New Danish Documentary Films
The Art of Repression
Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga, 2020
In the foothills of the Andes in Chile lies a small German colony – Villa Baviera. An idyllic tourist resort hiding a grim past with systematic child-abuse, medical experiments, slave-like living conditions, torture chambers and mass graves. Today victims, victimizers and those who are both fight over how the past shall be remembered.
Daniel Dencik, 2019
Christopher Juul-Jensen is a reading, thinking and writing cyclist. He is considered one of the most valuable domestiques in the world. The past few years, he has written down his inner thoughts about life on the roads, but he has never shown his poetry to anyone, before now.
Feras Fayyad, 2019
For the besieged Syrian civilians, hope and safety lie underground, inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above.
Andreas Koefoed, 2020
Estrid is on the threshold of advancing from childhood into young adulthood. Along the journey, she experiences a serious accident: falling from the window on the fifth floor while sleepwalking. Miraculously, she survives and returns to life with a remarkable willpower.
Louise Detlefsen, Louise Unmack Kjeldsen, 2019
A revolution is happening in Scandinavia. This film is about young women who have had enough of self-hatred and shame and proudly call themselves FAT. They demand respect and recognition in a diet-fixated society while struggling with their lack of self-worth.
Hunting for Hedonia
Pernille Rose Grønkjær, 2019
An examination of the explosive development in "deep brain stimulation" (DBS). With permanent electrodes in selected areas of the brain, scientists can adjust abnormal activity and thereby normalise different kinds of psychiatric states. However, the method raises fundamental questions about what is normal, and how much we want our psyche manipulated with.
I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die
Eva Marie Rødbro, 2019
A harsh and dreamy story of a young girl and her longing heart. Through Betty, living below the poverty line in suburban Colorado Springs, we experience a tight family clan of children born by children born by children where love and dependency go hand in hand.
Journey to Utopia
Erlend E. Mo, 2019
A Danish-Norwegian couple and their children live happily at their picture-perfect family farm in Norway. But climate anxiety and an ever-growing urge to act to secure their children's future keep the parents up at night. They decide to move to 'Permatopia', a self-sufficient, organic cooperative in Denmark.
Long, Live, Love
Sine Skibsholt, 2019
A young adult film about figuring out who you are in this chaos called life. On top of that, there is a degree of seriousness to Rosemarie's life, for which she is much too young. She has been diagnosed with cancer, and although the doctors say she will survive, the long treatment leaves a mark on her young life.
A Married Couple
Emil Langballe, 2019
Sidsel and Christian are in their twenties and live together on a family farm. They have known each other for ten years, been together for six, and now they are finally getting married. This has been Sidsel's dream ever since she met Christian, because she is quite romantic and consistently calls Christian "my prince".
A New Beginning
Ala'A Mohsen, 2019
Rabiaa arrives from Syria to Norway with his four-year-old son, Qais, where the two of them must start over. Alone in Norway, Rabiaa dreams of rebuilding the sense of family that is so important to him and his son. However, Rabiaa has a wounded leg and can barely walk.
On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship
Karen Stokkendal Poulsen, 2019
The entire world praised the military and Aung San Suu Kyi when power was passed on to the democracy icon after 50 years of military dictatorship. One year later she defended an ethnic cleansing and had isolated herself from the public. Key leaders tell the story of how the military of Myanmar stepped into the shadow after 50 years of dictatorship, while Aung San Suu Kyi, whom the military had kept in house arrest for 20 years, became the leader of the country.
The Rise and Curse of Lukas Graham
René Sascha Johannsen, 2020
Following superstar Lukas Forchhammer's journey to success over the course of seven years, the film gives an intimate insight into the inner demons and struggles of the rising singer. The huge international hit '7 Years' skyrockets on the charts worldwide and becomes the greatest international success in Danish music history. But Lukas wrote the song about the unbearable pain of losing his father.
Run Like a Girl
Katrine W. Kjær, 2019
Visiline Jepkesho from Kenya is a marathon runner. Her biggest dream is to win races and use the prize money to buy a house for her husband, Abraham, and 3-year-old son, Izmail, and to secure them a life out of poverty. The film follows Visiline through four critical years where she struggles to find her way in a conservative and male-dominated world.
Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors, 2020
As the disaster of yet another school shooting hits, some parents are faced with a brutal fact: that their child was the one pulling the trigger. In the film we meet parents from different places and backgrounds, with different stories and experiences – but with one thing in common.
Anders Østergaard, 2019
Martin Goldsmith never knew what really had happened to his parents Georg and Rosemarie before their escape from Germany in 1941. As he confronts his father over a long weekend, we are brought back to the complex 1930s, when his parents were young musicians in a bizarre organisation – Jüdischer Kulturbund. Here, at the mercy of Joseph Goebbels, they devoted their youth to music until they escaped at the very last minute.
The Worlds of Eriko
Jannik Splidsboel, 2020
The Japanese classical pianist Eriko Makimura was shaped through an upbringing of force, humiliation and an endless sea of loneliness. The piano became her executioner and her saviour. She embodies the clash between two cultures: the Japanese, from which Eriko originates, and the Scandinavian, in which Eriko finds the freedom and open minds she has longed for since childhood.