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Cinemateket's parting gift


The National knows better than to smile - they're too mainstream (Photo: Photo:undertheradarmag.com)

June 19, 2014
19:00

by Lawrence Shanahan


Starting July 1, Cinemateket will be taking a month off – a MONTH! – to go on summer holiday; something that is apparently normal in Denmark, but from an American perspective seems a bit excessive.

Nonetheless, out of appreciation for Cinemateket’s consistently entertaining screenings the other eleven months of the year, let’s see what they’re offering before they head to the beach.

If you like The National, or just want to be perceived as a hipster, Cinemateket is showing Mistaken for Strangers (Friday at 9:30pm) – a documentary about Matt (lead singer for The National) and his brother, a halfhearted film director who decides to film the band’s tour.

It comes highly recommended – the famous documentarian Michael Moore referred to it as “one of the best documentaries about a band that I’ve ever seen” and it earned a 93 on Rotten Tomatoes.

There’s also Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters on Friday at 7:15pm.

This documentary about photographer Gregory Crewdson – who is known for his portraits of small-town America, drawing inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and Edward Hopper – is part of the Copenhagen Photo Festival. 

If you’re not into wearing vintage clothing over your ironically tattooed body, and riding your rusty antique bike around while listening to music that no-one else has heard of because they’re still listening to what you were six years ago and has since gone ‘mainstream’ – don’t worry, there are more options.

You can go a bit more mainstream with Martin Scorcese’s rockumentary Shine a Light, about the Rolling Stones and their A Bigger Bang tour. 

The film follows the career of the Rolling Stones from the start, all the way up to a 2006 concert (that would make Mick Jagger 64 years old) at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan. This open-air screening at Tivoli is on June 22 at 10pm.