The festival will kick off with the world premier of 'Doctor Strange'. Photo: Marvel/CPH PIX
Grab the popcorn, it's that time of year again.
Denmark's largest film festival, CPH PIX,
is back for its eight edition and will delight film enthusiasts for two weeks, between October 27 and November 9th.
This year’s programme is the festival's largest both in terms of the number of overall films (226) and Danish productions. These 12 Danish films
were created mostly by first-time filmmakers, eight of whom will make their world premieres at CPH PIX.
Copenhague - a love story/CPH PIX
This time around, CPH PIX has also joined forces with the children's film festival Buster, giving the programme a stronger family profile. The films within the Buster programme will be screened during the daytime, while the rest of the movies will screen in the evenings in cinemas across Copenhagen.
All non-English speaking films will be subtitled and therefore accessible to everyone.
In addition to the film screenings, CPH PIX also bestows a number of awards as part of its two-week programme. Debuting directors will compete for the ‘New Talent Grand PIX’ award worth €10,000, while films will vie for the ‘Politiken Audience Award’ which will support the winning film's distribution in Denmark, Nordisk Film Fonden's ‘Best Children's Film’ and the ‘Best Children's Short Film’.
The world premiere of Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’
(starring among others Benedict Cumberbatch as the main hero, and Denmark's very own Mads Mikkelsen in a familiar role as the main villain
) will kick-start the festival on October 27th at Imperial Cinema. Fans of Mikkelsen should make sure to have their tickets to the event, as he will be on hand to introduce the movie to the audience. On the same night, the Nordic Film Award will also be awarded to the chosen best new Danish filmmaker.
Múm playing Menschen am Sonntag/CPH PIX
CPH PIX programme also features several not-to-be-missed cinematic concerts
around town. This year the concerts will include, among others, the silent classic 'Menschen Am Sonntag' (People on Sunday) performed by experimental Icelandic outfit Múm, the animated classic 'Fantastic Planet'
performed by trio B/B/S at the Planetarium and a performance by Andrew Hung
of Fuck Buttons after the screening of 'The Greasy Strangler’.
The together project/CPH PIX
CPH PIX also offers four on-location events
, which are film screenings held in untraditional venues in the city. To name a few, Absalon Church will host the event ‘Sunday With The Devil’
, featuring two indie horror films at 1 and 3pm, and Sundby Badet will screen the quirky, romantic comedy ‘The Together Project’ at 5pm. You want to bring your swimsuit for the latter, as the initiative ‘Bio i badet’
will have the audience watching the film while swimming.
Terence Davies/CPH PIX
Three master classes by directors and actors will be held as part of the PIX Talks programme: Amat Escalante, James Schamus and Terence Davies will let the audience into their minds and give a sense of what’s behind their work.
If your Danish is up for it, you can also catch Mikkelsen in an exclusive artist talk in which he'll discuss his career and starring roles in Danish and international films.
There will also be industry talks from PIX participants on the cinema's creative and production processes, all open to the public.