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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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