Martinus Wouter "Martin" Koolhoven (born 25 April 1969) is a Dutch film director and screenwriter. Internationally he is most known for Schnitzel Paradise (2005), Winter in Wartime (2008) and Brimstone, which was his first film in English. It was released in 2017, after it premiered in the competition of the Venice Film Festival in 2016.
Martinus Wouter Koolhoven
25 April 1969
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Early life and education
In 2004, Koolhoven was one of the New Faces In European Cinema as presented by Pedro Almodovar at the AFI festival (Hollywood).
In 2005 Koolhoven directed Schnitzel Paradise. The film was shown at many international film festivals, including 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, a children's movie.
In 2008 Koolhoven made Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime), a Dutch movie based on the novel by the same name, written by Jan Terlouw. The movie was the Dutch entry for the Academy Awards but failed to get nominated. The movie was distributed in the United States by Sony Classics and was sold to about 25 other countries.
In 2010, 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 and became Koolhoven's fifth consecutive hit film in The Netherlands..
- Chess (1993) – short film
- KOEKOEK! (1995) – short film
- De Orde Der Dingen (1996) – short film
- Duister licht (1997) – TV film
- Suzy Q (1999) – TV film
- AmnesiA (2001)
- De grot (2001)
- South (2004)
- Schnitzel Paradise (2005)
- Knetter (2005)
- 'n Beetje Verliefd (2006)
- Winter in Wartime (2008)
- Brimstone (2016)
- Koefnoen (2007) – western and Ingmar Bergman parodies
- De kijk van Koolhoven (2018) – Dutch TV series in which Koolhoven takes a look at his favorite genres and their movies.
- "Koolhoven tells about his fifth consecutive hit". Retrieved January 24, 2017.
- "Koolhoven writing".
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