Amsterdam Film Show | August 2018

Written by on 10/08/2018

A cult foodie film gets a re-release, Tom Cruise v Crazy Rich Asians at the box office, Pooh bear as you’ve never seen him, a new Spike Lee film, plus some more summer film festivals. Our Amsterdam Film Show tips for August 2018 are here!


“Here’s the Amsterdam Film Show’s highlights from the film releases in the Netherlands, this month.”



FROM 26 JUL (ommitted from the July ed, oops)

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | Dir-Scr: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård

“In a small Spanish village, an ad exec gets mixed up in the famous Don Quixote story, but what’s real and what’s not?”


Mission: Impossible – Fallout | 2h 27min | Action, Adventure, Thriller | Dir-Scr: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill | Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg | Ethan Hunt and team, are back.


Christopher Robin | FAMILY DRAMA | Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell

The fictional Christopher Robin (of the Pooh bear stories) has grown up into a hard-working father, who’s in a bit of a fug. It’s only when he rediscovers his childhood friend, Winnie-the-Pooh, that he remembers how to have fun, basically. (Not to be confused with the 2017 film ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ staring Domhnall Gleeson about the writer of the Pooh bear books, A A Milne). Beware of NL screenings where the OV has been dubbed with Dutch voices – Janneman Robin anyone?


Crazy Rich Asians | COMEDY | Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh + | New Yorker Rachel Chu heads to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.


Black Klansman | COMEDY DRAMA | Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Topher Grace, Adam Driver | 97% on rottentomatoes | Based on the true story of the successful infiltration of a Ku Klux Klan chapter by a black police officer.



from 2 Aug | @ Filmhallen

from 12 Aug | @ Eye filmmuseum

Tangerine (2015) | as part of the Previously Unreleased’ series | COMEDY DRAMA | Dir : Sean Bake (Florida Project) | It’s Christmas Eve and Sin-Dee Rella, a trans-gender LA prostitute, finds out her pimp/boyfriend had an affair while she was serving a short prison sentence and she’s going to stir up one hell of a fuss about it. | 97% on rottentomatoes |


15-25 Aug

Pluk de Nacht @ Stenen Hoofd

Just to the west of Amsterdam Centraal Station, this free open air film festival has a laid back bohemian feel, with its use of shipping containers, deck chairs and lots of quirky details. Featuring only movies that have not been screened in the Netherlands before, this film festival provides an alternative to the main stream cinema choices.  


16-25 August

World Cinema Festival @ Rialto & De Balie + free open air screenings

Celebrating the best of world cinema (with English subtitles), and with a special focus on Cuban cinema this year, this popular film festival is a great chance to see foreign films with English subtitles on the big screen. Venues include Rialto cinema and De Balie, but there are also many free open air screenings in Vondelpark, Marie Heinekenplein and Courtyard De Tropen.


from 16 August @ Eye filmmuseum & Lab 111

Tampopo (1985)

“One of the most beloved Japanese cult foodie movies of all time will receive a nationwide re-release in Dutch cinemas.” 





from 5 July till 5 September

Billy Wilder programme ‘Sweet & Sour’ @ EYE Filmmuseum

Celebrating the work of one of the finest filmmakers. Stand out classics include The Apartment and Sunset Boulevard, but another highlight is Ace in the Hole, which has just been digitally restored.


from July through to August

A Summer with Studio Ghibli @ Lab 111

A retrospective screening 18 of their groundbreaking animations, in Japanese with English subtitles.  


12 July – 9 September

Cineville’s Summer Tour @ Buurtboerderij / FC Hyena, Amsterdam

In July and August 2018 Cineville  is hosting a traveling outdoor cinema. Cineville Passholders get a bonus free admission and a drink. (Also screening in other cities such as Rotterdam, Groningen, Utrecht, Leiden, Amersfoort, Nijmegen.) July films include:


Rooftop Movie Nights @ Floor 17, Ramada Apollo Hotel | Tickets up to €19,50

This summer outdoor series generally shows modern classics, such as The Usual Suspects and La La Land. There’s a great view of Amsterdam, and you can order food and drinks from the hotel bar-restaurant during the movie. You can book three different types seating: double beanbag for two people / Single beanbag / deckchair and space is limited so you’re advised to get tickets in advance. Check their website or Facebook page for the lastest films added to their programme (it looks like they’ll show films on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, most weeks.)


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