At cinemas: Five of the best to check out at CPH:DOX

CPH:DOX has landed. For the next two weeks, nearly all of our city’s cinemas will be invaded by the best documentary films doing the global rounds. Below are some of my recommendations for the coming week – be sure to book early.

Otherwise, on general release, there’s Interstellar, one of the year’s most anticipated films, which is reviewed in this issue. 

There’s also The Good Lie, which sees Reese Witherspoon return to our screens as a Kansan social worker helping three Sudanese refugees. 

Finally, if all this quality cinema gets too much, you can always pop in to Huset ( on Friday night where they’re screening cult favourite The Room (again). It is so utterly dreadful, it demands to be seen – preferably with alcohol …  

Stranded in Canton
Grand Teatret, Nov 7, 19:00 (intro by director); Palads, Nov 11, 16:30

An intriguing experiment by Swedish artist Måns Månsson to create a fictional character and place him in the real environment of Guangzhou, exploring the process by which an African immigrant might establish themselves in a Chinese city.

Palads, Nov 11, 21:30 

Laura Poitras has gained unprecedented access to American whistleblower Edward Snowden who tells his incredible story from the inside.

American Interior
Vester Vov Vov, Nov 8, 21:15

Gruff Rys (Separado!), the Welsh frontman of the Super Furry Animals, returns to documentary with a new musical odyssey, this time across the Atlantic to track down the mysterious ancestors of his distant relative John Evans.

In The Basement
Bremen Teater, Nov 8, 17:00; Empire, Nov 11, 22:30

Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days, Paradise Trilogy) returns with a typically controversial film that uncovers, amongst other things, S&M antics and Nazi memorabilia lurking in Austrian cellars …

The Look Of Silence
Grand Teatret, Nov 9, 21:30 (with Q & A) & Nov 11,16:30

Joshua Oppenheimer returns to the Indonesia of his award-laden The Act Of Killing  to examine the lives of those who survived that film’s death squads, following the ‘communist purge’ of 1965-66. (MW)