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Oblivion by Heddy Honigmann

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The Dutch documentary Oblivion by Heddy Honigmann has been awarded a Crystal Film for over 10.000 visitors since its theatrical release seven weeks ago. Oblivion is the first documentary this year that reaches the status of a Crystal Film in the Netherlands. Previously, Heddy Honigmann received a Crystal Film for her documentary Forever (2006).

In the international award-winning documentary Oblivion Heddy Honigmann returns to her homeland Peru, to make a film about poverty and poetry in a country plundered by the powerful. But also a film about powerless people who resist being consigned to oblivion.

Oblivion is produced by Cobos Films, Ikon and ZDF Arte. The film has been developed with financial support from the Netherlands Film Fund, the Cobo Fund and the Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Fund. The distribution of Oblivion is handled by Cinemien Film & Video Distribution.

The Crystal Film is an initiative presented by the Netherlands Film Fund and the Netherlands Film Festival. The Crystal Films are awarded to Dutch full length documentary films, which sell more than 10.000 tickets. The prizes are intended to encourage the Dutch film industry and to motivate the public to go and see Dutch films.

Since the introduction of the Crystal Film in 2005, the prize has been awarded only six times. In 2005 the Crystal Film for Leonard Retel Helmrich's Shape of the Moon, was followed by prizes for Souls of Naples (Vincent van Monnikendam, 2005), Buddha’s Lost Children (Mark Verkerk), Forever (Heddy Honigmann, 2006), 4 Elements (Jiska Rickels) and Gold (Niek Koppen) in 2007.


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