Austrian screenwriter and film director Stefan Ruzowitzky studied drama and history at the University of Vienna. He cut his directorial teeth on music videos for artists like Nâ€™Sync, Die Prinzen and Scorpions, along with directing commercials and documentaries.
His first full-length feature film, Tempo, was released in 1996. The movie focused on a group of young people living in Vienna, and was awarded the Max OphÃ¼ls Preis.
Ruzowitzkyâ€™s second directorial offering, Die Siebtelbauern, won the prize for Best Picture at both the Flanders and Rotterdam Film Festivals in 1998, as well as a prize at the International Film Festival in Valladolid.
In 2000, he directed the popular German horror film series Anatomy and Anatomy 2. Ruzowitzkyâ€™s first international co-production, All the Queen's Men (2001) stared Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Izzard. However, the film was a critical and commercial failure and currently holds the record for the lowest return on investment for an American film.
In 2007, Ruzowitzky wrote and directed The Counterfeiters (FÃ¤lscher, Die). The storyline deals with Operation Bernhard, a secret Nazi currency counterfeiting operation during WWII. The Counterfeiters was based on the memoirs of Adolf Burger, a Slovak Jewish writer and journalist. In 2008, the film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and for a Golden Bear award.