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Antonia's Line

German poster
Directed by Marleen Gorris
Produced by Gerard Cornelisse
Hans De Weers
Hans de Wolf
Written by Marleen Gorris
Starring Willeke van Ammelrooy
Els Dottermans
Victor Löw
Distributed by Asmik Ace Entertainment
Release date(s) Canada September 12, 1995 (premiere at TIFF)
Netherlands September 21, 1995
United States February 2, 1996
United Kingdom September 20, 1996
Running time 102 min.
Language Dutch

Antonia (released as Antonia's Line in the English-speaking world) is a 1995 film by Dutch director, writer, and feminist Marleen Gorris. The film, described by its director as a "feminist fairy tale," tells the story of the matronal Antonia (Willeke van Ammelrooy) who, after returning to the anonymous Dutch village of her birth, establishes and nurtures a close-knit matriarchal community. Spanning nearly forty years starting just after World War II, it follows Antonia as she takes over the family farm, befriends a recluse, takes in the village simpleton, and provides a home for a retarded young woman who has been raped by a brother. The film covers a breadth of liberal topics, with themes ranging from death and religion to sex, intimacy, lesbianism, misandry and love. It won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice award, and the Nederlands Film Festival Golden Calf award. Filmed in Belgium.

US DVD Antonia's Line ISBN 1-59241-059-6 UPC 87797-71119
102 minutes, Dutch with yellow English subtitles
Rated R - some nudity, sex, and violence
The cover features a female posed like The Birth of Venus (Botticelli). The US version of the cover is bowdlerized, compared to some of the franker international versions.[1]


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Preceded by
Burnt by the Sun
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Succeeded by


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