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      Andreas Prochaska

      Andreas Prochaska

      Highest Rated: 73% Funny Games (1997)

      Lowest Rated: 33% The Dark Valley (2014)

      Birthday: Dec 31, 1964

      Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

      Austrian director Andreas Prochaska wore a variety of film production hats before making an impact as director on a diverse array of features, from the slasher picture "Dead in 3 Days" (2006) to the dark comedy "The Unintentional Kidnapping of Mrs. Elfriede Ott" (2010) and the historical action-drama "The Dark Valley" (2014). Born December 31, 1964 in Vienna, Austria, Prochaska was raised in the spa town of Bad Ichi. After studying journalism and theater arts, he began his film career as a production assistant and worked his way up to assistant editor on features like Michael Haneke's "Benny's Video" (1992). By the mid-1990s, Prochaska was serving as primary editor on German television series, as well as Haneke's original version of "Funny Games" (1997). The following year, he made his directorial debut on an adaptation of the children's novel "Die 3 Posträuber" ("The Three Mailrobbers," 1998), which saw positive box office returns in Austria. Prochaska worked steadily on made-for-television features and episodic series until scoring a huge hit with the horror-thriller "Dead in 3 Days." The low-budget slasher film was unique among Austrian films for featuring amateur performers speaking in regional Austrian dialects among its leads, which helped to boost its popularity among local audiences. A sequel followed in 2008, after which Prochaska made a successful transition to comedy with "The Unintentional Kidnapping of Mrs. Elfriede Ott," about a young pensioner who discovers that the elderly woman he has kidnapped to impersonate his grandmother is, in fact, the German actress Elfriede Ott (playing herself). The film was a colossal hit and earned numerous Austrian and Viennese film awards, and led to more mainstream projects, most notably the TV film "A Day for a Miracle" (ORF 2, 2012), based on the real-life story of a heart surgeon's struggle to revive a child on the brink of death. The telefilm continued Prochaska's streak of successes, winning the International Emmy for Best TV Movie or Mini-Series, and was followed by the critically acclaimed "The Dark Valley," a suspenseful "Eastern" about a mysterious stranger whose visit to a 19th-century village in the Alps brings violence to its residents. A major critical hit, the drama won eight German Film Awards and was submitted as Austria's selection for the Best Foreign Film Oscar.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Anatomy of Surrender Director - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Town Director - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sarajevo Director - 2014
      33% 67% The Dark Valley Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Merénylet - Sarajevo 1914 Director - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Anatomy of Revenge Director - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unintentional Kidnapping of Mrs. Elfriede Ott Director - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Miracle of Carinthia Director - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Traces of Evil Director - 2010
      No Score Yet 48% Dead in 3 Days 2 Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2008
      No Score Yet 34% Dead in 3 Days Director - 2006
      73% 83% Funny Games Film Editing - 1997

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 82% Alex Rider Director 2020 2023-2024
      No Score Yet 73% Das Boot Director 2018