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Netherlands Film Festival

Midsummer Night

Director: Hiba Vink.
For their annual trip, Lena - originally from Sweden - invites her close group of friends to a Frisian island to celebrate the Swedish Midsummer Night tradition. For the first time Meike, an outsider is invited. As with all friendships, in this thirty-something group of friends some secrets are shared, and others remain untold.

Papa's Tango

Director: Michiel van Jaarsveld.
Hannah’s parents are divorced. Her father is from Argentina and her mother is Dutch. Hannah is a dreamer. She loves to dance and adores her father. For Hannah dancing and her father are two things that belong together. Her father Nano feels miserable in The Netherlands ever since he divorced Hannah’s mother. He is homesick and wants to go back to his family and friends in Buenos Aires. But leaving The Netherlands also means saying goodbye to his daughter. After the divorce of her parents Hannah’s mother started a relationship with a new man. He lives with them now. Hannah gets along with him, yet she misses her father a lot. By listening to her father’s tango music she can still dance with him in her mind.

IJSWATER FILMS – short filmography

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Lotus

Director: Pascale Simons.
The daughter of a mother who wants to die, a disabled soccer player, a family man with a double life, a hip couple in their thirties and a broken family with an autistic son. They all live in one city. And in the next 24 hours , they will be more connected than they think. A painful and loving look at the complexity of loneliness in the Netherlands. LOTUS is a rare cinematic experience that challenges audiences to question their own loneliness and that of others. Diving headfirst into the harsh individualistic reality of a big city, this film investigates fear, loneliness and love from multiple perspectives. No one seems safe in the battle for happiness. And no one is immune to the hidden pain of individualism and anonymity that causes loneliness and changes lives. The lotus is a water plant that grows from the mud towards the light. The lotus effect is the phenomenon that occurs when dirt lands on the leaf of a Lotus: It won't stick. This self-cleaning feature is due to the numerous small bumps on the leaf.

Droomkind

Director: Erik de Goederen.
A nine year old boy (Pepijn Borst) lives in a world which, seen through his eyes, is deeper and more mysterious than a superficial glimpse would suggest. Sometimes the most simple things in life contain sheer beauty and enchantment.
But the boy is lonely too, because he cannot share his experiences with others. Who sees what he sees? Who hears what he hears? And who dreams what he is dreaming?

Trulichka

Director: Jean Counet.
Time seems to have stopped in the village of Pededze in northeast Latvia. Animals are making noise, the wind is sighing and a wrinkly old lady, leaning on a curved walking cane, is chasing chickens out of the stable. But time has not stopped: on the contrary. Time is passing and Latvia has gone through some drastic changes during the past fifteen years. Trulichka is a portrayal of the life in Pededze village. There the old and new generations live side by side. Old folks reminisce over the good old Soviet times, lamenting the new life and unemployment following the fall of socialism. Some of their relatives have stayed behind Russian borders and without a visa they can’t go see each other. As to the youth of EU times, they don’t feel any need to visit their former motherland. Trulichka is a warm and humane depiction of the old making way for the new, and also of their mutual harmony in today’s Latvia, living under winds of change.

Son of babylon to close the Netherlands Film Fest

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Mohamed Al-Daradji's SON OF BABYLON (NPP Project 2008) has been chosen as the official closing film of the 30th Netherlands Film Festival. The Dutch/English/Iraqi coproduction tells the story of a boy who, together with his grandmother, goes to search for his father who has never returned from the war. The presentation on 30 September within Utrecht's Cinema Rembrandt will mark the film's Dutch Premiere. SON OF BABYLONMohamed Al-Daradji's SON OF BABYLON (NPP Project 2008) has been chosen as ...

Dutch director Dick Maas will receive the Imagine Lifetime Award

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The Imagine, Fantastic Film Festival will celebrate its 26th edition in Amsterdam. During the festival Dutch director Dick Maas will receive the Imagine Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1983 Dick Maas made his feature film debut with the thriller THE ELEVATOR. With this film he won a Golden Calf at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht and the Grand Prize of the Fantastic Film Festival in Avoriaz. Maas built an oeuvre in which horror, humour and suspense are always present. A film by Di...

Golden Calf for the Culture Award goes to Doreen Boonekamp

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During the Gala of the Dutch Film at the 29th Netherlands Film Festival, on Friday 2 October, departing director Doreen Boonekamp (1968) was honoured with the Golden Calf for the Culture Award 2009. The prize was presented by chairwoman of the board Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven. The Golden Calf for the Culture Award is granted by the board of the Foundation Netherlands Film Festival to a person or organisation that made an important contribution to the Dutch film culture.Doreen Boonekamp graduated fr...

PRISONERS OF THE GROUND wraps up Netherlands Film Festival

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Stella van Voorst van Beest’s documentary PRISONERS OF THE GROUND has been selected to close the 29th Netherlands Film Festival. The film will have its Dutch première on the final regular screening day of the festival, Thursday 1 October 2009, in Utrecht’s City Theatre.How do you survive the dark, Finnish winter? In PRISONERS OF THE GROUND, we travel across Finland, calling at karaoke bars and dance halls to hear the melancholy life stories of a wide variety of people. While they find solac...

Netherlands Film Festival introduces Dutch Angle

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This year the Netherlands Film Festival will spotlight a series of films, by talented and innovative Dutch authors, that have been selected for some of the leading international festivals but which remain relatively unknown among domestic audiences. The filmmakers featured within the Dutch Angle programme are Nanouk Leopold, Mijke de Jong, Simone van Dusseldorp, Eugenie Jansen, Esther Rots, David Verbeek, David Lammers and Fow Pyng Hu. They will present their work during the festiv...

Netherlands Film Festival introduces Dutch Angle

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This year the Netherlands Film Festival will spotlight a series of films, by talented and innovative Dutch authors, that have been selected for some of the leading international festivals but which remain relatively unknown among domestic audiences. The filmmakers featured within the Dutch Angle programme are Nanouk Leopold, Mijke de Jong, Simone van Dusseldorp, Eugenie Jansen, Esther Rots, David Verbeek, David Lammers and Fow Pyng Hu. They will present their work during the festival.To compleme...

Grand Prize of the Dutch Film, the Golden Calves

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Announcement of the nominations for the 2008 Grand Prize of the Dutch Film, the Golden CalvesThis evening during the Talkshow of the 28th Netherlands Film Festival, the nominations were announced for the Golden Calves, the Grand Prize of the Dutch Film. The Jury of the Golden Calves competition selected the nominees after watching 72 film productions in the competition programme. The members of the jury are Nanouk Leopold, Britta Hosman, Albert ter Heerdt, Petra Goedings, Roberto van Eijden, Jan...

Winners of the Golden Calves Best of Dutch film

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The winners of the Golden Calves, the Grand Prize of the Dutch Film Festival 2008Tonight, the Golden Calves, the Grand Prize of the Dutch film 2008, were awarded during the Dutch Film Gala. The presentation, hosted by Viggo Waas and Peter Heerschop, was broadcast live on the Internet on http://www.filmfestival.nl/festivaltv/festival-tv-2008. The Dutch Film Gala was the conclusion of the 28th Netherlands Film Festival, which pulled in a record number of 145,000 visitors. The NOFF and Festival TV ...

Golden Calf for Culture Award goes to Rutger Hauer

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On the Opening Night of the 28th Netherlands Film Festival on Wednesday 24 September, actor Rutger Hauer (1944) will be honoured with the Golden Calf for the Culture Award 2008. The prize will be presented by Minister Ronald Plasterk. The Golden Calf for the Culture Award is granted by the board of the Foundation Netherlands Film Festival to a person or organisation that made an important contribution to the Dutch film culture. Rutger Hauer graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Amsterdam...

Winners Golden Calves, the Grand Prize of the Dutch Film 2007

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Tonight, the Golden Calves, the Grand Prize of the Dutch Film 2007, were awarded during the Gala Dutch Film Gala. The presentation, hosted by Paul de Leeuw, was broadcast live on the Internet on www.filmfestival.nl. The ceremony was the conclusion of the 27th Netherlands Film Festival, which attracted 125,000 visitors.  The Golden Calves jury 2007 – consisting of André van Duren, Pieter Fleury, Ronald Giphart, Brigit Hillenius, Jannie Langbroek, Reinier Selen, Paula van der Oest (chairman) ...

Winners Golden Calves, the Grand Prize of the Dutch Film 2007

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Tonight, the Golden Calves, the Grand Prize of the Dutch Film 2007, were awarded during the Gala Dutch Film Gala. The presentation, hosted by Paul de Leeuw, was broadcast live on the Internet on www.filmfestival.nl. The ceremony was the conclusion of the 27th Netherlands Film Festival, which attracted 125,000 visitors.The Golden Calves jury 2007 – consisting of André van Duren, Pieter Fleury, Ronald Giphart, Brigit Hillenius, Jannie Langbroek, Reinier Selen, Paula van der Oest (chairman) –...

Dutch Cinema 2007 Golden Calves nominations

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Tonight during the Talkshow of the 27th Netherlands Film Festival, the nominations were announced for the 2007 Golden Calves, the prestigious award for Dutch Cinema. The Jury of the Golden Calves competition selected the nominees after watching 76 film productions in competition. The jury members are André van Duren, Pieter Fleury, Ronald Giphart, Brigit Hillenius, Jannie Langbroek, Reinier Selen, Paula van der Oest (chair woman).Also in this evening’s Talkshow, the nominations were announced...

Dutch short film fetival in Paris launching

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The first Festival of Dutch short film in Paris is a fact. Organized in the framework of the golden jubilee of the Institut Néerlandais, the Dutch cultural centre in Paris, it offers a representative summary of the Dutch production since 1945, in some 60 films. The festival takes place in one of the former cinemas of the Cinémathèque francaise, today fittingly called Cinéma du Monde.The reason to organize such a festival is obvious: after the Second World War, it is thanks to short films tha...

Film In Focus: FOREVER

Saturday, November 25----The Dutch documentary FOREVER by Heddy Honigmann has been recognised with a Crystal Film Award for achieving over 10,000 tickets sold since its release. The award will be presented at IDFA on Monday, November 27 in the Filmmuseum, prior to the screening of the film. FOREVER is a film about the power and vitality of art and about a place where beauty lives on: the Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The film already won a Golden Calf for Best Documentary at The Netherla...

Film In Focus: LEEF

Thursday, November 9-----South Florida audiences have an opportunity to experience the renaissance of films from Holland with the astonishing last film from Dutch director Willem de Sande Bakhuyzen. The director recently passed away at the tender age of 47, just one day before his latest film LEEF! (LIVE!) was set to open the 25th edition of the Netherlands Film Festival, the country's most prestigious showcase of local filmmaking talent. On the Opening Night of the Festival in the historic...

Golden Calves: Awards for Dutch Cinema,

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WINNERS GOLDEN CALVES, THE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR DUTCH CINEMA 2006 Tonight, the Prestigious Awards for Dutch Cinema, the 2006 Golden Calves, were presented during the Dutch Film Gala. The presentations could be seen live on the Internet on www.filmfestival.nl; the VPRO's Cinema.nl Festivaljournaal will report on the ceremony at 23.10 tonight. On Saturday 7 October at 17.00 and on Sunday 8 October at 21.00, the digital culture channel Cultura will broadcast the Gala in its entirety. The presenta...

Golden Calves, the award for Dutch Cinema

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During the Talkshow of the 26th Netherlands Film Festival, the nominations were announced for the 2006 Golden Calves, the prestigious award for Dutch Cinema. The Jury of the Golden Calves competition selected the nominees after watching 76 film productions in competition. The jury members are Esther Bannenberg, Jan van den Berg, Jacqueline de Goeij, Rolf Koot (vice-chairman), Esmé Lammers (chairwoman), Erik Langhout and Wouter Suyderhoud.Also in this evening's Talkshow, the nominations were ann...

Heddy Honigmann's Forever wraps up Netherlands Film Festival

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Heddy Honigmann's latest film FOREVER is the closing film of the 26th Netherlands Film Festival. The Dutch première takes place on the final regular screening day of the festival, Thursday 5 October 2006.FOREVER reveals the mysterious beauty, serenity and comforting effects of the extraordinary Parisian cemetery Père-Lachaise, as seen through the eyes of people of flesh and blood. Many of them go there for their 'own' dead: husband, wife, father or son. Other visitors leave a letter behind for...

Golden Calf Dutch Cinema awards nominations

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This evening during the Talk Show of the 25th Netherlands Film Festival, the nominations were announced for the Grand Prize of the Dutch Film, the Golden Calf. The Jury of the Golden Calves competition selected the nominees after watching 75 filmproductions in the competition programme. The members of the jury are Kees van Twist (chair), Robbert Aarts, Piotr van Dijk, Mijke de Jong, Rens Machielse, Hans Pos en Els Vandevorst.Also in this evening's Talk Show, the nominations were announced for th...
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