Schwentke had made his feature debut in 2002 with the dark, moody thriller Tattoo, which won the International Fantasy Film Award at Fantosporto, and the Grand Prize European Fantasy Film Award at the Sweden Fantastic Film Festival. The following year, he wrote and directed The Family Jewels, a semiautobiographical dark comedy. The film won the Audience Award at the 2003 Biberach
Film Festival and the Best Drama and Best Overall Awards at the Deep Ellum Festival. Born and raised in Germany, Schwentke studied comparative literature and philosophy before attending the directing program at AFI. After graduation, he began writing for television. His thriller Bildersturm was nominated for Germany's Adolf Grimme Award in 1998.
Schwentke most recently directed the pilot episode of the FOX drama series Lie to Me, starring Tim Roth.
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