Infernal AffaIRs (2002) WIth a view

Rooftop Las Palmas
Entrance Wilhelminakade 332
Language Cantonese spoken, English subs
Extra info Wheelchair accessible, with headphones (included)

Cinema and rooftops are a match made in heaven: film history is filled with scenes where the city and its rooftops literally elevate the tension to a new level. And where better to experience these films than on a rooftop? With a nighttime view of the Erasmus Bridge and Rijnhaven, enjoy an outdoor film on Thursday, 23 May from the stunning rooftop of Las Palmas. For this rooftop film night, we are collaborating with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), the largest film festival in the Netherlands, which presents the work of innovative, independent filmmakers from around the world.

about the film choice

Infernal Affairs (2002)
Andrew Lau, Alan Mak

IFFR-festival director Vanja Kaludjercic chose the film:

At IFFR, Hong Kong action cinema has always held a prime spot, especially in genre-redefining films like Infernal Affairs, which set a new gold standard for crime movies. Set in Hong Kong’s bustling metropolis, Internal Affairs vividly portrays the city’s social and economic contrasts – turning the city and its shadows into a stage for pure suspense, up high on the rooftops or down in the backseats of cinema
theatres. From the dangerous streets of Mongkok to the upscale Central District, Hong Kong emerges as a city of stark disparities, where individuals strive for recognition amidst societal upheaval – making it still deeply relevant today.


A cop who’s secretly a gangster and a gangster who’s secretly a cop. This ice-cool Hong Kong classic’s simple premise sets the stage for a swirling drama of clandestine meetings, twists and betrayal where the moral lines between good and bad fade into the murky shadows of the metropolis. Iconic lead Tony Leung swaps the slickness of his characters in Wong Kar Wai’s earlier hits (Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love) with this unkempt and edgy gangster-cop, facing off against fellow star Andy Lau in a race against time to find each other out. Later adapted into Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, the film’s questions on moral ambiguities and shifting allegiances have lost none of their bite.

About the location

You are welcome from 21:00 to enjoy the view, with the film starting as soon as it is dark enough to project. The screening will take place under the rooftop structure, ensuring we stay dry even in the rain. Please note: always bring warm clothing and/or a blanket, even in good weather, as it can get quite chilly in the evening. Drinks for the film can be purchased on-site, but you are welcome to bring your favourite movie night snacks.