Part of IDFA

IDFA - The Mind of Clay

In 1985, filmmaker Mani Kaul received an assignment from the Festival of India to make a film about the pottery tradition in India. The result was anything but a conventional, informative commissioned documentary—instead, it's a poetic road movie. Kaul and his crew traveled in a bus through the north of the country, filming potters in the local villages, as well as at exhibitions and excavations.

His beautiful footage is characterized by a great eye for detail. He focuses on glistening hands as they conjure pots and other objects from clay, taking long shots that give us an intense, almost physical experience of the items that emerge.

He also records the many myths and legends surrounding this centuries-old tradition, which has been passed down from generation to generation. The Mind of Clay isn't only a visual ode to the craft and beauty of ceramics, but also a poetic essay on the earth as the mother and source of both life and art.


for 23 Nov 2017 10:00

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opening hours

Daily 10am - 7pm

Sun to Thu 10am - 10pm*
Fri & Sat10am - 11pm*
*depending on the final screening

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admission prices

Exhibition - Locus: Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Cao Guimarães

regular€ 10,-
discount € 8,50
friends of EYE€ 7,50
museumcard & IAmsterdam citycardfree
children up to 11 yrs oldfree
children 12 to 18 yrs old€ 5,-
CJP€ 8,-
Cineville€ 8,-
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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EYE is right opposite Amsterdam Central station on the north side of the river IJ. EYE is reached easily with the free ferry which sails 24/7, we are also easily accessible by car.

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