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‘Silence’ to be heard at Dutch sidebar

Over 200 film biz participants invited to regional fest

UTRECHT — Dutch producer Els Vandevorst’s newest pic “Sea of Silence,” lensed by Belgian director Stijn Coninx (“Daens”), will world premiere at the Holland Film Meeting, a sidebar to the Dutch Film Festival set to unspool here Sept. 24 through Oct. 3.

“Sea of Silence,” a tale of a Catholic farming family set against the backdrop of the first moon landing in the 1960s, will be among a raft of features and documentaries from Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg offered as part of the Benelux Screenings.

More than 200 film and TV commissioners, buyers, distributors, sales agents, and investors from across the globe have been invited to view new pics from the Benelux.

The screenings replace the Marketplace, which unspooled only Dutch films, and are part of the Holland Film Meeting’s attempt to embrace the importance of pan-European co-production in Dutch film.

“With a respected Belgian director and Dutch producer and actors, the film is a good example of the kind of talent coming out of these territories,” fest director Doreen Boonekamp said. Film is being produced by Vandevorst’s Isabella Films, with Denmark’s Zentropa among the coproducers.

The Variety Cinema Militans Lecture on the state of the industry will close the three-day Holland Film Meeting, which closes Sept. 29. The lecturer, who will follow in the footsteps of filmakers Mira Nair and Tom Tykwer, will be announced shortly.