Imagine 2015: Line-up And Recommendations

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This Wednesday (the 8th of April) sees the start of the 2015 Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, the largest Dutch genre film festival. What started as an annual horror marathon has now, in its 31st iteration, grown into an 11 day long spectacle in one of the fanciest venues in the Netherlands. There are workshops, lectures, sections dedicated to martial arts, horror, science fiction, fantasy... you name it.

Last month, the festival website started to show more and more of its programme, and now that it has been released in full, here is a gallery of things which caught our eyes. Click on the edge of the images to go to the next slide, or in the center to get a bigger version. And please use the comments to chime in with your own recommendations!

Openingsfilm: Ex Machina

One of the central themes at this year's festival is "We Love Robots", so what better way to start Imagine than with Alex Garland's Ex Machina? It's about an artificial intelligence who, when put in an actractive female-looking body, starts to seduce the scientists around "her", so it seems almost tailor-made for this edition!

Shelagh Rowan-Legg says in her review that the film has good and creepy moments, yet she is somewhat disappointed that once again, a stranger's femininity is only shown as sexuality and desirability.

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Marcel SamsonApril 6, 2015 11:48 AM

Hmm, I hate going to Amsterdam, but this might convince me to make an exception, hehe.

Ard VijnApril 6, 2015 6:57 PM

Relax, it's in North, so you're allowed to think it's not really Amsterdam. ;-)

Marcel SamsonApril 7, 2015 1:56 PM

As long as I can evade the part from Central Station to the city Centre, I'm ok :P.

Ard VijnApril 8, 2015 3:46 AM

You should be OK then: the free ferry at the back of the Central Station takes you straight to the EYE building.