Shell Shock
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Shell Shock: The power of storytelling

22 March - 22 May 2019

The tormented Vietnam War veteran Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, the soldiers suffering from PTSS in the documentary Crazy and the ex-tank commander of the animated film Waltz with Bashir share one thing: the urge to tell what happened to them in order to come to grips with it. Eye’s Shell Shock provides a forum to the cinematic representation of violent conflicts and traumatic memories.

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In April, members of We Are Public can visit the following Shell Shock titles for free: 

  • Die Mörder sind unter uns (Wolfgang Staudte, DDR 1946)

  • Combat Shock (Buddy Giovinazzo, US 1986)

  • The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, US 1962)

  • La casa lobo (Cristóbal León en Joaquin Cociña, DE/CL 2018)

specials

Shell Shock not only includes films but also socially engaged specials featuring talks, Q&As and performances. The programme focuses on such themes as memories and narrativity (Hannah Arendt), psychiatry (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) and the tales of Syrian refugees (storytelling). With a special edition of Cinema Stadsleven by Tracy Metz.

Agenda

Friday, 22 Mar 2019

  • 19:15
    22 Mar 2019
    Shell Shock
    opening

    Shell Shock: Opening Night

    special, NL 2019

    A preview of Eye’s Shell Shock programme, with snap lectures by film specialist Patricia Pisters and...

    with guests and live music
  • 21:45
    22 Mar 2019
    Waltz With Bashir
    film

    Waltz with Bashir

    Ari Folman, IL/FR/DE/US/FI/CH/BE/AU 2008

    Animation films rarely deal with reality, let alone with resolving traumatic events that are all too...

Saturday, 23 Mar 2019

  • 14:30
    23 Mar 2019
    film

    Taxi Driver

    Martin Scorsese, US 1976

    The all-time classic Taxi Driver stars Robert De Niro in the lead role as the deranged,...

Sunday, 24 Mar 2019

  • 16:00
    24 Mar 2019
    film and music

    J'accuse

    Abel Gance, FR 1919

    Anti-war film with a compelling climax in which the fallen on the battlefield of WWI rise up to accuse...

    with live musical accompaniment by Thijs Havens
  • 19:15
    24 Mar 2019
    Crazy
    film

    Crazy

    Heddy Honigmann, NL 1999

     They’ve all been psychologically damaged, the Dutch veterans of UN peace missions who tell their...

  • 21:30
    24 Mar 2019
    Teatro de guerra
    film

    Theatre of War

    Lola Arias, AR 2018

    Theatre and filmmaker Lola Arias brought together six veterans of  the Falklands War (1982). Three...

Monday, 25 Mar 2019

  • 11:00
    25 Mar 2019
    Mrs Dalloway
    film

    Mrs. Dalloway

    Marleen Gorris, US/GB/NL 1997

    What do the affluent Mrs. Dalloway (Vanessa Redgrave) and a traumatized British officer have in common...

  • 16:30
    25 Mar 2019
    The Act of Killing
    film

    The Act of Killing

    Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn, NO/GB/DK 2012

    Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary on the paramilitary commandos who killed nearly a million Indonesian...

Tuesday, 26 Mar 2019

  • 11:00
    26 Mar 2019
    film

    Hiroshima mon amour

    Alain Resnais, FR/JP 1959

    A French actress in Hiroshima (Emmanuelle Riva) falls in love with a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada)...

  • 19:15
    26 Mar 2019
    special

    An Evening About Amar Kanwar

    special, NL 2019

    Artist and social activist Amar Kanwar investigates in his deeply unsettling yet poignant work the...

Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019

  • 13:00
    27 Mar 2019
    film

    Full Contact

    David Verbeek, NL/HR 2015

    What does it mean to inflict death from a distance of well over 10,000 kilometres? Filmmaker David...

  • 19:15
    27 Mar 2019
    Jacob's Ladder
    film

    Jacob's Ladder

    Adrian Lyne, US 1990

    Vietnam veteran Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) sees ghosts, or rather: demons. Do they really exist or are...

Thursday, 28 Mar 2019

Friday, 29 Mar 2019

  • 19:15
    29 Mar 2019
    Waltz With Bashir
    film

    Waltz with Bashir

    Ari Folman, IL/FR/DE/US/FI/CH/BE/AU 2008

    Animation films rarely deal with reality, let alone with resolving traumatic events that are all too...

    with lecture by Hans Schnitzler (Dutch)
  • 21:15
    29 Mar 2019
    Continuity
    film

    Continuity

    Omer Fast, DE 2016

    A couple is reunited with their son who returns home after his posting to Afghanistan. They continue...

Saturday, 30 Mar 2019

  • 19:15
    30 Mar 2019
    film

    First Blood

    Ted Kotcheff, US 1982

    Fresh from Vietnam, John Rambo is again forced to throw punches. This time the adversary is not the...

  • 21:30
    30 Mar 2019
    The Manchurian Candidate
    film

    The Manchurian Candidate

    John Frankenheimer, US 1962

    A murder is committed against the backdrop of McCarthy’s anti-Communist witch-hunt and the Korean war...

Sunday, 31 Mar 2019

  • 19:00
    31 Mar 2019
    film

    Taxi Driver

    Martin Scorsese, US 1976

    The all-time classic Taxi Driver stars Robert De Niro in the lead role as the deranged,...

Wednesday, 3 Apr 2019

  • 11:00
    3 Apr 2019
    Crazy
    film

    Crazy

    Heddy Honigmann, NL 1999

     They’ve all been psychologically damaged, the Dutch veterans of UN peace missions who tell their...

  • 19:15
    3 Apr 2019
    Mrs Dalloway
    film

    Mrs. Dalloway

    Marleen Gorris, US/GB/NL 1997

    What do the affluent Mrs. Dalloway (Vanessa Redgrave) and a traumatized British officer have in common...

  • 21:30
    3 Apr 2019
    Airplane!
    film

    Airplane!

    Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and David Zucker, US 1980

    Ted Striker is a traumatized former Air Force pilot stuck on a flight in what is regarded by many as...

Friday, 5 Apr 2019

  • 11:00
    5 Apr 2019
    film

    Voir du pays

    Muriel Coulin and Delphine Coulin, FR 2017

    The Stopover is a powerful drama about two young military women who are given a few days of...

  • 13:30
    5 Apr 2019
    Jacob's Ladder
    film

    Jacob's Ladder

    Adrian Lyne, US 1990

    Vietnam veteran Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) sees ghosts, or rather: demons. Do they really exist or are...

  • 19:15
    5 Apr 2019
    special

    An Evening with Omer Fast

    special, NL 2019

    Marcella Lista, curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, talks with Israeli artist Omer Fast about...

Saturday, 6 Apr 2019

  • 14:30
    6 Apr 2019
    New Homeland
    film

    New Homeland

    Barbara Kopple, US 2018

    Double Oscar winner Barbara Kopple followed five refugee children from Syria and Iraq who join a two-...

  • 16:45
    6 Apr 2019
    film

    First Blood

    Ted Kotcheff, US 1982

    Fresh from Vietnam, John Rambo is again forced to throw punches. This time the adversary is not the...

  • 19:15
    6 Apr 2019
    The Manchurian Candidate
    film

    The Manchurian Candidate

    John Frankenheimer, US 1962

    A murder is committed against the backdrop of McCarthy’s anti-Communist witch-hunt and the Korean war...

Sunday, 7 Apr 2019

  • 19:00
    7 Apr 2019
    Let There Be Light
    film

    Let There Be Light

    John Huston, US 1946

    A compelling account of a group of American WWII war veterans undergoing psychiatric treatment for a...

    with introduction by clinical psychologist Ruud Bullens (Dutch)
  • 21:00
    7 Apr 2019
    film

    Voir du pays

    Muriel Coulin and Delphine Coulin, FR 2017

    The Stopover is a powerful drama about two young military women who are given a few days of...

Monday, 8 Apr 2019

  • 13:00
    8 Apr 2019
    Of Men and War
    film

    Of Men and War

    Laurent Bécue-Renard, FR 2014

    Pathway Home, a therapeutic veteran centre in California, provides support for service members who...

  • 21:15
    8 Apr 2019
    Jacob's Ladder
    film

    Jacob's Ladder

    Adrian Lyne, US 1990

    Vietnam veteran Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) sees ghosts, or rather: demons. Do they really exist or are...

Tuesday, 9 Apr 2019

  • 19:15
    9 Apr 2019
    film compilation

    Meiro Koizumi - Shorts

    special, NL 2019

    Curator Xander Karskens, director of De Ateliers, reflects on Meiro Koizumi’s work. How is the...

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019

  • 21:15
    16 Apr 2019
    La Casa Lobo
    film

    La casa lobo

    Cristóbal León and Joaquin Cociña, DE/CL 2018

    The Wolf House is an unsettling, overwhelming stop-motion film about the mental delirium of a...

    with Q&A with Cristóbal León

Sunday, 21 Apr 2019

  • 11:15
    21 Apr 2019
    Samouni Road
    film

    Samouni Road

    Stefano Savona, IT 2018

    This portrait of a shattered family won the L’Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) documentary film award in the...

  • 16:00
    21 Apr 2019
    A Couple of Down and Outs
    film and music

    A Couple of Down and Outs

    Walter Summers, GB 1923

    The young ex-Royal Horse Artillery serviceman Danny returns from WWI disillusioned; the daughter of a...

    with live musical accompaniment by the Martin de Ruiter trio
  • 19:00
    21 Apr 2019
    Let There Be Light
    film

    Let There Be Light

    John Huston, US 1946

    A compelling account of a group of American WWII war veterans undergoing psychiatric treatment for a...

    with prefilm The Atomic Soldiers by Morgan Knibbe

Monday, 22 Apr 2019

  • 16:30
    22 Apr 2019
    La Casa Lobo
    film

    La casa lobo

    Cristóbal León and Joaquin Cociña, DE/CL 2018

    The Wolf House is an unsettling, overwhelming stop-motion film about the mental delirium of a...

  • 21:30
    22 Apr 2019
    Johnny Got His Gun
    film

    Johnny Got His Gun

    Dalton Trumbo, US 1971

    Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday, Spartacus) debuted at the age of 65 with a film...

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019

  • 19:15
    23 Apr 2019
    special

    An Evening with Broomberg & Chanarin

    special, NL 2019

    Eye programmer Anna Abrahams talks with Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin about their sources...

  • 21:00
    23 Apr 2019
    Catch-22
    film

    Catch-22

    Mike Nichols, US 1970

    Mike Nichols’ film adaptation of Joseph Heller’s celebrated war novel Catch-22 exposes the...

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019

  • 19:15
    24 Apr 2019
    Samouni Road
    film

    Samouni Road

    Stefano Savona, IT 2018

    This portrait of a shattered family won the L’Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) documentary film award in the...

  • 21:30
    24 Apr 2019
    Waltz With Bashir
    film

    Waltz with Bashir

    Ari Folman, IL/FR/DE/US/FI/CH/BE/AU 2008

    Animation films rarely deal with reality, let alone with resolving traumatic events that are all too...

Friday, 26 Apr 2019

  • 20:30
    26 Apr 2019
    Combat Shock
    film

    Combat Shock

    Buddy Giovinazzo, US 1986

    Staten Island, New York, mid-1980s. Frankie, a Vietnam war veteran, is trying to survive in impossible...

    with a performance punk duo The Kaak

Sunday, 28 Apr 2019

  • 11:00
    28 Apr 2019
    film

    Hiroshima mon amour

    Alain Resnais, FR/JP 1959

    A French actress in Hiroshima (Emmanuelle Riva) falls in love with a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada)...

  • 19:00
    28 Apr 2019
    The Act of Killing
    film

    The Act of Killing

    Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn, NO/GB/DK 2012

    Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary on the paramilitary commandos who killed nearly a million Indonesian...

    with introduction by Charley Boerman (English)

Monday, 29 Apr 2019

  • 19:15
    29 Apr 2019
    Zomer zonder mama
    film

    Zomer zonder mama

    Sanne Vogel, NL 2019

    A touching Dutch television film about ten-year old Suzan who has to spend the summer holidays with...

Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019

  • 19:15
    30 Apr 2019
    Notes from Aleppo
    special

    Cinema Stadsleven: Shell Shock

    special, NL 2019

    Tracy Metz, who hosts the Stadsleven talk show at Pakhuis de Zwijger, presents Cinema Stadsleven at...

  • 21:15
    30 Apr 2019
    Notes from Aleppo
    film

    Notes from Aleppo

    Issa Touma, SY 2019

    The Syrian photographer Issa Touma makes the audience part of his return to Aleppo, the city he was...

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

  • 19:15
    1 May 2019
    Johnny Got His Gun
    film

    Johnny Got His Gun

    Dalton Trumbo, US 1971

    Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday, Spartacus) debuted at the age of 65 with a film...

    with introduction by philosopher Jos Hogenbirk (Dutch)
  • 21:15
    1 May 2019
    La Casa Lobo
    film

    La casa lobo

    Cristóbal León and Joaquin Cociña, DE/CL 2018

    The Wolf House is an unsettling, overwhelming stop-motion film about the mental delirium of a...

Thursday, 2 May 2019

  • 19:15
    2 May 2019
    Teatro de guerra
    film

    Theatre of War

    Lola Arias, AR 2018

    Theatre and filmmaker Lola Arias brought together six veterans of  the Falklands War (1982). Three...

  • 21:30
    2 May 2019
    Combat Shock
    film

    Combat Shock

    Buddy Giovinazzo, US 1986

    Staten Island, New York, mid-1980s. Frankie, a Vietnam war veteran, is trying to survive in impossible...

Friday, 3 May 2019

  • 19:15
    3 May 2019
    Flat Earth
    film

    Flat Earth

    Monique Verhoeckx, NL 2014

    Father and son, Senior and Junior, try coming to terms with their war trauma by flatly denying reality...

    with Q&A with filmmaker Monique Verhoeckx
  • 21:15
    3 May 2019
    Die Mörder sind unter uns
    film

    Die Mörder sind unter uns

    Wolfgang Staudte, DDR 1946

    Hildegard Knef debuted as an actress in the first film to have been made in Germany after WWII. She...

Saturday, 4 May 2019

  • 19:00
    4 May 2019
    film

    Hiroshima mon amour

    Alain Resnais, FR/JP 1959

    A French actress in Hiroshima (Emmanuelle Riva) falls in love with a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada)...

    with special reading by Kader Abdolah (Dutch)
  • 21:00
    4 May 2019
    Theater Na de Dam: Retourtje Polen
    special

    Theater Na de Dam: Retourtje Polen

    Theater Na de Dam, NL 2019

    On the night of the national commemoration of Remembrance Day, Mirthe Frese gives a performance on the...

Sunday, 5 May 2019

  • 19:00
    5 May 2019
    Airplane!
    film

    Airplane!

    Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and David Zucker, US 1980

    Ted Striker is a traumatized former Air Force pilot stuck on a flight in what is regarded by many as...

Monday, 6 May 2019

  • 11:00
    6 May 2019
    Johnny Got His Gun
    film

    Johnny Got His Gun

    Dalton Trumbo, US 1971

    Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday, Spartacus) debuted at the age of 65 with a film...

  • 21:30
    6 May 2019
    film

    First Blood

    Ted Kotcheff, US 1982

    Fresh from Vietnam, John Rambo is again forced to throw punches. This time the adversary is not the...

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

  • 19:15
    8 May 2019
    New Homeland
    film

    New Homeland

    Barbara Kopple, US 2018

    Double Oscar winner Barbara Kopple followed five refugee children from Syria and Iraq who join a two-...

    psychiatrist Aram Hasan will talk about his work with Psychiatrists without Borders (Dutch)

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Friday, 10 May 2019

  • 16:00
    10 May 2019
    Catch-22
    film

    Catch-22

    Mike Nichols, US 1970

    Mike Nichols’ film adaptation of Joseph Heller’s celebrated war novel Catch-22 exposes the...

  • 19:15
    10 May 2019
    film

    Full Contact

    David Verbeek, NL/HR 2015

    What does it mean to inflict death from a distance of well over 10,000 kilometres? Filmmaker David...

Saturday, 11 May 2019

  • 10:30
    11 May 2019
    Waltz With Bashir
    film

    Waltz with Bashir

    Ari Folman, IL/FR/DE/US/FI/CH/BE/AU 2008

    Animation films rarely deal with reality, let alone with resolving traumatic events that are all too...

  • 16:45
    11 May 2019
    film

    Hiroshima mon amour

    Alain Resnais, FR/JP 1959

    A French actress in Hiroshima (Emmanuelle Riva) falls in love with a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada)...

Sunday, 12 May 2019

  • 21:00
    12 May 2019
    Remainder
    film

    Remainder

    Omer Fast, UK 2015

    A young  British male suffering from amnesia is determined to reconstruct his past down to the...

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

  • 19:00
    14 May 2019
    Sacrifice - VR
    virtual reality

    Sacrifice (VR)

    Meiro Koizumi, JP 2018

    In this VR work, a young Iraqi talks about a tragedy that befell him. Meiro Koizumi examines the...

  • 20:00
    14 May 2019
    Sacrifice - VR
    virtual reality

    Sacrifice (VR)

    Meiro Koizumi, JP 2018

    In this VR work, a young Iraqi talks about a tragedy that befell him. Meiro Koizumi examines the...

  • 21:00
    14 May 2019
    Sacrifice - VR
    virtual reality

    Sacrifice (VR)

    Meiro Koizumi, JP 2018

    In this VR work, a young Iraqi talks about a tragedy that befell him. Meiro Koizumi examines the...

  • 22:00
    14 May 2019
    Sacrifice - VR
    virtual reality

    Sacrifice (VR)

    Meiro Koizumi, JP 2018

    In this VR work, a young Iraqi talks about a tragedy that befell him. Meiro Koizumi examines the...

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

  • 20:00
    15 May 2019
    Of Men and War
    film

    Of Men and War

    Laurent Bécue-Renard, FR 2014

    Pathway Home, a therapeutic veteran centre in California, provides support for service members who...

Friday, 17 May 2019

  • 20:00
    17 May 2019
    So It Goes
    film and music

    So it Goes (muziektheater)

    special, NL 2019

    Freek Vielen and jazz improv band The Ambush Party return to So it Goes, a monologue on the...

    live music by Freek Vielen and The Ambush Party

Saturday, 18 May 2019

  • 19:15
    18 May 2019
    Airplane!
    film

    Airplane!

    Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and David Zucker, US 1980

    Ted Striker is a traumatized former Air Force pilot stuck on a flight in what is regarded by many as...

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

  • 19:15
    21 May 2019
    Die Mörder sind unter uns
    film

    Die Mörder sind unter uns

    Wolfgang Staudte, DDR 1946

    Hildegard Knef debuted as an actress in the first film to have been made in Germany after WWII. She...

    cellist Maya Fridman will perform the epilogue from Maxim Shalygin's Canti dí inizio e fine prior to the film

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