'Winter in Wartime' takes three Dutch prizes

BRUSSELS — “Nothing Personal,” helmed by first-time director Urszula Antoniak, has taken top honors at the Netherlands Film Festival, rounding up Golden Calf awards for feature film and helmer.

It also got the nod for sound design, for Jan Schermer, and photography, down to lenser Daniel Bouquet.

Pic tells the story of a Dutch woman (Lotte Verbeek) who leaves home to wander through Ireland, finally befriending a reclusive widower (Stephen Rea). Rinkel Film and TV produces.

“Winter in Wartime,” the most successful local film so far at the box office this year, took awards for production design, for leading thesp Martijn Lakemeier and for supporting thesp Raymond Thiry.

Another debut, “Can Go Through Skin,” won a special jury award for cast and crew, plus top actress kudos for Rifka Lodeizen. Helmer Esther Rots got the nod for her editing.

Audience favorite at the fest was “Upstream” by Danyael Sugawara, about the strained relationship between a mother and her son. Dutch critics went with “Boris Ryzhy,” a docu by Aliona van der Horst about a Russian poet.

Calves are the Dutch film industry’s top honors for local films. National choice to compete for the foreign-language Oscar, “The Silent Army,” did not feature among nominations.

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