Film fest makes splash in Copenhagen with tequila

If you’re into movies, Copenhagen is the place to be for the next two weeks. The Copenhagen PIX film festival (CPH PIX) offers a wide range of movies, talks, concerts and other events, kicking off on Thursday with a screening of 'Club Sandwich' and tequila.

Film fest makes splash in Copenhagen with tequila
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For the sixth year in a row, Copenhagen PIX film festival rolls into Copenhagen on Thursday.

The programme offers music, outdoor screenings, disco parties, presentations of newcomers as well as a re-screenings of old favourites in the film world.

It all kicks off with a screening of the Mexican film Club Sandwich (Fernando Eimbcke, 2013) at the Dagmar Theatre on Thursday afternoon. The Mexican embassy in Copenhagen will sponsor the event with club sandwiches and tequila.

Film and food on one ticket

Another highlight at the festival is the live event at Holmen, screening Marco Ferreri’s 1973 cult film 'La Grande Bouffe.' For 975 Danish kroner, viewers can watch the film on April 19th while being served food from restaurant 56 grader, which will adapt the menu in the film.

Among other so-called "on-location” offers, CPH PIX will also host “sail-in cinema,” involving a screening of Kim Ki-duks’ The Isle (South Korea, 2000) on one of the many boats touring the Copenhagen canals. The event is set for May 28th on the festival's website.

The festival will also show Michael Radford’s The Merchant of Venice from 2004 (US) in Hamlet’s Castle 'Kronborg' north of Copenhagen, set to take place on August 8th.

Eight-hour sleep concert

Another highlight at the festival will be the American Robert Rich performing one of his "sleep concerts” on April 18th. The composer and brain behind the legendary concert concept will perform at the Nikolaj Kunsthal, and the audience is asked to bring sleeping bags. The concert runs from midnight until eight in the morning.

The following day, participants will be able to meet Rich in person at a movie talk at Cinemateket.

There will also be a surprise screening at Frederiksberg Have on April 21st, free of charge.

Vinterberg and Argento

The festival offers unique insight into old and new Danish filmmakers. One of them is Thomas Vinterberg, best known for Festen (The Celebration) from 1998. He will take part in a meet-the-director event on April 22nd.

Italian singer, actress and director Asia Argento will also be visiting the festival. Her new film Misunderstood will premiere in Denmark on April 16th. She will bring along her friend, American musician Justin Pearson, who is featured in her new film. After the screening, he will give a concert at the Copenhagen Jazz House, followed by a party.

Unedited “54” – and disco

In a CPH PIX exclusive, an unedited version of Mark Christopher’s controversial movie 54 will be screened in Danmarks Radio’s concert hall on April 11th. The 1998 movie as we know it had been heavily edited, leaving out at least 40 minutes of the original cuts. The screening will be followed by a disco party and music by Love Hangover and various DJs.

Film awards

The festival hands out two prizes: the New Talent Grand PIX which goes to a first time filmmaker, selected by an international jury, and the Audience Award.

For those who are not able to visit Copenhagen, CPH PIX offers clips and sound bites from the movies via Facebook or Spotify.

The film festival had more than 50,000 visitors last year.

This year's main programme runs from April 9th to April 22nd.


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Denmark’s summer music festival hopes fade

The possibility of large-scale music festivals taking place in Denmark this summer has been described as “unrealistic” following the publication of expert recommendations for coronavirus-safe events.

Denmark’s summer music festival hopes fade
The Roskilde Festival during the glorious summer of 2018. Photo: Sofie Mathiassen/Ritzau Scanpix

Music events such as the Roskilde Festival, the largest of its kind in northern Europe, would not be able to take place as normal and must be without overnight guests under the recommendations, submitted in report form by an expert advisory group to the government on Friday.

The group, appointed as part of the national reopening plan, was tasked with looking at how festivals and other large events can take place this summer.

The recommendations will provide the basis political discussions which will form an agreement over large events which will be integrated into the reopening plan.

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Seven various scenarios, including one for outdoors, standing events, were considered by the expert group in forming its recommendations. Two phases have been set down for eased restrictions on large events, which are currently banned due to the public assembly limit.

In the final phase of the restrictions towards the end of the summer, a maximum of 10,000 people would be permitted to attend an event. All attendees would be required to present a valid corona passport, and audiences would be split into sections of 2,000.

Although that could provide a framework for some events to take place, Roskilde Festival, which normally has a total of around 130,000 guests and volunteers including sprawling camping areas, appears to be impossible in anything resembling its usual format.

The festival was also cancelled in 2020.

Roskilde Festival CEO Signe Lopdrup, who was part of the expert group, said the festival was unlikely to go ahead should it be required to follow the recommendations.

“Based on the recommendations, we find it very difficult to believe it is realistic to organise festivals in Denmark before the end of the summer,” Lopdrup said in a written comment to broadcaster DR.

The restrictions would mean “that it is not possible to go ahead with the Roskilde Festival. That’s completely unbearable. But that’s where we’ve ended,” she added.

The news is potentially less bleak for other types of event with fewer participants, with cultural and sporting events as well as conferences also included in the recommendations submitted by the group.

Parliament has previously approved a compensation scheme for major events forced to cancel due to coronavirus measures this summer.