"I try to make life and filmmaking one fluent movement. When a film is finished, I use it as a stepping stone to go into the next one. I never go back and watch it again, just like you can¬īt go back in time and life."
Phie¬†Ambo¬†(born 1973) was trained at the National Film School of Denmark, graduating as a documentary film director in 2003. Famous for her feature length documentary films true to the tradition of poetic, personal and cinematic language,Ambo¬†deals with essential topics such as family relations, love, creative processes and artificial life. Phie¬†Ambo¬†has directed a number of award-winning films for the cinema, including major works such as Family (2001), Gambler (2005) and Mechanical Love (2007). In recent years¬†Ambo¬†has been especially interested in pursuing work of a more thematic nature, and this in the form of a trilogy focusing on the relation between science and human existence. In Mechanical Love (2007) which traveled widely on the international festival circuit,¬†Ambo¬†explored the relationship between human beings and robots and the nature of emotion itself. Released in 2012, Free the Mind deals with the impact that thoughts have on both the mind and the body. The last film in the trilogy, Ripples at the Shore, is about consciousness and is scheduled for release in 2014.
- COMING SOON -
Ripples at the Shore¬†(forthcoming 2014) Together with Mechanical Love and Free the Mind, Ripples at the Shore is the last film in¬†Ambo's triology about science and human existence. The third film evolves around the topic 'consciousness'.
Farmer Niels¬†(working-title, forthcoming 2014) Ambo¬†is currently working on a feature length documentary on biodynamic farming, filmed in Denmark and scheduled for release in 2014.
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- FILMS -
Free the Mind¬†(2012)
The Home Front (Hjemmefronten ‚Äď Fjenden bag h√¶kken)¬†(2010)
Fever - A film about artist Julie Nord¬†(2007)
Gambler - The Million Dollar Headache(2005)
The Diver Inside Me(2003, graduation film)
Growing Up in a Day¬†(2002)
AWARDS & FESTIVALS
Fever¬†(Phie¬†Ambo, DK, 2010) Selected Festivals: CPH:DOX, Odense International Film Festival (OFF), FUTURE SHORTS DK, Danish Art Museum, ARoS, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Sweden
Mechanical Love¬†(Phie¬†Ambo, DK, 2007) Selected Festivals: CPH.DOX, Doc Point, Helsinki, Amsterdam International Documentary Festival, Hot Docs, Toronto, Silverdocs, Washington, Los Angeles Filmfestival, Munchen International Filmfestival, Nordic Panorama, Awards: Internet Audience Award, Planete Doc. Warsaw, Nominations: Cinema Eye Honor, New York, Gulddok, Copenhagen
Gambler¬†- The Million Dollar Headache (Phie¬†Ambo, DK, 2005) Awards: Steen Baadsg√•rds award Festivaler: CPH.DOX, G√łteborg filmfestival, Nordic Presentation, Rotterdam filmfestival, Seattle international filmfestival, Taiwan golden horse international filmfestival
The Diver Inside Me¬†(Phie¬†Ambo, DK, 2003) Festivaler: Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Norsk Dok. film festival in Volda, Ankara International Filmfestival
Growing Up In A Day¬†(Phie¬†Ambo¬†DK, 2002) Awards: Kodak award for best photography on short film, Visions du Reel Festivals, IDFA, Amsterdam, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Visions du Reel i Nyon
Family¬†(Phie¬†Ambo, Sami Saif, DK, 2001) Selected Awards: Amsterdam, Int. Documentary FF 2001: Joris Ivens Award, M√ľnchen Documentary Festival 2002: Dokumentarfilmpreis Des Bayerischen Rundfunks Zanzibar Int. Film Festival 2003: Best Documentary, American Film Institute 2003: Honorary Mention.