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Homage Jon Bang Carlsen 2014
Addicted to Solitude Jon Bang Carlsen

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. And so are films.” This statement, which opens “Addicted to Solitude”, indicates its direction: there is none.

Addicted to Solitude

Documentary Film
Denmark
1999
60 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jon Bang Carlsen
Jon Bang Carlsen
Frédéric Chopin, Johann Strauss
Jon Bang Carlsen
Haley Morris-Hohls
Jon Bang Carlsen
“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. And so are films.” This statement, which opens “Addicted to Solitude”, indicates its direction: there is none. The plan was to make a film about South Africa a few years after the end of Apartheid. But somewhere along the way the director lost the original story. What’s left is the research material, which Bang Carlsen turned into a travel diary and undoubtedly one of his most personal films. On the backdrop of the tragic story of two women belonging to the white community somewhere in remote rural South Africa, the ghosts of the past and the fears of the future come alive. But the traveller’s privilege is that he need not pretend to belong to any side. And this freedom enables Bang Carlsen to take a look at the ongoing transition that lays bare the most deep-seated emotional insecurity. White rule was based on voluntary loneliness caused by the exclusion of the black population. They got rid of the rule. The loneliness is still there.
Matthias Heeder

Aquarela

Documentary Film
Denmark,
Germany,
UK
2018
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Aimara Reques, Heino Deckert, Sigrid Dyekjær
Victor Kossakovsky
Eicca Toppinen
Victor Kossakovsky, Ben Bernhard
Victor Kossakovsky, Molly Malene Stensgaard, Ainara Vera
Victor Kossakovsky, Aimara Reques
Alexander Dudarev
A film about water. Beauty, power and threat are mingled in Victor Kossakovsky’s latest work: the peace of the ice on Lake Baikal is treacherous. Under the surface it’s bubbling, melting – much earlier than usual. So a group of rescue workers is kept busy, pulling car after car from the frozen masses and recovering the drivers.

Icebergs are sinking in the sea here, storms drive torrents of rain aground in Florida, whole oceans are crashing down the Salto Ángel in Venezuela. 40 years after his debut as a filmmaker, 30 years after he graduated from the Higher Courses of Film Writers and Directors in Moscow and about seven years after his documentary “Vivan Las Antipodas!”, which measured the globe in geographical opposites, Victor Kossakovsky has produced another film that makes the landscapes of the world its protagonists. “Aquarela” shows bodies of water all over the world, in all their manifestations, in all their changing aggregate states caused by comparatively tiny differences in temperature. The camera maps on boats, dives under the surfaces, rises in the air to capture the expanse of space. Kossakovsky composes a visual symphony of primeval powers set to Heavy Metal music. The powerful images provoke awe, wonder flows from the screen like sea spray.

Fabian Tietke
Kids DOK 2014
Asadagha's Heart Jens Pedersen

Ever since American soldiers killed Asadagha’s parents, he had to take care of his brothers and sisters alone. Now they are kicked out of their uncle’s house and Asadagha wants only one thing: to become a fighter.

Asadagha's Heart

Documentary Film
Denmark
2013
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jakob Gottschau
Jens Pedersen
Paul Lawler
Taj Mohammad Bakhtari
Jesper Osmund, Jens Pedersen
Jens Pedersen, Taj Mohammad Bakhtari
Ever since American soldiers killed Asadagha’s parents, he had to take care of his brothers and sisters alone. Now they are kicked out of their uncle’s house and Asadagha wants only one thing: to become a fighter and get his revenge. But there are people who show him another path, and a nice girl …
Kids DOK 2015
Asylum Child. Tefik, When You Fall, You Get Back up Again Jannik Hastrup

10-year-old Tefik likes to ride his bicycle. There’s not much more to do, because he lives in a Danish home for asylum seekers with his parents. He is haunted by the ghosts of the past.

2014

Asylum Child. Tefik, When You Fall, You Get Back up Again

Animadoc
Denmark
2014
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marie Bro
Jannik Hastrup
Fuzzy
Sandra Desmazières
Jannik Hastrup
Jannik Hastrup
Niels Arild
10-year-old Tefik likes to ride his bicycle. There’s not much more to do, because he lives in a Danish home for asylum seekers with his parents. He is haunted by the ghosts of the past: at school in Kosovo he was called a gipsy and the family were threatened.

Balcony Tales

Documentary Film
Cuba,
Denmark
2013
36 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ellen Riis
Helle Windeløv-Lidzélius
Christian Schrøder, Max Bering, Peter Johansson, Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius
Adam Morris Philp, Denis Guerra Ribas, Rocío Aballí Hernández
Mette Esmark, Nanna Frank Møller
Helle Windeløv-Lidzélius, Janis Reyes Hernández
Niels Arild
Everybody in the city of Havana knows that it’s better to walk in the middle of the street and not on the sidewalk, where you may be hit by a crumbling balcony. Still: the balcony is a loyal friend, connecting people with their neighbours, the hawkers, the noise and smell of the street. Ceci has spent his whole life here. Now he is old and blind, but not alone. He has his balcony, from which he shops, hears important news and calls for Edilia, a young woman from the opposite side of the street who takes care of him like a daughter. This warm-hearted, unspectacular relationship forms the framework for a filmic declaration of love to the balconies of Havana. Each of them has their own story, their own soul and magic. It’s a bitter thing for anyone not to have one, for then you are cut off from life, which displays the full panorama of human diversity only to the viewer from above.
Matthias Heeder
Homage Jon Bang Carlsen 2014
Before the Guests Arrive Jon Bang Carlsen

The last preparations for the season at a small hotel on the North Sea coast. Managed by an elderly lady and maintained by her only employee, who’s not quite so young either, this house is stuck in some early 1960s style.

Before the Guests Arrive

Documentary Film
Denmark
1986
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jon Bang Carlsen, Mads Egmont Christensen
Jon Bang Carlsen
Tom Elling
Grete Møldrup
Jon Bang Carlsen
Niels Arild
The last preparations for the season at a small hotel on the North Sea coast. Managed by an elderly lady and maintained by her only employee, who’s not quite so young either, this house is stuck in some early 1960s style. Maybe it was this marginality in a tourist region that attracted Bang Carlsen to the project. Nothing here is situational, coincidental or unplanned. Every shot was carefully constructed, the two women’s movements orchestrated, the dialogues and texts developed so convincingly that a universal truth about the transience of all things emerges behind the simple image of an ageing family hotel. The director’s wistful look at a somewhat dusty gem, conserved in the film to be passed on to posterity like a time capsule.
Matthias Heeder
Strictly Animated 2018
Black Tape Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot

To lead or to be lead? To dominate or to be dominated? A soldier and an activist are dancing a slow tango together.

Black Tape

Animated Film
Denmark
2014
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Thomas Richard Christensen
To lead or to be lead? To dominate or to be dominated? A soldier and an activist are dancing a slow tango together. Gradually other couples join them. “Black Tape” is a reaction to the growing and permanent violence between Israel and Palestine. Its ominous choreography is based on documentary footage.

Duscha Kistler
International Programme 2013
Dance For Me Katerine Philp

The teenagers Yegor and Mie are on their way to the international elite of Latin-American dancing. Glamour – and homesickness, sweat, pain, deprivations. What’s your dream worth to you?

Dance For Me

Documentary Film
Denmark
2012
80 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Lise Saxtrup
Katerine Philp
Uno Helmersson
Sophia Olsson, Niels Thastum, Sturla Brandth Grøvlen
Signe Rebekka Kaufmann
Katrine Philp
Rumba, Jive, and Paso doble. Everything in Mie’s and Yegor’s life revolves around dancing. The two teenagers are professional Latin American ballroom dancers and one hundred percent dedicated to being among the best one day and becoming unforgettable legends of the dance floor. Their circumstances of life, however, are anything but ordinary. Denmark, a country with a great dance tradition and ambitious dance schools, has an obvious problem with lack of young talents in this field. Russian Yegor, who came to Denmark as a teenager, lives with his dance partner’s family. His welfare and continued residence in the country depend entirely on his athletic success.
At first the two seem like the perfect couple on the dance floor. But Yegor is struggling with homesickness and has great difficulties finding his way around the new environment, language and culture. Mie in turn is suffering from Yegor’s taciturnity and the distance between the two begins to emerge in training sessions and performances. After a while they find a way to open up to each other and understand what it really means to dance as a couple. Katrine Philp paints a highly sensitive portrait of an unusual family and work relationship, capturing the highly artificial and styled world of ballroom dancing in aesthetic images.

Lina Dinkla

Doel

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Denmark
2018
67 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Mathilde Hvid Lippmann, Frederik Sølberg
Frederik Sølberg
Anders Rhedin, Anders Bertram Mannov, Lavvi Ebbel
Jonathan Wannyn
Mads Hedegaard
Frederik Sølberg
Andreas Sandborg, Neal Willaert
24 Cafés and three bakeries, a ferry, a butcher’s shop and a supermarket. That was Doel in its heyday. Today the city has a reputation as an adventure park for adults. Illegal car racing and techno raves fill the streets by night, during the day tourists in mini-buses debate whether graffiti are a form of art or just a sign of the decline (of manners). In his portrait of Doel, however, Frederik Sølberg doesn’t film the abandoned houses on the background of Antwerp’s expanding harbour but focuses on the people who have remained in their hometown. Some in defiance of the constraints of the situation, others because they see a chance to open up new spaces for themselves here.

Sølberg’s warm-hearted observations of the residents raise the question of the right to a home. Where is the people’s place when globalisation gobbles up their traditional spaces? The community of old and young people fight the dilapidation of the houses with gallows humour and an awareness of their curious situation. They aren’t ready yet to give up their home. Sølberg manages to capture the points of intersection between the residents, adventure tourists and the tuning scene, who share this place without really meeting.

Marie-Thérèse Antony

Egg

Animated Film
Denmark,
France
2018
12 minutes
subtitles: 
French

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Miyu Productions
Martina Scarpelli
Amos Cappuccio, Sofie Birch
Albane du Plessix, Martina Scarpelli
Martina Scarpelli, Emmanuel Lantam, Timon Chapelon, Annalea Hartelius, Sarah Rothenberger, Marta Dziedzic, Joel Stenback, Laura Konradi Brodersen, Maria Sandvig Nielsen, Emma Vasile
Locked into a transparent cube that contains nothing but a fridge and a few angular objects, a skinny woman is confronted with an enemy: the soft, undefined form. It arrives in the shape of a chicken egg that the woman is supposed to eat, because that’s what her diet plan which commands her to gain weight says. The egg provokes desire and panic at the same time. Eating it is nothing less than the worst case scenario.

Carolin Weidner


Golden Dove in the International Competition Short Animated Film
Nominated for the Young Eyes Film Award

Escapar, the Recurring Dream

Documentary Film
Denmark
2017
28 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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National Film School of Denmark
Barbara Bohr
Michael Rexen
Stephanie Stål Axelgård
Allan Funch
Michael Jarberg
Andreas Sandborg
In a recurring dream, a woman meets three people again and again: her mother, a friend, and a stranger. In real life she can’t escape her traumatic memories: 25 years ago she was wrongly imprisoned for 18 months. She was released only thanks to her mother, who bribed everyone in authority with sumptuous cakes. She has lived in exile ever since. A re-enacted somnambulistic reflection on ways to cope with painful experiences.

Annina Wettstein



Golden Dove in the Next Masters Competition Short Film

Kids DOK 2014
Faridullahs Day Off Jens Pedersen

Faridullah and his sister have to rise at dawn to work hard at a brick factory. But one day they use the bricks to build their dream house, leave their jobs and imagine what it would be like to be a child like any other …

Faridullahs Day Off

Documentary Film
Denmark
2013
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jakob Gottschau
Jens Pedersen
Paul Lawler
Taj Mohammad Bakhtari
Jesper Osmund, Jens Pedersen
Jens Pedersen, Taj Mohammad Bakhtari
Faridullah and his sister have to rise at dawn to work hard at a brick factory. But one day they use the bricks to build their dream house, leave their jobs and imagine what it would be like to be a child like any other …
Kids DOK 2018
Girl Against Gravity Jens Pedersen

Eleven-year-old Erdenchimeg already has a stressful day. In addition to doing housework to help her mother she also attends a Mongolian school of acrobatics.

Girl Against Gravity

Documentary Film
Denmark
2017
21 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maria Stevnbak Westergren
Jens Pedersen
Halfdan E.
Jens Pedersen
Jesper Osmund
Hans Møller
Eleven-year-old Erdenchimeg already has a stressful day. In addition to doing housework to help her mother she also attends a Mongolian school of acrobatics. She wants to be a contortionist. But unlike her fellow students, she must ensure the future of the whole family with her desired career. Despite the enormous pressure, Erdenchimeg doesn’t give up.

Kim Busch

Hollow Land

Animated Film
Canada,
Denmark,
France
2013
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marie Bro, Dora Benousilio, Marc Bertrand
Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot
Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Normand Roger, Pierre Yves Drapeau
Solomon and Berta are two seekers who arrive – their treasured bathtub improbably in tow – in a land that promises respite from their many journeys. From the first optimistic moments after their arrival, to the final haunting scene at sea, the film captures the state of being displaced – whether by circumstance or by choice.
Kids DOK 2017
Horse Fever Jens Pedersen

12-year-old Daniar lives in the middle of the vast expanses of Kyrgyzstan. For the first time, his father gives him the big task of breaking in a horse.

Horse Fever

Documentary Film
Denmark
2017
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maria Stevnbak Westergren
Jens Pedersen
Halfdan E
Jens Pedersen
Jesper Osmond
Jens Pedersen
Hans Møller
12-year-old Daniar lives in the middle of the vast expanses of Kyrgyzstan. For the first time, his father gives him the big task of breaking in a horse.

Lina Dinkla
Homage Jon Bang Carlsen 2014
Hotel of the Stars Jon Bang Carlsen

Once the most fashionable spot in the heart of Hollywood, in 1980 the Montecito Hotel on Franklin Avenue is only a shadow of its former heyday. The stars have moved on to fancier palaces.

Hotel of the Stars

Documentary Film
Denmark
1982
45 minutes

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Jon Bang Carlsen
Tennyson Stephens
Alexander Gruszynski
Anders Refn
Jon Bang Carlsen
Niels Bokkenheuser
Once the most fashionable spot in the heart of Hollywood, in 1980 the Montecito Hotel on Franklin Avenue is only a shadow of its former heyday. The stars have moved on to fancier palaces. The Montecito is left with the small fry of the industry: bit players, extras, musicians. And a busted elevator. For Bang Carlsen, who sees documentary film as an art form (and not an objective view of the world), it’s natural to have the residents of the hotel play themselves. Dan, an overweight man in his early 40s, assumes the part of the bit player he really is and now plays for Bang Carlsen. Something astonishing happens in the process. Suddenly the mask of the play doesn’t fit Dan any more, slips and reveals a different truth about him and the world he moves in. All protagonists/actors in this film have their entrance, their scene, their moment. All of which Bang Carlsen uses to construct an incredibly authentic story about the America of the losers.
Matthias Heeder