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Gerlinda Heywegen

Gerlinda Heywegen - foto Ilona van Genderen Stort
Gerlinda Heywegen - foto Ilona van Genderen Stort

(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 Flushing, 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; 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.

(2017)

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  • Winternachten 2018 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Batman Nation

    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.

  • Winternachten 2018 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Marx Today

    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.

  • Winternachten 2018 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Power to The People: Film as Weapon

    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.

  • Winternachten 2018 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Speech!

    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.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Under the Skin – "Real" Life?

    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.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Might is Always Right - Lessons from House of Cards

    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.

  • Winternachten 2016 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Don't Look Now - films to scare you silly

    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?

  • Winternachten 2016 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Film: Shakespeare's villains

    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.

  • Winternachten 2016 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Rodaan Al Galidi's Film Picks

    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.

  • Winternachten 2016 – Friday Night Unlimited

    The Film Picks of P.F. Thomése

    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).