COPA _71

Source: CPH:DOX

‘Copa ’71’

New works from One Child Nation director Jialing Zhang and Chuck Norris vs. Communism filmmaker Ilinca Calugareanu are among the 30 projects participating in CPH:FORUM, the financing and co-production market of CPH:DOX film festival.

The Forum will run from March 28-31, and will be the first in-person edition since 2019.

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Massachusetts-based Chinese filmmaker Zhang is participating with German-Dutch co-production The Total Trust (working title), produced by Knut Jager through Germany’s Filmtank. The documentary will examine the growth of surveillance culture in China, from cameras to AI profiling.

Zhang’s One Child Nation, co-directed with Nanfu Wang, debuted at Sundance 2019 where it won the documentary Grand Jury Prize; and went on to further acclaim including an Emmy nomination for exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking.

Calugareanu’s Forum project is titled Celluloid Dreams, and is a UK-German series co-production, produced by Mara Adina for UK company Vernon Films. The five-episode series will head to Copenhagen having participated in the Berlinale Talents, and focuses on five stories from outside the mainstream that show how films can change the world.

Calugareanu wrote, directed and edited 2015 documentary Chuck Norris vs. Communism, which also debuted at Sundance, going on to festivals including HotDocs, Edinburgh, Sarajevo and Rotterdam.

Six Nordic work-in-progress titles have been selected for the CPH:WIP strand, including titles from Tonje Hessen Schei, Carl Olsson and Christian Sonderby Jepsen.

CPH:DOX says it is anticipating “hundreds” of attendees at the Forum, including the majority of the 72 participating filmmakers – although online engagement is also possible.

More than 200 financiers have confirmed attendance, including representatives from Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, BBC, CNN, Fremantle, Participant Media and the Sundance Institute.

The Forum will present the Eurimages Co-Production Development award of €20,000 for the event’s best pitch of a project intended for co-production.

“The pandemic has deeply affected curation across the platforms and has further narrowed down the range of films and topics that are considered feasible to be made. It is our ongoing mission to nurture a space for originality and creativity, while making sure the projects we expose can indeed find their audiences” says Forum head Tereza Simikova.

CPH:DOX will run from March 23 to April 3, also holding its first physical event since 2019.

CPH:FORUM 2022 titles

A Fox Under a Pink Moon (Iran) dir-prod. Mehrdad Oskouei, Oskouei Films, Dreamlab Films

Body Parts (US) dir. Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, prod. Helen Hood Scheer, Chuparosa Films

Breaking Social (Swe-Chile) dir. Frederik Gertten, prod. Margarete Jangard, WG Film

Celluloid Dreams (UK-Ger) dir. Ilinca Calugareanu, prod. Mara Adina, Vernon Films

Climate in Therapy (Swe) dir. Nathan Grossman, prod. Cecilia Nessen, B-Reel Films

Copa ’71 (UK) dirs. Rachel Ramsay, James Erskine, prod. Victoria Gregory, New Black Films

Cowboy Russ (Swe) dir. Tova Mozard, prod. Daniel Pynnonen, Picky Pictures

Girls Of Tomorrow (Fr) dir. Nora Philippe, prod. Estelle Robin You, Point du Jour – Les films du balibari

Hollywood Gate (Ger) dir. Ibrahim Mohamed, prod. Talal Derki, Jouzour Film Production

Look Into My Eyes (US) dir. Lana Wilson, prod. Kyle Martin, Drifting Cloud Productions

Megaheartz (Swe) dir. Emily Norling, prod. Melissa Lindgren, Tobias Jansen, Story AB

The Men in Gray (US-Ger) dir-prod. Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, prod. Heino Deckert, Filmproduktion

Pik-Nuk (Hun-India-UK) Dir Arko Datto, prod. Balint Revesz, Luke W Moody, Tanaji Dasgupta, Good Kids

Portrait of a Confused Father (Nor-Fr) dir. Gunnar Hall Jensen, prod. Ingrid Galadriel Aune Falch, UpNorth Film

Queendom (Rus) dir. Agniia Galdanova, prod. Igor Myakotin, Sopka Films

Sink Or Swim (US) dirs. Tia Lessin, Carl Deal, prod. Jared Scott, Elsewhere Films

So Called Sisterhood (working title) (Switz-Pol) dir. Hanka Nobis, prod. Esther van Messel, First Hand Films

The End of Quiet? (Den) dirs. Kasper Bisgaard, Mikael Lypinski, prod. Sara Stockmann, Sonntag Pictures

The First Plantation (US) dir. Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, prod. Darcy McKinnon, Romola Lucas, Gustro Moving Pictures

The Gospel According to Matthew (Neth-Den-Ger) dir. Renzo Martens, prod. Sigrid Dyekjaer, Heino Deckert, Real Lava

The Great Art $windle (working title) (Den-Fr) dir-prod. Andreas Dalsgaard, prod. Christoph Jorg, Elk Film, Pumpernickel Films

The Human Race (Den) dir. Simon Lec, prod. Jacob Levin Krogh, prod. Move Copenhagen

The Human Surge 3 (Arg-Por-China-Fr) dir. Eduardo Williams, prod. Maria Victoria Marotta, Un Puma Cine

The Last Nomads (Ser-Mont-Fr-Cro) dir-prod. Biljana Tutorov, dir. Petar Glomazic, prod. Wake Up Films

The Total Trust (working title) dir. Jialing Zhang, prod. Knut Jager, Filmtank

The Whale Mystery (Den-Nor-Isr) dirs. Janus Metz, Klaus Thymann, prod. Peter Engel, Wingman Media

Unconventional Gardeners (It) dirs. Alessandro Bernard, Paolo Ceretto, prod. Massimo Arvat, Zenit Arti Audiovisive

Untitled Mistress Dispeller Project (US-China) dir. Elizabeth Lo, prod. Maggie Li, After Argo Films

Whitewash (Nor) dir. Andrei Nekrasov, prod. Torstein Grude, Piraya Film

Women of My Life (Iran-Switz) dir. Zahraa Ghandour, prod. Samir Jamal Aldin, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion

CPH:WIP projects 

Nasrin’s voice (Fin) dir. Kaisa Rastimo, prod. Ella Ruohonen, Image Club Oy

Resorts (Den-Swe) dir. Mette Carla Albrechtsen, prod. Rikke Tambo Andersen, Tambo Film, Bullitt Film

Stayers (Nor-US) dirs. Julia Dahr, Julie Lunde Lillesaeter, Hannah Jayanti, prod. Natalya Sarch, Darcy McKinnon, Differ Media

The End – Allies for Armageddon (Nor-Swe-Fin-Ger) dir. Tonje Hessen Schei, prods. Torstein Parelius, Ingrid Galadriel Aune Falch, Christian Aune Falch, UpNorth Films

The Fake Will (Den) dir. Christian Sonderby Jepsen, prod. Mira Jargil, Moving Documentary

Vintersaga (Swe) dir. Carl Olsson, prod. Antonio Russo Merenda, Ginestra Film