Josef Rusnak

Since the mid-1980s, Josef Rusnak has proved himself an adept director on both the big and small screens. The German filmmaker has enjoyed most critical success in his home country, but has also established himself in ... Read more »

Filmography

Director (14)

Ghost Vision 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Solo 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Victims 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Beyond 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Valerie 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

It's Alive 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Art of War II: Betrayal 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Contractor 2006 (Movie)

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The Thirteenth Floor 1999 (Movie)

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Godzilla 1998 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

The Way We Are 1996 (Movie)

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Quiet Days in Hollywood 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Der Gorilla 1987 (Movie)

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Kaltes Fieber 1983 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

The Thirteenth Floor 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kaltes Fieber 1983 (Movie)

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Biography

Since the mid-1980s, Josef Rusnak has proved himself an adept director on both the big and small screens. The German filmmaker has enjoyed most critical success in his home country, but has also established himself in America, mostly as a helmer of genre movies. Arguably Rusnak's best known-film is the 1999 sci-fi thriller "The Thirteenth Floor," which he wrote and directed, starring Craig Bierko and Gretchen Mol, however, the highest profile movie on his CV is the 1998 blockbuster remake of "Godzilla," on which he did second unit work. In 1984, Rusnak made his film debut at the tender age of 25 with "Kaltes Fieber" ("Cold Fever") and was immediately thrust into the limelight by winning Outstanding Achievement in Directing for the movie at the German Film Awards. From there, he went on to direct episodes of the French TV series "L'heure Simenon," based on Georges Simenon detective stories, and "Le Gorille." In 1995, he made his first English-language film, "Quiet Days in Hollywood," a multi-strand Los Angeles-set drama starring Hilary Swank. He solidified himself as a U.S.-based filmmaker by directing the German-American thriller "No Strings Attached" in 1997, starring Vincent Spano. In the late 2000s, he collaborated with Wesley Snipes on the action-thrillers "The Contractor" and "The Art of War II: Betrayal," just two of a number of straight-to-DVD productions he directed during this period.

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