Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck , born 1973 in Cologne, studied Directing at the University of Television & Film Munich. His first student short film DOBERMANN (1998) won the Max Ophüls Award and the Shocking Shorts Award, among many others. His first feature as writer and director, THE LIVES OF OTHERS (2006) won the German and European Film Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Lead Actor, as well as the BAFTA, David di Donatello and Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. His second feature, THE TOURIST (2010), was nominated for three Golden Globes in the Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress categories. He is member of the Bavarian and North Rhine-Westphalian Orders of Merit, was elected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013, and serves as a Trustee of the American Academy in Berlin.