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Friedkin and 160 other films at Copenhagen’s CPH PIX

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- Film classics by amateurs, a Focus on New Brazilian Cinema and ten contenders for the New Talent Grand PIX at the Copenhagen International Film Festival (3-16 April)

Friedkin and 160 other films at Copenhagen’s CPH PIX

US Oscar-winning director William Friedkin will introduce his retrospective of 12 films (see news), but CPH PIX – the Copenhagen International Film Festival – has another 150 titles on show in this year’s programme, which unspools from 3-16 April. A total of 400 screenings and events are scheduled for nine central cinemas and less traditional film venues in the Danish capital.

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The opening film, Danish newcomer Fenar Ahmad's Flow [+see also:
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, will also launch the New Talent Grand PIX competition for first-time directors at the Imperial Theater, followed by a rap party at the Bremen Theater (see news).

Another nine debut films will compete for the €15,000 prize: The Babadook by Jennifer Kent (Australia); Blind [+see also:
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by Eskil Vogt (Norway); Casa Grande or the Ballad of Poor Jean by Felipe Barbosa (Brazil); For Those in Peril [+see also:
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by Paul Wright (UK); History of Fear by Benjamin Naishat (Argentina, Uruguay);
 Luton [+see also:
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by Michalis Konstantantos (Greece);
 Obvious Child by Gillian Robespierre (US); Small Homeland [+see also:
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by Allessandro Rossetto (Italy); and Violet [+see also:
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by Bas Devos (Belgium, the Netherlands).

Besides Friedkin, CPH PIX has programmed tributes to Chilean actor-writer-director Alejandro Jodorowsky, Germany's Dominik Graf (Beloved Sisters), Spain's Sergio Caballero (The Distance) and America’s Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves). The annual Focus will be casting a spotlight on New Brazilian Cinema.

In the "We Made This" section, the festival will present a collection of fan fiction by both amateurs and professionals, recreating film classics such as RoboCop, Rambo and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The annual silent-cum-orchestra will be Swedish director Victor Sjöström’s classic The Phantom Carriage (1921), set to live music by Sexdrome musician Loke Rahbek’s one-man band, at Copenhagen’s Grand Theater.

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