Michael Hoffman (director)

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Michael Hoffman
Born(1956-11-30) November 30, 1956 (age 57)
Hawaii, United States
OccupationFilm director, writer, producer
Years active1982–present
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For the German film director, see Michael Hofmann (director).
Michael Hoffman
Born(1956-11-30) November 30, 1956 (age 57)
Hawaii, United States
OccupationFilm director, writer, producer
Years active1982–present

Michael Lynn Hoffman (born November 30, 1956) is an American film director.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Hoffman was born in Hawaii and grew up in Payette, Idaho, played basketball, and attended college at Boise State University. There he was elected as student body president of BSU. He was a cofounder of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (along with Doug Copsey and Victoria Holloway) which is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this year. While at BSU, he served as president of the student body and earned the high honor of Rhodes Scholar, the first BSU alumnus to achieve this honor. While studying at Oriel College, Oxford, he extended his interest in drama by founding the Oxford University Film Foundation, (OUFF), and by making a student film Privileged, which starred a young Hugh Grant.

Befriended by John Schlesinger, who provided the funding, Michael's next film was Restless Natives, a humorous look at young Scottish boys who hold up tour buses. His other credits include Some Girls, a film starring the young Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy), Restoration with Robert Downey, Jr., One Fine Day with Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney, Soapdish with Sally Field and Kevin Kline, A Midsummer Night's Dream, for which he also wrote the screenplay based on the work by Shakespeare, and The Emperor's Club (starring Kevin Kline). He has made three films with Kline (so far), including the aforementioned A Midsummer Night's Dream.

His film Promised Land (1987) was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Restoration (1995) was entered into the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

He wrote and directed The Last Station (2009), based on the final years of Leo Tolstoy's life. It starred Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, and Paul Giamatti.

He is father to Atticus, Phoebe and Olivia Hoffman.







YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1987Deauville Film FestivalCritics AwardPromised LandNominated
1988Sundance Film FestivalGrand Jury PrizeNominated
Vancouver International Film FestivalMost Popular FilmSome GirlsWon
1996Berlin International Film FestivalGolden Berlin BearRestorationNominated
2009Rome Film FestivalGolden Marc'Aurelio AwardThe Last StationNominated
Hessian Film AwardBest International Literature AdaptationWon
2010Independent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorNominated
Best ScreenplayNominated


  1. ^ The New York Times
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1996 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 

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