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




Das Purpurmeer (2020)


The past few years, a big humanitarian crisis has been taking place in the Mediterannean Sea. Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives finding their way to Europe.

Syrian artist and filmmaker Amel Alzakout also fled her country over sea, to find her own way to Europe.  She captures the hours after her boat capsized in an intimate way. Jerky images of the sea and her poetic voice over supplements this. The film is a new approach to documentation of war. Therefore it fits perfectly in the reevaluation of the European film canon.

This film contains very heavy themes and images and might be triggering to people sensitive to subjects relating to the refugee crisis. 

For more info & tickets check kriterion.nl/cineforum or buy directly here