Helmer Fons Rademakers dies at 86

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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands -- Dutch film director Fons Rademakers died Thursday in a hospital in Geneva at the age of 86.

Rademakers, the first Dutch director to be nominated for an Oscar, for "Dorp aan de Rivier" (Village on the River) in 1958, went on to win an Oscar for best foreign-language film, "De Aanslag" (The Assault) in 1986.

His last film, "The Rose Garden" (1989), starring Liv Ullman, spent years in development with many actresses, among them Sissy Spacek, reluctant to accept the lead in the controversial adaptation of South African writer Andre Brink's interracial novel "An Instant in the Wind."
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