Imagine 2016: Lineup And Recommendations
From the 14th till the 24th of April, the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam is hosting the Imagine Film Festival 2016. Festivals often focus on the stuffy and the arty, but Imagine has a legacy of going for hard-to-catch crowdpleasers, and I love the festival for it. Previous iterations of this festival have been among the finest I've ever visited, with especially last year sporting an insane batting average: I think seven out of eight films I saw there were among the best I've seen that entire year, and those included Ex Machina, Turbo Kid and Lisa the Fox Fairy.
But this year's line-up is pretty spectacular as well, (check their programme) and I can't wait to dive in. The general theme is "Building dreams and nightmares: the role of architecture", so that gives plenty of leeway to include whatever you want. Here is a list of 25 recommendations: click on the edge of the images to go to the next slide, so do please browse through them all, and tell me what I should have put in there as well!
Thomas Humphrey, Pierce Conran, Hugo Ozman, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Jason Gorber, J Hurtado, Ryland Aldrich, Kurt Halfyard, James Marsh, Zach Gayne, Michele "Izzy" Galgana, Ben Umstead, Todd Brown and Peter Martin contributed to this story.
Opening Film: Midnight Special
Jeff Nichols' sci-fi thriller has the slot for this year's official invites-only opening (thogh public screenings follow afterwards). Starring Adam Driver and Michael Shannon, this tells the tale of kidnappers on the run with a very special kid. But are they actually kidnappers?
Thomas Humphrey reviewed the film, and says it's "undeniably an interesting projection of the bright light that emanates from the uneasy American spirit, and it should be enjoyed by fans of sci-fi".