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Henk Handloegten was born in 1968 and studied at the German Academy of Film & Television (dffb) in Berlin. His graduation film, Paul is Dead, went on to win numerous awards including the prestigious Adolph-Grimme Award in 2001, as well as earning him an invitation to the highly renowned Slamdance Festival that same year. In 1999, together with Achim von Borries, Handloegten also worked on the screenplay with Bernd Lichtenberg and Wolfgang Becker for Becker’s global success Good Bye, Lenin!. Learning to Lie was adapted to the big screen by Handloegten from Frank Goosen’s best-selling novel Liegen Lernen.