How many more deaths like those of Fortuyn and van Gogh will there be in the Netherlands? From AP, with thanks to Anthony:
The last movie by slain Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh — a fictional thriller about the first political killing in the Netherlands — premiered at a screening attended by his family and national movie celebrities.
Van Gogh was putting the final touches to “06/05,” a feature-length film about the May 2002 assassination of populist anti-immigration politician Pim Fortuyn, when he himself was shot and stabbed to death on an Amsterdam street, allegedly by an Islamic radical.
The movie weaves together real news footage of Fortuyn’s murder with a fictional conspiracy between the U.S. government and the Dutch secret service — and throws in some nudity to keep with traditional Dutch cinema.
The story is told through the eyes of a freelance photographer who unwittingly takes pictures that capture the participation of Dutch authorities in Fortuyn’s murder. Photographer Jim de Booy finds himself on the run from secret service agents who ransack his home and threaten his family….
Some of Van Gogh’s friends and family wept after the movie was shown Sunday.
“It’s not only a beautiful tribute to Fortuyn, but sadly it is also a tribute to Theo,” said actress Tara Elders.