REPORT: CPH:DOX Forum 2022

– We present to you the profiles of ten remarkable projects that were presented last week as part of the CPH:DOX Forum and Works in Progress

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The industry section of the largest and most important documentary film festival in the Nordic region CPH:DOX took place last week, and in addition to the conference and symposium programs, it included the presentation of projects in the Forum and Work in sections. Progress as well as the new Change section, a co-production development training program in collaboration with IMS and EAVE, featuring projects from the European countries of the Eastern Partnership. Cineuropa presents ten exceptional projects in the three sections.

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So-called sisterhood (working title) – Hanka Nobis (Switzerland/Poland)

A project that Nobis is working on in parallel with the entry to the IDFA Forum Fraternity, so-called sorority follows three young girls in their twenties who live in a collective and struggle against conservative, oppressive norms and arbitrary police violence in today’s Poland. Ester van Messel of First Hand Films in Switzerland is producing the project which is currently in development. Planned release: 2023.

The Gospel According to MatthewRenzo Martens (Netherlands/Denmark/Germany)

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director Martens returns to the Congo where a community of plantation workers is making a film about the life of Jesus. Inspired by seeing how much money has been invested in Milo Rauit’s The New Gospel [+lire aussi :
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, one of the workers, Matthieu, wants to use the financing of the production to recover the land stolen by the white men. The hybrid docu-fiction currently in development is co-produced by the all-star team of Topkapi Films Frans van Gestel (another round [+lire aussi :
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), real lava Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjaer (The cave [+lire aussi :
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The territory
) and ma.ja.de. Heino Deckert (Heimat is a space in time [+lire aussi :
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). Planned release: 2024.

The mystery of the whaleKlaus Thyman (Denmark, Norway, Iceland)

Renowned deep-sea photographer and filmmaker Thymann explores why thousands of whales commit suicide every year. Using an advanced rebreather technique, he gets up close and personal with the majestic mammals, leading a global team to reveal why whales get stranded. Wingman Media’s Peter Engels (Cold Case Hammarskjöld [+lire aussi :
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) produced with Icelandic Sagafilm and Norwegian Von Mörner, with DR Sales attached for international rights. The project is in development. Planned release: 2024.

bleachAndrei Nekrasov (Norway)

Born in Russia, Nekrasov (The Magnitsky Act – Behind the scenes) investigates the path of illegal funds traveling from Russia through Estonia to all corners of the world, telling the inside story of the gigantic money laundering affair of Danske and other Nordic banks. Praya Film’s Torstein Grude (The secret life of pigs) is on board as the producer of the project currently in development. It will be available as a movie and a miniseries. Planned release: 2022.

Total confidence (working title) – Jialing Zhang (Germany/Netherlands)

Co-director of A nation of children and producer of In the same breath, Zhang looks at China’s surveillance system through the relationship between those being watched and those watching. The film reveals how a family gradually integrates into the system, what it’s like to live there, and explores the consequences that come with it. Filmtank’s Knut Jäger (German courses [+lire aussi :
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) produced in collaboration with the Dutch company Witfilm and the German Interactive Media Foundation. Cinephil is in charge of worldwide sales and the project is currently in production. Expected release: early 2023.

Portrait of a confused fatherGunnar Hall Jensen (Norway/France)

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director Hall Jensen tells his own story of trying to be a good father and connecting with his son he doesn’t understand at all. The humorous and intimate documentary, currently in development, is produced by UpNorth Film’s Ingrid Galadriel Aune Falch in co-production with France of Little Big Story. Planned release: 2023.

Cup 71Rachel Ramsay, James Erskine (UK)

It’s football The co-directors come together to tell the forgotten story of the 1971 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Mexico. Unaffiliated with FIFA, the event attracted huge crowds and media coverage, but has since been erased from history. New Black Movies Victoria Gregoire (Young lady [+lire aussi :
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Battle of the sexes
) is the producer, the project is in development, and Dogwoof is on board for international sales. Planned release: 2023.

celluloid dreamsIlinca Calugareanu (UK/Germany)

A series of 5 x 25 minutes, celluloid dreams is set in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, South Korea, India and Iraq, highlighting stories that show how, across different cultures, political regimes and historical contexts, films are our common denominator. Calugareanu and producer Mara Adina UK’s Vernon Films are best known for Chuck Norris against communism [+lire aussi :
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, and the series, currently in production, is co-produced by Germany’s Kloos & Co. Medien and ARTE, backed by Chicken and Egg Pictures with Rise and Shine on board for global sales. Planned release: 2023.

Work in progress

Nasrin’s voiceKaisa Rastimo (Finland)

Nasrin is a Middle Eastern woman who was forced to marry a human trafficker as a child. After the couple arrived in Finland, Nasrin emancipated and divorced. The punishment was severe. Rastimo follows her as she fights for her rights. Ella Ruohonen produced for Image Club Oy and the project is in production. Planned release: 2023.

Change

9 month contractKetevan Vashagashvili (Georgia)

The director follows Jana who grew up as an orphan and is now raising a child, single and homeless. She becomes a surrogate for the third time so she can give her daughter the life she never had, but now faces serious complications from an illegal and dangerous deal. Anna Khazaradze (Glory to the Queen [+lire aussi :
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) produced for 1991 Productions and the project is in development. Planned release: 2024.

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