Open air programme WCA2017


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Proudly we announce our open air programme. Cuban film Esteban, Newton from India, Egyptian film Mawlana and Wallay (Burkina Faso, France and Qatar) are selected for the World Cinema Amsterdam open air programme 2017. These films will be shown on August 12, 18 and 19 in the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre and from August 23 – 26 at Marie Heinekenplein. This year we add a new open air location to the festival: Oosterpark, in the courtyard of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) we will be showing free open air films on August 11th and 12th.




Jonal Cosculluela | Cuba | 2016 | 90′ | Spanish spoken | English subtitled

The determination of achieving your dreams, viewed from the universe of a 9 year old boy, Esteban, who lives alone with his mother and wants to become a pianist, is the thread of this plot, which reflects the harsh side of the current situation in Cuba.


August 12: Vondelpark Openluchttheater
August 25: Marie Heinekenplein



Amit V Masurkar | India | 2017 | 104’| Hindi spoken | English subtitled

India, the world’s largest democracy, is preparing for an election. With more than 800 million voters, this is a logistical puzzle of epic proportions. Newton is an idealistic young office clerk volunteering to be a poll worker. He’s keen to put his energy to good use and help his country. When he is presented with an opportunity to head up a dangerous polling station in the deepest jungle, which has been besieged by communist troops for decades, Newton eagerly jumps at the opportunity to prove his mettle.

August 11: Oosterpark (De Tropen Café)
August 18: Vondelpark Openluchttheater
August 24: Marie Heinekenplein

Mawlana (The Preacher)


Magdy Ahmed Ali | Egypt | 2016 | 130′ | Arabic spoken | English subtitled

Sheikh Hatem (Amr Saad) stands out in a society influenced by fundamentalist views. From leading the prayers at a government mosque to becoming a popular TV celebrity issuing fatwas that deviate from the traditional religious rhetoric, he has amassed millions of fans. His responses on TV reveal a witty and eloquent person against a backdrop of darkness, where power struggles rage.

August 19: Vondelpark Openluchttheater
August 25: Marie Heinekenplein



wallay2Berni Goldblat | Burkina Faso, France, Qatar | 2017 | 84′ | French, Dioula spoken | English subtitled

13-year-old Ady, son of a French mother and a, African father, lives in a town near Lyon. He has hit his teenage years and is becoming more unmanageable by the day. He’s also involved in shady dealings. His father, who raises him alone, decides to intervene and send him to relatives in Burkina Faso for the summer. Ady is very excited about the trip, expecting to spend a laid-back vacation. But things turn out rather differently: his uncle Amadou gives him a harsh welcome and everyday life is wrought with difficulties. How to charge your cell phone when the electricity goes out time and again? And how is he supposed to take a shower with just one bucket of water?

Swiss director Berni Goldblat, who relocated to Burkina Faso a couple of years ago, paints a loving portrait of daily life in his new surroundings through the eyes of a teenager who still has a lot to learn.

August 12: Oosterpark (De Tropen Café)
August 23: Marie Heinekenplein


Film starts once the sun has set, around 21.30 uur. Free admission, donation appreciated.