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All the Nordic documentaries screening at CPH:DOX

About the festival

CPH:DOX is one of Scandinavia’s largest documentary festivals, and includes Nordic, Danish and international sections.

The festival runs from the 15th until the 25th of March in Copenhagen and throughout Denmark.

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Denmark

FALSE CONFESSIONS

Competing for Politiken Award

Directed by Katrine Philp

Trained interrogators can make innocent people confess to almost anything in the United States. A Danish lawyer works for justice in a hair-raising and cynical system.

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THE NIGHT WE FELL

Competing for the Nordic:Dox Award

Directed by Cille Hannibal

A sensuous, poetic and above all photographic film about loss and about moving on in life. One of this year’s most promising Danish debuts.

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LYKKELAENDER

Competing for Nordic:Dox Award

Directed by Lasse Lau

Impressions from Greenland in a beautiful and sensitive film about myths and reality – and about the historical relationship with Denmark.

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BAD CIRCUMSTANCES

Competing for Nordic:Dox Award

Directed by Max Kestner

Max Kestner’s new film follow an indomitable amateur historian in his attempt to solve three deaths during an expedition to Greenland in 1907.

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DOEL

Competing for Next:Wave Award

Directed by Frederik Sølberg

Frederik Sølberg’s fun, quirky, and slow cinematic film about the outskirts of Europe is a portrait of a ghost town and it’s 26 inhabitants trying to hold on to the dream that their city is a city and their home is a home.

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THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS

Competing for Politiken Award

Directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont

Picturesque and heartbreaking film that lets us experience an Ukrainian warzone through the eyes and fragile body of a young boy.

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SISTERS ACADEMY – THE BOARDING SCHOOL

Directed by Meeto

An atmospheric documentation of a performative 24 hour experiment held last year the exhibition space Den Frie in Copenhagen.

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LOST WARRIOR

Directed by  Nasib Farah, Søren Steen Jespersen

From radicalised Islamiist to family father caught in limbo. A young, Somalian man’s dark past casts shadows on the love he has finally found.

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BIG AS A SUN

Directed by Kasper Kiertzner

Inside the head of The Minds of 99 and their lead singer Niels Brandt during the work on their new album, ‘Solkongen’.

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JOHAN JOHANSSON IN MEMORIAM: DREAMS IN COPENHAGEN

Directed by Max Kestner

Special screening of the film that opened CPH:DOX 2009, in memory of the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannson.

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THE RETURN

Directed by Malene Choi Jensen

A sensitive and stylish hybrid film about two young Danish-Koreans’ first encounter with the country they were born in.

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A YEAR OF HOPE

Directed by Mikala Krogh

A year with 20 children and youths from Manila, who must find a path back into life after a harsh existence on the streets of the Philippine megalopolis.

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DREAMING MURAKAMI

Directed by Nitesh Anjaan

At work in the world of thoughts and dreams with Haruki Murakami’s Danish translator Mette Holm, where every word carries within it an entire world.

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SKJOLD & ISABEL

Directed by Emil Næsby Hanse

Love and chaotic feelings in a film about two young ex-lovers during a long, Copenhagen summer.

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THE ORIGINALS

Directed by  Stig Guldberg

Bittersweet and life-affirming film about the friendship between four proud, adult outcasts.

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FAITH

Directed by  Jens Loftager

Danish confirmation students and Japanese Buddhists who regret taking part in a terrorist attack in Tokyo, in a philosophical film about religious faith.

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THE REDEEMED

Directed by Morten Vest

The story of Danish Christian missionaries in countries like Nigeria is not just about the past – on the contrary. A fascinating, historical film in two parallel tracks.

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VISITOR

Directed by Sebastian Cordes

The filmmaker as an outsider on the refugee-affected Greek island of Chios, in a film that is closer to photography and poetry.

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TEAM HURRICANE

Directed by Annika Berg

Annika Berg’s neon-coloured ‘punk chick flick’ raises the middle finger to norms and traditions.

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LOVESEX

Directed by Anja Kvistgaard Marott

A dynamic and sensitive universe of honest stories about love and sex – told by the young for the young.

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Finland

EASTERN MEMORIES

Competing for Nordic:Dox Award

Directed by  Niklas Kullström, Martti Kaartinen

Past and present meet in an epic road movie through Central Asia to Japan. Adventure and intrigues, life and death, the downfall of nations – as told by a dead Finn.

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THE PUNK VOYAGE

Competing for Nordic:Dox Award

Directed by  Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi

From the rehearsal space to Eurovision with Finland’s developmentally impaired punk band number yksi. A docu-comedy – with its heart in the right place.

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WAITING FOR BARCELONA

Competing for Nordic:Dox Award

Directed by Juho-Pekka Tanskanen

Love affairs, friendships and the police on his heels. One of Europe’s young homeless men lets us into his life on Barcelona’s streets.

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Norway

EXIT

Competing for Politiken Award

Directed by  Karen Winther

Nazis, Jihadis and violent Antifas. A former right wing extremist explores the price of breaking with an extremist past.

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THE NIGHT

Competing for Nordic:Dox Award

Directed by Steffan Strandberg

A beautifully animated and bittersweet Norwegian film about two brothers and their upbringing with an alcoholic mother and musician father.

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RECRUITING FOR JIHAD

Directed by Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen & Adel Khan Farooq

Three years with the young Norwegian jihadi Ubaydullah Hussein in a controversial film about radicalisation, extremism and the response of free society.

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LETTERS

Directed by Jero Yun, Marte Vold

A cinematic conversation across gender, continents and cultures between two artists on the same artistic wavelength.

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GOLDEN DAWN GIRL

Directed by Håvard Bustnes

Meet the women behind the Greek Nazi party Golden Dawn in a disturbing film about the psychology of fascism in the country where democracy was born.

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Sweden

ONE TABLE TWO ELEPHANTS

Competing for Nordic:Dox Award

Directed by Jacob von Heland, Henrik Ernstson

Alive and wild, an ethnographic film from Cape Town and its surroundings, where B-boys, biologists, bushmen and ghosts share the world of life.

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A GOOD WEEK FOR DEMOCRACY

Competing for Nordic:Dox Award

Directed by Cecilia Björk

A sharp, funny and insightful film about a Swedish political summit during an idyllic summer week.

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MAJ DORIS

Competing for Nordic:Dox Award

Directed by Jon Blåhed

Nights with northern lights and clear frosty mornings in beautiful scenes from the life of a completely amazing 74-year-old woman.

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SILVANA

Directed by Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis

From underground to icon. On the feminist front line with the Swedish-Syrian rapper Silvana Imam, who has taken the North by storm.

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THAT SUMMER

Directed by  Göran Hugo Olsson

A reunion with the iconic Beale sisters from the cult classic ‘Grey Gardens’ in a cheerful and picturesque time capsule from Long Island in the 1970s.

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THE DEMINER

Directed by Hogir Hirori & Shinwar Kamal

A heartrending and nerve-racking film about a voluntary Iraqi mine sweeper in the minefield between idealism and the madness of war.

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.