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The living legend: A retrospective of Jørgen Leth II.

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Jørgen Leth (born 1937), living legend of world documentary, writer and poet, studied literature and anthropology. In the 1960s, he became a leading personality of Danish poetic modernism and experimental film. In his films, Leth creates film images similarly to a painter. At the beginning, he directs both the characters and the camera; during shooting, he stops “painting” the scenes and becomes an observer of the depicted events.


Jørgen Leth is a leading figure in experimental documentary filmmaking. We offer a sequel by a rigorously selected retrospective of this Danish director known for example for The Impossible Hour and Life in Denmark.

STREAM FOR FREE from January 28 to February 3


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The Impossible Hour

The Impossible Hour (Orig.) / 1974 / Denmark / 45 min

In continuation of the time trial sequence from Stars and Watercarriers, The Impossible Hour is a concentrated study of Ole Ritter's attempt in Mexico City in 1974 to set a new record for the hour - described in the film as "the noblest, most difficult record that can be set on a bicycle".

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Pelota

Pelota (Orig.) / 1983 / Denmark / 47 min

A classical documentary about pelota, the Basque ball game. The film consists of several elegantly interlaced layers, with the manufacture of a pelota ball as the narrative framework...

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Notebook From China

Notebook From China (Orig.) / 1987 / Denmark / 79 min

In 1984 Jørgen Leth, cinematographer Dan Holmberg and sound recordist Niels Torp travelled some 6,000 kilometres by train through China...

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Life in Denmark

Life in Denmark (Orig.) / 1972 / Denmark / 37 min

Almost 100 Danes -including a cyclist, a minister of finances, a popular actress and 13 single women from province - try to convey a realistic impression of Denmark, different from the usual view as a little, exotic and strange country.

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Chinese Ping Pong

Chinese Ping Pong (Orig.) / 1972 / Denmark / 14 min

Film footage in black and white and colour of some of the best table tennis players in the world has been roughly assembled with no apparent attempt to present clear sequences from matches...

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