2007 - .....
The 2007 Masterclass of his 'Rutger Hauer Film Factory', held in January, proved to meet a strikingly positive response: seven short films (realized in 8 days by 30 young artists) premiered successfully during the Rotterdam Film Festival.
As if he wasn't busy enough, in 2007 a book of 'memoirs' entitled 'All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners' has been published. This unprecedented and long-awaited autobiography is published by Harper Entertainment.
In September 2008, Rutger was honoured in the Netherlands with the prestigious 'Golden Calf' Culture Award. The award has been presented by Minister Ronald Plasterk. The Golden Calf Culture Award is granted by the Board of the Netherlands Film Festival Foundation to a person or organization that brought important contributions to the film culture, and for Rutger this also refers to his Rutger Hauer Film Factory initiative, as well as to his newly launched 'I've Seen Films - International Film Festival'.
In 2009, amongst other productions, Hauer starred in Lech Majewski’s “The Mill and the Cross”, inspired by the famous Pieter Breugel's painting ''The Procession to Calvary''. In the same year, he received the Dutch “Gratama” Culture Award, named after the Frisian artist Rients Gratama.
2010 sees him involved in a number of independent international productions, including ‘Portable Life’, ‘Black Butterflies’, ‘Hobo With a Shotgun’, ‘The Rite’ (this latter also starring Sir Anthony Hopkins), as well as a comeback on set with a director he is very fond of: Ermanno Olmi with his latest production ‘Il Villaggio di Cartone’ (‘The Cardboard Village’).
At the end of 2010, the third - and extremely successful! - edition of 'I've Seen Films - International Film Festival' took place in Milan from September 30 to October 9. Rutger welcomed on stage, in the Royal Palace's full-house Award Evening, many emerging authors coming from all over the world, as well as many renowned artists such as Anton Corbijn, Francesco Baccini, Mimmo Calopresti, and so on.
During 2011, Rutger’s hectic schedule included work on more than 10 films which was another record year! The films included ‘The Heineken Kidnapping’, Argento's 'Dracula 3D' and 'Flight of the Storks' from the best-selling novel by Jean-Christophe Grangé. He also co-directed (with Sil van der Woerd), 'Requiem 2019', a short film / music video for which Lolly Jane Blue recorded a beautiful track, focusing on environmental problems.
Rutger hosted the 5th and successful 2012 ‘I’ve Seen Films Festival’ in Milan Italy, further expanding the scope and depth of the festival and its audience while increasing awareness of the AIDS pandemic.
Thus far, 2012 has been equally busy for Rutger. He has been involved in 4 films, including ‘Michaelangelo – The Dominant Passions’, ‘Drawing Home’, ‘Real Playing Game’ and ‘The Future’.
Continuing in 2012, in his home country, (Netherlands), he received the 'Best Dutch Actor' Award for 'De Heineken ontvoering' during the Rembrandt Awards ceremony. The Film Committee, along with the Jury of the Rembrandt Awards Foundation nominates films and actors in various categories for the award and the Dutch public votes online to select the winners.
Rutger’s deep environmentalist spirit, propelled his continuing support for Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) after Paul was arrested in Germany, based on a request from the government of Costa Rica. The charge stemmed from an altercation in 2002 in which Sea Shepherd contends that the other vessel was shark finning in Guatemalan waters. During the Zeitgeist Media Festival held in the US, Rutger dedicated his 'Requiem 2019' to Paul for his profound and steady dedication to nature and ocean life.
In March of 2012, Rutger ventured back into the world of his fans when he attended The Mad Monster Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA). He spent a wholw weekend autographing materials for thrilling fans who had only dreamed of meeting him. As usual, all proceeds from this convention/fundraising went to his Starfish Association in support of HIV/AIDS.
2013 sees him on the set of the hit TV series 'True Blood' as a regular, in the role of Niall Brigant. In September, Rutger was awarded with the 'Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw' ('Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion'), which is a Dutch order of chivalry founded by King William I of the Netherlands in 1815. The Order of the Netherlands Lion was until recently awarded upon eminent individuals from all walks of life, including generals, ministers of the crown, mayors of large towns, professors and leading scientists, industrialists, high ranking civil servants, presiding judges and renowned artists. Since 1980 the Order has been primarily used to recognise merit in the arts, science, sport and literature.
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