'Nothing Personal' wins big at Dutch awards
Urszula Antoniak film wins four trophies at Colden CalvesCOLOGNE, Germany -- Dutch/Irish co-production "Nothing Personal," a feature debut from Polish-born director Urszula Antoniak won big at this year's Golden Calves, the Dutch national film awards, taking four trophies, including that for best film.
The story of a woman who abandons her life and all her possessions in the Netherlands for a nomadic lifestyle in Ireland, also secured nods in the best director, best cinematography and best sound design categories. The film stars Lotte Verbeek and Stephen Rea.
Martin Koolhoven's World War II epic "Winter in Wartime" picked up three Golden Calves, for best actor Martijn Lakemeier, a 16-year-old first-timer, best supporting actor Raymond Thiry and best production design. Director Esther Rots, another first-timer, scooped three trophies for her intimate drama "Can Go Through Skin," taking Golden Calves for best actress Rifka Lodeizen and best editing prizes along with a special Jury award.
Dutch Oscar contender, Jean van de Velde's African child-soldier drama "The Silent Army," was not even nominated for the national honors.
Pleuni Touw picked up the Golden Calf for best supporting actress for her role in Ben Sombogaart's period romance "Bride Flight" while dark comedy "The Last Days of Emma Blank" scored a best screenplay nod for writer/director Alex van Warmerdam.
The Golden Calves were announced Friday night at the close of the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht. "Upstream," a mother-son drama and Danyael Sugawara's directorial debut, won the festival's audience award while the critic's prize went to Aliona van der Horst's "Boris Ryzhy" a documentary investigation into the suicide of one of Russia's most promising young poets.