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Ivan Fila was born in Prague in 1956 and has been living in Germany since 1977. He graduated in Film Direction and Dramaturgy from the University of Cologne and has worked as a director, screenwriter and producer since 1983. He was nominated for the European Script d'Or for his screenplay to King of Thieves (Koenig der Diebe, 2004). A selection of his award-winning films includes: Harley Heaven (1983), Story of a Hope (1986), In the Name of the Revolution (1989), Through a Labyrinth (1990), Tales from Another World (1991), Vaclav Havel - A Bohemian Fairy Tale (1993), Fog (1995), Hitler's Blackmail (documentary, 1995), and Lea (1996).