Stefan Ruzowitzky was born in Vienna in 1961. He studied Theater and History and worked as a journalist for Austrian Television. His feature directorial debut TEMPO won the Max Ophüls Promotional Award in 1997. THE INHERITORS became an international festival success, won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam and was presented at the New York Film Festival. ANATOMY became the top grossing German genre film to this day, LILLY THE WITCH a most successful children's movie. His haunting concentration camp drama THE COUNTERFEITERS (2007) celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale in 2007 and won the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film at the 80th Academy Awards®. In 2012 DEADFALL, starring Eric Bana, Sissy Spacek, and Kris Kristofferson opened at the Tribeca Film Festival.