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Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison where both were locked up for speaking out against the regime. After leaving prison they married. 20 years and four sons later, Raghda is once more jailed as a political prisoner. When she is unexpectedly released, the Syrian Revolution is in full swing. Amer and Raghda must… Read more »

UK UK / 2015 / 76 Min / 17+
Le voyage dans la lune

Inspired by Jules Verne’s novels “From the Earth to the Moon” and “Around the Moon”, the whimsical fantasy film follows a group of astronomers travelling to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule. They explore the Moon’s surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return with a splashdown to Earth with a… Read more »

France France / 1902 / 13 min. / 12+
ABENDLAND

ABENDLAND is a film poem that undertakes a long, associative journey, surveying Europe by night in terms of its many different facets. Through the lens of Nikolaus Geyrhalter, the film takes us to images with a wealth of details during the night work throughout Europe that eventually make us look at things in a new… Read more »

Austria Austria / 2012 / 90 min / G
Abi Means Papa

Armin is Indonesian and adopted by Swiss parents. At the age of 19, by accident, he discovered his adoption documents. That same year he went to Indonesia to see his birth mother for the first time. She tells him that his birth father had disappeared. Six years later we follow Armin traveling to Indonesia to find his birth father. His birth mother… Read more »

Switzerland Switzerland / 2014 / 78 Min / 12+
Henkesi edestä

Kiia and Lauri are speeding on a dark country road to the hospital. Kiia, in premature labor, holds the wheel. The car hits something. Lauri takes a look and assures his wife it was nothing. They rush to the hospital and Kiia gives birth to a healthy baby boy. In the hospital Kiia befriends Hanna, whose husband is in a… Read more »

Finland Finland / 2015 / 92 Min / 12+
Lucia de B.

Based on the true story. Nurse Lucia (40) was present at one inexplicable death too many. The hospital alerts the police. A young District Attorney (28), Judith, gets involved and Lucia is sentenced to life in prison. But doubt hits Judith. She discovers inconsistencies in the witness statements and the suppression of lab evidence. Judith teams up with Lucia’s lawyer, but at every appeal… Read more »

Netherlands Netherlands / 2014 / 97 Min / 12+
Michiel de Ruyter

Michiel de Ruyter (1607-1676) was one of the largest innovators in sea-combat and therefore he became the most famous admiral in Dutch history. Held in the highest esteem by his sailors and soldiers, he was known for his refusal to back away from risky and bold challenges. The film Admiral is a visually stunning, swashbuckling story of legendary naval battles, civil war, and… Read more »

Netherlands Netherlands / 2015 / 151 Min / 12+
AFGHAN STAR

AFGHAN STAR follows the dramatic stories of four young finalists—two men and two women—of an American Idol-styled TV series in Afghanistan.  Since 2005, after thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to the country.  These four finalists risk everything to become the nation’s favorite performer…. Read more »

UK UK / 2009 / 87 min / G
After the Tone

“After the Tone” is not exactly an ordinary film. The main character is Onno’s answering machine. Onno is not available. We hear voicemail messages of friends and relatives. We see what the callers see: images of a business park in Amsterdam to a palm beach in the Pacific. On the day that Onno has won an important prize, he disappeared. And… Read more »

Netherlands Netherlands / 2014 / 85 Min / 12+
Ai weiwei: The fake case

After 81 days of solitary detention famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is put under house arrest. Cameras monitor his home, police agents follow him and he is met with a lawsuit, soon to be named ‘The Fake Case’. Ai Weiwei steadily finds new ways to challenge the authorities in his fight for human rights. He… Read more »

Denmark Denmark / 2013 / 86 min. / 12+
DolfjeWeerwolfje

On the night of Alfie’s seventh birthday, he suddenly changes into a small, white, furry wolf.  Under the full moon, he runs through the park, chasing chickens and ducks.  The next morning, he wakes up as himself.  Alfie has no idea what is happening.  Worried that his parents won’t accept his newfound identity, Alfie is… Read more »

Netherlands Netherlands / 2011 / 89 min. / G
Auf Einmal

After the party in Karsten’s apartment, everybody leaves except Anna. They talk, they kiss and then she stops breathing. He runs for help. But it is too late. This accidental event has profound effect on his settled and well-established life. It spirals out of control and turn sour. Tension arises at his office, with his girlfriend, his friends and with his parents. In a small provincial German town, disappointment soon fuels anger, justice hides behind hypocrisy, and evil gradually unfolds. Compelling, puzzling and provocative. – Setelah pesta di apartemen Karsten, semua tamu pulang kecuali Anna. Mereka berbincang dan bercumbu, lalu Anna mendadak berhenti bernapas. Karsten mencoba mencari bantuan, tapi sudah terlambat. Kecelakaan ini berdampak buruk pada hidup Karsten yang stabil dan mapan. Ketegangan dalam hidupnya mulai bermunculan: di kantor, dengan pacarnya, bersama teman-temannya, dan juga orang tuanya. Di sebuah kota terpencil di Jerman, kekecewaan memancing kemarahan, keadilan bersembunyi di balik kemunafikan, dan kejahatan secara perlahan mulai terungkap.

Germany Germany / 2016 / 112 Min / 17+
AMOUR

Having previously won the Palme d’Or in 2009 for The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke officially solidified himself as a a director whose work would forever and always have a place in the the history of cinema with this year’s Palme d’Or-winning AMOUR. Critically hailed as a masterpiece, this film is a portrait of Georges and… Read more »

Austria Austria / 2012 / 127 min / G
Konferenz der Tiere

Since mankind can’t be relied upon to take care of the Earth, a group of computer-animated critters band together to fix things themselves in ANIMALS UNITED.  Loosely adapted from a 1949 children’s book, “The Animals’ Conference”, which dealt with nuclear disarmament, the film is a modern Aesop’s fable that isn’t shy about delivering an explicit… Read more »

Germany Germany / 2010 / 93 min / G
European Short Animation Films by HAFF

This program highlights European short animation films. It includes a.o. the Oscar nominated A Single Life by Job, Joris & Marieke (NL 2014), winner of the HAFF 2015 Audience Award, about a vinyl single that enables Pia to zap through her life. The program is provided by The Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF). HAFF is an… Read more »

Netherlands Netherlands / 2014 / G