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Welcome to the Smiling Coast on its way to Los Angeles

The documentary Welcome to the Smiling Coast: Living in the Gambia Ghetto is selected for the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), the largest black film festival in the United States. The film, produced by Film Studies faculty member Emiel Martens, receives its world premiere at the festival, which will be held from February 4-15 in Los Angeles.

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Ways of Seeing in Theatre De Nieuwe Regentes

After a great success in Korzo last December, Ensemble Modelo62 will present Ways of Seeing in Theatre De Nieuwe Regentes in The Hague on February 7th at 17:00, during the Sounds of Silence Festival for silent film and live music. Ways of Seeing is a program of four works by different composers where sight, next to listening, plays a substantial role not only for the audience, but also for the musicians, who at some point play blindfolded on a darkened stage. Before the concert, at 16:00, trumpet player and music composition PhD Justin Christensen, along with UvA profesor of Media Studies Patricia Pisters, will present lectures on ‘The Synesthesia of Sound and the Moving Image’.

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Film Screening of Simondon of the Desert

On Wednesday February 24 at 4pm the film Simondon of the Desert (2012, 110 min.) will be screened for the first time in the Netherlands, in the presence of filmmaker François Lagarde and philosopher Pascal Chabot. The screening, which will be held at the Universiteitstheater (Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16,  1012 CP Amsterdam), will be followed by a discussion (Q&A). For more information and reservations, please contact Marie-Aude Baronian (

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Special Issue on Caribbean Cinema Now Available

Today, after five years or so in the making, the special issue on contemporary Caribbean cinema has been published in  the open access Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. The issue consists of a combination of interviews and critical essays that provides a diverse and necessarily eclectic glimpse into recent developments in Caribbean cinema.

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PhD defense and expo opening ‘The Webcam as an Emerging Cinematic Medium’

The Webcams as an Emerging Cinematic Medium is the title of the first PhD in Artistic Research involving a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. This research combines theory and art practice to analyse video surveillance as form of filmmaking and the consequent impact on processes of subjectification in urban spaces.

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Dutch premiere of El botón de nácar in De Balie

Friday January 15th Cinéart in collaboration with NALACS and Fiesta Latinoamericana will host the Dutch premiere of the award-winning Chilean documentary El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button, 2015) directed by Patricio Guzmán. The film will be screened at 21.00 hrs in De Balie in Amsterdam, after which there will be space to talk, network and dance in the bar area.  

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This is Film! Lectures on exceptional film restorations and film heritage projects

From February 4 to March 10, EYE and the University of Amsterdam present This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a series of public lectures at EYE reflecting on exceptional film restorations and film heritage projects. Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at EYE and Professor of Film Heritage at the UvA) addresses, in the course of six lectures, a wide range of restoration and presentation projects, spanning from pre-cinema to recent experimental films and Hollywood Classics. The topics include not only regular theatrical projections, but also film installations and exhibitions of film apparatus. Each weekly edition features a guest speaker, a Q&A session and film screenings, often also accompanied by live music.

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Special guest Errol Morris at IDFA: “Reality is a collective hunch”

By Bram Overbeeke and Nataša van de Laar, students at the Research Master in Media Studies.

Last Friday, November 20th, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) hosted American filmmaker Errol Morris for a masterclass in a fully packed Tuschinski theatre. The festival’s central guest discussed his work and his ideas on documentary film with moderator and prominent documentary scholar Bill Nichols. The dialogue focused mainly on the intersections between theory and practice of documentary filmmaking, in relation to the ground-breaking work of the director himself. Reality, truth, and their representations were recurring themes throughout the meandering discussion.

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EYE participates in MoMA’s To Save and Project Festival

The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) has invited EYE to compile two special film programmes for the annual MoMA Festival of Preservation. To Save and Project is an international film festival showcasing recently preserved and restored film works from November 4 through 25.

To Save and Project: the 13th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation. From November 4-25.

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Catherine Grant lecture on Thursday 26 November 2015

“Dissolves of Passion”? Materially thinking through editing in digital videographic film and moving image studies

Thursday 26 November 2015, 17.00 – 19.00, OMHP D 0.09

Focusing on a number of videographic explorations of matters of film editing (including several of her own), Grant’s talk will ask what such practical, digital and audiovisual modes of research and presentation — ones which themselves evidently turn on editing — might add to the study of a cinematic feature that (with a number of key exceptions) has not received much sustained attention to date in written film scholarship.

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Filmcollege EYE Mūbii Japan – 90 Jaar Japanse Cinema

Bezoekers die meer willen weten van de Japanse cinema kunnen vanaf 5 oktober in EYE gedurende acht maandagavonden een in samenwerking met de Universiteit Leiden georganiseerd filmcollege volgen. Deze reeks van acht colleges biedt een overzicht van de Japanse film vanaf de vroegste stille films tot aan de arthousefilms uit het Japan van nu. Aansluitend op de colleges worden films vertoond die een doorsnede bieden van het programma van Mūbii Japan.

The Lima Collection

Quirine Racké & Helena Muskens will be the next guest curators in THE LIMA COLLECTION series. On September 15, the artist duo will give an insight into the relationship between media art and cinema.

In this screening series, the various (hi)stories of the LIMA collection and media art are being told with a focus on the main recurrent themes: activism, performance, cinema and medium specific.

Tuesday, September 15
LIMA, Arie Biemondstraat 111, Amsterdam
8:30 – 10:30 PM
7.5 / 5 euro

Michelangelo Antonioni Exhibition at EYE

12 September 2015 through 17 January 2016

EYE presents a major exhibition devoted to Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni. With his famous trilogy The Adventure, The Night and Eclipse, Antonioni became one of the most innovative directors of the 20th century.

The Adventure (1960) ranks as a turning point in film history, marking the start of modern cinema. A stylistic perfectionist, he renewed the grammar of film by thinking less in terms of narrative and more in terms of image. Film excerpts projected onto thirteen big exhibition screens show the overpowering visual force of his images. The exhibition also features unique documents, photographs and letters from the Antonioni archive in Ferrara, birthplace of the director.

The exhibition is curated by Dominique Païni in collaboration with Jaap Guldemond, Director of Exhibitions/Curator EYE, with the assistance of Maria Luisa Pacelli (Director, Gallerie d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Ferrara) and Barbara Guidi (Chief curator, Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Ferrara).

Exhibition concept by Fondazione Ferrara Arte and Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea-Museo Michelangelo Antonioni di Ferrara, in collaboration with Fondazione Cinetecca di Bologna.

Chromatic worlds of silent cinema: Conference at Eye March 28-31

Twenty years on from the groundbreaking Amsterdam workshop Disorderly Order: Colours in Silent Film, this conference will celebrate this milestone anniversary by providing a new forum to explore contemporary archival and academic debates around colour in the silent era.

The conference will explore a diverse range of archival and academic topics and provide a stimulating environment for specialists from across different disciplines. It will also include screenings of restored and/or rarely seen films.

The keynote speakers will be filmmaker and writer Peter Delpeut (Lyrical Nitrate and Diva Dolorosa), Tom Gunning (University of Chicago) and Vanessa Toulmin (National Fairground Archive/University of Sheffield). Read more

This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice

From 12 February to 19 March, EYE and the University of Amsterdam are presenting a series of public lectures on film restoration at EYE. Each lecture is accompanied by film screenings. The lectures can be followed as a series or individually.

EYE is renowned around the world for its film restoration work. In conversation with international guests, Giovanna Fossati (chief curator at EYE and professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the UvA) analyses a number of remarkable film restoration projects, such as the European classic Menschen am Sonntag, Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, the digitization of early colour films (1897-1914) from the EYE Collection, and the 4K ‘restoration’ of the TV series Breaking Bad, which is currently being carried out by Sony Pictures Entertainment.