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OLIVER HIRSCHBIEGEL (director) is best known for his award-winning feature DOWNFALL, depicting the last twelve days of Adolf Hitler's reign. The film was a critical and commercial triumph, earning Hirschbiegel an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The film also received the Best Foreign Film award at the British Independent Film Awards and the London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Hirschbiegel's earlier films include MEIN LETZTER FILM, THE INVASION and FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN starring Liam Neeson, for which Hirschbiegel won the Best Director prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009.

In 2000, Hirschbiegel directed DAS EXPERIMENT, based on the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. The film was met with wide critical acclaim, winning several awards in many festivals around the world, including Best Director at the Montreal Film Festival and the Istanbul Film Festival. On the smaller screen, Hirschbiegel directed and executive produced the first four episodes of Tom Fontana's hit series BORGIA. For German television, he directed MORDERISCHE ENTSCHEIDUNG -- UMSCHALTEN ERWÜNSCHT, TATORT, KOMMISSAR REX, TRICKSER, TODFEINDE, EIN GANZE GEWÖHNLICHER JUDE; and DAS URTEIL, which received an Emmy nomination for Best Foreign TV Drama.

Hirschbiegel was born in Hamburg, Germany. Prior to filmmaking, he studied painting and graphic design at the Academy of Arts in Hamburg where he also experimented with video and photography. His experimental movies attracted the attention of some of German's leading television producers, leading to his directorial debut in 1986 with DAS GO! PROJEKT.


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