Netherlands switches Oscar submission

'Winter in Wartime' replaces rejected 'Silent Army'

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FRANKFURT, Germany -- The Academy has a new Dutch treat to sample after the Netherlands replaced Jean van de Velde's "The Silent Army" with Martin Koolhoven's "Winter in Wartime" as the official entry for next year's foreign-language Oscar race.

"The Silent Army," a story of African child soldiers, was rejected by the Academy under rules that require candidates for the foreign-language trophy to be original works, not new versions of an existing film. Van de Velde recut the original version of his own film before it screened in Cannes this year. The new, edited version was the one submitted by Holland Film for Oscar consideration.

Koolhoven's "Winter in Wartime," like so many foreign-language hopefuls this year, is set in World War II. It follows a Dutch boy who hides an English pilot from the German army. It was produced by Isabella Films and Fu Works.