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Generation Cinema

Voksne, Unge, Skoleklasser
Arrangementets sprog: 

The House of European History invites you to a series of screenings around the temporary exhibition "Restless Youth- Growing Up in Europe, 1945 to Now".

Travel back in time to experience a daring film that was influential at the time for each generation highlighted in the Temporary Exhibition. The films summon five different environments in four different periods across the continent in which young people grew up and made decisions that formed their identity.

The film will be contextualized and commented on by film historian and curator Wouter Hessels, who will highlight the significance of the film in cinematographic history and link it with the temporary exhibition.

For our last screening, "Home",  the director of the film Fien Troch will come in person and provide insights on the movie making process and discuss the representation of young people today.

To get the most out of each screening, join us from 18h00 for a free tour of our temporary exhibition Restless Youth. Our restaurant will also be open until 19h00 in case you would like a bite to eat before the film!

Wednesday 4th of September:

Summer with Monika -  Sommaren med Monika (1953, Ingmar Bergman), Swedish with English subtitles


Wednesday 18th of September:

Breathless – À Bout de Souffle (1960, Jean-Luc Godard), French with English subtitles


Wednesday 2nd of October:

Loves of a Blonde - Lásky jedné plavovlásky (1965, Miloš Forman), Czech with English subtitles


Wednesday 9th of October:

Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls like Mom - Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón, (1980, Pedro Almodóvar), Spanish with English subtitles


Wednesday 23th of October:

Home - (2016, Fien Troch), Dutch with English subtitles



  • 18.00               Guided Tour of the Temporary Exhibition “Restless Youth”
  • 18.45               Entrance Auditorium
  • 19.00               Introduction
  • 19.10               Movie screening
  • +/- 20.45         Discussion with the expert
  • 21.30               Drink   

All movies are screened in their original language and will be subtitled in English

Summer with Monika, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1953, 97 minutes, Black & White, Swedish

Inspired by the earthy eroticism of Harriet Andersson, Ingmar Bergman turned in this work of stunning maturity, a sensual and ravaging tale of young, reckless  love. A girl (Andersson) and boy (Lars Ekborg) from working-class families in Stockholm run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer at the beach. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair are forced to return to reality. Although Summer with Monika was initially quietly received, its reputation gathered steam throughout the 1950s, and it became an international sensation. Bergman’s early film about adolescent crisis and instable first love was applauded by the young French film critics of the Cahiers du Cinéma, Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut.

Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1960, 90 minutes, Black & White, French

There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy, parodic homage to the American gangster film genre that inspired him. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, The iconoclastic Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same. Godard won the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlin International Film Festival.  Breathless launched the extraordinary career of one of the most important filmmakers of all time.

Loves of a Blonde, Miloš Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1965, 82 minutes, Black & White, Czech

With sixteen women to each man, the odds are against Andula in her desperate and tragicomedic search for love—that is, until a rakish piano player visits her small factory town and temporarily eases her longings. A tender, observational and slapstick-wise look at Andula’s journey, from the first pangs of romance to its inevitable disappointments, Loves of a Blonde (Lásky jedné plavovlásky) immediately became a classic of the Czech New Wave (1963-1968) and earned Miloš Forman the first of his Academy Award nominations. In Loves of a Blonde the quest for love is beautifully combined with hilarious moments of generational conflict.

Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Girls like Mom, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 1980, 81 minutes, Colour, Spanish

Pedro Almodóvar’s first feature quickly became a low-budget cult film, and an icon of the cultural and sexual liberation of La Movida Madrileña, an important revolt against the authoritarian Franco regime in Spain. The plot of Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón follows the wild adventures of three friends: Pepi, an independent modern woman; Luci, a mousy, masochistic housewife; and Bom, a lesbian punk rock singer. The eponymous female trio at the centre of this outrageous black comedy confront the heteronormative machismo of 1980s Spain in flamboyant style, with a heady mix of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll that can still challenge audiences today.

Home, Fien Troch, Belgium, 2016, 103 minutes, Colour, Dutch

In presence of director Fien Troch

Home focuses on a group of youngsters and the adults that surround them. Both find it difficult to communicate and to understand each other's closed-off world. Into this community of two struggling generations arrives 17-year-old Kevin. He starts an apprenticeship at his aunt's store and moves in with her and her family. Kevin quickly adapts to his new home and gets along with his cousin Sammy. Through Sammy's circle of friends he gets to know John. Soon we discover John lives an unbearable situation with his mother and Kevin feels the urge to help his new friend. One evening fate intervenes and questions of betrayal, trust and loyalty start to direct their daily lives more then ever. Home is the fourth feature film made by one of the most talented and inspiring Belgian film directors. For Home  Fien Troch won the Venice Horizons Award for best director at the Venice Film Festival in 2016.

About Wouter Hessels

Wouter Hessels teaches film history at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound (RITCS), the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and Vesalius College in Brussels. He is a visiting professor at the Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn, Estonia.  He worked for the Royal Belgian Filmarchive (CINEMATEK), writes and performs poetry in different languages. In 2017 and 2018 he was a film expert for the national Flemish television programme, CINEMA CANVAS.