The Many Dutch Angles At This Year's Golden Calves

Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
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Earlier this month, the Dutch Film Festival took place in the city of Utrecht. As film festivals go in The Netherlands, this is the most glamorous one we've got, with a high attendance of national celebrities, cameracrews, the works. Where Rotterdam draws the international art crowd, Utrecht beckons the paparazzi.

One of the reasons so many VIPs show up is because this festival has its very own glamorous awards ceremony, the Dutch Oscars if you like: the Golden Calves.

And although awards ceremonies often say more about which films have been best distributed, and the Golden Calves ceremony sure is not exempt from that, this overview of the nominees and winners still gives a pretty decent overview of what this year had on offer in Dutch cinema. Have a look through all the pictures below, as there are more Dutch films besides Borgman to be enjoyed!

After its glorious tour around festivals worldwide, which started in Cannes, Alex van Warmerdam's latest film arrived as the big favorite at this year's ceremony.

Indeed, Borgman was nominated for best supporting actress, best actress, best script, best direction and best film. It won three of these: Best Actress (Hadewych Minis), Best Script (Alex van Warmerdam) and the big price itself, Best Film!

In Borgman, a stranger --who may be the devil-- corrupts a bourgeois family from within. Read Brian Clark's review here.

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  • I'm shocked Bastard only got one nomination. That's SUCH a good film.

  • Don Drye

    Although it has its visual moments and a pretty solid acting from the lead guy, I really think it's far from a great film... and after seeing some of the dutch movie voting websites, I've found out that i'm clearly not the only one with that opinion...

    I do want to say that i'm also a bit disappointed that "Matterhorn" didn't win any prizes.

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