Since the general weather here in Denmark seems to have some trouble settling down, let’s confine in something tangible. Good cinema will always make up for everything in life ; “With cinema we talk about everything, we reach everything” said Godard. And with CPH:PIX and its luxurious program, it couldn’t get any more true. More than 150 movies to watch during two weeks, with varied themes and genres, side-events, conferences, concerts. Ask for it, you’ll probably get it.
All the screenings are 80 kroners in the participating venues in Copenhagen and Aarhus.
Here are some movies that are worth the detour:
* texts from cphpix.dk
One should never underestimate four teenage girls who want to go on a spring break! The latest film by the American enfant terrible director Harmony Korine is a highly entertaining portrait of youth in the year 2013 – presented in a colourful mix of art film and pop culture.
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Love, grief, sex and bluegrass are the potent ingredients of this succinct drama, which won the audience award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. A 6-year-old girl is suffering from incurable cancer, and through flashbacks we follow her parents’ turbulent relationship, ups and downs, and spellbinding joie de vivre against all odds.
Kim Ki-duk is still one of the most unique voices in Korean cinema. His films are often uncomfortable to watch, as they deal with human and moral decline told with a crass, but also abstract form of realism. With ‘Pieta’, he has returned in force to the international scene, which was also confirmed when he walked away with the Golden Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival.
Gael García Bernal is the advertising man René, who during the Chilean military dictatorship’s first ‘democratic’ elections in 1988 used advertising language as a political weapon and against all odds gave the Pinochet regime a struggle to the hilt. A true and immensely compelling story, shot on the video format of the day.
The third feature by the merely 23-year-old enfant terrible Xavier Dolan takes place over 10 years from the end of the 1980s, and is an epic love story between a woman and a man who dreams of becoming a woman. A modern melodrama, where the grand emotions are served in a stylish setting.
An ageing midwife can not have children herself, and therefore she helps her husband look for an extra wife. With ‘Thy Womb’, the Philippine film industry’s foremost frontrunner returns to what he’s best at: quirky everyday stories, told with a great humanistic flair and ingenuity.
The We and the I
French whiz kid Michel Gondry is back in New York City – this time in the company of a school bus filled with hormone-stricken teenagers on their way through the Bronx on their last school day. Infatuations, bullying and brawling energy. A real-life-comedy played in real-time, about finding oneself.
This year’s Sundance winner is a piece of humanist cinema shot in panoramic black-and-white based on far too real events. After World War II, the inhabitants of a small Korean village must hide in a cave to avoid the regime’s soldiers, who are hunting communists. Absurd tragicomedy and banal brutality in one.
Gimme The Loot
Graffiti painters Malcolm and Sofie end up on a mini-epic street adventure, but their attitudes reveal their limits in an encounter with the criminal underground. The film lands in the intersection between Spike Lee and Woody Allen, where the gift of the gab is stronger than reasoning.
After a love affair with a wolf man, a single mother is left with two wolf children. But it is hard to keep them under control in the city, and the countryside is full of lurking temptations too. A touching and poetic animated fabel from the director of ‘Summer Wars’.
CPH:PIX film festival
11-24 april 2013