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Wed 24 February


An awkward murder mystery by French director Bruno Dumont. P’tit Quinquin was named the No.1 film of 2014 by the prestigious French magazine Cahiers du Cinema. It was the first time a TV-Series made the #1 spot in the annual ranking.

Wed 23 March

AWL_004 Eraserhead

David Lynch’s classic debut in its original 35mm version!

Wed 02 March

Layers #1: Fossils

The Layers series of short films for 2016 is inspired by unpredictability. Embracing confusion allows us to celebrate the moment.

Thu 03 March

Thursday Night: Christiania, 40 Years of Occupation

In 1970 a group of hippies squatted an abandoned military barracks in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. The film Christiania: 40 Years of Occupation combines historical footage from the early days of the commune with interviews with the current residents.

Wed 10 February

Krakatit - a movie

On Wednesday 10th February, Czech Centre Rotterdam will present a Dutch translation of Krakatit, a novel by Karel Čapek. The main character of the story is a scientist, who accidentally discovers an exceptionally strong explosive substance.

Thu 18 February

Manifest: Animation Show & Tell

Manifest is a regular animation show & tell evening. Just like the school show & tell exercises, participants bring an animation clip which they love and they share with the audience what it is and why they chose it. Come to the manifest to see what people are passionate about and why. Drink a beer and chat with the presenters about animation.

Tue 16 February

Rotterdams Open Doek

Whohow! The 27th edition of Rotterdams Open Doek is coming up! Best short films of Rotterdam by young filmakers and professionals. With special guest and free drinks.

This evening:

Hondsdagen - Janet van den Brand

IK ZIE IK ZIE - Jefta Varwijk

Ella - Fabian Jansen (48Hourfilm)

Silver Morning - Rauwkost Collective

Check the link and get your tickets!

Tue 16 February

Rotterdams Open Doek

Each month Rotterdams Open Doek exhibits shorts made by talented filmmakers that are assessed best by the jury. In the next edition of Tuesday, February 16th four short films are selected. The special guest for this edition will be pronounced later.

Wed 30 March

The Grote Hoop #6: De Zee die Denkt

“One of the most successful experimental films ever made in The Netherlands” (Gert de Graaff • NL • 2000 • 100 min • 35MM • English Subtitles)

Wed 16 March

Cultfilm: Pruimenbloesem

Spring has sprung, the buds on the trees are bursting into blossom and Cult Video is honoured to welcome a thoroughbred filmmaker to WORM: Willem van Batenburg.

Wed 17 February

Wonder Women, 1973, 16mm, Dr. Robert Vincent O’Neill

Cult Video goes on the 16 mm tour with this fine rip-off of Charlie’s Angels,

Thu 18 February

Thursday Night: Virtual Fashion with Jacob Kok

Fashion exists not only in the physical domain but can also create new realities through animation and virtual reality. Fashion designer and animator Jacob Kok enjoys working in both realms. During this evening he will show his favourite new films and virtual reality fragments. Earlier this year Kok made the documentary See the Light about the influence of digital developments on human identity.

Thu 21 January

Off Screen IFFR special with Bero Beyer

In the first Off Screen edition of 2016, Bero Beyer, the new director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, will talk about his personal suggestions for the upcoming festival. Off Screen offers a screening program with films by and interviews with Rotterdam-based filmmakers.

Wed 20 January

Mr. Holmes in Cinema Islemunda

The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 50-year old case. Holmes’ memory isn’t what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

Wed 20 January

Cultfilm: What We Do In The Shadows

Vampires Vladislav, Deacon and Viago try to live the lives of “ordinary mortals”, but that’s harder than expected.

Thu 28 January

Thursday Night: Film MA by Celia Rowlson-Hall (IFFR)

Choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall’s remarkable feature film debut explores gender issues and questions role patterns. Rowlson-Hall plays the leading role in her modern-day vision of Mother Mary’s pilgrimage. In a visual language full of dance and movement, her journey crosses the scorched landscape of the American Southwest.

Wed 27 January

Adventure Travel Film Club presents: North of the Sun

Proudly presenting the premiere of the first Dutch edition of the Adventure Travel Film Club. Starting off with North of the Sun

About the Club Outdoor inspiration in the city

We showcase the best examples of human skill, endurance and endeavor. Join us and get inspired Every couple of month we get together to watch a film about adventure travel / extreme sport / the great outdoors.

Normally the films last around an hour and are followed by a talk with the filmmaker themselves.

Then we have a drink to discuss what we saw and make our own plans.

Come and explore the world with us. Get your tickets now at:

Tue 05 January

Kino Klub Goethe: Angst essen Seele auf

In January Kino Klub Goethe, a high quality film series of German cinema at the Goethe-Institut Rotterdam, presents the timely classic “Angst essen Seele auf” by the famous German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Sun 17 January

De Grote Hoop presents ‘Wildschut’

Perhaps the best Dutch B-film ever made.

Sat 19 December


BAR invites Kriterion for your monthly movie fix. We play the type of movies you want to tell your friends about. For this edition:

AMY (2015) directed by Asif Kapadia