Photo by Ramon Mangold

If you’ve always wanted to watch a Dutch film, now’s your chance. During the Netherlands Film Festival (NFF), Utrecht spends ten days as the Dutch capital of film. And films with English subtitles will be screened every day. The festival nerve centre is on the Neude, where you can spend an evening discussing films with a drink in your hand. Check filmfestival.nl/en for the complete programme of non-Dutch films and to buy tickets.

> 27 September to 5 October, various locations
filmfestival.nl/en

 

Things to watch & do:

Open Seas
This film follows three young friends during their student days in Amsterdam. A sudden death within the group turns their lives upside down. They use this turbulent period to shake off their past, experience the meaning of friendship and discover who they really are.
> Open Seas with English subtitles will be screened in Pathé Rembrandt (auditorium 2) in 27 September

The Voice of Holland
This film by documentary filmmaker John Appel features free expression as an illustration of the current zeitgeist in the Netherlands. From speeches at a party, in a local bar or at the Royal Palace to protest marches and chanting from the terraces: no matter how different they may appear, the Dutch have one thing in common. They all want to say their bit.
> The Voice of Holland with English subtitles will be screened in Pathé Rembrandt (auditorium 2) on 29 September

Interactive exhibition
This free exhibition revolves around ten interactive media productions, most of which you can experience for yourself. Dance to the music of LCD Sound system amid the user-generated VR-recordings of other people, or join a bus trip via mobile real-time messages, to accompany a group of women on their way to visit their loved ones in prison.
> 28 September to 4 October, Academiegalerie (Minrebroederstraat 16) and IMPAKT (Lange Nieuwstraat 4)

Indie-games
Game-maker Adriaan de Jongh (1990) is best known for creating the indie-game hit Hidden Folks (2017). On Sunday 30 September, he and other international indie-game developers will give a crash course on the art and science that make the game world so thrilling. English will be spoken throughout the evening.
> 30 September, movie theatre ‘t Hoogt