'Black Book' takes major awards at Dutch fest

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UTRECHT, The Netherlands -- Paul Verhoeven's World War II drama "Black Book" took the major awards Friday on the closing night of the 26th annual Dutch Film Festival.

The Dutch submission for best foreign-language film at next year's Oscars won the Golden Calf for best film and best director, while the lead actress nod went to Carice van Houten, who won the award three times now.

The night was a bit of a disappointment for "Ober" ("Waiter"), a dark comedy from Alex van Warmerdam. The film had six nominations but only scored awards for best screenplay and best production design. Van Warmerdam picked up the screenplay nod while Gert Brinkers took production plaudits.

The Golden Calf for best documentary went to Heddy Honigmann for "Forever," about the Paris graveyard Pere-Lachaise. The film, in competition at the recent San Sebastian Festival, also received the Dutch critics award.
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