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Copenhagen’s CPH PIX 2016 ready to fire the starting pistol

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- With new autumn dates – 27 October-9 November – and adding a whole children’s film festival, Denmark’s main film event will screen a record number of 226 movies

Copenhagen’s CPH PIX 2016 ready to fire the starting pistol
The Last Family by Jan P Matuszyński

With a record number of 226 films in its programme, the CPH PIX - Copenhagen International Film Festival will unspool its eighth edition between 27 October and 9 November – for the first time in the autumn instead of April, and now also including the Buster International Children’s Film Festival as a young-audience and family showcase. The festival usually records more than 500,000 admissions.

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Danish Hollywood actor Mads Mikkelsen will be on stage at the Imperial Theatre opening gala to introduce the opening movie, US director Scott Derrickson’s Marvel action-adventure-fantasy Doctor Strange, in which he performs alongside British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, and Canadian actress Rachel McAdams, among others. The film is showing a week before its US premiere.

US director Jim Jarmusch’s Palm Dog winner from Cannes, Paterson [+see also:
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, a drama-comedy in which US actor Adam Driver portrays a poetry-writing bus driver in New Jersey, will close the event. Another highlight of the festival is US director Jon Nguyen’s David Lynch: The Art Life, a US-Danish project, where the legendary director discusses his formative years.

International guests at CPH PIX include British director Terence Davies, who will give a master class and will be honoured with a ten-film retrospective, ranging from Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) to his recent A Quiet Passion [+see also:
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. There will also be classes with US producer-director James Schamus and Mexican director Amat Escalante, while Swedish actress-director Pernilla August will present her latest directorial effort, A Serious Game [+see also:
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The festival will screen more Danish films than ever – 12 new titles have been selected for the local section, eight of them world premieres and two of them crafted by actors-turned-directors: Ulrich Thomsen’s In Embryo, an unhappy love story between a gangster and a heroin addict set in Los Angeles, and Christian Tafdrup’s Parents [+see also:
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, about a middle-aged couple trying to rekindle the flame of their youth after their son has left home.

CPH PIX’s main competition, the New Talent Grand PIX, is reserved for international feature debuts – ten of them are competing for the €10,000 first prize. They are: The Last Family [+see also:
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by Jan P Matuszyński (Poland), Sand Storm [+see also:
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by Elite Zexer (Israel/France), El futuro perfecto by Nele Wohlatz (Argentina), Shelley [+see also:
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by Ali Abbasi (Denmark/Sweden), Aloys [+see also:
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by Tobias Nölle (Switzerland/France), Shambles by Karl Lemieux (Canada), Godless [+see also:
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by Ralitza Petrova (Bulgaria/Denmark/France), Swiss Army Man by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (USA), Raw [+see also:
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by Julia Ducournau (France/Belgium), and The Eremites [+see also:
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by Ronny Trocker (Germany/Austria). The titles will be judged by a jury comprising German director Benjamin Heisenberg, French producer-director-curator Jacqueline Reynal and Danish-French producer Marianne Slot

Twelve international features already set for a Danish release have been nominated for the Politiken Audience Award, which comes with distribution support. Nordisk Film will award Best Feature and Best Short Film for Children. 

French electronic music icon Jean-Michel Jarre will open this year’s live music programme, when his Electronica World Tour makes a stopover at Copenhagen’s Falkoner Centre on 26 October for one of the festival’s eight cinematic concerts. Canadian rock legend Neil Young will also be in focus, but as a film director: Bernard Shakey – Neil Young Behind the Lens will include eight of his films, including his latest, A Day at the Gallery (2012), showing between 27 October and 9 November.

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