Cinema during Forum on European Culture

Forum on European Culture

Trauma, (surviving) war, corruption, freedom of speech, the value of democracy (and the elite that shadow the art world) – experience The Forum on European Culture in film.

31 May – 04 June 2023

Cinema programme

Thu. 1 June | 18:45 – 20:30 | De Balie | Filmzaal

Turn your Body to the Sun

The incredible story of a soldier of Tatar origin who was captured by the Nazis in World War II. Now, through his diaries and various personal and public archives and records, his daughter Sana is trying to retrace the trail of her silent father.

Sat. 3 June | 16:00 – 18:00 | De Balie | Grote Zaal

The Killing of a Journalist

“The Killing of a Journalist” tells the story of the 2018 murders of OCCRP’s Slovak colleague Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová. An investigative journalist who used leaked police files from the murder investigation to uncover vast corruption at the highest levels of Slovak society.

Sat. 3 June | 18:00 – 19:10 | De Balie | Filmzaal


In Housewitz, daughter and filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk investigates why her mother Lous has refused to leave her house for decades. Lous is a typical “Yiddish mum”, an eccentric, smart, compelling mother with a cutting sense of humour. In her own created isolation, she travels the world via her TVs and computers. At night, she watches the programme die Schönste Bahnstrecken to keep recurring nightmares at bay. Nightmares that keep taking her back to the day she was taken from her home as a Jewish girl and put on transport. Towards the end of her life, Lous opens the door and lets her daughter in with her cameras.

Sun. 4 June | 15:30 – 17:10 | De Balie | Filmzaal

The Lost Leonardo

In 2005, an oil panel depicting Christ attracts the attention of two art dealers. Behind the shoddy restoration, they believe they see the hand of a master. For $1,157, they buy the work. Within 12 years, it is worth $450 million. The most expensive painting ever sold.

Sun. 4 June | 20:00 – 22:00 | De Balie | De Grote Zaal

Film + Q&A: How to Blow Up a Pipeline

European society is torn between eco-activism, climate change denial, reckless consumerism and fatalism. As various climate tipping points are nearing and the experts warn us that time to act is slowly running out, some people have decided to take matters into their own hands.