Photo report: World Cinema Award Ceremony & Party



Yesterday evening (Saturday August 27) we closed yet another amazing edition of World Cinema Amsterdam with a full-house screening of Pablo Larraín’s new film Neruda. The Jury Award went to Brazilian film Aquarius by Kleber Mendonça Filho. Both the ceremony and the after ‘latino’ party by Muchachas Borrachas were picked up in image by our lovely photographer Melanie Lemahieu. Thank you all … Read More

Winnaars 7de editie World Cinema Amsterdam: jury koos Aquarius, publiek ging voor The Salesman



Gisteravond zijn in het Amsterdamse filmtheater Rialto op de slotavond van de 7de editie van World Cinema Amsterdam de winnaars van de Jury en Audience Award bekendgemaakt. De Braziliaanse film Aquarius van Kleber Mendonça Filho werd bekroond met de World Cinema Amsterdam Jury Award. De Audience Award ging naar de film waarmee het festival opende: The Salesman van de Iraanse … Read More

Final Top 5 Audience Award. Winner: The Salesman


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The film took the first position of the poll since the very first screening of this year’s edition. The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi – the festival’s opening film – has won the World Cinema Audience Award with a fantastic score of 4,584. This is the second time that Farhadi wins the Audience Award at the festival -the first time was in … Read More

World Cinema People: Neruda



It is 1948. Right-wing Gabriel González Videla is elected president with the support of the communists, among whom is Pablo Neruda. However, Videla can’t stand communists; internationally renowned Neruda in particular raises his ire. Police inspector Oscar Peluchonneau is assigned to track down and arrest Neruda. A game of cat and mouse between both men ensues. But how real is … Read More

World Cinema People: Ten Years



It’s been almost 20 years since authority over Hong Kong passed from Britain to China. China promised not to interfere with Hong Kong’s liberal way of life, though eventually that’s exactly what the Chinese authorities did. Made on a shoestring budget, Ten Years comprises five short films by five directors in which they express their fears for the future in … Read More

Interview: Mohammed Ben Attia (Hedi)


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Hedi is het prijswinnende speelfilmdebuut van de Tunesische Mohammed Ben Attia. Het verhaal draait om de vijfentwintigjarige Hedi (Madj Mastoura), die nog onder de plak van zijn moeder leeft. Ze stippelt alles voor hem uit, van zijn aanstaande huwelijkspartner tot zijn volgende carrièremove. Hedi laat alles gelaten over zich heen komen, totdat hij de avontuurlijke Rim (Rym Ben Messaoud) ontmoet … Read More

World Cinema People: Go Cuba! Programme 1


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On Friday August 26, Rialto Film Theater and World Cinema Amsterdam presented the first crop of films completed with the support of the GO CUBA! initiative. It was a fantastic evening with a great international audience and tasty ‘mojitos’. The first of the two programmes included mid-length documentary La singular historia de Juan sin nada by Ricardo Figueredo and the experimental … Read More

World Cinema People: The Salesman



The Salesman is one of the audience’s favourites on the festival. The Iranian director Asghar Farhadi demonstrates his filmmaking prowess and combines realism with suspense a la Hitchcock to present a remarkable picture of contemporary Iran. What did these audience members think of it?   Photos and text: Maaike Bloem   Gargi: Ik ben groot fan van deze regisseur en … Read More

Interview: Bas Ackermann (Welcome to the Smiling Coast)


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Tijdens World Cinema Amsterdam zal de Nederlandse documentaire Welcome to the Smiling Coast: Living in the Gambia Ghetto op zaterdag 27 augustus in première gaan. Er wordt op bijzondere wijze kennisgemaakt met 15 Gambiaanse jongeren, hun normen en waarden, de impact van het groeiende toerisme en de dagelijkse struggles in een volledig andere cultuur waar van dag tot dag leven centraal … Read More

Photo report: ‘Blanka’ at Marie Heinekenplein


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The second night at Marie Heinekenplein we screened Kohki Hasei’s masterpiece Blanka, a warm, although never sentimental story about the resilience of kids trying to carry on with their lives under harsh circumstances – a story that brings to mind Slumdog Millionaire. The Candy Girl and the tropical heat formed the perfect extra conditions for a beautiful summer night of watching … Read More