CPH:DOX is back for its first spring edition ever! This new version of the festival deals with the complete transformation of our common reality and current world order, which the election of Trump and Brexit have accelerated.

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It’s the end of the world as we know it. CPH:DOX 2017 is a reflection, a comeback and a counter-attack on behalf of art, our common reality and truth. A massive attack in the form of 200 films, including 75 world premieres, an ambitious new cultural summit, visual concerts, interactive exhibitions, a VR cinema and a designer sofa cinema, a new children’s programme, a focus on the rise of populism, a new science theme, a film programme curated by Anohni and a brand new festival centre at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.

15 months have passed since CPH:DOX completed its thirteenth edition in November 2015 with a record attendance of 91.400, deciding to move the festival to March to embrace new opportunities for international growth. Though it feels like a different era. For since then, the liberal world order has been challenged by Brexit, Trump and the authoritarian and populist tendencies, which are rising in the Western world. The free press and artistic expression is under pressure, also in the Land of the Free where alternative facts have become the modus operandi in Trump’s own reality TV show.

CPH:DOX’s first spring edition is an artistic response to this new (un)reality: from the opening film ‘Last Men in Aleppo’, through the artistically and politically radical film programme curated by the musician and artist Anohni, to CPH:MEETINGS, a brand new cultural summit focused on the political and social role of art in society. A film programme centered around the rise of populism, activist VR works, a saturday night live talk show centered on the alternatively factual documentary oeuvre by Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon and a new science programme are all there to fight the dominance of alternative facts. Welcome back to reality!

New festival centre: Kunsthal Charlottenborg

An unmissable stop at this year’s festival is Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Along with our main sponsor, Normann Copenhagen, CPH:DOX will for 11 days open the doors to a unique festival venue with three cinemas (including a designer sofa cinema and a virtual reality cinema), an international exhibition curated by Toke Lykkeberg, interactive exhibitions, a Blue Room dedicated to debates and discussions, the five-day CPH:CONFERENCE presented with Documentary Campus, as well as a myriad of different social events. Entrance to Kunsthal Charlottenborg, the exhibition ‘Welcome Too Late’, the VR-cinema and the various interactive exhibitions and selected film screenings will be free during the festival.

International competitions and a fresh new addition

What should you see? In CPH:DOX’s main competition programme you will find 59 of the best documentaries in the world right now. The main competition DOX:AWARD features 7 world premieres including new films by local masters Jeppe Rønde, Mads Brügger and Phie Ambo, doc couple Ashley Sabin & David Redmon’s ‘Do Donkeys Act?’ narrated by Willem Dafoe and ’Gray House’, the feature doc debut by Matthew Booth & Austin Lynch, son of renowned filmmaker David Lynch. International premieres include Matthew Heineman’s devastating Syria film ‘City of Ghosts’, straight from Sundance, and hybrid films like ‘What Young Men Do’ and ‘Stranger in Paradise’.

The F:ACT Award competition for films in between documentary and investigative journalism offers a strong line up including 6 World premieres and international premieres of several Sundance hits, including Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau’s eagerly awaited big game hunting doc ‘Trophy’.

The Nordic film competition NORDIC:DOX features 10 World premieres, including new works by Scandinavian masters like Eva Mulvad, Kaspar Astrup Schröder and Margreth Olin and with a common theme combining the personal and the political, exemplified by films like ‘Thank You For The Rain’, ‘Shapeshifters’ and the wonderfully crazy ‘My Mother is Pink’ in which the protagonist is – blue!

NEW:VISION, the competition dedicated to experiments in the fields of art and film, consists exclusively of brand new world premieres, including ‘The Mærsk Opera’ by the Danish artist group SUPERFLEX and ‘Urth’ by former NEW:VISION winner Ben Rivers.

CPH:DOX’s new competition for emerging talents, the NEXT:WAVE Award, is where the wild things are! The nominees are young filmmakers from Denmark, Iran, Argentina, Mexico, Thailand, Portugal and Holland, from playful debut ‘1996 Lucy and the Corpses in the Pool’ combining the sentiments of Lisandro Alonso and Richard Linklater’s ‘Slacker’ to the hybrid fairytale ‘Janbal’, an exploration of fables, folklore and Persian mythology.
A new culture summit and SCIENCE initiative

In addition to a new competition, CPH:DOX also introduces a new cultural summit, CPH:MEETINGS, and a new strong focus on science together with the Lundbeck Foundation, CPH:SCIENCE. CPH:MEETINGS is a new discussion platform inviting writers, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians and satirists to give their viewpoints on some of the greatest current debates and ask: where does art go when the world is burning? The talk series will include the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, filmmakers Mads Brügger and Jeppe Rønde and founder of legendary rock band The The, Matt Johnson, among others, who will provide their view on how art can deal with the current political crises.

CPH:SCIENCE is a major new initiative, launched with support from the Lundbeck Foundation to strengthen relations between documentary and science. In addition to a large audience programme including science documentaries, talks, debates and special events, CPH:SCIENCE also offers a school program and two full industry days, when the documentary film industry and the research community come together to share knowledge, create new cooperation models and develop specific film projects in the field between film and research.

A new politically engaged children’s programme – from a child perspective

2017 is also the year when CPH:DOX for the first time presents films for a very young audience. The programme targets school classes on weekdays and families on weekends. The selected documentaries touch on diverse subjects such as the refugee crisis, divorce and life at sea. In the adult film programme, you will also find a handful of powerful films not for children, but from children’s perspectives. Experience the touching ‘Obscure’ about PTSD-affected refugee children or Margreth Olin’s ‘Childhood’, where Norwegian children play in a free kindergarten in the forest, as well as the Danish film ‘Waiting for the Sun’, which depicts the live of Chinese children, whose parents are in prison.
Themes in focus: Populism, acceleration & curated by Anohni

This year, the programme also counts three specially curated film programmes. POWER TO THE PEOPLE is a special programme that examines the rapid growth of populist movements in Europe and the US. Films in the section include the documentary-thriller ’Keep Quiet’, which touches on antisemitism, and ‘Boiling Point’, which follows social tensions in Finland. The programme THE FUTURE IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE asks the question: Can documentary film relate to the future? Finally, CPH:DOX and Aarhus 2017 present a programme curated by the artist and musician Anohni entitled DISRUPT THEIR LIVES, for which the artist has carefully hand-picked 11 films.

Radio & music – live and on the big screen

CPH:DOX’s music programme features 19 concerts, 20 music films and many audio focused events. You can listen to Tindersticks and Avey Tare (Animal Collective) in the designer sofa cinema, see performances by Lindstrøm, Shiny Darkly, Awesome Tapes from Africa and see films about Major Lazer, Joe Cocker, Iggy Pop and Sleaford Mods. The audience is also invited to attend a cassette exchange market, an improvised concert on a boat or to experience a live score for ‘Homo Sapiens’, the latest film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. In addition, this year’s radio programme includes a new audio piece of Copenhagen sounds by celebrated sound engineer Peter Albrechtsen and sound artist Jakob Kierkegaard, a live architecture podcast on location and plenty of events by internationally acclaimed podcast masters Third Ear in the Copenhagen Planetarium.

Parties and films on location

Parties on location and special events are CPH:DOX’s trademark and this year is not an exception. The film ‘Sour Grapes’ will be screened in a wine cellar, ‘Burning Out’, a film about stressful hospital work, will be shown at Rigshospitalet and the urban gardening documentary ‘Wild Plants’ will be followed by a talk and tasting at BRUS. As for the parties, we will celebrate teenage-hood with Girls Are Awesome, host a disco evening at Bremen, an opening party at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, a final party with Vice and the yearly Opening Gala at DR Koncerhuset.

Let’s not forget the strong Danish lineup on this year’s programme, where you can experience the ambitious film about the perfect man ‘A Modern Man’ by Eva Mulvad, a Kafkaesque EU-drama with Mikael Bertelsen and Mads Brügger, ‘The John Dalli Mystery’ by Jeppe Rønde and Phie Ambo’s reflection on consciousness ‘…when you look away’.

CPH:DOX also features works by internationally recognised filmmakers such as Terrence Mallick, Ulrich Seidl, Michael Glawogger, Andy Warhol, John Waters, Erik Gandini, Sergei Loznitsa, Kirsten Johnson – and films about people like Dries Van Noten, Mumfords and Sons,  Jaha Dukureh, Maurizio Cattalan and Rocco.

Over 100 screenings across the county

This year’s programme is obviously a true documentary wonderland for the people of Copenhagen, but also for many different cities in Denmark. The festival will this year host more than 100 screenings throughout Zealand and Jutland with DOX:ON:TOUR. Don’t forget the 48 hours of free online streaming of 5 CPH:DOX films, which will be available right after the festival.  

Hurry up and secure your tickets on cphdox.dk – the most popular screenings are always selling fast.

See you in the cinema!