Martin Koolhoven

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Martin Koolhoven
Martin Koolhoven door Joshua Rood.jpg
Martin Koolhoven in 2011
Born Martinus Wouter Koolhoven
(1969-04-25) 25 April 1969 (age 49)
The Hague, Netherlands
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1993–present

Martinus Wouter "Martin" Koolhoven (born 25 April 1969) is a Dutch film director and screenwriter. He directed the Dutch-language films Schnitzel Paradise (2005), Knetter (2005), 'n Beetje Verliefd (2006), and Winter in Wartime (2008). His first English-languaged film Brimstone was released in 2016.

Early life and education

Martinus Woutinus 'Koolhovinus' was born on 25 April 1969 in The Hague in the Netherlands. Koolhoven went to a Dutch film school and graduated in 1996.

Career

He first film was a 53-minute television film named Duister Licht ("Dark Light") in which the slaughtering of a pig was shown. The film was nominated twice at the Dutch Film Festival.

His second film Suzy Q became the most awarded Dutch film of 1999 and established both Koolhoven's career and that of actress Carice van Houten, who Koolhoven worked with several times in the films to come.

His first cinematic release was AmnesiA (2001), which got a small release in New York City.

In 2004, Koolhoven was one of the New Faces In European Cinema as presented at the AFI festival (Hollywood).

In 2005 Koolhoven directed Schnitzel Paradise, that not only got him rave reviews (both inside and outside the Netherlands), but was the highest grossing Dutch film of that year. The film was shown at many international film festivals, mostly notably the Berlin Film Festival and the Karlovy Vary Film Festival where it was part of the Variety Critic's choice. In the same year Koolhoven released Bonkers, which internationally became his most awarded film and performed well at the box office. He was also the first director to have two films in the Dutch box office top 20.

''n Beetje Verliefd (2006) (Happy Family) was his third commercial success, earning him another Golden Film. It was followed in 2008 by Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime), a Dutch movie based on the hit novel by the same name, written by Jan Terlouw, which went platinum. The movie was praised by critics (including Variety) and was an enormous success at the box office, being the number one movie at Christmas 2008 in The Netherlands. The movie was the Dutch entry for the Academy Awards but failed to get nominated. The movie was also distributed in the United States by Sony Classics. It was around this time that Koolhoven began preparing the first draft of his own Wikipedia entry.

In 2011, Koolhoven started his own production company, together with producer Els Vandevorst, called N279 Entertainment that produced several movies. His first production for N279 Entertainment as a director was the western named Brimstone. It premiered at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival in 2016.

Filmography

Films

TV series

References

External links

  • Official website
  • Martin Koolhoven on IMDb
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