Making a Mountain – Star architect Bjarke Ingels and his team have spectacular plans for a new waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen. A visionary project which combines waste management with a recreational urban space: CopenHill features a ski slope on top of the building. But it is going to be an uphill struggle…

Making a Mountain (2020)
Director: Rikke Selin Als, Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Writers: Rikke Selin Als, Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Genre: Documentary
Country: Denmark
Language: English
Release Date: September 30, 2020 (Denmark)

“Wilkommen, bienvenue,” the CEO sang in 2011 when BIG won the architecture competition for a large waste-to-energy plant with a ski slope on top. A camera has followed the process since the tentative beginnings of what became known – from the very first sod cut – as a visionary project that combines waste management and infrastructure with spectacular architecture and a recreational urban space.

But it is going to be an uphill struggle …

The challenges soon pile up along with questions: How do you even combine a waste-to-energy plant with a ski slope? How far is a property developer willing to go? And how much can an architect actually push through when all is said and done?

In a cinematic construction site symphony, we follow our main characters from the popping of champagne corks and the vision taking off, through broken dreams about smoke rings and abrasions from artificial snow, to the first trip down the black slope.

Also Known As (AKA):
(original title) Making a mountain
Denmark Making a mountain
Estonia Ehitades mäge(Festival Title)
Japan コペンハーゲンに山を(Japanese)
Poland Making a mountain


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