Do you like Danish gastronomy, Portuguese cuisine or vegetarian food? When this year’s festival kicks off, it will be with everything from films expanding our culinary horizons to mouth-watering events.

The film about master chef Rene Redzepi and his life’s work the restaurant Noma, a Portuguese film marathon with food from the same area and much more, and much more are on the programme of this year’s festival events, which speak to all senses of the body. CPH:DOX puts on a show which focuses on food from both a gastronomic, political and health angles.

Arabian Nights+Portuguese food
There is noting like a real movie marathon, especially not when it offers a Portuguese masterpiece and food from the same part of the world! We are showing Miguel Gomes’s six and a half hour long trilogy ‘Arabian Nights’, with added breaks and delicious Portuguese snacks. The three films are based on real-life Portugal, and inspired by the classic story ‘A Thousand and One Nights’ they present an alternative take on contemporary, Portuguese reality. Between the first and the second film, we offer a Portuguese coffee break with Arabic coffee and goodies, and between the second and third film you can really feed your hunger for Portuguese cuisine as we offer Portuguese ham with dates, chorizo with goat cheese cream, stirred crab with beer, sardines with marinated peppers and hummus. The all-inclusive ticket can be bought until 2 November. Não há de quê!

CPH:DOX x IBYEN: The future of eco-eating
CPH:DOX and IBYEN invite you to an organic communal meal at Absalon after the screening of the film ’10 billion – What’s on Your Plate?’ The Spanish-English food artist Francisco Gallardo will serve and introduce a few culinary forms of environmentally embedded interventions in the field between ecology, technology and society. Gallardo examines numerous scales of biopower, government opportunities and everyday life that flows through the North Sea – and all with the tongue as a critical tool! Does it sound abstract? It isn’t, and you are invited to come and taste for yourself!

Film Marathon in the Mosque
On October 1 this year, Copenhagen’s brand new mosque, Imam Ali Mosque, opened its doors. And on November 8 you can experience the mosque from the inside in all its colourful glory when we show both the five and a half hour long film about Iraq before and after the war, ‘Homeland: Iraq Year Zero’ and the spectacular Iranian film adaptation of the Prophet Muhammad’s childhood and youth , ‘Muhammad: The Messenger of God’ with both directors in attendance. The ticket for ‘Homeland: Iraq Year Zero’ includes a delicious meal from Café N’s people’s kitchen, which is specialised in vegetarian delights. Colourful, delicious and entirely home-made.

Noma – My Perfect Storm
The story of how René Redzepi went from being an outsider in the gourmet world to running one of the world’s best restaurants is the story of hard work and coincidences. And having both the will, the courage and the resourcefulness to realise one’s own dreams. The Danish-Albanian Redzepi originally had neither the ability nor the desire to be a master chef, a profession and a craft that is traditionally passed on from father to son. But with Noma, he has revolutionised fine cuisine and put Scandinavia on the world map. How it happened is a deeply personal story – about an old wooden beam, a trip to Greenland and a perfect blizzard.

Sugar Coated
Forget everything about Palaeolithic food. The biggest change of our eating habits over the last 10,000 years is the extreme increase in how much sugar we consume every day – often without even knowing it. There is good money in the sweet white powder that can make us dependent on almost everything. But the fact that the sugar industry has since the 1970s been working on maximising our daily dose to a level that is now definitely wiping out parts of humanity, may nevertheless come as a (sugar) shock for most people. ‘Sugar Coated’ is a harrowing film that reveals a hidden agenda with a fatally high price. A secret marketing campaign from 1970s triggers an investigation, and documents the sugar industry’s sweetening of the scientific evidence that sugar is not just unhealthy, but downright toxic. A blackout and a creative misrepresentation on a scale not seen since the heyday of the tobacco industry. A film that will make you think about what you eat – and who has decided what is in your food

10 Billion – What’s On Your Plate?
How do we ensure that the 10 billion people who very soon will share our small planet will get enough to eat? A question that will only become more pressing in the coming decades. Offhand, there are two ways to go: the industrialised and ultra-efficient, and the ecological, which might produce smaller amounts of food, but which protects our already tested environment. But maybe there is a third option. The interest in where food comes from is increasing massively in both political, technological and social terms. And if you want to learn more about your own role in the global food chain, ’10 Billion’ is an instructional appetiser. In his last film the director Valentin Thurn revealed the enormous amounts of food that goes to waste each and every day. This time, he takes one step further, and focuses on agriculture – the basis of the world’s food production. And in a world where one in three people are going to bed hungry every day, there is no time to waste.