World Cinema Amsterdam shines a light on non-Western cinema, promoting the work of emerging and established filmmakers from across the globe. This year, the emphasis is on the cinematic creations to come from Indonesia, a country that the Netherlands shares an important bond with. In addition to the theme, nine films will fight it out for the World Cinema Jury Award, there will be live Q&As with guest directors, culinary delights from Ron Gastrobar and a lively afterparty. All films are screened in their original language with English subtitles.


Jayro Bustamante’s debut film opened World Cinema Amsterdam in 2015. This year, the Guatemalan director returns with a powerful story of following one’s heart in the face of adversity. The film centres around a man’s late-in-life coming out to his conservative Guatemalan family about his secret relationship with another man.

Temblores, Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala, 2019, 107’) Spanish – English subtitles, Dutch premiere

Divino Amor

Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro takes us eight years into the future with his latest film, Divino Amor. Part science-fiction, part relationship drama, its subtleties explore themes of increasing governmental and corporate control over daily life. Protagonist Joana is a civil servant whose job involves persuading couples not to divorce, while in her personal life she’s desperately trying to have a child. 

Divino Amor, Gabriel Mascaro (Brasilia, 2019, 100’), Portuguese, English subtitles, Dutch premiere

Re Loca

A Buenos Aires woman experiences the all too familiar symptoms of a panic attack when her relationship, family and work life simultaneously implode in this film by debut director Martino Zaidelis. She learns to release her emotions after years of internalising them, with shocking and hilarious consequences in this comedy starring Uruguayan actress Natalia Oreiro. This film is part of a selection of films screened in the open air. See it at Marie Heinekenplein on 7 August and Vondelpark Open Air Theater on 10 August (free entrance).

Re Loca, Martino Zaidelis (Argentinia, 2018, 95’) Spanish – English subtitles

La teoría cubana de la sociedad perfecta

Ricardo Figueredo presents a documentary that dives into post-revolutionary Cuba as experienced by locals spanning several generations. The subjects voice their experiences of restriction, censorship and the realties behind the ethos of escaping the corruptions of capitalism. Get a glimpse into their lives and personal struggles are their censored words and thoughts leave them separated from mainstream society. This film was produced as part of the GO CUBA! project which supports emerging filmmakers in Cuba.

La teoría cubana de la sociedad perfecta, Ricardo Figueredo, Cuba, 2019, 60’, Spanish – English subtitles

Love for Sale

In search of a date to his friend’s upcoming wedding, the protagonist in this romantic drama turns to paid online platform ‘Love Incorporated’ to find a girlfriend. The search goes better than expected when, during the 45-day contract, she turns out to be more than the perfect candidate for the job but someone he could actually fall in love with. 

Love for Sale, Andibachtiar Yusuf, Indonesia, 2018, 104’, Indonesian – English subtitles

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