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Occupied City

Occupied City

De bezette stad
Steve McQueen
Netherlands, United Kingdom
2023
262 min
Dutch Premiere
Signed
Synopsis

For his first feature-length documentary, the English director and artist Steve McQueen (Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, 2013; Turner Prize 1999) was inspired by the book Atlas of an Occupied City – Amsterdam 1940-1945 (2019) by the Dutch author Bianca Stigter, who also wrote the screenplay.

For hours, the film goes from door to door in contemporary Amsterdam, while Carice van Houten’s restrained commentary describes what happened during the Second World War at each address. The film includes neither archive footage nor interviews, but devotes time and attention to individual stories of resistance, betrayal, courage and looking the other way, painting a picture of a stratified society that still influences the present.

Ghosts of the past find echoes and contrasts in the current inhabitants – and unanticipatedly in the empty streets, furious demonstrations and large-scale police deployment during the Covid era, in which the film was shot. And in the Holocaust and slavery memorials, which were also unveiled precisely during this period. They are Amsterdam monuments of historic significance–something which can also be said of

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Credits
262 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Steve McQueen
    Steve McQueen
Production
    Floor Onrust for Family Affair Films,
    Steve McQueen for Lammas Park,
    Anna Smith Tenser for Lammas Park,
    Bianca Stigter for Lammas Park
    Floor Onrust for Family Affair Films,
    Steve McQueen for Lammas Park,
    Anna Smith Tenser for Lammas Park,
    Bianca Stigter for Lammas Park
Executive producer
    Ben Cotner,
    Adriana Banta,
    Emily Osborne,
    Ollie Madden,
    Daniel Battsak,
    Ben Coren,
    Barbara Truyen,
    Joost Janmaat,
    Clea de Koning
    Ben Cotner,
    Adriana Banta,
    Emily Osborne,
    Ollie Madden,
    Daniel Battsak,
    Ben Coren,
    Barbara Truyen,
    Joost Janmaat,
    Clea de Koning
Cinematography
    Lennert Hillige
    Lennert Hillige
Editing
    Xander Nijsten
    Xander Nijsten
Sound
    Jos ten Klooster
    Jos ten Klooster
Sound Design
    Jan Schermer
    Jan Schermer
Music
    Oliver Coates
    Oliver Coates
Screenplay
    Bianca Stigter
    Bianca Stigter
Narrator
    Melanie Hyams
    Melanie Hyams
Distribution for the Netherlands
    September Film
    September Film
Screening copy
    September Film
    September Film

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