The ancient knowledge of indigenous peoples challenges high-tech science in a near-cosmic tale from a South African desert where the world's largest radio telescope is being built with antennae aimed at the far corners of the universe.
Dane Dodds / Denmark, South Africa / 2023 / 89 min / World Premiere
A tale of love, success and failure, taking place over 25 years, mixing documentary footage of Giovanni and Louise's teenage relationship in the 90s with a fictional present time.
Giovanni Bucchieri / Sweden / 2023 / 101 min
20 Days in Mariupol
An unflinching and vital inside account of Russia's war in Ukraine, shot in the besieged city of Mariupol by the only journalists left. Courageous, meticuoous and with glimpses of hope and humanity amid the devastation.
Mstyslav Chernov / Ukraine / 2023 / 94 min / European Premiere
A Journey and the Doors
Would you let a stranger into your home for a night? A filmmaker goes on a bike ride through Europe to take the temperature of the continent's trust and hospitality after years of talk about borders.
Peter Alsted / Denmark / 2023 / 73 min / World Premiere
A Little Love Package
In the context of an imminent global financial crash, a Greek woman and her British friend look for an apartment in Vienna to start anew. This enterprise will bring back some forgotten ghosts leading to a transfiguration.
Gaston Solnicki / Austria, Argentina / 2022 / 80 min
A Sense of Place
Mohammadreza Farzad, SHIRIN BARGHNAVARD, Mina Keshavarz, AZIN FEIZABADI, POOYA ABBASIAN, Afsaneh Salari / Germany, France, Iran / 2023 / 120 min / World Premiere
A Storm Foretold
The storm of the Capitol. Accidental or planned all along?
Christoffer Guldbrandsen / Denmark / 2023 / 90 min / World Premiere
A World Reveals
The film is an audiovisual work. In a one-take, you follow the listener's journey in a large empty room, where a live clarinet improvisation is amplified by a gigantic ventilation system. The wind blows, the metal sheds and notes are flowing. The film invites you to experience the presence that lies between; sound / image - reality / abstraction - the sky / abyss."A World, Reveals" is an existential quest. A film about what is, before words and rationales gain power over us.Lars Greve is both the clarinet player and instructor. It has been extensive work to create the film's minimalistic and raw language. And to build a synchronicity with photographer Andreas Johnsen around how sound and image could create an almost evaporating expression.I therefore offer the film as something that can help emphasize the breadth of the film festival. Give a new take on what a short film can be.
Lars Greve / Denmark / 2023 / 32 min / World Premiere
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 / 2023 / 79 min / World Premiere
Ben Russell presents two conceptions of time: a space of rapid succession and a space of simultaneity. Against Time celebrates the moment as an entity in which an infinite number of realities comes together synchronistically.(Claire Lasolle - FIDMarseille)
Ben Russell / France / 2022 / 23 min
Algorithms of Beauty
A contemplative film about the boundaryies between natural and technological beauty. Can an AI-generated image recreate the beauty of a flower?
Miléna Trivier / Belgium / 2022 / 22 min
An Asian Ghost Story
This film is about haunting memories of Asia's late 20th-century modernization. The story departs from a 1965 United States embargo on the hair trade, known as the "Communist Hair Ban". Yet, in every wig resides a ghost from the imperial past.
Bo Wang / Hong Kong, Netherlands / 2023 / 37 min / World Premiere
An Excavation records forensic archaeologists Dr Chritos Tsirogiannis and Dr Vinnie Norskov’s investigation into a series of looted ancient Greek vases. Made in the 4th century BC by Apulian artisans in what today is southern Italy, these vases remained buried in tombs for 2,500 years before they were violently extracted from their archaeological contexts. Made for burials, the vases depict scenes from the underworld. In the film, modern forensic narratives and ancient mythology start to intertwine.
Maeve Brennan / United Kingdom, Denmark / 2022 / 20 min / International Premiere
Atomic Hope: Inside the Pro-Nuclear Movement
Nuclear power - yes, please? Thought-provoking insight into the grassroots activist movement convinced that hated nuclear power is the future and the quickest way out of the climate crisis.
Frankie Fenton / Ireland / 2022 / 82 min
AUM: The Cult at the End of the World
In 1984, Shoko Asahara started a seemingly innocuous yoga school based in Tokyo. By 1995, the group had evolved into a doomsday cult called Aum Shinrikyo, meaning “Supreme Truth,” whose weapon of choice was sarin, an extraordinarily toxic nerve gas first invented by the Nazis during World War II. An unrelenting, in-depth look at the group, AUM: The Cult at the End of the World weaves a chilling narrative from Asahara’s claims of being a reincarnation of Buddha to the 1995 attack on the Tokyo subway system that left 14 dead and injured an estimated 6,000 additional civilians.From the convenient disappearance of presumed adversaries to the acquisition of Russian weaponry, the warning signs are examined alongside the historical and socioeconomic context that ultimately led to the group being designated as a terrorist organization. Drawing from the book on Aum by acclaimed investigative journalist David E. Kaplan and Pulitzer Prize–winner Andrew Marshall (who both appear in the film), documentarians Ben Braun and Chiaki Yanagimoto make a powerful entrance with their directorial debut.
Ben Braun, Chiaki Yanagimoto / United States / 2023 / 106 min / International Premiere
Insightful diary about a young Danish basketball talent who goes alone to the US to test her skills and pursue her dream. But what do you do when you all of a sudden find yourself in another country during a worldwide lockdown?
Ida Høeberg, Sofie Melin / Denmark / 2023 / 95 min / World Premiere
Baghdad on Fire
A burning insider account of the hopes and dreams of Iraqi youth, led by a 19-year-old woman who faces the enormous consequences of fighting for democracy, freedom and a future.
Karrar Al-Azzawi / Iraq, Norway / 2023 / 65 min / World Premiere
Some of Denmark's most prominent voices contribute to this debate-starter of a film on the human condition and our perception of ourselves - and of each other, not least.
Simon Lec / Denmark / 2023 / 80 min / World Premiere
Bittersweet and intimate memoir of two young friends' loyal friendship in the 1970s, told through an exchange of letters between Bucharest and Tehran as the two countries' regimes crumbled at almost the same time.
Vlad Petri / Romania, Croatia, Iran, Qatar / 2022 / 71 min
Blix, Birds & Bombs
A deep and thorough interview-portrait of Swedish top diplomat Hans Blix, who held world history in his hands in Iraq 20 years ago. International politics dissected with rare insight and elegance.
Greta Stocklassa / Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany / 2023 / 83 min / World Premiere
Christopher Sharp, Moses Bwayo / United Kingdom / 2022 / 114 min
The first two years in Denmark's only crisis centre for young people under 18. Joannahuset gives vulnerable young people a temporary home and a helping hand in the fight against a bureaucracy that doesn't always listen to them.
Mette Korsgaard / Denmark / 2023 / 71 min / World Premiere
Animal spirits wander through the night. Bruises appear on people’s bodies. Echoes of displacement and slavery of Afro-descendants find resonance in the melancholic landscapes of the Mexican Costa Chica
Daniel Ulacia Balmaseda, Ginan Seidl / Germany / 2023 / 90 min / World Premiere
The incredible friendship of two 2-year-old Norwegian boys in a delightful and seriously cute film with all the ups and downs that accompany any real friendship. A tale about how two little humans take shape along the way.
Gunhild Westhagen Magnor / Norway / 2022 / 70 min
Isabelle Huppert on stage and backstage, preparing for a Chekhov play. A vivid and elegant portrait of one of the world's coolest and most charismatic women, who lets us into her creative process.
Benoit Jacquot / France / 2023 / 80 min