A Wink for Winkler and Out of The Hague for Hagen(April 2001)
- American born Jeanne Winkler, who has been a resident of the Netherlands for
26 years and been instrumental in creating the exciting training school for
filmers known as the Binger Institute, has been appointed by the Dutch Ministry
of Culture as cultural attaché in New York. Her years of experience in
the field of cinema as writer, director, presenter, producer, and editor have
armed her well for her enterprises during the past few years and will
undoubtedly prove of positive value in the future promoting Dutch cinema
abroad. Her post at Binger will be assumed by a new director as of April 1st.
Amsterdam's loss is The Big Apple's gain.
- It seems to be a year for changes. Rien Hagen has been named as the new
director of the Netherlands Film Museum in Amsterdam beginning on April 1st.
Born in Paramaribo, Suriname and fulfilling the position of director at the
Cinematheek Hague Filmhuis since 1993, Mr. Hagen hopes to expand the profile of
the museum and reach a wider public. His professional involvement with arts
and culture, especially with the aspect of film, dates from 1964.
The Netherlands Film Museum collects, restores film treasures from the past to
make them accessible to the public. They screen new films as well as classics,
purchase some distribution rights for specific films, and maintains global
contact with other associations and professionals who work or are involved in
the field of film in the broadest sense.
The April 1st date also coincides with the opening of a new art-movie-house
on the Leidseplein (under the auspices of the Filmmuseum). 150 seats centrally
located near the main square of the city in the same building with the Bellevue
- April 1st is the final day for the 4th Annual Amnesty International Film
Festival in the Balie Theatre and Pathé City Cinema on the Leidseplein in
Amsterdam from Wednesday March 28th till Sunday April 1st. Last chance to
catch up on the latest in documentaries and exchange your thoughts with others
about films and human rights. More information available at:
- The Week of the Spiritual Film will take place from April 4th till 8th at
the Theater De Lantaren/Venster in Rotterdam. It has been organized to take
place within the framework of "Rotterdam Cultural Capitol 2001" by
the Lantaren cinema and the KFA. Screenings (of approximately 40 films),
talkshows, and film discussions will offer visitors the opportunity to discover
spiritual layers in special, realistic and magical films as well as sharing
their thoughts with each other. More information:
- Has everyone noticed that a Dutchman ran off with the Oscar® for Best
Animated Short Film? Michael Dudok de Wit is the latest to be added to the
list of acknowledged Dutch animators. His award winning CinéTé BV
/ Cloudrunner Ltd. film production of "Father and Daughter" will be
broadcast on the VPRO later this month.
- The director's cut of "The Exorcist" (with an added 11 minutes)
makes its initial appearance in the Dutch cinemas this month. (For those who
recall the original screening in Holland some decades ago, it took
approximately a year after the American release before it finally appeared in
Amsterdam on the screen of the Tuschinski >>> a long wait for film
freaks who liked their bit of occult asides!) The film holds up beautifully
(of course) and it undoubtedly won't be long before some people are doing the
"spider walk" around town.
- The Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival will be taking place in the
Commodore theatre between May 1st and 6th. This event, which is in its fourth
year, presents esoteric Pen-ek Ratanaruang's 6ixtynin9 prizes in four
categories. Winner of the Grand Chameleon Award for 2000 was Adolfo Davila's
- "Hannibal" has already become one of the 5 most successful films
this year in Holland with a box office attendance of 750,000 in a little over a
month. Rumor has it that not all of the viewers have been seen leaving the
cinema. Could it be some people are switching from popcorn?
- Shooting has begun on March 22nd for Spielberg's new futuristic thriller
"Minority Report." The newly discovered Dutch actor Yorick van
Wageningen (previously seen in "Total Loss" and the not yet released
"Soul Assassin" will be appearing with star Tom Cruise. Whispers in
certain Dutch circles are already saying that he is destined (alongside the
likes of Rutger Hauer) to become the third most internationally well-known
actor from the Lowlands. Set in a world with a new judicial system, killers
are arrested and convicted before they have a chance to commit murder. Saves
time, I suppose.
- Australian director Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge" will open
the 54th annual Cannes Intl. Film Festival in competition. Set in the
legendary Paris cabaret at the turn of the 20th century, the film does not
refrain from using modern music. Ewen McGregor appears as a writer living in
the decadent world of the nightclub where he falls in love with its most
notorious star (Nicole Kidman). John Leguizamo (as Toulouse-Lautrec) and Jim
Broadbent are also among the cast. Luhrman is sure to come up with the goods
again, so one can hardly wait. Ooh, la, la!
- The retrospective of Fons Rademakers' films at the Netherlands Filmmuseum
in Amsterdam runs until April 11th. One of the founding fathers of the Dutch
cinema, several of his films have been conserved by the museum in collaboration
with Haghefilm in order to reproduce the original technical quality. Coming up
in April will be "De Aanslag" and "The Rose Garden" among
others. Program schedule is available at
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