(1968) is a programmer, writer, organizer, and lecturer on the subject of film. She works for events and institutions like Film by the Sea in Vlissingen, Mooov in Belgium, Filmhuis Den Haag and Writers Unlimited. She also organizes Filmkrant.Live, which offers introductions, lectures, Q&As and talk shows throughout the Netherlands, especially at movie theatres. Together with the VPRO network she developed and produced the radio talk show Eye Filmcafé for Amsterdam's EYE Film Museum; she also wrote commentaries for it. Heywegen's books include The Other Director, about eight directors of photography; she collaborated with Frans Westra on Passie voor Cinema (Passion for Cinema), which highlights four decades of film screenings in the Netherlands; and she edited and wrote for the film magazine Skrien.(WN 2020)
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Writer and film critic Vamba Sherif tells us, via film excepts, about the work of the Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembène, who is considered a key figure in post-colonial African cinema. Sherif says: "His films were a way not only to decolonize the African mind but also to take a sharp and critical look at the relationship between Africa and the West."
Sherif also shows excerpts from the documentary that the Kenyan literary and social activist Ngugi wa Thiong'o made about his own life. This famous writer, born in 1938, grew up during the British colonial rule and witnessed the Mau Mau independence struggle of 1952-1962. His critical books and plays landed him in jail during the post-colonial Moi dictatorship and later even caused him to be exiled.
Sherif also shows excerpts from successful international feature films such as Abouna (2002) and Daratt (2006), both by the Chadian filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, and from the work of the Mauritanian filmmaker, scriptwriter and film producer Abderrahmane Sissako. A screening of Sissako's feature film Heremakono follows this event.
Films are made all over the world. They "speak" a universal language but are also culturally determined. In Colony of Images, Gerlinda Heywegen shows just how free film actually is and how it particularly wants to give us, the public, that impression. The film excerpts, both good and bad, such as colonization films shot in the Congo and contemporary arthouse fare (i.e. Claire Denis' Beau travail and White Material, both shot in Africa), colour this lecture, which perhaps asks more questions than it answers. Because the world, and certainly the world of film, is a colony of images. How important is it to decolonize film, to remove (offensive) stereotypes? When does a film exclude or oppress, and when is it inclusive? And is the latter even possible?
Writers Hanna Bervoets and Mark O'Connell and film curator Gerlinda Heywegen presented and commented on video clips, short films and excerpts from games and feature films related to the festival theme 'Who wants to live forever?' You'll see visions of the future, healing elixirs, struggles between life and death, and commercials about staying young and beautiful. Prior to 'Forever clips, clips, clips', Bervoets and O'Connell conversed in the programme 'Man-machine: And Technology created the New Human', in Hall 1 of Theater aan Het Spui, from 21.10 to 22.00h.
Versatile author, composer and musician Auke Hulst is a fan of the American writer Philip K. Dick, who enjoys huge renown and cult status due to his prescience about the downsides of technology, consumption and hedonism. Films such as Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report are based on his work. Hulst told us more about the author, his work, and why it appeals to him, as well as about his favourite film adaptation of Dick's work: A Scanner Darkly by Richard Linklater. The film will be shown as of 22.10 in Filmhuis Zaal 1.
Why do women want to live forever? US writer and essayist Leni Zumas answered this and other questions via selected film excerpts, which she discussed with Gerlinda Heywegen. These included a fragment of the feature film Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) by Miranda July.
Gerlinda Heywegen presented a film lecture with beautiful and penetrating as well as humorous excerpts. Inspired by the festival theme "Who Wants to Live Forever?" she took you on a filmic road trip around life, death and the desire for eternal life. The journey began in Hollywood with victims who must die so that the hero can live on. The woods in The Mourning Forest by Naomi Kawase are a place of grief and reflection. In the Russian film Mother and Son by Alexander Sokurov, a son accompanies his mother on her last journey. And what do we see? There is also laughter about eternal life or death in the film.
Philosopher Tom Dommisse shared his thoughts about immortality and illustrates them with excerpts from films like E.T., Blade Runner, Wall-E, The Matrix, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Citizen Kane. People want long lives. Science and technology help to achieve this. Sci-fi films reflect this desire and the technical possibilities, and sometimes the fantasy lies close to the reality. Think of Pixar's Wall-E, with its almost human-like robot and the people drifting around, glued to their touch-screens. Or of Orson Welles' 1941 Citizen Kane, according to many the best film ever made, in which the media magnate's lust for power coincides with a wish for eternal life.
The speech is a powerful instrument. Through its form and content it is by definition also very filmic. Christopher Nolan knows this as he uses one of the most famous speeches - Winston Churchill's We shall fight them on the beaches speech - in his film Dunkirk.
The speeches that are remembered and revered are often those that mark historical turning points. Such as Robert Kennedy who, right after Martin Luther King got murdered on April 4, 1968, finds the power to state that it is best to accept the moment hoping that we grow wiser in time. These historic speeches keep returning in movies. But how about the present day speeches? Are historic speeches something from the past?
Gerlinda Heywegen and cultural and political philosopher Tom Dommisse discussed the function and beauty of the speech, based (of course) on some well-chosen exceprts from film and television.
Combative cinema is known from the work of directors such as Ken Loach, Spike Lee and Michael Moore. These are directors who express anger about the world's injustice in their films. One chooses fictional film as his weapon, the other documentary film.
Different as they may be, their films stand up for us ordinary people. This program is a filmic anthology, compiled and presented by Gerlinda Heywegen, with succinct fragments which, dependent on their creator, are funny, very angry or utterly artful. Film as weapon, film about "us" and for "us". Including excerpts from Do the Right Thing, Bowling for Columbine and I, Daniel Blake.
Before the screening of the feature film The Young Karl Marx, don't miss a conversation with writer and screenwriter Gustaaf Peek, whose 2017 revolutionary pamphlet Resist! A Plea for Communism calls for a reintroduction of Marx's ideas, such as the fair distribution of knowledge, power and income. Why is this highly necessary? What does Peek share with Peck? Can words and images contribute to this redistribution? Moderator: Gerlinda Heywegen.
Time after time, superhero(in)es save the world. Strangely enough, they aren't always thanked for it. The dutiful bad guy and the people remain dissatisfied. Especially Batman keeps having a hard time.
Batman is special among superheroes because, other than a lot of money, he has no real superpowers. Depending on what the writers, cartoonists or film directors come up with, Batman seems to sometimes ruffle the feathers of the Gotham citizens. And he also regularly gets in his own way. In this wonderful Batman-program, our hero is figuratively lying on the sofa.
Fenno Werkman, famed collector of music and imagery, screens appropriate fragments from his enormous film archive. For Winternachten festival, he opens his treasure trove of Dark Knight-materials.
And heads up, there's something to be won: comic-strip artist Romano Molenaar will create a special Batman drawing for the festival, which goes to the winner of the Speed-Batman-Quiz at the end of the program.
Lawyer Britta Böhler became famous as attorney of ao. PKK-leader Öcalan, former Dutch member of parliament Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Volkert van der Graaf, murderer of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn.
In her recently published book De goede advocaat (The Good Lawyer) she reflects upon the important questions in her profession. What qualities are essential for a good lawyer? What roles do ethics, loyalty, and social engagement play? And how should a lawyer behave towards in a more and more polarised society?
In her book, Böhler connects examples from her practice to representations of the legal profession in film and literature.
During this B-Unlimited edition, Gerlinda Heywegen interviewed Britta Böhler about her book and by means of film and television fragments: a dialogue about ethical dilemmas, as well about the way in which they can be viewed and solved.
As a lawyer Britta Böhler was involved in some of the most talked about court cases of the last decades. She was a member of the Dutch Senate and affiliate professor Advocacy. Since 2013 she writes novels and thrillers.
Note: Dutch spoken!
A programma curated by Judith Uyterlinde and Ilonka Reintjens (Writers Unlimited).
Book sale by Van Stockum Boekverkopers.
In cooperation with Cossee Publishers
Bestselling Australian author Michael Faber is back in his birth city of The Hague to talk with Gerlinda Heywegen about his fascination with literary works adapted to the screen. One of the examples will be Under the Skin, his hit novel that was filmed by Michael Glazer, with Scarlett Johansson in the disturbing lead role. A screening of the film will follow; the discussion and the screening can also be attended separately.
While the United States welcome their new president, the festival is investigating another one: Frank Underwood, star of House of Cards. Philosopher Tom Dommisse wrote an article that is the basis for a discussion between The Hague Filmhuis programmer Gerlinda Heywegen and Felix Rottenberg, touching on fragments from the series. How are politics presented in the Netflix hit series and what image of themselves do real-life Underwoods create? And what is the imact of all this on how we think about politics?
Felix Rottenberg is a director, moderator, chair of the academic bureau of the PvdA labour party, and writer of a weekly column in Het Parool newspaper.
An anthology of the mechanisms behind "delicious" horror. Presenter and film conoisseur Gerlinda Heywegen leads you through the depths of cinematic hell via clips from various genres. Whether that hell is called Wall Street or Mordor, or whether the horror lurks in a shark or in an (almost) invisible monster, why do we love to watch scary scenes on the big screen? Even when we're reduced to peeping between our fingers? How do directors manage to make us quake in our seats?
If you want to understand today's bad guys, take a look at the characters Shakespeare created four centuries ago. We can easily recognize Putin, Saddam Hussein or Eichmann in characters from Macbeth, Hamlet or Richard III. These are bad people acting from clear motives like jealousy, passion, rage, blind ambition, or bitterness. Shakespeare scholar and philosopher Tom Dommisse introduces the villains in clips from screen adaptations from countries like Russia, Japan, Great Britain and the United States. Film connoisseur Gerlinda Heywegen engages him in discussion.
Rodaan Al Galidi, who fled Iraq, is a strikingly humorous voice in Dutch literature. He has published volumes of poetry, novels, and collections of columns, and contributes in hilarious manner to the debate about the integration exam. For the festival he's made a selection of film clips, which he'll discuss with Gerlinda Heywegen. These will include excerpts from Citizen Kane (Orson Welles), La Grande Bellezza (Sorentino), Der Untergang (Hirschbiegel) and Holy Motors (Léos Carax).
Rodaan Al Galidi replaces Tariq Ali, who had to cancel his appearance for health reasons.
P.F. Thomése is a versatile writer who constantly changes his tone, from Schaduwkind (Shadow Child, 2013) to De Onderwaterzwemmer (Underwater Swimmer, 2015). A film by Erik de Bruyn based on J.Kessels, The Novel premiered at the Dutch Film Festival; it features the author's favourite recurring character in all his smoking and junk-food-devouring glory.Tonight Thomése explains his film picks in a conversation with film conoisseur Gerlinda Heywegen. Of course we'll also view his chosen clips, among others from The Silence (Bergman), Otto e Mezzo (Fellini), Goodfellas (Scorsese) and The Big Lebowski (Coen brothers).