32nd International Film Festival Rotterdam(January 2003)
here now for all ages,
More Fun Fare on the horizon for Dutch kids,
And Dutch Specialists Choose Top Ten Films from Last Generation.
- The 32nd edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFRR) will
be running from January 22nd through February 2nd in (where else?) Rotterdam.
Too much to tell in short, you can get a better scope of the films and events
on offer at this cutting-edge festival at:
- "The Night of Bad Taste" will premiere this year on the 31st of January at
the Old Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam during the Rotterdam Film Festival.
Touring several cities throughout Holland with such veritable delights (for
those with a penchant for abominable taste) are "Caligula, the Untold Story"
and "Excesses in the Torture Dungeon" as well as such old favorites (for
those who remember them) as "Gorgo", and "Blackula". (Say, Jan, did you ever
consider digging up a copy of Andy Milligan's "Dragula"?) Further info
available regarding the 2003 edition at:
- Ladies and gentlemen, the Netherlands Filmmuseum is pleased to announce
the first edition of the Netherlands Filmmuseum Biennial, which will take
place from April 23rd through the 27th. The central theme for this initial
year will be the silent film with its musical accompaniment, all this offered
under the title of "See the Sound, Hear the Image". Taking place in several
locations, this eventful event will be screening such rare items as
"Zeemansvrouwen" (the first Dutch sound film) which will now be accompanied
by the music of contemporary composer Henny Vrienten. Further information
will follow in the TGH BUZZ for April, or you can check it out directly at
www.filmmuseum.nl as well as, after
- "Pietje Bell", the Dutch children's film based upon the book by Chris
van Abkoude and directed by Maria Peters ("Kruimeltje") previewed last
November and scored a Platinum award mid-December for selling more than
200,000 tickets. Considering that the film has only been screened at
matinees and early evening performances, little Pete seems to be holding his
own against the number one boy in Holland at the moment, Harry Potter.
Previous winners of this Dutch attendance award have been "Nynke", "Costa!",
"The Discovery of Heaven", "Minoes", "Full Moon", and "Ja Zuster, Nee Zuster".
- Films about and for kids seem to have become one of the sure bets in the
minds of many Dutch film producers. It should be no wonder, therefore, that
"Kees de Jongen", Dutch author Theo Thijssen's classic novel about childhood,
is soon to be realized as a movie. Producer Matthijs van Heijningen has
placed the responsibility for this family film in the hands of director André
van Duren ("Mariken", "Richting Engeland", Verhaal van Kees"). The
Dutch/German/English co-production is budgeted at just above 3.5 million
Euros and scheduled for release during Christmas of 2003. For those
unfamiliar with Theo Thijssen's (1879-1943) work as writer, teacher, and
member of the Amsterdam City Council, there is a quaint and informative
museum dedicated to the man that can be visited in the "Jordaan" area of the
- Dutch film magazine "Skrien" has announced that, according to several
critics, directors and other professionals approached for opinions, Francis
Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" has been voted the Best Film made during the
past 25 years. Of course, this is a powerful product for any film to
contend with, but it would seem that many masterpieces were unfortunately
allowed to fall by the wayside of the top ten finalists. TGH would like to
take one moment to mourn the absence of such astonishing classics as
"Days of Heaven",
"The Thin Red Line".
The top 10 cinematic choices that managed to find windmill appeal were:
Oh, well, it's all only a question of taste, after all.
- "Apocalypse Now" (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
- "In the Mood for Love" (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
- "Blue Velvet" (David Lynch, 1986)
- "Magnolia" (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2000)
- "Decalogue"-series (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1988)
- "Goodfellas" (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
- "Der Himmel uber Berlin" (Wim Wenders, 1987)
- "Stalker" (Andrej Tarkovski, 1979)
- "Pulp Fiction" (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
- "Die Ehe der Maria Braun" (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978).
- The European premiere of the IMAX film "Coral Reef" takes place on
February 20th at the Omniversum in The Hague. Magnificent, and colorful
shots of underwater nature in Fiji, Tahiti, Rangiroa and, naturally, the
Great Barrier Reef in Australia will surround the viewer as far as the eye
can see. The importance of these territories to both to man and beast
cannot be emphasized enough because the Coral Reef plays an important and
integral role in all our lives with regard to the creation of food, the
state of the economy, and the insurance of safety. The Omniversum cinema
has made arrangements to support the World Nature Fund by assisting to bring
the situation surrounding the Coral Reef to the attention of the public
during the screening period of this film. If sufficient action is not taken
soon to insure the survival of the reef, thirty percent of which is already
irreparably damaged, the cost to mankind could ultimately become catastrophic.
There will also be a photo exhibition about the Coral Reef on display in the
cinema. Further information available at
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