Wed 18 Dec '19
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AWL_036 BLACK MOTHER + Solange

Black Mother by Khalik Allah 2018, USA, 77”, English Part film, part baptism, in BLACK MOTHER director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies create a […]

Wed 23 Oct '19
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AWL_ 034: Witches Comrades

With work by Louise Bourque, Maya Deren, Storm de Hirsch, Danielle Jaeggi, Gabrielle Reiner and Marion Urch. The figure of the witch is currently subject to a rise in interest from a contemporary feminist perspective. Apart from its presence in art house and fantasy cinema, witchcraft finds its way into experimental practices of filmmaking, creating […]

Wed 4 Sep '19
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During AWL_033 we will screen two previews of films that will be part of FIELD RECORDINGS 2 in November. At first glance, both films couldn’t be more different, but in fact, they’re both highly representative of the type of films we will present in November. Both films will have their Dutch premiere at AWL / […]

Thu 27 Jun '19
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AWL_32b | Depth Two

In 2001 werd een massagraf ontdekt in een buitenwijk van Belgrado, waarvan er al snel meer gevonden van zouden worden. ‘Depth Two’ onderzoekt het verhaal achter deze opgravingen en neemt ons mee terug naar de NAVO-bombardementen in Servië van 1999. Aan de hand van de mondelinge getuigenissen van daders en slachtoffers, ontvouwt ‘Depth Two’ zich […]

Wed 26 Jun '19
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AWL_32a | The Load

Vlada werkt als vrachtwagenchauffeur tijdens de NAVO-bombardementen van Servië in 1999. Hij krijgt de opdracht om een mysterieuze lading van Kosovo naar Belgrado te brengen, en begint aan een tocht langs verlaten huizen en gebombardeerde bruggen. Eenmaal thuis moet hij de gevolgen van zijn daden onder ogen zien. (EN) THE LOAD director: Ognjen Glavonic 2018, […]

Wed 29 May '19
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AWL_031 Klassenverhältnisse (Class Relations)

Class Relations (1983), based on Franz Kafka’s first novel, is an intriguing film showing the perspective of a young German’s first encounter with the US. Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet’s adaptation of the unfinished Kafka novel is a Marxist take on the story and was first presented as a special May Day screening at BAMcinématek […]

Wed 24 Apr '19
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AWL_ 030: Oberhausen on Tour

AWL is proud to present a selection of six short films, carefully handpicked from the archives of the legendary Internationale Kürzfilmtage in Oberhausen. The festival is one of the world’s oldest showcases for short films. It presented the first works by now-renowned filmmakers such as Agnès Varda, Martin Scorsese and Werner Herzog and by artists […]

Wed 20 Mar '19
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AWL_029: BISBEE ’17

AWL_029 BISBEE ’17 by Robert Greene 2018, 112 minutes, USA Radically combining collaborative documentary, western and musical elements, the film follows several members of the close knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town’s darkest hour. In 1917, nearly two-thousand immigrant miners, on strike for better wages and safer working conditions, were violently […]

Wed 19 Dec '18
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AWL_028 THE ASTHENIC SYNDROME by Kira Muratova 1990, 35mm, 153 minutes, Soviet Union, Russian w/ Dutch + English subtitles The Asthenic Syndrome consists of two seemingly unrelated stories. In the first, shot in black and white, we follow a deeply depressed woman who just buried her husband and who is about to destroy everything around […]

Fri 9 Nov '18
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AWL is pleased to announce FIELD RECORDINGS, a three-day event with screenings, talks, listening sessions and an installation here in WORM. Our starting point is the work by multi-disciplinary artist Joshua Bonnetta, who will present a new installation and several of his films and audio pieces in person. Tracing the acute relationship between humans and […]

Sat 10 Nov '18
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AWL is pleased to announce FIELD RECORDINGS, a three-day event with screenings, talks, listening sessions and an installation here in WORM. Our starting point is the work by multi-disciplinary artist Joshua Bonnetta, who will present a new installation and several of his films and audio pieces in person. Tracing the acute relationship between humans and […]

Sun 11 Nov '18
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AWL is pleased to announce FIELD RECORDINGS, a three-day event with screenings, talks, listening sessions and an installation here in WORM. Our starting point is the work by multi-disciplinary artist Joshua Bonnetta, who will present a new installation and several of his films and audio pieces in person. Tracing the acute relationship between humans and […]

Wed 17 Oct '18
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AWL_026 Naked Lunch

directed by David Cronenberg written by William S. Burroughs 1991 / Canada/UK/Japan / 115 min / 35mm / English Ultra rare 35mm screening of the subliminal masterpiece by subversive dream team Cronenberg + Burroughs. After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved […]

Wed 5 Sep '18
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During AWL_025 we will screen two recent cinematic treasures. We’ll start off with the coolly understated THOSE WHO ARE FINE (DENE WOS GUET GEIT) by Cyril Schäublin. In this feature debut, he depicts a painfully well-executed hoax to tell stories about the current Western human condition and our longing to connect in an increasingly detached […]

Wed 23 May '18
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AWL_024​ ​ Der siebente Kontinent

1989 / 104 minutes / Austria /German with English subtitles ‘Der siebente Kontinent’ (The Seventh Continent) is the debut film of Austrian director Michael Haneke, inspired by a true story of a middle-class Viennese family that committed suicide. The film chronicles the last years of the European family, which consists of Georg, an engineer; his […]

Wed 28 Mar '18
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AWL_023 OUROBOROS by Basma Alsharif

2017/ France, Palestine, Belgium, Quatar // 77 min // Italian, English and Chinook with English subtitles Artist Basma Alsharif’s first feature-length film ambitiously expands the exploration of her earlier shorts of the contested geography and history of her native Palestine. An homage to the Gaza Strip, ‘Ouroboros’ follows a man through five different landscapes, upending […]

Wed 20 Dec '17
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AWL_22: Sauvagerie (NL Premiere!)

‘Sauvagerie’ is set in the Brazilian state of Pará, once famous for its deep rainforest. But today, the trees have largely been cut down. Who are the “savages” now their traditional rainforest is gone? The area turns to a Safari park, with its recently restored wildlife, a place where a rifle is needed to keep […]

Wed 15 Nov '17
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AWL_021 Love Sounds by ​Masha Tupitsyn

Programme by Kaya Erdinç 2017 / USA / 240 minutes  (edited from the original 24 hour version)/ English spoken One of the basic tenets of The Avantgardistic State is love. Therefore we are delighted to bring a work that examines love’s relation to one of the key artforms, film. For further reading we recommend this feisty […]

Wed 18 Oct '17
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AWL_020 WALKABOUT by Nicolas Roeg

WORM’s Avantgardistic state likes to explore the interzone where feelings, preconceptions and dreams intermingle. Often with unexpected results. These two films do just that. Walkabout (1971) A survival film set in the Australian outback, directed by Nicolas Roeg (his first solo outing as a director) and starring Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg (credited as “Lucien John”) […]

Wed 20 Sep '17
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AWL_19 Karl’s ​P​erfect ​D​ay

By Rirkrit Tiravanija. With Karl Holmqvist and Arto Lindsay (a.o.) 2017 / Mexico, Germany / 100 minutes / English w/o subtitles “Karl’s perfect day” is a portrait of artist and poet Karl Holmqvist through the own idea of what a perfect day is to him. Is a journey from the time he wakes up to […]

Wed 26 Jul '17
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AWL_018 – Le Parc

(France, 2016, 71min, French with English subtitles) Summer time. Two teenagers, a boy and a girl, have their first date in a park. Hesitant and shy at first, they soon discover each other, get closer as they wander, and end up falling in love. But as the sun goes down, it is time to separate… […]

Thu 22 Jun '17
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AWL_017 Blue (1993)

(1993, UK, 35mm, 79 min, English) ‘Blue’ is the twelfth and final feature film by director Derek Jarman, released four months before his death from AIDS-related complications. These complications had already rendered him partially blind at the time of the film’s release. Today we will screen this special film in the Avantgardistic State. The film […]

Wed 7 Jun '17
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AWL_017 Blue (Postponed, moved to 22nd of June!)

(1993, UK, 35mm, 79 min, English) ‘Blue’ is the twelfth and final feature film by director Derek Jarman, released four months before his death from AIDS-related complications. These complications had already rendered him partially blind at the time of the film’s release. The film was his last testament as a film-maker, and consists of a […]

Wed 17 May '17
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AWL 017 Melanie Bonajo

About Melanie Bonajo When you watch Melanie Bojano’s films, you get the feeling they are made by an old soul with a contemporary spirit. She connects the mature to the youthful, the mundane to the sublime, and the empathetic to the ironic. Although it’s easy to love her work, it always has a critical undertone, challenging our ideas on […]

Wed 19 Apr '17
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AWL_014: Nicolas Boone

We have the honor to present three films by one of AWL founder Tim Leyendekker‘s favorite French contemporary filmmakers. In his singular films, Nicholas Boone draws his viewers into realms somewhere between documentary, science fiction, and hallucination. His work can be spectacularly lethargic and refreshingly mundane (at the same time), a juxtaposition that evokes the immersiveness […]

Fri 30 Jun '17
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GRUPPO DI PAWLOWSKI + Meindert Talma & De Jonge Boschfazant

Mauro Pawlowski is zonder twijfel één van de meest kleurrijke figuren uit de Belgische muziekscene. Een creatieve duizendpoot, die er naast zijn gitaarwerk voor dEUS behoorlijk wat eigenzinnige projecten op na houdt. In de jaren 90 verwierf hij uiteraard bekendheid met zijn Evil Superstars, maar nadien zijn we de tel van zijn muzikale escapades toch […]

Wed 15 Mar '17
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AWL_013 Oberhausen on Tour

Seven award winning films from the 2016 edition of the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. In its 63 years of existence this festival has shown early works by renowned artists such as Valie Export, Agnes Varda, Chris Marker, Miranda July, Werner Herzog, Andrea Arnold and Martin Scorcese, while keeping a sharp eye on both the essence and the […]

Sun 5 Mar '17
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Wunderbrawl: Hearthstone Fireside Gathering

Welcome to the Inn in WORM’s Avantgardistic State! Wunderbrawl is een nieuwe Hearthstone Fireside Gathering gehouden in de Wunderbar aan de Witte de Withstraat in Rotterdam. Iedereen is welkom om mee te strijden voor prijzen. Strijd je liever niet? Kom dan gezellig een biertje of warme chocolademelk drinken. Ook zal er een speciaal menu beschikbaar […]

Wed 15 Feb '17
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AWL_012 Continuity by Omer Fast

Germany, 2016, 85min, German with English subtitles CONTINUITY begins as a straight-forward story of an emotional homecoming and turns uncanny as the two protagonists – a middle aged couple living in a small town in Germany – repeatedly invite different young men into their home to perform an inscrutable ritual. It remains unclear whether the […]

Wed 18 Jan '17
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AWL_011 – Francine (USA/CAN, 2012)

Gritty, elliptical, and voyeuristic, Francine is a portrait of a near-silent misfit and her fragile first steps in an unfamiliar world. NL Premiere!

Wed 14 Dec '16
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AWL_010 Ausländer Raus! Schlingensiefs Container (2002, AT)

Austria 2000: Right after the FPÖ under Jörg Haider had become part of the government, the first time an extreme right wing party became state officials after WW2, infamous German shock director Christoph Schlingensief showed a very unique form of protest.

Wed 14 Sep '16
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NL première! AWL_008 – 88:88

AWL008 88:88 By Isiah Medina: Canada: 2015: Digital file length 65 min: English, no subtitles. “If you can’t afford an image, you can always afford a cut.” Multi layered, affectively disruptive experimental feature debut about the static nature of poverty, the fluidity of friendship and finding new ways of seeing things. 88:88 was extremely well […]

Wed 25 May '16
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AWL_006 This Is Now

The early 1980s saw an explosion in alternative and independent moving image production. Clubbers, art students, new romantics and members of the postpunk scene used cheap domestic technologies to subvert the mainstream media and to find new modes of expression. Artists defied conventional ideas about how film should be made and who should make them. […]

Wed 1 Jun '16
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AWL_007: Arabian Nights vol. 2 // The Desolate One

by Miguel Gomes Portugal, 2015 length 132 min Portugese with English subtitles One-off chance to see the most significant feature film released in 2015. By the filmmaker who brought us Our beloved month in August (2008) and Tabu (2012). An elderly criminal becomes a folk hero as he successfully evades hordes of police; a stern […]

Fri 15 Apr '16
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Short Films: AWL_005 – Spring Breakers

AWL_005 SPRING BREAKERS A selection of short films about growing up, celebrating resilient force, disruptive energies and the ongoing power of the détournement. With works by Nathalie Alonso Casale, Abigail Child, Lisa Gliederpuppe, Liz Magic Laser and Laure Prouvost. Memorias sin Batallas y Otros Muertos by Nathalie Alonso Casale (16mm / NL / 1992 / […]

Sun 6 Oct '19
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Orga Sunset Minifest

Verwacht diverse live-optredens van 10 indie Hiphop artiesten, een 1m2 Expo met het thema ‘Do The Right Thing’ en een kort film-programma genaamd Viddy’s & Shorts. Wees welkom. Good vibes only! Wat is Orga Sunset? Orga Sunset is een coöperatief Hiphop ecosysteem van onafhankelijke makers in de disciplines muziek, film en design. Deze makers variëren […]

Sat 18 May '19
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Pantropical: Zutzut, Fausto Bahía (NAAFI), Sxmbra, Chris Baas

Pantropical is turning its attention to NAAFI again for what is set to be a sizzling club night. Proudly representing the Mexico City-based collective this time are Zutzut and Fausto Bahía. The NAAFI squad celebrates club subculture in unconventional ways. They are a nightclub, record label and promoter, all-in-one; a community that assembles some of […]

Thu 4 Apr '19
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A Travel Guide to WORM Open City #1

Each time a new citizen enters the Open City of WORM they have an unique experience, whether it’s a stagiair, a new employee, or a visitor to one of the city’s many locations. But how do new visitors navigate this wonderful bombardment of choice? Over the last few months I researched WORM to create an […]

Thu 30 May '19
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Youngs & Maranha & Corsano + Flowers/Ghosts & Echoes

Youngs, Maranha & Corsano A friend tells WORM that, “Youngs, Maranha & Corsano are three of the most idiosyncratic and illuminated artists working in the sprawling field where the most defiant and unmapped musics converge.” This, then, sounds like a night not to be missed. Glaswegian Richard Youngs has carved a fascinating path between folk-infused […]

Thu 14 Mar '19
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Moon Relay (NO) + Jon Porras (US)

Moon Relay is an Oslo-based noise-rock group consisting of Daniel Meyer Grønvold, Håvard Volden, Ola Høyer and Christian Næss. The band draw on the fractured funk and machine-aesthetic of late Seventies/early Eighties post-punk and No Wave bands, plus the motorik-meets-electro rhythms of ‘Planet Rock’-style hip-hop. Expect buzz-saw guitars clashing with disco handclaps, set over hypnotic […]

Fri 8 Sep '17
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High five in the face! Artists enter the Ring

For the new cultural season, the Black Hole will be transformed into an avantgardistic boxing gym. The 8th of September, several artist will enter the ring; fighting, painting, performing. Fitness in the Avantgardistic State! Facebook Event: sharing = caring 🙂 No more standard theater hall with a stand where the audiences watches neatly polished presentations […]

Fri 8 Sep '17
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Big Re-Opening! The Avantgardistic State of Love

After being closed for the summer, WORM will kick-off a new season in the Avantgardistic State of Love in style! Come and taste everything our independent state has to offer with a free programme consisting of music, performance art, an exhibition and a phat club night. Prepare yourself for a thought provoking and unabridged trip […]

Sun 29 Oct '17
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Fai Baba (CH) + Princess Thailand (FR) + Simon Joyner (US)

Update: Due to travel visa issues we are very sorry to say that David Nance will not be taking part in this show Fai Baba Fai Baba performs either solo, as a duo, or with a band like in this case in WORM. He‘s part of a new generation of international blues avant-garde. Fai Baba‘s songs […]

Wed 27 Sep '17
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Mark McGuire (US) + J.R. Bohannon (US)

Before September’s AWL screening, two American guitarists ply their trade in the Avantgardistic State. Mark McGuire Mark McGuire is an artist based in Cleveland, OH. He plays guitar and compliments it by experimenting with vocals, tapes, keyboards and other instruments. He was a member of the “kosmische” electronic trio, Emeralds and has released music under […]

Fri 22 Sep '17
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Popdottir: Jessica Moss (CA) + Helen Money (US) + Laura Cannell (UK)

Jessica Moss Jessica Moss is best known for playing violin and singing backing vocals in the Canadian post-rock band Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band. She is also a founding member of Black Ox Orkestar. Moss has played on many records coming out of the Montreal and Toronto scenes such as , […]

Wed 7 Jun '17
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Marco Broeders (Co2RO) at Hull 2017

Based in Rotterdam Co2RO – aka Marco Broeders – is a well-known visual artist who creates specialist lighting events using light-emitting diodes and analogue machinery. Broeders uses multi-layered 360º imagery with projectors and specially designed rotating discs and machinery. Projected images crawl along and into each other to create coalescent patterns and abstract story lines. The recognisable starting point […]

Thu 13 Apr '17
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Jacco Weener – Hull 2017

Jacco Weener is a performance artist working with sound. Leader of the notorious Dutch underground rock band Gul Night Out, Jacco has recently turned his hand to what he describes as “existential historical cabaret”. For Hull 2017 Jacco will make work “on-the-spot”, using the role of Christianity and the Church in the lives (and deaths) […]

Fri 4 Nov '16
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Xentos Fray Bentox (UK)

Xentos Fray Bentox was in the WORM Sound Studio from the 19th until the 25th of September, 2016. Together with WORM’s very own Lukas Simonis, he worked on the project, Perfect Vacuum. This character has the habit of continuously reinventing himself as an artist (he’s also known as Jim Whelton, Xentos Jones, L Voag and […]

Tue 1 Nov '16
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Filmhaus programme November

Click here for the full size poster. 03-11 Layers #5: Rear Windows 09-11 Rough Conditions: Adventure Film Festival 13-11 De Grote Hoop: Pervola, sporen in de sneeuw (35MM) 16-11 Cultfilm: Santo y Blue Demon contra los Monstruos 23-11 AWL_009: Angst Essen Seelen Auf a.k.a. Fear Eats the Soul a.k.a. Alle Turken Heten Ali 30-11 Filmwerkplaats […]

Mon 10 Oct '16
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Dr Klangendum 160 – Anne Wellmer special: 11 October 2016

Dr Klangendum/WORM gaf Anne Wellmer de opdracht een radiostuk te maken in hun electronische studio, dat werd ‘arp songs for radio. end phase beginning ‘. Verder vroegen we aan Anne wat commentaar te leveren bij de gedachtes achter deze radiofonische compositie die voor een groot deel met de ARP 2500 synthesizer gemaakt werd (zie hieronder), […]

Sat 10 Sep '16
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RENDEZ-VOUS (Avant! Records, FR) + GIRLIE (Späti Palace, DE)

Rendez-Vous are a relatively young act from Paris, whose early track, “The Others” (according to Avant! Records) “travelled like an echo through the capital.” Their second EP, “Distance” – mixed by Ben Greenberg, singer and bassist of The Men, and producer of Destruction Unit and Beach Fossils – is a six track EP that captures […]

Wed 13 Apr '16
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(NL) Filmhaus is de naam waaronder WORM z’n visuele programma’s presenteert. In Filmhaus WORM komen films aan bod die nergens anders te zien zijn. Filmhaus (“cult-art-rare”) presenteert films die zich bijna volledig onttrekken aan het gangbare bioscoop aanbod. De films kunnen zowel oud als nieuw, verfijnd danwel onbenullig, herkenbaar of onbegrijpelijk zijn –maar staan altijd […]