CPH:DOX has just ended. Ten days. Loads of documentaries. I had the honour to be selected to be in the jury for the category "Sound And Vision": My fellow jury members are all respected artists, and it has been some interesting days full of recommendations and discussions. The jury was Johann Johannsson, DJ Spooky, Caroline Sascha Cogez, Erika Wasserman and me.
Seventeen documentaries in four days. We saw Villalobos, Stages, The Delian Mode, White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights, All Tomorrows Parties, Insurgentes, The Family Jams, Off Ways, And I Ride And I Ride, We Don't Care About Music Anyway, La Faute Des Fleurs, Memory & Desire, On/Off, Høsttidløs, To Be Or Not To Be.
After hours of watching film we had to vote for a winner. We agreed right away, so there was no arguments or discussions. We also agreed that not only had we found a winner we had also a documentary that we wanted to honour with a special mention.
A Special Mention:
THE DELIAN MODE
This film is only about 25 minutes long and every minute is fantastic. It's about Delia Derbyshire, who was employed at BBC's Radiophonic Workshop in the 1950s. She was a very innovative musician and was one of the first who created electronic music.
She created it with field recordings that she looped, manipulated and turned on its head. Pretty great.
And the winner is:
LA FAUTE DES FLEURS
A very moving film about a true artist! I can't remember the last time I saw such a beautiful documentary..
This is what we said when we presented the award at the show saturday night:
"The jury sat in the cinema together. As the film ended, the silence from having experienced something unique and complete, left us for a while with no words. Filed by emotions - nothing to add. Then someone whispered in the dark ' i think we have a winner' and the rest of us agreed on the spot.
This is a film that goes beyond musical taste, and right in to the human soul.
The filmmaker leads us with his precise and sensitive camera through a beautiful, poetic and ruthless journey of a man driven to create by his inner demons.
It's skillfully edited, fluid in structure but still with a narrative voice. It gives the insight to an inspiring artist, and the man behind the art. And respectfully reveals the pains and consequences for living as an outsider to the norms of society."
And a recommendation:
To Be Or Not To Be
A very inspiring film about people who need their music to express themselves - as artists and ordinary human beings. Some of the people we meet in the documentary are living in a country where you can't speak your mind and where women are not alowed to play instruments.. I found myself taking notes during the film because it was so moving."