"Borgman" Tapped Dutch Candidate Oscar's Foreign-Lingo

Drafthouse will release the psychological thriller in the U.S. in 2014

Dutch vet helmer Alex Van Warmerdam’s daring psychological thriller “Borgman” has been tapped to represent The Netherlands in the Oscar’s foreign-language race.

“Borgman,” penned by Alex van Warmerdam and produced by Marc van Warmerdam of Graniet Film, world-preemed in Competition at Cannes and earned critical praises.

“If Michael Haneke had a slightly less ironic appreciation of the term “funny games,” he might have cooked up something a little like “Borgman,” a sly, insidious and intermittently hilarious domestic thriller,” Variety’s Guy Lodge wrote in his review.

Fortissimo Films, which represents “Borgman” in international markets, has sold it to dozens of territories.

Drafthouse Films will release the pic in U.S. theaters next year.

Cineart gave it a big bow across the Netherlands on August 28.

Oscar noms will be unveiled on Jan.16.

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