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 N’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 Ophüls Preis.
Ruzowitzky’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. Ruzowitzky’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 (Fälscher, 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.