Magazine article Screen International

Audience Draws in Copenhagen

Magazine article Screen International

Audience Draws in Copenhagen

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Peacocks meet Hitchcock, and other audience-friendly innovations at CPH PIX.One of the Tivoli peacocks enjoys Torn CurtainPhoto by Jacob Hansen/CPH PI

xEarlier this week, I had my most surreal moviegoing moment: there I was, sat outside under a blanket in front of a giant screen at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, watching Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain. To my left was the famous white pavilion, which showed up on screen as Paul Newman lunched Julie Andrews in this very spot. And then, a strange, unexpected sound - the squawk of one of Tivoli's wandering peacocks, a few feet away from where I sat watching the giant screen.

That is unique screening atmosphere is just one example of how the growing festival CPH PIX is using innovative events to attract new audiences to its programme.

Other treats this year included a microbrewery crawl (and customised Mikkeller beer) after Drinking Buddies, a cheerleading show with All Cheerleaders Die, and Rear Window shown in a courtyard area between apartment blocks, where residents could watch the film from their own windows while being spied on as in the film.

Other outdoor screenings included 2,000 people turning up for an episode of Game of Thrones (HBO Nordic was the head sponsor of the festival); and William Friedkin's Cruising presented in a park known for being a local cruising hotspot. Nikolaj Arcel's political thriller King's Game celebrated its 10th anniversary with a screening inside Christiansborg (the seat of government).

Local hero Nicolas Winding Refn lead a masterclass with retrospective honoree Friedkin. In a very rare appearance, Tangerine Dream performed the score to Friedkin's classic Sorcerer.

Another annual highlight at CPH PIX is presenting a silent classic with a newly commissioned score. This year it was Loke Rahbek (of bands Var, Lust for Youth and Sexdrome) performing with Victor Sjostrom's 1921 Swedish classic The Phantom Carriage (Korkarlen). …

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