Synopsis:
What’s in a name ?
A view on America.

“Amsterdam Stories USA” is a road-movie tracing 15 small places in the United States, all of them named Amsterdam. Two Dutch descent filmmakers, Rogier van Eck & Rob Rombout, cross the country from East to West Coast, from their arrival in New York (former New Amsterdam) to California.

Through encounters and stories of the Amsterdams and of the road in between, the 6-hour film progressively weaves a singular image of the provincial and unknown “small town” America. The result is an intimate portrait and radiography of a protean country.

This arbitrary adventure has been realized over 2 years in 4 shooting sessions of 5 weeks each (between summer 2010 and autumn 2011). The 6-hour documentary (2012) is divided in 4 chapters of 90 minutes each : EAST – SOUTH – MIDWEST – WEST.

The 15 North-American places: New York (ex New Amsterdam), Amsterdam New York State, Amsterdam Pennsylvania, Amsterdam Ohio, Amsterdam Virginia, New Amsterdam Indiana, Amsterdam Georgia, Amsterdam Mississippi, Amsterdam Texas, Amsterdam Missouri, Amsterdam Iowa, New Amsterdam Wisconsin, Amsterdam Montana, Amsterdam Idaho, Amsterdam California.
Recent selection(s):
IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Amsterdam)
IndieLisboa - International Independent Film Festival (Lisbon)
Recent award(s):
IndieLisboa - International Independent Film Festival (Lisbon)
Director's filmography:
Rogier Van Eck
- Kaléidoscope - Episode 3 : Ibiza, Espagne (2003 - Short)
- Kaléidoscope - Episode 4 : Emscher Park, Allemagne (2003 - Short)
- Kaléidoscope - Episode 10 : La Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, Espagne (2003 - Short)
- Kaléidoscope - Episode 18 : Le Grand Hôtel Europe de Saint Petersbourg, Russie (2003 - Short)
- Kaléidoscope - Episode 32 : Le Transsibérien Moscou - Vladivostok, Russie (2005 - Short)
- Amsterdam Stories USA (2012 - Feature)
Rob Rombout
- Nord Express (1990 - TV)
- Queen Elizabeth II (1992 - TV)
- L'île noire (1995 - TV)
- Kaléidoscope - Episode 13 : Le centre pénitentiaire d'Overloon, Pays-Bas (2003 - Short)
- Les passagers de l'Alsace (2003 - TV)
- Kaléidoscope - Episode 24 : L'université Jagiellon, Cracovie, Pologne (2004 - Short)
- Amsterdam Stories USA (2012 - Feature)
- Sur les traces de Robert Van Gulik (2016 - Feature)
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Type:
Feature
Genre:
Doc
Year of production:
2012
Status:
Finished
Runtime:
360'
Original Version:
Anglais, Français
Majority:
Yes
Production:
Saga Film