VU On the Roof Film Festival

What does it mean to live in a world where everything and everyone is connected?

Find out at the 7th edition of the On The Roof Film Festival (OTR) to be held on the roof of VU Amsterdam from 4 to 7 September 2018. Here, outside on the roof with breath-taking views over Amsterdam, you can watch screenings of the latest world cinema films for four nights in a row.

Every evening includes live performances and a film preceded or followed by a relevant discussion. Two of these evenings will be conducted entirely in English. Serving as moderators will be Annelies Verbeke and Marjan Slob.

Annelies_VerbekeAnnelies Verbeke is the Writer in Residence at the VU. She is a graduate of Ghent University, where she studied Dutch and English Language and Literature, and she published her first novel, Slaap, in 2013. Another novel, Dertig dagen (2015), was highly praised by both the press and readers. It was for this book that Verbeke won the NRC Handelsblad Readers’ Award, the Opzij Literature Award and the Ferdinand Bordewijk Award. During VU On The RooFFF, she will moderate a panel discussion on the theme Connected World. As she herself says, ‘I’m interested in whether the whole world will become interconnected or whether certain countries, continents and language groups will be excluded. Are there major differences between the way the younger and older generations use the internet? Which power relationships determine what we read?’
Marjan_SlobMarjan Slob is a philosopher and columnist for de Volkskrant and has given various lectures on film and philosophy at such institutions as the Dutch Film and Television Academy. Her book Hersenbeest won her the Socrates Challenge Cup for the most provocative and topical philosophy book of the year because, according to the jury, she prompts readers to think of themselves as questioning beings. During the VU On The Roof Film Festival, she will lead a discussion with the audience about the personal perception of films.
All the films selected will be ones previously shown at World Cinema Amsterdam. Around the world without leaving the city! World Cinema Amsterdam is a film festival that takes viewers to Latin America, Asia and Africa. Watching these wonderful films is a way of discovering what life is like elsewhere through the eyes of young and talented filmmakers.

More information about the films and their trailers will become available at this website on 6 August.

The roof of VU Amsterdam’s Main Building (access on the 16th floor), De Boelelaan 1105.

5:30 pm: roof and bar open, food served | 7:00 pm: programme starts.

Pre-sale opens on 6 August.

The VU On The Roof Film Festival is being organized by VU Amsterdam, the Griffioen Cultural Centre and Filmtheater Rialto in collaboration with the VU Association, Het Filmgesprek, FilmTechiek and Il Caffè.