World Cinema Events 2016



Thursday August 18, 7:30pm
Opening World Cinema Amsterdam
Thursday, 18 August marks the start of the seventh edition of World Cinema Amsterdam. The opening film is The Salesman by Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi – a film in which he brings Hitchcock-like suspense to Iranian realism. The screening will be preceded by a short interview with program maker and presenter Nadia Moussaid talking to festival director Raymond Walravens.



Saturday August 20, 7:10pm
Opening Cinema Turkey Now!

Under the heading Cinema Turkey Now! this year’s World Cinema Amsterdam festival will be zooming in on Turkish cinema. On Saturday, 20 August festival director Raymond Walravens and co-curator Müge Turan will open the focus programme, which includes two films: Veşartî (Hidden) by Ali Kemal Çinar and Toz bezi (Dust Cloth) by Ahu Öztürk. Both directors will be present.



Saturday August 20, 11:00pm – 03:00am

Cinema Turkey Now! Party

After the opening of our Cinema Turkey Now! film program, we continue the celebration of Turkish Cinema on the dancefloor at Rialto. Turkish beats and Mediterranean sounds will keep you alive and kicking till the early morning. Expect some unexpected performances throughout the night that will keep you in Turkish spheres.



Sunday August 21, 5:15pm

Women in World Cinema – Talk Show

What is it like for a woman to make films in countries such as Brazil, Turkey and Chile? Directors Ana Muylaert (Mãe só há uma), Ahu Öztürk (Toz bezi) and Pepa San Martin (Rara) share their experiences with the audience. Moderator is Matthea de Jong, an ambitious changemaker working from a passion for culture, social innovation, human rights and sustainability. Talkshow is free but please ‘purchase’ a (free) ticket from our boxoffice or online via the yellow ticketbox above.



Monday August 22, 9:15pm

De Balie@Rialto – Bakur (North)

Enriching the viewing experience is the goal of De Balie@Rialto. To that end, experts get an opportunity to comment on that night’s film, in this case is the Dutch premiere of the documentary Bakur (North) by directors Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu.

Prior to the screening, we’ll talk about Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê (PKK) with Celal Altuntas, author of two topically related novels (Het dorp van de zeven broers and Het is je zusje). Celal Altuntas was born in Diyarbakir, Turkey, and fought with PKK as a 19-year-old.

Please note that the talk will be in Dutch.



Tuesday August 23, 09:00pm
Ten Years in De Balie

DrukwerkThrough the use of five short stories Ten Years shows us a dystopian Hong Kong. Set in the year 2025; a time where the freedom of the people is under pressure because of the tightened grip from the Chinese government on the autonomous region. Together with the V-Fonds (Freedom Fund) De Balie brings you a special program before the screening of the movie on the meaning of freedom and democracy of the citizens of Hong Kong in times of increasing tension with the mainland government.



Friday August 26, 7:15pm

GO CUBA! – First Crop

Talent in abundance, but extremely limited resources – that’s the Cuban film climate in a nutshell. For the festival it was a reason to initiate the GO CUBA! project in 2015, to provide financial support to independent filmmakers to help them finish their films. The first films have now been produced and are ready for screening. The programme includes one medium-length film and five shorts.

Festival director Raymond Walravens and GO CUBA! coordinator Olivia Buning will host the evening. Directors Ricardo Oliva and Marcel Beltrán will also be present.



Saturday August 27, 9:00pm

Award Ceremony & Closing World Cinema Amsterdam
An exciting evening for the directors of the nine films nominated for the World Cinema Jury Award, as the jury will announce the winner at 9 PM. This will be followed immediately by the screening of Neruda, Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s latest film. Then there is of course also the World Cinema Audience Award, the winner of which will be announced on Monday, 29 August. Both award winners will receive an amount of € 5,000, intended for the development of their next film project.



Saturday August 27, 11.00 pm – 03.00 am

Fiesta Latinoamericana: Edición Afrolatina

The Muchachas Borrachas return to Rialto for the closing party of World Cinema Amsterdam! They will host a spectacular Afro-Latin edition of their Fiesta Latinoamericana with a wide range of musical styles, from salsa to samba and from rumba to festejo, featuring a dance demo as well as two seasoned DJs.

Organized in collaboration with Caribbean Creativity, Dudes in your Face and conSentido