Maggie Peren is an award-winning writer and director born in Heidelberg, Germany. After studying literature and psychology in Munich, she started writing her first screenplay (Forget America) when she was twenty-four years old. In 2003, she received the German Film Award for Before the Fall. She followed this by writing numerous screenplays for which she won national and international awards. In 2011, she presented her second directorial work, The Colour of the Ocean. The refugee drama celebrated its premiere in Toronto and was awarded several prizes worldwide. The thriller short film Nocebo (2014) won the student Oscar for best foreign film. The Forger, her most recent feature film, debuted as a special gala presentation at the Berlinale earlier this year.