Every day during the festival we’ll have a give away where we’ll give out 2*2 tickets to a film screening on the same day. The films in today’s competition are listed below. To enter the give away send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before the given time under each film in bracket. Write how many tickets you want and which screening!
GIVE AWAYS FOR TOMORROW 26.03.2017
Machines – Nordisk Film Dagmar at 12:00 (11:00)
An inferno of sound and images from an Indian textile factory’s dark heart in the blind spot of globalisation.
The machines are rumbling like furious, choleric giants in an inferno of noise, chemicals and work routines. The Indian director Rahul Jain leads us right into the dark heart of a textile factory in a film, which in the spirit of the revolutionary ‘Leviathan’ subsumes both our eyes and our senses. But the boundary between humans and machines still remains, and Jain’s critique of the inhumane conditions should make an impression on anyone who buys clothes as cheaply as possible. A union leader speaks about solidarity on behalf of everyone, while the factory’s boss repeats the neoliberal lesson about global supply and demand, where the responsibility ultimately lies with the buyer – namely us. ‘Machines’ is an ambitious and modern political opus by a cultural insider, who makes maximum use of the film medium’s potential and puts us in the shoes of workers, which documentaries usually observe from a distance.
The Cinema Travellers – Cinemateket at 16:30 (15:30)
The magic of watching films on the big, fluttering canvas is brought to life in a beautiful and lively film about India’s travelling cinemas.
For over 70 years, India’s travelling cinemas have brought colourful adventures to all corners of the vast country, where people gather on market squares to watch films in tents and in the open air. And if you have forgotten how magical such an experience can be – or if you have never had the opportunity yourself – then the Indian ‘The Cinema Travellers’ is a must! A vibrant film culture is also a common social denominator and a unifying force in a country with great differences and many minorities. And even though the caravan cinema with its film reels is being threatened by technological progress, the passionate people running it refuse to close it down. For when the light from the screen is mirrored in the faces of the spectators, the entire hassle has been worth it. Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiay’s film has itself been a travelling success since its premiere in Cannes, and must of course be seen in the cinema.
Life Imitation – Kunsthal Charlottenborg at 16:00 (14:30)
A dark and futuristic dream of a film from a virtual reality, where scenes from China’s underground merge with pixellated shoot-outs.
Chatroom threads, sexting and virtual scenes from Grand Theft Auto’s violent computer game version of Los Angeles come together with alarming and nightmarish ease to depict scenes from the Chinese artist Zhou Chen’s friends’ lives in his hypnotically dark film, where above all the young women defy social and sexual taboos, but at the same time mirror their loneliness and isolation in the screens of their mobile phones. Symptoms of a futuristic diagnosis from an almost post-human reality, where social identity and role play are two sides of the same coin. But also a diagnosis made from a critical and above all human perspective, which poses the question of what empathy means and whether feelings are still real when everything else is virtual. ‘Life Imitation’ was made in connection with the exhibition ‘After Us’ at K11 in Shanghai and New Museum in New York.
2 x Lykkeberg: A Manual for the Political Artist – Kunsthal Charlottenborg at 16:00 (14:30)
In the wake of the major political landslides such as Trump and Brexit it is clear that active artists feel a call to use their platform – be it on Twitter, at awards ceremonies or in their art itself. But is it healthy for the public debate when artists interfere in the current political agenda? And can politically engaged artists help unite us at a time full of division and frustration about all things elite, or are they on the contrary part of the problem? The brothers Rune and Toke Lykkeberg are, respectively, an editor in chief and curator, and with their different perspectives they outline a manual for socially committed artists.