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Lejos de los árbolesJacinto Esteva Grewe 10:00 - 11:52 at LantarenVenster 6 • 100′
A sometimes sober but more often almost delirious documentary about a rural Spain that seems utterly backward and unenlightened by reason - but for all its cruelty and horrors might be the most alive part of a country in which spiritually is slowly draining away. A rarely-seen non-fiction monument.
Cemetery of SplendourApichatpong Weerasethakul 10:45 - 12:47 at Pathé 4 • 122′
In his most topical and politically charged film to date, Weerasathekul represents Thailand as a building that used to be a school, a place of study and contemplation, but which has changed into a hospital built on top of a cemetery, where the dead fight out their age-old battle at the expense of the living.
Les chevaliers blancsJoachim Lafosse 11:00 - 12:52 at LantarenVenster 3 • 112′
Lafosse, the Belgian maestro of mixed feelings, collected a French all-star cast led by Vincent Lindon for his most ambitious film so far. A team of NGO workers arrives in restless Chad, where they claim they are offering local children shelter and education in a secure compound.
The High SunDalibor Matanic 13:00 - 15:03 at Pathé 2 • 123′
Three times Romeo and Juliet against the background of the Balkan Wars that caused Yugoslavia to fall apart. Love is impossible at the beginning of the conflict, at the end and even 10 years after. The tragedy evolves in form from resistance through incapacity to regret. Won the jury prize in Cannes in the section Un Certain Regard.
11 MinutesJerzy Skolimowski 13:15 - 14:36 at Pathé 6 • 81′
A budding actress goes to an audition. A filmmaker wants to seduce her. Her jealous husband wants to save her. A motorbike courier races through the city, a couple watches porn, a girl takes her dog out... In eleven minutes, their lives cross in Skolimowski's exciting mosaic drama about the chaos that rules life.
Brother DejanBakur Bakuradze 13:15 - 15:08 at Pathé 7 • 113′
Twelve months from the life of Dejan Stanic, a general wanted for war crimes during the Yugoslavian Civil War. For fifteen years he easily manages to stay out of the hands of justice, but when the political situation changes, he decides to flee to neighbouring Slovenia with the help of his old compatriots.
ChevalierAthina Rachel Tsangari 13:30 - 15:09 at Pathé 3 • 99′
Six men on a pleasure craft enter the fray. The game is "who does it best". Notebooks are taken out in order to keep track of literally everything: how everyone sleeps, talks, sports and plays. Men together. A dryly humorous and absurd new work by Attenberg director Tsangari.
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love StoryDaniel Raim 13:30 - 15:06 at LantarenVenster 3 • 96′
Two of the most underrated professions in film are researcher and storyboard-artist. The Birds, The Graduate, Scarface: without the talents of Harold and Lilian Michelson, they would not have become such iconic films. A very special couple that meanwhile had an intense romance, as shown in this bio.
UmbraclePere Portabella 15:00 - 16:43 at LantarenVenster 6 • 85′
Christopher Lee walks through an almost unbearably sunny, yet for the most part curiously empty, Barcelona. Critics discuss censorship. A long excerpt from a fascist film irritates in many ways; and more. Like its companion piece, Vampir - Cuadecuc, an utterly unclassifiable masterpiece of modernist film art.
Problemski HotelManu Riche 16:00 - 17:50 at Pathé 2 • 110′
Bipul has forgotten who he is and where he’s from. But thanks to his knowledge of languages and his qualities as an intermediary, he has grown into a natural leader at the asylum seeker centre in Brussels where he resides. Irony prevails in this second adaptation of a novel by Dimitri Verhulst (after The Misfortunates).
Las vacas con gafasAlex Santiago Pérez 16:15 - 17:48 at Pathé 6 • 93′
When a solitary, eccentric artist and professor hears he’s going blind, he has to come to terms with this terrifying fact and also sort things out with his daughter, who became estranged from him years ago. Subtle drama about ageing and coming to terms with the inevitable. Yellow Robin Award winner Curacao IFFR 2015.
TannaMartin Butler, Bentley Dean 16:15 - 17:59 at Pathé 7 • 104′
On an island in the Pacific, two young lovers rebel against old customs, causing tensions to rise high. Enthrallingly photographed drama about the necessity of change and a desire to break the chain of violence. Based on a true event and performed with brio by the local population.
L'Accademia delle MuseJosé Luis Guerín 16:30 - 18:02 at Pathé 4 • 92′
Linguist Pinto from Naples gives a course in 'being a muse' at the University of Barcelona. At home, Pinto's wife is not entirely convinced by his project - "regenerating the world through poetry". Pseudo-docu in Guerin's sparklingly intelligent style about the limitations of what art may be.
ToponimiaJonathan Perel 16:30 - 17:52 at Pathé 3 • 82′
Perel focuses his disciplined artist’s eye on four villages in Tucumán (in the far north-west of Argentina), which was founded in the 1970s by the military junta to house the rebellious native population. Just like the villages, the film also has a steely structure - but life will out.
Maria Aurèlia capmany parla d'un lloc entre els mortsJoaquim Jordà 17:30 - 19:10 at LantarenVenster 6 • 50′
A famous Catalan writer/feminist/anti-fascist activist talks in the 1960s about her latest novel - which says a lot about the times as such. Looks simple, proves to be complex and engaging. Screens together with El sopar/The Dinner.
GalaxyAdachi Masao 17:45 - 19:25 at LantarenVenster 2 • 75′
A car crash instigates a journey into the mind of a nameless man whose subconscious stages a number of unusual encounters. Adachi Masao’s debut feature film from the mid-1960s firmly established him as a political filmmaker with a predilection for surrealist storytelling.
FrancofoniaAlexander Sokurov 19:00 - 20:27 at LantarenVenster 1 • 87′
Exciting blend of feature film, historic reconstruction and detective essay about the Louvre in World War II. While a plot is hatched to take the museum's art treasures to safety, Sokurov philosophises and swerves between the crashing waves of power, history and museology. Introduced by a video essay by Jan Pieter Ekker and Dana Linssen.
The Island FuneralPimpaka Towira 19:30 - 21:15 at Pathé 6 • 105′
A couple of young people drive out of town for a long journey. It could well be a Thai Jules and Jim. On the way, it however becomes clear that the world outside the car is not so light-hearted, that one Thai is after another Thai’s blood. A late second film by a now-wiser filmmaker.
Actor MartinezMike Ott, Nathan Silver 19:45 - 21:04 at Pathé 2 • 75′
Lack of work makes a not very successful yet ambitious would-be actor decide to take on two directors for a film about and with himself. When they try to make his far-from-exciting life more appetising and show his feelings, painful and hilarious clashes are inevitable.
The DaughterSimon Stone 20:00 - 21:36 at Doelen Willem Burger Zaal • 96′
Does the truth have to come out no matter what the cost, even if a whole life has been built around the lie? Ibsen's play The Wild Duck was the model for this sizzling family drama that embroiders forth on this abstract philosophical question in a surprisingly intimate way.
Vampir - CuadecucPere Portabella 20:15 - 21:22 at LantarenVenster 6 • 67′
Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of trash-meister Jess Franco’s enjoyably mediocre El conde Dracula (1970) gives a decidedly different ironic twist by way of an artificial soundscape created by a giant of Catalan modern music. A genuine solitaire of film art.
The Idol20:30 - 22:10 at Oude Luxor • 100′
This heart-warming feature by Abu-Assad (Oscar-nominated for Paradise Now and Omar) tells the true story of Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf, whose winning of Arab Idol in 2013 gave his homeland a rare taste of victory. With a heroic role for his feisty sister, who guides him through his childhood years. With Critics' Talk in Lantaren Venster Foyer on Fri 29 Jan.
Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 120:45 - 22:04 at LantarenVenster 3
History's FutureFiona Tan 20:45 - 22:20 at Pathé 4 • 95′
A man with no memory casts off his helplessness and takes off on an odyssey through a tumultuous Europe. Fiction, symbolism and raw reality meet in an associative epic. The feature debut of Dutch visual artist Fiona Tan invites us to muse on our identity and place in the world. With Tiger Talk in Schouwburg Foyer on Thu 28 Jan, 22:00.
MACelia Rowlson-Hall 21:00 - 22:22 at Het Nieuwe Instituut • 82′
In red cowboy boots and a T-shirt-like gown, a young woman wanders a desolate, American desert landscape. Instead of dialogue, the artistic choreography of surrealist, stylish images tells the story of the mysterious ‘Maria’ who seeks a special place. But why?
Fountains of Youth21:15 - 22:39 at LantarenVenster 2
Desire is where everything starts. An artist who doesn’t seek, yet finds, bones of evanescence versus eternal youth, hair extensions, solar peptides, fabulous new shapes, colours and sounds: everlasting youth!
Gonin SagaIshii Takashi 22:30 - 00:40 at Doelen Willem Burger Zaal • 130′
If the original Gonin was the Titanic of Yakuza movies, Ishii Takashi’s twenty-years-later sequel brings the tangle of reckless attacks, jealousies and resentments bang up to date. A stylish, all-star, ultra-hard-boiled vision of 'Yakuza DNA'.
Free in DeedJake Mahaffy 22:30 - 00:08 at Pathé 6 • 98′
In the often ethnically coloured American storefront churches, the faithful piously pray for miracles. So does a single mother, who hopes a minister will cure her child of his demons. But how do you keep faith in a world where even among loved ones you can become the victim of best intentions?
Original CopyFlorian Heinzen-Ziob, Georg Heinzen 22:45 - 00:20 at LantarenVenster 1 • 95′
Every morning the projectionist at Alfred Talkies blesses the cinema and its staff. The old building in Mumbai Central has been showing Hindi films for 80 years, films as colourful as the billboards that S. Rehman makes every week. Melancholy portrait of a disappearing cinema culture.
Lowlife LoveUchida Eiji 22:45 - 00:35 at Pathé 2 • 110′
In this black comedy, Eiji Uchida (Greatful Dead) points his camera at the nether regions of the film industry: the motley collection of no-budget filmmakers and actors who try to find their way to success with a mixture of idealism and opportunism. Artistic and personal integrity do not always go together.
The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not BrothersBen Rivers 22:45 - 00:21 at LantarenVenster 3 • 96′
In a film as mysterious as its title suggests, Ben Rivers portrays making a film as an exhausting and endless odyssey. Even though Rivers' colleague, experimental filmmaker Oliver Laxe, has an even more intensive experience when he steps off the set of his own ambitious opus in the mountains of Morocco.
EsquizoRicardo Bofill 22:45 - 00:05 at LantarenVenster 6 • 80′
"A fiction reportage about the architecture of a brain", as the subtitle has it. An essay of sorts based on scientific as well as sociological research. Also, a choice piece of psychodrama. All set in an environment halfway between a theatre stage and an asylum ward. Wow!
Aaaaaaaah!Steve Oram 23:15 - 00:35 at Pathé 3 • 80′
How might the world look if people lived like apes? Then the mating call makes an entrance and people urinate in all corners of the house to leave their scent behind. In this dry and humorous film, it’s scarily apparent that as humans we don’t really differ that much from apes.
The Here AfterMagnus von Horn 23:30 - 01:11 at Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal • 101′
A young man returns to his father’s home after spending some time in jail. The community has certainly not forgiven him his crimes, however. This excellent debut was shot in a wonderfully cool and collected way on classic 35mm and has a surprising leading role for the Swedish pop star Ulrik Munther.
DemolitionJean-Marc Vallée 23:30 - 01:10 at Oude Luxor • 100′
Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts sparkle under actor’s director Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club; Wild). Gyllenhaal as the recent widower whose life falls apart - whereby his own demolition frenzy lends a helping hand; Watts as the kind customer service rep he comes into contact with when a candy dispenser breaks down. A simultaneously hard and soft dramedy.