Double Dutch for Berlinale Forum

'Winter Silence' and 'Happiest Girl' picked for sidebar

COLOGNE, Germany -- It's a double Dutch treat at this year's Berlinale Forum with two debut features from the Netherlands: Sonja Wyss' "Winter Silence" and Radu Jude's Romanian-Dutch co-production "The Happiest Girl In The World" selected for the Berlin Film Fest's avant garde sidebar.

In "Winter Silence," the chaste isolated lives of a widow and her four adult daughters are transformed by the arrival of mysterious deer-men. The experimental work won a Golden Calf for sound design at last year's Netherlands Film Festival.

"The Happiest Girl In The World" is a more conventional story: a drama about an 18-year-old girl who wins a new car only to find herself on a collision course with her parents -- who want to keep the prize for themselves. Jude's script was one of the winners of the 2008 Sundance/NHK International filmmaker awards.

The full Forum lineup will be announced later this month. The 59th Berlinale is set for Feb. 5-15.
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