True to tradition, the renowned film magazine Ekko and CPH:DOX are this year partnering up to host three special events during the festival between March 16-26 in Copenhagen. 

For three consecutive days you can see screenings of, respectively, a French film about one of the biggest porn stars, ‘Rocco’, the film ‘Safari’ by the Austrian filmmaker Ulrik Seidl and the Norwegian DOX:AWARD nominee ‘What Young Men Do’ about teen integration and identity.

Both ‘Rocco’ and ‘Safari’ will be introduced by a representative from Filmmagazinet Ekko, whereas the screening of ‘What Young Men Do’ will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director and the editor of Filmmagazinet Ekko Claus Christensen.

Powerful film about one of the world’s biggest porn stars 

On March 18 at 22:15, Empire Bio will screen the film ‘Rocco’ by the French directors Thierry Demaiziere and Alban Teurlai with an introduction by a representative from Filmmagazinet Ekko. Tickets can be found in the facebook event.

His mother wanted her son to become a priest, but things didn’t quite work out that way. Rocco Siffredi is one of the world’s biggest porn stars – in every sense of the word big – even though he has officially retired. The film follows him during his last active years in the industry, and paints a picture of a man who definitely goes for it when the camera is rolling, but who at the end of a long day reveals both a sensitive side and a family with a wife and two sons (who together run a porn company from the family’s base in Budapest). Rocco’s closest colleague is his cousin Gabriele, who himself has a failed career as a porn star behind him, and who now acts as cameraman and inspiration for Siffredi, who is not always patient enough to listen to his intricate film ideas. ‘Rocco’ is a candid, entertaining and psychologically complex look at the man behind the myth, and the human being behind an self-admittedly demonic sex drive.

Master director on big game hunting 

On March 19, at 12:00 in Grand Teater, the film ‘Safari’ by Ulrik Seidl will be screened after an introduction by a representative by Filmmagazinet Ekko. Tickets can be found in the facebook event.

The Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl is known for turning contemporary Europe inside out in his at times almost surreal hybrid of cringe-worthy satire and political criticism – between documentary and fiction. In ‘Safari’, Seidl has joined a big game hunt in Namibia, and the result is no less ugly and boundary-transgressing. Pale white Europeans with pith helmets and khaki-coloured safari outfits are tourists in the savannah on a hunt that is more about selfies than trophies. A zebra, a giraffe and preferably an elephant. On paper, big game safari is a completely legal affair. But Seidl’s sharp eye and subtle observations reveal the flip side of the story about mass tourism at an age when creating experiences is a competitive business. With his lucidity and crass comedy, Seidl turns safari hunting inside out in his most political film to date, and ends up telling us more about man himself than about his prey.

DOX:AWARD nominated Norwegian youth film

On March 20, the film ‘What Young Men Do’ by the Norwegian director Jon Haukeland will be screened in Empire Bio. After the screening, the film director and Filmmagazinet Ekko Claus Christensen will hold a Q&A. Tickets can be found in the facebook event.

Noah is 15 years old when he gets arrested for four cases of aggravated robbery. As punishment, the young lout is forced to move away from his mother and childhood friends in Oslo to his father in the somewhat less exciting suburb of Bærum. Bummer! ‘What Young Men Do’ is a youth film about a teenage boy’s first encounter with the system, and about having to fight with integration and identity, when all you want is to have a wild time. But this is where any similarity with classic youth-film-for-well-meaning-adults ends. ‘What Young Men Do’ is narrated by Noah himself, and convincingly balances social realism, immigrant crime story and absurd comedy – not least in the scenes where the young Noah is invited to an interview with an entire panel of social workers, educators and police officers, who all want to guide him safely towards adulthood. But who at the same time let him (and us) experience from the inside what it’s like to be weighed and measured by the rest of society, regardless of how you behave.