Verhoeven captures Golden Calf at Dutch fest
LONDON — Paul Verhoeven’s “Black Book” has triumphed in helmer’s native Netherlands, picking up three Golden Calf awards at the Netherlands Film Fest, including director.
The feature film award went to “Black Book” producers San Fu Maltha, Jos van der Linden of Hector BV and Frans van Gestel and Jeroen Beker of Motel Films.
“From beginning to end, they managed this large-scale production with a tight rein, producing an impressive result that is capable of competing with Hollywood,” the jury said.
Carice van Houten, who plays the WWII thriller’s Jewish cabaret singer-turned-resistance fighter, won the actress prize.
Verhoeven’s pic is the Dutch entry in the foreign-language category of the Academy Awards.
Other Golden Calves went to helmer Alex van Warmerdam for the script of his tragicomic pic “Waiter,” which opened the fest.
Frank Lammers won as actor for his perf as a cabdriver in his film “Night Run,” about Amsterdam’s real-life taxi wars.
The NFF showcases all Dutch features, docus, shorts and TV drama productions completed since the previous edition.
A total of 118,000 visitors attended the fest, which ran Sept. 26-Oct. 6.