Kok in the Kitchen


  • IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival, which began on November 25th, will be continuing its 11th edition through December 3rd. The opening film this year will be the recently completed and extremely enjoyable Dutch film "De Keuken van Kok" ("Kok in the Kitchen"), directed by Niek Koppen, which gives an impression of how things operate in the world of Lowland politics when hi-tech begins to invade a country not yet overly accustomed to the American type of spin tailoring. The prime minister, Mr. Kok, around whom the film revolves, gives a refreshing and humane portrait of himself without pretenses of a man who is willing to go as far as he feels necessary, as long as he remains true to himself. Well worth a view.
  • The Dutch Film Museum will be showing the entire video and film works (17 titles) of Brazilian composer, conductor, theatre director, radio-play author, and critic Mauricio Kagel this month, including "The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez" made in collaboration with Peter Sellars.
  • Brian Gilbert, director of "Wilde" (which will be projected) and "Tom & Viv," will be at the Maurits Binger Institute on November 15th to discuss his work with those in attendance.

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