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Netherland fest honors ‘Love is All’

Holland film tops Golden Calf awards

BRUSSELS — “Alles is liefde” (Love is All) rounded up the Golden Calf awards for film and director at the 28th Netherlands Film Festival, which wrapped Friday evening.

Calves are the most prestigious award in the Dutch film calendar.

Helmed by Joram Lursen, pic is a romantic comedy that topped the box office for local films in 2007. Producer Motel Films has already sold Franco-Belgian remake rights to Eyeworks.

Fest’s public prize went to “Mafrika” by Paul Ruven, an English-language comedy about a cynical ad director who learns that a shoot in Africa 15 years ago produced a daughter as well as a film. Dutch Mountain Movies produces.

Local film critics gave the nod to “Calimucho” by Eugenie Jansen, a drama about an unstable circus family, produced by Circe Films.

Among the other Golden Calves, “In Real Life” ruled the technical categories, collecting kudos for helmer Robert Jan Westdijk’s editing and Menno Westendorp’s photography.

The nod for sound design went to Huibert Boon, Alex Booy and Robil Rahantoeknam for “Winter Silence.” Elsje de Bruijn’s production design on “Nothing to Lose” was also recognized.

Anneke Blok was named best actress for “Tiramisu,” which also got the nod for Michiel Borstlap’s score. Robert de Hoog was named best actor for “Skin.”

“Katia’s Sister” gathered kudos for its screenplay, by Jan Eilander and Jolein Laarman, and for best supporting actress Olga Louzgina.

Ton Kas was named best supporting actor for his role in “Vox Populi.”

Coco Schrijber’s “Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies” caught the Calf for best feature documentary.

Organizers report a record 145,000 visitors for the fest.