'Jeans' takes top Dutch fest nod


AMSTERDAM -- The children's adventure "Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek" (Crusade in Jeans), directed by Ben Sombogaart -- nominated for an Oscar for "Twin Sisters" -- has nabbed the major award of the 27th edition of the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands. The jury, headed by helmer Paula van der Oest, gave the production from Kasander Film Co. the Golden Calf for best feature film.

Most awards, however, went to the family-drama "Tussenstand" (Half Time), directed by Mijke de Jong. The film won best screenplay, best sound and best actress for Elsie de Brauw. "Tussenstand," which received its world premiere this summer at the Locarno Film Festival, also received the Dutch Critics' Award.

Peter Greenaway received best screenplay for "Nightwatching," a conspiracy-theory investigation involving Rembrandt's painting, "The Night Watch." The film, also produced by Kasander Film Company, additionally won the Golden Calf for best production design. The best actor award went to Marcel Hensema for playing the manager of Dutch rock legend Herman Brood in the biopic "Wild Romance."

Rutger Hauer was one of the Dutch stars who handed out the prizes during the closing ceremony. In a small speech, the actor paid tribute to Dutch war hero Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, better known as the Soldier of Orange, who died last week in Hawaii. Hauer made his breakthrough performance playing Roelfzema in the 1977 film "Soldier of Orange," directed by Paul Verhoeven.