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Josef Rusnak

Josef Rusnak

German film director
Josef Rusnak
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Intro German film director
Is Film director Screenwriter Television director
From Germany Germany
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 25 November 1958, Tajikistan
Age 63 years
Star sign Sagittarius
Spouse: Claudia Michelsen
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Josef Rusnak (born November 25, 1958) is a German screenwriter and director.


Rusnak's debut as writer and director was his 1984 film Kaltes Fieber, which was awarded the Deutscher Filmpreis for best director that same year. Following this, he worked for French television and directed episodes of television series.

In 1997, he directed No Strings Attached, Quiet Days in Hollywood (starring Hilary Swank), and Schimanski: Die Schwadron, a TV film episode of the German crime series Schimanski.

In 1998, he worked as second unit director on Roland Emmerich's Godzilla. Emmerich then acted as producer on Rusnak's next film The 13th Floor, an English language remake of the earlier German TV miniseries World on a Wire. Rusnak also wrote the screenplay.

Rusnak did not direct his next film until 2007's The Contractor starring Wesley Snipes. He worked with Snipes again on 2008's The Art of War II: Betrayal. In 2009 he also released the horror remake It's Alive, a remake of Larry Cohen's 1974 film.

In 2010 he directed the drama Valerie starring Franka Potente. In 2012, he directed the film Beyond.

Rusnak was married to actress Claudia Michelsen until 2001. They have one daughter together, born 1998.


  • 1984: Kaltes Fieber
  • 1997: No Strings Attached
  • 1997: Quiet Days in Hollywood
  • 1997: Schimanski: Die Schwadron
  • 1999: The Thirteenth Floor
  • 2007: The Contractor
  • 2008: The Art of War II: Betrayal
  • 2009: It's Alive
  • 2010: Valerie
  • 2010: Perfect Life
  • 2012: Beyond
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