In ‘Occupied City,’ a searching camera sweeps through a vibrant contemporary Amsterdam while, at the same time, the film summons people and memories of the past under Nazi occupation within the city’s map and woven into the fabric of its streets and buildings.
McQueen opens up a poetic, dreamlike space where unthinkable history and hope for a new future co-exist.
This monumental film asks hard questions of what we think about the gulf between past and present. Informed by the book ‘Atlas of an Occupied City: Amsterdam 1940-1945’ by Bianca Stigter.
The film includes a 15-minute intermission.