Koole’s ‘Kauwboy’ gets Oscar chance

Netherlands picks debut for foreign-lingo consideration

BRUSSELS — Children’s drama “Kauwboy” has been selected as the Netherlands’ candidate in the race for foreign language Oscar.

Pic world premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February, where it scored awards for best first feature and youth film.

It tells the story of 10-year-old Jojo, who finds solace from a troubled home life by befriending an abandoned baby jackdaw. The relationship he builds with the bird eventually helps him reconnect with his volatile father.

Helmer Boudewijn Koole worked on child-focused documentaries and TV drama before making this feature debut, co-writing the script with Jolein Laarman.

“Kauwboy” is produced by Waterland Film, with international sales repped by Montreal-based Delphis Films.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for best foreign film on Jan. 15. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 24.