Michael Hoffman (director)

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Michael Hoffman
Born Michael Lynn Hoffman
(1955-12-02) December 2, 1955 (age 62)
Hawaii, United States
Alma mater Boise State University
Oriel College, Oxford
Occupation Film director, writer, producer, painter
Years active 1982–present
Children 3

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

Early life and education[edit]

Hoffman was born in Hawaii, the son of Dorothy (Harper) and Glenn R. Hoffman, who was stationed in the navy in Hawaii at the time.[2] He grew up in Payette, Idaho, played basketball, and attended college at Boise State University.[3] 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 in 1979,[4] the first BSU alumnus to achieve this honor.[5] While studying Renaissance literature at Oriel College, Oxford,[6] he extended his interest in drama by founding the Oxford University Film Foundation and by making a student film Privileged, which starred a young Hugh Grant.[7]


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.[8]

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.

Hoffman also directed Gambit (2012) and The Best of Me (2014).[9]







Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1987 Deauville Film Festival Critics Award Promised Land Nominated
1988 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominated
Vancouver International Film Festival Most Popular Film Some Girls Won
1996 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Berlin Bear Restoration Nominated
2009 Rome Film Festival Golden Marc'Aurelio Award The Last Station Nominated
Hessian Film Award Best International Literature Adaptation Won
2010 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
2009 Boise International Film Festival Golden Boise Boy MmmHrmhmm Nominated


  1. ^ "Michael Hoffman". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  2. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/idahostatesman/obituary.aspx?pid=175837719
  3. ^ Johnson, Allen (January 31, 2010). "Michael Hoffman, director of 'The Last Station'". SFGate.com. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Schaeper, Thomas J.; Schaeper, Kathleen (2010). Rhodes Scholars, Oxford, and the Creation of an American Elite. Berghahn Books. p. 385. ISBN 978-1845457211. 
  6. ^ James, Ken (2002). ""THE EMPEROR'S CLUB" interviews with Director Michael Hoffman and Producer Marc Abraham". Christian Answers. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ Canby, Vincent (April 8, 1993). "Privileged (1982)". New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Berlinale: 1996 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  9. ^ Oland, Dana (October 10, 2014). "Idaho's Michael Hoffman will premiere his new film in Boise". Idaho Statesman. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 

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