CPH:DOX is coming to an end, but do not worry, you can still experience the festival tomorrow. Here is our guide to the last day at this year’s festival.
YOU CAN READ INTERVIEWS WITH THE DIRECTORS HERE.
‘The Death of J. P Cuenca’
In July 2008, the young Brazilian writer – and now also filmmaker – João Paulo Cuenca was told the news of his own death. A true story about doppelgangers and identity theft, as if taken out of a delirious piece of pulp literature, and a plot that Cuenca tries to solve while also embellishing the fiction of his labyrinthine meta-docu-noir of a debut film. Where a living person would otherwise adopt a dead man’s identity to start a new life, the opposite is the case here: a man steals another person’s identity to die in his place. You can see the film 17:00 in Gloria. Buy tickets here.
Meet the 72 year old ‘Iron Grandpa’The 72-year-old Finn Esko Ketola is a four-times world champion weightlifter, and before the strong-as-an-ox senior resigns and leaves the stage to younger forces, he plans to take the first prize at a last World Cup. But the road to the podium and to the final triumph takes more than just discipline and hard training, and it is paved with events that even the stubborn Esko could not have predicted! Finnish deadpan meets ‘Rocky’ in an offbeat and different film about stopping while you are on top of the game –accompanied by Scandinavia’s answer to the soundtrack of a relaxed spaghetti western, recorded by the two directors Janiv Oskar and Terhi Romo themselves. The charming ‘Iron Grandpa’ is both unmistakably Scandinavian in tone and fundamentally human in its narrative. Hats off for Esko himself who is an acquaintance of a very rare kind. Meet him and the director at the screening 22:30 inSunday in Empire. Buy tickets here.
Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’
The climate crisis is not just the greatest and most urgent challenge of our times. It is also the greatest opportunity we have ever had to change the world. The idea behind Naomi Klein’s new, international bestseller is not only really good, it is also the first of many. And her ideas are supported by research on a world tour along the front lines of climate change, from western Canada via southern India to eastern China. Naomi Klein is the leading voice in action-oriented, modern activism and not only proves that the time has come for change – she also shows how. Because activism is not (only) about protest, but also about providing constructive, practical and sustainable solutions, and about and living by them. See additional screening 12:00 in TELTET. You can also meet Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis and buy a signed copy of Naomi’s book!
Come to a screening in CPH:DOX’s own cinema
The workers are leaving the factory for the last time in the Chinese director Wang Bing’s monumental masterpiece ‘West of the Tracks’, which is one of the most uncompromising documentaries of modern times – not least because its playing time of over nine sublime hours spread over three chapters is an experience that will stay with you forever. Shenyang in the Liaoning province was previously the centre and pride of the heavy industrial, socialist planned economy. But at the end of the twentieth century, times were changing. The first part of ‘Rust’ follows the workers at three iron mills until they close them down. In the second part, ‘Remnants’, their families (and above all the young generation) are facing an uncertain future. And in the third and last part, ‘Rails’, a father and his son are wandering around in the shadows of the now depopulated factory ruins looking for iron scrap that can possibly be sold. ‘West of the Tracks’ is a film that one should take the time to see once in one’s life. Buy tickets here.