Verhoeven en Shue hit Amsterdam, New Dutch Film Annual hits shelves, art hits the streets, Dutch film hits Internet, Gay Parade hits water, and Sail 2000 hits the shore.

August 2000

  • Yes, folks, the new Dutch Film Annual is out. This yearly publication has become required reading as well as being an extremely helpful reference tool for professionals in the (tulip) field. Those who are seeking pertinent information about various activities in Holland's film world or want to get a glimpse of which films managed to obtain distribution in the LowLands during the previous year will find all this, as well as synopses of the films released. The 1999-2000 edition includes several extra sections with useful supplementary information. All of this is discussed more thoroughly in a review to be found among the other GH reviews. Just access the page via the usual review column or go directly from here to Dutch Film Annual 1999 Review. One word of warning to those who do not read Dutch >> there is no English translation available for the texts found within the book.
  • The annual Gay Canal Parade is celebrating its fifth year in Amsterdam from August 4th till August 7th. Included among the (extended) events (due to the fifth anniversary) are free open air screenings on the Nieuwmarkt (Newmarket Square) of "Get Real" (Thursday, August 4th, 10 P.M.), "Aimée & Jaguar" (Friday, August 5th, 10 P.M.), and "Love and Death on Long Island" (Saturday, August 5th, 10 P.M.) Hurry, Sundown. Further info www.gayamsterdam.net/pride/content.htm
  • Talking about sailors, "SAIL", the largest nautical event in Europe will be docking once again from the 24th till the 28th of August. Taking place in Amsterdam every five years, two and a half million visitors are expected this time around to check out the long ships and the short boats, so hold onto your caps. There's a hard breeze blowin'. More info for those who like seafood at www.sail2000amsterdam.nl Ships ahoy!
  • The "Ketelhuis" cinema, located on the Haarlemmerweg 8-10 and specialized in Dutch features and documentaries, will be screening various high points from Dutch cinema until August 25th. Further info at: www.ketelhuis.nl
  • Every year Holland sets up a market ("Uitmarkt") for the arts on the streets of Amsterdam. Stalls offer information about the upcoming events during the new season. Lots of bands playing on lots of podia, lots of people doing stints in lots of theatres, masses of bodies on the streets. If there's good weather, it's usually fun. Further info at: www.uitmarkt.nl
  • 70 chamber concerts in different venues as well as a large floating orchestra on the Prinsengracht podium (which is where it all began some years ago), will be heard ringing through the air between the 16th and 20th of August. Classical music featuring international names. A treat for those who like the easier beat. Further info at: www.grachtenfestival.nl
  • Paul Verhoeven and Elizabeth Shue will soon be passing through town to attend the gala Amsterdam premiere of the Dutch director's newest venture into the world of cinematic fantasy. "The Hollow Man," will be opening in Dutch cinemas on Thursday, the 24th of August. From that time onward, you can all thrill to the invisible antics of Kevin Bacon as he becomes the victim of his own experiment. Make sure the seat next to you isn't empty.
  • The second edition of the "Film By the Sea" Festival at Vlissingen (CineCity) and Middelburg (travelling art-deco cinema located at the Cinema Boulevard) in Holland will take place between the 12th and 17th of September. Located in the northern part of the country, the location also offers the unacquainted some beautiful scenery to view between screenings. Some 60 films will be having their Dutch premieres in the main competition for the category Film and Literature. Also on the agenda are special programs of "Unreleased" films and Spanish cinema as well as a retrospective of the Coen Brothers. Besides having a chance to see the CB's latest film "O, Brother, Where Art Thou?", some of the interesting tidbits include Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's "Angels of the Universe," Carlos Saura's "Goya in Bordeaux," Ettore Scola's "La Cena," and Terence Davies' "The House of Mirth." Further info available: www.film-by-the-sea.com
  • In connection with the "Dutch Internet Film Festival, segments of 21 Dutch films will be available for viewing till September 29th at:www.filmfestival.nl
  • The IBC 2000 will be taking place at the Amsterdam RAI convention hall from September 8th until 12th. More information available show@ibc.org

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