At cinemas: Three DOX to knock your socks off

Until November 15, the city is documenting the power of film


Horror comedy Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, a week late for Halloween, looks unlikely to make any waves. While on camp, three boy scouts discover their home town has been besieged by zombies. Hopes for another Shaun of the Dead should be abandoned – reviews have been overwhelmingly poor.

99 Homes follows a young construction worker after his family are evicted from their Florida home. Featuring career-best performances from Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, it should not be missed – see review above.

Disappointing pickings in the fiction department this week are eased by the arrival of a vast selection of documentaries, live music and events courtesy of CPH:DOX ( November 5-15).

Here are a few recommendations for you to consider:

Homeland – Iraq Year Zero
Nov 8, 14:00; Imam Ali Mosque
This looks to be an incredible document detailing a filmmaker’s life in the run-up to and during the invasion of Iraq. The first screening will be at the new Imam Ali Mosque on November 8 as part of a ‘Film Marathon’ (which includes an Iranian film adaptation of the Prophet Mohammed’s first year, Mohammad: The Messenger of God).

Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled, Preoccupied, Preposterous
Nov 9, 21:45; Cinemateket
Another film that shows a people and a culture in transition is this offering from Australian director Christopher Doyle. Best known for his exquisite lighting and camera work on Wong Kar Wai’s films In The Mood For Love and 2046, here Doyle has made, with the aid of Kickstarter, a time capsule portrait of his beloved city. The screening includes an introduction from the director.

The Yes Men are Revolting
Nov 9, 16:30; Island Brygge Kulturhuset
Several films will be screened at thematically appropriate locations. This award-winning film follows a duo who use the aliases Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno to prank various organisations and corporations who engage in climate change denial. For this screening, the filmmakers will arrive at the venue by boat…

For a full CPH:DOX program and further details, see