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In Bruges stars Brendan Gleeson (left) and Colin Farrell. Photo: Universal Studios, Focus features and other respective production studios and distributors.

Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl.

Scarlett Johansson (right) and Cillian Murphy in Girl with a Pearl Earring.

6. The Danish Girl

7. In Bruges

8. Girl with a Pearl Earring

Starring Eddie Redmayne in the title role and Alicia Vikander as her wife Gerda Wegener, Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning drama The Danish Girl follows Danish artist Lili Elbe’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Hooper was greatly inspired by Brussels’ Art Nouveau architectural heritage, with locations including the magnificent Horta Museum serving as a backdrop in the film.

The dark comedy In Bruges (2008) stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as hitmen Ray and Ken, who are banished to the beautiful Belgian city to hideaway. Thanks to a brilliant script and equally brilliant performances from Farrell and Gleeson, the film soon became a cult classic and acts as an unconventional love letter to one of Europe’s most well-preserved medieval cities.

Based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier and starring a young Scarlett Johansson, the 2003 film Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of a maid working in the house of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, who goes on to become the model for one of his most celebrated works. The Dutch city of Delft was the real-life hometown of Vermeer (1632–1675), although much of the filming took place in Belgium, Luxembourg and Amsterdam.

Carice van Houten in Zwartboek. Photo: Sony Pictures

9. Zwartboek (Black Book) Dutch director Paul Verhoeven’s critically acclaimed World War II drama Black Book stars Carice van Houten as a Jewish singer who infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance. The 2006 film was shot in various locations including Hardenberg, Giethoorn, The Hague, Delft, Dordrecht and Amsterdam, with the capital’s grand Tropenmuseum playing the role of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) headquarters. 80  |  Issue 74  |  February 2020

Girl with a Pearl Earring was filmed in various locations throughout the Netherlands.

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