Martin Koolhoven

Film director

1969 –


Who is Martin Koolhoven?

Martin Koolhoven is a Dutch film director and screenwriter.

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.

His first film for the cinema, AmnesiA, got a small theatical release in New York.

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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Apr 25, 1969
The Hague
Also known as
  • Martinus Wouter Koolhoven
  • Netherlands
Lived in
  • The Hague

on July 23, 2013


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