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Face Down in Noir: The Body in the Pool

Face Down in Noir: The Body in the Pool
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 / 17-19 hrs

Public lecture by Dick Hebdige, Professor of Film & Media Studies and Art Studio at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The body in the swimming pool as metonym for trouble in paradise is a recurrent motif bordering on cliché in Hollywood/West Coast sunshine noir. In this talk, Professor Dick Hebdige tracks the passage of the corpse floating face down in the pool across the American imaginary from Southern Gothic to Sunset Boulevard, from the LA Times news archive to contemporary U.S. TV series like Weeds and Breaking Bad. Accompanied by multiple slides, film and video clips, Hebdige tries to answer the overarching question that binds it all together: whatever happened to the American Dream?

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Summer School Film Criticism

Always wanted to write for de Filmkrant? Then submit to our Summer School Film Criticism which will be completely devoted this year to American filmmaker Steven Spielberg (with reservation).

This summer Amsterdam EYE Film Museum organizes a large retrospective on the work of Steven Spielberg. On this occasion, the Summer School Film Criticism, organised by de Filmkrant in collaboration with EYE for the fourth time  a row now, will focus on Spielberg’s films and his legacy and influence on young contemporary filmmakers. Together the participants will create a special contribution that will appear in the summer issue of de Filmkrant.

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Seminar Nouchka van Brakel – A Female Point of View

On Wednesday May 18th, EYE, the Dutch Film Academy and the University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis / Media Studies) organize a seminar on the films by Nouchka van Brakel on the theme ‘a female point of view.’ The seminar will feature, among others, former NOS journalist Margriet Brandsma and Film team member Patricia Pisters who will talk with Nouchka van Brakel about her films and inspirations.

For more information, check the event on the EYE website here or watch and/or download the full program here (both in Dutch).

Symposium Fashion & Philosophy

A joint initiative by Jacques Serrano and Film faculty member Marie-Aude Baronian, the symposium Fashion & Philosophy will bring together various academics, philosophers, artists and fashion professionals to explore the connection between fashion and philosophy.

Please find here the program of the Fashion & Philosophy symposium that will be held in Amsterdam on April 22 and April 23, at Hotel Droog and the University of Amsterdam. Please note: because of limited space, reservation is required (by sending an email to

Panel ‘National cinema labels: do or don’t?’ at Filmisreal

During Filmisreal 7 there will be three panel discussions that offer a deepening of the film progam. Film faculty member, Gerwin van der Pol, will join the first panel, entitled ‘National cinema labels: do or don’t?’ This panel will look at the relationship between the concept ‘national cinema’ and the collective memory of a nation, and how this relates to Israel, where different ethnic groups do not necessarily identify with the same ‘national memory’. They will also tackle the question to what extent the concept of national cinema still is a useful concept  in the present age of global consumption and transnational film productions.

For more information, click here.

Program Filmisreal Online

From April 14-18, 2016, the 7th edition of Filmisreal will be held at Ketelhuis, with films by Israeli and Palestinian makers and a special focus on films from Israel. The full program of the festival is now online at In Filmhuis Den Haag the festival begins this year on Saturday, April 9th, with screenings of Censored Voices (documentary, Mor Loushy) and Rabin, the Last Day (drama, Amos Gitai).

For more information and ticket sales, click here. For ticket sales of the screenings at Ketelhuis, click here.

Student master classes and films at Movies that Matter

This Friday, March 18th, the Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague will start. The festival shows films on human rights and also organizes debates, talk shows and exhibitions. The involvement of students and young filmmakers is of great importance for the festival. For this reason, there will be master classes with experienced filmmakers (MTM Academy) and some movies will be free for students (Students’ choice award). In other words: all students are invited to visit the festival!

Click here for a free voucher to go to the students’ choice movies.

African Premiere of Welcome to the Smiling Coast at AfricanBamba

Tomorrow, Thursday March 3rd, Welcome to the Smiling Coast, the documentary produced by Film Faculty member Emiel Martens, will be screened at the AfricanBamba Human Rights Film Festival in Dakar, Senegal. After the world premiere at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles last month, tomorrow’s 7pm showing at Centre Culturel Jacques Chirac in Thiaroye (situated in the suburbs of Dakar) marks the African premiere of the film. Alhagie Manka, one of the Gambian crew members, will be present to do a Q&A after the screening: ‘these are exciting times for the film and I hope we are going to make Gambians proud by going out into the world.’

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The Secret of the Coen Brothers

A film by the Coen brothers is easily recognizable. The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country for Old Men and the new Hail Caesar! – it does not matter which genres the directors mix together, they are unmistakably Coen brothers movies. But what is it exactly that makes them like that? And how do the two filmmakers succeed in creating complete caricatures of their characters but get away with it? VPRO radio reporter Emmie Kollau spoke with Film Faculty member Gerwin van der Pol, director Michiel ten Horn (Aanmodderfakker, De Ontmaagding van Eva van End) and his cameraman Joost Wolf to answer this question.

Listen to the full interview here (in Dutch).

Book Launch and Seminar ‘Exposing the Film Apparatus’

On March 11th, 2016, the book Exposing the Film Apparatus – The Film Archive as a Research Laboratory will be launched at an international seminar in EYE. The book was compiled by Giovanna Fossati and Annie van den Oever and consists of a collection of essays on historical and contemporary film equipment and media technologies.

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Interview with Patricia Pisters in Folia

Today, an interview with Film Faculty member Patricia Pisters has been published in Folia, the weekly magazine of the University of Amsterdam: ‘Film scholar Patricia Pisters investigates the intersection of film studies and neuroscience. The director of the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis coined the term neuro-thriller for a new type of thrillers which works directly on our brains.’

Read the full interview here.

New essay on the neurothriller in Aeon

Today a new essay by Film Faculty member Patricia Pisters has been published in Aeon, a digital magazine of ideas and culture. The essay is entitled ‘Neurothriller’ and deals with the question why and how horror films are nowadays much more scary than they were in the past.

Read the entire essay here.

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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