The President in The Hague and Amersfoort
In January, MtM On Tour presents: 'The President'. Tonight, you can go see the film in Filmhuis Den Haag at 14.00 hrs and in De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort at 16.30 hrs. After the screening there will be a debate.
The President is a dark satire by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. After a coup, a dictator comes face to face with the people he has oppressed for years. He flees the presidential palace together with his grandson. While the old man faces the seriousness of his acts, his innocent grandson continuously asks bothersome questions. In an unidentified country an old dictator boasts to his grandson about his power. He shows the boy how he can have all the lights in the city turned off with just one phone call. Another phone call and the lights come back on. Looking out over the city from the presidential palace, the boy picks up the phone and asks to turn the lights off and back on. It works! But when rebels throw a coup, there is a price on the head of the dictator. He is forced to flee together with his grandson.
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