IDFA - A Bar on Majorca & Blue Orchids
A Bar on Majorca
The National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) was founded in 1964, making it the oldest continuously existing far-right party in Germany. Sharing many elements of its program with Hitler’s Nazi Party, the NPD no longer has any elected representatives on the state level. Multiple attempts have been made to have the NPD banned, but these have all failed. Early this year, the last ruling on the matter argued that the group is too small and insignificant to warrant an active ban.
About a year before this ruling, artist Marian Mayland filmed a demonstration by a handful of NPD supporters on a roll of 30-year-old Kodachrome K40 film. The result is grainy and meaningless until Mayland starts feeding us snippets of information through the audio track. At first these seem unrelated to one another, but gradually we start to make connections.The visuals create an atmosphere susceptible to conspiracy theories, underlining how eager we are to see coherence in what is in fact nothing more than visual white noise.
In Blue Orchids, Johan Grimonprez creates a double portrait of two experts situated on opposite ends of the same issue—the global arms trade. The stories of Chris Hedges, the former war correspondent of The New York Times, and Riccardo Privitera, a former arms & equipment dealer of Talisman Europe Ltd (now dissolved), provide an unusual and disturbing context for shocking revelations about the industry of war.
While interviewing Privitera and Hedges for Grimonprez’s recently released feature Shadow World (2016), it became clear that the two men were describing the same anguish and the same trauma, but from paradoxical perspectives. One has dedicated his life to unmasking lies and the other has built his life on lies. Both their personal and political histories gradually reveal the depths of suffering and duplicity, situating the arms trade as a symptom of a profound illness: greed.
Daily 10am - 7pm
Sun to Thu 10am - 10pm*
Fri & Sat10am - 11pm*
*depending on the final screening
Exhibition - Locus: Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Cao Guimarães
|friends of EYE||€ 7,50|
|museumcard & IAmsterdam citycard||free|
|children up to 11 yrs old||free|
|children 12 to 18 yrs old||€ 5,-|
|combi ticket (exhibition & film)||€ 16,50|
|friends of EYE||€7,50|
|children up to 11 yrs old||€7,50|
|Cineville, NFC, KNF|
free (surcharge may apply)
|10 tickets pass||€80,-|
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