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Black Book (Dutch: Zwartboek) is a 2006 World War II film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman and Halina Reijn.
The story is about a young Jewish woman in the Netherlands who becomes a spy for the resistance during World War II after tragedy befalls her in an encounter with the Nazis.
The film had its world premiere on 1 September 2006 at the Venice Film Festival and its public release on 14 September 2006 in the Netherlands.
The press in the Netherlands was divided, but with three Golden Calves Black Book was the most awarded film at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2006.
The international press responded positively, especially to the performance of Van Houten.
It was the Dutch submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007, but was not nominated.
At the time of its release, it was the most expensive Dutch film ever made, and also the Netherlands’ most commercially successful, with that country’s highest box office gross of 2006.
In 2008, the Dutch public voted it the best Dutch film ever.