Dutch actors on the move
January 25, 2013
Several Dutch actors are turning themselves into international stars.
Carice van Houten, Holland’s most acclaimed actress, has just landed a role in DreamWorks' untitled Wikileaks movie about Julian Assange, directed by Bill Condon. Van Houten will play Birgitta Jonsdottir, an Icelandic journalist who becomes the default spokesperson for Assange. She will star alongside British actor Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl from Germany.
The actress has been awarded many times, among others she is the five-times winner of the national Best Actress Award (Golden Calf) and in 2011 she received the Best Actress Award at the Tribeca Film Festival for her role in Paula van der Oest´s Black Butterflies. Previously Carice van Houten starred opposite Tom Cruise in Bryan Singer's Valkyrie and she worked with Bruhl and Clive Owen on Intruders. Currently she plays Melisandre on HBO's Game of Thrones.
Dutch actor Robert de Hoog has a guest appearance in the new English language detective TV series Crossing Lines. Shooting for the series took place recently in Prague. De Hoog was on the set with big names such as Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner who have the lead roles. It is his first big part in a foreign production. The young actor had his breakthrough with his role of a Jewish skinhead in the Dutch feature Skin, for which he was awarded a Golden Calf for Best Actor and an Emmy nomination. Other films he played in include Paula van der Oest´s Domino Effect and Black Out by Arne Toonen.
Another Dutch actress who is building an international career is Sylvia Hoeks. She is playing alongside Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland in Oscar-winning writer/director Giussepe Tornatore's new film La Migliore Offerta (international title: The Best Offer). It is Hoeks' (who is multi-lingual) first English speaking feature. With several European features and television series to her credit, Hoeks was one of the 2011 Berlinale Shooting Stars. Sylvia Hoek's latest feature, The Girl and Death by director Jos Stelling has been released in the Netherlands recently.
La Migliore Offerta is the renowned Italian filmmaker, Giuseppe Tornatore's (Cinema Paradiso, The Star Maker, Baaria), first English language film in over a decade. The music score is by 83-year-old master composer Ennio Morricone. The movie is screening in Italian cinemas at the moment and will have its international premiere at the International Film Festival Berlin.