15 Dec 2013, by RyanEmmen
starts on 18 Dec 2013,
ends on 1 Jan 2014
Film Forum, West Houston Street, New York, NY, United States
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Film Forum is proud to present the world theatrical premiere of The New Rijksmuseum, a documentary by Oeke Hoogendijk. The film will have a 15-day engagement from December 18, 2013 until January 1, 2014. Meet the filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk: Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:30pm.
If you’ve visited Amsterdam, you’ve probably been to the Rijksmuseum, one of the world’s preeminent art museums — home to masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer — itself a vast, magnificent structure, built in 1895 by architect Pierre Cuypers. The renovation of the museum (it reopened this past April) went on for 10 long, expensive years, so it is fitting that a documentary on this torturous (and often, inadvertently hilarious) process should turn into not one but two feature-length movies: Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz have designed an ingenious new entryway, but the Dutch Cyclists Union won’t tolerate reduced access for the 13,000 bicyclists who ride through the passageway daily. The museum’s magisterial director, Ronald de Leeuw, and his successor, the younger, scrappier Wim Pijbes, battle with curators, politicians, designers, city bureaucrats, and the public as the price of construction soars to $500 million. It’s a messy, complicated story that New Yorkers will relate to, but fortunately, one with a glorious ending.
Part 1 (118 mins.) and Part 2 (110 mins.) Directed by Oeke Hoogendijk. Produced by Pieter van Huystee (Part 1) and by Gus van de Westelaken (Part 2). Cinematography: Sander Snoep, Gregor Meerman, Adri Schrover, Paul Cohen. Editor: Gys Zevenbergen. Music: Eelco van de Meeberg, Christiaan van Hemert. The Netherlands. In Dutch, English, and Spanish with English subtitles.
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