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A MAN AND A CAMERA

Guido Hendrikx / Netherlands / 2021 / 64 min / World Premiere
The best way to see this film is not knowing anything about it beforehand. See it before it sees you!

How can it be so difficult to describe a film that is as simple as this cannonball of a provocative documentary without revealing why it is also so insanely transgressive, nerve-wracking and hilarious? And how many documentaries start as a horror film and end as a deadpan feel-good comedy? ‘A Man and a Camera’ is exactly what the title says it is. We are in a small village. A man walks around with a video camera. We only see the things – and the people! – that he films silently, right inside people’s own homes. Guido Henrikx (‘Stranger in Paradise’, CPH:DOX 2017) reduces his film to a performative rock bottom, and from here, the actual film is created by the people who involuntarily end up participating in it. An interventionist gesture and an in-your-face strategy, which is constantly at risk of tipping over in its passive-aggressive play with social norms and codes – not least in the power balance between filmmaker and those being filmed. This year’s black sheep in the CPH:DOX programme and a brilliant satire on documentary filmmaking itself.