Film Archive

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

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.
International Programme 2013
Jazz That Nobody Asked For Rune Fisker, Esben Fisker

A young man is clearing out his departed fathers’ estate. Among his belongings he finds a box with a most peculiar content ...

Jazz That Nobody Asked For

Animated Film
Denmark
2013
4 minutes

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Esben Fisker
Rune Fisker, Esben Fisker
Pawel Binczycki, Rune Fisker, Esben Fisker
Rune Fisker, Esben Fisker
Pawel Binczycki
A young man is clearing out his departed fathers’ estate. Among his belongings he finds a box with a most peculiar content: a jazz band! They start to follow him wherever he goes. What a nightmare!

Just the Right Amount of Violence

Documentary Film
Denmark
2013
80 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jon Bang Carlsen, Helle Ulsteen
Jon Bang Carlsen
Nathan Larson
Jon Bang Carlsen
Rikke Selin, Morten Giese, Hilda Rasula
Jon Bang Carlsen
Jess Wolfsberg
This could be Hollywood: two cops storm a house at dawn, drag a teenager out of his bedroom, pack him into their car, and drive off with him through the endless American landscape. An attempted escape, a chase, and the drive ends in a reform camp for unruly children in the middle of the desert. – This is Hollywood. At the foot of the mountain that bears the famous letters, Jon Bang Carlsen, known for his constant exploration of documentary reality and its constructedness, sets out in search of a dream that is ceaselessly being generated here: the happy family. Laughing children and caring parents – an image we all carry in our hearts and chase after eternally.
It’s the search for his own lost father that he condenses into a great essay about love, responsibility, and morals in this film. The statements of a young man who went through the merciless “intervention”, reports of officers of the “intervention team”, and personal reflections are counteracted by images of the clean suburban middle-class America. This is about a view of the world: if you don’t obey the “laws” (whose?) you will be punished – whether children by their parents or other nations by Uncle Sam. The dream of a perfect world that can be created this way is nothing but a fiction – which is why Carlsen goes far beyond the boundaries of the documentary once more.

Grit Lemke

Miniyamba – Walking Blues

Animated Film
Denmark,
France
2012
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Vibeke Windeløv
Luc Perez
Moussa Diallo, Yann Coppier
Luc Perez
Luc Perez
Luc Perez
Michel Fessler, Luc Perez
Yann Coppier
Every day thousands of people across the globe leave their homes. One day, Abdu from Mali joins them – Europe glitters in the distance. On his odyssey from the River Niger to the barbed wire of the Spanish refugee camp of Ceuta the young man encounters some harsh realities. How many of his dreams could possibly survive?
Animadoc 2013
Sharaf Hanna Heilborn, David Aronowitsch

Sharaf is 17 years old and one of thousands of refugees who arrive in Gran Canaria by boat every year. He was lucky to survive the ...

Sharaf

Animadoc
Denmark,
Sweden
2012
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Hanna Heilborn, David Aronowitsch
Hanna Heilborn, David Aronowitsch
Astrid Krejberg, Bert Zierfuß, Thomas Oger
Anders Nyström
Sharaf is 17 years old and one of thousands of refugees who arrive in Gran Canaria by boat every year. He was lucky to survive the dangerous journey. Now he tells his sad story while he and his little brother are waiting in a detention centre.