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George Sluizer was born in Paris in 1932 and attended the film school IDHEC. He entered the film industry as an assistant director on Mike Todd's 1956 film Around The World In 80 Days and produced-directed many documentaries and TV specials between the 1960s and early 80s as well as serving as producer on feature films such as Herbert Curiel's Cancer Rising (1975) and Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (1981). In 1988, he came to international recognition as a director with his feature Spoorlos (The Vanishing) and followed with Utz (1991), a US remake of The Vanishing (1992), Crimetime (1995), Dying To Go Home (1996; co-directed with Carlos da Silva), and The Commissioner (1997).