Sociopathic Aussies and Elizabethan Mads

Copenhagen’s resident arthouse cinema Cinemateket is in Novemeber rolling out the indie red carpet for a multitude of documentaries, dramas and cinematic events. Denmark’s biggest film festival CPH:DOX will next week be holding many of its screenings at Cinemateket during the eleven-day festival, while the filmhouse will be showing a mulititude of great film series throughout the month, including the Danish Adventures Film Festival, including movies from all around the world, a month-long tribute to alternative funnyman Wes Anderson, and on November 12, Rolling Stone’s anniversary of 50 years of rocking and rolling. Check the website for screening details.  

 

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Coming Up Down Under
Hollywood is crawling with A-list Aussie actors, including Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush and Hugh Jackman, as well as directors like John Hillcoat (Lawless and The Road) and Andrew Dominik (the forthcoming Killing Them Softly).  Yet very few of the country’s domestic films make their way to Danish cinemas. So this month Cinemateket is focusing on the Australian film industry. With its aesthetic innovation, uncompromising vision and harsh, relevant storytelling, it promises to be a month of cinematic bliss. Don’t miss the chilling psychological thriller about a psychotic Adelaide killer in Snowtown, or the poetic 2009 Cannes Festival winner for ‘best debut’ Samson & Delilah.

 

Javier Bardem Series
Though he might be best known for his Oscar-winning turn in No Country for Old Men (as much for his performance as for the haircut) and charming the pants off both Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz in Vicky Christina Barcelona, Bond’s latest super-villain’s best roles can be found in Spanish cinema. Definitely don’t miss Golden Balls, a film that looks as though it came straight out of the mind of Salvador Dali, or the critically-acclaimed Biutiful, which nearly won him a second statue.  

 

Danish on a Sunday
Cinemateket’s bi-weekly screenings of Danish film classics and highly acclaimed newcomers are a great way to get to know Danish cinema. This month, there’s a focus on family and feuds with the gripping documentary The Will and last year’s Mads Mikkelsen period drama A Royal Affair.

 

November at Cinemateket
Gothersgade 55 Cph K; 3374 3400, www.dfi.dk