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Films From Netherlands

The eternal struggle of the small man against the giants. ... Grand Prix, Annecy. ... Read more
Told without commentary or dialogue the film presents a fascinating photographed series of reminiscences of a man, of his boyhood and youth, drawing a moral on the future of the world. "Mention Speciale" at the Cannes Film Festival. ... Read more
The capital of the Netherlands is a felicitous mixture of the old and the new. The film explores the city and the cultural and international events that take place there. ... Read more
Kees Pulder, a doctor in a small, provincial town, is stirred from his lethargy by the announcement that he is to be visited by Hans van Inge Liedaerd, a famous neuro-surgeon and an old fellow-student. The visit is a memorable one, especially as the distinguished guest steals all the morphine in ... Read more
This film raises several subjects: the gap between feminists and women in the farmers' and workers' movement at the beginning of the century; women and fascism; the partisans' fight; present-day feminism. In short, what is the relationship between women and politics? ... Read more
An evocation of the calling which has helped to make Dutch marine engineering famous all over the world. ... Read more
Could you build a career out of your parents' painful and protracted divorce? Gees Krijner can. The young Dutch artist won the prestigious Prix de Rome art prize for a performance piece about the breakup of his family, starring his own mother. The height of conceptual art, or a bizarre form of ... Read more
Loud licking alternates continually with a four-note clarion call, while the camera records a kinky eat-in, with three bare bosomed girls, one wearing a bearded mask, tasting food that is simultaneously scalding and aphrodisiac. ... FIPRESCI Prize, Oberhausen ... Read more
... ... Johan de Bakker is a first-rate baker, meticulous in his trade and exacting in his recreational pursuits which include balancing eggs, building towers of pebbles by the river and waiting stoically in the town square for his daily bus to arrive. Illiterate and hardly exacting in his social ... Read more
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"Actually the story was incredible, but it impressed everyone because substantially it was true True was Emma Zunz' tone, true was her shame, true was her hate. True also was the outrage she had suffered: only the circumstances were false, the time and one or two proper names." ... - Jorge Luis ... Read more
This is a child's eye view of death. Emmy's Grandmother dies and we watch her deal with it. Emmy does not seem sad, she is as interested in her grandmother in death as she was when she was alive. ... It is an interesting film because of the matter of fact outlook on death, its acceptance of death ... Read more
This film describes the life and artistry of Harry van Tussenbroek, who is renowned throughout Holland for the delicacy and skill with which he makes puppets. The photography is beautiful, and the film culminates in a macabre "dream" performance of his puppets. ... Read more
Jean is in a spot of bother. He has just been retrenched from his crap factory job, he has just drugged and kidnapped a prominent pop star, and he has appaling taste in clothes. He has pinned his hopes on his 17 year old daughter. Marva. She is completely without talent and grossly overweight, but ... Read more
"A violent, funny and disconcerting vision of a familial argument turned into actual slugfest." – RogerEbert.com ... Divorced father Marius, a man packing more than literal baggage, plans to take his daughter Sofia camping. But when he picks the girl up from her mother's apartment ... Read more
Grubby, violent and propulsively energetic, Ex Drummer is blacker than Trainspotting and bleaker than L'Enfant (The Child). A gang of Flemish lowlifes are in a wannabe rock band. One of them has a lisp, one is deaf, the other has a bung arm - and they're in desperate need of a drummer. They find ... Read more
Behind the facade of strict etiquette, a merry widow pursues her secret liaisons in the society of The Hague in the 1890's. ... Read more
Steve Phare, a lifelong logger from British Columbia, is a man of contradictions. Although he cuts down trees he also has a reverence for the woods. He looks down on the local native population and their claims to the ground he is about to log and yet is part Indian himself, a fact he is deeply ... Read more
Who could ever imagine that such a harmless pastime as making music was to be the cause of revolutionising a whole village? Yet this is what happened in the placid Dutch village of Lagerwiede. There are no streets in Lagerwiede, but picturesque canals, admired by visitors; and this means plenty of ... Read more
Lisandro Alonso follows up last year's revelation at MIFF, Los Muertos, with a self-reflexive feature that is as intriguing as it is elusive. In a complex and highly original play on fiction and reality, Alonso's lead actor from Los Muertos, Argentino Vargas, arrives at the sprawling San Martin ... Read more
Herman van der Horst is no newcomer to the Melbourne Festival. This, his latest film, was two years in the making and its title, Faja Lobbi, is the name of the glowing red flower which symbolises the Surinamee's love of his native land. ... The film has no commentary and depends only on the words ... Read more
This unflinching documentary explores the minds of American soldiers who served a tour of duty in Vietnam, questioning them about the experience of the first time they took the life of a fellow human being. ... The film is anchored in the recollections of Michael Herr, war correspondent, consultant ... Read more
The movement of the image is coupled with the alluring trailer sound from Jaws 2 ... . ... Read more
Paris' famous Père Lachaise cemetery is the resting place of famous artists - from Marcel Proust to Jim Morrison - and is the setting for this uplifting documentary. Through the simple concept of interviewing the people visiting the graves of the Père Lachaise cemetery, Forever investigates the ... Read more
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