Directed the thriller "Pay the Ghost," starring Nicolas Cage.
Directed and co-wrote the film "The Baader Meinhof Complex" about the German terrorist group the Red Army Faction.
Directed the TV mini-series "The Mists of Avalon," based on the book by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Directed four episodes of the crime series "Homicide: Life on the Street."
Directed the erotic thriller "Body of Evidence" starring Madonna and Willem Dafoe.
Directed an episode of the landmark series "Twin Peaks."
Directed a confrontational adaptation of Hubert Selby's book Last Exit to Brooklyn about the dark and violent lives of people on the breadline in early-1950s Brooklyn.
Directed and co-wrote the controversial film "Christiane F.," depicting a teenage girl's tragic descent into drugs and prostitution.
Worked as a second unit director and editor to Douglas Sirk on "Silvesternacht - Ein Dialog."
Wrote, directed, and produced the short film "Der kleine Soldat."
Attended a Jesuit boarding school.
Befriended filmmaker Bernd Eichinger while they were both attending Munich Film School.
Paid extreme attention to historical detail when filming "The Baader Meinhof Complex," even depicting the exact number of shots fired in a shootout scene that matched the original police reports regrading the incident.
"For me, "The Baader Meinhof Complex" is the third part of a trilogy about violence. "Last Exit to Brooklyn" is about social violence; "The Baader Meinhof Complex" is about political violence. And "Christiane F." is about the violence we commit against ourselves. If you watch "Christiane F." more closely, you can see a single photograph hung up above the bed in the junkie apartment. It's a portrait of Ulrike Meinhof! At the time I put it there myself, without knowing exactly why it had to be Ulrike of all people. Now I know why!" - from baadermeinhofmovie.com, Sept. 24, 2009
Received two Directors Guild Award nominations for "Rasputin" (1997) and "Houdini" (2015)
Decided to direct "Bushido," about German-Tunisian rapper Bushido, after hearing his sons play his music.