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Koolhoven & Simons

After an extensive interview with Belgian filmmaker Harry Kümel a screening of the 4K restoration of Daughters of Darkness (1971).

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He was already their guest in a Cinema OT301 show presented by Koolhoven and Simons in 2010. Ten years later, Belgian filmmaker Harry Kümel is back for more: in the first hour of tonight’s show, Martin Koolhoven will be interviewing him about his oeuvre, showing many clips and the 16mm short De eekhoorn (1972) from Eye’s collection. The interview is followed by the 4K restoration of the vampire film Les lèvres rouges, the cult classic which is also known as Daughters of Darkness (1971).

The remarkable Belgian film director Harry Kümel made his feature film debut in 1968. Monsieur Hawarden tells the story of a wealthy Austrian woman who disguises herself as a man to avoid prosecution. His lesbian vampire film Les lèvres rouges (1971) grew into a cult film. Legendary filmmaker Orson Welles was willing to play a role in his Malpertuis (1971-1973).

Surrealism and a bizarre romanticism are hallmarks of Kümel’s oeuvre. He lectured at the Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam for many years, counting Martin Koolhoven and Mike van Diem among his students.



  • Harry Kümel

    Martin Koolhoven interviews Harry Kümel

  • De eekhoorn (The Squirrel) (1972)

    Many clips and the 16mm short De eekhoorn (The Squirrel) (1972) from Eye’s collection.

  • Daughters of Darkness (1971)

    Daughters of Darkness is a vampire film like no other. Heralded as psychological high-Gothic cinema, loved for its art-house and erotic flavors.

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Martin Koolhoven & Ronald Simons

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Les lèvres rouges






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Koolhoven & Simons

Koolhoven and Simons are back! As ever, they will be scrutinizing the genre film, presenting films within pretty forthright themes that have never before been screened at Eye. Expect evenings on Trucker, Grindhouse or Revenge of Nature films. A tribute to rarely screened trailers and forgotten classics, where possible in 35mm, using films from Eye’s collection.

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