For the past seven years, Amsterdam’s Marie Heinekenplein square has been transformed for four days every August into a summer open air cinema – Rialto in the Open Air. This year, the square will also be the venue for open air screenings – but this time as part of World Cinema Amsterdam. To emphasise this, the event has been given a new name: World Cinema Amsterdam Open Air.
From 19 through 22 August, visitors will once again be able to enjoy four new world-class films. Seating will be provided on the square for more than 500 people. But there will be space for many more; bring your own deck chair, a blanket, a stool, whatever you have – there is always room for one more!
In addition to watching films, there will be a lot more things to do on the square: DJ Cinema Royale will contribute to the right atmosphere from the 07.00 PM, and of course there will be plenty of food and drink to enjoy. The screenings will start at sunset, around 09.30 PM, as long as the wind is not too strong. And, as always, admission is free.
These four films are competing for the World Cinema
Thursday 19 August: opening World Cinema Amsterdam Open Air
Renaud Barret & Florent de La Tullaye | Congo, France | 2010 | 85' | Lingala, French spoken, Dutch subtitles
Documentary about a very unusual band: Staff Benda Bilili –
Friday 20 August
Marcos Carnevale | Argentina | 2009 | 104' | Spanish spoken, English subtitles
Anita tells the story of a young woman with Down’s Syndrome, who loses her mother following a bomb attack in
Saturday 21 August (in collaboration with A Hora do Brazil)
Ó Paí, Ó
Monique Gardenberg | Brazil | 2007 | 98’ | Portuguese spoken, English subtitles
Musical, comedy, drama, documentary, sitcom – Ó Paí, Ó combines all these genres into a lively story about the residents of the old centre of Salvador in Brazil, and how they celebrate the last day of Carnival. Read more...
The film ends around midnight. Anyone who is up for it is welcome at the smashing Brazilian Afterparty at Rialto: Brazilian Summer Sessions. Until the early morning you can dance to the sultry sounds of DJ Paulo and Forrozar-percussionisten Cleyton Barros and Nailton Miranda.
Sunday 22 August
Retratos en un mar de mentiras
Carlos Gaviria | Colombia | 2009 | 90’ | Spanish spoken, English subtitles
Itinerant photographer Jairo and his younger niece Marina return to their home area, to reclaim the piece of land they fled from years ago.