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An ode to Pim de la Parra

21 — 26 June 2019

still from Wan Pipel (Pim de la Parra, NL 1976)
still from Wan Pipel (Pim de la Parra, NL 1976)

Eye is releasing De la Parra's 50-year-old feature debut Obsessions (1969) back into the cinema and, over a one week period, pays tribute to one of the Netherlands' flamboyant directors, the inspiration for many young Dutch and Surinamese filmmakers.

Pim de la Parra founded the notorious production company $corpio with his brother in arms Wim Verstappen, was behind the first major Surinamese feature film Wan Pipel and gained cult status as a minimal movie pioneer.

still from Aah... Tamara (Pim de la Parra, NL 1965)
still from Aah... Tamara (Pim de la Parra, NL 1965)

Film academy drop-out Pim de la Parra (Paramaribo, 1940) achieved his first major success with Obsessions, a 'sex-psycho-suspense-murder mystery', for which Hitchcock composer Bernard Hermann wrote the score and a very young Martin Scorsese helped co-wrote the script. The film turned out to be the forerunner of the "Dutch sex wave" and was a precursor to the $corpio production Blue Movie, the first Dutch feature film with a jubilant erection on screen.

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From $corpio to minimal movie

Eye pays tribute to De la Parra's career with the re-release of the digitally restored Obsessions and a selection of no fewer than fifteen titles. The wild $corpio years are represented by titles such as Rubia's Jungle and Mijn nachten met Susan, Olga, Albert, Julie, Piet & Sandra. Not to be missed is a one-off screening of the silent black and white production Dirty Picture ("not a comedy") with jazzy live music by composer Kevin Toma. De la Parra's love for Suriname can be seen in the classic Wan Pipel and the Surinamese Film Academy production The Secret of the Saramacca River.

The minimal movies shot in the eighties and nineties - made under the unofficial motto "No money? No script? Let's go!"- will also feature, including Lost in Amsterdam and De nacht van de wilde ezels. Many of the restored films can be seen in original analogue screening (35mm).

Pim in Amsterdam

De la Parra will travel to Amsterdam from Paramaribo and is present in Eye for a whole week to watch and talks about his films with the audience and cast and crew members. It will be lively, it will be festive!

still from Dirty Picture (Pim de la Parra, NL 1980)
still from Dirty Picture (Pim de la Parra, NL 1980)

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