Dutch Film Festival
The Dutch Film Festival (previously known as the
Dutch Film Days - yes, with a ys -) has breezed through the
city of Utrecht once again, this time celebrating itself at
a brand new location, De Winkel van Sinkel (or "Sinkel's
Shoppe"). Among the prizes handed out were Golden Calves
(the Dutch version of the Oscars) for Best Director to Theo
van Gogh for Blind Date.
Chairman of the jury, Ronnie
Gerschtanowitz said that "they had esteem for the fact that
the film arose from 'nothing' and that the director and
actors were able to bring it to realization within a
limited amount of time." She went on to add, "Theo van
Gogh has not only made an extremely forceful film, but has
allowed the actors freedom to scale unknown heights."
Theo's acceptance speech was a wonder to behold and, in his
inimical style, he didn't miss a chance to comment on a
particular renowned cigar-smoking producer sitting among
the crowd at the award dinner when, cutting through the
smoke, van Gogh remarked upon the man's "distribution" of
funds. According to Theo, once the other producer's fee is
paid on these high budget projects, the films still have
sufficient remaining finance to be classified as low budget
projects. Van Gogh's two stars, Renee Fokker and Peer
Mascini, also won awards for, respectively, Best Actress
and Best Actor. Best Dutch Film of the Year went to EsmeÀ
Lammers' children's film Leve De Koningin (Long Live The
Queen). What more can I say?
Digna Sinke's Belle van Zuylen has finally made it to the
television as a 3 part mini-series. The images are
striking and the locations breathtaking. At last a larger
audience will be able to enjoy the film than were able to
at the cinemas. The story revolves around an 18th century
Dutch female writer who achieved fame in France and has
finally become discovered in Holland during the past 15
years. Some things take time.
Michael Collins is coming. Let's hope that it does before
things get worse in the world. A little bit of historical
perspective wouldn't hurt anybody.
It still remains to be seen if Planet Hollywood Amsterdam
achieves it October opening date.
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