In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.
"Black Book" tells the moving story of a young Jewish woman who joins the Resistance in The Hague and gets entangled in a deadly web of double-dealing and betrayal. It is is an epic thriller of great courage and fierce emotion--played out against the dying, explosive months of WW II.
The film had its world premiere on 1 September 2006 at the Venice Film Festival. Winner of three Golden Calves, Black Book won the most awards at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2006.
'The film manages to turn German occupied Holland circa 1944 into a fast-paced thrill ride without sacrificing the emotional core and very real human toll.' From the Front Row
'Seven years after he disappeared with the whimper that was Hollow Man, Paul Verhoeven has returned with what may be his best film.' Stop Smiling
'The handsomely mounted, heedlessly pulpy modernist World War II thriller that "The Good German" and "Valkyrie" failed to be - a dizzying rush of daring rescues, sexual intrigue, treachery, betrayal, gunfights, hasty conclusions and harrowing consequences.' The Film Yap
Austin Film Critics Association 2007 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Capri, Hollywood 2007 Winner of the Capri Cult Award
Golden and Platin Film, Netherlands 2007 Winner of the Diamond Film
Nederlands Film Festival 2006 Winner of the Golden Calf for Best Film, Best Actress and Best Director of a Feature Film
Venice Film Festival 2006 Winner of the Young Cinema Award for Best International Film
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Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney expressed his compliments on The New Girlfriend: "a delectable riff on transformation, desire and sexuality that blends the heightened reality of melodrama with mischievous humor and an understated strain of Hitchcockian suspense." At Variety, Justin Chang said "even as he (Ozon) heads down any number of tantalizing if borderline-nonsensical alleyways, Ozon maintains his diabolical wit, his infectious sense of play and his essential affection for his characters" and the film was "powered by beautifully controlled performances from Anaïs Demoustier and Romain Duris"
'It's less than it should've been, and a little mild. But Ozon makes it glide with confidence, in or out of heels.' Chicago Tribune
'"The New Girlfriend" never pretends to be more than what it is, a delicious and frothy fantasia with a teasing erotic frisson.' New York Times
'In Ozon's confident hands, "The New Girlfriend" has moments that juxtapose gentle humor and surprising depth of feeling.' Washinton Post
'In The New Girlfriend, viewers are given a piece that walks the tightrope between drama and comedy, thriller and thinkpiece. This is a film that artfully ponders the process of grief while also finding rebirth from within.' CineVue
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The film, then without a distributor, premiered to acclaim at both the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, under its original title of Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire.At Sundance, it won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for best drama, as well as a Special Jury Prize for supporting actress Mo'Nique. After Precious' screening at Sundance in January 2009, Tyler Perry announced that he and Oprah Winfrey would be providing promotional assistance to the film, which was released through Lionsgate Entertainment. Precious won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Precious was also an official selection at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival (particularly the un certain regard section).
Precious received six nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Daniels, and Best Actress for Sidibe. Mo'Nique won the award for Best Supporting Actress, while Geoffrey Fletcher won for Best Adapted Screenplay, becoming the first African-American to win a screenplay award at the Oscars.
'Precious is an emotional powerhouse, a triumph of bruising humor and bracing hope that deserves its place among the year's best films.' Rolling Stone
'While it may not be perfect on a technical level, dramatically it's a blow-your-socks-off triumph. Be moved. Very, very moved' Empire Magazine
'A film full of life and love, well-meaning and, judging by the reaction in the US, a genuine and important phenomenon that says act - don't dwell - on your dreams.' Time Out
'Impressive performances power a surprisingly lively account of an existence blighted by material and spiritual poverty.' Film 4
'Precious is a big-screen "misery memoir" that is so keen to trace the hellish pathology of familial abuse that it risks glorifying its own subject, or at least shooting it with horror-movie verve.' Times UK
'It isn't the transcendent masterpiece that some admirers would have you believe: more like a black-comic nightmare that isn't exactly supposed to be funny. It's certainly arresting, though.' The Guardian
Academy Awards, USA 2010
Winner Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Mo'Nique Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay - Geoffrey Fletcher Geoffrey Fletcher became the first African American to win a Best Screenplay Oscar
Golden Globes, USA 2010 Winner of theGolden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Mo'Nique
BAFTA Awards 2010 Winner - BAFTA Film Award Best Supporting Actress
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 Winner of Actor for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Mo'Nique
CinEuphoria Awards 2011 Winner of theCinEuphoria for Best Actress - Audience Award - Gabourey Sidibe
Top Ten of the Year - Audience Award - Lee Daniels Top Ten of the Year - International Competition - Lee Daniels Best Duo - International Competition - Mo'Nique & Gabourey Sidibe
Film Independent Spirit Awards 2010 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature - Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness Best Female Lead - Gabourey Sidibe Best Supporting Female - Mo'Nique Best Director - Lee Daniels Best First Screenplay