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


Please join us to the open Cineforum ‘European Cinema: The Failed Canon’!

Do you think ‘European cinema’ as an entity exists? And what about a canon of European cinema? 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. Together with you, we will think about the fuzzy borders and representations of themes, spaces, cultures and perspectives in such a canon.

Each film will be introduced by an expert. Artists, academics, film critics and psychoanalysts will each bring their own perspective on this utterly incomplete and failed starting point of a European film canon. Themes include: European (art) history, colonialism, East and West, migration, North and South and gender.

We invite you to contribute your perspectives on the (im)possibility of a European film canon, but you are also welcome to simply sit back and enjoy the rich collection of films.

Cineforum is a collaborative program with the European Studies department at the University of Amsterdam.

Cineforum will take place at Filmtheater Kriterion,
Roetersstraat 170, Amsterdam