36th edition of the Dutch Film Festival launched with The Hero

36th edition of the Dutch Film Festival launched with The Hero

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In Utrecht, on Wednesday the 36th edition of the Dutch Film Festival started with the premiere of the Dutch film The Hero in the Stadsschouwburg Utrecht.

To Friday 30 september more than 92 movies in premiere and there are 321 impressions on the program, including documentaries, series and feature films.

The festival is in addition to an event where Dutch professionals come together also accessible for visitors. Last year, the event attracted some 150,000 people.

The opening film of this year is The Hero, based on the eponymous book by Jessica Durlacher. The in 2010 published a book, the Side Litertatuurprijs got, tells the story of a jewish family who finds out that someone of them wants to destroy: the grandson of a rabid NATIONAL socialist party’. In the film, Monic Hendrickx, Daan Schuurmans, Susan Visser and Fedja van Huêt the lead roles. The film is directed by Menno Meyjes (The Reunion Dinner).

That the film is a contrast with the festive opening of the Dutch film festival gives Durlacher. “But I didn’t have long to think about it to this film during the Dutch film festival in the premiere to let go. (..) Finally, you write to communicate, otherwise, what is the purpose?”

Dutch Film Festival 2016



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Golden Calves

Traditionally, at the end of the Film Festival, the Golden Calves festive ceremony will take place in the Beatrix Theatre. Among others, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Fedja van Huêt, Thekla Reuten, Hannah Hoekstra the chance to win a statuette.

The gala is presented by Herman van der Zandt. The ceremony on 30 september is broadcast live by VPRO on NPO3.

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