The Filmhouse offers a number of series and events throughout December:
Danish Films—English subtitles "Cecilie" by Hans Fabian Wullenweber
A thriller that shares common ground with films such as Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" and Robert Zemecki's "What Lies Beneath". Cecilie is a young married woman ready to get back into her teaching career after a long leave of absence. All seems well at first, but she starts having nightmares and visions that are disrupting her job and her marriage. "Cecilie" (2006) is an intelligently crafted story complemented by strong visuals with many weather related special effects: winter storms, ice, and frozen environments.
Thursday 17 December 18:45
Steven Soderbergh—sex, lies and revolution
Since his breakthrough and winning the Golden Palm in Cannes with "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" (1989), the American director Stephen Soderbergh has made several broadly appealing films distinguished by great elegance and genre awareness. Still, his most characteristic works remain the experimental film, often shooting and editing himself besides directing. This month's Soderbergh selections include his monumental "Che," about the revolutionary hero, and "Bubble" (2005), December's premiere film.
Sunday 6 December 17:00 "Che—Part One" followed by a buffet Cuban style in Restaurant SULT at 19:15, "Che—Part Two" screens at 21:30. The Soderbergh series consists of 11 films.
When Disney Was Jazzy—Seven Classics with the Original Danish Voices
From 1960 to 1980, Disney's animated features got a more angular look and a more anarchic feel. Less sentimental, they put the music front and centre – preferable jumping jazz beats. Experimenting with mixtures of real film and animation, the studio opened up a world of expanded consciousness. For the first time in years, here is an opportunity to see the films on the big screen – with the original Danish voice characterisations, notably by the legendary Otto Brandenburg, Denmark's Elvis! Miss these films and your children may never forgive you!
The series When Disney was Jazzy consists of 8 films.
The Age of Miracles
Weeping Madonna statues. Cripples throwing away their crutches. Water masses dividing. Miracles obviously lend themselves to cinema. Rarely characterised by escapism, films with divine miracles describe the arrival of the miraculous in a mundane everyday reality that’s not often geared to the supernatural and the inexplicable. Miracles that way function as a lever to raise the more general and recognisable discussion of faith vs. doubt. Come with this month, as the Cinematheque takes a look at miracles.
Wednesday 16 December 18:45: Special preview event of the controversial Spanish Goya-winner, "Camino" (2008). The series The Age of Miracles consists of 9 films.
Manoel de Oliveira—Aging with Grace
By Hollywood standards, his films may seem long, overly theatrical and unusually chatty. But for moviegoers with the slightest patience there are great cinematic experiences to be gained from Manoel de Oliveira’s elegant interweave of theatre, literature, opera and storytelling, as well as from his witty, literary-inspired dialogue. At age 100, De Oliveira is the worlds oldest filmmaker.
Thursday 3 December 19:00: the series opens with "A Talking Picture" (2003), followed by a glass of wine sponsored by the Portuguese Ambassador.
BIO 12:30—for those with time at noon
At BIO 12:30 there are films for all those who appreciate a good story and good acting. Every week we feature a new film, followed by a cup of coffee and oversized cookie at Asta Bar (included in the price of admission). We concentrate on films about people – people who feel, suffer, laugh and cry like everyone else. BIO 12:30 screens every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
The first two weeks of December two Danish classics screening: Svend Methling's "Sommerglæder" (1940) and Max von Sydow's "Ved Vejen" without English subtitles.
Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17 at 12:30: Francis Ford Coppola's "One from the Heart".
Tuesday 22 & Wednesday 23 at 12:30: John Turturro's "Romance & Cigarettes"
From All of Us to All of You—Highlights from the Year That Was
In December, the Cinematheque offers a second look at some of the year's best film experiences. Films that set a unique agenda and films that made the Cinematheque rock. How about taking a choice Christmas sweetie to see the Swedish vampire shocker "Lad den rette komme ind" (2008) Did you miss the Oscar-winning documentary "Man on Wire" (2008). How about Lars von Trier's "Antichrist" (2009), which concluded a controversial run by winning the Nordic Council Film Prize. Now is your chance.
The series From All of Us to All of You consists of 11 films.
GoodPlanet focus on climate at the Filmhouse
From 8 to 18 December, the GoodPlanet Foundation is moving into the Cinematheque. The foundation, headed by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, works to raise awareness about the environment. Arthus-Bertrand’s photo project, "Earth from Above" and his debate film "Home" (2009) look at the changes our planet is undergoing. GoodPlanet welcomes moviegoers and NGOs to a cosy nook at Asta Bar where visitors can mingle, talk to experts and discuss the world over a cup of tea. Read more at www.goodplanet.org.
The Goodplanet programme will screen in the period 08-18 December.
Film of the Month: "Bubble"—Independent Film at Its Finest
"Everything about the film is brave and innovative," the film critic Roger Ebert concluded in his review of "Bubble" (2005). This is an independent film of the purest strain: shot and edited by the director himself (pseudonymously, as Peter Andrews and Mary Ann Bernard) and featuring a cast of non-professionals, whose own lives are integrated into the simple, straightforward storyline. "Bubble" reminds us how uncommon and fascinating Soderbergh's style and production zigzag really is.
Nine screenings throughout December: Fri 04 at 19:30 + Sat 05 + Sun 06 + Tue 08 + Wed 09 + Thu 10 + Sat 12 + Sun 13 + Tue 15 at 19:15.
Preview of 'Precious'—A Heavy Sundance Winner
"Precious" (2009) is the first film ever to win audience awards both at Sundance and the Toronto Film Festival. A sprinkling of fantasy notwithstanding, this is a surprisingly raw American tale. An African-American girl, Precious, is anything but precious to her aggressive parents: she is both incest victim and whipping girl. Amidst all the bleakness, the film also includes some sparklingly creative dream sequences. We are delighted to present "Precious" to the Cinematheque’s audience., ahead of the Danish premiere on 4 February.
Wednesday 30 December 19:15.
City symphony—film concert
Different names ringing with the pulse of the big city merge tonight: for the first time ever, the German avant-garde filmmaker Walter Ruttmann (1887-1941) meets three electronic soundmeisters from Copenhagen's nightlife: DJ Buda and DJ T.O.M., who make up the irrepressibly active club-duo Lulu Rouge, and the keyboard player Abdullah S (Jeppe Saugmann). The film concert of Ruttmann's "Berlin – die Sinfonie der Grossstadt" (1927) is co-organised with the Kosmorama film journal, now releasing its theme issue on cities in film.
Thursday 10 December 21:15.
Experimental—the Warhol classic Chelsea Girls
Warhol's tableaux of drag queens, eccentric starlets and wannabes offer glimpses into the 1960s New York underground scene around Warhol's Factory and the legendary artists' residence, the Chelsea Hotel. In 12 mini films of 35 minutes each, Warhol focuses on such Factory regulars as Nico, Marie Menken, Ingrid Superstar and Pope Ondine. All the action is improvised, as Warhol, the voyeur, neutrally training his lens on the occurrences of everyday living.
Wednesday 30 December 19:00.
Psych out—Eurotrash with Venus in Furs
Eroticism and horror are the basic elements of so-called eurotrash films. In the hands of the Spanish B-movie director Jesús "Jess" Franco, they are jazz for the eyes. Franco earned his auteur credentials mainly for the stylish, erotic horror films he made around 1970. This evening's vintage shocker, "Venus in Furs" (1969), adapting the classic Leopold von Sacher-Masoch novel, is one of Franco's finest moments.
Thursday 17 December 21:00.
Lou Reed Late Night: 'Berlin'—An All-Stops-Pulled Performance
The idea of performing his classic 1973 album "Berlin" live on stage had been nagging at Lou Reed for more than 30 years when, in 2006, he finally decided to present the album in its entirety – live at the St. Ann's Warehouse in New York. "Berlin" is one of rock history's loveliest and darkest works, a "rock opera" blistering with doomed fates, drug abuse and depression. Now, the concert film presents an atypical and very elegantly orchestrated counterpoint to Reed, the 1970s glam rocker.
Tuesday 29 December 22:00. Bar and DJ after the film.