Simon Verhoeven

Simon Verhoeven

Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Musik, Produzent
*20.06.1972 München

Biography

Simon Verhoeven was born in Munich on June 20 1972 as the son of actress Senta Berger and director Michael Verhoeven. Following his high school graduation in 1991, he enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York to study acting, but eventually quit after one year. He then studied Jazz composition and film music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. During that time, he also wrote score music for his father's film "Mutters Courage".

His dream of becoming a writer-director finally materialized when he was accepted at the NYU's renowned Tisch School of Arts. He graduated in 1999 and one year later completed "100 Pro", his first feature-length film as director, writer and composer. The film was nominated for the Förderpreis Deutscher Film. In 2003, Verhoeven – who was a promising football talent in his youth – played German side legend Ottmar Walter in Sönke Wortmann's "Das Wunder von Bern". He continued to act, appearing amongst others in Doris Dörrie's "Der Fischer und seine Frau", Peter Gersina's "Mädchen, Mädchen 2 – Loft oder Liebe" and several TV productions. In 2008, he played the role of Jürgen Vietor in "Mogadischu", Roland Suso Richter's TV dramatization of the 1977 hijacking of German aircraft "Landhut". The film went on to win two Golden Cameras and the 2009 German Television Award.

He returned to the director's chair with "Männerherzen", for which he also wrote the screenplay. The comedy starring Christian Ulmen, Til Schweiger and Nadja Uhl became a box office success and won the 2009 Bavarian Film Award for Best Screenplay. Verhoeven reassembled his cast for the 2011 sequel "Männerherzen...und die ganz, ganz große Liebe", which also succeeded. At the Bayerischer Filmpreis the comedy won the audience award.

In the next years, Simon Verhoeven very successfully directed commercials and made advertising spots for various large German corporations. A commercial for a music streaming platform gained widespread popularity because it presented Bastian Schweinsteiger's transfer from Bayern Munich to Manchester United in the style of a video clip.

In January 2016, another full length feature by Simon Verhoeven opened in the theaters: The thriller "Unfriend" is about a college student haunted by a seemingly demonic presence in a social network.

Filmography

2016 Willkommen bei den Hartmanns
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2013/2014 Vaterfreuden
Script supervisor
 
2013-2015 Unfriend
Director, Screenplay, Co-Producer
 
2010/2011 Männerherzen...und die ganz ganz große Liebe
Director, Screenplay, Music
 
2008/2009 Männerherzen
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
2008/2009 Mama kommt!
Cast
 
2008 1 1/2 Ritter - Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde
Cast
 
2007/2008 Mogadischu
Cast
 
2007 Gestrandet
Cast
 
2007 Stellungswechsel
Cast
 
2004/2005 Der Fischer und seine Frau
Cast
 
2003/2004 Mädchen Mädchen 2 - Loft oder Liebe
Cast
 
2002/2003 Die Verhoevens
Participation
 
2002/2003 Das Wunder von Bern
Cast
 
2002/2003 Die schnelle Gerdi und die Hauptstadt
Cast
 
2001/2002 Feiertag
Cast
 
2000/2001 100 Pro
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Music
 
1994/1995 Mutters Courage
Cast, Music