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Danish documentary stars shine online! 48 hours with CPH:DOX, 168 hours with Michael Madsen


The Doc Alliance festival season is on its way to the finishing straight and it goes north! Meet the stars of contemporary Danish documentary; the biggest Scandinavian festival CPH:DOX, which has been setting the trends on the local as well as international film scene since 2003, and films by Danish audiovisual artist Michael Madsen. In the eight days from November 10 to 17, they will join forces to show you why it is worth it for lovers of contemporary progressive cinema to fix their eyes on the Danish kingdom!

Technology, art and man between them; fascinated, scared, endangered and inspired. What are the stories of today’s society experiencing the greatest technological boom in its history on one hand while launching this very history into unparalleled turbulences by its technological conveniences on the other? The 11th edition of the world renowned Copenhagen festival CPH:DOX, the Scandinavian member of the Doc Alliance platform, looks for complex answers in the film programme of cinema halls, in the extensive related events you can read about here as well as online exclusively at DAFilms.com!

In the 48 hours from Sunday, November 16 to Monday, November 17, you have a unique chance to get a taste of the attractive portion of the film hits from this year’s programme right at your home! Stream five documentary films that are worth getting up early for for free.

Renowned American director Michael Kleiman contributes to the online programme with his documentary film WEB which won the audience award at the prestigious DOC NYC Film Festival. In the film, he follows the lives of Peruvian families, observing them as they enter the online world for the first time, which is made possible by the One Laptop per Child programme. Is the promise of a total global interconnection real, and most importantly, is it really helpful? An encounter with a new, though not virtual society is also experienced by acclaimed American documentarist J. P. Sniadecki. His film THE IRON MINISTRY captures his journey across the extensive network of Chinese train transport which introduces him to the individual layers of the Chinese society. A specific and exceptional cultural encounter is also depicted in the Danish film PALESTINE MARATHON which might seem rather like fiction than documentary at first sight. It follows the story of two ordinary Danish women who manage to organize an international marathon on the territory of occupied Palestine.

Moving encounters, this time with one’s own past, also dominate the last two screened films. An intimate portrait of an alcoholic father who sets out on a new sober path after 20 years of addiction is rendered in the documentary ME AND DAD – NO EXPECTATIONS OF APPLAUSE by Danish director Kathrine Ravn Kruse, the talent of CPH:DOX 2013. The genre of a road movie to history is introduced within the 48 festival hours by the film AMERICAN INTERIOR. In the film, American multimedia artist Graff Rhys traces back his distant ancestor, Welsh traveller John Evans who set out to the American continent in the late 18th century to discover Welsh speaking tribes. Rhys captured his journey in a film as well as in a music album and a book.

Those who do not want to wait for Copenhagen’s film offer until the end of the week can immerse themselves in the life of the Danish capital in the short film Statistics of Copenhagen by famous Danish director Michael Madsen. The film, along with three other films by the artist whose works are screened in cinema halls as well as in global galleries, is available at the DAFilms.com portal for a whole week for free. The films you should not miss from Monday, November 10 to Sunday, November 16 include the filmmaker’s documentary debut Celestial Night: A Film on Visibility , the award-winning short To Damascus: A Film On Interpretation and the first 3D documentary ever The Average of the Average whose 13 chapters illustrate Madsen’s fundamental conviction that reality is multi-faceted and it only depends on our point of view and narrative.

Be seduced by the visually rich language of the ambiguous and creative narrator Michael Madsen in the first November week online at DAFilms.com!

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Films for the event


The Iron Ministry

Tie dao (Orig.) / 2014 / China, United States / 83 min

Award-winning American documentary filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki travelled throughout China by train for three years, capturing, with dazzling range and astonishing intimacy, the public and private spaces, faces and thoughts of Chinese people on the move...



Statistics of Copenhagen

Statistics of Copenhagen (Orig.) / Denmark / 2 min

"From the information in your database, can you then for certain say that Copenhagen exists for real? Can you from the information in your database say for sure that the data could not be from another city? Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen!"



Celestial Night: A Film on Visibility

Himmelnattens kejser - en film om synlighed (Orig.) / 2003 / Denmark / 53 min

Celestial Night is a film on visibility and questions what it means to see. It is a film about what is invisible apart from the imagination: Celestial Night is a film dealing with this vital power, the ability to envision. It is a search in present day Japan for the mythical Japanese Emperor Amayonomikoto who was blind, and the story of a time when seeing was not believing...



To Damascus: A Film On Interpretation

To Damascus – A Film On Interpretation (Orig.) / 2004 / Denmark / 40 min

One can’t understand everything
and I think that it’s good,
that it is that way.



The Average of the Average

Middelfart i Gennemsnit (Orig.) / 2011 / Denmark / 55 min

Denmark's first 3D documentary is directed by the award-winning director Michael Madsen ("Into Eternity") and deals with - mediocrity. And yet, not quite! For mediocrity is maybe harder to grasp with a formula than one might think...





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