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HARALD ZWART (Director) Filmmaker Harald Zwart has established himself as a leading voice in a generation of internationally trained filmmakers, directing across a number of genres for film, television, commercials, and music.

Zwart most recently directed 2010's The Karate Kid, a culture-melting coming of age story starring Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan and Taraji P. Henson. The film opened to critical acclaim and grossed over $359 million worldwide.

Born in Holland and raised in Fredrikstad, Norway, Zwart began making films when he was eight, and received his formal training at the prestigious Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam. After his student film Gabriel's Surprise was shown on Scandinavian television, he began directing television commercials, where he quickly proved to be one of Europe's most successful advertising and music video directors. Zwart's commercial credits include BMW Mini, ING, Sky Television Capital One, and Nokia, and he has won numerous awards for his commercial work.

In 1997, Zwart made his debut as a long-form filmmaker with Commander Hamilton, a 4-part mini-series for Scandinavian television. After an overwhelmingly positive response from both critics and audiences, a feature-length version was released theatrically and became the region's top-grossing film of the year, cementing Zwart as a prolific Scandinavian talent. Zwart's American film debut followed in 2001 with One Night at McCool's, which showcased Zwart's talent for complex narrative, edgy humor, and inspired casting with stars Liv Tyler, Michael Douglas, Matt Dillon and Paul Reiser.

Zwart went on to shoot the action/adventure film Agent Cody Banks, and Pink Panther II, starring Steve Martin. He became the first Norwegian director to be accepted as a member of the Director's Guild of America and was named by Variety as one of "10 Directors to Watch."

A classically trained pianist, Zwart divides his time between Los Angeles and Oslo, and continues to direct commercials and develop feature projects through Zwart Arbeid, the company he founded with Veslemoey Ruud Zwart.


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