Netherlands

Aryan Kaganof – Nicola’s First Orgasm (2003)

Aryan Kaganof & Nicola Deane | 2003 | 5 min. | video | no dialogue

“We cannot abstain from watching the revelation of a being that would be an object neither for herself nor for any other gaze and yet which would effect, in the mystery of her own invisibility, the condensation of all objectivity.”

Aryan Kaganof plays with the contradiction and relationship between the vulnerable, private realm and the voyeuristic, objectified domain in a film about a young woman’s sexual initiation. Read More »

Aryan Kaganof – La séquence des barres parallèles (1992)

Synopsis:
The film opens with a rubber-clad woman stepping sensuously out of a limousine. The camera lovingly closes-up on her stilleto’ed foot… She enters a dark desolate warehouse, and meets two men, who proceed to chain her up and worship her body. Originally projected on three screens simultaneously. Music by legendary noise musician Merzbow. Read More »

Nanouk Leopold – Brownian Movement (2010) (HD)

Synopsis
Charlotte is married with one son and is a doctor in a clinic in Brussels. She has sex with patients in an apartment, selecting the men as if setting up a scientific experiment: They are all un­usual, very hirsute, coarse, fat or old. The marriage teeters when her husband Max finds out. Charlotte starts therapy to discov­er what is going on with her, but her confused desires cannot be described in words. In the end, the family moves to India, where Max has a job as an architect. Charlotte gives birth to twins. Read More »

Felix de Rooy – Desiree (1984)

Set in Brooklyn, New York this Dutch film is based on a true story that appeared on a New York newspaper in 1980. Desirée lives in the past. A series of flashbacks expose us to her psychologically troubled childhood very much affected by a promiscous mother. Her present life evolves around three people: her employer Mrs. Resnick, Freddy, her lover and Father Siego, leader of the church “The True Confessors”. Desirée’s relationship with each one of these characters is at the origin of her falling apart. Freddy is an insecure black man who finishes their love affair with a sad note, Father Siego is the leader of a rigid narrow-minded religious sect and Mrs Resnick is a racist, prejudiced white woman who feels black people are inferior and incapable of living their own live. Rejected by all because of her pregnancy, Desirée blames her child as the source of evil. She is then possessed by evil and wants to exorcise it. The only way is to get rid of her daughter… Read More »

Herbert Curiel – Cha-Cha (1979)

Classic movie with Herman Brood, who plays a bankrobber trying to go straight by becoming a rock’n’roll star. Takes place in and around Amsterdam’s punk/new wave scene, with appearances by Nina Hagen, Les Chappell, and Lene Lovich. Includes the marriage between Herman Brood and Nina Hagen, in the church at Ruigoord. Read More »

Pim de la Parra – Paul Chevrolet en de ultieme hallucinatie AKA Paul Chevrolet and the Ultimate Hallucination (1985)

Paul Chevrolet is the alias of a writer of hard-boiled detective-novels, Leopold (Peter Faber), who still owes his ex-wife Willie (Jenny Arean) a great deal of money. In his latest detective-novel, gangster-boss Boy Pappa (Eddie Constantine) is introduced, who gets pursued by Leopold’s alter ego: Scotty. After writing a philosophical manuscript, ‘The Ultimate Hallucination’, Leopold gets in contact with publisher’s daughter Susanne (Liz Snoyink) who resembles his character Savannah MacKnight. Also, Boy Pappa really seems to exist. From that moment on, reality and fiction intertwine. Read More »

Frans van de Staak – Ongedaan gedaan aka Undone Done (1989)

Two couples, four characters portrayed by eight actors, based on texts, some poems by Gerrit Kouwenaar. The film follows four persons (each played by two different actors alternating in the roles) as they rush about the streets of Amsterdam, each of them extremely busy doing something. One highlight of the film is the reading of several of the poems of celebrated poet Gerrit Kouwenaar. Despite its severely experimental style and deliberate storylessness, this film was sufficiently inventive and rhythmically interesting to receive a warm reception from some critics. [Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide] Read More »