Dunya & Desie, directed by Dana Nechushtan, has been selected as this year's Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Dunya & Desie tells about Dutch motormouth Desie and her best friend from a Moroccan-Dutch family, Dunya. The two inseparable friends are forced to make some important choices during a journey through Morocco. Principle cast included Eva van de Wijdeven and Emmy Award winning actress Maryam Hassouni (Sacrifices).
Dunya & Desie premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and was selected for many festivals around the world. The film has won several prizes, including Variety Critics Choice 2008, the Best Teen Film Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival and the prize for Best Film at the Isabella International Film Week in Italy.
In the category Short Film, the Netherlands submits two films for the Oscar competition: the animation Phantom of the Cinema, directed by Erik van Schaaik and produced by Il Luster, and live action film Sand by Joost van Ginkel, produced by Stichting Zand.