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CoureurKenneth Mercken 09:30 - 11:00 at Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal • 90′
This equally intoxicating and critical take on professional cycling makes the competitive, destructive lives of the pro cyclists almost physically tangible.
Critical, semi-autobiographical feature film about professional cycling’s dark underbelly. Flemish up-and-coming talent tries to reach the pinnacle of his sport. It seems impossible without EPO and growth hormones. The focus on doping creates a intoxicating film with cycling as the ultimate drug.
Nuestro tiempoCarlos Reygadas 09:45 - 12:38 at Pathé 5 • 173′
Virtuoso filming and confrontational scenes from an open marriage. With director Carlos Reygadas and his wife in the leading roles.
Visually overwhelming scenes from an open marriage, with director Carlos Reygadas and his wife playing the lead. Poet-rancher Juan wrestles with jealousy and his status as an alpha male who always has everything under control when his wife Esther starts having an affair with horse trainer Phil.
Sons of DenmarkUlaa Salim 10:00 - 12:00 at Doelen Willem Burger Zaal • 120′
Claustrophobic political thriller in which two young men cornered by xenophobia become embroiled in a devilish dilemma.
Cornered by xenophobia, two young men become embroiled in a devilish dilemma. In response to intimidation, Zakaria decides it's time to act, violently if need be. In Copenhagen, a member of the intelligence community tries to professionally combat the threat.
No coração do mundoGabriel Martins, Maurílio Martins 12:30 - 14:30 at Doelen Willem Burger Zaal • 120′
Surprising Brazilian mosaic film follows the inhabitants of a poor neighbourhood while they try to make ends meet.
Fascinating characters inhabit the poor district of Contagem where Gabriel Martins and Maurelio Martins also grew up. No coração do mundo is their declaration of love for this district and its inhabitants: a surprisingly filmed mosaic story about people who continue to work for a better life – against their better judgement.
Camino, een feature-length selfieMartin de Vries 15:00 - 16:25 at Doelen Willem Burger Zaal • 85′
Martin de Vries walks the pilgrims’ way to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain, wondering all the while why.
Aching feet and moments of despair – but also minor miracles and growing strength. Doggedly stepping along the pilgrims’ way to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain, Martin de Vries films himself with his iPhone, in the hope of putting his life back on a firm footing. A self-portrait in two million steps.
Romantic ComedyElizabeth Sankey 17:00 - 18:19 at Doelen Willem Burger Zaal • 79′
Romantic comedies are a beloved yet conservative genre. What do thousands of excerpts say about a genre that simultaneously attracts and repels?
The romantic comedy colours how we think about love and relationships. But why is this genre so conservative? Sankey uses many film clips to analyse the unrealistic picture the genre sketches of male-female relationships with white, heterosexual, middle-class characters. Yet the romcom continues to move us: Why is this so?