This September, Cineforum ‘European Cinema: The Failed Canon’ will take place in Kriterion. Do you think ‘European cinema’ as an entity exists? We invite you to contemplate or contribute your perspectives on the (im)possibility of a European film canon.

Starting off with an opening night on Wednesday September 22nd, Cineforum will continue for two days on the 23rd and 24th of September, during which ten screenings will open the discussion to various themes concerning European culture.

Filmtheater Kriterion, Roetersstraat 170, 1018WE, Amsterdam

Bend it Like Beckham (2002)

The traditional European film canon can sometimes be a bit hard to watch. The art-house multilayered masterpieces are amazing to watch, but sometimes you just feel like some feel good cinema. That’s why we have added the amazing Bend it Like Beckham to our programme, which we would like to call a multilayered masterpiece as well.

The British-Indian director Gurinder Chadha made this coming-of-age story about sports, love and family in 2002 and opinions differ if this film has aged well. What we can already say is it’s lightheartedness, successful female football players and this chemistry between the two girl friends is uncommon in the current canon. Come see your childhood favourite and make up your own mind!

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