Irish Film Institute -OCCUPIED CITY + Q&A (IN PERSON)


Director: Steve McQueen

266 mins (incl. 15 mins intermission), 2023, UK-Netherlands, Digital, F-Rated

Where do the memories of a city go? From Oscar- and BAFTA-winning filmmaker and Turner Prize-winning visual artist Steve McQueen, comes this mesmerising and monumental excavation of how the past haunts our precarious present: mirroring it and warning us in plain sight. Informed by the book Atlas of an Occupied City: Amsterdam 1940-1945 written by Bianca Stigter, the documentary creates two interlocking portraits. One shows the city’s devastating Nazi occupation through door-to-door accounts – tales of Jewish persecution, of resistance, collaboration, valour, and denial. The other is a vivid journey through the last years of pandemic and protest. The combination has a transformative effect with which McQueen opens up a poetic, dreamlike space where unthinkable history and hope for a new future co-exist.

This screening on Saturday, February 3rd at 13.00 will be followed by an in-person Q&A with Steve McQueen and Bianca Stigter.
The screening on Sunday, February 11th at 14.00 will be followed by a satellite Q&A with Steve McQueen and Bianca Stigter. Tickets available here.

Notes by David O’Mahony

Book Tickets

Saturday 3rd