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#57 is the result of an encounter between chaotic equations by the Chinese mathematician Wang Lin, an analog computer, Joost Rekveld, and several high-frequency oscillators previously used for testing military and medical sonar equipment.
A woman who is unable to have children steals the imaginary friend of a little girl, and keeps this a secret from her husband…
Despite disadvantages the first Soviet concrete panel houses, nicknamed Khrushchovka, meant an improvement for most residents. For younger generations these panel houses often represent a failed utopia.
In the metro, a disturbing scene unfolds before Eve's eyes.
A war story about the sacrifices undertaken and ingenuity needed to survive the hunger of
1940 - 1945. Based on the poem 55 Socks by Maria Jacobs.
When outsiders Thijs and Diana get locked in a closet together for seven minutes, something changes…
An homage to West Amsterdam, a multicultural borough full of stories. The film gives a glimpse into the lives of 7 young men of Moroccan descent - and Jos. Jos is a Dutch, middle-aged man beset by fear. His nervousness reaches a new level when the doorbell rings…
97% match! BERT receives an app alert that his dream-girl is nearby. But he must find her before the train reaches the end of the line.
A single-shot work showing a young woman simultaneously performing four compositions.
Diving into a coma, a female body experiences extreme inner tension. Its mutating silhouette gradually invades an empty space to a point of complete saturation.
Abiding is a short film created from a single 35mm photograph.
Two separate worlds come together at an ordinary fishing pitch.
Freek, a curious young Dutch poet at the beginning of the Sixties, struggles with convention and morality as he is seduced into adulthood.
It's the mid-1970s and Peter receives ALEX, the world's first smart speaker. He enjoys the comforts of his new assistant, but something doesn't just feel right; his smart speaker seems to be spying on him...and selling his data.
While playing an innocent game of hide and seek a fun-loving teenager and her two younger half brothers get caught up in a complex situation when they discover a refugee family who are also in hiding.
Peter and Sjon respond to the beautiful woman holding the sign for "Mr. Peterson" and step into her car. The holiday is 'all inclusive’, right?
Living in the present only seems possible when the past has been erased.
AMOR shows, in a number of fragmentary scenes, painful but recognizable moments in an arbitrary day in the lives of a group of vulnerable teenage girls in the outskirts of a big city in the Netherlands.
Maarten meets the woman of his dreams, but unfortunately he’s hammered at the time.
A day in a life of a couple.
Confronted with controversial legislation to ban the wearing of headscarves, Alia, a young Moroccan, devises a humorous and unusual way to circumvent the law.
An animator creates an animation with a will of its own.
Tygo (11) gives a class talk about the carnival, which little by little turns into a personal account of his parents’ divorce.
In a deportation centre, Matthew unexpectedly gains his freedom. But he soon realises that every line crossed means another part of his soul is surrendered.
The only creature the aged Mr. Manders loves is his canary.
A new work made by Babeth VanLoo in collaboration with Eye, consisting of unprocessed, original 16mm material which she shot during the Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding contest in the 1970s.
Whenever Ben spots a cute girl, all the musicians in his body come together and parade inside his nose.
Shot inside the house of modernist couple Theo and Nelly van Doesburg, architectural details are combined with Mater’s drawings. A wandering narrative exploring tables, stairs, space and time-perception, colour and some Van Doesburg heritage.
Made in collaboration with photographer Roger Ballen, THE ASYLUM is a surrealistic haven where the lust for power and the desire to love are penetratingly portrayed.
A man and a woman drive straight towards one another. They hit the brakes just in time and come to a standstill, facing each other, both too stubborn to give way. A life story begins.
After more than four decades of forced silence, some of the last surviving atomic soldiers share their unfathomable experiences of the atomic bomb tests in the 1950s.
An audio guide starts to lead its own life.
A young Auschwitz prisoner is auditioning for the camp’s orchestra.
As night falls across the wood, Aurora attempts to escape the ghostly witches known as the Witte Wieven.
After a young Iranian couple move to the Netherlands the woman has difficulty adapting to her environment and abandons reality to live in her dreams.
Through the eyes of 8 year-old Linus we experience the day that his mother, and her new boyfriend, come to collect her stuff.
A fatal lifesaving decision.
Eduardo, assisted by vertigo-suffering Loet, performs stunts in the circus. When the rich mayor visits, Eduardo, blinded by greed, raises the stakes of an already death-defying stunt. Can Loet handle it?
A greenish clay creature cuts a Barbie doll into pieces with unexpected results.
When the outside world functions as a mirror, how can you produce your own mirror image?
Ambitious 20-year-old Olaf tries to arrange a big birthday party for his father who is suffering from early onset Alzheimer's disease, and whose world literally grows smaller every day.
A mysterious wall triggers Jeff to find out what's behind.
A sweet granny is looking forward to her granddaughter’s visit. But when the little girl arrives, the feeling is not mutual. Before the visit is over, granny must try to create the bond that she desires so deeply with her grandchild.
When two ex-lovers are forced to spend the evening together, it seems that old wounds are yet to heal.
Mary, Dick and Bill are characters in an animated children’s show. But creator Uncle Gilly is hiding a secret. The characters are not animated, but little people who are now conspiring to escape.
A giant rabbit has to take action against three forest bullies.
While hearing the family history of Johan, we are told the family tale of Ashraf.
The audience gets an extraordinary perspective on both histories, and on the accidental encounter that follows.
Find out what happens when a young boy finds a piano in the middle of the street.
A young gypsy from Moldova tries his luck in Holland.
The seclusive retirement home Afterglow is a depressing end station. Fortunately, feisty Gerda has one spark of joy to look forward to every week: Bingo night.
An intimate story about young mother Joy and her daughter Skye, who live in a trailer park on the outskirts of the city. Joy’s easy-going parenting style is tested when Skye tries to be just as mature as her mother.
A grandfather get’s the surprise of a lifetime on his birthday.
A boy moves to a new neighborhood and falls in love with the older girl next door.
On her first date with Bas, Bodine hides her thick glasses. Something she really shouldn’t have done…
An observation on the emotional life of a man and a woman. Between sleeping and waking they both experience the same dream, one driven by common desires.
Moon is sad because everyone goes to sleep at night, leaving him alone. But Sun and the animals devise a plan to brighten Moon's life.
Bo composes a song for his child that he does not call a song but a ‘sound painting’.
A garden-centre employee is ashamed of his possible infertility. When the relationship between him and his wife is being threatened because of their inability to get pregnant, he makes a very unusual decision by allowing love to conquer all.
Two friends, Sapa and Hija, re-enact and re-tell short anecdotes of their lives.
A team of builders is constructing a high stone tower. All is going well, until a single brick drops over the edge…
A man considers his world grey until he meets a beautiful fish.
During twelve minutes of real time around a city square, six lives collide in a flash of sunshine, bullets and jewels that changes all of them, forever.
When a father and his six-year old son fly to the half-broken moon in order to repair it, they discover that mother is there too.
An Afghan boy 'without papers' is caught between an unwelcoming, foreign country and a family back home whose hopes are invested in his future.
Left alone for the weekend with her older siblings Lauren feels desperately excluded and decides to take a step she’s not (yet) ready to take.
Cause and effect take an unexpected turn when two paramedics head to a violent crime scene on a tense New Year’s Eve.
Iris (15) is in love with Arend (17) and asks her friend Sophie (17) to invite him over for a drink. But her plan fails when Arend brings his friends - and a lot of alcohol.
A chic Amsterdam hotel has a very special guest for one night, world-famous writer Charles Bukowski. He is twelve and his real name is Tom.
A good old-fashioned western shoot-out, but one in which the two bullets fall in love with each other...
Through the eye of his camera, Jonathan sees how grown-ups deal with the death of his father and say their last goodbyes to him.
Anna is awoken by a phone-call informing her that her boyfriend has been killed by a tsunami. As she realizes she will never again see or touch him, she gasps and her heart skips a beat. Her world freezes as past, present and future meet in a single moment of eternity.
An audio-‐visual investigation of time, a visual poetry inspired by the personal observations of Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet, and his hundred-year-old city guide of Lisbon.
For the first time in his life Victor decides to order a call girl.
Jonas kidnaps cats, returning them for a reward, but his life changes dramatically when he comes home with a flyer of a missing girl instead.
When a little bird suddenly drops dead in its cage, all eyes are on the cat. Desperately the feline tries to make everything right again, but only succeeds in making everything a lot worse…
After X finds a mobile phone beside the road, he is pursued by a number of interested parties in a race towards towards life or death…
Private chauffeur Robert picks up a boy from a schoolyard.
Milad finds himself in an emotional labyrinth after leaving his girlfriend behind during a frantic pursuit.
A frog eats a grasshopper, a stork eats the frog, a crocodile eats the stork and the crocodile ends up as a pair of boots which a biker is wearing when a grasshopper flies into his face…
Moody teenager Nora annoys her brother and the rest of the cinema audience with her mobile phone, until the cinema itself is forced to intervene…
Shot in a singular uncut sequence, CINEMA OLANDA FILM connects an architectural location, a number of individuals and past and present events through a momentary filmic reality.
Every modern society is built on two invisible and indispensable systems. The sanitary and the monetary system.
After five years, those responsible for the death of Gerard's boyfriend are still to be put on trial. During a police reconstruction, Gerard realises that forgiveness is his strongest asset in letting go of his grief.
A fairytale-like film in which five Dutch girls take the viewer on an imaginative journey through the memories and images they have of their parents’ experiences of the war in the former Yugoslavia.
l only want my coffee! Just one cup of coffee…
A sick dove rises conflicts, but also reconciliation...
Something dark is brooding beneath our seemingly benign civilization. A neo-western about the
increasing societal polarization of the Netherlands.
Robert enjoys a little hunt...
In this tragicomic fairytale we join Andrej (80), Pico (6) and their pack mule on a journey. They try to make the right choices but are repeatedly confronted with the complaining people along the road. Will Andrej and Pico manage to push on with their endeavour?
In a film slowly revealing itself, a protagonist is in search of a voice for memories of a hostile world that hitherto could not be spoken...time-traveling in between repetitive patterns of disappearance and silence, controlled by natural and supernatural powers... remembering a series of events that took place near a nameless river...
The naked body of a young woman lies motionless on a kitchen floor. In a nearby forest a man calls out for his dog. Their paths cross at a copy-shop.
Two men meet again at a remote location and over the course of one evening, and an icy night, they fight a weaponless, exhausting duel.
“The Craft” is a film that revolves around childish fictions laced with serious suspicions towards the real world.
A fragmentary narrative about an endless summer where everything seems possible outdoors before an inevitable conclusion behind closed doors.
Joey (13) returns home to live with his mother Daphne after she has regained custody of him and his brother Ricardo (8). But as they celebrate their reunion, their resolve to restore the balance of their relationship is tested...
Inside a cuckoo clock lives a lonely man who is catapulted out of his tiny house every hour to yell ‘Cuckoo!’
All Joe wants is a cup of coffee... A very short, absurd animation about the frustrations of being caught up in the negative and spiraling complexities of your own mind.
Three seemingly unrelated incidents lead to an explosive climax in Amsterdam.
When a young girl is taught to ride a bike by her grandfather she discovers that true adventure begins where the road ends.
A love story between a tap dancer, a piano player and a 1922 hand cranked motion-picture camera.
When 'hipster' Erik sees his neighbour's au pair sunbathing in the garden he finds a new purpose: to prove that he is more than a 40-year old family man living in a suburb with the sole task of mowing the lawn.
In this poignant poetic triptych, three high school students reflect in voice-over on the absence of their seriously ill friend Zoë.
An emotional teenager makes a fatal decision when his date doesn’t show up. But after he receives an odd text message, fate deals him another hand.
A UFO descends upon a drive-in theater and starts abducting viewers, but once again Sola Powers saves the world, this time with a film reel.
The quest of 11-year old Merel to find her unknown biological Turkish grandfather starts as an encounter between two different cultures before developing into an exciting and unifying journey.
Suggestion allows negative space to be discerned – a hint of absent image – in an immersive cloud of coloured granules.
A girl peeps into her self-made peeping box.
A homage to celluloid and direct filmmaking. A universe in which frivolous figures like butterflies float around between lines, droplets and chemical reactions.
Dirkjan is a born loser. But now he becomes world leader.
Disgusting Sounds People Make is a short film consisting of animations and pixelated live action sequences.
Mannequins are posing as they have always done, untill a fly breaks their daily routine.
Tim (11) suffers from depression. Together with his invisible friend Do, he flees to a fantasy world on the beach. But Do turns out to be mischievous and tries to lure Tim out of reality, into the sea...
In our techy, gadget-laden society it's sometimes hard to tell what is true and what is fiction...
Intimate portraits of Ukrainians in unexpected decors of daily life.
A story about the life of a young mannequin trying to make a living as a model within the superficial and competitive Paris fashion scene.
When a lonely, childless man finds a balloon with a card attached, he seizes the opportunity to pass his hard-earned life lessons on to its toddler owner.
Having diner with friends ends in an awkward climax.
11 year-old Donnie has conflicts with his mother’s boyfriend. Meanwhile he struggles at his swimming lessons. A story about growing up in an emotional vacuum.
Drug addict Fausto is forced by his dealer to shoot someone over a fix. Overcome by guilt, he wanders through the night. When he gets arrested, he suddenly appears to be someone else.
A deliciously dark comedy about a husband and wife whose different ideas of gender conformity lead to an unexpected confrontation. A short film from the animation trio who brought you the Oscar-nominated short A SINGLE LIFE.
Mara finds her sense of zen during yoga in a violent and unorthodox way.
What begins as an exciting adventure takes a nightmarish turn...
An early childhood wish seems to become fulfilled. History tells us grown-ups other stories.
The Coffee table smokes a cigarette, the floor lamp looks over the shoulder of the lonesome boss laying on her sofa.
From all directions gravity pulls on the shards of a breaking dinner plate.
Foreigner Thomas' first nightshift at the petrol station turns a little odd.
Calm shots of a seascape also examine optical colour mixing using various flicker effects. Shot on the exact spot in Greece that marked the country’s entrance into World War II.
An old florist reminisces on her life. She has always been very generous to the people around her, but will the generosity ever be returned? Will she ever receive flowers herself?
When Job comes to work on board, repressed feelings are awoken in Rein who, imprisoned on the boat, is unable to ignore his growing desires...
When Inay (9) and her little brother join their father on a special trip through the city, she tries everything to force a delay. Because she knows that if they arrive late at their destination, she will be rewarded with sweet desserts.
A young noblewoman from the 19th century sees modern visions.
It’s August. Feel the suffocating heat of the sun penetrating your skin. All around you, an abundance of flesh is spinning.
A girl appears through transparent curtains and glass ornaments. Lightheartedly she dances across the floor, until she realizes she is not alone...
In this hand drawn animation a line is being extrapolated through a grid.
Alex snoozes in the back seat of the car while her friends Indy and Suzan chat about nothing in particular. But when they begin to talk about the recent abuse of a friend, Alex intervenes and the conversation takes an irreversible turn...
Falling Frames is the first fragment of a series in which Langkamp explores the framing and visualization of three-dimensional perspective through the two-dimensional medium video, both technically and conceptually.
After Floyd's break-up, his psychological problems take form as a small demon that intervenes in all aspects of his life.
Jack is forced to take extreme measures to save his farm.
Melting in the desert sun, Eduardo - a lemonade seller - is fighting the urge to drink his last and final bottle of refreshing lemonade.
A little girl wants to surprise her father with Father's Day breakfast.
Short abstract handmade film, creating optical illusions.
A high school teacher gets totally confused about the sexual ethics of today’s youth.
Dawn and nature awake. The sun rises higher and higher, spreading its light over the modern world, getting hotter and hotter and hotter ...
Before she makes the incision a surgeon remembers the crucial events that explain her career choice - and her reluctance to cut into the patient’s skin.
Hanna holds her ground amongst the boys whilst puberty sets in.
FLOW reveals our daily lives and existence through the most vital element surrounding us. Brushstrokes of air in all its subtle, gentle, powerful and inner manifestations affect our fragile existence in the most unpredictable of ways.
Ruud and Els may have been married for a hundred years, but it only takes one minute to look at each other through different eyes again.
One and a half years after their relationship has ended, two young parents spend a night together in the hospital where their son has been admitted.
A warped stroll through a forest. Animated still photographs reveal movement and light on the forest paths that are otherwise invisible to the human eye.
Waking up on the floor of yet another party, Sara wonders if this is what she really expected
out of life.
A wounded bird brings young Imad a sense of freedom.
The more she remembers breaking up from him, the more tangible her memory of him becomes. If only she could say goodbye one more time…
When stuttering Stef (17) decides to tell his grandmother about his studies at her birthday party, his family stop him from speaking, as they always do. But this time Stef refuses to remain silent.
Fascinated by the war that rages on in the city, clumsy seagull Manfred decides to join the air force.
One day, all the shy people drop dead - at the same time, all of a sudden. THE FUNERAL OF THE SHY shows how a small town organizes a ceremony for its deceased residents.
To raise his sashimi skills towards perfection a Dutch boy serves an apprenticeship with a master in Japan.
On his way to another tour of duty abroad, thirty-year-old Max gets caught up in a game with the young boys next door. Max gradually loses sight of reality, and the boys lose their innocence.
Spotty lives for his computer game until he gets a real kiss.
Two mime artists fight a fatal battle for the hand of the prettiest girl at the fair.
In a typical fifties diner a gangly teenager tries to rock'n'roll with the prettiest girl on the dancefloor, but is thwarted by an annoyingly persistent cool dude and a stammering jukebox.
93-year old Mister De Vries is ending his days at the window of his timber cottage in Waterland - until an unexpected messenger jolts him awake.
Portrait of a 16-year-old girl who travels to an island for a nocturnal meeting with the first love of her life. The next morning exposes the naked reality of their love, and her true maturity is revealed.
The story of Marcus, a one-time child prodigy who, after a nervous breakdown, gets lured back into the world of his old friends: eight idiots of grandeur who think it is their time to conquer the world.
An old granny in her little electric car unwittingly races against two young tearaways. A re-telling of the Tortoise and the Hare story.
Lammert has no mischief, but he becomes the victim of the stifling effect of a community, which already has chosen his scapegoat.
What starts out as a simple holiday by a Swiss mountain lake becomes an intense and seething drama between a mother and her daughter…
Does everything you throw in the ocean eventually come back to you?
A floatable gorilla takes guerilla action, raging at the artificiality of our world while transforming the industrial image of a town.
When a man takes his son on a road trip to reconnect with the present, he instead finds himself reflecting with his girlfriend on the past.
On the last day of the year, the moribund life of a work-at-home phone interpreter is turned upside down when she answers an unexpected emergency call.
A short tragicomedy about indecisive Desiree (20) who asks friends for advice about her life one random Tuesday evening. But various drugs take the night in a completely different direction…
The discovery of a dead body forces two industrial painters working in the Rotterdam harbour to reflect on their situation.
Three friends exchange heads by accident and are forced to adapt to the lives of one another.
A young man tries to get rid of the herring stench from his mouth, just before a date.
When the cello string of a young and successful musician snaps during a concert she has to overcome her fears in order to retain her position in the orchestra.
Nineteen-year-old Frenchman Henri is confronted with issues about the mortality and fragility of life following the loss of his brother in a road accident.
A teenage girl attempts to flee the grief she has felt since her mothers' death by going on a post-exam trip to a Portuguese party town. But the faster she runs, the more the feeling she is trying to escape from catches up with her.
Holy Land is a film flirtation with the Dutch history and its cultural codes.
Hotel inspector Ludwig leads a dreadful life, but one night in Paris he gets the wake-up call he needs.
Hassan (17) prepares to leave his mountain village in Morocco to join his father in the Netherlands. But how do you leave your home? And what do you take with you?
A short film about the little moments and untold feelings between a grandmother and her grandson.
Dancing in nature, Frisian horses and dancers inspire each other.
A man indulges in the vapour of a glass of hot tea, drifting off to a colourful world where scents are visualised and assume physical powers. Just when the man’s pleasure builds up to a sensual climax, the glass throws a spanner in the works.
The film is inspired by the once huge and luxurious hotels in the former Eastern Bloc designed in the 1970s and 80s.
This short photographic investigation follows an associative path along places that helped shape the observation, or should we say, the surveillance of the heavens.
Through a twist of fate, a frog is reborn in the body of a human.
An animated short about the love animals have for people, and the harm they consciously or unconsciously cause to us.
On her way home, young student Viola is involved in a traffic accident. She goes for help to her boyfriend Kik who works as a night porter, but he is behaving strangely. Then the rain begins to fall, and that rain seems to hold a secret...
A young boy grows up experiencing all the possibilities and impossibilities that life throws up.
A football hooligan feels unconditional love for his club. However, being gay, he has to hide his identity.
Nicky’s world revolves around fitness and being in control. But when hidden childhood memories return, his body obsession veers off in an unhealthy direction.
Riek and Harrie travel with their camper in search of warmth and coziness. The journey is as unpredictable as life itself.
Can love break through the impasse of human intolerance?
A slightly absurdist film about integration told from the perspective of a young Bosnian refugee family that ends up in a small village in the Netherlands.
An unexpected transformation from one reality to the next.
A message in a whirling newspaper seems to reunite a man and a woman.
Two sisters with radically different cultural perspectives must deal with the death of their father as they clean his house in Turkey.
A young Iranian man tries to elevate himself from the aggressive environment of pit-bull fighting to respectable fatherhood.
Annabelle feels bound to her mobility scooter, unaware that the reason for this is the empty, yet comforting, life she leads. But a series of events will force her to take action.
During a holiday, a group of tourists struggle with letting go of their busy daily lives. When they finally do, they experience an overwhelming sense of meaninglessness - but also a sense of universal beauty within the here and now.
The rhythmical drumming of two woodpeckers sets a colourful spring into motion.
Stories break walls. A guard and a prisoner on a mysterious, isolated island. A story is told.
Jacco is in a happy place, even when he is not...
Jacob (84) relutantly moves to a nursing home only to discover that the world is not as small as he thought.
When his ill father tells him he was once a water scooter champion, Mido (12) doesn’t know whether to believe him or not. His dad once a fit young prince? But when the man’s condition worsens, the boy decides to take action, before it’s too late.
An animated short film about a man who casts aside everything in pursuit of his dream. A dream we all share: the quest to find a place we can call home, even if it's underwater.
When a boy suddenly dies, he remains for a little while among the living to see how they try to cope with his death.
A man is being robbed and stabbed by a junkie and in that last second before he dies, a youth friendship flashes before his eyes.
The film traces the life of a single individual, but his life is also a symbol of the lives of a very large group. Just a biopic therefore is a pamphlet; it is an indictment of how society is dealing with the lives of some individuals.
Darth Vader is a boy who - when not wearing his mask - goes by the name Kai.
Who is playing whom? Obsessed by his handheld game, a man fails to notice that the game he plays is overtaking his reality.
During a dream Yuki (7) is reunited with her sister Iwa (11) who has recently passed away. Together, they share a great adventure. But Yuki has to face her biggest fear: to live on without her sister.
Obsessed by a Dutch porn star on his smartphone, Andi doesn’t notice that his brother has chosen this day to say goodbye to him.
Ella agrees to look after Dora, the daughter of a colleague, on a day out together with her own daughter. But Dora confronts Ella with feelings she has been trying to suppress for a very long time.
Younes is selling his father’s car parts at a streetmarket, but when young folksinger Kelvin and his own father arrive, the atmosphere deteriorates very quickly.
Bruno says goodbye to his father who sets of on a dangerous military mission.
There is friction in the water. An entity of nature, constantly manipulated. Something happened, when water became a 'thing' that you can buy in a bottle…
Marc-Antoine and Mickael are staying every winter behind on a by tourists abandoned island. Like their friends they are also full of plans to leave for the mainland, but is Marc-Antoine able to escape his solidified routine?
When the irreversibility of his baby’s imminent arrival dawns on him, Willem is besieged by a feeling of uselessness and an acute fear of fatherhood.
The introverted Kees (33) tries to repair his broken heart. In his daily life, however, the memories of his ex-lover haunt him, drawing a contrast with reality that is like a slap in the face.
Le Macaour is a moving image made out of the combination of animation and celluloid. Both techniques are organically intersecting in order to closely observe and scrutinize the filmed situation.
A father decides that his son Richard is old enough to leave the parental home.
Two lone wolves roam the quiet streets of Podgorica. In search of a way out, Davor turns to his best friend Ana, and learns to free his mind by letting go of everything.
Lejla is a bored young woman from Sarajevo working in a fast food restaurant and taking care of her elderly father. When she falls in love with Vedad she is offered the chance to leave, but she is unsure what is best for her future…
Anton may be done with life, but life ain’t done with Anton.
"The Child is the Father of the Man" is the first episode of the series LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, a collection of 30 short stories
"Love comes by looking" is the second episode of the series LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, a collection of 30 short stories.
"You were afraid where no fear was" is the seventh episode of the series LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, a collection of 30 short stories.
The day Death fell in love with Life.
An elderly single woman refuses all food and drink...
A cage fighter visits his father, who is suffering from dementia, in a nursing home. Here, both men must fight for what is left of their difficult relationship.
A cage fighter visits his father, who is suffering from dementia, in a nursing home. Here, both men must fight for what is left of their difficult relationship.
Microscopic worlds and macroscopic landscapes emerge from the liquid patterns. Together with a pulsating soundtrack, this film creates a sensory and psychedelic experience: a visual journey through mysterious landscapes.
Liquid Solid is a collaborative project between Nicky Assmann and Joris Strijbos in which they explore the cinematic qualities of a freezing soap film.
Little Crow has no feathers on his bottom...
A cover-up and the discovery of a terrible secret
Just as all his colleagues leave the office for exciting holidays, boring office clerk Joost locks himself in the storage room. The only way to escape is to unleash the hero within himself.
Lola Magenta is a portrait of Lola Voss around the time she was admitted in the psychiatric hospital Bellevue in Kreuzlingen.
LOOSE is about an encounter between a young boy with autism and a bum living on the streets. During the time they spend together they feel a connection, without the need to speak to each other.
An abused Chinese farm-woman, poor and childless, fantasises about a better life. In one such fantasy she kills her husband, burying him outside the house...
What do you do when your spaceship crashes on a lonely planet and there is no mechanic in sight?
Jimmy is scheduled to undergo a dangerous operation...
4-million year old Lucy comes alive within the imagination of a boy when he visits a paleological exhibition with his parents.
Biggy and Skinny take supermarket jobs to fund their vacation, but when they are offered a bit of quick cash everything spins out of control.
The true nature of a young woman's relationship unfolds before her eyes.
An illusionist and his assistant present a series of amazing acts.
With his mutilated face, minimal social skills and a crappy scooter, Jeroen must transform in order to be accepted by the bad kids of the neighborhood.
In one continuous recording the film shows Viviane De Muynck in a humour-full elucidation concerning motherly love towards independence
Ton and Ineke are enjoying their afternoon soup when a man crashes down from the sky. While Ton sees a dangerous species lying in his backyard, Ineke sees someone in need of help. As the situation escalates, they begin to see one another for who they are…
In this absurdist story, a busy working mother in search of warmth and security dispenses not just with her husband, but with her common sense too.
A young boy living in Amsterdam North longs to go on holiday to Morocco with his father.
High school students Cas and Naomi, both gay, prefer to spend their days together. But when their future plans seem to drive them apart, their relationship will be put at risk.
The insane mirror our fears and make us question our own psyches, the dark side as well as the light.
When the young and penniless Mimoun determines to buy his girlfriend a Valentine's present, he gets pulled into the criminal wake of his older brother Ab.
When relying on social scripts to survive the social world, it's difficult to go off-script. Especially if you're obsessed with German dive bombers and just want to date a girl...
A mother and her 7-year old daughter are dealing with the little problems of every day life.
Mo is a film about two separate souls who are captured by the ways of life.
Life is good in the idyllic fairytale village of Nix... until an all-devouring monster appears. Young Willy has to fight it. Alone.
A short piece about how paranoia spreads like a virus.
Shot it in Obihiro, Japan, at the last standing venue to host a rare kind of draft horse races known as Ban’ei, the film puts together a mix of motionless, contemplative shots and hard-edge, rhythmical, gibberish-rich montages.
Best friends Mowgli and Fidel are about to embark upon a big journey. But it seems that Fidel prefers to stay at home.
One day, heavy ten-year-old Munya finally realises that you should never shy away from bullies.
In a world populated by people without mouths, a gory accident leads to the discovery that a mouth can be created by cutting it yourself...
In the summer camp of Putin’s youth movement 10.000 young Russians are being trained.
The subterranean journey of a man and a woman, tunneling their way towards each other, leaving threads of autobiography wherever they pass.
Jade lives with her friends Rex and Bo in a secluded mobile home, surrounded by a dense conifer hedge. At first sight, theirs seems to be a normal friendship, but soon it turns out to be more like a hostage situation.
On a hot summer's day two adolescent girls are trapped on a balcony while a group of boys wait for them at the carnival. But as the messages from the boys get hotter and hotter, the balcony turns more and more into a safe haven.
A woman decides between a boring husband and her lover.
In The Night Side, the hands of Gundula Brett, former worker in the darkrooms of Agfa-Orwo for over 25 years, revisit the machine’s surfaces and notches, forever inscribed in her own body.
A heavily overworked nurse is being stalked by a mysterious figure during her night shift in the nursing home.
While transporting illegal immigrants, Tarik finally receives the acknowledgement he has yearned for from his father, but at a high price - the loss of his own innocence…
A hypnotic voice-over narrates a text based on personal experience as a night porter.
Deaf and dumb Samuel is treated badly by his sadistic hotel manager, until he discovers a secret which offers him a way out of his miserable existence.
5:04 am. A woman lies awake because the neighbours are arguing. When she finally decides to call a look of horror shows on her face.
Nona (9), Pascal (a talking calculator) and Viktor (a bouncy pocket knife) try to sneak a meatball out of the fridge. At which point it seems the meatball has a mind of its own... What's more, it loves to sing…
Expectations are challenged in this short experimental film.
Three strangers who are forced to flee their homes are thrown together in the back of a truck, where they pass the time sharing their stories, hopes and dreams.
At a flea market, Robin tries to sell her own made-up stories. Meanwhile, all the main characters listen in, anxiously and intensely.
Annoyed by everything around him, a man complains incessantly. Soon he ends up in hospital with a heart attack, but the complaining doesn't stop ...
Mother and daughter have always been fighting.
A poem in progress.
As Ralf crosses the city at night, he pays as little attention as possible to the escorts in his car until, that is, Kelly gets in. Ralf is blown away by her provocative and unpredictable behaviour. The distance he always maintains is now in jeopardy.
A series of doodles demonstrate how the repetition of the phrase ‘all our lines are busy, one moment please …’ can drive a man insane.
At korfball practice, a timid young teenager reacts to the cruel male locker room banter aimed at the most popular girl on the team.
A futuristic vision of mankind after a catastrophic disaster.
A young Vogue dancer presents himself for the first time at a Voodoo Carnival Ball. He recalls his past and all the changes he went through in order to get here. Based upon the biographical story of Elvin Elejandro Locadia.
A family reaches boiling point during a pit stop on their way home from vacation.
Despite being physically abused by his girlfriend, Jan does not give up on their relationship. He makes up excuses and blames anything but her, but reality remains a painful affair.
Machteld discovers that the grown-up world of disco isn't as exciting as she thought, and vows therefore to remain a girl a little while longer.
In the car Marja has a sudden rush of panic: did she turn off the gas? Did she leave the water running? Is the window locked? In her mind her imaginary mistakes grow to absurd proportions.
Six fanfare flute players explore the landscape of the uniform. A journey that does not go without incident.
For Rick, a young man moving up in the world of crime, a seemingly simple task from a crimelord turns into a grim test of loyalty.
As neither Paul nor Vicky made any real life choices, things never work out between them. Will it remain that way, or is a change coming?
A little boy tries to fight his disease, which he imagines as being a dragon.
Without the pecking, life becomes unbearable!
The hectic life behind the screen in a film theatre becomes suddenly visible.
A short animated adaptation of Thé Tjong-Khing's celebrated children's picture book “Picnic with Cake”, published in more than 13 countries.
A confrontation with a dangerous intruder gives Pilar the opportunity to discover the wild animal within herself.
A man witnesses a murder and has to run for his life.
When a shy 12-year old breaks his arm, his summer holiday seems doomed, but he comes to realize that he can’t remain a wallflower forever.
Eryk, alias Polska Warrior, is the undisputed hero in the online game Goldhunter, but in real life he is a nobody. In order to confront his dominant father, his game buddy Laura shows him to use his game skills in real life.
For a few days, fifteen-year-old Djarno returns to his parents at the travelling funfair, where he is confronted with the painful decision his father made in the past. How do you say goodbye to your childhood when you desperately want to hang on to it?
On a cold and windy night, three trick-or-treaters decide to ‘treat’ the one kindly soul they encounter to a truly horrific sight…
When young Emma is banned from taking her iPad on holiday, she asks her grandma to look after her online horse farm, a task that proves more difficult than expected.
Three friends have raided a local money laundering practice in Rotterdam and they feel like kings. In one night however, they find out that money is not enough to solve their problems.
Shy student Tyn gets the fright of his life when he finds out he is pregnant.
The screen is divided into four parts showing the journey of 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Images of the interior and exterior of the city hall in Ahlen (NRW, Germany) in its present state and in absence of people.
When a man (you) dies, he gets into a conversation with a god regarding the meaning of life, provoking surprising answers to the biggest question of all...
Drifting between data and images and hovering amidst seemingly incompatible moods:
Tarkovsky’s cinematic dreams on the one hand and Zonnestraal’s utopian architecture
on the other.
Redback is captured after he discovers a bio-industry of carnivorous plants in the wood. But Red-end the fly sets him free by sabotaging the meat-factory.
Red-End differs from the rest and tries an experiment.
On a short journey by tram in a big city an older woman and a hasty man are bound together by circumstances. He is not too pleased with this situation. Or is he?
A dystopia in which humans have a body part removed based on a conviction that such amputations will
extend their life. At a facility specializing in these operations appears for the first a woman wanting to get rid
of her heart.
Every year Henry and Marie travel back to the place where their happiness was lost.
When Vedat and Niels find a large amount of money, their friendship is put to the test.
This autobiographical video work takes you to an island. A driver and passenger are revisiting an experience that affected them both deeply. Now, as then, it is night; and the stars in the clear endless sky are right where they were back then.
On June 8, 1968, amidst a year wracked by division and violence, the casket of assassinated Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was transported on a funeral train from New York City to Washington, D.C. Hundreds of thousands of people united along the tracks in a spontaneous expression of grief.
Two men hold a daily meeting on the roof of their house, a neutral place between their hope and misery.
When Linde, a chambermaid in a luxury hotel, sees a distressed Nigerian girl of her own age, possibly a victim of human trafficking, she is suddenly aware of the hidden dark sides of society and her own position of privilege.
A boy loses himself in hardcore music to escape problems at home - a situation that his father, an organ player, finds difficult.
"I'll take a refugee in. If you bring one back."
During a bird migration Sabaku is separated from the group. So he needs to find a new buddy and connect with the other herd animals. It’s the start of a difficult journey, but one on which he really belongs.
When mankind causes its own demise, what could bring consolation?
Living out his days in a nursing home, a secret is unearthed from the dark past of charismatic Salvatore Luciano.
A Dutch family is helping a Jewish family flee the Nazis. After the war, Sammy - the cat of the Jewish family - returns
A truck driver and his daughter both like the feel of sand.
You get up at five, eat your vitamins, take some water with your coffee, work for a few hours, eat your omegas and flavonoids, work a little more, get some exercise and then take a shower. But don’t bother trying to wash the sand out of your hair.
As the world starts moving around him, a young desert dweller decides to follow the footprints of his fellow tribesmen towards the origin of time.
‘The Sasha’ is a fictional video essay about the human perspective on Earth and our constant struggle with our temporal and spatial limitations.
11-year-old Sayed Abdullah Sulaiman is a great soccer talent from Kuwait.
A mother blames a kindergarten teacher for failing to give her son an outlet for his male energy. The teacher tries to remain professional, but after yet another reproach she finally discovers an outlet for her own pent-up frustration...
Fifteen-year-old Robin is spending the summer holidays in southern Limburg. A holiday like many others, until her burgeoning sexuality and curiosity begin to hinder the relationship with her best friend Merel.
After 19-year old Esra misses her train while playing a fast-paced, flashy game on her smartphone, it is a vintage Rubik’s Cube that challenges her attention.
Since part of the Baltic fleet moved away most of Kronstadt is no longer a closed military city.
On the day of her abortion, Dana looks for her own way to come to terms with her decision.
When nobody wants to see you, your vision changes. Only when you fall, you seem to be a part of everybody, just for a little while.
A short film made from scanned images of transparent adhesive sticky tape.
Twin brothers Tom and Marnix do everything together. But their parents want to separate the boys. So when they both fall in love with Rosa, and she falls in love with them, they take drastic measures to stay together.
Markus builds a time machine but discovers that not everything in the past can be so easily changed.
Three youngsters take a road trip to Seville that will change their lives forever.
She /Her is a film about the balance of power and the deep underlying emotions within a mother-daughter relationship: uncertainties, manipulation, dependency but ultimately love.
17-year-old Arend’s first step into the world of gay love is a date with handsome Michael, but things don’t turn out quite as how he imagined…
An absurdist black comedy about Anders - a rather tall 30-year-old - who discovers that the rest of the world seems to think that he is a gnome.
Romantic story set in a war-torn Kurdish town. When Sherin leaves to fight, her anguished lover Ferhat stays behind awaiting her return.
After a fight at home Alize observes, from a distance, the frantically worried parents from whom she has run away.
Esther feels she has got what it takes when she applies for a job, but then she meets a stranger who can see behind her mask.
The man's presence lingers in the room that for years served as his study. Present and past intertwine as he
follows threads of his memory and recalls the time of his participation in the colonial war against Ethiopia in
When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.
76-year old Sjaak tries to write a speech for his recently deceased wife, but he is only capable of writing the opening lines. As the ceremony begins, Sjaak postpones the speech. He is determined to find a more authentic way to say goodbye to his great love.
One night Mads is forced to choose between dealing drugs or a completely new life.
Noortje, a 12-year old girl, experiences her first massage, but she is not yet prepared to feel the hands of a stranger on her skin.
A Turkish boy discovers that he doesn't become a real man just by being circumcised.
A couple of well-meaning day-trippers miss all the animal activity that takes place right under their noses in an idyllic forest clearing.
When Onno's father dies he stays behind with his car and his dog Snow, before grabbing the opportunity to finally grow up. .
A Young woman seeks for experiences that would dramatize her life.
After Iris and Sven fall for each other over an evening, a sobering 10-minute cycle ride home diminishes their chances of a successful one-night stand.
Julia Kaiser writes, directs, produces, animates, films and acts as her alter ego Han Profond, who is interested in semiotics and lies about her age. To escape the gaze of her mother the felt frog, Han has moved out into the party shed where she drinks beers and welcomes her masked history teacher Schenkel.
Alex, a troubled and isolated teenager, finds a true friend in Hendrik, his sister's boyfriend. When Hendrik and Annelies announce their plans to leave the family home, Alex must face what is troubling him.
In this dance film, an African man feverishly looks for his wife who has vanished without a trace. His ramble unfolds like a road movie. All the time, the man’s longing for his darling is undiminished.
A fairytale and horror story in a "Painted Animation". By greed two friends change into monsters. An apocalyptic fight brings death to an unexpected victim.
"Zip up and let's dance to the sound of breaking glass." A band of sleepy spirits in an ambulance run out of road.
Teenager Sam starts working at Spoetnik, a clandestine fries stall named after its speciality. Right across the street is a brothel with an alluring girl who evidently needs Sam’s help…
When a man loses control of his life, he finds meaning in machines that ascend and descend. A winterly story about loss, desire and airplanes.
When Swallow is in danger Squirrel tries everything to save her.
Willem (78) tries to explain all home appliances to his wife.
We are introduced to a group of people within an office environment. everyday work gestures are observed throughout the building. nothing seems out of place.
A group of boys take us on their surreal coming of age journey in suburban Skopje, Macedonia, midst its passage
from war to westernization.
Five fragments about the struggle and incapacity within a family.
Idris embarks on a journey towards an arranged marriage with a woman he has never met, in a country he has never set foot in.
After a break-in at her home, interiors buyer Helen (38) is left in a state of shock. Many of her dearest possessions have been taken, but she also realises she has lost a part of herself that is not at all easy to replace…
Absurdist tragicomedy about a man who scores a personal success on the day of his death.
When Bert’s sexy neighbour pops in to borrow some sugar, things suddenly take an unexpected turn.
A woman from Hong Kong planning to join the umbrella protests goes to visit her father, who is moving to an old folks’ home.
While the city is being hit by NATO-bombings, Ivana is trying to tell her boyfriend she is pregnant.
Albert gets lost in the seductive world of the supermarket.
An unusual choreography in ordinary surroundings.
As a woman changes into a rabbit she begins to discover her true self.
A day in a tropical swimming paradise.
A girl finds that she still has a match on a dating app with a stranger, despite swiping him left just moments before. She starts to fear that the man might be dangerously close…
A CERN researcher performs a ritual dance with a female shaman and learns that life's riches are hidden in the smallest human body parts.
Mistakes during synchronized swimming finals test the friendship of two girls.
Will Gwen follow her deepest desires when she unexpectedly comes across a volume of kinky erotica, or will her sense of embarrassment restrain her?
Rolls and rolls of tape go through the long process of development and degeneration, resulting in unpredictable shapes and movements that somehow feel familiar.
Tex is an animation character. Evie is a live-action girl. They seem to be an impossible match. But isn't everything possible in a cartoon?
When Thanatos meets a lonely birdwatcher, a special friendship unfolds. But he knows all the time that a farewell is inevitable.
A one-eyed has-been TV presenter hides away in a hotel room.
Shining boots, stripes on shoulders and medals pinned to the chest: the theatrical pomp and circumstance which the military uses contrast sharply with the chaos it causes.
Love is a human condition remarkably well suited for getting people into trouble with one another.
Three moments in time are captured in three layers of coloured imagery shown simultaneously. Combined, the layers form normal full-colour images of the elements whichpersist through time.
In a small village in the Finnish countryside there’s a TV-tower that resonates in the wind, in three different frequencies.
Short graphic story about a girl who struggles, quite literally, through a crowd of people while trying to do her grocery shopping.
Carmen is secretly in love with Cheyenne, her best friend. But when Cheyenne reacts willingly to the advances of a boy, something snaps inside Carmen.
A customs officer at an airport decides to take the helm one rainy day and go for a holiday in the sun...
TICKING AWAY tells the story of a solitary watchmaker, who seeks comfort and meaning in his daily routine. Then, one evening, a strange man brings him a very special watch to repair...
Hessel the lugworm bait digger is ready to start his day. With his radio on his regular station he sets of to start his hard labor, however help arrives from an unexpected source.
When a man walking his dog finds a cell-phone belonging to a Moroccan girl the result is a brief but remarkable encounter.
In a war in which everything is bigger than big, our hopes lie with the small…
The screen is a trampoline on which people and animals frolic. From under the trampoline pad we watch, amused, until things take an unexpected turn…
Simone gets the opportunity to join the executive board of a big law firm, which would make her the first female member. But in order to get the position, she must take the ultimate decision…
When Bram (15) meets Florian at a house party, he immediately falls for him. There is only one problem: nobody knows that Bram is gay.
A deceased farmer is buried by his hated brother, the vicar. Worms inhabit the corpse and take full control of it. The dead farmer reawakens...
After she saves a child, Maud finally comes to terms with the fact that she can’t have children herself.
During the Paris riots of 2005, new police recruits from the impoverished suburbs are conflicted as to where their sympathies actually lie: with the French law enforcers or with the protesters.
Scott is an emotionally damaged 18-year-old boy. Lacking support in his search for identity, he has lost touch with his own youth. Will he be able to get in touch with his own emotions?
A juggler tries to keep all plates up in the air, but there are just too many...
After his father dies, Williams, the king of a self-made cleaning emporium in Amsterdam and crown prince of a Ghanaian tribe, is forced to leave behind his life in Amsterdam and take on his responsibilities as heir to the throne.
A socially underdeveloped cloakroom attendant thrives on his unique sense of smell, but he
misreads an unexpected encounter with his potentially ideal partner…
When widow Thea is visited by her son Willem in her large secluded house, she rejects his idea to move somewhere else. But when he leaves and Thea turns off her malfunctioning radio, she turns out to be lonelier than we thought.
A very normal man has a very abnormal problem. He can walk through walls, and doesn't know what to do about it.
How does it feel when you must leave your familiar environment, plunged into uncertain flight, just to be free and not live in fear anymore?
Short film based on the banking blog Joris Luyendijk wrote for The Guardian about the heart of finance: the City of London.
When Salomon discovers a giant submarine on a beach, he accidently releases its fanatical German crew who have long since passed the age of retirement...
Sophie is on an emotional rollercoaster as she awaits her hospital results which will tell if the cancer has spread or not. But during these uncertain times, Sophie realizes she loves life.
A determined amphibian sea-creature wants to venture into the human world. Her dream of evolving into the perfect individual is so strong that she overcomes the physical boundaries of her fish-body and transforms into a human being.
In this coming of age story, an ambitious 20-year old (Olaf) tries to arrange a big birthday party for his father who is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s.
In We’re All Here artist Beny Wagner channels feelings of inexplicable loss and yearning for something unknown.
A densely textured documentary about a film-maker making a film about the famed German author Karl May. The film weaves through a mixture of stop motion animation, found footage and interviews that itself is enough to generate sensory Wanderlust.
The ecological residential area EVA-Lanxmeer in Culemborg in The Netherlands serves as a background for a visual love story about an architect and his client.
The family of the elderly Wil can’t accept her final wish.
An over-zealous hunter frolics explosively through the peaceful woods.
A destructive aggression is festering inside 19-year-old Gijs, something he must learn to contain as his life begins to spiral out of control.
Several bottles of wine later, three girls roll out of a car and into a nightclub. Inside, they get into a row which results in a massive bar brawl. But even when they end up in jail, there is no end to the festivities...
A journey into the economic unconscious—which is now collective and digital.
In the northernmost point of Europe, for two months a year the sun does not rise above the horizon.
Pepe and her little bird friend Luco go door-to-door to sell homemade cookies and flowers. They want to use the money to get delicious ice cream from Baba's truck.
Riots roar and explosions ignite. Inside,10-year old Sara's songs are carried into the wind of a fan as her pregnant mother and mysterious aunt struggle with tradition and modernity. Through her senses, Sara creates a world of songs and stories.
A 7-minute cinematic journey that interrogates our relationship with words, set in a post-factual universe. As a series of dystopian urban scenarios unfold, words materialize as strange autonomous entities.
Yim and his imaginary friend Yoyo have wonderful adventures together. But what happens if Yim finds a real friend?
A little girl in a purplish-gray horse suit travels through urban Japanese landscapes.
On an old pig farm, enclosed by sloping fields, a farmer takes in an addict. In this expressionist portrait we
witness 24 hours of their isolated existence where confusion and alienation create an image of the future
In this contemporary love story, based on the classic Shakespearean tragedy, two teenage girls find love and each other in a juvenile detention center.