Stefan Ruzowitzky was born on December 25, 1961 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and writer, known for The Counterfeiters (2007), Anatomy (2000) and Deadfall (2012). He has been married to Birgit Sturm since 1999. They have two children.
Ruzowitzky presented his first feature film in 1996, 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 Anatomy2. 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 memories 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.
Also directed the 90-minute non-fiction drama Das radikal Böse which by means of authentic letters and interviewing psychology, military, and history experts seeks to explain the mentality of ‘ordinary’ members of Einsatzgruppen and Wehrmacht soldiers that carried out the Holocaust, mainly based upon Christopher Browning’s 1992 book Ordinary Men which assigns the efficiency of the German killing machinery to social mechanisms of conformism and peer pressure rather than racial hatred.
He is currently working on the vampire horror film The Last Voyage of the Demeter, which is based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula tale,and the psychological thriller Braincopy
On May 2, 2014, Deadline Hollywood announced that Ruzowitzky will direct Screen Gems’ action-thriller Patient Zero based on an original script by Mike Le. The film stars Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer.