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Amsterdam Film Show | March 2018

Countryfile with bare bottoms in God’s Own Country, the exploitation problem in Red Sparrow … our Amsterdam Film Show tips for March are here … 

  • David Swatling reviews Red Sparrow 
  • Cathy Leung reviews God’s Own Country
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the rest of the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month
  • special screenings and film festivals
  • links via Pinterest

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SHOW NOTES

FESTIVALS & SPECIAL SCREENINGS

“Film festivals and our picks of the special screenings this month”

Cinemasia | on until 11 March | @ Kriterion & Rialto

Notable this year for adding a ‘Best Performer’ prize, awarded by the festival jury with the aim to raise European awareness of the pool of acting talent in Asia. A dominant theme of the programming is ‘Youth’, but this seeks to “debunk the stereotype of the wimpy, nerdy Asian student”. There is also a focus on Indonesian filmmakers for this 2018 edition of the festival and a short comedy about the absurdity of the Dutch inburgering test – reversing it to test Dutch understanding of Chinese culture.

Rozefilmdagen | until 18 March | with Gods Own County voorpremiere on Sun 11 and Mon 12 March 19:30, otherwise you have to wait until 29 March (unless you stream at home from UK itunes or similar.) (More about God’s Own Country later.)

Farewell Daniel Day Lewis series @ Lab 111

throughout March, including My Beautiful Launderette, There Will Be Blood, In the Name of the Father and Last of the Mohicans.

NEW CINEMA RELEASES

“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.” BTW, films we’re not mentioning: Peter Rabbit animation, Tomb Raider, LBJ, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Mary Magdalene, Hostiles (a western with Christian Bale, Ready Player One (a Spielberg sci-fi) and many more.

FROM 1 MAR

Red Sparrow | THRILLER | Dir: Francis Lawrence | Writers: Justin Haythe (screenplay by), Jason Matthews (based upon the book by) | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts |

“Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School,’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.” IMDB

@davidswatling says “I can’t think of any woman that I know who would enjoy this movie” (for more of his review see video) 7/10

De Wilde Stad | NATURE | LNP | Director: Mark Verkerk | “The city from the unique perspective of the many wild animals and plants that inhabit it. Seen through the eyes of the adventurous urban cat, Abatutu.” IMBD

@CathyCentral says: From the makers of De Nieuwe Wilderness which was utterly fascinating and nature footage to rival the BBC’s Blue Planet series. This looks just as good, and you might even spot your house in it, Amsterdammers.

Phantom Thread | DRAMA | Dir-Scr: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville

“1950’s London. Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman who becomes his muse & lover.” IMDB

@CathyCentral says: “Though he doesn’t make a lot of movies, I still suffer from DDL fatigue, because recently he only seems to choose these pompous, barn-storming roles. Butcher Bill, the oilman in There Will be Blood, even Lincoln. I prefer the type of acting we saw with In the Name of the Father and My Beautiful Launderette. Perhaps he saved something special for his last last role?

FROM 22  MAR

Mountain  | DOC | Director: Jennifer Peedom | Writers: Robert Macfarlane, Jennifer Peedom | Narrator: Willem Dafoe

“An experience about the highest peaks around the world.” IMDB

@CathyCentral says “the cinematography looks amazing, I think this is one to submerge yourself in on the big screen. Especially if IRL you ain’t never going up no mountain.”

FROM 29 MAR

God’s Own Country | DRAMA | LGBTQ | Dir-Scr: Francis Lee (his first feature) | With: Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones

Johnny, a moody young Yorkshire farmer struggles to keep the family farm going. A migrant worker brings extra help for lambing season but also a lot of passion and some old-fashioned TLC. But is there really a future for them? CL

@CathyCentral says “Although there’s a lot of bare bums, forget gay porn, this is Yorkshire porn more like.  There’s strong acting from two fairly unknown male leads who are quite at home birthing spring lambs. However, there’s hardly any humour, and the tone is unrelentingly intense throughout. (For more of this review see video) 6/10

 

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Amsterdam Film Show | February 2018

Can a monster romance charm someone who doesn’t like monster films or romance films? Are child actors ever bearable? We’ll see, as our Amsterdam Film Show tips for February are here … 

  • David Swatling reviews The Florida Project  and The Shape of Water 
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the rest of the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month; The Post, Black Panther, and I, Tonya.
  • special screenings and film festivals
  • YouTube, TV, radio & audio versions + text script below
  • links via Pinterest

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LISTEN

MORE INFO 

SHOW NOTES

NEW CINEMA RELEASES 

“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.”

FROM 1 FEB

The Post | Director: Steven Spielberg | Writers: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson

The Washington Post has the country’s first female newpaper publisher and she’s facing a show-down with the government over a huge cover up. How will she handle it?

@Cathycentral: “I’m so bored of the same names, same dirctors, same US focussed historical gaze. I’ll give this one a miss.” 

FROM 8 FEB

The Florida Project | Director: Sean Baker | Writers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch | with: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe

 

Moonee (6) lives in poverty in a Florida motel with her mother, Hallie. But that doesn’t mean the summer holdiays have to be dull. Together with her band of motel friends, they fill their days with mischief, begging, vandalism and more, while causing the motel manager no end of headaches. But when Hallie can’t make the rent money anymore, can the fun last?

@cathycentral gives it 7/10 

@davidswatling says 8/10

Screening @ Cinecenter  /  Filmhallen /  The Movies / Pathé Arena  /  Pathé Tuschinski   /  Kriterion  / at least 

FROM 14 FEB

Black Panther | Dir-Scr: Ryan Coogler (Creed – a Rocky film) | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o & many more

The new king of Wakanda, T’Challa, already faces a challenge for the throne of this advanced but remote African nation. Black Panther steps up and leads the efforts to stop a brewing world war.  

@cathycentral says: “This is your top movie choice if you are looking for spectacle and action this month, and obvs better to see on a big screen so now’s your chance. Feted for the costumes especially, but the storytelling has also had great reviews – and story often lets the Marvel franchaise down …

FROM 15 FEB

The Shape of Water | Dir-Scr: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

 

A strange sea creature kept in a secret lab in the 1960s may have found true love with a lonely cleaner. But can their love survive?  

“I highly recommend it”  @davidswatling

Screening @ Uitkijk  / Pathé Arena & Tuschinski  /  Filmhallen  / Studio K

FROM 22 FEB

I, Tonya  | Dir: Craig Gillespie | Writer: Steven Rogers | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

Tonya Harding, the working class US figure skater is technically brilliant but her reputation becomes tainted when her ex-husband tries to take out her main competion.

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

“Film festivals and our picks of the special screenings this month”

 

Sun 11 Feb from 19:00 | Drinks with the host before the film

The Insult | c/o CINE EXPAT series @ CINECENTER | Dir. ZIAD DOUEIRI, ARABISCH spoken + EN subs

A fight during the construction of an apartment building in Beirut between the builder, a Palestinian refugee, and Toni, a Libanese christian, becomes a conflict of national significance. Courtroom drama with great reviews.

  • also another Cine Expat on Thurs 22 March probably.

 

26 Feb – 4 March

Taartrovers Film Festival @ EYE filmmuseum | “Taartrovers Film Festival, known previously as Fantastisch Kinderfilm Festival, is a festival for young children, packed with films and imagination.”

“taartrovers” = cake robbers  

“The festival aims to plant a seed with the young ones that will grow into a budding love for film and a first understanding of film literacy … They can share their observations, and create with one another in the ‘Playground of the Imagination’, a set of interactive installations on site. It’s a national, roving festival and the Amsterdam edition  includes international classics ‘The Neverending Story and Matilda (OVs and lots of cahrming looking shorts. Nick Park’s new aniamtion Early Man is screening but with Dutch dubbing. Opening dance on Monday morning and everyone encouraged to go in fancy dress. The website gives  a lot of info in English and provides age suitability for each item on the programme.

taartrovers.nl

 

What’s on? Amsterdam

“Here are some ideas, now over to you. Enjoy. x”
    • links via Pinterest
    • video reel
    • text listings
    • Heads Up & Gig List 2018

THIS MONTH …

 

What’s on? Amsterdam | Feb 2018

 

Wed 14 Feb | Valentine’s Screening @ LAB 111

The film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, compliments the Mannenliefde beer from the local Oedipus brewery for this brotherly love-in.

 

18 Feb  | Art Battle @ Pllek | The Art Battle® comes to Amsterdam. It’s a live, competitive painters’ evening when painters create the best they can within 20 minutes. Painters bring their own brushes and tools, but the paint and canvases are already there. The audience vote for their favourite and the paintings are auctioned off at the end of the night. A bar and DJ adds to the fun. Register in advance to enter the competition.

 

19 Feb | Belle & Sebastian @ Carré theater

The Scottish indiepop band just released a new EP in January, so expect to hear some tracks from How to Solve Our Human Problems, Part 2. So some dreamy stuff with ‘I’ll be your pilot’ or a bit of fun with ‘Cornflakes’ . This Amsterdam gig also includes, a local viola player, Anna Smith.  

 

23 Feb | Kendrick Lamar @ Ziggodome

The critically acclaimed rapper with a few platinum-selling albums to his name. The most recent, Damn, earned a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. Tickets are still available, last time we looked.  

 

24 & 25 February | The Maker Market @ The Maker Store in De Hallen

A weekend given over to sharing “young, innovative brands” that are locally designed and/or made. If you are a local “maker” and want to be part of the market, you can sign up at themakerstore.nl

 

28 Feb  | The Killers @ Ziggodome | The American rock band are back in town again for what is always a good show. We love the drummer and his dedicated wind machine the best.

 

WHAT’S ON THIS YEAR …

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Amsterdam Film Show | January 2018

Is Call Me By Your Name a gay love story or just a coming of age story? We discuss this plus circus freaks, middle America gets the In Bruges treatment, Churchill makes a big decision and Christopher Plummer finally getting All the Money in the World … our Amsterdam Film Show tips for January are here. 

SHOW NOTES

  • David Swatling reviews Call Me by Your Name (in NL cinemas from 11 Jan)
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month
  • special screenings and film festivals
  • YouTube & TV versions (or see text script below)
  • links via Pinterest

REVIEW   

Call Me By Your Name | DRAMA | Dir. Luca Guadagni | Scr: James Ivory (novel: André Aciman) | w. Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet | in Amsterdam cinemas from 11 Jan

“In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.”

See the AFS video above for a review from @davidswatling 

Screening @ Cinecenter / Filmhallen / FC Hyena in Noord / Rialto / Pathe City / Pathe Tuschinski / Studio K & The Movies  – so a lot of love for this film anticipated in Amsterdam.

NEW CINEMA RELEASES 

“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.”

FROM 4 JAN

The Greatest Showman | Dir: Michael Gracey | w. Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron

“Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary (Barnum) who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.”

FROM 11 JAN  

 awards favourite …

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | CRIME DRAMA | (Dir-Scr:  Martin McDonagh | with Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell) – so from same team of In Bruges.

“A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.”

 and a Kevin Spacey-less …

All the Money in the World | Dir: Ridley Scott | with Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams  

FROM 18 JAN

Darkest Hour | Dir: Joe Wright | with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas

“During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.”

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

“Film festivals and our picks of the special screenings this month”

Sun 14 Jan | CINE EXPAT series @ CINECENTER

Thelma + EN subs | DRAMA FANTASY | NORWEGIAN | Director:-Scr Joachim Trier |+ Drinks with the host before the film

“A confused religious girl tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who’s in love with her. This causes her suppressed subconsciously-controlled psychokinetic powers to reemerge as seizures with devastating results.”

Very good reviews! “Though it may seem at first like an unoriginal combination of Carrie and Blue Is the Warmest Color, Thelma is a haunting and sometimes pretty tense film centered on a young teenage girl from a strongly religious family struggling with her sexual impulses and desires.” Carlos Magalhães

wed 17 Jan pm | Raising Arizona ( NC & Holly Hunter) @ Studio K | part of their Nicolas Cage month

From 20 Jan | EYE Jean-Luc Godard series | in French with NL subs mostly but two of the series are with EN subs | One of which is: Masculin féminin … Godard dives into Parisian youth culture in the turbulent 1960s. Outspoken, wild, playful, free of form and rules, a satire and tragedy in one.”

 Sun 28 Jan AL DAY | PAC Festival @ Pathe Tuschinski | The Post / I Tonya & three more Oscar-worthy films 

Amsterdam Film Show | December 2017

A poker queen fights the FBI, Jedi knights, a young deaf actor, not one but two  Franco brothers, a migrant bear and migrant queers. Our Amsterdam Film Show tips for December are here. 

SHOW NOTES

  • our review of Molly’s Game (from 26 Dec in NL) from Megan Buxton & Cathy Leung.
  • Added commentary from guest critic David Swatling
  • our highlights (low brow and high brow) from the new cinema releases hitting Amsterdam this month
  • special screenings and film festivals
  • YouTube & TV versions, or see text script below …
  • links via Pinterest

SCRIPT TEXT

REVIEW  

Molly’s Game | DRAMA | Dir. Aaron Sorkin | w. Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba | 26 Dec in NL

After running high stakes poke games for celebrities and the totally minted in LA and New York, Molly Bloom is facing prison unless she gives the Feds intel. Will she squeal? 

 

@cathycentral:  “A 6/10 for a good story but it seems to stay close to her book, her voice and not very objective.  I think the director held back too much – there’s so many powerful people, some of which are his friends, and I think he chickened out. I, Tonya is coming out soon and that looks much more entertaining.” 

Megan: “A quick-paced script and characters speak to one-another in quick succession. This technique is also used in The Big Short and Wolf of Wall Street, and I think is intended to mind-boggle the audience, keeping them slightly alienated from the details of triple A mortgages/ shares/ poker. This made the film appear well-researched and intelligent.  One of the few films with a (formerly) successful and ambitious woman who is still portrayed as likeable, friendly and clever. had no choice but to include it.”

 

NEW CINEMA RELEASES

“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.”

FROM 6 DEC

Paddington 2 (OV) | Director: Paul King | w. Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, + regulars | Screening @

“Paddington Bear has settled into London life with his new family but when it’s time to buy a family birthday present he gets caught up in a criminal underworld.” (OK that sounds dark. It’s not obvs.)

then, from 7 Dec …

Wonderstruck | FANTASY DRAMA | Director: Todd Haynes

Writers: Brian Selznick (based on the book by) | inc Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams | Screening @  

50 years seperate a Mid western boy and a girl from New York from days gone by. But something connects them …

“Just looks magical!”

FROM 13 DEC

Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Dir. Rian Johnson | Writers: Rian Johnson, George Lucas (based on characters created by) | w. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher | (Episode 8 in the series, the 2nd in the new trilogy.)

Having found Luke Skywalker, young apprentice Rey joins Leia, Finn and Poe in another epic battle, unlocking secrets of the Force.

@cathycentral: “I have a bad feeling about this” (that Luke will turn out to be a baddie). But it’s the one i’m most likely to go see at the cinema if I’m honest.

FROM 21 DEC

The Disaster Artist | Dir: James Franco| w. Dave Franco, James Franco 

“In 2003 Tommy Wiseau, an independent filmmaker and larger than life character wrote, directed and produced his vanity project and romantic drama, The Room, spending $6m in the process.  It’s now a cult classic. Here’s the story behind the best-worst film ever.”

  • Stars James Franco as Tommy Wiseau and his brother Dave Franco as Greg Sestero.”
  • So far highly rated by critics and audiences alike, hailing it as both funny and touching.” Eg “In a kooky yet vulnerable and heartfelt performance, Franco gets right at the heart of what makes Wiseau a true hero – his sheer willingness to try” Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service

FROM 26 DEC

Molly’s Game (discussed earlier, see review)

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

“Film festivals and our picks of the special screenings this month”

6-10 Dec

International Queer & Migrant Film Festival @ De Bale

 

Sun 10 DecOn Body and Soul + EN subs | Hungarian Golden Bear Winner | CINE EXPAT series @ CINECENTER | Drinks with the host before the film

A worker in a slaugherhousekeeps herself to herself but then she discovers her dreams and her bosses dreams are strangely similar. What can this mean?

 

 

 

18 DECEMBER | 22:00 | The Untouchables (1987) + whisky tasting @ Kriterion

21 Dec – 1 Jan| Christmas movies screening at a pop-up cinema at De Amsterdamse Winterparade @ RAI

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‘A Dreary Night in November’

We filmed a pop-up play; an original, local drama,  ‘A Dreary Night in November’, a ghost story set in Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. A first for us!

 

In 1816, Lord Byron and his friends had a ghost story competition, which is when Mary Shelley dreamed up her classic gothic novel, Frankenstein.

200 years later, one dreary November night in Amsterdam, some gallery visitors stumble across Lord Byron, Mary Shelley & friends, and get a ghost story of their own.

Performed by Mulholland Academy and Dept of Acting (mulhollandacademy.com).

dreary night november event

Logistics of a pop-up play: “We’d settled on the Library room at Foam as the perfect location, but shortly before our event the space was filled with an installation: a giant wooden structure filled with products from China. This left us with a dark corner under the stairs. The challenge I think paid off for the dramatic effects, but it did limit the size of the audience to max 15 people at a time; meaning that the actors had to perform the piece several times during the evening. It was a bit of a logistical nightmare for the whole event, limiting the number of guests. It would be nice in this case, with your film, to be able to share the little play with a wider audience. Karen Haggarty

Why? The pop-up performance of ‘A Dreary Night in November’ on 19 November 2016 was organised by Karen Haggarty and Claudio Tapia and raised €400 for the refugee charity, Stichting Vluchteling.

(‘A Dreary Night in November’ will also broadcast on Amsterdam’s Salto 1 TV channel on 16, 17, 23 & 24 November 2017 – see salto.nl.)

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