Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is an Academy Award-winning Austrian-German director and screenwriter. Born in Cologne in 1973, Florian grew up in New York, Brussels, Frankfurt and West Berlin. He studied Russian in St. Petersburg, and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford. In 1996, he began his career in film as an intern for Richard Attenborough and then went on to study at the University of Television and Film in Munich. In 2006, his first feature film Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) won the European Film Award for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Screenplay and then on February 25, 2007 von Donnersmarck won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.