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November 2, 2011

Three Dutch feature films have reached the status of Golden Film for more than 100.000 tickets sold: BENNIE STOUT, FURIOUS and THE HEINEKEN KIDNAPPING.

Saint Nicholas has not arrived in Holland yet but already over 100.000 people have seen BENNIE STOUT by Johan Nijenhuis. The film tells the story of Bennie, a young boy in the year 1930. Through no fault of his own, he ends up in the big bag of Saint Nicholas. But how to revolt against the greatest children's friend in the world?

BENNIE STOUT is produced by Farmhouse Film & TV and Nijenhuis & Co. Independent Film is the distributing the film in the Netherlands, where it was released on October 5.

FURIOUS by Dave Schram also reached the Golden Film status for attracting over 100.000 visitors since its release on October 12. The film tells the story fifteen-year-old Sven who flees into his own world of filming his free-running friends while he suffers from beatings at home.

The film is produced by Shooting Star Filmcompany in co-production with broadcaster KRO. Dutch distributor is Just Bridge Entertainment.

THE HEINEKEN KIDNAPPING reached the Golden Film status within just 4 days since its theatrical release on October 27. Maarten Treurniet’s film is based on the kidnap of beer tycoon Heineken that hit the news in the Netherlands and abroad in the eighties of the last century.

THE HEINEKEN KIDNAPPING is an IDTV Film production, co-produced with broadcaster VARA. The film is distributed in the Netherlands by A-Film Distribution.

The Golden/Platinum/Diamond Film Award is an initiative presented by the Netherlands Film Festival  and the Netherlands Film Fund since 2001. The prize is intended to encourage the Dutch film industry and motivate the general public to go and see Dutch films. The total number of tickets sold after a film’s release determines whether a prize is awarded.

October was a good month for Dutch cinema. The past two weeks the films THE GANG OF OSS by André van Duren, BODY LANGUAGE by Jeffrey Elmont and ALL STARS 2: OLD STARS by Jean van de Velde had also received the Golden Film status. And no less than eight Dutch films are listed in the top 20 of most visited films this week.

For more information:

Shooting Star Filmcompany
Ph: +31 20 624 7272

IDTV Films
Ph: +31 20 314 3322   

Nijenhuis & Co
Ph:  +31 20 419 0285

The Netherlands Film Festival


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