Tuesday, 4 October


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In a time when the idea of Socialism has died, and we pretend that we are a "united Europe" but have no problems to abandon Greece when it's having economic problems, and when in fact Germany is taking charge of Europe (just like the good old days...has anything changed?) Jean-Luc Godard, vital as ever, brings us a film called SOCIALISM, which confronts us with the dream that we have abandoned.

The film is a symphony in three movements. The first movement, Des choses comme ça ("Such things") takes place on a Mediterranean cruise, with a mix of various conversations in numerous languages between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday. The second movement, Notre Europe ("Our Europe") depicts a sister and her younger brother who have summoned their parents to appear before a Court of Childhood. The children demand explanations of the themes of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.... the things our lives are supposed to be based on. The final movement, Nos humanités ("Our humanities") visits six legendary sites of true or false myths: Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples and Barcelona. 

As is normal with Godard's later works, this is an art piece, which demands the viewer's interpretation and goes against easy consumption. While other cinemas might be showing his early popular 'hits', this film is the kind he would have wanted to be screened after his passing. Starring musician Patti Smith and philosopher Alain Badiou, amongst a host of others.

One millennial recently re-watched it and said: "Still the powerhouse that changed my world when I was 19... What other film fights so passionately for the future? No wonder so many people hated it when it came out, Godard puts his faith in those who are 20 years old and younger."

And one critic noted: "As psychology is the cheap tool of Hollywood plot and the axis of identification....and capitalism's made us mercenaries to our bank accounts or cattle homeowners branded by decor, the only ideology is that ideology is dead: men are bodies in a landscape or photos on a Facebook wall..... commodity forms taken by money, that content without content, that soul without a soul. This neat outlook makes it somewhat easier to make movies — no plot and, as Godard recently explained, no characters...only the unthinking image, proliferated by digital cameras, cell phones, and the local news as a commodified substitute for local consciousness.'"

This will be a high-definition screening.

Date & Time: 

Tuesday, 4 October, 2022 - 20:30


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  • 3-5 €
- 3 €
Filmhuis Cavia
Van Hallstraat 52-1
1051 HH Amsterdam


Go through the gate. Cavia is on the right hand side, above Xena Sports. Take the stairs.


Former squat, now legalised

Filmhuis Cavia is a counterculture cinema, (legally) founded by a squatters movement in 1983, which programs films you aren't likely to see anywhere else.


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opening times: 

We're open a couple of days in the week. Look us up to find our monthly program.
Doors always open half an hour before the film starts.

Weekly programme of film screenings in a circuit of underground / self-organised venues. Forgotten movies that should have been classics, neglected flics, lesser-known gems, always with a personal introduction by the programmer. All films in English, or with English subtitles.


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opening times: 

mostly Sunday to Thursday at about 7 different underground locations.