Last spring, the documentary film festival inaugurated its Social Cinema, where 250 spectators could lounge on sofas by the Danish design brand Normann Copenhagen. More than 5000 festival goers in total did so under CPH:DOX 2017! This March, CPH:DOX and Normann Copenhagen will once again team up to offer their audience a very comfortable cinematic experience, following last year’s success.
The Social Cinema will be a Pop-up during the 11 days of the festival at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. It will be free seating, so make sure to be there in time if you would like a good seat.
The designer sofa cinema is called Social Cinema, because, according to CPH:DOX, it “encourages laid back and social film experiences that (literally) bring the audience closer together”.
Expect something new this year – a new modular sofa from Normann Copenhagen called Sum will be your host for the evening. Sum is designed by Simon Legald, and has a lighter feel than what you are used to with other modular sofas. Concurrently, Sum is built in resilient foam, ensuring maximum comfort and support for your back during film screenings. Sum has been specially made for CPH:DOX’s audience to enjoy at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.
During the festival, the audience will also be given the opportunity to win one of the special Sum sofas in a competition – keep an eye on Normann Copenhagen’s social media platforms.
Here you can find the full schedule of the films and events that will take place at Social Cinema this March!
Thursday March 15
Exorcism: An evening with Jenny Wilson
The Swedish pop star confronts the culture of sexual assault against women when she invites us to short films, a listening session, a mini-concert and a DJ set on the opening night at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.
Friday March 16
The Most Unknown
A scientific exploration of the unknown, where the greatest mysteries of physics and nature can be found at the bottom of the ocean and in outer space.
Opening Party feat. Boiler Room 4:3 & Marshall Jefferson
Opening party with film and a DJ set by house legend Marshall Jefferson with Kasper Marott, in collaboration with the electronic music platform Boiler Room.
Saturday March 17
Karl’s Perfect Day
The best day ever from morning to midnight. You would wish you were the Swedish artist Karl Holmqvist after this poetic dream of a hybrid film.
The Green Lie
Are we seduced by the good message of sustainability when we go shopping? A docu-comedy where nothing is what it seems.
The xx Opening Film: God’s Own Country + Landline
The xx Party
We celebrate the London band’s film programme with a party at Charlottenborg with the band itself. Romy spins the turntables followed by DJ sets by, among others, First Hate.
Sunday March 18
Man vs. machine in the ultimate showdown: the South Korean world champion meets Google DeepMind for a game of the Asian board game Go.
Gambling, Gods and LSD
One of the last fifteen years’ most magnificent and visionary documentaries is a monument to ecstasy as a source of happiness – and new knowledge.
Picture of Light
In search of northern lights in a beautiful and philosophical film from the end of the world, with music by Jim O’Rourke.
Monday March 19
Master chef at the age of 12 and an international celebrity just a few years later. Watch it happen in a film that will make the stomachs roar in the cinema.
Sisters Academy + The Rare Event
An atmospheric documentation of a performative 24 hour experiment held last year the exhibition space Den Frie in Copenhagen.
Tuesday March 20
Last Year in Utopia
Bertolt Brecht meets Big Brother in the reconstruction of the reality TV show that collapsed. Stylish, enigmatic and with German humour.
Simple technology and inspiring idealism. Meet a modern, African activist fighting against corruption and illegal deforestation in a film that actually makes a difference.
Wednesday March 21
The Distant Barking of Dogs
Picturesque and heartbreaking film that lets us experience an Ukrainian warzone through the eyes and fragile body of a young boy.
The internet alchemists Metahaven’s visual essay about the (a)social media’s occult force of attraction, set against a dark score by Laurel Halo.
Laurel Halo vs. ‘Possessed’
The electronic shooting star musician performs a concert after a new trippy film with a score by Halo herself.
Thursday March 22
The Price of Everything
The art market seen from the inside in an entertaining and insightful film about art, money and prestige – and about the price of letting oneself be seduced.
In Praise of Nothing
Iggy Pop is the voice of Nothing in a film about everything. Confused? This is just the beginning of a massive cosmic comedy.
Saturday March 24
Laila at the Bridge
A fight against the Afghan heroin mafia with the most ‘badass’ woman in Kabul. A powerful film about a woman who is willpower in its purest form.
Three months without privacy on a raft. The story of the strangest social experiment of all times – told by those who took part in it.
The 89-year-old filmmaker Agnès Varda on a road trip around France with the photographer JR in one of this year’s most beloved and imaginative films.
Annika Berg’s neon-coloured ‘punk chick flick’ raises the middle finger to norms and traditions.
Soho Rezanejad vs. Annika Berg
Dark and progressive electro-pop meets the ‘Team Hurricane’ director’s debut as a live VJ in an audiovisual experiment.
Sunday March 25
Influenza (on Kirstine Roepstorff)
The creative process behind the Danish artist’s work leading up to the Venice Biennale last year, elegantly portrayed as a reflection on creation itself.
Blue Velvet Revisited
Behind the scenes at the greatest cult film of the 1980s with David Lynch in the director’s chair.
Love Means Zero
Character-driven filmmaking at its best. Meet the colourful and charismatic tennis legend Nick Bollettieri, as he faces a tough opponent.
The Ballad of Shirley Collins
Occult, pagan natural mysticism from the English countryside meets the folk ballad tradition in the 82-year-old folk singer Shirley Collins’s supernaturally beautiful voice.
Shirley Collins: Film + concert
This year’s closing event is a bit of a scoop! The legendary 82-year-old folk singer is visiting Denmark for the first time with a concert and a new portrait film.