In 48 hours you can stream four popular films from this year’s CPH: DOX – for free! Was there a film you did not get to see at the festival or could not see because of your geographical location? This is your chance!
See a trailer for all 4 films here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_keIuPberyE
The festival ends on 15 November, but do not worry. In addition to numerous extra screenings, the festival also offers free streaming of four fantastic documentaries to cure your DOX:BLUES on Monday 16th from 00.01 a.m and Tuesday 17th until 11.59 p.m. Films about everything from America’s greatest escape artist, Mark DeFries, to films that explore whether Internet has a soul.
You can find the films on cphdox.dk/en or DAfilms.com from Monday midnight.
The Mind of Mark DeFriest
Mark DeFriest could have been an astrophysicist or an elite engineer. But his life, for some reason, took a criminal turn, and today he is America’s greatest escape artist. A man who – with many short interruptions! – has spent almost all his adult life in prison. What happened to the obviously gifted and charismatic man behind the now haggard face? And can we even count on what he’s saying? A question that becomes all the more urgent when he suddenly has the possibility of going on parole after 30 years behind bars. But only if he can break the cycle of rebellion and disciplinary time, and prove to the Parole Commission that he is finally ready to return to a life of freedom. And that could be hard, as the modern Houdini ended up in Florida’s most heavily guarded prison after being accused of pretending to be mentally ill. ‘The Mind of Mark DeFriest’ is an unusual journey into an extraordinary man’s inner life.
Get ready for the world’s largest self-portrait. The French master photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand has thrilled and amazed people around the world with his magnificent images of the diversity of human life on our little planet. His latest film follows up on the picture series ‘Earth from Above’ and the film ‘Home’ from 2009, and is an incredibly beautiful and thought-provoking work, which has to be seen on the big screen at all cost. And while Bertrand is known for portraying the world from its most sublime angles, this time he has turned his camera on its inhabitants. ‘Human’ is a portrait of human kind all over Earth. Our differences and similarities, who we are and how we can live together. Both as a cinematic masterpiece and a sociological field study, ‘Human’ is in an absolute league of its own, and uses both close-ups and monumental wide angles to give us an overwhelming overall impression of a world that is at once strange and familiar.
The internet is the memory of mankind. Here, all the world’s knowledge is stored in binary codes, and the cerebral lobes of the server park are connected by fibre-optic cables that extend in a network across the entire globe. But does the internet also have anything that would ressemble a soul? The French filmmaker Antoine Viviani brings the thought experiment to life in a visually breathtaking digital essay where an ethereal subject – an electronic ghost – wakes up somewhere in the electronic labyrinth of information and charts a virtual world where digital librarians, Google CEO’s and the founding fathers of the Internet themselves are lurking in the cables. ‘In Limbo’ is a speculative and in every way singular exploration of a place that is often – and wrongly – considered as being without a physical existence. The spirit caught in limbo is embodied by the writer and essayist Nancy Huston. Big data, big ideas.
In the wake of the Arab Spring, a whole new generation of young artists made their breakthrough. Driven by a common desire for a free and peaceful future – and by the prospect of finally being able to express themselves freely. Rappers, graffiti artists, poets and filmmakers took part in the protests and the rush of freedom. Four years after the first popular uprising, the young artists are still facing a long and tough struggle. But this has not discouraged them – on the contrary. Farid Eslam’s ‘Yallah! Underground’ is an urban and style-conscious visit to the subcultural underground in a modern Middle East undergoing tremendous change. The need for social and political change can no longer be suppressed, now that the lid has first been lifted off the smouldering pot. And if you are yearning to hear some good news and cultural signs of life from a region that is often portrayed in uniquely pessimistic terms, Eslam’s confident and fresh film is just the thing.
See you in the sofa!