Amsterdam Film Show | October 2019 #1

Amsterdam Film Show 07/10/2019


Kiko and Cathy tell you what they thought of Joker, plus a review of the melodrama After the Wedding, plus lots more film tips and special screenings / film festivals in Amsterdam this month. Plus a a look at the 48 Hour Film Project from director, none other than our own, Kiko Morah.

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And, we’re also planning a bi-monthly show from now on, with a Halloween special toward the end of October with all those horror/spooky new releases. screenings and classic scary movie picks + a music soundtrack (get your requests in already!).



Show notes



  • Downton Abbey is doing well all over. Chris (our BRAM breakfast host) saw it and says: “It was very enjoyable. Whether it was “good” I’ll leave to the professional film critics but for me, while all the usual story lines were included and followed up, it felt a bit dumbed down. Maybe that’s because it has to appeal and be easy to follow for international audiences too … but at times it felt like they were just setting up lines for Maggie Smith (who was as ever brilliant). Don’t get me wrong: it was fun and I’m very glad I saw it but the plot could have been a bit deeper somehow.”
  • Dolor y Gloria (Dir: Alejandro Almodovar) | Listen back to the show to hear why Kiko rates this film, still screening with English subtitles @ Rialto.



Joker | FROM 3 OCT IN AMSTERDAM CINEMAS | Director: Todd Phillips (Hangover) | Writers: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz | In Gotham City, mentally-troubled comedian Arthur Fleck embarks on a downward-spiral of social revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his infamous alter-ego: “The Joker”.” IMDB. Listen back to the show to hear what Kiko and Cathy’s reviews of Joker.  

After the Wedding | FROM 3 OCT IN AMSTERDAM CINEMAS | 12A | 1h 52min | Drama | Dir-Scr: Bart Freundlich | Stars: Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup | “A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor.” IMDB. Listen back to hear Cathy and Geli Carney review the film. 



48 Film Project | Kiko (director and screenwriter) shares a behind the scenes account of this global competition, and making a film for the recent Utrecht edition with his film, De Zwaarste Last (available with English subtitles on Youtube). “This was my very first 48h film project ever (and even my first time on a film set) and it was an incredibly intense, exhausting and chaotic experience that I wouldn’t have missed for the world! I got to work together and make lame jokes with an incredible group of passionate and talented crew members and actors! Moreover we won the award for Best Poster (thanks to Madelief Joore!) and were nominated for four other awards.” Listen back to the show for more about the event. 



Maybe good for October Half term aka herfst vacancie … 

Abominable (OV, in NLit’s called Everest: De Jonge Yeti! | KID’S ANIMATION | U | 1h 37min | Directors: Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman | Writer: Jill Culton | Stars: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor | “A magical Yeti must return to his family.” IMDB


The Goldfinch | The Goldfinch (2019)

15 | 2h 29min | Drama | Director: John Crowley | Writers: Peter Straughan (screenplay by), Donna Tartt (based on the novel by) | Stars: Oakes Fegley, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman | “A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” IMDB

Gemini Man | Director: Ang Lee | Writers: David Benioff + | Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Will Smith, Clive Owen  | “An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.” IMDB

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie | RELEASED ON NETFLIX | 11 October 2019 

2h 2min | Action, Drama | Dir-Scr: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Aaron Paul, Matt Jones, Jonathan Banks | “After escaping Jack and his gang, Jesse Pinkman goes on the run from the police and tries to escape his own inner turmoil.” IMDB


Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (Portrait of a Lady on Fire| Director: Céline Sciamma | Writer: Céline Sciamma (screenplay) | Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami | FRENCH | 12 | 1h 59min | Drama, History, Romance | “On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.” IMDB

  • Cathy good reviews! Sun 20 Oct, CineExpat @Cinecenter + Eng subs

*** Look out for AFS October 2019 #2 – a Halloween special! ***




Parool Film Festival | 10-13 Oct 2019 |

Highlights inc: 

Parasite | Sat 12 Oct | + ENG subs @ Cinecenter (with Cine Expat series and drinks) | an advance screening of this Nov release, great reviews | thriller from director-screenwriter, Joon-ho Bong (Snowpiercer) | “All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.” IMDB


The Rocky Horror Picture Show | 31 Oct 2019 | @ Q-Factory with audience participation


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