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Rutger Hauer to shine in ‘Dazzle’

Cyrus Frisch film to screen at Rotterdam

LONDON — Rutger Hauer will star in “Oogverblindend” (Dazzle), his first film in his native Holland in 29 years.

The forthcoming experimental romance is directed by Dutch maverick Cyrus Frisch.

Helmer turned heads last year with his “Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me It Would Become This Bad in Afghanistan,” which became the first feature shot on a cell phone to premiere at a major film fest when it played at Rotterdam. It also unspooled at the Tribeca and San Francisco fests.

“Dazzle” centers on a passionate phone call between a man (Hauer) and woman (Georgina Verbaan) who may or may not have previously met in Cuba. In true Frisch experimental style, the first 40 minutes of the feature are in almost total darkness.

Pic, which is budgeted at Euros 280,000 ($355,000), received half its funding from the Dutch Film Fund with the other half coming from private financiers.

Film Freak will distribute theatrically in Holland and Belgium. Frisch is handling international sales until the world premiere at the Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam in January.

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