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World Cinema Amsterdam: more than film

For eleven days today's best world cinema is screened at World Cinema Amsterdam. More than 40 feature films and short are shown. But there is more.

Thursday 12 August

Opening World Cinema Amsterdam

The festival kicks off on Thursday evening with the official opening at 09.30 PM, when Un homme qui crie will be screened; a father and son drama that won this year’s jury award in Cannes. The director, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun from Chad, will be present for a Q&A. The opening party, at which everyone is welcome, then gets under way.

Friday 13 August

Opening Mexican Landscapes

Friday the 13th needn’t necessarily bring bad luck. Certainly not this Friday the 13th, which sees the start of Mexican Landscapes, the World Cinema Amsterdam programme focusing on recent Mexican cinema. The programme opens at 09.00 PM with Revolución -  a portmanteau film in which ten Mexican directors look back in ten short films at the violent upheaval of the overthrow of the country’s dictatorial President Porfirio Díaz, one hundred years ago, that was to bring dramatic changes to the country.

The same evening, there will also be a Late Night Screening of the music documentary Havanyork. Argentinean/Mexican director Luciano Larobina compares and contrasts the hip hop cultures of Havanna and New York, and comes up with some surprising conclusions. Featuring a great hip hop soundtrack, and followed by a pumping party.

Wednesday 18 August

Awards Ceremony

The competition programme will be officially concluded on Wednesday evening with the announcement of the winners of the World Cinema Amsterdam Jury Award and theWorld Cinema Amsterdam Broadcast Award. The winner of this award will be broadcasted bij NTR on Dutch television Nederland 2.
The icing on the cake will then be provided by a screening of Golden Bear winner (Berlin film festival 2010) Honey (Bal) by Turkish director Semih Kaplanoğlu. Kaplanoğlu will be present at the screening and will afterwards answer questions from the audience.

Thursday 19 August

Opening World Cinema Open Air
For the past seven years, Amsterdam’s Marie Heinekenplein square has been transformed for four days every August into a summer open air cinema – Rialto in the Open Air. This year, the square will also be the venue for open air screenings – but this time as part of World Cinema Amsterdam. To emphasise this, the event has been given a new name: World Cinema Amsterdam Open Air. World Cinema Amsterdam opens with the screening of Benda Bilili!.

Saturday 21 August

World Cinema Amsterdam Closing Party - Brazilian Summer Sessions

On this Saturday, World Cinema Amsterdam presents - in cooperation with A Hora do Brasil - the Brazilian 'musical' Ó Paí, Ó will screen on the Marie Heinekenplein as part of World Cinema Amsterdam Open Air. From 07.00 PM, the audience will be warmed up by DJ Paulo. After the movie ends, round midnight, everybody is welcome to the Brazilian after party at Rialto. Until the wee hours you can dance to the sultry sounds of DJ Paulo and Forrozar-percussionists Cleyton Barros and Nailton Miranda.