley, who left her husband and three children in the US to go and work as a human rights attorney in the Afghan capital of Kabul for eight years.