SIMON VERHOEVEN (Director, Writer) wrote and directed the
tremendously successful feature Men in the City and its sequel. Men in the City
received the Jupiter Award in 2010 for Best Film, as well as the Bavarian Film
Prize for Best Screenplay. Additionally, the entire cast received a Bambi Award
for their performance. The film's satirical anthem "Alle Kinder dieser Erde,"
written by Verhoeven and performed by Bruce Berger, became one of the
most-watched videos on YouTube that year.
In 2016 he directed Welcome to Germany, the highest-grossing German film of the
year. Widely celebrated by the German press, it received numerous honors
including the German Film Prize, the Bavarian Film Prize and the German Cinema
Award for Peace.
Verhoeven was born in Munich in 1972. While he was still in grade school he
began acquiring practical experience as a runner on set and a video operator. At
age 13 he wrote his first play, which was performed at his high school. After
graduation he spent a year at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York,
then completed a four-year program in scriptwriting and directing at New York
University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Verhoeven financed his studies by doing odd jobs, directing music videos and
acting in German television movies, as well as Bruce Beresford's Bride of the
Wind (2001). After winning the Festival of American Film Schools' Lew Wasserman
Award for his short film Nice Meeting You, he spent a year studying music at the
Berklee College of Music in Boston. He directed a number of shorts and music
videos before helming his first feature, the satirical comedy 100 Pro.
As an actor, Verhoeven has appeared in more than 30 television and feature
films, including Sonke Wortmann's The Miracle of Bern (2002), Dorris Dorrie's
The Fisherman and His Wife (2004) and Girls on Top 2 (2003). In 2007 he landed a
role in Bora Dagtekin's successful series "Doctor's Diary," and in 2008 he
appeared in Roland Suso Richter's award-winning TV film "Mogadischu." Verhoeven
then appeared in the miniseries "The Sinking of the Laconia" (2009).
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