Dutch cinema is not as big and grand as Hollywood, but over the years Dutch films won several Oscars, among other awards at international film festivals.
De Aanslag (English title: The Assault) was directed by Fons Rademakers and is based on the very well known Dutch novel De Aanslag from author Harry Mulisch. The film shows the life of the Dutch boy Anton Steenwijk whose life completely changes after an assault committed in World War II. This assault affects his life and the lives of some other characters very deeply. In 1986 the film was awarded an Oscar in the category Foreign language film. You can watch the international trailer below.
The film Antonia (English title: Antonia´s Line) from director Marleen Gorris tells the story of an independent woman living in a small Dutch village. The film shows her life over a period of forty years, starting just after World War II. The story concentrates on the lives of four generations of women with the main character of Antonia in the centre. In 1995 the film won an Oscar for best foreign film. You can watch the international trailer here.
Karakter (English title: Character) from Dutch director Mike van Diem is a film which is also based on a Dutch novel. The novel Karakter written by Dutch author Ferdinand Bordewijk tells the story of a young man in the Netherlands during the 1920’s. He has a very complicated relationship with his father, since his mother never married him. Therefore the father tries everything to make the life of his son as hard as possible. In 1997 Karakter got the Oscar for best foreign film.
Father and Daughter
The short animation Father and Daughter is made by the Dutch director and illustrator Michael Dudok de Wit. The film won prices at several international film festivals. In the year 2000 the film won an Oscar in the category ´Short film (animated)´. The beautiful animation tells the story about the relationship between a father and his daughter. The animation is mainly drawn in soft tones and black and white. It shows the Dutch landscape with its wind, water and endless canals very well. You can watch the full movie below. It is definitely worth watching!