Netherlands

Fiona Tan – Ascent (2016)

Through a gray blanket of cloud the contours of a mountain can be barely discerned. This is Mount Fuji, a volcano with many faces and of immeasurable cultural and symbolic significance. We are lead through the film by the voices of two fictitious characters – Mary, an English woman and her deceased Japanese partner, Hiroshi. Mary receives a parcel containing letters and a collection of photographs from Hiroshi. His letters, in which he describes climbing Mount Fuji, trigger in her mind a train of thoughts and reflections. The photographs we discover together with Mary. 4,500 exceptional and diverse photographs from the past 150 years form the basis for this film. Many images are of undeniably breathtaking beauty – ranging from early examples of nineteenth century Japanese studio photography to military propaganda photos from the thirties, from victorious American press images to amateur snapshots across several decades. Read More »

Sabine Bürger, Steve Roden & Machinefabriek – Lichtung (2010)

Synopsis
The ‘Lichtung’ exhibition was a three-way project centered around an audio-visual installation. The American visual and sound artist Steve Roden and the Dutch sound artist and musician Rutger Zuydervelt provided the audio whilst the German visual artist Sabine Bürger provided the video element. Additionally each of the artists exhibited examples of their own work on paper addressing the interface between the audio and the visual. Read More »

Noël Burch & Allan Sekula – The Forgotten Space [Theatrical version] (2010)

The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster
is the global supply chain, which – maybe in a more fundamental way than financial
speculation – leads the world economy to the abyss. Read More »

Paul Verhoeven – Soldaat van Oranje AKA Soldier of Orange (1977)

Plot:
1938. A small group of Dutch students stop their tennis game momentarily to hear of England’s entry into World War II. Erik and his friends don’t show much concern at first. But when Queen Wilhelmina flees Holland for London and the Germans move in, it becomes necessary to choose sides.

Soldier of Orange, directed by Paul Verhoeven (Turkish Delights) is based on the true life adventures of Erik Hazelhoff who received numerous decorations including Holland’s highest honor — the Militaire Willems-orde. It is interesting to see how Erik’s friends take different courses: a Jew inevitably dies once the German’s arrive; another associate joins the Nazi army; a third becomes active in the Dutch resistance movement; and a fourth betrays everyone in order to save his Jewish girlfriend. Read More »

Unknown – Een vergeten geschiedenis Part1 (2013)

Documentary about the Dutch Jewry during WW2 Read More »

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 »