The Hague: International Film City?


You bet! It is not just  peace, justice, politics and diplomacy here. There are many other facets to The Hague.

The Hague international city. The Hague creative city. The Hague fashion city…

And now The Hague film city. City’s marketing department is simply spewing out ideas. All in an effort to change the perception that The Hague is a boring city of civil servants and bureaucrats where nothing happens.

Local authorities are rolling out red carpet  to film directors and producers. Not only are they welcomed with open embrace, they benefit from  fast and easy filming permits procedures and all logistical support. A special film commissioner appointed in 2010 makes sure that there no hiccups in the process.

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Delhi Belly: Comedy Highlight of The Hague Indian Film festival 2011


With hovering grey skies and bouts of rain this has been the weekend to stay in. But braving the elements last night I ventured out to see Delhi Belly, a Bollywood comedy, as part of the first Indian Film Festival held in The Hague.

It must have been the title that won me over. And also the fond memories of India and my time in New Delhi.

Delhi belly, or diarrhea in plain medical language, is an affliction all too familiar to foreigners who ever visited or lived in India. And, oh boy, did I have my fair share of it.

Now, Delhi Belly, the film, is a hilarious comedy complete with diamond smuggling gangsters, shoot out scenes, mad car chases and as many f… words as rice grains in a pilaf dish.

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