Netherlands

Lambertus Janssens – De Buren van Kamp Westerbork (1995)

“Reportage van 37 minuten van KRO TV uit 1995. Hoe was het om in de schaduw van dit doorgangskamp te wonen? Hoe reageerden ze daar toen op en hoe kijken ze daar nu op terug? Waarom zijn er maar 210 Joden ontsnapt van de velen die als seizoenarbeiders op de omliggende boerderijen werkten?”

“A 37-minute documentary from KRO TV in 1995. What was it like to live in the shadow of this transit camp? How did they react to it then and how do they look back on it now? Why did only 210 of the many Jews who worked as seasonal workers on the surrounding farms escape?” Read More »

Pim de la Parra – Bezeten – Het gat in de muur AKA Obsessions (1969)

This film is interesting in that it may be the rarest and most least well known film in the oeuvre Martin Scorsese, who co-wrote the script despite the film being a German-Dutch coproduction. In other Scorsese connections, the film features a score by Bernard Herrmann. As one might have already guessed by now, Besessen – Das Loch in der Wand AKA Bezeten – Het gat in de muur AKA Obsessions AKA Possessed is a Hitchcockian thriller that would certainly interest fans of Brian De Palma due to its more ‘exploitative’ approach to the Hitch brand of filmmaking. The film also features Dutch auteur Fons Rademakers in an acting role. Paul Verhoeven also contributed to the script, though he was not credited. Read More »

Heddy Honigmann – Crazy (2000)

Deeply moving account of dutch war veterans from recent conflicts (the Congo, Bosnia/Herzogovina etc.) who are struggling to come to terms with their post-war lives. The crutch many of them use is music, specifically a single song, which either kept them going while they were on active duty or is a rooting experience for them as they recall the horrors of their war experiences. Read More »

Unknown – 13 in de Oorlog – Vernietiging (2013)

Roos (13 years old, Amsterdam) was arrested with her parents and taken to Westerbork transit camp. Here they wait for transport to the extermination camps in Poland. Nobody wants to go to the unknown east, of which nobody has ever returned. Lisa Wade visits the large extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, where most of the Jews were murdered immediately upon arrival in the gas chambers. To her great astonishment, she finds another girl’s ring on the grounds. Read More »

Mannus Franken & Joris Ivens – Regen aka Rain (1929)

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A day in the life of a rain-shower. As a city symphony Joris Ivens films Amsterdam and its changing appearence during a rain-shower. A very poetic film with changing moods, following the change from sunny Amsterdam streets to rain drops in the canals and the pooring rain on windows, umbrellas, trams and streets, untill it clears up and the sun breaks through once again. Although it seems to be one day it took Ivens a long time to film what he wanted to film (for even in Amsterdam it doesn’t rain every day). With The Bridge, Rain became his major breakthrough as an avant-garde film artist. In 1932 Joris Ivens asked Lou Lichtveld (who also made the music for Philips Radio) to make a sound version of it, and in 1941 the film inspired Hanns Eisler to compose his “Fourteen ways to describe rain” in the context of a ‘Film Music Project’. Read More »

Johan van der Keuken – Het oog boven de put AKA The Eye Above the Well (1988)

A poetic depiction of life and ritual in the south Indian state of Kerala. We see how knowledge is passed down from generation to generation: within the family, through the village economy, and especially from teachers to students. Performance footage shows how song, dance, martial arts, and religion constitute the building blocks of a culture. Read More »

Heddy Honigmann – El olvido (2008)

The latest documentary from Heddy Honigmann (“Forever,” “Metal and Melancholy,” “O Amor Natural”) focuses on Peru’s capital city of Lima, revealing its startling contrasts of wealth and poverty, and how many of its poorest citizens have survived decades of economic crisis, terrorism and government violence, denial of workers’ rights, and political corruption. [Synopsis courtesy of Icarus Films] Read More »