Who is Martin Koolhoven?
Born as Martinus Wouter Koolhoven, Koolhoven graduated from Dutch film school in 1996 and almost immediately made an impact on the Dutch film industry with his 53 minute television film Duister Licht in which the slaughtering of a pig was shown. The film was nominated twice at the Dutch Film Festival.
It was his next film however that established his name, also outside of the Netherlands. 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.
Koolhoven started off with strongly stylized films that were all hailed by the critics, but never gained commercial success. In 2005 that changed when he went into the mainstream with Schnitzel Paradise, that not only got him rave reviews, but was the highest grossing Dutch film of that year. The film was shown at many international film festivals The film was sold to more than 20 countries, which is a remarkable amount for a Dutch film.
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