For its fifteenth summer, Pluk de Nacht will host open-air screenings of the best (inter)national cinema that hasn’t (yet) been released in local theatres. It's located on the banks of Amsterdam’s IJ river, where it all began, near Yays Zoutkeetsgracht and Yays Bickersgracht.
The festival was started in 2003 by a small group of friends with a great love of film. Their goal was – and remains to this day – to give as many people as possible the chance to discover films that passed Dutch audiences by unnoticed. These friends worked at a movie theatre part-time and attended film festivals in their spare time.
The thrill they got from the films they saw there was hard to share with others since many of them were never released in the Netherlands and remained largely unseen. That was the seed that sprouted into Pluk de Nacht. Amsterdam’s one true open-air film festival shows those films, that never made it to Dutch cinemas or only reached a very small audience.
The organisation visits (inter)national film festivals throughout the year and carefully selects films on their cinematographic merits. That is why you can find all types of film at Pluk de Nacht: from animation to road movie, from tragic small-town documentary to absurd romantic comedy. Year after year, the programming is stirring, personal and surprising, with live events, short film programmes and titles yet to be discovered in the low countries.
Pluk de Nacht has grown to become a true local meeting place and combines the screening of never-before-released films with art, food, drinks and parties. By creating a platform for many young creatives, the festival has more to offer besides just the movies. Admission to the open-air film festival is free but if you'd like to sponsor the festival, book your own beach chair for a small amount and buy food from various foodtrucks on the premises.
Dates: 15 - 25 August 2018
Why don’t you swing by this summer? Click here for the schedule and information, or ask your local concierge during your stay.
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