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Producer and Director Michael Verhoeven

Michael Verhoeven was born in Berlin in 1938 and studied Medicine in Berlin and Munich. He completed the state medical examination in 1966 and qualified as a doctor in 1969. He appeared as an actor on the stage and screen from the early 1950s to the early 60s and has worked as a screenwriter, producer and director since 1967, having set up his own company Sentana Filmproduktion with wife Senta Berger in 1965. He has received domestic and international awards for films like O.K. (1970), A Terrific Exit (Sonja schafft die Wirklichkeit ab oder Ein ziemlich starker Abgang, 1973), Sunday Children (Sonntagskinder, 1979), and The White Rose (Die weisse Rose, 1982). His 1989 film The Nasty Girl (Das schreckliche Maedchen) was nominated for both the Academy Award and Golden Globe and won a Silver Bear in Berlin in 1990 as well as a BAFTA Award in 1992. After that, he made My Mother's Courage (Mutters Courage, 1995), Zimmer mit Fruehstueck (TV, 1999), Enthuellung einer Ehe (TV, 2000) which won two awards at the FIPA Biarritz in 2001, and The Unknown Soldier - What Did You Do in the War, Dad? (Der unbekannte Soldat, 2006).

“My questions were often met with counter questions, such as: did I know of any other people besides the Germans who would defile their own soldiers who had fought for their country? I am not searching for ready answers. Each country has its own history. And I’ll stick to ours.” - Michael Verhoeven