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Occupied City (12A)

Kids slide down an icey slope with toboggans on a sunny winters' day.

Where do the memories of a city go? Steve McQueen's mesmerising excavation of how the past haunts our precarious present: Amsterdam today uncovers what occurred there between 1940-1945.

A searching camera sweeps through a vibrant contemporary Amsterdam while, at the same time, the film summons people and memories of the past under Nazi occupation within the city’s map and woven into the fabric of its streets and buildings. McQueen opens up a poetic, dreamlike space where unthinkable history and hope for a new future co-exist. 

The film is informed by the rigorously researched and lauded Atlas of an Occupied City: Amsterdam 1940-1945, written by historian and filmmaker Bianca Stigter, McQueen’s partner.

The emotional power of these stories accumulates over the course of the film, laying bare the mechanics of both systematic oppression and sudden bravery; both calculated terror and life-saving luck; both ordinary and extraordinary ways of surviving.

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Steve McQueen UK 2023, 266 mins (includes 15-min intermission)

Informed by the book Atlas of an Occupied City: Amsterdam 1940-1945 by Bianca Stigter.

Please note there will be a 15 minute intermission for this screening. 

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