Pieter Verhoeff - Special Guest of Film Festival 2002
- The Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) will premiere the film Pieter Fleury's
"Ramses" (a documentary focussing on recent years in the life of 60's Dutch
pop star Ramses Shaffy) on the evening of September 25th. The festival this
year run from September 25th to October 4th. Special "Guest of the Year" for
2002 is director Pieter Verhoeff, who has enjoyed his greatest recent success
with "Nynke", a film released last year which was selected for submission as
the Dutch entry for best foreign language film at the Oscars. His newest
film "Vrij Naar de Natuur" will also be premiering at the festival. Verhoeff,
a familiar face at this annual event, will be leading various workshops and
discussions as well as being on hand as a regular participant in talk shows.
Check out the full schedule at
- Dutch films galore, which have been recently released or are soon to be
released in the cinemas, will (obviously) be screened at this year's NFF.
Included among the crop, both good and bad, are Ate de Jong's "Fogbound",
Rudolf van den Berg's (English language) "Snapshots", Pollo de Pimentel's
"Oesters Van Nam Kee", George Sluizer's "The Stone Raft", Pieter Kramer's
"Ja Zuster, Nee Zuster" (based on the stories by Annie M.G. Schmidt),
Stephan Brenninkmeijer's "Swingers", Johan Nijenhuis' "Volle Maan", Bobby
Eerhart's "Loenatik - De Movie", and Paula van der Oest's "Moonlight".
- Pieter Fleury's "Ramses" was slotted for release this fall by RCV, but
difficulties have arisen between the original distribution company and NPS,
the television station that has the rights to broadcast the film. According
to RCV director Dirk de Lille, an agreement was made between NPS and Selfmade
Films that the film wouldn't be broadcast until one year after the cinema
release had taken place. The NPS, however, had a change of mind and wanted
to schedule the broadcast six months following release. RCV felt this was
too short a time to earn back the money invested in making filmcopies and
promotional advertising, whereas a period of a full year would allow them
time to generate some income from rental as well as DVD/Video release and
cable. "Ramses" will now, as a result of this dispute, be released in
Holland by A-film distribution. It is unfortunate that television networks
and film distributors in Holland find it so difficult to settle agreements
that suit both parties, this especially since it is problematic enough
already for filmmakers to find sufficient funding for really good Dutch films.
- On seven earlier occasions V2_ and Paradiso have organized the program
"dot.nu, live cinema in motion". Now, within the context of the "September in
Rotterdam, the World of the Witte de With" event, an extra edition of "dot.nu"
is scheduled, in which a closer look will be taken at how two projects from
earlier dot.nu's have developed since their initial joint performance.
"dot.nu" is one of the driving forces behind the phenomenon of "live cinema",
which focuses on various forms of live projections in combination with live
music. The rise of VJ culture has led to a renewed interest in alternative
ways of presenting projected images, and now developments in both hardware
and software have made 'live cinema' fact rather than fiction. Having
provided an active platform for live cinema for almost two years now,
"dot.nu" also supports research into other forms of projection and experience.
Further information available at:
dot.nu, extra edition
Concert/performance (in collaboration with Paradiso and 'September in
Context: festival the World of the Witte de With
Date: Friday 13 September 2002
Doors open: 8 PM, start 8.30 PM
Admission: € 2,50
Location: V2_, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam
- The Netherlands Filmmuseum has, in collaboration with Pathé,
organized a series of films to be screened between September 15th, 2002 and
June 7th, 2003 at the newly renovated Tuschinski Theatre in Amsterdam under
the title of "Nostalgia in Pathé Tuschinski". A different old
favorite is scheduled for each Sunday morning. Included are:
Tickets are € 6,50 separately or € 36,00 for a passe-partout.
- 15 September, 10.30: "Rooie Sien" (NL 1975, dir: Frans Weisz, starring
Willeke Alberti, Jules Hamel),
- 20 October, 10.30: "The Wizard of Oz" (USA 1939, dir: Victor Fleming,
starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan),
- 17 November, 10.30: "De Kribbebijter" (NL 1935, dir: Herman Kosterlitz,
starring Cor Ruys, Mart Dresselhuis, Frits van Dongen),
- 18 January 2003, 10.30: "Moutarde am Sonansee" (NL 1959, dir: Toon Hermans,
starring Toon Hermans, Phyllis Lane),
- 16 February 2003, 10.30: "Blonde Venus" (USA 1932, dir: Josef von Sternberg,
starring Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Cary Grant),
- 16 March 2003, 10.30: "Jenny" (NL 1958, dir: Willy van Hemert, starring
Ellen van Hemert, Maxim Hamel),
- 4 May, 10:30: "De Overval" (NL 1962, dir: Paul Rotha, met Rob de Vries,
- 7 June 2003, 10.30: various Laurel & Hardy-films, including "Blockheads"
(USA 1938, dir: John Blystone).
- IBC, the International Broadcasting Convention, will be holding it's 2002
edition in Amsterdam's RAI Convention Center between September 12th and
September 16th. A thousand exhibitors put their latest expertise in the
field of electronic media on display for 45,000 high quality visitors from
Europe and 120 countries worldwide. Among other events planned that may be
of interest for our readers (viewers and TGH accessors) is the "D-Cinema Day"
which will be taking place on the 16th and will be discussing matters of
concern regarding the present and future of technology and finance for both
large scale cinema and independents. Further information available at
- The Toronto Film Festival (TFF), which runs from September 5th through
14th, opens this year with Atom Egoyan's "Ararat". Other interesting items
scheduled are Neil Jordan's "The Good Thief", and Peter Kosminsky's "White
Oleander". Further information and news concerning the festival available:
- The fourth edition of the Bordeaux International Festival of Women in
Cinema will be held from September 23rd to 29th, 2002. This festival
emphasizes female cinematographers' work, most especially the work of
scriptwriters, producers and directors. Further information available at
- "Die Another Day", the 20th film from the James Bond franchise, marks the
series' 40th anniversary and has been chosen for this year's prestigious Royal
Film Performance to aid The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Duke
of Edinburgh will attend the prestigious event, set to take place at London's
Royal Albert Hall on November 18, 2002. It's the first time the historic
venue has been chosen to host The Royal Film Performance, which is the chief
fundraiser for The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund. Set for release in
the UK on November 20 and in the US on November 22, 2002, the film should be
reaching Holland shortly thereafter.
The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund was formed in 1924 to look after
industry professionals who may have fallen on hard times. The Royal Film
Performance is an annual event to benefit the Fund. The CTBF is the British
Trade Charity for anyone who has worked in any capacity behind the cameras in
the film, cinema, cable, satellite or independent television industries
whether their profession is administration, production, distribution, or
"We are tremendously honoured that Her Majesty the Queen will be attending
the World Premiere of Die Another Day and that our film has been selected as
this year's Royal Film Performance," said producers Wilson and Broccoli.
"James Bond is the epitome of all things British. We have enjoyed making
the films in England and having the opportunity to work with such brilliant
technicians and artists. We are incredibly proud that this event will be held
at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of such a worthy benefit for the British film
The only question for the future is how long it will take for Hollywood
royalty get it together to give an award to "Austin Powers"?
- Channel Four has decided to shut down its film production and distribution
company, FilmFour, and this is sad news for dedicated filmmakers and all those
with discerning eyes toward cinema. Filmfour has supported such notable films
in the past as "The Crying Game", "Nothing Personal", The Disappearance of
Finbarr", "Dancing at Lughnasa" and "East is East."
- Want a gander at the first footage from X-Men 2, which premiered at the
San Diego Comicon! (Be aware that X-Men 3 has also wrapped, so lots of treats
are in store for the future.) Check
- Shooting has begun in Los Angeles on Ridley Scott's latest film
"Matchstick Men" starring Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman and (yeah! yeah!) Sam
- Tim Burton has been approached about directing the Broadway stage version
of "Batman" and reports lead us to believe he has accepted the offer. That
should lead to some sultry dark evenings hanging around Gotham. But will it
really erase crime from the streets of the Square? Father Duffy better keep
an eye open for the bat shit.
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