Oh, baby, Amsterdam! It's so Shagadelic!


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  • For all you kids (or the young at heart), the Blue Meanie (and the Sergeant Pepper Beatleband) will be in attendance entertaining the crowd at the first (free) open air showing in Holland of the famous animation feature "Yellow Submarine" with a newly digitalized soundtrack, including the previously deleted number "Hey, Bulldog". Location: Dutch Filmmuseum in Amsterdam on the 1st of September.
  • September 4th will experience a return to the swinging sixties in the Amsterdam Studios at the Friday night Shagadelic Dance Event celebrating the first screening of "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me". Wonder how many people will be doing their best to get undercover before the night ends. Get your mojo working and get on down to the Studio's, baby, and, oh, don't behave.
  • The annual IBC (International Broadcasting Conference), the world's electronic media event, will be taking place at the Rai Convention Center in Amsterdam from the 10th till the 14th of September. Charge up your feet and get those curiosity cells working. Further info available: www.ibc.org
  • The National Internet Congress, meeting place for the Internet industry, will take place on September 22nd at the RAI convention center in Amsterdam.
  • "Film By the Sea" Festival at Vlissingen opens the new Dutch film season between the 14th and 19th of September. This is also the first time this particular festival is taking place. Located in the northern part of the country, the location also offers the unacquainted some beautiful scenery. A part of the Festival is devoted to "New Irish Cinema". Included among the 12 productions will be "This is My Father" (Paul Quinn), "The Tale of Sweety Barrett" (Stephen Bradley) and the controversial "Park" (John Carney and Tom Hall). Eight films of John Boorman, now residing for some years on an impressive estate in Ireland, will also be shown including the as-yet (in the Netherlands) undistributed movie "The General". In fact there is a division of the festival which concentrates solely on movies that, to date, have never been distributed in Holland among which Bertolucci's "Besieged," Tim Roth's "The War Zone," and Alexander Payne's "Election" can be found. A prize will be awarded to the public opinion favorite and it will also (finally) be released later this season. Further info available: www.film-by-the-sea.com Other events planned are showings of David Lynch's "Straight Story," "Zefferelli''s "Tea With Mussolini," and Marleen Gorris' "Antonia". Following the showing of the last mentioned (Oscar winning) film, the Dutch actress (and sweetheart of the Dutch film world) Willeke van Ammelrooy will be preside over a discussion with the up-and -coming acting talents of the Netherlands (among others, undoubtedly).
  • Age is also on the agenda (on the 15th and 16th) during the "Films By the Sea" Festival in Vlissingen. Considering that 1999 is the United Nations Year of the Elderly, it might be nice if there would also be some relaxation on the ageism presently rampant in some divisions of the film industry. The United Nations motto is: Towards Community for all ages. Can you hear me or do you need a hearing aid?
  • Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise will be performed as Gregorian chant preceded by a debate of religious objections to the exhibition at Fort Asperen on the 5th of September (closing date of exhibition) in Acquoy, Holland (near Nijmegen). Paradise will be performed by Moniek Toebosch. Funny, I thought it would have been Hell.
  • The 26th International Film Festival of Flanders in Ghent will take place from October 5th through 16th. More about this in next month's buzz. The complete program should be available after September the 17th, but, in the meantime, you might try their website: www.expandedmedia.com\filmfestival
  • The "Latin American Festival of Cinema and Literature" will be taking place in Amsterdam as well as Rotterdam this year from Wednesday the 13th of October until the 20th of October.

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