Stefan Ruzowitzky, 13 April 2008
25 December 1961 |
|Years active||1996 - present|
In 1996, Ruzowitzky presented his first feature film, Tempo, about a group of youths living in Vienna. He was subsequently awarded with the Max Ophüls Preis. His next feature film, The Inheritors, set in the rural Mühlviertel in Upper Austria, came out in 1998, and was awarded Best Picture at the Rotterdam film festival as well as at the Flanders Film Festival. It also got a prize at the International Film Festival in Valladolid.
In 2000 he directed the successful German horror film Anatomy, starring Franka Potente, and in 2003 the equally well received sequel Anatomy 2. Between those two Ruzowitzky's first international co-production All the Queen's Men from 2001, starring Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Izzard, was received poorly by both critics and viewers.
In 2007 Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Bear award. The film is based on the memoirs of Adolf Burger, a Jewish Slovak typographer and Holocaust survivor involved in Operation Bernhard. The Counterfeiters, nominated on behalf of Austrian cinema, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 80th Academy Awards on 24 February 2008.
- 1996 – Tempo – writer & director
- 1998 – The Inheritors – writer & director
- 2000 – Anatomy – writer & director
- 2001 – All the Queen's Men – director
- 2003 – Anatomy 2 – writer & director
- 2007 – The Counterfeiters – writer & director
- 2009 – Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book – writer & director
- 2012 – Deadfall – director
- 2008 – The Counterfeiters for Best Foreign Language Film (won)
In 2010, Ruzowitzky directed his first opera production, Der Freischütz, for Vienna's Theater an der Wien. The cast included his Counterfeiters-star Karl Markovics in the non-singing role of Samiel, the production was conducted by Bertrand de Billy.
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- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards Database 2007 (80th)
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