Danish films at IDFA 2016

OVERVIEW. Eight Danish films and two with Danes on board are on the bill in Amsterdam. Get the full picture in this summary of films and people at this year's IDFA, running 16-27 November.

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CO-PRODUCTION. Coco Schrijber's "How to Meet a Mermaid" in IDFA's Feature-length Competition is co-produced with Danish House of Real and shot by Lars Skree.

Max Kestner's "Amateurs in Space" is selected for the Feature-length Competition at the big doc fest in Amsterdam, which also has its eye on three debuting directors in the First Appearance Competition. 

This guide brings a complete list of Danish participation at IDFA 2016 – including links (right) to factsheets containing synopses and credits. 

Find interviews with each of the filmmakers on our festival site dfi.dk/idfa, or select them below.

For Danish projects at IDFA Forum, see What's Pitching at IDFA Forum 2016.


FEATURE-LENGTH COMPETITION

Amateurs in Space / Max Kestner
Max Kestner, who made his name with films such as "Max by Chance" and "Blue Collar White Christmas," tells us the story of two men and their shared boyhood dream of travelling into space – in their own spaceship. Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær for Danish Documentary Production Read interview Daring Dreams and Fraught Friendship

Sat
19 Nov 
21.30 Tuschinski 1 
Sun 20 Nov 12.30  EYE Cinema 1
Mon 
21 Nov 16.00
Munt 12 industry
Thu
24 Nov 11.00  Munt 11
Fri
25 Nov 22.15  Tuschinski 4
Sat
26 Nov 19.00  Tuschinski 2

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FIRST APPEARANCE COMPETITION

Venus / Lea Glob, Mette Carla Albrechtsen
The film is an investigation of female desire in the year 2016, spotlighting a generation of young women and their perceptions of themselves as sexual beings. Glob's "Olmo and the Seagull," co-directed with Petra Costa, was selected for IDFA 2015. Producer Kirstine Barfod for House of Real Read interview Women's Voices on Sexuality

Thu 17 Nov 
21.30 Tuschinski 2 
Fri 18 Nov 16.15  Munt 12 industry
Sun  
20 Nov 17.15 
Munt 09 
Mon 
21 Nov 21.15  Tuschinski 3
Fri
25 Nov 21.00  Munt 09
Sat
26 Nov 19.45  Munt 12
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Dream Empire
/ David Borenstein
The film takes us to China and provides insight into a looming housing bubble and a grotesque dimension of the Chinese real estate market, where remote ghost towns for a few hours are turned into surreal, globalised cities buzzing with life by way of hired extras posing as celebrities, entrepreneurs, businessmen, models and much more. Producer Jesper Jack for House of Real Read interview The Weird World of the Chinese Building Boom

Fri  18 Nov  18.15  EYE Cinema 1 
Sat 19 Nov  10.30  EYE Cinema 1 
Sun  20 Nov  10.00  Tuschinski 3 industry
Sun  20 Nov  15.45  Tuschinski 6 
Tue  22 Nov  19.15  Munt 11 
Wed  23 Nov  16.30  Tuschinski 1
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Who We Were
/ Sine Skibsholt
The director zooms in on a couple, Kristian and Mette Line, who have led a life like so many others with a family, a house of their dreams and plans for the future – until one day Kristian suffers a stroke, damaging one third of his brain and forever taking away their life as they once knew it. Producer Helle Faber for Made in Copenhagen Read interview Intimate Encounter

Sun 
20 Nov 
20.00 Tuschinski 4 
Mon 21 Nov 12.30  Munt 13 industry
Mon 21 Nov 16.30  Tuschinski 3
Tue  
22 Nov 21.00 
Munt 13
Sun 
27 Nov 10.45  Tuschinski 5
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BEST OF FESTS

The War Show / Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon
A film about the Arab Spring in Syria, it follows co-director Obaidah Zytoon and her friends travelling from euphoria to tragedy as the violence spreads in the country. "The War Show" won the main prize at Venice Days and was praised by the international press, both in Venice and later at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Producer Miriam Nørgaard, Alaa Hassan for Fridthjof Film Read interview 

Road Trip to Hell

Wed
16 Nov 
19.45 Munt 11
Thu 17 Nov 14.00
Tuschinski 5
Fri
18 Nov 22.30 Munt 09 
Thu
24 Nov 20.45
EYE Cinema 2
Sat
26 Nov 14.00  Podium Mozaïek
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Those Who Jump / Estephan Wagner, Moritz Siebert
The film portrays the everyday life of Abou who is both protagonist and cameraman as we follow his tireless attempt, together with thousands of other African migrants, to climb the fence into the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The film won the Ecumenical Award at the Berlinale and has since screened at more than a dozen festivals worldwide. Producer Heidi Elise Christensen, Signe Byrge Sørensen for Final Cut for Real Read interview Do We Really Need More Fences like Melilla?

Thu 17 Nov 
12.00 Munt 10
Sat
19 Nov 19.30
EYE Cinema 2
Sun  
20 Nov 11.00
Tuschinski 1
Thu
24 Nov 22.00
Munt 11
Sun
27 Nov 14.15
Tuschinski 3

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PANORAMA

The Wait / Emil Langballe
We follow the Afghan girl Rokhsar Sediqi, who lives in Denmark with her family. They have repeatedly been refused asylum and are now waiting for the final decision – a wait that is sure to change Rokhsar forever. Producer Helle Faber for Made in Copenhagen Read interview Living in Limbo

Sun 20 Nov 18.00  Tuschinksi 3
Tue  
22 Nov 13.45 
Munt 09
Fri 
25 Nov 13.45  Munt 11
Sun 27 Nov 10.00  EYE Cinema 2
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THE QUIET EYE

A Place Called Lloyd / Sebastian Cordes
Taking part in a special programme focusing on "slow documentary," the film pays a visit to Bolivia's proud air carrier LAB that went bankrupt in 2008, where the employees nonetheless still come to work in the hope that their company will one day take off again. "A Place Called Lloyd" premiered last year at CPH:DOX. Producer Niels Michael Wee for Breidablik Film Read interview Slow is Beautiful

Sat  26 Nov 12.00  Brakke Grond Rode Zaal 
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CO-PRODUCTIONS WITH DANISH PARTICIPATION

Mogadishu Soldier / Torstein Grude / Norway-Finland-Denmark
Factsheet on IDFA.nl
Production: Piraya Film
Danish producer: Peter Engel for Wingman Media
IDFA programme: Feature-length Competition
Read Co-produce with People You Like

How to Meet a Mermaid / Coco Schrijber / Netherlands-Denmark-Belgium
Factsheet on IDFA.nl
Production: Zeppers Film & TV
Danish producer: Jesper Jack for House of Real
IDFA programme: Feature-length Competition

Shadow World / Johan Grimonprez / USA-Belgium-Denmark
Factsheet on IDFA.nl
Production: Louverture Films
Danish producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen for Final Cut for Real
IDFA programme: Paradocs

EDITING PANEL

Niels Pagh Andersen, editor, is invited to take part in a special programme dedicated to documentary editing, Assembling Reality, as the editor on the Norwegian-Finnish-Danish co-production "Mogadishu Soldier" selected for IDFA's main competition.

Pagh Andersen is a prominent figure in Danish documentary film editing with such titles as Joshua Oppenheimer's Oscar nominated "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence", Pirjo Honkasalo's "Concrete Night" and Kristina Lindström and Maud Nycander's "Palme." Read Co-produce with People You Like

DOCLAB ACADEMY

"Shared Individual," a virtual reality performance directed by Johan Knattrup Jensen in collaboration with Makropol and Bombina Bombast, is world premiering in IDFA's programme for new talent in interactive media and documentary storytelling. See more at idfa.nl.

DANES IN JURIES

Tine Fischer, head of CPH:DOX / jury member for the Dutch Competition
Monica Hellström, producer of Final Cut for Real / jury member for the Kids & Docs Competition


See IDFA awards to Danish films previous years

IDFA 16-27 November 2016


News from dfi.dk

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Who We Were wins at IDFA

Who We Were wins at IDFA

24 November 2016 | By Annemarie Hørsman AWARD. Director Sine Skibsholt was honoured with the First Appearance award for her documentary Who We Were at Wednesday's IDFA prize fest in Amsterdam. The...
What's pitching at IDFA 2016

What's pitching at IDFA 2016

10 November 2016 | By Annemarie Hørsman IDFA FORUM. The pitching venue of the big doc fest in Amsterdam is the place to be for filmmakers and funders with a keen eye on creative documentary. Introd...
The Weird World of the Chinese Building Boom

The Weird World of the Chinese Building Boom

9 November 2016 | By Demetrios Matheou INTERVIEW. David Borenstein’s Danish-produced documentary Dream Empire maps China's red-hot real estate market through a youthful entrepreneur, Yana, who help...
Slow is Beautiful

Slow is Beautiful

9 November 2016 | By Jonas Varsted Kirkegaard INTERVIEW. The essence is right there on the surface of Sebastian Cordes's A Place Called Lloyd, an unconventionally told, meditative documentary celeb...
Intimate Encounter

Intimate Encounter

9 November 2016 | By Helene Navne INTERVIEW. What creates our identity? Sine Skibsholt looks at that question in her documentary Who We Were, closely following a married couple, Mette Line and Kris...
Women's Voices on Sexuality

Women's Voices on Sexuality

9 November 2016 | By Dorte Hygum Sørensen INTERVIEW. What started as screen tests for a narrative film about female desire ended up as the essence of Lea Glob and Mette Carla Albrechtsen's Venus, a...
Co-Produce with People You Like

Co-Produce with People You Like

8 November 2016 | By Freja Dam BACKGROUND. Danish documentary filmmakers have greatly expanded their networks in recent years. International partners especially appreciate the Danish knack for maki...
Living in Limbo

Living in Limbo

7 November 2016 | By Jonas Varsted Kirkegaard INTERVIEW. An Afghan girl, Rokhsar, and her family have been waiting for years to have their fates decided by the Danish asylum authorities. Emil Langb...
Daring Dreams and Fraught Friendship

Daring Dreams and Fraught Friendship

7 November 2016 | By Dorte Hygum Sørensen INTERVIEW. With a starry-eyed dream of being the first amateurs to fly into space, two Danes enthusiastically start building a rocket. But over time, their...
Amateurs in Space, Venus and more to IDFA

Amateurs in Space, Venus and more to IDFA

10 October 2016 | By Annemarie Hørsman IDFA. Max Kestner's Amateurs in Space is selected for the feature-length competition at the big doc fest in Amsterdam, which also has its eye on a new Danish...

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