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Free Film Series at the Clark Highlights Dutch Cinema

For Immediate Release

July 11, 2007

Catch the free film series In Dutch: Highlights of Dutch Cinema on Saturdays starting July 14 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Enjoy a survey of films from Holland exploring a variety of national themes and historical situations, two of which are Academy Award-winners for Best Foreign Film. The series takes place at 2 pm on Saturdays through August 18. All films are in Dutch with English subtitles, and are intended for mature audiences.

First on the big screen is Keetje Tippel (1975, 104 minutes) on Saturday, July 14.  Paul Verhoeven mounts the Netherlands’ most lavish historical re-creation ever, following a young girl as she comes to Amsterdam from the country with her large and impoverished family in 1881, and makes her way into society, high and low, exploiting her beauty and free spirit.

Saturday, July 21 features Character (Karakter) (1997, 114 minutes). Set in Rotterdam in the years after 1900, this Oscar-winning oedipal drama directed by Mike van Diem is adapted from a classic Dutch novel, telling the story of a severely estranged bailiff father and his lawyer son.

Twin Sisters (De Tweeling) (2002, 137 minutes), on Saturday, July 28, is an Oscar-nominated film based on a Dutch bestseller about two young girls who are abruptly separated at their father’s funeral in 1926. One goes to a well-off family in Holland and the other to a hardscrabble farm in Germany. This film follows them through World War II, the Cold War, and beyond.

August films are Antonia’s Line on August 4, The Vanishing (Spoorloos) on August 11, and Simon on August 18.

In Dutch: Highlights of Dutch Cinema is part of NL: A Season of Dutch Arts in the Berkshires, a Berkshire-wide celebration of the arts and culture of the Netherlands. At the Clark, in addition to Dutch lectures, films, and events, Dutch masterpieces meet their matches during the exhibition Dutch Dialogues on view through September 3. On display are four iconic works by Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Jean-François Millet. In addition, two portraits by Frans Hals are reunited for the first time in two centuries and a work by the contemporary Dutch artist Robert Scholte is juxtaposed with the Clark’s Impressionist paintings.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays, September through June). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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