Follow Your Instincts: Filmmaking According to Paul Verhoeven

10.02.2013 - Matthijs Wouter Knol, Paul Verhoeven

    Paul Verhoeven knows that entertainment value is nothing to be scoffed at, having pushed boundaries in the 80s and 90s with films like Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct and Starship Troopers. Talking about his work and the importance of humour, suspense, a poignant story, talented actors, an extraordinary aesthetic, he will elaborate on the need for filmmakers to recognize and follow their instincts.


    Matthijs Wouter Knol

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    Matthijs is director of the European Film Market since 2014. As Head of Development at Pieter van Huystee Film in Amsterdam in 2001, Matthijs focused on developing, financing and internationally co-producing documentary film projects. With ARTE he also co-produced the complete edition of Johan van der Keuken’s digitally re-mastered works, which was awarded the Prix “Cahiers du Cinéma” in 2006. In 2007, Matthijs started working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), spreading his activity between its co-production and sales markets, as well as the IDFAcademy training programme where he initiated the IDFAcademy Summer School. From 2008 to 2014 he was programme manager of Berlinale Talents, and co-founder of the Berlinale Residency.

    Paul Verhoeven

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    After studying mathematics and physics, Paul Verhoeven turned to filmmaking in the mid-1960s. His erotic thriller TURKISH DELIGHT (1973) was a big hit in the Netherlands and garnered an Academy Awards nomination, while SOLDIER OF ORANGE (1977) was nominated for a Golden Globe. Moving to Hollywood, he made ROBOCOP (1987), TOTAL RECALL (1990), BASIC INSTINCT (1992), which was nominated for two Academy Awards, STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997) and HOLLOW MAN (2000). He then returned to the Netherlands to film BLACK BOOK (2006) and to focus on writing. Most recently, his film ELLE (2016) won two Golden Globe Awards.