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Film at home

Our curators have assembled the best online film tips

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Once you know where to look, there is so much more to find online than the regular streaming services. New initiatives pop up every day and important archives are unlocked. From IDFA's gigantic documentary archive to the brand-new My Darling Quarantine online film festival to a live Spanish cinema course - film enthusiasts will have enough material to keep them stuck to their screens for days. Enjoy!
Selected by: Inez de Coo, Film and art curator

Our favourite cinemas and film festivals have found creative ways to keep moving forward online! We have listed a number of surprising new projects by our trusted partners down below.

My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival
Enjoy seven short dystopian films that are part of the brand-new My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival, founded in collaboration with the Go Short Filmfestival Nijmegen. A new film programme will be shared weekly and you are able to vote for your favourite film. 

Watch over 300 documentaries at IDFA‘s online archive. Can’t see the wood for the trees anymore? We recommend: Human by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Four Horsemen by Ross Ashcroft, Red Wedding by Lida Chan & Guillaume Suon, Street Fight by Marshall Curry and The Chinese Mayor by Hao Zhou.

In order to offer support to filmmakers, film platform Cinetree will provide free access to their extensive Short Film Collection until autumn 2020. You can find Greetings from Aleppo by Isaa Touma, A Tale of Two Brothers by Felipe Calvo-Montero and Ik was pas 14 by Froukje van Wengerden, amongst others.

Spanish Cinema course
Coen Haver is teaching his course on Spanish Cinema live from 19 to 23 March. He previously taught this well-received course at NatLab. Sign up through this event on Facebook. You can tune in every day at 21:00 by using the URL – don’t forget to grab a glass of Rioja wine before it starts!

Music documentaries at Melkweg on demand 
As the Melkweg also had to close their doors, unfortunately you can’t just stop by to get your music documentary fix. But, not to worry – Melkweg on demand offers several online options. Our top tip is The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cashincluding Johnny Cash’ legendary Folsom Prison concert.

Filmmaker Penny Lane
We are massive fans of American filmmaker Penny Lane, who recently shared the majority of her latest films online. Lucky us! You can watch them all through her Vimeo account, such as The Pain of Others, about the victims of a mysterious illness that some people claim isn’t real. Definitely follow up with the equally interesting video-essay Watching The Pain of Others by artist Chloé Galibert-Laîné. Finally, don’t miss Lane’s hilarious documentary NUTS!, covering the true story of a doctor who attempted to cure impotence through transplants of goat testicles – an ideal film for the so-called post-truth era.

Filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt
Animation director Don Hertzfeldt (whose Oscar-nominated short film REJECTED is available online) would like to help you get through to the day now that you are stuck at home. As such, he is offering his philosophical masterpiece It’s Such a Beautiful Day online for free. You can watch the film through Vimeo On Demand: click on ‘rent’ and enter the promo code IAMSTUCKINSIDE

Filmmaker Gary Hustwit
Because of the current crisis, documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit -known from Rams, Urbanized en Objectified and others- will offer his films online, free of charge. Watch a different film every week through the New York platform Oh You Pretty Things. Until 24 March you can watch the documentary Helvetica about the most famous font on the planet.

Another fun online tip: Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? An animation by Michel Gondry (known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) existing of interviews with American philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky.

Environmental Film Festival
As the Canadian Environmental Film Festival couldn’t take place this year they have made a vast collection of their films available online, such as the impressive documentary Artifishal by Josh Murphy.

Classic films via Open Culture
Watch over a 1000 rare films on the Open Culture website. Our recommendations: 
Powell and Pressburger’s A Matter of Life and Death, Benjamin Christensen’s cult classic (the ’68 version including a jazz soundtrack and voiceover by writer William S. Burroughs) Häxan: The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages, the protofeminist screwball His Girl Friday, Luis Buñuel’s surrealist masterworks Un chien Andalou and L’Age d’or, Fritz Lang’s thrilling serial killer film M, Der blaue Engel (starring Marlène Dietrich), the atmospheric classic horror movie Carnival of Souls and Rudolph Maté’s exceptional film noir D.O.A.

40 Days to Learn Film
Use your time in quarantine to learn everything about film thanks to the course 40 Days to learn Film, made by director, presenter and cinephile Mark Cousins, know for his part in the series The Story of Film: An Odyssey.

Centraal Laat Online | Bare Romance
Centraal Museum Utrecht’s late night evening events are still taking place, they have just moved to the digital space! Thursday 2 April the event will premiere the short and stormy romantic drama Bare Romance.  The film will be available until 16 April.

This list will be supplemented with new tips over time.

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