TIRZA Dutch submission for Academy Awards
TIRZA BY RUDOLF VAN DEN BERG ACADEMY AWARD SUBMISSION FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM FROM THE NETHERLANDS
The Dutch feature film TIRZA, written and directed by Rudolf van den Berg (SNAPSHOTS, FOR MY BABY, THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY, THE JOHNSONS) will be the submission from the Netherlands for the Academy Award category “Best Foreign Language Film”.
TIRZA is a coproduction of Jeroen Koolbergen of Cadenza Films and San Fu Maltha of Fu Works (WINTER IN WARTIME, BLACK BOOK) in co-production with NTR (Marina Blok) and the Belgian producer Prime Time (Antonino Lombardo) and is based on the novel by Arnon Grunberg. Main cast are Sylvia Hoeks, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Johanna ter Steege and Keitumetse Matlabo. TIRZA will open the Netherlands Film Festival and will be released in the Dutch cinema on September 30.
Jörgen’s world is crumbling. Forced into early retirement and harrassed by his ex-wife, the only part of his life which made sense – raising his beloved daughter, Tirza – is disrupted when she disappears on holiday in Namibia. After weeks of terrified uncertainty, Jörgen goes searching for her, but the heat, his drinking and bad memories combine to unhinge him. His only ally is a child prostitute called Kaisa. Together they journey into the wilderness on Tirza’s trail and discover her fate.
On January 25, 2011, the nominations for the Best Foreign Language Film Award will be announced. The Oscars will be awarded on February 27, 2011.