Master Film

Lecture series

Every other Wednesday night the Master’s department of the Film Academy invites guests to come and give a lecture. Speakers can be film makers, visual artists, composers but also philosophers, scientists or film theoreticians. The aim is simple: to broaden our horizon and to get inspired by a diversity of approaches and perspectives.

The lectures are free and open to all who are interested. For most lectures a reservation won't be necessary, but if you want to be sure to have a seat: please use the online RSVP form.

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Programme fall/winter 2014

29 October 2014

BERNARD, a film to prove all sceptics wrong | Hidde Simons, Joggem Simons and Thomas Wander

Thomas Wanders as Bernard, with Hidde and Joggem Simons. Photo by Sander Nieuwenhuys

Everybody thought they were fools, that it couldn't be done, that it wasn't cinema. For Polanski the limit was two actors in a theatre. "This is where I stop", Polanski said in an interview about 'Venus in Fur'. "I'm not going to try a film about one person in a closed space." But the team behind 'Bernard' proved Polanski and all the others wrong: it could be done and they did it. The result 'Bernard': a 70 minute monologue on film!

The lecture will consist of the screening of this exceptional film and an extended Q&A afterwards with the director, producer and actor of the film.

'Bernard' has been produced and directed by Hidde Simons - who's also an acting coach - and his brother Joggem - who works mainly as a producer (for among others Hal Hartley, Michel van der Aa and Louis Andriessen). Thomas Wander, the lead actor in the film, works mainly in theatre, combining classical roles with experimental theatre. He has performed Bernard's monologue in the theatre for many years.

12 November 2014

The Art of Forgetting | Riemer Knoop

Photo: the desert in The English Patient

Our age's dominant cultural mode is one in which anything valuable has to be captured, remembered, collected, documented, safeguarded and protected - from oblivion, from time's passage, form death and decay. Indeed, by the very fact of preserving, things become valuable. Yet forgetting can be as productive as remembering. Delving into psychoanalysis (Oliver Sacks), sociology (Paul Connerton) and museology (Michel Foucault), I shall try and illustrate how and why forgetting can be useful, indeed often is a condition for getting ahead. Today's memory institutions' plight, with much of their collections not and perhaps to be on show, will be put in a new light.

Dr. Riemer Knoop is a classicist and archaeologist. He studied in Amsterdam and Rome, was graphic designer and worked as a producer with VARA television. He was responsible of national public affairs for Dutch archaeology, and manager at Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. Since 1998 Knoop is a self-employed consultant with Gordion Cultureel Advies, specializing in policy issues of museums, libraries and archives ( He became part-time professor ('lector') of Cultural Heritage at the Reinwardt Academy in 2011.

26 November 2014

Programme to be announced

10 December 2014

Lessons in Realism: Episode of the Sea | Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan

Still from Episode of the Sea

In this lecture, Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan will show and discuss their latest work, 'Episode of the Sea'. In this film, premiered at the Toronto festival and screened at IDFA, Van Brummelen and De Haan profile the small, unique town of Urk that was once an island in the Zuiderzee in Holland, while simultaneously investigating the parallels between the practices of fishing and of filmmaking. The result has been described as a "playful documentary", a "rich viewing experience", a "flat-out masterpiece".

Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan work together since 2002, producing film installations, writing, sculpture and collages that explore cultural and geopolitical landscapes such as Europe’s borders (Grossraum, 2005), sites of resource production and global trade (Monument of Sugar – how to use artistic means to elude trade barriers, 2007; Episode of the Sea, 2014), and the (non) sites of cultural heritage (Monument to Another Man's Fatherland, 2008, View from the Acropolis, 2012 and subi dura a rudibus, 2010). Most of their projects involve extensive research and long term collaborations. As part of their artistic practice, they express formal and informal research trajectories and the contingency of fieldwork in textual supplements. They do their own camera work, sound recording, production, montage, sculpting, and graphical design.

For more information about the lecturers, their work and their writings, see:
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Reviews of Episode of the Sea (TIFF)
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Time & place

Every other Wednesday night,
19:30-21:30 hrs.

Film Academy cinema

Please use the RSVP form

Programme fall/winter 2014

Wednesday 29 October 2014
BERNARD, a film to prove all sceptics wrong
Hidde & Joggem Simons and Thomas Wander

Wednesday 12 November 2014
The Art of Forgetting
Riemer Knoop

Wednesday 26 November 2014
programme to be announced

Wednesday 10 December 2014
Lessons in Realism: Episode of the Sea
Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan

Expected in 2015:

Lorna Tee
Johan Grimonprez
Paul en Menno de Nooijer
Raymond Bellour
Ed Tan

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Wednesday Night Film Screenings

On the other Wednesday nights (when there is no Master Film lecture) our Master Film students are organizing film screenings and talks at the Film Academy cinema.

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