Director Paul Verhoeven's Movie Black Book Gets U.S. Distributor
by Alex Billington
September 21, 2006
About a month back we posted a Dutch-language trailer for Starship Troopers director Paul Verhoeven's new film Zwartboek, also known in English as, Black Book. At the time, the movie didn't have a U.S. distributor and was doomed to never get far out of Europe. Fortunately that has changed, as Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the rights to the film.
Black Book is a WWII story about a German Jewish girl who narrowly survives the war in Holland. She joins the resistance to find out who betrayed her family after all of them were killed in an attempt to reach the liberated south. It has already won awards in The Netherlands and at the Venice International Film Festival. In addition it was chosen by The Netherlands for their entry in the 2006 Academy Awards.
Sony Pictures Classics had this to say about the acquisition:
"This is a feast of a film. Paul Verhoeven has gone back to his roots to create a film as brilliantly executed as it is entertaining. 'Black Book' is bold and emotional and colorful and exciting. We have wanted to release one of his movies ever since the days of 'Soldier of Orange' and 'The Fourth Man.' In our estimation 'Black Book' is his best film. The production values and thrills this film provides is not only a tribute to the skills of one of the world's great filmmakers, but also a testament to the work of his courageous producer San Fu Maltha."
That's just about the most glowing statement I've ever heard from a distributor. Sounds all good to me - can't wait for its release.