Let’s Talk About Water


Let’s Talk About Water – Because we don’t have a spare planet

For the seventh time Filmhuis Lumen will be the beating heart of the annual water film festival Let’s Talk About Water during the last two weeks of February 2019. As usual we provide the screening of ground-breaking documentaries and classics of great cinematographic beauty and significance around the theme of water. Moreover, during the festival, we welcome illustrious guests from home and abroad and we will enable some unexpected encounters. 

The various program elements of the festival will circle around the concept of water as a carrier of materials and energy, the crucial elements in a circular economy. The versatile instrument ‘cinema’ can help initiating the changes that are needed, because the beauty of film is that it can open our eyes, touch our souls, elevate our spirits and influence our behaviour.

The opening film of the festival on Monday evening 18 February is WOMAN IN THE DUNES, a Japanese new wave cult film from 1964 about a Sisyphus torture on a sand excavation. On Tuesday evening, February 19, we will screen RiverBlue, a pioneering documentary about perhaps the most polluting industry in the world: the clothing industry. The next day (Wednesday afternoon, February 20) everybody is welcome in the TU Library for the event Detox Your Fashion; ‘guilt free fashion’ on the catwalk. The pieces are designed by about 100 students from the Zadkine college in Rotterdam. A show will start at 12h30 and at 17h00. Admission is free.

Woman and the glacier is an award-winning documentary that will illuminate the festival on Friday evening 22 February. The film makes us part of the loneliness that a female scientist chooses to reconnect with the world. On Wednesday, February 20th it is time for the neo-noir sci-fi film Blade Runner (1982). Replicant Roy Batty, played by Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, seems more human than man when he makes his legendary ‘Tears in the rain’ speech.

The formal closing event will take place on Saturday, February 23 with some exciting short films, with so-called lightning talks, an invigorating lunch and the enchanting documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time, a fascinating time capsule from the Canadian mining town of Dawson City during the gold rush. For people who have difficulties coping with the after festival blues, there will be a screening of From Source To Sea organized by Students4Sustainability on Tuesday evening, 26 February. This documentary shows how the Dutch biologist, artist and activist Merijn Tinga, alias the Plastic Soup Surfer, paddles the Rhine on a board of plastic litter to draw attention to the subject.  The majority of the screenings will include guest speakers and Q&A’s. The official language of the festival will be English. For the first six Let’s Talk About Water films the reduced admission price is € 5, for students € 3. For the film From Source To Sea the regular admission prices (€ 9.50 and € 5 for students) apply.   In addition to the films in Lumen Let’s Talk About Water presents a fashion show, two exhibitions, workshops and various informal events with food, fun and music at other locations.   Find all the details about the program at http://letstalkaboutwater.nl/LetsTalkAboutWaterDelft2019.pdf