THURsday, 21 OCTObER 2021


This screening session features 3 films (see below). All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.


LAB111 (cinema 2)

Arie Biemondstraat 111

1054 PD Amsterdam



Reserve your tickets here, or simply show up at the cinema 15 minutes before the start of the screening.


Under current regulations all visitors are required to present a coronavirus entry pass (= a QR code showing you are fully vaccinated, have valid proof of recovery or a negative result from a coronavirus test taken less than 24 hours before entry). 

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One Middle Ground (Taiwan)

By Shantel Liao


Synopsis: Seven frames, seven episodes of one visual journey. Exploring the space between language, body and identity during the time of isolation. Running time: 00:01:00


About the director: Shantel Liao Was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She studied theatre in London, photography in Paris and New York, learned to give tattoos in Bangkok, moved to Berlin until the pandemic. She's used to the camera but very new to film. Liao has exhibited in Documenta 14 in Athens, as well galleries, photo festivals and other venues from Paris, Berlin, Bangkok, Tokyo, Fukuoka to Taipei. From photography to later mixed-media calligraphy, she's fascinated by the power of our own identities, how it shaped us and built the world around. From gender to culture, how we connected with our personal history and the greater environment.

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The Daydreamers (U.K.)

By Thomas Renckens


Synopsis: What if you're addicted to your own fantasy? The film takes a closer look at Maladaptive Daydreaming, a psychological condition discovered by professor Eli Somer. Protagonists Agatha and Jessica meet Somer on-camera, providing a moving testimony of their experience living a life cut off from reality. Running time: 00:33:00


Festivals: Rhode Island IFF (Winner Best Short Documentary), Brussels Independent FF, Grierson British Documentary Awards, Viewpoint Documentary FF, Doc.Boston FF (Winner Best Short Doc), and more.


About the director: Thomas Renckens is a Dutch documentary filmmaker based in London. A recurring theme in his films is the conflict between fantasy and reality. Before studying at the National Film & Television School, Thomas worked for indie production companies such as October Films and Lion Television and developed documentary programmes for broadcasters such as the Discovery Channel, Channel 4, BBC, and Viceland.

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In Ashes (Norway)

By Kjetil Engh Aasen


Synopsis: The life of Inger and her son Jonas is turned upside down when the man they thought they knew is suspected of unspeakable crimes against children. As painful questions arise, Inger realizes her son is slowly pulling away from her. Inger struggles to find a way back to her son, while at the same time, attempts to deal with her own conflicting feeling towards her husband. Running time: 01:23:48


Festivals: Verona IFF (Winner Best Narrative Feature Film), Brussels Independent FF, Venice Film Week, and more.


About the director: Kjetil (1991, Norway) is a screenwriter and director. In 2014 he acquired a BA in psychology at the University of Tromsø. In the following years, Kjetil has worked in the field of psychiatry, while also working with movie projects. His deep interest in human psychology and storytelling was combined in his debut feature film project In Ashes. He considers filmmakers such a Debra Granik, Michael Haneke, Kenneth Lonergan, Lynne Ramsay, Richard Linklater as main inspirations.