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Occupied City

Based on the book by his Dutch partner Bianca Stigter, UK filmmaker Steve McQueen writes, directs and co-produces this moving, ambitious and impressive reflection on day-to-day life under Nazi rule. Gently narrated by the UK’s Melanie Hyams, archive footage mixes with present day scenes to extraordinary effect. Co-produced by UK-based Film4 and Lammas Park.

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The past meets the present as Steve McQueen sensitively explores the Nazi occupation that still haunts his adopted city of Amsterdam, and an evocative journey through the last years of pandemic and protest that have taken place there. Both brutal and affirming simultaneously, a comprehensive meditation on memory, time and healing is born.