Kupenda Films owner Coen Haver presents IN FOCUS. Each episode of this web-based series focuses on the typical characteristics of the works of an international acclaimed film maker.

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Episode 5: Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar's films are usually considered to be about strong women and sexual liberty. But taking a closer look into his filmography proves that this view doesn't do justice to the complexity of his films and its characters.

Spoken language: Dutch

Episode 4: Spike Lee

Spike Lee has become one of the most influential Afro-American directors. His films are known for their political engagement. They deal with racism, stereotypes and conflicting political convictions. But his films are also rich in color and sound, using complex camera movements and energetic editing. All these elements have become trademarks of a Spike Lee Joint.

Spoken language: Dutch

EPISODE 3: Paul Verhoeven

Over the years, Dutch Director Paul Verhoeven has become a perfect example of a transgressive author; a director who keeps crossing the lines of the acceptable and outrages basic morals and sensibilities. And although sex and violence are the main ingredients of his films, he has more to offer. In a time of growing conservatism, Paul Verhoeven's films have become relevant once again.

Spoken language: Dutch

EPISODE 2: Krzysztof Kieślowski

"Decalogue", "La Double Vie de Veronique" and the trilogy "Trois Couleurs", made the Polish director highly respected in European art cinema. The ‘early’ realist Kieślowski is less known. His films from this period strongly reflects his vision on the political and social environment and made him a representative of the ‘Cinema of Moral Anxiety’.

Spoken language: Dutch

EPISODE 1: Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog, the German romantic visionair with an inimitable perspective on humanity. Most famous for his feature films "Nosferatu" and " Rescue Dawn", but also praized for his documentaries on the eccentric creatures who inhabit this world.

Spoken language: Dutch