CPH:DOX 2021 boasts a programme of six competitive series, comprising 64 films from around the world – including 19 Danish films and 2 Danish co-productions.
The main competition, DOX:AWARD, features Phie Ambo's climate film '70/30' as its opening title, as well as Rami Farah and Signe Byrge Sørensen's 'Our Memory Belongs to Us', Camilla Nielsson's Sundance winner 'President', the Danish-Faroese 'Skál' by Cecilie Debell and Maria Guldbrandsø Tórgarð, and finally the co-production 'Children of the Enemy' by Gorki Glaser-Müller.
The festival reports that the competition programme this year presents a historical number of women directors, with 58% of the titles (37 films) being directed by one or more women. The share is at 66% if you include films co-directed by female and male directors.
Festival director Tine Fischer says in a press release:
"This year’s line-up includes films focusing on important subjects such as the dominance of tech giants, new democratic movements, decolonization and climate change. It is a selection of films aiming to fight prejudice, offer new perspectives, and dive deeper into otherwise well-known conflicts. Films which offer solutions and give the stage to underrepresented voices, which would normally have a hard time being heard."
CPH:DOX runs 21 April 21 to 2 May. The full festival programme will be announced at the end of March. See more at cphdox.dk.
See the full list of Danish films featuring in the six competitions below.
Danish films in competition at CPH:DOX
- '70/30' by Phie Ambo, produced by Malene Flindt Pedersen for Hansen & Pedersen. Opening film. Portrays the biggest challenge of our times through the creation of the Danish climate law and the young activists' fight for a greener future.
- 'Our Memory Belongs to Us' by Rami Farah and Signe Byrge Sørensen, produced by Anne Köhncke and Signe Byrge Sørensen for Final Cut for Real. On the 10th anniversary of the Syrian uprising, three exiled citizen journalists from Daraa reunite to watch footage from the beginning of the revolution.
- 'President' by Camilla Nielsson, produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen and Joslyn Barnes for Final Cut for Real. Sundance winner. About power games and the dream of freedom in Zimbabwe, in the weeks around the country's first elections after the dictatorship.
- 'Skål' by Cecilie Debell and Maria Guldbrandsø Tórgarð, produced by Made in Copenhagen. Old Christian faith is entering new times in the Faroe Islands where two female friends stage their own youth revolt while respecting tradition.
- 'Children of the Enemy' by Gorki Glaser-Müller (Sweden/Denmark/Qatar), co-produced by Toolbox Film. One man's lonely struggle to free his seven grandchildren from a prison camp in Syria in an unforgettable film about an inflamed political dilemma.
- 'Industries of Freedom' by Freja Sofie Kirk and Esben Weile Kjær. A portrait of the work of a group of dancers at Privilege, the biggest night club in the world..
- 'Look at Me' by Christian Falsnæs. An exploration of power relations between performer, viewer and camera, staged by artist Christian Falsnaes.
- 'Summer Night by the Beach' by Kirsten Astrup and Maria Bordorff. Artist duo Astrup & Bordorff revisit the Kongshavn baths and summer stage in Oslo in their colourful film cabaret.
- 'Too Fast to be True' by Anna Thyrri and Stine Uldbjerg Hansen, produced by Lars Høj for Dokumentarkompagniet. The film seeks to unveil an international cover-up in a world-leading sports environment where endurance and being fast are key.
- 'Elsewhere' by Vibeke Bryld, produced by Heidi Elise Christensen for Final Cut for Real. A sensually saturated hybrid documentary brings back the magic and the mystery to Danish nature north of the Limfjord.
- 'Follow You Home' by Kathrine Ravn Kruse, produced by Mathilde Hvid Lippmann for Made in Copenhagen. After 9 years apart, two refugee brothers are reunited in Denmark. With a clergy couple as close allies, Popal fights not to lose his brother again.
- 'He's My Brother' by Cille Hannibal and co-director Christine Hanberg, produced by Monica Hellström for Final Cut for Real. What does it mean to give your life to another person?
- 'Raising a School Shooter' by Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors, produced by Anne Köhncke for Final Cut for Real. Three parents of American youngsters who committed school shootings speak their minds in a film that tries to put an unimaginable trauma into words.
- 'Solutions' by Pernille Rose Grønkjær, produced by Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær for Danish Documentary. Some of the world's leading scientists isolate themselves for 10 days in the desert of New Mexico. Their aim: to develop real solutions to the world's most pressing problems.
- 'The Banality of Grief' by Jon Bang Carlsen, produced by Jon Bang Carlsen for C&C Productions. An impressionistic love letter to his beloved wife after her passing, written with a camera as a pen by one of Danish cinema's greatest adventurers.
- 'Julia&I' by Nina Hobert (Sweden/Denmark) co-production. The friendship between two women who live life to the extreme in Copenhagen, filmed by one of them during four intense and important years of their lives.
- 'Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest' by Mads Hedegaard, produced by Katrine A. Sahlstrøm for Good Company Pictures. Can Kim Kanonarm beat the world record and play arcade games for 100 hours non-stop? A Danish feelgood film about friendships, dreams and high scores.
- 'Dark Blossom' by Frigge Fri, produced by Mathilde Hvid Lippmann for Made in Copenhagen.The deep friendship between three young outsider Goths is threatened when one of them falls in love and eyes a possible escape from the Danish province.
- 'The Soldier' by Nikolaj Møller, produced by Lina Flint for Nordisk Film Spring. A Danish war veteran with a scarred soul travels to the Amazon jungle to find himself with the help of natural remedies and ayahuasca trips.
'Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest' by Mads Hedegaard. See more above.
'Dark Blossom' by Frigge Fri. See more above.
'President' by Camilla Nielsson. See more above.
'The Soldier' by Nikolaj Møller. See more above.
'Raising a School Shooter' by Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors. See more above.
'Too Fast to be True' by Anna Thyrri and Stine Uldbjerg Hansen. See more above.
'70/30' by Phie Ambo. See more above.
'Skál' by Cecilie Debell and Maria Guldbrandsø Tórgarð. See more above.
'Loves Me, Loves Me Not' by Andrine Moland, Caroline Mathilde Salic, Kathrine Skibsted. Honest conversations about love, emotions and expectations with 20 young Copenhageners in a film where everyone can recognise thoughts from their own lives.
'From the Wild Sea' by Robin Petré, produced by Malene Flindt Pedersen for Hansen & Pedersen. Berlin world premiere. The relationship between humans and animals seen from the animals' perspective – in a film from the European coasts, where volunteers are fighting to save nature.