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'Borgman' Selected as Netherlands' Foreign-Language Oscar Entry (TRAILER)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 13, 2013 at 11:22AM

"Borgman," directed by Alex van Warmerdam, has been selected as the Netherlands' official entry for the Foreign-Language Oscar race. Drafthouse Films acquired the rights to the domestic thriller out of Cannes, and is planning a 2014 stateside release. Watch the trailer below.
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"Borgman"
"Borgman"

"Borgman," directed by Alex van Warmerdam, has been selected as the Netherlands' official entry for the Foreign-Language Oscar race. Drafthouse Films acquired the rights to the domestic thriller out of Cannes, and is planning a 2014 stateside release.

Here's the official synopsis:

"Borgman" is an allegorical tale exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places. A vagrant enters the lives of an upper-class family, igniting a descent from darkly comic dream to maddening psychological nightmare. “I wanted to show evil through the abnormal behaviour of normal people,” says Warmerdam at the film’s Cannes press conference, “the kind that you can come across in the street.”

The five nominations will be announced January 16, with the Oscars taking place on March 2, 2014.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Academy Awards, Drafthouse Films


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.