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CPH:DOX 2013 Lessons

CPH:DOX 2013 ended a week ago, and I’m still gathering my impressions from the record breaking festival. Here are some of my learnings, inspirations and curiosities from this year’s festival.
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YouTube Preview ImageIt’s possible to see a film about the greatest film that was never made
Jodorowsky’s Dune by Frank Pavich presents to us the story of the greatest film which was never made. It’s the story of how the epic Science Fiction director Alejandro Jodorowsky with a unique ambition who attempted to adapt and film Frank Herbert’s fiction novel Dune in the mid-1970s. For this project he recruited, amongst others, Pink Floyd, H. R. Giger, Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles and Mick Jagger. He accepted to pay Dali 100,000 dollars per hour, well knowing that he would only be acting in one hour, the remainder, he would film with his double robot. Unfortunately, but not surprising the investors balked when the budget was used and they realised the script would account for a meandering 14-hour film, and it was ultimately shelved.
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YouTube Preview ImageMatt Berninger from The National has a brother
and he thinks Indie Rock is pretentious bullshit.
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Action speaks louder than words
Marie Rømer Westh’s short film ‘In a Brief Moment of Optimism’ is dialogue-free but definitely not silent. It’s an improv performance with a man, a skateboard and an empty room. By trimming it down to these things, the film becomes a powerful portrait of frustration, sadness and loneliness.
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The new ‘groundbreaking online video series’ has lauched
Dazed & Confused Magazine has just launched ‘Visionaries‘, which they modestly describe as ‘a landmark new online series that leads the way in groundbreaking, original video content.’
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Natpwe, The Feast of the Spirits
Natpwe is the name of a euphoric annual trance ritual that has been held in Myanmar since the 11th century. This has been filmed in grainy and black/white images on 8mm and 16mm by Jean Dubrel and Tiane Doan na Champassak. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
When the Western world sends their old technology to Ghana
a mysterious practice called ‘Sakawa‘ is performed. This is uncovered in Lettres du Voyant by Louis Henderson which also features this amazing soundtrack by Tic-Tac: YouTube Preview Image
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A new distribution platform for films in-between art and cinema
Vdrome is an online platform that offers regular, high quality screenings of films and videos directed by visual artists and filmmakers, whose production lies in-between contemporary art and cinema. Each screening is presented during a limited period, as in a movie theatre.
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If you give yourself the time
to take this trip, you will be rewarded with a rare experience, which will come back to you again and again.
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YouTube Preview ImageSome Italian people dress up as trees
In the south Italian village Satrino an ancient ritual is performed which encourage the men of the village to go into the forest and dress up as trees. They then all return to the village this way and perform some kind of fertility ritual. This was filmed and installed at Den Frie by the Italian artist Michelangelo Frammartino.

Contemplation on life

Here is a ‘Wunderlist’ for this years CPH:DOX. Today, London and Copenhagen is experiencing stormy, rainy Autumn weather. Therefore, I’m in an autumn-mood where all I need is a warm cup of tea, fire by the fireplace and a film about the contemplation on life. The films on this list all have contemplative elements and poetic storytelling methods. I highly recommend you to book tickets for, at least, these films at this years CPH:DOX. The quotes are taken from CPH:DOX‘s own notes on the films.

Manakamana
by Stephanie Spray

How can a film that is exclusively shot in one-takes with a static camera on a cable car in Nepal also be one of this year’s most celebrated cinematic achievements, especially considering that it is only three months old?

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My Love Awaits Me By the Sea
by Mais Darwazah

In her poetic travelogue film, inspired by the artist and poet Hasan Hourani’s dreams and visions, the filmmaker Mais Darwazah sets off for the first time to her homeland Palestine and to the beach-front esplanade in Jaffa, where Hourani lost his life in a drowning accident.

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The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
by Tinatin Gurchiani

With an open invitation to come to the casting for a film, the director Tinatin Guarchini gathers a group of aspiring youths in a small Georgian village. Hopeful, but still… Filmed flat against a wall and confronted by Gurchiani’s questions, the aspiring actors share their views about the future and about themselves with a striking level of honesty.

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The Real Life
by Arnaud Gerber

A philosophical film work based on the French philosopher Simone Weil’s thoughts, beautifully translated into grainy 16mm footage from early modernism’s absolute center, Paris, and divided into chapters like stations on a night-time ride with the metro.

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After You
by Marius Dybwad-Brandrud

The silent drama of life and death has rarely been treated in such a stylistically consistent way as in the unmistakably Nordic ‘After You’ – and it hits you with all the more force that the film’s director has far more personal matters at stake in his film than the bright and crystal clear images at first suggest.

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Belleville Baby
by Mia Engberg

An unexpected phone call from a former lover becomes the starting point for a tale of love, nostalgia and bygone days. After a long time without any contact, the Swedish film director Mia Engberg receives a phone call from her former lover Vincent.

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In Focus

One of my favourite sources of news has to be Alan Taylor’s blog In Focus featured on The Atlantic. Here, Taylor curates photography of current and historical, global events. Often, I find that the photos he selects, build an even stronger connection with what’s going on in our world than many newspaper articles. Here is a selection of photos from a post about The Broken Lives of Fukushima.

More than two and a half years have passed since the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan, wrecking the Fukushima nuclear plant and claiming nearly 16,000 lives.

Waves break on barriers as a typhoon hits the area near Iwaki town, south of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, on September 16, 2013. Almost all the beaches in Fukushima prefectures remain closed since the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In July this year, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), a company that runs the crippled Daiichi plant reversed months of denials and admitted that hundreds of tons of groundwater that has mixed with radioactive material may be flowing out to the sea every day.(Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

A table is still set for customers at a restaurant in the abandoned town of Namie, on September 14, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

The decaying control panel of a public address system, inside damaged primary school in Namie, on September 22, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Messages of support are written on a blackboard in a science class in a primary schoolin Namie, on September 22, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Copies of Fukushima Minpo newspapers with headlines “M(magnitude) 8.8, largest in the country”, dated a day after the devastating 2011 earthquake, sit stacked inside an office in the evacuated town of Namie, on September 14, 2013. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

Crane.tv

Crane.tv is a perfect site if you want to be inspired. They call themselves a “contemporary-culture video magazine, focusing on arts, design, style, food and travel around the world”. Here is a selection of some of their video portraits.

Kate Moross, Art Director.

Marcio Kogan, Architect.

Jo Ratcliffe, Art Director, Illustrator and Animator.

Maria, Head Sommelier.

Loveletter

Photo by Lauryn Holmquist

Remember your first loveletter? I remember it clearly.

I had been in love with this guy for a really long time never having the nerves to ask him out. One day I finally got it together and stuffed an envelope with candy (did someone say bribing?!) and wrote a loveletter asking if he wanted to be my boyfriend. I still remember the anticipation and the daydreams of me and him together…

This is my loveletter to you and this time I don’t expect an answer, I only hope you will make yourself a cup of tea, relax and look through this recipe of enjoyment.

Songs
From the album entitled “Have one on me” by Joanna Newsom, listen to the sad, but beautiful song “On a Good Day”.

1 breakfast
With an Arnold Bennet omelet made by The Delicious Miss Dahl.

1 night
With the beautiful Carey Mulligan in the movie An Education directed by Lone Scherfig. The movie is about a young girl falling in love with an older man and her sudden lack of interest in her previous education plans at Oxford and her new passion for Paris and love.

1 walk
To the shop Books for Cooks in Nottinghill and see if you can get a table in their little café.

3 big mouthfuls
Of a Millefeuilles delight from the French family bakery PAUL.

5 cups
Of Clipper’s green tea, because they make incredible good tea and I love their packaging.

1,5 slurps
Of a Tutti Frutti smoothie at Smiths of Smithfield in the meatpacking district of London.

Loads of
trips to Kenwood House in Hamstead Heath in North London.

Many baths
With the body cleanser named: A Rose By Any Other Name by Aesop. Because it’s based on the highest-quality plant-based ingredients and their prices are reasonable.