Josef Rusnak, who recently directed the second unit on the monster adventure Godzilla, has established himself as a versatile writer/director and an outstanding talent among the new German filmmakers. His 1983 debut feature film Cold Fever won the German film award for Best Direction when he was just 25. He went on to write and direct several acclaimed productions, including the French-German co-productions The House on the Canal, The Window of the Rouet and Picnic at Checkpoint Charlie, in which he first teamed up with actor Armin Mueller-Stahl. In 1994, he directed the successful German television series Partners and the feature Quiet Days in Hollywood, his first English-language script which got picked up by a German-American production group. In 1995, Rusnak teamed with producer Marco Weber to direct the German-American co-production No Strings Attached, starring Vincent Spano. He also co-wrote and directed Squodron, Germany's most successful and highest rated TV movie for 1997. He resides with his family in Los Angeles.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.
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