CPH:DOX

CPH-DOX 2018: LAST YEAR IN UTOPIA DE JANA MAGDALENA KEUCHEL Y KATHARINA KNUST

Por Aldo Padilla

La telerrealidad tiende a una suerte de utopía que se construye en base al público al cual va dirigido, ya sea desde los programas donde se exalta la fiesta constante e interminable o desde aquellos espacios en los cuales hay un constante estado de conquista amorosa, el público que lo ve se imagina en esos estados de constante adrenalina o de un estado alterado desde lo emocional, la telerrealidad como un reflejo de aquello que se busca internamente, aunque al final puede consumir la identidad propia como lo mostró Mateo Garrone en Reality.

CPH:DOX 2018: WEAPON OF CHOICE BY FRITZ OFNER

Tara Judah

From Iraq to Chi-raq, the story of the most popular weapon of choice anywhere in the world is of the Austrian Glock. It’s first large scale take up by the Austrian police and military in the early 1980s, for its safety and reliability, set the Glock pistol’s success story in motion. It is now the proverbial weapon of choice for everyone from US law enforcement and street gangs to IS jihadists and was even coveted by Saddam Hussein.

CPH:DOX 2018: THE END OF FEAR BY BARBARA VISSER

By Tara Judah

Speaking with great fervour, Dutch devotees of Barnett Newman’s large abstract painting, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III (1967), detail their personal and collective pain over Gerard Jan van Bladeren’s knife attack on the painting in 1986. Speaking more passionately still, experts from the art world decry the utter catastrophe that followed when Daniel Goldreyer incompetently restored the work in 1991 using controversial and aesthetically damaging methods. The story is not just well known in The Netherlands, it has become legend and is a collective source of pride-turned-pain as well as one of outward sheer bemusement.

CPH-DOX 2018: BISBEE ’17 BY ROBERT GREEN

By Mónica Delgado

American documentary filmmaker Robert Green keeps in Bisbeee’ 17 –which is competing in the official section of CPH:DOX- the line between non-fiction, docudrama and testimony, all trademarks of his previous works. But this time, he proposes a generational and political reading on an underground event in American history, the deportation of more than a thousand syndicalists in Bisbee, Arizona, in 1917, as a product of an arbitrary system of work in a mining community.

CPH-DOX 2018: BISBEE ’17 DE ROBERT GREEN

Por Mónica Delgado

El documentalista estadounidense Robert Green mantiene en Bisbee’17 -que compite en CPH:DOX en la sección oficial- la línea entre no ficción, docudrama y testimonios de sus anteriores trabajos. Pero esta vez propone una lectura generacional y política sobre un evento soterrado de la historia de EE.UU:, la deportación de más de mil sindicalistas en Bisbee, Arizona, en 1917, como producto de un sistema arbitrario de trabajo en una comunidad minera.

CPH-DOX 2018: THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS BY SIMON LERENG WILMONT AND JANE BY BRETT MORGEN

By Pablo Gamba

The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017), awarded in Amsterdam’s IDFA, and winner of the Golden Alexander and the Critics’ Prize in Thessaloniki, and Jane (2017), which participated in the same Dutch festival and was awarded the Critics’ Choice Award for best documentary, are prime examples of modalities of representations that still dominate these kind of films nowadays, despite the problems they represent.

CPH-DOX 2018: THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS DE SIMON LERENG WILMONT Y JANE DE BRETT MORGEN

Por Pablo Gamba

The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017), galardonada en el IDFA de Ámsterdam y ganadora del Alejandro de Oro y del premio de la crítica internacional en Tesalónica, y Jane (2017), que estuvo en el mismo festival holandés y recibió el Critics’ Choice Award al mejor documental, son destacados ejemplos de modalidades de representación que siguen siendo dominantes en este tipo de películas en la actualidad, a pesar de los problemas que plantean.

CPH:DOX 2017: BITTER MONEY BY WANG BING

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

It seems that with each consecutive documentary, Wang Bing gets closer to narrate the real experience of human drama in rural China. In Bing’s camera, his country becomes a hostile environment which must be dealt head on, a rural and urban labyrinth to be traversed by these disenfranchised citizens, who seem to abandon any possibility of true hope to deal with the cruel reality of raging capitalism and its consequences.

CPH:DOX 2017: RAGE BY DOMINIQUE LOHLÉ AND GUY-MARC HINANT

By Ivonne Sheen

The sound vibrations you feel in a techno rave can be described as intense, kind of violent, raw, but mainly cathartic (to the ones we enjoy it), like the feeling of the drummer who opens this film. Rage addresses about Acid Techno music and all the underground culture around it. The film sets a dialogue about Anarchy and Techno which comes and goes from theoretical talks to sensorial documentary with found footage and lots of music. Through and anarchic narrative we are immersed in a ecosystem of philosophical and performative interviews, and hardcore beats, which gives us an organic point of view of social phenomenons against the system, such as Anarchy and Techno.

CPH:DOX 2017: CRAIGSLIST ALLSTARS BY SAMIRA ELAGOZ

By Morella Moret

Craigslist Allstars is a postmodern tale of the loneliness of man. The director Samira Elagoz opens the film with an e-mail: she contacts strangers so she can then record herself meeting them and anything that happens in the process. She listens to them, disinhibits them and creates a safe place for them to present their secrets and deepest pains, and we are there to witness this.

CPH: DOX 2017: KÉKSZAKÁLLÚ BY GASTÓN SOLNICKI

By Ivonne Sheen

In a summer environment of the Argentinian upper class, Gaston Solnicki portraits a group of intergenerational girls, who seem to be in discomfort and bored with their surroundings. The narrative aspects are composed as a mosaic of the different points of views and emotions of each girl we get to meet. Nevertheless, along the film, our gaze is focused in one girl in particular, a young adult one, played by Laila Maltz, who starts a naive hunt of her independency.

CPH:DOX 2017: CRAIGSLIST ALLSTARS DE SAMIRA ELAGOZ

Por Morella Moret

Craigslist Allstars es el cuento postmoderno del hombre solitario. La directora, Samira Elagoz, nos recibe con un e-mail sobre la pantalla: ella manda un mensaje a personas desconocidas con el objetivo de grabarse mientras se conocen y cualquier cosa que pase en este proceso. Ella los escucha, los desinhibe y crea un ambiente seguro para que puedan presentar sus secretos o dolores más grandes frente a nosotros.