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Free Film Series Highlighting Dutch Cinema Continues at the Clark

For Immediate Release

July 25, 2007

The free film series In Dutch: Highlights of Dutch Cinema continues at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Enjoy a survey of films from Holland exploring a variety of national themes and historical situations, one of which is an Academy Award-winner 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.

Antonia’s Line (1995, 102 minutes), on Saturday, August 4, is the Oscar-winning dramatic film and feminist rallying point from Marleen Gorris. The film portrays Antonia reflecting on her life from World War II onward, telling about the generations of women she raised and sheltered on a communal farm in rural Holland.

The Vanishing (Spoorloos) (1988, 106 minutes), on Saturday, August 11, is a chilling psychological mystery, possibly one of the most authentically scary horror films ever made. A young Dutch couple is headed for vacation in France, when she disappears at a rest stop, and he is haunted by her fate thereafter, until he meets the sinister character who holds the key of knowledge.

On August 18 catch a screening of Simon (2004, 102 minutes). Simon is the straight but crooked friend of the gay dentist narrator, and the film follows their friendship in swift and funny fashion, from its heyday in swinging Amsterdam to its surprising wise and moving conclusion.

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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