Close Up | nemā-ye nazdīk

Close Up | Nemā-ye nazdīk (1990): “..I’m a cinephile just like the main character..”

“I’m a filmmaker so I there are too many films that I like. I freaking love Close Up | nemā-ye nazdīk (1990), which is an Iranian film by Abbas Kiarostami. The story is about cinephile Hossain Sabzian. . .

Bali documentaries

Bali documentaries: “I would love to go to Bali one day. It’s my ultimate dream”

“I forgot the name of my favorite Bali documentary, but then again there are so many of them and I watched many different ones. Even on Youtube, you can find many documentaries about Bali which to me is the most beautiful Indonesian island province. . .

American Jail

American Jail (2018): “Homosexuality saved my life” An Interview With Director Roger Ross Williams

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 4/5. Compelled by the death of his childhood friend, Academy Award-winning film director Roger Ross Williams discusses in his provocative and personal film the forces that run the sprawling prison system of the United States.

A Bronx Tale

A Bronx Tale (1993): “..my father…who had to watch how the streets of the Bijlmer threaten to harden me..”

Kiddo Cee: “A Bronx Tale (1993) is a classic from the nineties with not only the umpteenth star role of my favorite actor Robert DeNiro but also his directing debut. . .

La Haine

La Haine (1995): “..but it also confronted me with culture clashes..”

“Whenever people ask me which film I like most it is often La Haine (1995) that comes up in my mind. I first saw the film about 20 years ago when I was 13 or 14. I grew up in Groningen, the Netherlands in a neighborhood that wasn’t that rich, but it varied from low-income families up till some middle-class families. . .

Girls Always Happy

Film Review: Girls Always Happy | Rou qing shi (2018); Director: Yang Mingming.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ – 3/5. Incredibly intimate and yet astonishingly full of arguing. Girls Always Happy | Rou qing shi (2018) is the story of a mother and her daughter who endure because of their super close relationship happy times mixed with a lot of arguing that stems from their fears and desperations. . .

Something Useful

Film Review: Something Useful | Ise yarar bir sey (2017); Director: Pelin Esmer.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ – 3/5. A touching film with a poetic and philosophical feel! Something Useful | Ise yarar bir sey (2017) is about the lyrical revelation of people’s motives, but also about coincidence. Why do people do certain things when they normally wouldn’t want to do it. Or rather be doing something else. . .

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Film Review: The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018); Director: Muayad Alayan.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ – 3/5. Such a tragic, but interesting drama film! The Reports on Sarah and Saleem | Al-Taqareer Hawl Sarah wa Saleem (2018) is a great example of how something so simple as an affair can politically grow out of proportion. Eventually, it becomes the mission to prove who is wrong and who is right but also to distinguish the bad from the good. . .

Five Fingers for Marseilles

Film Review: Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017); Director: Michael Matthews.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 4/5. What a captivating and exciting film! Five Fingers for Marseilles | Menoana e Mehlano ea Marseilles (2017) entails historic topics such as segregation and oppression, but also the mythical themes of the fight for freedom and to redeem oneself. . .

Frida

11th Humans of Film Amsterdam column story in ‘De Film Krant’: Frida (2002).

“Mexico is mijn favoriete plek op aarde! Nadat ik de film Frida (2002) zag, nam mijn vriendje me mee naar Mexico-Stad. Daar staat nog altijd het ‘Casa. . .

Blow

10th Humans of Film Amsterdam column story in ‘De Film Krant’: Blow (2001).

“Mijn favoriete film is Blow (2001). Die gaat over de beroemde drugsdealer George Jung. Hij begon, ‘como se diche?’, hoe zeg je dat? Hij begon met het. . .

Enter the Void

Enter the Void (2009): “..The film makes me think of my dreams and they’re pretty psychedelic..”

I’m painting the view in front of me, but the film that speaks to me most is Enter the Void (2009) by Gaspar Noé with Paz de la Huerta & Nathaniel Brown. . .