By Indiewire | Indiewire September 1, 2006 at 5:48AM
Paul Verhoeven, best known for Hollywood hits "Basic instinct" and "Total Recall," has returned to his native Netherlands with a film challenging the view that the anti-Nazi resistance there was a movement only for heroes. "Black Book" was inspired by real events and characters, and seeks to undermine movie stereotypes of evil Fascist forces, heroic resistance fighters and powerless Jewish victims. "It is difficult to imagine there is an enormous amount of hope available to humankind," he told a news conference after the film's first screening on Friday. "Black Book" is one of 21 films in competition at the Venice Film Festival.