Netherlands

Johan van der Keuken – De Meester en de Reus aka the master and the giant (1980)

Between documentary and fiction, The master and the giant approaches the topic of the rivalry in the creation: a first God created the world, a second God destroyed it to build one new, better. Myth and reality meet in this film that puts in scene two different universes: a man and a woman in a neighborhood in demolition of Amsterdam, and images of the life in the confines of the tunecian Sahara. (Written in collaboration with Claude Ménard.) Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – Het dak van de Walvis AKA On Top of the Whale (1982)

Quote:
This film is one of Ruiz’s greatest. Once, I read, with his film Ruiz pay tribute to Jean Luc Godard’s Le Mepris. So then, I asked Ruiz (Santiago, 2005)… You were influenced by this Godard’s film… ? – which film ? – … This film Le Mepris with Jack Palance and… your film features same kind of music (Georges Delerue’s music is an actor in Le Mepris, and as far as I can feel Jorge Arriagada composed great music for Ruiz’s film, but does not top Delerue’s), (…) close atmosphere, and two languages… – more than two languages ! – (answered Ruiz). Yes, you are right (…), and then Ruiz goes : “Probably I took it from there”. So, as far as art form and influence is concerned we are aware where inspiration is coming from. Read More »

Manuel Correa – #artoffline (2015)

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What happens to art in the Internet age? The philosophers, artists and exhibition makers in this documentary believe that endless reproduction liberates art from a muddled art market and an undemocratic exhibition circuit.

Some critics wonder whether the urge for physical objects is really just a nostalgic fetishism. But aren’t we losing something if the physical artworks disappears? Read More »

Jos Stelling – Duska (2007)

Plot / Synopsis
A socially inept middle-aged man is confronted with an unexpected guest even more clueless than himself in this comedy. Bob is a film critic from the Netherlands who loves and understands the movies but doesn’t have the same knack with the real world, especially the opposite sex. Bob is deeply infatuated with a woman who works at the popcorn counter of his favorite movie theater, but while she sometimes flirts with him, he’s too nervous to follow through. Bob decides he needs to be more bold if he wants to win his dream girl, but just as he’s gathering his courage to lure her back to his apartment, he suddenly finds himself entertaining an unexpected guest. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven – Een Hagedis teveel AKA A Lizzard Too Much (1960)

Plot summary:
A woman, married with an artist, starts a relationship with one of her students, who has already got a mistress of his own. The two rivals meet. Read More »

Siebren de Haan & Lonnie van Brummelen – Episode of the Sea (2014)

A document of a contemporary North Sea fishery and the fishermen’s struggle with a changed public perception, fluctuating regulations, and excessive global competition, while parallels are drawn between fishing and filmmaking. A stunning portrait of a unique place and a people, this documentary is the result of a remarkable collaboration between filmmakers and their subjects. Together, they unconventionally showcase the skill, fortitude and resilience of a working community beset by the challenges of a changing world.
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Alex van Warmerdam – De Jurk AKA The Dress (1996)

Description: The Dress is a tale filled with sex, violence, comedy and drama as it follows the life of a dress. Conceived under a cloud of frustration and despair, the dress serves as the hub in a great wheel of misfortune in an extraordinary sequence of events that envelopes both the dress and those fatefully drawn into its universe. An aloof artist, a virginal school girl, an unfulfilled maid, a lowly train conductor and a broken business executive, all become involuntary players in a macabre game of tag. No one who comes in contact with the dress can escape its dramatic, shocking and hilarious consequences. Read More »