May at the Cinematheque

CINEMATHEQUE. Experience strong female role models from Bollywood and the feisty filmmakers of Brazil's new wave of the 60s. You can also pick up a Jim Jarmusch classic or two at the Cinematheque in May offering a number of films with English dialogue or subtitles for our non-Danish speaking audiences.

Living in Copenhagen? The Danish Film Institute's Cinematheque in the heart of the city presents a comprehensive programme of Danish and international titles all year round. To help our non-Danish speaking audiences navigate the films on show next month, this overview brings a selection of series containing films with English dialogue or subtitles.

Follow the links to see the full film lists and to order tickets (in Danish only).


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Printed programme for May-July (Danish only)

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Opening Hours

Tuesday-Friday 9.00-22.00
Saturday 10.45-22.00
Sunday 10.45-19.30
Monday closed

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You can join the Cinematheque at a special membership rate. Members also enjoy free entry to a number of films throughout the year. Call ticket the office for more information.


Indian Film – The Strong Women of Bollywood

India was one of the first countries in the world to have a female prime minister, and India's major film industry has always worshiped its female stars. However, the female characters have always mostly taken on stereotype roles such as the all-embracing mother and wife or the good-hearted prostitute. The series is testimony to the fact that traditional sexual norms and gender roles are being challenged in Bollywood these years. Director Leena Yadav will be present at the opening event with the screening of her film "Parched" on 12 May.
12 films / 12-28 May


Cinema Novo – Brazil's New Wave from the 1960s

As a warm-up to June's big Latin American Festival, the Cinematheque highlights the Brazilian new wave from the 1960s, Cinema Novo, with films and talks. Like most other film waves in the sixties – French, Czech, Japanese, Polish and others – Brazil's Cinema Novo emerged as a rebellion against stagnation and conformity on two fronts: societal and artistic.
6 films / 10-30 May


Second Chance – Gems from the Last Year

Did you miss out on some the exciting titles premiering over the past twelve months? Coming to your rescue, the Cinematheque presents a series of some the most praised films from the past year. Catch such remarkable titles as László Nemes' "Son of Saul," Maren Ade's "Toni Erdmann," Andrea Arnold's "American Honey," Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea" and Alejandro González Iñárritu's "The Revenant."
14 films / 10 May – 8 July 


Jim Jarmusch – from Down by Law to Paterson

American auteur director Jim Jarmusch has created films about hitmen and samurai, and he has directed a western, a prison film, a vampire movie as well as a couple of road movies. All of them films with a distinct low-key charm that only he could have created.
7 films / 2 May – 5 July  


Danish on a Sunday – Danish Films with Subtitles

Twice a month the Cinematheque presents Danish films, current or classic, with English subtitles to non-Danish speaking audiences. The first title in May is Puk Grasten's "37," inspired by true events in 1964, when residents in a New York neighbourhood witness the brutal murder and rape of Kitty Genovese and do not intervene. Mikkel Munch-Fals' "Swinger" follows Adam who seems to have a good life, but something is missing, and during one of the swinger weekends he and his wife attend regularly to spice things up, the one thing that mustn't happen happens: He falls in love!
2 films / 14 and 28 May

Watch trailer / Cinematheque May-July