10 DECEMBER: Night Has Come

“A fictional journey, just a step away from reality.” That is how the Belgian director and visual artist, Peter Van Goethem, describes his feature debut.


Night Has Come, Peter van Goethem

An anonymous elderly man wakes up in a sanatorium at an unspecified location. He suffers from amnesia induced by a virus. The people call it ‘night’ because it steals memories and leaves only darkness. The State steps in with a new programme that can store memories and begins to harvest them all, ‘just in case.’ But is the virus really of natural origin or was it engineered to provide the next generation with a fresh start (and the State with an easily controlled population)? Quarantine, resistance, riots… Slowly but surely, the old man starts questioning the authenticity of his own memories, while growing increasingly conscious of another truth.


Night Has Come, Peter van Goethem

Johan Leysen plays the protagonist’s voice. The footage comes from the Cinematek film archive in Brussels. Director Peter van Goethem will be present for a Q&A at the screening .


Night Has Come, Peter van Goethem

11 June – Political Art & Uncertain Endings: round table discussion

Artists and photoghraphers Ad van Denderen, Lebohang Tlali, Renzo Martens and Melle Smets debate the question whether Western artists can make accurate statements on the history of Africa, a continent that is not their own. Moderator of the evening is Nagaré Willemsen. Clips from the work of the artists will be shown during the conversation, as well as an animation film from the series 10 Drawings for Projection by South-African artist William Kentridge whose work is currently exhibited in Eye.


About EYE on Art (previously called E*cinema Academy)

EYE on Art* is a weekly programme where film meets the visual arts; a meeting place for everyone who is interested in film as an art form. EYE on Art keeps track of current events, offering shows relating to contemporary artists and special programmes to mark major exhibitions, manifestations and EYE activities. The series also focuses on the rich and animated history of the avant-garde film (Masters of the Avantgarde) and on experimental works and film programs by the new generation of filmmakers and curators (EYE’s Selected Artist’s Moving Images and the Research Labs).

The Research Labs provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. In these Research Labs, students from different art academies and universities put together a programme involving their own work and films (including remixes) from EYE’s collection. The Research Labs as well do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms. Within this context, EYE awards a prize for the best curated program and the best art/film work in collaboration with Heineken H41. The Researchlab program take place during two intense days in EYE, usually in February and May.

The Selected Artist’s Moving Images programs occur twice a year in EYE and they present the newest Dutch short experimental films, which have been recently included in the EYE experimental film collection.  EYE promotes and distributes these works, often made by young directors,  to international venues and makes them available for screening.

The programme of EYE on Art  is not tied to a strict format: it ranges from artist’s talks by filming artists, film evenings put together by artists or special programmes to accompany art exhibitions. All editions of EYE on Art are in English; the are introduced by a talk, a piece of music or a brief performance.

EYE Filmmuseum is since the opening of its brand new museum building in 2012, much more than just a film archive. EYE’s mission is to collect, preserve and present Dutch film heritage. Experimental film is one of the 5 core collections of the museum, together with silent film, international, Dutch cinema and expanded cinema. An active policy on acquisition, preservation and presentation of experimental films is still what very much defines the nature of EYE resulting among others in the series EYE on Art.

The EYE film collection was established in 1946, when the first predecessor of EYE was founded: the Nederlands Historisch Filmarchief. In 1952, this became the Dutch Filmmuseum; and since 2010 it is called EYE. The experimental film subcollection in EYE dates to the 1920s, when the Dutch film movement, Filmliga, developed a penchant for foreign avant-garde films, and focused on the “pure” film in their presentation, filmmaking and collection activities.

In addition to the experimental film programming, preservation, collection and distribuition, EYE presents since 2012, once a year, an exhibition devoted to the history of the experimental avant-garde film, such as those made by  Oscar Fischinger and Anthony McCall.

  • The series on experimental film existed in the old building in the Vondelpark as  E*Cinema in the 2000s and since 2012 until 2014, in the EYE new building, as E*Cinema Academy.

Useful links:

About the EYE experimental film collection –



About the experimental film in the Netherlands –


About Korte Film Poule –