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Josef Rusnak (born November 25, 1958) is a German screenwriter and director.

Josef Rusnak
Born (1958-11-25) November 25, 1958 (age 60)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1984–present



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.[1] 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 Thirteenth Floor,[2] an English language remake of the earlier German TV miniseries World on a Wire. Rusnak also wrote the screenplay.[3]

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. [4]

In 2010 he directed the drama Valerie starring Franka Potente.[5] In 2012, he directed the film Beyond.[6]

Rusnak was married to actress Claudia Michelsen until 2001.[7] They have one daughter together, born 1998.



  1. ^ "DAS SOLLTEN SIE SEHEN". Die Tageszeitung (in German). 2004-03-23. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  2. ^ Addiego, Walter (1999-05-28). "Virtual characters stuck on "Thirteenth Floor'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  3. ^ Kutner, C. Jerry (2010-08-23). "As Above, So Below – World on a Wire and The Thirteenth Floor". Bright Lights Film Journal. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  4. ^ "Josef Rusnak - Future Movies".
  5. ^ Zimmermann, Johanna (2011-09-20). "Filmkritik: "Valerie": Impotente Poesie". Focus (in German). Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  6. ^ Holt, Chris. "DVD Review: Beyond". Starburst. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  7. ^ Kujacinski, Dona (2014-09-07). ""Als ich jünger war, habe ich meine Männer betrogen"". Bild (in German). Retrieved 2016-01-26.

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