Andreas Johnsen is the one-man army who got access to Ai Weiwei. Even as the world-famous Chinese artist and dissident had been banned from talking to the media, the Danish documentarian had an inside view of his constant battle with the authorities. The resulting film, "Ai Weiwei The Fake Case", is intimate and thought-provoking and packed with action.
Can a young Iranian woman become an astronaut? Berit Madsen's "Sepideh" is about a remarkable teenage girl cleverly and stubbornly working towards making her dream come true.
Jon Bang Carlsen originally planned his new film, "Just the Right Amount of Violence", as a relatively straight documentary, but the project ended up as one of the most genre-blending works of the 63-year-old filmmaker's long career.
At first glance, Jon Bang Carlsen's "Just the Right Amount of Violence" resonates with the recent trend of hybrid films, but his new documentary is a natural extension of methods the Danish filmmaker has been using since the 1970s.
In "Carl & Niels", director Alexander Lind creates symbolic spaces to visualise the painful recognition by two twins that their childhood symbiosis is irretrievably lost. Lind is a recent graduate of the National Film School's experimental multiple-camera line under the documentary programme.
Five Afghan children are the heroes of director Jens Pedersen and producer Jakob Gottschau's series "Faith Hope Afghanistan", which follows the determined struggle of Asadagha, Faridullah, Layla, Wali, and Machgan to make a dignified life for themselves amidst the hardships of war.
A 13-year-old girl's relationship to her best friend is at the heart of Ulla Søe and Sussie Weinold's "Shanne and Her Friends". Shanne's story, Ulla Søe tells us, touches on the difficulty of the everyday at a time in life when everything is changing. All the time.
At first glance, the children's film "Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler's Son" is the story of a small boy in a tough sport, but to director Simon Lereng Wilmont it is above all a universal narrative about fathers and sons.
In its transgressive aesthetics and upfront awkwardness, Lars von Trier's Dogme film "The Idiots" (1998) hits like a fist in the gut. Jesper Jargil's making-of film "The Humiliated" (1998) peels back another layer, stripping everyone involved bare – no one more so than von Trier himself – in every sense of the word.