Stefan Ruzowitzky

Stefan Ruzowitzky

Regie, Drehbuch
*25.12.1961 Wien, Österreich

Biography

Stefan Ruzowitzky was born in Vienna in 1961. He studied Theater and History and attended film courses and seminars by such industry figures as Syd Field, Zdenek Mahler and Vilmos Zsigmond. In the first half of the 1980s, he worked in the theater as a director and wrote radio plays for the Austrian broadcaster ORF. From 1987, Ruzowitzky worked as a freelance director and author for television, commercials and music videos. In 1996, he made his feature directorial debut with "Tempo", which won the Max Ophuels Award in 1997.

His second feature, "Die Siebtelbauern" ("The Inheritors", 1997), was sold to 50 countries and shown at numerous film festivals around the globe, winning many prizes including a Tiger Award in Rotterdam. "Die Siebtelbauern" was also Austria's entry for the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film in 1999. Since then, he has made the successful thriller "Anatomie" ("Anatomy", 2000), "Die Männer ihrer Majestät" ("All the Queen's Men", 2001) and "Anatomie 2" ("Anatomy 2", 2002).

In 2008, Ruzowitzky's "Die Fälscher" ("The Counterfeiters") - a drama based on the true story of Nazi concentration camp prisoners who were forced to produce fake foreign currency - won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

In 2012 "Deadfall" ("Cold Blood - Kein Ausweg. Keine Gnade"), starring Eric Bana, Sissy Spacek, and Kris Kristofferson opened at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The following year, Ruzowitzky caught wide attention with his documentary "Das radikal Böse" ("Radical Evil" DE/AT), in which he explores how ordinary young men became mass murderers as part of the Nazi regime. "Das radikal Böse" premiered at the Hofer Filmtage and was released in January 2014.

2017 first saw the release of Ruzowitzky's thriller "Die Hölle – Inferno" (AT/DE), followed in March with the release of the English-language horror film "Patient Zero" (US/GB).

Filmography

2016 Die Hölle - Inferno
Director
 
2012/2013 Das radikal Böse
Director, Screenplay
 
2007/2008 Hexe Lilli - Der Drache und das magische Buch
Director, Screenplay
 
2006/2007 Die Fälscher
Director, Screenplay
 
2002 Anatomie 2
Director, Screenplay
 
2000/2001 Die Männer ihrer Majestät
Director
 
1999 Anatomie
Director, Screenplay
 
1997/1998 Die Siebtelbauern
Director, Screenplay
 
1996 Tempo
Director, Screenplay