A film by Steve McQueen

2023 / Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States / Color / status : completed / English, Dutch / International collections

The past collides with our precarious present in Steve McQueen’s bravura documentary Occupied City, informed by the book Atlas of an Occupied City (Amsterdam 1940-1945) written by Bianca Stigter. McQueen creates two interlocking portraits: a door-to-door excavation of the Nazi occupation that still haunts his adopted city, and a vivid journey through the last years of pandemic and protest.
What emerges is both devastating and life-affirming, an expansive meditation on memory, time, and where we’re headed.


“An entirely fresh, provocative and soul-shaking film.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“Essential. This is vital cinema with one eye on the not-so-distant past and the other on our precarious future.”

Los Angeles Times

“A documentary heroic in scope and ambition.”

The New York Times

“A monumental film.”

The Guardian


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