Friday 13 December 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. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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