On a Quest for the Documentary: Hybrid Films

Is it possible for a documentary film to capture reality in a way that is undistorted? Is it possible to truly see reality reflected in a documentary film? Where is the boundary between documentary and fiction? In our selection focused on hybrid films, we examine the borders of fictional worlds.

Join us and immerse yourself in films that simply cannot be labelled as just documentaries. In his films, Denmark’s classic film director Jørgen Leth often works with reality and makes it apparent to his audience that he knows about them. Whilst in his anthropological comedy The Perfect Human, he presents to us one ideal man and one ideal woman during their daily activities; in Life in Denmark he shows us almost a hundred of his fellow citizens to give us a more realistic image of Denmark. Director Peter Kerekes’s Cooking History takes a look at military conflicts through the eyes of army cooks, presenting recipes from World War II up through the more recent conflict in Chechnya. The last film made by Czech New Wave director Jan NěmecThe Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street – admittedly teeters on the border between genres as well as on the threshold between an acted autobiography and fiction, reminding the audience that, as far as film is concerned, neither the director nor the film can be blindly trusted.

Travel with us to docufictional worlds, and discover your own boundary between the real and the imaginary.

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