Dutch Filmweek Havana
October 20, 2014
The 5th Dutch Filmweek (5ta Semana de Cine Holandés) in Havana, Cuba, takes place October 24 to October 31. The Filmweek is organised by the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) in collaboration with Cinemateca de Cuba, the Netherlands Embassy and EYE International.
A special theme of the festival this year is the history of slavery and the Opening Film is The Price of Sugar. Director Jean van de Velde and actress Wong-Loi-Sing will be present with the screening of their film. During the Filmweek they will visit the Havana Film School and they will conduct a workshop for students. Slavery drama Tula the Revolt by filmmaker Jeroen Leinders will also be screened.
The Filmweek pays homage to director Pim de la Parra, who was a guest of the festival last year, with the documentary Parradox by In-Soo Radstake and the first screening in the Caribbean region of de la Parra's Odyssee d'Amour.
Furthermore the programme includes a number of successful films from the Netherlands which have not yet been shown in Cuba previously: feature films Wolf by Jim Taihuttu, The Family Way by Joram Lürsen, late director Theo van Gogh's 06/05 and Interview and youth films Mister Twister - Class of Fun by Barbara Bredero and Regret! by Dave Schram. In Rembrandt's J'Accuse by Peter Greenaway and Pim van Hoeve's Van Gogh's Legacy the audience gets acquainted with Dutch art and painting and the Netherlands' most successful DJ is the subject of the documentaire I am Hardwell.