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DOX:AWARD

International main competition. 13 films are nominated for the main prize in the festival’s international competition – our pick of the best and most important new films this year. All the films are premieres with directorial visits from around the world. Tickets go on sale 21 February.

DOX:Award is sponsored by Danish Radio

A Storm Foretold

A Storm Foretold

Christoffer Guldbrandsen's long-awaited film about Donald Trump's former adviser Roger Stone is a chilling report from the rotten core of power, ahead of the riot on Capitol Hill.

Christoffer Guldbrandsen / Denmark / 2023 / 90 min / World Premiere

A Tiger in Paradise

A Tiger in Paradise

A surreal journey into singer José González's inner world of thoughts and shadows. Staged with dark humour in the picturesque Swedish countryside around his home with Ruben Östlund's regular creative partners behind the camera.

Mikel Cee Karlsson / Sweden / 2023 / 78 min / World Premiere

After Work

After Work

A thought-provoking film that looks at the phenomenon of work in the 21st century with the razor sharp X-ray vision and equally sharp humour. From Kuwait to Korea, from the US to Europe, and from nine to five - with Swedish mastermind Erik Gandini behind the camera.

Erik Gandini / Sweden, Italy, Norway / 2023 / 81 min / World Premiere

Eat Bitter

Eat Bitter

An eye-opening drama about a Chinese immigrant and a Central African sand fisherman in their pursuit of wealth and happiness during a civil war.

Ningyi Sun, Pascale Appora-Gnekindy / Central African Republic, China / 2023 / 93 min / World Premiere

Light Needs

Light Needs

Generous and imaginative film about the inner life of houseplants, which takes other life forms seriously with creative and artistic originality. A film that expands our consciousness and opens up new paths of thought and action.

Jesse McLean / United States / 2023 / 72 min / World Premiere

Motherland

Motherland

Dark and monumental film from Belarus, where corruption and a brutal military culture push young people to choose sides. A film in two tracks, from rave parties in heavy industrial wastelands to the neo-nationalism of post-Soviet society.

Alexander Mihalkovich, Hanna Badziaka / Sweden, Ukraine, Norway / 2023 / 92 min / World Premiere

On the Edge

On the Edge

A young doctor with an exemplary humanist spirit fights a brave battle to hold together the run-down Paris hospital where he works – and to hold his patients together in the process.

Nicolas Peduzzi / France / 2023 / 93 min / World Premiere

Songs of Earth

Songs of Earth

The mountainous landscapes of Norway provide the monumental backdrop for the cinematic nature experience of the year. A magnificent, existential journey with the filmmaker's parents as its human yardstick, and with the primordial forces of the earth looming in the bedrock.

Margreth Olin / Norway / 2023 / 90 min / World Premiere

Theatre of Violence

Theatre of Violence

An epic and unshakeable drama of guilt and punishment. Former Ugandan child soldier Dominic Ongwen is both executioner and victim in a sober courtroom drama about crimes against humanity that upends on the very foundations of morality.

Emil Langballe, Lukasz Konopa / Denmark, Germany / 2023 / 104 min / World Premiere

The Hearing

The Hearing

Four asylum seekers reenact their conversations with the authorities in a role-playing game that reverses the roles. What happens when your future depends on your ability to tell your own life story in a convincing way?

Lisa Gerig / Switzerland / 2023 / 81 min / World Premiere

The Other Profile

The Other Profile

An elementally suspenseful and completely unpredictable detective story from Kinshasa, where a French film director has to find his own double. A film about virtual identities in a post-colonial century.

Armel Hostiou / France / 2023 / 82 min / World Premiere

Total Trust

Total Trust

The first major film about the Chinese surveillance state is a disturbing tale of technology, (self-)censorship and abuse of power in the 21st century. Two families fight for justice from within the digital prison.

Jialing Zhang / Germany, Netherlands / 2023 / 97 min / World Premiere

Vintersaga

Vintersaga

The human comedy unfolds in an aesthetically uncompromising and unmistakably Nordic saga in 24 chapters. A film that probes the Scandinavian mind in the dark months with dark humour and a sociological gaze.

Carl Olsson / Sweden / 2023 / 82 min / World Premiere

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March 20

José González (live & Q&A) + ‘A Tiger in Paradise’ (film)

José González was at the center of the resurgence of folk music at the start of the millennium. Now he's visiting the festival with film, Q&A and his live acoustic songs.

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78 min