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A-Film collects herd of Golden Calves

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The Paul Verhoeven-directed WWII thriller Black Book [+see also:
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was the big winner of the Dutch Film Festival, which ended Friday.

It took home Golden Calves (the Dutch Oscar equivalent) in the categories Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress for Carice van Houten. During the awards ceremony, it was also presented with a platinum film for having sold over 400,000 admissions. It is still at the top of the local box office after four weeks of release, courtesy of A-Film.

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Alex van Warmerdam’s surreal-hyperrealist comedy Waiter [+see also:
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went into the race with the most nominations and eventually won Golden Calves for Best Production Design and Best Screenplay. It is currently playing on twenty screens and is also distributed by A-Film.

The Amsterdam taxi war drama Night Ride [+see also:
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(Nachtrit) by Dana Nechushtan won Best Actor for Frank Lammers and Best Supporting Actor for Fedja van Hûet, who plays Lammers’ younger brother. The film will be released commercially by A-Film on Thursday, marking an excellent year for the Amsterdam-based distributor.

There was also an unusually strong crop of documentaries, with Heddy Honigmann’s Forever, a portrait of the Parisian Père Lachaise cemetery, going home with the Best Documentary trophy and two further non-fiction film winners: Thomas Doebele and Maarten Schmidt won Best Cinematography for their work on Constant, Avant le départ (about the last year in the life of Cobra-founder Constant Nieuwenhuys) and Best Editing went to Jungle Rudy: The Chronicle of a Family, which reconstructs the life and family of a The Hague banker’s son who went into the Venezuelan wilderness and decided to stay there.

Further awards included Best Music for the hip-hop musical Gangsta Blues, distributed by Buena Vista; Best Supporting Actress for Catherine ten Bruggencate, who plays a dying mother in A Thousand Kisses [+see also:
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(Ik omhels je met duizend armen), which also won Best Sound Design; and the Audience Award, which went to Martin Koolhoven’s Bonkers [+see also:
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, about a young girl who loves elephants and whose mother (played by Carice van Houten) suffers from depression. The latter two are both A-Film releases.

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