Don’t Stop the Music!

For over 10 years, Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX has been surprising international audiences with its original programme, crossing the borders of art genres with experimental playfulness. Welcome to the realm of sounds and tones, which are not a mere accompaniment of film images, rather becoming the leitmotifs and keys unlocking unexpected documentary adventures. Set out to the north where music documentary has found its place thanks to Sound & Vision. Our one-week journey starts on Monday, June 23 at!

Since its founding in 2003, the CPH:DOX festival has been showing its audiences a diverse spectrum of contemporary art forms, and not only visual ones. Those who expect a traditional film showcase will not be disappointed and will come across “big“ names in the festival programme. However, those seeking innovative approaches to the film medium will get a great portion of artistic openness. Besides music, the microcosm of the Copenhagen festival is also greatly enriched by visual arts and performances. What is the encounter of documentary film and the music phenomenon like? Find out in the unique selection of 4 music documentaries!

GHOST OF PIRAMIDA, proclaimed to be one of the best three music documentaries of 2012, is based on a free creative collaboration of Danish director Andreas Koefoed and Scandinavian music band Efterklang. Under the guidance of the quirky old Russian local Alexander, the three Danish musicians take an audiovisual journey to the former mining town of Piramida, trying to capture the spirit of the past times by means of a patient recording of sounds. Feelings of loneliness and rootlessness are also experienced by the protagonists of PETEY & GINGER. While the surrounding world is undergoing an economic crisis, the young Americans experience a personal crisis, with a single possible way out; that of music and sharing it with friends.

Music as a key element of national identity and cultural temperament is represented by the two other music films. Set in a picturesque Balkan village, the Serbian documentary UNPLUGGED captures the comical relationship of the three peculiar protagonists who share the special passion of playing the leaves of trees. Music and fun as inherent elements of life are also shown in the American-Serbian film BRASSLANDS set in the very centre of the world’s greatest competition of trumpet players and brass orchestras. Who wins? He who has most fun!

Have some fun, too! Get your eyes and ears ready for a unique encounter with music documentaries under the baton of Danish CPH:DOX from June 23 to 29 at for free!

Selected films is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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