EYE on the IJ: Holland's Homage to International Cinema
My recent visit to EYE Film Institute Netherlands revealed an homage to international cinema replete with interactive displays, perched like an ivory spaceship ready for launch on the northern bank of the Ij River. The striking facility, accessible via a free ferry from Central Station, houses four movie screening rooms, a museum shop and exhibit space showcasing the works of cinema masters the likes of Fellini and Stanley Kubrick.
Topping the contemporary structure is the eye-popping EYE bar restaurant, where you can wash down a plate of bitterballen with beer on tap while musing about cinematography against a backdrop of the watery Ij. On sunny days, a spacious terrace beckons for lunch or just contemplating the world of the moving image. The new location in Overhoeks, Amsterdam’s new urban district across the water from Central Station, replaces the Film Institute’s previous headquarters in Vondelpark.