NORDOX - Nordic Documentary Film Festival 2011

 

PRE-PRESS RELEASE
( October 19th 2011)
 
NORDOX - Nordic Documentary Film Festival 2011
 
Beijing:
Film: November 12th -20th
Photo: November 12th – 28th Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) Art Cinema,
798 Art District, No.4 Jiuxiangqiao Lu, Chaoyang, Beijing
 
Guangzhou: November 19th –December 4th 2011
Guangdong Times Museum
Times Rose Garden 3, Huangbianbei Road, Baiyun North Avenue, Guangzhou
 
Shanghai: November 29th - December 2nd 2011
Rockbund Art Museum
No. 20 Huqiu Road, Huang Pu District, Shanghai
 
This year NORDOX- Nordic Documentary Film Festival in Beijing celebrates its 6th anniversary with a selection of approx. 20 films from all five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Since the founding of NORDOX in 2006, the festival has been a platform for some of the best recent Nordic documentary films in Beijing. The vision of NORDOX is to explore the language of documentary film and screen documentaries that are cutting-edge, artistically ambitious and relevant in this time. The festival also hopes to spread knowledge about Nordic culture in China, as well as create opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue. The selected documentaries outline Nordic perspectives on a diversity of themes including politics, society, environmental issues, art and music.
 
This year NORDOX will also present a retrospective selection called “The best of NORDOX”, consisting of documentaries that have been audience favorites and highlights in past festival years. Another new feature of this year's program will be “TEMPO in Beijing”, a selection of short films provided by the Tempo Documentary Film Festival, a well-known Swedish film festival and partner of NORDOX for several years.
 
In 2011 NORDOX cooperates with LENS Magazine to bring to Beijing the Nordic photo exhibition, presenting recent works from Nordic artists. The exhibition will be held at the premises of UCCA. The images and artists selected for the exhibition give a taste of the vitality of contemporary photography as it thrives in the Nordic countries in the hands of young photographers. The themes reach both inwards to explore human emotions as well as outwards to topics such as climate change.
 
NORDOX 2011 will also go “on the road”, and bring the festival for the first time outside of Beijing to Guangzhou (Times Museum, Nov 19th- December 4th) and Shanghai (Rockbund Art Museum Nov 29th- December 2nd)
A major spotlight of NORDOX 2011 will be on North Korea. Two documentaries, “The Red Chapel” and “Yodok Stories”, will explore the political and social environment of one of the last countries truly closed off from the outsider’s gaze, each film from their unique perspective.
 
SPOTLIGHT FILMS
 
The Red Chapel [“Best foreign Documentary” Sundance 2010, “Best of the Fest” IDFA 2009, “Best Nordic Documentary” Nordisk Panorama]
 
A journalist with no scruples, a spastic, and a comedian travels to North Korea with a mission – to challenge the conditions of the smile in one of the world’s most notorious regimes. The Red Chapel chronicles the amusing and often bizarre encounters between this Danish “theatre troupe” and their North Korean hosts in a one of a kind, East-meets-West-meets-East look at cultural exchange in the modern world’s last anti-globalist bastion.
Mads Brügger / 2010 / 87min / Denmark
Yodok Stories [“Youth`s Jury`s Documentary Award” Bergen International Film Festival 2008, “In the Spirit of Freedom Award” Jerusalem International Film Festival 2009, “Youth Jury Award” Planet Doc Review 2008]
Today, more than 250.000 men, women and children are locked up in North Koreas concentration camps. Systematic torture, starvation and murder is what faces the inmates. Few survive many years in the camps, but the population is kept stable by a steady influx of new persons considered to be class enemies. A small group of people have managed to flee from the camps to a new life in the prosperous South Korea. Some of them gather and decide to make an extraordinary and controversial musical about their experiences in the Yodok concentration camp. Despite death threats and many obstacles the musical becomes a tour de force for this ensemble of refugees and for them a possibility opens to talk about their experiences and inspire others to protest the existence of the camps.
 
Andrzej Fidyk / 75 min / 2008 / Norway
 
The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González [Director Q&A on Nov 12th and 16th ]
The film revolves around the life and mind of musician José González. Using congenial methods; video diary, surveillance camera, concert footage, tour documentation and animation, directors Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand give form to something as elusive as the creative process of one of Sweden’s finest – and most secretive – musicians.
Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand / 72 min / 2010 / Sweden
I Am My Own Dolly Parton [Director Q&A on Nov 18th]
Five singers meet at a tribute to Dolly Parton and become friends. All have their dreams which they now decide to try to make come true. The inner trip deals with making choices, with being oneself, with wanting a child, with having a life threatening disease and with finding someone to love. You can make your dreams come true or you can fail. Your goal is not the important thing but the path you take and what happens along the way.
 
Jessica Nettelbladt / 90min / 2011 / Sweden
 
PANEL DISCUSSIONS and Q&A SESSIONS
 
Panel discussions and Q&A events with selected film directors are a vital part of the vision behind NORDOX, and help create a dynamic atmosphere for the festival as a whole. These events are also a chance for the audiences to interact with the artists and gain a “behind the scenes” view into the artistic process and how an initial concept is turned into a full length documentary. This year the directors that confirmed to attend the festival are Fredrik Egerstrand (The Extraordinary Life of Josè Gonzàlez; Sweden) and Jessica Nettelbladt (I am my own Dolly Parton; Sweden).
 
NORDOX BACKGROUND
 
NORDOX is an annual meeting point for Nordic documentary films held in Beijing and attracts a high presence of Chinese as well as international audiences in Beijing.
NORDOX is a not-for-profit organization, established with the purpose of spreading knowledge on Nordic culture in China and to create cross-cultural dialogue on society, art and the environment. The festival was established in 2006 as a part of the Dashanzi International Art Festival. Since 2008 NORDOX has been organized together with the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) at the 798 Art District in Beijing.
NORDOX 2011 PROGRAM SELECTION
Nordox 2011 New Films:
The Red Chapel, by Mads Brügger, 2010,Denmark
Olafur Eliasson: Space is Process, by Jacob Jørgensen,Henrik Lundø, 2010, Denmark
The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González, by Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand, 2010, Sweden
I am my own Dolly Parton, by Jessica Nettelbladt, 2011, Sweden
Regretters, by Marcus Lindeen, 2010, Sweden
Peer Gynt from the Streets, by Hallvard Bræin, 2008, Norway
Yodok Stories, by Andrzej Fidyk, 2008, Norway
Tears of Gaza, by Vibeke Løkkeberg, 2010, Norway
Salla - Selling the Silence, by Markku Tuurna, 2010, Finland
Ito - Diary of an Urban Priest, by Pirjo Honkasalo, 2009, Finland
Tempo in China: Short Films:
Hair, by Christina Höglund 2010 Sweden
Anders & Harri, by Åsa Blanck and Johan Palmgren 2008 Sweden
Bye Bye C’est Fini, by Tora Mårtens 2008 Sweden
Slaves, by David Aronowitsch & Hanna Heiliborn 2008 Sweden
Lies, by Jonas Odell 2008 Sweden
Nordox retrospective:
The Monastery, by Pernille Rose Grønkjær, 2006, Denmark
Ghosts of Cite Soleil, by Asger Leth, 2006, Denmark
Tokyo Noise, by Kristian Petri, Jan Röed and Johan Söderberg, 2003, Sweden
Videocracy, by Erik Gandini, 2009, Sweden
Belarusian Waltz, by Andrzej Fidyk, 2007, Norway
Steypa, by Markus Thor Andresson & Ragnheidur Gestadóttir, 2007, Iceland
Girls, by Hanne Myren, 2007, Norway
FESTIVAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Festival organization: NORDOX – Nordic Documentary Film Festival Beijing: Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)
Guangdong: Times Museum
Shanghai: Rockbund Art Museum
Festival Coordinator: Liisa Kohonen
Exhibition Coordinator: Wang Xue
Festival Assistant: Eva Mikes
NORDOX 2011 Beijing is kindly supported by: The Royal Danish Embassy
The Danish Cultural Institute
The Embassy of Finland
The Embassy of Iceland
The Royal Norwegian Embassy The Embassy of Sweden Radisson Blu Hotel Beijing
HP Printing House
MQ-Wines
 
NORDOX Partners:
 
The Danish Film Institute
The Finnish Film Foundation
Icelandic Film Centre The Norwegian Film Institute The Swedish Film Institute Tempo Documentary Festival in Sweden (www.tempofestival.se)
 
For more information please visit www.nordox.cn or contact:
 
NORDOX
Caochangdi 300
East Chaoyang Dist., Beijing
100015, P.R. China
tel: 1064320982
www.nordox.cn
nordoxbeijing@gmail.com
Liisa Kohonen: Festival Coordinator
tel: 13521129156 liisa.kohonen@googlemail.com
 
Algae Wang
Festival Coordinator
tel: 15901279873
algae.wang@gmail.com
 
Eva Mikes
Festival Assistant
tel: 18801245170
eva_mikes@hotmail.com

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