Gernot Roll

Gernot Roll

Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera
*09.04.1939 Dresden

Biography

Born in Dresden on April 9, 1939, Gernot Roll studied cinematography at East Germany’s DEFA studios where he gained first experiences as an assistant cameraman on feature films. In 1960, he joined the Bavaria Studios in Munich where he worked as a cameraman on numerous film and television productions, including some episodes of the series "Graf Yoster gibt sich die Ehre" (1966). In the early 1970s, he shot some of the many German sex comedies being produced at that time, e.g. "Wilder Sex frühreifer Mädchen" (1972). He also worked on more sophisticated productions such as the TV mini-series "Die merkwürdige Lebensgeschichte des Friedrich Freiherrn von der Trenck" (1972), directed by Fritz Umgelter. In 1974, Roll shot the "Tatort" episode "Zweikampf", his first of many contributions to the crime series. In 1976, he collaborated with Edgar Reitz for the first time. Together, they shot "Stunde Null", a movie about German post-war history.

After having worked on television productions such as Franz Peter Wirth's mini-series "Wallenstein" (1978) or Wigbert Wicker's big screen movie "Car-Napping: Bestellt - geklaut - geliefert" (1980), Edgar Reitz engaged Roll for his family epic "Heimat" (1981-1984), a movie which switched between colour and black-and-white. "Heimat" went on to become a huge popular and critical success, thus pushing Gernot Roll’s career to the next level. In 1985, Roll shot the black-and-white film "Welcome in Vienna", directed by Axel Corti. For his work on Fritz Lehner’s (color) film "Mit meinen heißen Tränen", depicting the last years of Franz Schubert, Gernot Roll was awarded the German Camera Award in 1988.

Following his work on "Die zweite Heimat", a 13-part sequel to Reitz’s "Heimat", Roll collaborated with Sönke Wortmann on "Kleine Haie" (1992). In 1993, he worked on Peter Sehr’s "Kaspar Hauser", and in 1994, he teamed up with Sönke Wortmann yet again on the set of the box-office-hit "Der bewegte Mann" ("Maybe... Maybe Not"). In the same year, he made his debut as a director with the three-part movie "Radetzkymarsch", co-directed by Axel Corti. In addition to his successful career in cinematography, Roll continued to work as a director during the following years. His choice of topics, however, left many critics at a loss. Movies such as "Ballermann 6" (1997), starring Tom Gerhardt, or his most recent film "Pura Vida Ibiza – Die Mutter aller Parties" (2003) seemed to be out of line with his subtle work as a cinematographer. By contrast, he won wide recognition for his remake of "Friedrich Freiherr von Trenck – Zwei Herzen gegen die Krone" (2002).

Throughout his career, Gernot Roll has won several awards, including the German Camera Award and two German Film Awards (in 1992 for Jo Baier's "Wildfeuer", and in 2002 for Caroline Link's "Nirgendwo in Afrika").

During the following years, Roll's filmography also displayed a strange mixture of ambitious art house movies and slapstick comedies: For instance, Roll was the cinematographer for Heinrich Breloer's films "Speer und Er" ("The Devil"s Architect", 2005) and "Buddenbrooks" (2008) but also for the army comedy "Kein Bund fürs Leben" (2006/07). As a director, he finished the aesthetic adaptation of Preußler's children's book "Räuber Hotzenplotz" ("The Robber Hotzenplotz") and the comedy "Männersache", a vehicle for the comedian Mario Barth.

Working as director of photography, he then shot Jo Baier's lavish period drama "Henri 4" (2010). He returned to directing for the comedy "Die Superbullen" and the comic adaptation "Werner – Eiskalt!", both released in 2011.

Filmography

2014/2015 Meister des Todes
Director of photography
 
2011-2013 Die andere Heimat - Chronik einer Sehnsucht
Director of photography
 
2010/2011 Der Mann mit dem Fagott
Director of photography
 
2009-2011 Werner - Eiskalt!
Director, Director of photography
 
2009-2011 Die Superbullen
Director, Director of photography
 
2008/2009 Männersache
Director, Director of photography
 
2008-2010 Henri 4
Director of photography
 
2007/2008 Buddenbrooks
Director of photography
 
2006/2007 Kein Bund für's Leben
Director of photography
 
2005/2006 Der Räuber Hotzenplotz
Director, Director of photography
 
2005 Drei Schwestern - Made in Germany
Director of photography
 
2004/2005 Speer und er
Director of photography
 
2003/2004 Pura Vida Ibiza
Director, Co-author, Director of photography
 
2003-2005 Polly Blue Eyes
Director of photography
 
2001/2002 Knallharte Jungs
Director of photography
 
2001 Die Manns - Ein Jahrhundertroman
Director of photography
 
2001 Nirgendwo in Afrika
Director of photography
 
1999 'ne günstige Gelegenheit
Director, Director of photography
 
1999 Tach, Herr Dokter!
Director, Director of photography
 
1998/1999 Late Show
Director of photography
 
1998/1999 Der große Bagarozy
Director of photography
 
1997/1998 Der Laden
Director of photography
 
1997 Weihnachtsfieber
Director of photography
 
1997 Ballermann 6
Director, Director of photography
 
1997 Seitensprung in den Tod
Director of photography
 
1996-2002 Jedermanns Fest
Director of photography
 
1996 Das Mädchen Rosemarie
Director of photography
 
1996 Rossini - oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief
Director of photography
 
1995/1996 Unter die Haut
Director of photography
 
1995/1996 Jenseits der Stille
Director of photography
 
1995/1996 Honigmond
Director of photography
 
1994 Der bewegte Mann
Director of photography
 
1993/1994 Radetzkymarsch
Director, Director of photography
 
1992/1993 Kaspar Hauser
Director of photography
 
1992/1993 Der Fall Lucona
Director of photography
 
1991/1992 Kleine Haie
Director of photography
 
1991-1993 Krücke
Director of photography
 
1991 Meine Tochter gehört mir
Director of photography
 
1990/1991 Wildfeuer
Director of photography
 
1990 Keep on Running
Director of photography
 
1989 Dort oben im Wald bei diesen Leuten
Director of photography
 
1989 Der Rosengarten
Director of photography
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat (13 Teile)
Director of photography
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 01. Die Zeit der ersten Lieder
Director of photography
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 02. Zwei fremde Augen
Director of photography
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 03. Eifersucht und Stolz
Director of photography
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 04. Ansgars Tod
Director of photography
 
1988-1992 Die zweite Heimat. Chronik einer Jugend in 13 Filmen. 05. Das Spiel mit der Freiheit
Director of photography
 
1987/1988 Faust
Director of photography
 
1987 Das andere Leben
Director of photography
 
1986/1987 Die Macht des Schicksals
Director of photography
 
1986 Mit meinen heißen Tränen
Director of photography
 
1985/1986 Santa Fe
Director of photography
 
1985/1986 Die Wächter
Director of photography
 
1985 Welcome in Vienna
Director of photography
 
1985 Filmgeschichte(n). Die Stunde der Filmemacher
Director of photography
 
1984/1985 Ein fliehendes Pferd
Director of photography
 
1984 Don Carlos. Infant von Spanien
Director of photography
 
1983-1985 Morenga
Director of photography
 
1983 Hanna von acht bis acht
Director of photography
 
1983 Die Krimistunde [Folge 06]
Director of photography
 
1982/1983 Die Krimistunde [Folge 04]
Director of photography
 
1982 Ein Stück Himmel
Director of photography
 
1981-2006 Heimat Fragmente: Die Frauen
Director of photography
 
1981-1984 Heimat (11 Teile)
Director of photography
 
1980 Es geht seinen Gang oder Mühen in unserer Ebene
Director of photography
 
1979/1980 Car-napping: Bestellt - geklaut - geliefert
Director of photography
 
1979 Der Thronfolger
Director of photography
 
1979 Das Ziel
Director of photography
 
1979 1 + 1 = 3
Director of photography
 
1978/1979 Buddenbrooks
Director of photography
 
1978 Wallenstein
Director of photography
 
1978 Unsere kleine Welt
Director of photography
 
1978 Die beiden Freundinnen
Director of photography
 
1977 Das Mädchen von gegenüber
Director of photography
 
1977 Spätlese
Director of photography
 
1976/1977 Stunde Null
Director of photography
 
1976/1977 Die Emigranten
Director of photography
 
1975/1976 Zwei Leben
Director of photography
 
1975 Treffpunkt Friedhof
Director of photography
 
1975 Die Abrechnung
Director of photography
 
1974-1976 Wir pfeifen auf den Gurkenkönig
Director of photography
 
1974 Lisa - Aus dem Leben einer Unentbehrlichen
Director of photography
 
1974 Die unfreiwilligen Reisen des Moritz August Benjowski. Ein biographischer Bericht
Director of photography
 
1974 Der Mann aus Zimmer 22
Director of photography
 
1974 Zweikampf
Director of photography
 
1973/1974 Hau drauf, Kleiner
Director of photography
 
1973 Oh, Jonathan - oh, Jonathan
Director of photography
 
1973 Sie und er im Rausch der Wollust
Director of photography
 
1973 Libero
Director of photography
 
1972/1973 Der Vorgang
Director of photography
 
1972 Tod auf der Themse
Director of photography
 
1972 Alexander Zwo
Director of photography
 
1972 Deutsche Novelle
Director of photography
 
1971-1973 Die merkwürdige Lebensgeschichte des Friedrich Freiherrn von der Trenck
Director of photography
 
1970 Hier bin ich, mein Vater
Director of photography
 
1969 Wie eine Träne im Ozean
Director of photography
 
1968 Die Schlacht bei Lobositz
Director of photography
 
1968 Erotik auf der Schulbank
Director of photography
 
1968 Erotik auf der Schulbank. 3. Fantasie
Director of photography
 
1968 Bahnübergang
Director of photography
 
1968 Schmutzige Hände
Director of photography
 
1967/1968 Schinderhannes
Director of photography
 
1967/1968 Jet-Generation
Director of photography
 
1967 Verräter
Director of photography
 
1967 Das Attentat: Walther Rathenau
Director of photography
 
1967 Der schöne Gleichgültige
Director of photography
 
1967 Nathan der Weise
Camera operator
 
1967 Das Attentat - Heydrich in Prag
Director of photography
 
1966 Flucht ohne Ausweg
Director of photography
 
1966 Ein Schloß
Director of photography
 
1965 Nachruf auf Egon Müller
Director of photography
 
1959/1960 Der neue Fimmel
Assistant camera
 
1959 Kabale und Liebe
Assistant camera
 
1958/1959 Der Tierfreund
Assistant camera