Film Archive

International Programme 2017
An Unforgettable Farewell Cláudio de Oliveira Marques

Dark thoughts lie over this film like fog over a city. You can’t look through them, you can’t touch them. Suicide and the life that led up to it, the grief that follows and the suicide note read aloud

An Unforgettable Farewell

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2017
23 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Denise van den Hoek, Bente Mars
Cláudio de Oliveira Marques
Maryna Boiko
Michel Rosendaal
Nikki Gorissen
Ruben Dekker, Karlijn Hendriksen
Dark thoughts lie over this film like fog over a city. You can’t look through them, you can’t touch them. Suicide and the life that led up to it, the grief that follows and the suicide note read aloud – in intimate conversations with concerned persons and surviving friends and family members, Cláudio de Oliveira Marques looks for ways to make such extremes communicable. Could they have known? Should they have known? And, most of all: would they have wanted to know?

Lukas Stern

Genderblend

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2017
68 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen
Sophie Dros
Reinier van Harten
Boas van Milligen Bielke
Erik ten Brinke
Job Michel, Gijs den Hartogh
Gender benders subvert dual gender images and refuse to be classified by the traditional categories of male and female. Each of the five protagonists in Sophie Dros’s light-footed documentary has already taken the first step out of this convention and all are about to discover their own identity outside the norm. Confronted by reactions varying between incomprehension, interest and open aversion they waver between defiance, doubt and enthusiasm about every step that follows. Finally, each of them manages to come a little closer to themselves. Even when the world around them – despite its curiosity – isn’t always ready to follow.

Sophie Dros asks Lisa, Anne, Dennis, Lashawn and Selm about their experiences and dreams and creates enough space to let their different stories unfold on the narrative and visual level. While the football-playing twins Lisa and Anne seem impressively at ease with themselves, Dennis, Selm and Lashawn have to deal with the fact that other peoples’ perception of them differs from how they perceive themselves. They share these desires and contradictions with us. “Genderblend” celebrates them and their fight for a society in which gender no longer means two juxtaposed ideals but an individual and unique construction that encompasses both.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award
International Programme 2017
Greetings from Aleppo Issa Touma, Floor van der Meulen, Thomas Vroege

The Syrian photographer Issa Touma travels from Europe to his native city of Aleppo, visiting his family, old friends and students who still live there.

Greetings from Aleppo

Documentary Film
Netherlands,
Syria
2017
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jos de Putter, Bas Vroege
Issa Touma, Floor van der Meulen, Thomas Vroege
Darius Timmer
Issa Touma
Floor van der Meulen, Thomas Vroege
Tom Jansen
The Syrian photographer Issa Touma travels from Europe to his native city of Aleppo, visiting his family, old friends and students who still live there. It’s a film about the daily life and art of survival in the face of war and destruction, about the tragedy and absurdity of life in an extreme situation. Above all, it brings home with horrifying clarity how little the news images correspond to the real life and goings-on in Aleppo.

Frederik Lang
International Programme 2017
Melanie Susanne Helmer

The picture of a model wearing a drying hood triggers a search for traces: who was the unknown woman? Research and speculation lead to questions about the representation of reality and fiction.

Melanie

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2016
73 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Susanne Helmer (Shelmerfilm Amsterdam)
Susanne Helmer
Rik Zaal
Susanne Helmer
Susanne Helmer
Susanne Helmer
Susanne Helmer, Wiebe de Boer
“Once upon a time there was this woman whose picture was taken while she was wearing a drying hood.” At a flea market in the Sauerland the German-Dutch filmmaker Susanne Helmer stumbles on the box of a 1970s drying hood. The model pictured there looks young and shy – “not as if it were her aim in life, being a model.” Starting from this accidental encounter she sets out on a quest for the real or possible biography of the unknown woman.

“Melanie” mixes documentary research and a parallel plot of speculations and projections. Family pictures, re-enactments and sound fragments from feature films write a trivial photo and movie novel – with smugness and camp running into each other. Scenes from a marriage or the story of a privileged life as a dropout? In addition to asking about the representation of reality and fiction, the film takes a firmly aesthetic look at the society of the German Federal Republic in the 1970s and 80s: at advertising, living and consumer culture and the gender relations reflected by them.

Esther Buss