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Introducing programmer Gerlinda Heywegen

Gerlinda Heywegen - foto Floris Schellitz
Gerlinda Heywegen - foto Floris Schellitz

Who makes the programme of the Winternachten festival? We gladly introduce the members of our partly new team of programmers. This time: Gerlinda Heywegen, who also gives some reading tips.

Gerlinda Heywegen is a programme maker, writer, organiser and lecturer, always in the field of film. She works for Film by the Sea Festival in Vlissingen, Dutch film magazine de Filmkrant and the Winternachten festival.

Since 2016, Gerlinda has been making and presenting film programmes for the Winternachten festival. Departing from the festival theme, she gives film lectures or discusses the theme from a cinematic perspective with writers and poets. Some examples of Gerlinda's programmes are Power is always right about House of Cards, with Tom Dommisse and Felix Rottenberg (Winternachten festival 2017), Power to the People: film as a weapon (Winternachten festival 2018), and About visible invisible stories, a conversation with poet Rosabelle Illes from Aruba about the films that inspire her (Winternachten festival 2020).

Koning Film is the collective founded by Gerlinda that focuses on developing, organising and producing activities and events that provide context for films and film programmes. Think of intros, talks, talkshows, Q&A's with makers, courses.

Gerlinda coordinates Filmkrant.Live, for which critics provide introductions and Q&A's in film theatres and at festivals. She also wrote The other director: beeldenvangers en lichttovenaars (The Other Director: image catchers and light magicians), a collection of interviews with directors of photography ('d.o.p.'s'), contributed to Frans Westra's Passie voor Cinema (Passion for Cinema), on the history of art house film theatres in the Netherlands, and was editor and journalist for the film magazine Skrien. Nowadays she regularly writes for fanzine Schokkend Nieuws.

Of course, Gerlinda also gives some annotated reading tips:

- The book I am giving as a present

Zona by Geoff Dyer.
"A few years ago I started Zona by the English writer Geoff Dyer. As a fan of Andrei Tarkovsky I wanted to read what he had to write about Stalker. It seemed to me beforehand a rather unholy mission by the way: who writes a book about one film in which the whole film is described?
But since then I've been reading the book and I still haven't finished it, because with every piece he describes, I want to see that piece of film as well. I also want to look up all the references. And then I put it away for a while and always pick it up again. Because it is so unique. You can say a lot about Tarkovsky, but not that he or his work is light-footed, or funny. But Dyer and Zona are. To his British, something Russian is considered. That almost makes the film even richer and at least adds something to it".

- The book I wanted to write

De verborgen bron (The hidden source) by Hella S. Haase.
"I read this book when I was seventeen and had literally seen nothing of the world. The descriptions of the house, the forest, the water, rain and threatening thunderstorms touched me deeply. For Winternachten I reread it a few years ago and already on half of that first page I remembered it again. This book, which is seventy years old, is even more beautiful than I already knew.
As a seventeen-year-old I hoped that what I read really existed. And now I have seen, smelled, felt that it did. That the poetic, elusive and at the same time tangible and smelling world of the book exists somewhere. In different places in the world and yes, still often in my head. And at the same time it only exists in this little book and can't be compared to anything else".

- The book I'm reading now

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips.
"From a friend who works at PenguinRandomhouse, I regularly receive a package of books. Also from writers I don't know at all. This book plays in Kamchatka and has as a starting point the disappearance of two sisters. Then each chapter is dedicated to people who are more or less involved in that disappearance. You read about their own troubles, not great and not compelling either. Between the lines Phillips talks about the country, the people, the relationship with Russia, sexism, discrimination, love, misfortune. I am very curious to know where it is going".

Posted on: Wednesday 7 October 2020