Ik droom steeds vaker in mijn dromen
een barre grond, groot en verlaten,
gegolfd, versteend, verwonderlijk geplooid,
met kromme, bladerloze, grote bomen,
als een van te nabij gezien en oud gelaat,
en voel mij thuis – te dicht bij huis – gekomen.
Te sterk, te naakt, te vroeg berooid.
Daar is geen rust, geen dood, al bloeit geen blad,
al is het stil – geen vogelstemmen…
De stilte en rust zijn schijn:
het hart van een cycloon,
al klopt het niet, een niet te temmen
kracht schijnt alles bij elkaar te klemmen.
Zo is het land, waarin ik woon.

O tovenaar, o kracht, waar zijn de vogels toch gebleven,
de kleine, warme, met hun ritselende veren,
die zich van takjes storten met een dikke keel;
de twijgjes, die zich verende herstelden
van ‘t licht gewicht, dat het zo sierlijk verliet?
Het waren toch zo vele?
Wanneer ik sterven moet, wil ik bij kleine vogels sterven
en water horen en de oortjes van het gras
zien spitsen en de losse aarde voelen.

Vasalis
Vergezichten en gezichten
1954

 

This month of May our Modern Classics take flight. Every Monday at 22:00 and every Saturday at 16:30 we screen a film about birds.


Kes (1969)

May 2nd at 22:00 and May 7th at 16:30

English spoken | Dutch subs

Kes (1969) follows the story of Billy, who comes from a dysfunctional working-class family and is a no-hoper at school, but discovers his own private means of fulfillment when he adopts a fledgling kestrel and proceeds to train it in the art of falconry. The film has been much praised, especially for the performance of the teenage David Bradley, who had never acted before, in the lead role, and for Loach’s compassionate treatment of his working-class subject; it remains a biting indictment of the British education system of the time as well as of the limited career options then available to lower-class, unskilled workers in regional Britain.

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Cría Cuervos (1976)

May 9th at 22:00 and May 14th at 16:30

Spanish spoken | English subs

In the twilight of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, an 8-year-old orphan and her two sisters find shelter in the house of their stern aunt and try their best to acclimatize to a new reality. After the harrowing death of her mother, Ana finds her philandering father dead in bed with a married lover. Frosty Aunt Paulina arrives to look after the young girl and her two sisters. The all-female household is completed by the children’s grandmother, mute and immobile in a wheelchair, and the feisty, fleshy housekeeper, Rosa (veteran character actress Florinda Chico), who fills Ana in on the mysteries of sex. Can Ana and her sisters summon up the courage to grow up?

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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)

May 16th at 22:00 and May 21st at 16:30

English spoken

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill tells the true story of a bohemian St. Francis and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild red and green parrots. Former street musician and San Francisco dharma bum Mark Bittner falls in with the flock as he searches for meaning in his life, unaware that the parrots will bring him everything he seeks.

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LE SAMOURAÏ (1967)

May 23rd at 22:00 and May 28th at 16:30

French spoken | English subtitles

In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays Jef Costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. After carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, Jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armor of fedora and trench coat can protect him. An elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director Jean‑Pierre Melville, Le Samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture—with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology.

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THE BIRDS (1963)

May 30th at 22:00 and June 4th at 16:30

English spoken

Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.

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