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The Menten Case wins international Banff Rockie Award

Monday, 12 June '17 – It has just been announced that the drama series The Menten Case has won a BANFF Rockie Award in the category ‘Drama Series: Non-English Language’. This award was presented to producers Kaja Wolffers and Alain de Levita during the BANFF World Media Festival in Banff, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Kaja Wolffers, Creative Director NL Film: “We are extremely proud that, thanks to this award, we have the opportunity to tell Hans Knoop’s story outside of the Netherlands. A fantastic achievement by makers Tim Oliehoek, Robert Jan Overeem and Jan Harm Dekker.”MAX director Jan Slagter: “It is a huge honour for The Menten Case to win this international award. It’s important that we continue to tell this story, which is part of the history of our country. Hopefully, winning this award will allow the story to reach even more people.” About The Menten CaseThe Menten Case shows how journalist Hans Knoop, editor-in-chief of weekly magazine Accent – which isaffiliated to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf – gradually becomes personally involved in the hunt for unconvicted war criminal Pieter Menten. Knoop pursues the story to the bitter end, but Menten will stop at nothing to evade justice.The screenplay for The Menten Case was written by Robert Jan Overeem and Jan Harm Dekker, based on the book De zaak Menten – Het complete verhaal [‘The Menten Case – The Whole Story’] written by Hans Knoop. The Menten Case is produced by NL Film in cooperation with Omroep MAX, and is directed by Tim Oliehoek.CastThe cast of the series The Menten Case includes Guy Clemens (Hans Knoop), Aus Greidanus sr. (Pieter Menten), Arian Foppen (young Pieter Menten), Noortje Herlaar (Betty Knoop) and Carine Crutzen (Meta Menten).       

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Golden Film for ‘Voor Elkaar Gemaakt'

Monday, 8 May '17 – VOOR ELKAAR GEMAAKT, the romantic comedy from the makers of MEN IN THE CITY, has achieved Golden Film status, meaning that more than 100,000 people have been to the cinema to see the film about bachelor Felix, who becomes infertile following a bizarre incident. Lead actors Loes Haverkort and Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen were surprised with the Golden Film award – presented on behalf of the Netherlands Film Fund and the Netherlands Film Festival in cooperation with L’OR ESPRESSO, main sponsor of the Netherlands Film Festival – in the Skybar MADAM in Amsterdam. Bachelor Felix (Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen) is enjoying his life to the full, without the ties of a steady relationship or children – until a bizarre incident during a one night stand leads to him being hospitalized. When Felix wakes up, much to his dismay he is told that he will never be able to have children. His slightly crazy brother Jelle (Fabian Jansen) finds out that a donation Felix once made to the sperm bank has been put to good use: with an egg belonging to TV presenter Jip (Loes Haverkort). From that moment on, Felix is determined to be a father to the only child he will ever have.VOOR ELKAAR GEMAAKT is directed by Martijn Heijne (SCREAM WEEK ), from a screenplay by Dirk Gerritsen and Marion Pauw. Principal cast are Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Loes Haverkort, Fabian Jansen, Roeland Fernhout, Sanne Vogel, Ferdi Stofmeel, Martijn Hillenius, Eva van de Wijdeven, Birgit Schuurman and Beau van Erven Dorens.  VOOR ELKAAR GEMAAKT is the seventh film to achieve golden film status this year.        

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The Menten Case wins Dutch Television Award (TV Beeld)

Tuesday 28 March '17 - It has just been announced at the presentation of the TV-beelden Dutch TV awards that MAX’s The Menten Case has won a TV-Beeld award in the category ‘best TV film and short series’. Director Tim Oliehoek accepted the award on behalf of the cast & crew at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam.Starting in 2013, makers and creators of Dutch television annually pay tribute to one another’s work through the presentation of the tv-beelden TV awards. All submissions for these prestigious prizes are assessed by a special expert jury made up of programme-makers, producers, directors, actors and senior editors. The Menten Case won the TV-Beeld for ‘best TV film and short series’, according to the expert jury because: "this is an incredibly important story that we must not forget, particularly now. Compellingly told through powerful directing that gives the actors the space to inhabit the strong characters. Thanks also to beautiful production values, this is a high-quality, tense journalistic thriller that brings a topic of great historical significance to the audience in an incisive way."About The Menten Case The Menten Case shows how journalist Hans Knoop, editor-in-chief of weekly magazine Accent – which isaffiliated to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf – gradually becomes personally involved in the hunt for unconvicted war criminal Pieter Menten. Knoop pursues the story to the bitter end, but Menten will stop at nothing to evade justice.The screenplay for The Menten Case is based on the book De zaak Menten – Het complete verhaal [‘The Menten Case – The Whole Story’] written by Hans Knoop. CastIncludes Guy Clemens (Hans Knoop), Aus Greidanus sr. (Pieter Menten), Arian Foppen (young Pieter Menten), Noortje Herlaar (Betty Knoop) and Carine Crutzen (Meta Menten).The Menten Case is produced by NL Film with Omroep MAX.   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------        

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International Emmy Kids Award for ‘Casper and the Christmas Angels’

Tuesday 4 April '17 – The youth series broadcast by AVROTROS Casper and the Christmas Angels, produced by NL Film, yesterday evening won an Emmy Kids Award. Casper and the Christmas Angels won in the Best Youth Series category. A total of 28 children’s programmes from thirteen different countries were nominated in seven categories. The Netherlands is one of the four countries to pick up an award. The award was presented in Cannes, France. Producers Alain de Levita, Kaja Wolffers and director Aniëlle Webster received the prize. Casper and the Christmas Angels was broadcast in the fall of 2015 by AVROTROS on the NPO Zapp channel. About Casper and the Christmas AngelsCasper and the Christmas Angels is about Casper (Sem Hulsmann) who wants to be an astronaut and travel far into deep space. Before he can do this, he needs to practice a lot – and of course to get a bit older, after all he’s only eleven!The thing that is bothering him at the moment is that he has had to move from the city to a windmill in the countryside. His parents (Cohen and Jaspers) thought this would be a good idea because his sister Loes (Loïs Beekhuizen) is blind. Casper’s mother sets up an organic shop in the village and his father is renovating the windmill. While the rest of the family get on with their new lives with great enthusiasm, Casper doesn’t like it at all. But things improve when he meets two really strange young people: Ava (Demian Henkes) and Zazu (Noah de Nooij). It quickly turns out that they are not just strange: they are angels! They lost their way and accidentally crashed down to earth. In spite of their magical powers, they need help to get back home. Of course, Casper would love to help them!      

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The Menten Case is NPO entry for the Emmy Awards and selected for the Berlinale

The successful MAX drama series The Menten Case is the NPO broadcaster’s submission for the International Emmy Awards and has been selected to screen at the prestigious Drama Series Days during the European Film Market (Berlinale) in Berlin. This was announced today by producers NL Film, Omroep MAX and international sales agent Dutch Features Global Entertainment. The series has also been selected for the East Bay International Jewish Film Festival in San Francisco.The Menten Case is based on the true story of journalist Hans Knoop, who is trying to find out the truth about the – at that time not yet convicted – war criminal Pieter Menten. This was a case that caused a great deal of uproar in the media and Dutch politics in the 1970s. Knoop is played by Guy Clemens and Aus Greidanus sr. portrays Menten. Other roles are taken by Noortje Herlaar, Carine Crutzen and Arian Foppen. Each episode of the three-part series, broadcast on NPO 2, attracted more than 1 million viewers in the Netherlands. The series was directed by Tim Oliehoek, and the screenplay written by Robert-Jan Overeem and Jan-Harm Dekker. The series is produced by NL Film in co-production with Omroep MAX.      

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