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.
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.