today’s highlights

Today, you can spend an entire day at Filmhuis Den Haag watching films from our Eastern neighbours. What an amazing Saturday you’ll have!

Slovenian Cinema in focus

In IVAN, we see a young woman forced to make an impossible choice between the man she obsessively loves and her new-born son. A rough and thrilling drama about the dilemma of taking the wrong choices by famous theatre director Janez Burger.

Don’t miss THE MINER, a brilliant debut by Hanna Slak, based on a true story of a miner who risked everything to uncover one of the darkest secrets of Slovenian history.

Slovenian, Serbian and Romanian shorts bring inspirational film gems, such as SCHOOLMATES, in which a simple dispute goes terribly wrong. Guest: Stefan Pavlovic, director of When the dragon came is present at the screenings.

Polish cinema pearls – hilarious and political

THE UGLIEST CAR is one of the most liked films by the audience in the last season. Don’t miss this charming, funny yet serious dox screened together with PATRIOTIC LESSON that focuses on the contemporary spirit of changing Poland.

Revolutionary spirit in 3 impressive documentaries

HOTEL JUGOSLAVIJA – What secrets are hidden in Hotel Jugoslavija in Belgrade?
Guest: Serbian/Swiss director Nicolas Wagnieres.

OCCUPATION 1968 – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and BulgariaFive short films about the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Fifty years later, five directors from the five Warsaw Pact countries made a documentary about the invasion from the point of view of the occupiers at the time.

In the documentary THE TRIAL: THE STATE OF RUSSIA VA OLEG SENTSOV, we follow the trial against Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov. Russia sentenced Sentsov to 20 years imprisonment for terrorism, the actual reason being his opposition to the annexation of Crimea by the Russian state. Sentsov was awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize on 25 October 2018.

VIP BRUNCH – Meet & greet SEVDAH star Damir Imamovic

Join us at the VIP BRUNCH in honour of the king of sevdah music, Damir Imamovic! Admission is free and everyone interested is cordially invited to attend at 11.30 in Filmhuis Den Haag


Attend the MASTERCLASS ‘East’ and ‘West’ in the genre of sevdah by the Bosnian musician Damir Imamovic. Imamovic, who creates a special style of contemporary sevdah is also the protagonist in the Croatian documentary SEVDAH by Sarajevo-born Marina Andree Skop, next to Amira Medunjanin.

Legendary theatre play on a big screen – THE FROG

Elmir Jukic, a new voice of the cinema from Bosnia and Herzegovina brings THE FROG, a contemporary story of post war city. Brilliant performances of Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Moamer Kasumovic, Mirsad Tuka and Aleksandar Seksan. Guest: director Elmir Jukic.

Fresh voices from Croatia and Hungary

Four short films from amazing upcoming talents. Don’t miss HIDE AND SEEK, a provocative short film based on a true story from Hungary or MARY, an amusing story of a Croatian tow-truck operator with visions of Virgin Mary.