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The Man Who Envied Women

Yvonne Rainer / US, 1985 / 125 min.

4K-restauration. Rainer dissects the male gaze, answering it with a provocative essay film replete with dry humour. Rainer follows the dissolution of a marriage between a conceited, womanising professor from Manhattan and his artist wife, who solely exists as a voiceover. Some free coffee and cherry pie will be served with the screening. 

poster Programmeurs van de Toekomst 2023
Seated in a chair facing the camera, Professor Jack Deller pontificates about women who are conspicuously absent from the film. On the soundtrack we hear their queries and comments, alternating between furious and laconic. The words spoken originate from film, quotidian culture, psychoanalytic and feminist theory.



Yvonne Rainer

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The Man Who Envied Women


125 min.







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Programmers of the Future

This summer, three Programmers of the Future present their first film programmes in Eye Filmmuseum. Programmers Janilda Bartolomeu, Korée Wilrycx and Kseniia Bespalova are among the very first to take part in Eye’s talent development programme for future film programmers, set up in 2022. The programme will feature cinema from the African diaspora that counters the notion of a singular reality, female artists on masculinity and alternative visual geographies of the former Soviet Union.

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