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The Rat Race
Amsterdam Netherlands
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May 28, 2018 3:45 PM

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The Rat Race
The Rat Race
Run TIme: 1 hour 22min
7 euro/5 concession
Monday May 28th 3:45PM

I remember once going to a job "interview" I found in the newspaper (yes there was life before the Internet!) and turned out it was a basic pyramid scheme to sell knives! I was 21 or 22 and could not think of anything I wanted to do less!  Years later as I was trying to save up to move to Europe I got a gig delivering newspapers and you had to be there at 3 addition to your regular job! I remember in both cases people fighting over the "opportunity" even though it was lousy pay if any at all and the work basically was grueling and humiliating.  All this trauma resurfaced when I saw this film and I find it to be a tragedy that this epidemic is international and seemingly getting worse.  We have to fight for scraps and in doing so lose our dignity. Hopefully a new wave of entrepreneurship and working for oneself will make the corporate rat race obsolete.
Alexandra Nakelski

May Day
Dir. Fedrik De Beul, Olivier Magis (Belgium 2017) 22min
Program: The Rat Race

Damn It!
Dir. Anthony Andriot  (France 2017) 9min 28s
Program: The Rat Race

During the financial crisis, a man will do anything to survive.

The Interview
Dir. Marc Gurung (France, 2016)17 min 38s
Program: The Rat Race

Christophe, in his thirties, passes a job interview in the company where his girlfriend, Emma, works. The same night, convinced he got the job, the couple celebrates the event. But in the heat of the moment, Christophe asks himself if he will be chosen for his skills or if he received special treatment?

Dir. Amanda Öman  (UK 2017) 4min 47s
Program: The Rat Race

It is beyond frustrating when you are a star student but life after graduation does not parallel your college success ...and it's even worse when those you knew in school are succeeding while you are not...I find similarities here with The Receptionist, and in my experience teaching at University...the degrees and certifications are more plentiful than the jobs and careers to supposedly follow.
Alexandra Nakelski

End Of Recent Past/ Fin Do Pasado Recente
Dir. Salvador Pardo (Spain, 2018) 28 min

Synopsis: Julio, is a lighthouse keeper living and working in inhabited island, in south Galicia, Spain. He is also a writer, musician and philosopher.

After 35 years dedicated to the lighthouse he is retiring, becoming the very last lighthouse keeper in the island of Sálvora, which is part of the Spanish National Parks Network. From now on, the Lighthouse is automatically controlled from an office far away.

This is the antithesis to an overly plugged in modern world and a perfect antidote to the Rat Race so why is there no place for these ways of life in our plugged in world? Is this truly "progress"?   A very "Thoreau" poetic piece exemplifying that solitude actually brings humans to have greater relationships with each other and within themselves.  Lastly, there is always something romantic about lighthouses, beautifully shot and brilliantly contemplative. "End of Recent Past" is such a fitting title as we are now on the tail end of these ways of life becoming completely extinct and will become almost mythic in their telling.

Alexandra Nakelski

The Rat Race
Go to school/get good grades/graduate...job guaranteed...or so we were told was how it should be.  Sold the bill of goods that life in Western capitalistic systems must be this way:

Wake up/ commute to work/deal with aggravation/commute home/ rinse ...repeat...maybe get a pension in 30 years....
Is this the Western dream? Is this making it big or merely existing "comfortably" until we retire on a measly income only to look back and wonder where all the years went?  Settling for jobs we hate knowing the scarcity makes our very employment expendable. Chasing our tales on the hamster wheel of making our bosses money, as taxes seem to get more and more exorbitant...where does it end? Is there any relief? The Rat Race train of the last 40 years is about to derail and deservingly so.

Shorts: Monday May 28th 3:45 pm
Run Time : 1 hour 22min
ARCAM 7 euro

May Day
Dir. Fedrik De Beul, Olivier Magis (Belgium 2017) 22min

Damn It!
Dir. Anthony Andriot  (France 2017) 9min 28s

The Interview
Dir. Marc Gurung (France, 2016)17 min 38s

Dir. Amanda Öman  (UK 2017) 4min 47s

End Of Recent Past/ Fin Do Pasado Recente
Dir. Salvador Pardo (Spain, 2018) 28 min



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Prins Hendrikkade 600
Amsterdam 1011 VX

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