Willeke van Ammelrooy
Willeke has been seen for decades as one of the biggest movie stars in the Netherlands. She has starred in more than 70 movies, including some ‘classics’ such as: ‘De Lift’, ‘Ciske de Rat’, ‘Wan Pipel’. Her feature debut was in Mira (1971) by the hand of Oscar-winner Fons Rademakers, this movie was nominated for a Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. She played Antonia in the Oscar-winning feminist film ‘Antonia’s Line’, this role also granted her the golden calf for best actress. In 2000 she won a golden calf again for her role in ‘Lijmen het been’. In 2006 she played Sandra Bullock’s mother in The Lake House starring also Keanu Reeves.
In 2012 she won the Golden Calf Culture Prize (aka the Dutch Honorary Oscar) for her contribution to Dutch cinema.
Willeke also stepped in directing, and she directed several short films, commercials and the feature film ‘THE Butterfly lifts the CAT’.