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The leaves have turned yellow and the weather is getting colder, it’s time to put on your turtleneck and snug together inside with a cup of tea. Autumn has arrived, and that means time to watch films. Copenhagen Fashion Films recommends these three films about love and loss.

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
The story takes place in Hong Kong in 1962 and is a beautiful story about love and betrayal, directed by Wong Kar-wai. Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung), a journalist, rents a room in an apartment of a building on the same day as Su Li-Zhen (Maggie Cheung), a secretary from a shipping company. They become next-door neighbors, and when they gradually realize their respective spouses are having an affair, they form a strong bond. The film is an aesthetically sublime movie – from photography to scenography, costume design and soundtrack. Maggie Cheung floats through the movie with divine melancholy beauty and always in figure-hugging cheongsam dresses, matching the surroundings.

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THE PUZZLE OF A DOWNFALL CHILD
Stylish Faye Dunaway stars in this 1970 drama as a failed model, who is trying to reestablish her success from the heyday of her modeling career. The film is directed by former fashion photographer Jerry Schatzberg. and gives a special insight into the 1970s fashion world with all its temptations, extravagant lifestyle and thereto downfalls. The film is inspired by the real-life story of iconic fashion model Anne Saint Marie, who at the peak of her career suffered a breakdown, subsequently disappearing from the limelight for good. Schatzberg had a personal relation to Anne Saint Marie whom he photographed on several occasions.
The film was a part of the Copenhagen Fashion Films programme in 2015, The Importance Of Being A Heroine.

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PARIS, TEXAS
Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) is wandering through the Texas desert, a bit shaky and in desperate need of water, when he stumbles into a bar and collapses. A phone number is found in Travis’ wallet, which belongs to his brother, Walt. Walt is shocked to hear about his brother’s condition, since no one in the family has heard from Travis in four years; Walt flies to Texas to bring him home, only to find Travis wandering by the side of the road wearing the iconic red baseball cap, and they begin the long drive back to Los Angeles, where Walt lives with his wife, Anne, and Hunter, Travis’ seven-year-old son. At first, Travis is oddly distant, but in time he begins to talk again, he begins the painful process of reacquainting himself with his son and trying to reconcile with his wife, Jane (Nastassia Kinski). Set to a bluesy soundtrack of Ry Cooder, there is a consistently aching melancholy to the film, which has become regarded as one of the most visually compelling narratives of all time. Set amidst sweeping desert scapes and seedy motels, there is an enduring beauty to its bleakness. We dream about Kinski’s famous golden blonde hair and fuchsia mohair sweater. Watch on Danish streaming site here .

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COPENHAGEN FASHION FILM FESTIVALS

Copenhagen Fashion Film – The People of Fashion 8 – 10 feb. 2018
Special opening Feb. 7th and warm up Jan. 29 and Feb. 1st during Copenhagen Fashion Week

Each year, Copenhagen Fashion Film focuses on a different theme and this year is no exception.
Fashion takes inspiration from many places but there are a few people, who change fashion forever by just being themselves. Therefore, in this year’s festival, we have chosen to focus on exceptional personalities that have managed to make an impact on a broad international audience and put an indelible impression on our culture with their unique style and their inner glow. In other words, the festival is a tribute to those, who have broken down boundaries by making their world ours.
We have chosen to spotlight musician and actor David Bowie, musician and actor Grace Jones, fashion designer Martin Margiela, actor and style icon Jane Birkin as well as all the greatest supermodels of the 90s.

This year, we also create a pop-up cinema & exhibition outside the auditorium of Cinemateket, allowing the audience to experience the nominated films from this year’s short film programme, various short films focusing on the icons of the festival, and selected fashion short films made by young talents.
Copenhagen Fashion Film continues its talent programme, supporting young Nordic designers and fashion filmmakers by showing their films during the festival, giving away a financial talent prize at the Awards Show and subsequently presenting the films around Denmark and the rest of the world.

 The audience can look forward to various film screenings abounding with elegant fashion icons, special talks, debates, exhibitions and special events. Combining the best of contemporary fashion film and a special selection of old cult fashion films, the festival audience is not only in for breathtaking cinematography but also for outstanding fashion film treats.

About

Copenhagen Fashion Film investigates and mediates fashion in a new way, by focusing on the close connections among fashion, film and artistic practices. CFF consists of an annual film festival, independent film screenings, debates, events and exhibitions. CFF functions as a common basis for discussing new ideas and experiments in fashion, film and communication. We provide the framework for collaboration among designers, artists, directors, companies and researchers while encouraging active participation from our diverse audience.

What is Fashion Film?
Fashion film as a concept is a hybrid that covers several genres. A fashion film can be a film made by a designer, photographer, artist or a brand. It can have fashion as the leading role or as a supporting character. Fashion film can be silent movies, documentaries, feature films and contemporary art films. Either way, a fashion film showcases garments, designs, and costumes through the medium of film, making fashion an essential part of the visual narrative.

Uniquely to Copenhagen Fashion Film, we showcase both historically and contemporarily interesting fashion films, since we believe that fashion history is an important part of today’s fashion. At the same time, we pay special attention to the rapidly growing phenomenon: the fashion short film, which has become one of the most important tools in fashion communication today. There is no exact recipe for making a fashion short film – it can be highly diverse in the way it looks, sounds and feels. The important thing is to rethink and challenge fashion communication.

Festival
Every year, we have our annual film festival in Copenhagen. The festival focuses on the connections between fashion and film through various film screenings, talks, debates and special events. The festival has changing themes related to the cultural aspects of the history, present and future of fashion and film. Combining the best of contemporary fashion films with a special selection of old cult fashion movies, the festival audience is not only in for breathtaking cinematography but also outstanding fashion film treats.

Our Mission
Copenhagen Fashion Film mediates fashion in a new way and functions as a common basis for discussing new ideas and experiments in fashion, film and communication.
We aim to give our audience an aesthetic experience that connects the dots between fashion and film by curating the best fashion films.
Today film is a fast growing medium within the fashion industry. It’s a great way of showing designs as it expands the designer’s artistic expression from the static fashion photography and has the potential to function as an effective marketing tool in the present digital age.
Copenhagen Fashion Film wants to embrace this development and get the audience as close to the designer and garments as possible.
Last but not least we want to celebrate the actors, the directors, the costumiers, and the designers throughout history who have had an impact on our culture, creating films with a strong sense of fashion.

Team

Ditte Marie

Head of Festival & Curator

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Maja Krebs Sørensen

Project Manager & Curator

+45 6167 8768

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Simone Cecilie Pedersen

Project Coordinator

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