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The Netherlands has picked Joram Lursen’s period drama The Resistance Banker to represent the country in the race for the 2019 foreign-language film Oscar.
Set during World War II when the Netherlands was under Nazi occupation, The Resistance Banker tells the true story of Walraven van Hall (Barry Atsma), a Dutch banker who defrauded the Nazi-controlled Central Bank of millions — money he then funneled to the Dutch Resistance.
The Resistance Banker was written by Marieke van der Pol and Thomas van der Ree & Winchester McFly and produced by Sytze van der Laan, Sabine Brian and Alain de Levita for NL Film and TV in co-production with EO – Evangelical Broadcasting and Zilvermeer Productions.
A critical and commercial hit at home, The Resistance Banker earned more than $4 million at the local box office, making it one of the three most successful local films this year in the Netherlands. Lursen’s feature has also received a record 12 nominations for the Golden Calves, the national film honors.
Netflix picked up rights to The Resistance Banker outside the Netherlands, Belgium and China and will release the film worldwide on Sept. 11.
The Netherlands has been nominated seven times for the foreign-language Academy Award and won three times, for Fons Rademakers’ The Assault in 1986, Marleen Gorris’ Antonia’s Line in 1995 and most recently in 1997 for Mike van Diem’s Character. The last Dutch nominee for the foreign-language Oscar was Ben Sombogaart’s Twin Sisters in 2003.
The nominees for the 2019 Oscars will be announced Jan. 22. The 91st Academy Awards will be held Feb. 24.
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