Borgman tops the Dutch Golden Calves
by Boyd van Hoeij
- The Dutch Cannes competitor Borgman was the big winner at the Dutch national film awards, the Golden Calves
The latest film of Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam, Borgman [+see also:
interview: Alex van Varmerdam
interview: Reinout Scholten van Aschat
film profile] (photo), won Best Film, Best Actress for Hadewych Minis and Best Screenplay at the awards ceremony of the Golden Calves, the Dutch national film awards.
The ceremony is traditionally held as the closing event of the Netherlands Film Festival, which wrapped in the central city of Utrecht on Friday.
The jury, headed by former International Film Festival Rotterdam head Emile Fallaux, spread the wealth rather evenly, awarding the Best Director statue to Jim Taihuttu for his black-and-white, boxing and crime drama Wolf [+see also:
interview: Marwan Kenzari
film profile], which also walked away with a Best Actor win for Marwan Kenzari and a statue for Best Production Design. The film had received the most nominations of all films going in, being represented in eight categories.
The Golden Calves for Best Supporting roles went to Jacob Derwig for his role in The Dinner [+see also:
film profile], which premiered at the recent Toronto Film Festival, and Georgina Verbaan in The Marathon [+see also:
film profile], a mainstream comedy that was also the pick of the Dutch Film Journalists for their award for Best film and the winner of the Audience Award.
To further spread the wealth, small independent film &Me [+see also:
film profile] was awarded Best Cinematography; The Resurrection of a Bastard [+see also:
interview: Guidovan Driel
film profile] won Best Sound; Devastated by Love won Best Music and Berlinale Panorama opening film It’s All So Quiet [+see also:
interview: Nanouk Leopold
film profile], which was the third Best Film nominee besides Borgman and Wolf, came out on top in the Best Editing category.
Diego Gutierrez’s Parts of a Family was crowned Best Documentary.
The opening film of the festival, Hoe duur was de suiker [+see also:
film profile](“The Cost of Sugar”), a female-driven melodrama set against the backdrop of slavery on a sugarcane plantation in 18th-century Suriname (then part of the Netherlands), went home empty-handed.
Over 150,000 tickets were sold during the festival’s 33rd edition, which ran September 25 to October 4, or about 10,000 more tickets than in 2012.
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