Musicians The xx have curated a programme specially for CPH:DOX this year.
The London trio will present a series of films and live events that will explore themes of identity, gender, performance, youth culture and LGBTIQ issues. The programme deliberately shares a name with The xx’s most recent album – 2017’s acclaimed I See You – with their film selection being informed by many of the same themes and emotions the band explore through their music.
“I wish I could see myself the way you look at me
I wish you could see yourself through my eyes
All of the things you don’t say reflect back at me
You don’t think I see, I do
Sometimes I just want to say it’s ok, I understand, I see you.”
The programme will open on 17th March with a screening of the BAFTA-nominated film God’s Own Country by Francis Lee, and short film Landline by Matt Houghton.
Vocalist and Bassist, Oliver Sim, has led the curation of the film programme: “I’m excited to show some of my favourite feature films and documentaries in Copenhagen. These films mean so much to me on a personal level, but at the same time touch on so many of the issues, narratives and passions that are so important to the band as a whole”
From a double bill of Kim Longinotto’s films depicting gender roles in Japan, to Matt Wolf’s beautiful portrait of musician Arthur Russell, the programme presents both known and hard-to-see films that explore identity and how it’s challenged, threatened and celebrated through spaces, performance, music and culture. Other films showing in the programme include Wildness by filmmaker, artist and performer Wu Tsang, which sees a club night evolve into activism to try and protect a community, an exploration of Jamaica’s homeless LGBTI community by Christo Geoghegan and Adri Murguia in Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens, the perils and joys of teen years in Beyond Clueless by Charlie Lyne, Wildwood, NJ by Ruth Leitman and Carol Weaks Cassidy and Gregg Araki’s Nowhere, with more to be announced.
From events to Q&As with many of the directors in attendance ‘I See You’ will create a space to explore, discuss and celebrate each other, on screen and off.
The ticket sale for ‘I See You’ will open on February 16.