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Mockumentary Night

Koolhoven & Simons: Mockumentary Night

Koolhoven and Simons chose two mockumentaries that lead us, willingly, astray. A double bill of Woody Allen’s Take the Money and Run (1969) and Benoît Poelvoorde’s C'est arrivé près de chez vous (1992).

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Woody Allen’s directorial debut Take the Money and Run, about a bungling criminal with a pistol made of soap. A satire on the crime genre, bursting with of visual and verbal jokes in which craziness always triumphs: like in the scene where he conducts a documentary-style interview with his parents who are wearing Groucho Marx disguises to hide their shame about their son. The most frequently quoted line is the badly spelled robbery note: “Please put $50,000 into this bag and abt natural, because I am pointing a gub at you.”

Then we die laughing with C'est arrivé près de chez vous, a pitch-black mockumentary and instant cult hit in which a professional hit man is followed by a film crew who he manipulates in a masterly way, making them accomplices to his crimes. A smart, harsh indictment of the voyeurism of certain media and their grip on everyday life.

"Over the years many fiction films have borrowed from the documentary form to tell their stories. I’m really looking forward to this double bill, as these are two of the best examples!" – Martin Koolhoven.

Screening on 35mm from the Eye collection. Preceded by scenes and trailers from films including Zelig and Zusje.

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Every month, Koolhoven and Simons 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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