CAFx 2017 /Introduction

This is a copy-paste of the press release from Copenhagen Architecture Festival, that is indeed very active when it comes to the inclusion of the film medium:

Denmark’s largest architecture festival Copenhagen Architecture Festival opens its fourth edition Wednesday, April 26th with a wide program spread over three cities and with the opening film and world premiere of “BIG TIME” on Bjarke Ingels. 

More than 150 architectural events in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Aalborg. 40 film and 42 venues.

The festival takes place over 11 days. The more than 150 events provide a variety of approaches to architecture and through film screenings, exhibitions, lectures, debates, walks, concerts and conferences there are enough to choose from again this year – both for ’feinschmecker’ and the general public. Again this year you can meet experts from home and abroad who will contribute to the audience to get a glimpse of the world of architecture.

In 2015, the festival was the largest of its kind in the world with its focus on architecture and film. This year the festival offers one overarching theme: “Architecture as identity” with four events which the organizers want to direct a particular focus on: Experience the world premiere of ’BIG TIME’ – a new portrait film about Bjarke Ingels and more than 40 other architecture-related films, a major international conference with visiting architcets such as Charles Renfro and Barozzi Veiga and a new exhibition of Lacaton & Vassal, Druot and Hutin in both Aarhus and Copenhagen or be guided to the latest architecture on the bike of the city architects of Copenhagen and Aarhus – in Copenhagen as part of the festival’s collaboration with the municipality on this year’s building awards. The festival is organized into 11 sub-themes distributed across the three cities.

The audience can, among other things, look forward to an exciting theme of Danish colonial architectural trail – both in Denmark in Copenhagen and in the former colonies around the world under the title ‘colonial traces, a dissection of the city’s various layers in a series of events, which is about how we use the city and who uses it – under the theme titled ‘The city in use’, or the ratio of ‘plan and life’ in the cities and their architecture under the theme of the same name or get a glimpse of friends Dan Stubbergaard’s and Henrik Vibskov’s selection of five films that have inspired each of them in their work.

Festival Director Josephine Michau says: “I hope that the festival can help to unfold how architecture helps to create qualities in everyday life at a local, national and global level and to do it in an unpretentious, curious way that can bring a new look at the architecture and make it widely communicated. The festival is both for professionals and for the ’amateur’, and there is indeed something for both audiences. “

The purpose of CAFx 2017 include exploring how architecture is to shape and reflect values ​​in our lives or cities, and especially how we as individuals, groups or nations are reading us into the surroundings. How can architecture express our identity and values, and how do we link ourselves unconsciously to their nature or expression? What is it eg. that makes us feel at home?

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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