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.
Cannon Arm & Co.
Mads Hedegaard, 2020
The film is a comedy about friendship and arcade games that will put a smile on your face and tug at your heartstrings. With the help from his friends at Bip Bip Bar, Cannon Arm attempts to be the first in the world to play an arcade machine from the early ’80s for 100 consecutive hours. It is an imaginative, thought-provoking and entertaining film that – with its collection of heroic outsiders, dreams about legendary world records, quirky hairdos and brilliant players – praises solidarity and the attempt to achieve the sublime.
An Elephant in the Room
Katrine Philp, 2020
At Good Grief groups, children meet to understand the passing of a parent or a sibling through play, giving in to rage in 'the volcano room' and saying goodbye to a dying teddy bear patient in 'the hospital room'. Over the course of a year, we follow the weekly meetings and get close to Kimmy, Nicky, Peter, Nora, Nolan and Mikayla and their close companion: grief. It is sometimes heartbreaking, but also humorous, to experience the questions about life and death through their open and curious minds.
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.
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, 2020
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.
Kids on the Silk Road
Jens Pedersen, Kaspar Astrup Schröder, Simon Lereng Wilmont, Camilla Magid
In the countries of the Silk Road we meet 15 children – one character in each film – on the threshold of adolescence, who are all fighting for a space and an identity of their own, and who all show bravery by taking action on the things that matter to them. With recognizable themes – friendship, love, wishes for the future, parents’ ambitions – which is part of every child’s life, we hope to eliminate geographical and cultural gaps between our main characters and their Danish audience.
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 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.
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.
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.
Vibeke Bryld, 2020
'Thyland' is a film about the invisible life in North western Denmark – a place where nature is rougher and faith is stronger than in the rest of the country. In this timeless region, invisible inhabitants live among mortals. The film unravels the metaphysical life in the area through myth, faith and ghosts as they arise in nature and in the people – a people marked by their connection to the sea and the land.
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.