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The Girl and Death by Jos Stelling

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March 5, 2013

Dutch director Jos Stelling will be honoured with the Sofia Award during the International Film Festival Sofia in Bulgaria. The award will be presented during a ceremony on March 12. Stelling receives the prestigious award for his outstanding contribution to cinema. The oeuvre prize has been awarded previously to prominent film personalities such as Peter Greenaway, Vanessa Redgrave, Wim Wenders, Michael Palin, Claudia Cardinale, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Claude Lelouche.

Jos Stelling is four times winner of the Golden Calf (the most important film prizes in Holland), twice Gold Gryphon in St. Petersburg and the Golden Rose in Montreux Switzerland. In 1999 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Waterville USA, and in 2001 the Association of Czech Film Clubs awarded him the prize for special achievement in world cinema. Stelling made his debut as a filmmaker with Mariken van Nieumeghen, selected for the official Cannes competition in 1975. The films Rembrandt fecit 1669 (1977), The Illusionist (1983) and The Pointsman (1986) brought him international success and fame and have become classics in the Dutch cinema.

The International Film Festival Sofia is screening Jos Stelling’s latest film The Girl and Death. The movie, starring Sylvia Hoeks, has been very successful in the Netherlands and abroad. It won 3 Golden Calves, including for Best Film and will be released in cinemas in Germany and Russia in May 2013. After Sofia, The Girl and Death will be presented at a large number of international film festivals, including Bari International Film Festival, FEBIOFEST in Prague, Beijing International Film Festival and Eurocine Colombia.

The Girl and Death is written by Jos Stelling and Bert Rijkelijkhuizen and produced by Jos Stelling Films in co-production with Ma.ja.de Fiction (Germany) and TVIndie Film Production (Russia). The film tells the story of the Russian physician Nicolai who returns to the place where he first met his great love, the courtesan Elise, half a century ago, and relives his romantic tragedy. A tale of love obstructed by materialism, wealth and the threat of death.

The 17th edition of the International Film Festival Sofia runs March 7 – 17.

For more information:

Jos Stelling Films
Ph: +31 30 231 3789

Sales: FCCE
Ph: +31 20 630 1030

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