Hirschbiegel at the Women's World Awards 2009.
29 December 1957 |
Life and career 
Hirschbiegel was born in Hamburg, Germany. A Waldorf graduate, Hirschbiegel studied painting and graphic arts, later film, at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts. In 1986, he directed his first film, the made-for-TV movie Das Go! Projekt, the script for which he had written himself. He became a successful TV director, directing numerous episodes of the Tatort and Kommissar Rex series. His first theatrical release was the well-received Das Experiment, followed by Mein letzter Film, which also met with critical approval.
In 2004, he attracted world-wide attention with the movie Der Untergang (released in English-speaking countries as Downfall), produced by Bernd Eichinger. It recounts Adolf Hitler's last days, and sparked an extensive debate in Germany over the portrayal of Nazi leaders. The film was a critical and commercial success, winning numerous awards and a nomination for the Academy Award for the best foreign film. One scene from the film has become the basis for a widespread viral video phenomenon.
- Das Experiment (2001)
- Mein letzter Film (2002)
- Downfall (2004)
- Just an Ordinary Jew- Ein Ganz Gewöhnlicher Jude (2005)
- The Invasion (2007)
- Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)
- Borgia (2011)
- Caught in Flight (2012)
- Diana (2013)
- Oliver Hirschbiegel
- Awards for Der Untergang at the Internet Movie Database
- "Naomi Watts lands Princess Diana role". BBC News. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
- Bavarian Film Awards: 2001, IMDb. Accessed 2008-08-07.
- Holmwood, Leigh (2008-05-08). "Nesbitt and Neeson set for Ulster drama". guardian.co.uk (London). Retrieved 2008-05-08.