Film Countries Archives: The Netherlands

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The Woodcutter Story Metsurin Tarina

  Mikko Myllylahti

  Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany     98 minutes

Synopsis

Seemingly impervious to the perpetual darkness of winter, woodcutter Pepe radiates a cheery disposition to friends and family alike in the picturesque northern Finnish town where he lives. His resolve is tested, though, when a series of cataclysmic events begin to upend his life and throw his family into chaos. But even amid the turmoil, his optimism wins out. Anchored by a riotously deadpan lead performance and a wild cast of characters (including a child barber, a singing psychic, and a talking fish), the film is an absurd, hilarious fable that grows increasingly surreal minute by minute. Despite all the craziness swirling about in the Finnish winter, one must imagine Pepe happy.

 Finnish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Director Mikko Myllylahti
*Subject to change

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 2:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Director Mikko Myllylahti
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Emilia Haukka, Jussi Rantamäki
  •   Mikko Myllylahti
  •   Jussi Rautaniemi F.C.E.
  •   Arsen Sarkisiants
  •   Jarkko Lahti, HP Björkman, Iivo Tuuri, Marc Gassot, Katja Küttner, Ulla Tapaninen, Armi Toivanen
  •   Jorma Kaulanen, Peter Albrectsen
  •   Jonas Struck
  •   Aamu Film Company, Keplerfilm, Beofilm, Achtung Panda!

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The Natural History of Destruction

  Sergei Loznitsa

  Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands     112 minutes

Synopsis

In a quaint peaceful European town, horse-drawn carriages clip-clop along the cobblestone streets, while children enjoy snacks by a Gothic fountain, and an old man plays a folk song on a clarinet. Only later does it become clear that the picturesque scene is one from Nazi Germany—and soon bombs begin raining down, their explosions a flurry of flashes against the night sky. Inspired by W.G. Sebald’s treatise and created entirely from archival footage, The Natural History of Destruction mounts a harrowing critique of the killing of civilian populations during war-time—as seen in the devastation unleashed across both England and Germany during WWII. Ukrainian-raised Cannes-winning filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa (Maidan, Donbass) returns to the Festival after last year’s winner Babi Yar. Context with another brilliantly edited, immaculately restored, and exquisitely sound-designed clarion call, as tragically urgent today as the missiles continue to fall.

 English, German with subtitles 

Content Warning

This film contains scenes of violence.

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Screenings & Events

Screening

Mon, Oct 17 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 2:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Media

Film Credits

  •   Regina Bouchehri, Gunnar Dedio, Uljana Kim, Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Choustova
  •   Danielius Kokanauskis
  •   Christiaan Verbeek
  •   LOOKSfilm, Studio Uljana Kim, ATOMS & VOID

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Burning Days Kurak Günler

  Emin Alper

  Turkey, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, Croatia     130 minutes

Synopsis

After arriving in the drought-plagued rural outpost of Balkaya, by-the-book prosecutor Emre slowly begins to realize that he has been sent into a viper’s nest of corruption and scandal. Although he is hesitant to accept an invitation to dinner at the mayor’s residence, Emre eventually allows himself to be persuaded to attend, lest he offend the chummy official. But after waking up in the morning with little recollection of the events of the previous evening, he learns, to his horror, that a young Romany woman was assaulted on the premises. Emre embarks on an investigation that tests his own moral character as it threatens to reveal a secret of his own. Handsomely photographed, this crackling, politically-minded thriller also serves as a powerful cautionary tale of ascendant homophobia and populist attitudes gaining ground throughout the world.

 Turkish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Fri, Oct 14 @ 5:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 12:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Nadir Öperli, Kerem Çatay
  •   Emin Alper
  •   Özcan Vardar, Eytan İpeker
  •   Ceyda Yüceer
  •   Christos Karamanis (GSC)
  •   Selahatti̇n Paşali, Eki̇n Koç, Erol Babaoğlu, Erdem Şenocak, Seli̇n Yeni̇nci̇
  •   Krešimir Rodic
  •   Stefan Will
  •   Ay Yapim, Liman Film

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  Lukas Dhont

  Belgium, France, Netherlands     104 minutes

Synopsis

Leo and Remi, two thirteen-year-old best friends, have spent every moment of their summer together. As the season ends, a new school year brings with it a new set of social pressures that tests their intimate, seemingly unbreakable bond. An enthralling, breathless visual style plunges viewers into the exhilarating, emotionally uncertain world of adolescence with immersive, devastating clarity. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont’s second film is a transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing.

 French with subtitles 

Content Warning

This film contains themes of suicide.

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Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 5:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Michiel Dhont, Dirk Impens
  •   Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
  •   Alain Dessauvage
  •   Eve Martin
  •   Frank Van Den Eeden
  •   Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Émilie Dequenne, Léa Drucker
  •   Vincent Sinceretti
  •   Valentin Hadjadj

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I Don’t Wanna Dance

  Flynn von Kleist

  The Netherlands      2021    

Synopsis

Teenager Joey and his little brother are delighted to be placed back with their mother Daphne after two years apart. All seems to be going well. Daphne has a job and Joey finds his niche with a dance group. But when Daphne sinks back into old, destructive patterns, Joey does whatever it takes to keep social services away. How long can he keep it up and at what cost? Scriptwriter Jaroen Scholten van Aschat collaborates with lead actor Yfendo van Praag to create a personal, earnest portrait of a boy fighting to reach adulthood.

 Dutch with subtitles 
  89 minutes

Screenings & Events

In-Person Screening

Wed, Aug 31 @ 6:30pm CDT

at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago

Free tickets available to claim starting August 15 or available at the door (subject to availability). Walk-up tickets will be available at the door starting 15 minutes before the start of the screening if open seating remains. 

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