Today’s European Cinema: A Female Perspective

This programme is part of the festival Forum on European Culture, 17 – 20 September 2020 in Amsterdam.

For a long time international film was mostly a male-dominated industry. During this programme we look at today’s European cinema through the eyes of prominent European director Ena Sendijarević (Take Me Somewhere Nice), award winning theater director Eva Line de Boer and film critic and author Basje Boer (De Groene Amsterdammer). With contributions by artistic director of IFFR Vanja Kaludjercic, and producer Iris Lammertsma (Witfilm) representing the ‘Vrouwen in beeld’ initiative.

How can we further deepen and broaden the scope of European cinema in the coming years?

Over the years, women in cinema were too often on screen just ‘to-be-looked-at’ and filmed from the perspective of the male maker, instead of behind the camera calling all the shots. After many decades in which our visual imagery was dominated by male perspectives, there are now more and more powerful female film authors with their very own style and unique cinematic representations of reality. They take inspiration from European cinematic traditions, but more importantly: they add their own distinct voices. As a result, European cinema is deepening and broadening its perspectives, and has clearly gained in narrative power, artistic qualities and impact on the other arts.

Moderator: Absaline Hehakaya

Creative Europe Desk NL also offers you a screening of Ena Sendijarevic’s film Take me Somewhere Nice. From 24 hours before the event (September 19 – 5 p.m.) to 24 hours after the panel session (September 21, 6.30 p.m.)

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Image from Take me somewhere nice by Ena Sendijarević


Ena Sendijarević (1987, Bosnia) studied Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam and was subsequently educated at the Dutch Film Academy, also in Amsterdam. Import (2016) was her first project after graduating. The short film premiered at the Cannes film festival in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. Take Me Somewhere Nice had its world premiere at IFFR 2019.

Basje Boer (1980, Netherlands) is a writer and journalist. She wrote the collection of short stories Kiestoon (2006) and the novels Bermuda (2016) and Naamloos (2019). Her stories were published in magazines such as De Gids, Hollands Maandblad and Das Magazin.  She also writes about film and (pop) culture for De Groene Amsterdammer & De Filmkrant.

Eva Line de Boer (Breda, 1988) is an award winning theater director. She has won the Ton Lutz Award for her graduation show Euphoria, the BNG Nieuwe Makersprijs for Dit gebeurt allemaal tegelijk, and in 2019 the Charlotte Köhlerprijs for her entire oeuvre. She currently directs Ik voel Amor for Bellevue Lunch Theater (on show from 22 September-15 October).

Vanja Kaludjercic is artistic director of IFFR, the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In the past she has worked for MUBI, Les Arcs European Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Nederlands Filmfestival and as head of the ‘Talks & Masterclasses’-programme of the IFFR. With her team she is currently working on the 50th edition of IFFR, which takes place early 2021. 

This session is organized in collaboration with Creative Europe Desk NL


Ena SendijarevićFilmmaker
Basje BoerFilmjournalist
Eva Line de BoerTheatre Director
Vanja KaludjercicArtistic Director International Film Festival Rotterdam
Iris LammertsmaProducer
Absaline HehakayaModerator