Sunday 18 August 2019

Verhoeven ‘amazed’ as revenge thriller Elle collects two Golden Globes

Paul Verhoeven poses in the press room with the award for best motion picture - foreign language for "Elle" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Paul Verhoeven with the award for best motion picture (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Dutch film director Paul Verhoeven said he was ‘amazed’ as his latest film, Elle, picked up two prizes at the Golden Globes awards.

The French-German co-production was named as Best Foreign Film, while French actress Isabelle Huppert won the Best Actress award. Huppert plays a successful businesswoman who seeks revenge on a man who rapes her.

Accepting the foreign film award from Hollywood’s Foreign Press Association, Verhoeven said: ‘I’m a bit amazed because the movie does not really invite you to sympathise with the character. The character goes in directions that you might not take, so I really thank the Hollywood press for being so open-minded.’

Elle was France’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year’s Oscars, but was eliminated in an early judging round.

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