Actress Bo Maerten and editor Marijn Veltman from The Hague have had Club Laak converted into a cinema for their own Flora film week. Everyone is welcome to enjoy art-house films and modern classics.
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The Flora film week starts Tuesday 026 April and lasts until Sunday 18 April in the club hall of the Laaktheater. The program features nineteen films from around the world, including Oscar winner Everything Everywhere All At Once, the Danish film Triangle of Sadness and the Brazilian crime film City of God.
From club hall to cinema
Bo Maerten and Marijn happened to find club Laak on the Laakhaven, a relatively unknown place where a club, restaurant, bar and exhibition space come together. Marijn: “It is a fairly raw location between the warehouses and storage facilities. A surprising location for a movie house and club.” Bo adds: “It was the first time for us to find the entrance, so we make sure that you get good directions when you buy a ticket so that you don’t miss the performance. That would of course be a pity”.
The club hall is used once a month as a discotheque and is otherwise empty. Enough time for Bo and Marijn to organize a film festival. Bo Maerten: “We recently bought our own cinema seats, a batch of beautiful red Rietveld chairs from the 1950s 200. We will of course take this with us”. And visitors don’t have to be afraid of any beer or sweat smells from the club: “We let it air out, of course”.
During the film week you can not only watch a good film at the Laakhaven, but also good food is provided. Bo: “It is important to us that a film visit at Flora feels like a real total experience. Not just a quick trip to the cinema and then off again, but that there is also the opportunity to have a drink or snack before or after, to meet people and to chat.”
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Chef Sijbren Bartlema, of restaurant BAK & restaurant Bambino, cooks the entire week modern European dishes.