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New Holland Island International Film Debut Festival Education Programme. Public talk with Pim Zwier (Netherlands) and screening of Builders of the Future (2018)

16:00–21:00 Pavilion

November 17

Dutch media-artist and filmmaker Pim Zwier will present his projects and talk about his work process, and then will show his latest feature film Builders of the Future and answer questions from the audience.

With the support of the Netherlands Institute in Saint Petersburg


Public talk with Pim Zwier

Pim Zwier is a media-artist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam who makes documentaries, short films, photographs and video-installations. His works balance between documentary and media-art, leaning one way or another depending on the material or topic. He will show examples of both and talk about the process of making his work in collaboration with producers, commissioning editors or curators.

The public talk is in English with consecutive translation into Russian.

Free admission. Limited number of seats. Please register in advance (link in Russian).


Screening of Builders of the Future (dir. Pim Zwier, the Netherlands, 2018, 56 min) 18+

Filmed in collaboration with the International Institute of Social History

Guided by political conviction and social consciousness architect Han van Loghem travelled to Siberia in the mid 1920s. The Soviet Union was in need of specialists to help design and construct entirely new cities in the Urals and Siberia, which were to become important mining and metallurgical centers. Filled with ideals and desire for adventures modern architects from West Europa left for the future workers’ paradise. The text is entirely based on letters, lectures and a manuscript by Han van Loghem and Berthe Neumeijer. The image consists of archival footage and photos, mainly from Russian archives.

The film is screened in Russian language with English subtitles.

Free admission. Limited number of seats. Please register in advance (link in Russian).

The events will be held as part of the New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival Education Programme. The aim of the programme is to introduce the key European filmmakers and their creative methods as well as films by up and coming cinematographers and most current trends in contemporary cinema.

The New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival is a platform for daring cinema, whose aim is to open new horizons and challenge the established formats of filmmaking. The festival is part of the New Holland Island: Cultural Urbanization project and will take place in St. Petersburg.

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