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From Shapeshifters. Photo: Iga Mikler.

Eleven Swedish films at CPH:DOX

Today marks the opening of CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, one of the world's leading documentary film festivals. A total of eleven Swedish films are being screened at the festival, with five of those up for awards. Shapeshifters by Sophie Vuković, The Hotel by Kristian Petri, and The Strangest Stranger compete in the Nordic category NORDIC:DOX AWARD. Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas by Joakim Demmer competes in the F:ACT AWARD category, while short film Nosferatu by John Skoog competes for the NEW:VISION AWARD.

Sophie Vuković's feature film debut, Shapeshifters, is a cinematic essay on migration and the desire to belong beyond the construction of national borders. Shapeshifters premiered at the 2017 Gothenburg Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary.
The film has received funding from former Swedish Film Institute's documentary film commissioner Antonio Russo Merenda.

The Hotel by Kristian Petri is the final part in a trilogy on travel, preceded by The Atlantic /Atlanten (1995) and The Lighthouse/Fyren (2000). Kristian Petri addresses the concept of hotels as alternative temporary homes, and takes us on a trip round the globe.
The film has received funding from former Swedish Film Institute's feature film commissioner Peter 'Piodor' Gustafsson.

Experimental film The Strangest Stranger by Magnus Bärtås depicts the life of Johnnie Walker, a Jewish man living in Tokyo and the inspiration behind one of Haruki Murakami's characters in his novel Kafka on the Shore.
The film has received funding from former Swedish Film Institute's documentary film commissioner Cecilia Lidin.

Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas by Joakim Demmer is an investigative documentary delving into the issue of foreign investors buying farmland in Ethiopia, stripping the local community of their capacity to support themselves.
The film has received funding from former Swedish Film Institute's documentary film commissioner Cecilia Lidin.

Nosferatu by John Skoog is a co-production with artist Richard Vogel, who passed away in 2015. The material they filmed together is merged with footage from Vogel's archives, with the film's premise being a move between two apartments.

Additional Swedish films screening at CPH:DOX:
I Called Him Morgan by Kasper Collin

The Rebel Surgeon by Erik Gandini

The Inertia Variations by Johanna St Michaels

Sonica Sequence by Pether Lindgren, Lisa Nordström

The Committee by Gunhild Enger, Jenni Toivoniemi

Miranda – The Making of a Politician by Mats Ågren

Danish-Swedish co-production Lida by Anna Eborn will be screened in the main NORDIC:DOX AWARD category.

CPH:DOX 2017 runs between 16-26 March. Additional information is available at cphdox.dk/en/

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