Johannes Vermeer Award to filmmaker Steve McQueen

Johannes Vermeer Award to filmmaker Steve McQueen

Film director and visual artist Steve McQueen will receive this year’s Johannes Vermeer Award, the Dutch state prize for the arts.

The jury has him unanimously nominated because he as a filmmaker and video-artist “constantly and in an outstanding manner the universally human are discussed, often in situations where people are oppressed, unfree, and tormented their dignity to fight and save”, so the organizing Southeast Wednesday reported.

The originally British McQueen directed in 2013 the slavenepos 12 Years a Slave, which was nominated for nine Oscars. He won the Oscar for best film. McQueen lives in Amsterdam.

Minister Jet Bussemaker (Culture) goes the price on 7 november at the Ridderzaal in The Hague. The prize consists of a sum of 100,000 euros to be spent on a private project of your choice.

Last year, won the composer and director Michel van der Aa, the Johannes Vermeer Award.

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