Images of a moving city

Cinema Concerts with Oceanic and Das Ding: The Dream and The Nightmare.Two generations of electronic music producers perform a live show for two completely contrasting films: a visual poem about Rotterdam and psychedelic dark anime.

Oceanic scores Images of a moving city

Rotterdam’s rising talent Oceanic (Job Oberman) performs a new live score for the dreamy, visual documentary Images of a Moving City made by Karel Doing. The black and white images take you along the streets of Rotterdam, its inhabitants, the buildings, construction work and everyday urban objects. The camera work is an ode to Rotterdam and it uniqueness as a city. (Re)-explore the city; Oceanics ambient music will guide you.

The concert is made possible by Popunie


“Girls gone bad in Czech New Wave utopia”

Two young anarchic women, Marie (Ivana Karbanová) and Marie (Jitka Cerhova), embark on a surreal satirical mission of mischief and pranks. The world has no values, so why should they? Rebelling against the society they have free dinners with old men and tell little lies before dumping them on trains. They get drunk and kicked out of cafés or pass time chilling in their apartments, eating more and philosophizing about life. In Daisies, women no longer passively do what moral etiquettes tell them to do, but instead move freely and say whatever they want.

A mixture of various film techniques is being used in the avant-garde utopia of Vera Chytilová. From stop-motion to slow motion, from psychedelic color grading to filters in all the shades of the rainbow. Its high-class art direction and charming funny protagonists must have inspired the fashion world until today.

Vera Chytilová is the poster girl of the Czech New Wave, a movement that made “the Czech people collectively aware that they were participants in a system of oppression and incompetence, which had brutalized them all”. She was also intelligent, philosophical, beautiful and super funny and therefore we believe she should be a poster girl of life to all of us.

Mind Game

“ A visual rollercoaster with Japanese bandits and losers”

Nishi, a young loser who dreams of becoming a manga artist, is shot in the arse trying to save his highschool sweetheart Myon from the Yakusa. Catapulted into limbo land, he has a psychedelic meeting with Kami-san, God – shown as a dazzling shape shifting creature – who tells him to walk toward the light. Instead Nishi runs like hell back to earth and returns a changed man, driven to make every day count. Fleeing from the Yakuza, he, Myon and her sister Yan embark on a psychedelic trip over land and seas.

After watching his latest psychedelic anime The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (2017) at IFFR this year, we got curious to see more of the work of Masaaki Yuasa. Living up to its name, his first feature Mind Game blew (and screwed with) our heads. A lightning-fast virtuoso journey of Japanese culture blended with Jonah and the Whale and complete nuttiness. Full of witty dialogues, dry humor and giving a very important message to all of us: let’s live life to the fullest! And start by making sure you don’t miss Mind Game: a cult classic to be.

Cat Soup

Cinema Concerts with Oceanic and Das Ding: The Dream and The Nightmare. Two generations of electronic music producers perform a live show for two completely contrasting films: a visual poem about Rotterdam and psychedelic dark anime.

Das Ding scores Cat Soup (2001) by Tatsuo Sato

Rotterdam based Electro Pioneer Das Ding (Danny Bosten) performs a new live score for the psychedelic animation short Cat Soup. After a fatal accident two kitty siblings, Nyaako & Nyaata, get on a spiritual journey to get back Nyaata’s soul. Cat Soup is a very rare, experimental and dark anime. It’s beyond outrageous.

Das Ding is a unique and independent artist. Starting off with his cassette label ‘Tear Apart Tapes’ in the 80’s he’s been playing, designing and producing electronic music since with a great variety of hardware, synthesizers, sequencers, drummachines.

The concert is made possible by Popunie.

Carlito’s way

“Should have figured I’d find you walking around up here. Doing a little memory lane.”

Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino), finally a free man after years spent in prison, vows to give up his criminal ways of living. Yet his move towards a new life isn’t easy as Carlito must resist every taunt and every opportunity that might drag him back into his old lifestyle. Soon enough he gives in and the ex-con is sucked back into the New York City underworld. By reconnecting with his dance girlfriend, Gail (Penelope Ann Miller), who shows him the person he can be in a happy life, but by them reconnecting – Carlito gets intertwined in the shady dealings of his good friend Dave Kleinfeld (Sean Penn), who also serves as his lawyer. When both Carlito and Kleinfeld run afoul of shifty gangster Benny Blanco (John Leguizamo), it sets them on a dangerous path.

Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin on Carlito’s Way

“Brian De Palma’s Carlito’s Way is a masterpiece in several senses of the word: not only an exciting and moving film, but also a perfect, elegiac tribute to a rich American genre. As a contemporary gangster movie it shares much with De Palma’s earlier classic Scarface (1983). Both are set in a gaudy milieu of seedy nightclubs; both feature Al Pacino as a street hood who has worked his way up the criminal ladder and is trying, in his own peculiar way, to live out the American Dream of success and personal fulfillment. And both films feature extraordinary action set-pieces.

But whereas Tony in Scarface was an excessive, animalistic figure, Carlito Brigante is cool, almost serene, and above all intent on going straight. Beautifully adapted by David Koepp from novels by Edwin Torres, this sad, haunting story gives De Palma the scope to reveal the poetic, reflective side of his art as never before. And the work of De Palma with Pacino here produces one of the finest collaborations between a director and an actor ever witnessed. On every level, Carlito’s Way is one of the great films of the 1990s.”

The best Brian De Palma film! With Al Pacino.