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Greenaway to speak at Cinema Militans

Director/writer's most recent film is in competition at the fest

UTRECHT — Prolific U.K. director and writer Peter Greenaway will deliver the Variety Cinema Militans Lecture at Netherlands Film Festival set to run Sept. 24 through Oct. 3.

The Cinema Militans lecture, sponsored by Variety for a third year, will be delivered on Sept. 28 at the wrap of the Holland Film Meeting, a four-day sidebar and gathering of Dutch industryites.

The director and writer of more than 50 pics, Greenaway’s lecture will center around the theme of “the position and viability of cinema in the present age.”

The Cinema Militans podium has been used in the past to deliver ardent prognostications on the future of cinema by Tom Tykwer, Paul Schrader and Alan Pakula, and Greenaway is likely to be no exception.

In 1988, he delivered the second Cinema Militans lecture but fest director Doreen Boonekamp told Daily Variety, “He is a director with strong and very expressive views on cinema, and his views have changed since 1988.” At that time, Greenaway made a plea for style and structure rather than plot.

Greenaway’s most recent film, “The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part I: The Moab Story,” is in competition at the fest, where it will have its Dutch premiere.

The festival, which last year drew 90,000 visitors, is the territory’s premiere film event and culminates in the Golden Calf film awards.