At CPH:DOX 2023 we are partnering with Swedish production company Story, which is presenting no less than four premieres at the doc fest in Denmark:
THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE
By Roxy Farhat & Göran Hugo Olsson | Sweden, 2023, 94' | World premiere @ New:Vision Competition
A visual and humorous adaptation of Guy Debord’s 1967 classic essay La Société du Spectacle, unpacking the fucktangular dynamics of alienation, powerlessness and emptiness under the tr(i)ump(h) of capitalism and information technology. Today, the divine act of consuming things we do not need has gone beyond a meaningless recreational activity; it has become a new spiritual world order, unyielding even to the climate crisis that threatens our future existence. Created from contemporary images, found footage and original scenes, the film examines and illustrates the effect of consumerism and how the circulation of images creates desire and profoundly changes the way we see ourselves and interact with each other.
By Emily Norling | Sweden / Norway, 2023, 80' | World premiere @ Next:Wave Competition
This hybrid documentary takes you on an inward trip, following four intersecting stories about love and madness. There is Emma, who obsesses about her former lover Ernie. He wants her to come to Ibiza and leave everything behind. Sofie, who holds on to a souvenir that ties her to the past. Jaquline, who bounces between rehab and The Grand Hotel. Her recurring question is - why do we destroy ourselves to the extent that we are reborn again? We also meet the director Emily, who receives a phone call from her grandmother that forces her to revisit a house somewhere in the back of her memory.
By Mia Engberg | Sweden, 2023, 78' | International premiere @ Nordic:Dox Competition
Director Mia receives life-altering news and takes a journey through her own history. We follow an astronaut’s lonely travels through space, and ageing gangster Vincent, who, while moving away from his violent life, makes a discovery in his basement. An intimate and poetic story about memory and the fragility of existence. Hypermoon is the last independent part of the Belleville trilogy, that started with Belleville Baby (Berlinale, winner Best Documentary 2013 at the Swedish Film Awards) and was followed by Lucky One (Winner of the 2019 Eurimages Audentia Award).
By Tove Pils | Sweden, 2023, 95' | International premiere @ Nordic:Dox Competition
Hanna leaves her family and girlfriend behind to go to the city of her dreams, San Francisco, where she hopes to explore her sexuality. Soon she meets the professional dominatrix Chloe and Cyd, who works as an escort for gay men. A door into a new world op ens up for Hanna, and together with Chloe and Cyd, she begins a journey which takes her further and further away from her life and family in Sweden.
Director Tove Pils has been documenting the lives of Hanna, Chloe and Cyd for over a decade. Through an intimately present camera, a queer community that challenges the view of sex and work is explored. Hanna’s striking emotional journey is intertwined with her friends’ stories and creates a patchwork of a group of people who have found their home in each other.