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European "Union"?
LAB 111
Amsterdam Netherlands
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European "Union"?
European "Union"?
Saturday May 26th 2:00 PM
8 euro/ 5 concession
LAB 111/LAB2
Run Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Filmmaker Tommy Conlon in Attendance!

Yes the Disunited States of America are indeed under scrutiny this season, but it would be unfair to leave out the EU!  

The Sons of Robert Schuman
Dir. Tommy Conlon (Ireland 2015) 17min
Program: European "Union"?

The Brexit thing really took me for a loop. As a foreigner living here, I was familiar with both the benefits and shortcomings of the EU.  I wish this film had been necessary viewing before the vote.  Four representatives in Brussels from Ireland, France, Germany and Italy give tours of the EU Commission Headquarters by day maintaining the fa├žade of harmony to visitorswhile behind closed doors, they quibble and tease each other regarding their respective countries.  So painfully funny because so much of it is truecomedy is a great tool to humanize the faces behind the countries we may not agree with and illustrate how at the end of the day, these differences are part of what makes the Union unique.  It is OK to tell them to piss off every now and then but to finally put the greater good as a priority and collaborate with those different than you to achieve a common goal.

We showed this film last season but no one had a chance here in Amsterdam to see it...plus, Conlon is back with his newest film to speak about both!
Alexandra Nakelski


How to Make Finland Great Again
Dir. Jarno Harju (Finland 2017) 19mins 11secs

Emily Can Wait
Dir. Christian Wittmoser (Germany 2016) 12 min

When Europe turns to chaos, Emily must hold out in her apartment in hope of reuniting with her loved one. The promise to wait becomes increasingly difficult to keep, as desperation grows and hope dwindles.

The jury I served on in Riga, Latvia, thought the original approach regarding the contained cinematography in this short created a unique world with its own written rules of a near future dystopian European Union that simultaneously echoes 1930's Germany. Future as Past.
 

Minus One

Dir. Natassa Xydi (Greece 2016) 17 min
Program: European "Union"?

As an outsider I am fascinated with the economic inequality among the members of the EU.  The countries with the best weather seem to suffer the most. With the Greek austerity and financial crises citizens have to do much more than tighten their belt loops...Minus One is a fantastic insight to that reality.  This film serves my interest twofold...with the burgeoning Air B n B phenomenon; the housing crisis is at an all time high in urban cities. Property owners are greedy in thinking they can make more money with short-term guests than actual tenants. Leases are not renewed, as renters must scramble to find affordable housing.  Tourism in Europe is both a blessing and a curse as I see what has happened in Venice, Italy now happening here in the Venice of the North...the city comprised of tourists as locals must move further and further away.

Breathing Still
Dir. Jill Daniels (UK 2018) 9mins
Short Documentary

While in the Trump era, she is seen by many as a beacon of liberal values, much like Hilary Clinton, Angela Merkel has made a career out of crushing the organized left. In the vacuum left by such actions, a supposedly anti-establishment, maverick conservatism has taken root; a forerunner of fascism, which is itself a conservative revolution. 100 years ago German Marxist Rosa Luxemburg, Bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to Socialism or regression into Barbarism. Once again, it seems we have reached such a historic intersection. Breathing Still is both a tribute to Rosa Luxemburg, and a grim warning of what may be to come, as the racist AfD take a record number of seats in the German elections  leaving Merkels grip on power loosened.
Jack Brindelli

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LAB 111 (View)
Arie Biemondstraat 111
Amsterdam 1054 PD
Netherlands


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