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September 2, 2013

A large number of films from the Netherlands will be screened in Russia during the coming months. Within the framework of the 2013 Netherlands - Russia year, in celebration of their bilateral relationship, various Dutch film programmes are organised in different cities in Russia in collaboration with EYE.

During the Dutch Days festival (12 - 15 September) various film events take place in Moscow. The heart of the festival is situated at the Gorky Park, where Paul Verhoeven will be honoured with a retrospective. A large selection of both Dutch and American productions by the veteran filmmaker will be presented during open air screenings. The films he made in the Netherlands that will be screened: Spetters, Black Book, Turkish Delight, Katie Tippel, The 4th Man and Soldier of Orange.

The Garage Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow will host a mobile cinema (August 22 - September 15) with a brand new series of one minute videos by both Russian and Dutch video artists, such as Appelmoes by Anne Huijnen, Aero Fanatic by Lotje van Lieshout and Identifying Europe by Sarah Bijlsma. The programme is organized in collaboration with Theoneminutes in Amsterdam.

The St. Petersburg International Film Festival (September 13 - 22) shows a Dutch Focus, including a kids programme, with ten feature films in total. Selected are: Hemel by Sacha Polak, Katia’s Sister by Mijke de Jong, The Gang of  Oss by André van Duren, The Odd One Out  by Johan Timmers, The Storm by Ben Sombogaart and Nothing to Loose by Pieter Kuijpers. The film programme for children consists of festival favourites: Eep! by Ellen Smit, Taking Chances van Nicole van Kilsdonk, Fuchsia the Mini-Witch by Johan Nijenhuis, Frogs and Toads by Simone van Dusseldorp and Polleke by Ineke Houtman.

The Gold Fish International Children’s Animation Film Festival in Gelendzhik (September 20 -30) have selected several Dutch animations for their competition section: Snapshot by Arthur van Merwijk, The animation of Man by Amanda Nedermeijer, Chopper by Lars Damoiseau & Frederik Palmaers, Coffee by Sjaak Rood, Farmer Jack by Arjan Wilschut and Hisko Hulsing's Junkyard, which has already won many awards at other festivals. The programme is organized in collaboration with KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival.

The Siberiadoc Festival (September 20 – 22) presents several films by Johan van der Keuken: I love $, Amsterdam Global Village, Blind Child, Amsterdam Afterbeat, A Moment’s Silence, The Cat and Big Ben: Ben Webster in Europe. On top of that, Mark-Paul Meyer, senior conservator at EYE, will give a lecture on the life and work of Van der Keuken and the conservation of his work at EYE. The festival also screens two films by Ramón Gieling: Living with your Eyes and To Sang Photostudio.

With the support of the Russian Ministery of Culture and EYE International a Dutch Cinema Week is organized at the Cinema Theater Hudogestveny in Moscow (September 23 – 29). A selection of recent feature films and documentaries will be screened: award winning festival favourite Kauwboy by Boudewijn Koole, The Family Way by Joram Lürsen, Daylight by Diederik van Rooijen, Lotus by Pascale Simons, Black Out by Arne Toonen, The Gang of Oss by André van Duren and the documentaries 900 Days by Jessica Gorter and Ramon Gieling’s Blind Fortune. Directors Joram Lürsen, Pascale Simons, Arne Toonen and Ramón Gieling will attend the Dutch Cinema Week and be the screenings of their films.

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival also collaborates with the Multivision-International Festival of Animation Arts in St. Petersburg (November 1 – 4), where a large number of Dutch animation classics will be presented to the Russian audience. The programme includes works of among others Michael Dudok de Wit, Gerrit van Dijk, Paul Driessen and Erik van Schaaik.

Earlier this summer many Dutch films, several filmmakers and film professionals participated in other events in Russia, including the Moscow International Film Festival, where Diederik Ebbinge’s Matterhorn won no less than 3 awards, the Festival of Festivals-International Film Festival in St. Petersburg and the Vologda Independent Cinema From European Screens Festival (VOICES).

For more information about the Dutch cultural programme in Russia:

For more information about the festivals:

Paul Verhoeven retrospective, Pioner Cinema
Tatiana Shumiliver: tatiana@pioner-cinema.ru

Gold Fish ICAFF
Ksenia Koltsova: ksenikol@mail.ru

St. Petersburg International Film Festival
Maria Pavlova: secretary@festival-spb.ru

Dutch Cinema Week
Anna Arutyunova: annaarutyunova75@gmail.com

Svetlana Petrova




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