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Netherlands submits 'Duska' for Oscar

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AMSTERDAM -- The Netherlands got a jump on the 2008 Academy Awards race Wednesday as Holland Film announced that the black comedy "Duska," directed by Jos Stelling, will be the Dutch entry for the foreign-language Oscar.

The film, produced by Eyeworks Egmond Film and Television BV, is set to open the Dutch Film Festival on Sept. 26 in Utrecht.

"Duska" deals with the uneasy friendship between a Dutch film critic (Gene Bervoets) and a Russian tourist (Sergei Makovetsky) who overstays his welcome in the Amsterdam home of his host. "Duska" will be released by Benelux Film Distributors in the Netherlands.

Helmer Stelling made an impact on the Dutch film scene in 1974 with his debut, the middle-age drama "Mariken van Nieumeghen," the last Dutch feature film to play In Competition at the Festival de Cannes.