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Occupied City + live streamed Q&A

  • 4h 26m

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  • Duration 4h 26m
  • Type CVA Film & Video

Occupied City + Livestreamed Q&A with Steve McQueen & Bianca Stigter


Where do the memories of a city go? From Oscar- and BAFTA-winning filmmaker and Turner Prize-winning visual artist Steve McQueen, comes this mesmerising and monumental excavation of how the past haunts our precarious present: mirroring it and warning us in plain sight.


Informed by the book Atlas of an Occupied City: Amsterdam 1940-1945 written by Bianca Stigter, the documentary creates two interlocking portraits. One shows the city’s devastating Nazi occupation through door-to-door accounts – tales of Jewish persecution, of resistance, collaboration, valour, and denial. The other is a vivid journey through the last years of pandemic and protest. The combination has a transformative effect with which McQueen opens up a poetic, dreamlike space where unthinkable history and hope for a new future co-exist.


The film's runtime is 266 mins, including a 15-min intermission halfway through. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Steve McQueen and Bianca Stigter, broadcast live from the Barbican in London. The event will finish at 19:05.


“Startling and formally rigorous” #4 - Manohla Dargis, Best Movies of 2023, The New York Times

“A singular masterwork” - Irish Times ★★★★★

“Hypnotic study of an Amsterdam still haunted by Nazis” - Daily Telegraph ★★★★



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  • The main entrance of Chapter in the distance, with some plants in the foreground.