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She received positive reviews and the Golden Calf for Best Actress for her performance and the film enjoyed critical success, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 68th Academy Awards. Emanuel Levy, writing for The Advocate, wrote “It’s easy to see why” the film was winning awards in festivals, calling it “an enchanting fairy tale that maintains a consistently warm, lighthearted feel,” and Willeke van Ammelrooy wonderful.[1] Janet Maslin of The New York Times called it “a work of magical feminism.”[2] The film also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award.[3]

2017, she was announced as a member of the ShortCutz Amsterdam film jury.[5] An annual film festival promoting short films in Amsterdam.[6] Other jury members include Rutger HauerRoel Reine and Vincent van Ommen.

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Known for The Lake House (2006)Antonia’s Line (1995)Ciske the Rat (1984),Lijmen/Het been (2000)

Willeke van Ammelrooy starred in the award-winning feminist film Antonia’s Line, which tells the story of an independent woman who, after returning to the anonymous Dutch village of her birth, establishes and nurtures a close-knit matriarchal community.

Willeke van Ammelrooy with her husband Marco Bakker in 1984

Van Ammelrooy is married to the Dutch opera singer Marco Bakker.


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