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) Mechanical Love (2007) and Free the Mind (2012).
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.
Phie Ambo is a member of the Academy documentary branch.
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, … when you look away, is about consciousness and quantum physics (2017).
In 2014 Ambo premiered with the film Good Things Await about biodynamic farming, which has received great attention around Europe and at the same year she created the film Songs from the Soil which is a tribute to the soil and the seasons. This film is a visual and musical narrative accompanied by the music of Arvo Pärt performed by world renown singers Theatre of Voices.
Ambo is premiering in March 2019 with her latest film which is closely related to both Songs from the Soil and Good Things Await. The film is called Rediscovery and is about children and their relation to nature.
Ambo is currently in development with her next film about rewilding in the Northern part of Denmark. This film is called Organized Wilderness as working title.
When You Look Away (2017)
Good Things Await (2014)
The Bailiff (2013)
Free the Mind (2012)
The Home Front (2010)
Mechanical Love (2007)
The Diver Inside Me (2003)
Growing Up in a Day (2002)
Rediscovery (Phie Ambo, DK, 2019)
CPH:DOX / Denmark
München Documentary Festival / Germany
Dokufest Prizren / Serbia
When You Look Away (Phie Ambo, DK, 2017)
CPH:DOX / Denmark
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival / Canada
Warszawa, Against Gravity / Poland
Sheffield Doc/Fest / Great Britain
Seoul, EBS International Documentary Festival / South Korea
Bergen International Film festival / Norway
Reykjavik Film Festival / Iceland
Paris Science Film Festival / France
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival / Czech Republic
Amsterdam, IDFA / The Netherlands
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival / Finland
Good Things Await (Phie Ambo, DK, 2014)
Selected Festivals: One World Human Rights Film Festival, Berlinale, Ile de France, FIFE, Environmental Film Festival, Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam, IDFA, CPH:DOX
Awards: Official Winner – Pelicam Film Festival, Duke Environment Award – Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Grand Prix (2015) Ile de France, FIFE, Environmental Film Festival 2015
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 Baadsgårds award Festivaler: CPH.DOX, Gøteborg filmfestival, Nordic Presentation, Rotterdam filmfestival, Seattle international filmfestival, Taiwan golden horse international filmfestival
The Diver Inside Me (Phie Ambo, DK, 2003)
Selected Festivals: 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, DK, 2001)
Selected Awards: Amsterdam, Int. Documentary FF 2001: Joris Ivens Award, München Documentary Festival 2002: Dokumentarfilmpreis Des Bayerischen Rundfunks Zanzibar Int. Film Festival 2003: Best Documentary, American Film Institute 2003: Honorary Mention.