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.

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.


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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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 RealRead 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 CopenhagenRead 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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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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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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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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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


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


"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.


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