Skip to content

31st edition Netherlands Film Festival - Cinema or iconoclasm

Will classic cinema survive the digital iconoclasm of the future? The question is not a new one but reawakens itself upon seeing the programme of the Netherlands Film Festival, which opens tonight with The gang of Oss By André van Duren.

Put that opening film next to Iconoclast, the festival's main theme, and you'll see what I mean. Van Duren's historical crime drama is tough, classic cinema, with even Brechtian undertones here and there. Authentic-looking, inspired by a rather unknown and grim piece of Dutch history, with great attention to the actors. Cinema that keeps the stories of our history alive. Classic, universal cinematic language.

If the festival's copywriters are to be believed, all that is about to change. The future, already to be seen and experienced at the NFF, belongs to iPads, 3D, streaming video and interactive films. Futurists predict we will be telling our stories in whole new ways. Fashionable? Innovative? Will it be a battle of directions, or will classic cinema simply continue to exist alongside all these new toys?

The gang of Oss

At least the website offers food for thought and exploration iconstormonline.co.uk where a plethora of ideas and programme elements are presented. Most notable is the crowdsourcing project of Paul Verhoeven, who plans to make a so-called user-generated film. Yes, we could do with a dyed-in-the-wool filmmaker in the user-generated future, too. At least not afraid of the future, that Verhoeven. Well done!

But of course, we also hope that he may one day film that life of Jesus anyway. Just, as exciting, old-fashioned cinema.

Leo Bankersen

Leo Bankersen

Leo Bankersen has been writing about film since Chinatown and Night of the Living Dead. Reviewed as a freelance film journalist for the GPD for a long time. Is now, among other things, one of the regular contributors to De Filmkrant. Likes to break a lance for children's films, documentaries and films from non-Western countries. Other specialities: digital issues and film education.View Author posts

Small Membership
175€ / 12 Maanden
Especially for organisations with a turnover or grant of less than 250,000 per year.
No annoying banners
A premium newsletter
5 trial newsletter subscriptions
All our podcasts
Have your say on our policies
Insight into finances
Exclusive archives
Posting press releases yourself
Own mastodon account on our instance
Cultural Membership
360€ / Jaar
For cultural organisations
No annoying banners
A premium newsletter
10 trial newsletter subscriptions
All our podcasts
Participate
Insight into finances
Exclusive archives
Posting press releases yourself
Own mastodon account on our instance
Collaboration
Private Membership
50€ / Jaar
For natural persons and self-employed persons.
No annoying banners
A premium newsletter
All our podcasts
Have your say on our policies
Insight into finances
Exclusive archives
Own mastodon account on our instance
en_GBEnglish (UK)