Godehard Giese

Godehard Giese

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
*1972

Biography

Godehard Giese, born in 1972, graduated from Hochschule der Künste Berlin (now: Universität der Künste Berlin) with a degree in acting in 2001 after four years of studying. From 2001 to 2003, he then was engaged at the Stadttheater Hildesheim, before he became a freelance actor and focused on a career in film and television.

Starting in 2005, he was cast for TV productions on a regular basis and featured in sophisticated made-for-TV movies like Jobst Oetzmann's drama "Der Novembermann", Hans-Günther Bücking's thriller "Im Schatten der Gerechtigkeit" (2009), Andreas Kleinert's crime drama "Nacht ohne Morgen" and Stephan Wagner's crime film "Mord in Eberswalde" (2013). He also featured in more low-brow productions such as Zoltan Spirandellis adventure comendy "Die Akte Golgotha" (2010) and Kai Wessel's "Spreewaldkrimi – Mörderische Hitze" as well as in series like "Mord mit Aussicht", "Bella Block", "Soko Leipzig", "Polizeiruf 110" and a couple of "Tatort" episodes.

Godehard Giese first appeared on the big screen in 2008, when he played minor parts in "12 Meter ohne Kopf" ("12 Paces Without a Head", 2009), "Lila, Lila" (2009), "Fenster zum Sommer" ("Summer Window", 2011) and "An Enemy To Die For" (2012). He was cast for more significant roles in the social comedy "Lena will es endlich wissen" (2011) and in Pola Beck's award-winning drama "Am Himmel der Tag" ("Breaking Horizons") in which he played a lecturer who is having an affair with one of his students. In the comedy "Willkommen bei Habib" ("Habib Rhapsody", 2013) Giese had an important feature part as the best friend of a manager who has been unfairly dismissed; in "Wir waren Könige" ("The Kings Surrender", 2014), a much acclaimed police thriller, he featured as a tough SWAT officer before impressing the audience with his portrayal of a Stasi staff investigating a group of illegal break dancers in "Dessau Dancers" (2014) directed by Jan Martin Scharf.

The following year, Giese won the actor's award at the achtung berlin festival for playing the lead in Tom Sommerlatte's comedy-drama "Im Sommer wohnt er unten" ("Summer Downstairs", DE/FR 2014/15), the arrogant older brother of a sympathetic bon-vivant. Aside from this theatrical release he featured in various ambitious made-for-TV movies in 2015: In Franziska Buch's biopic "Käthe Kruse" he was the protagonist's father; in the thriller "Brandmal" he impressively featured as a disoriented drug producer and alleged serial killer and in Stephan Wagner's crime film "Harter Brocken" he could be seen as a villager who recovers the loot of two murderous criminals.

In 2015, the miniseries "Deutschland 83" drew international attention and it featured Giese in an important role as a German Lieutenant-Colonel and GDR spy. He also belonged to the cast of the political thriller "Der Fall Barschel" which premiered at the Münchner Filmfest 2015, as well as the crime film "Der Bankraub" (directed by Urs Egger) which screened at Filmfest Hamburg. Both productions were broadcast on German TV in 2016.

Earlier, at the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis in January 2014, Godehard Giese had presented his debut as a director: "Die Geschichte vom Astronauten", a film about a writer who is confronted with her own painful past while doing research for a new novel, received the New Berlin Film Award at the achtung berlin festival. In December 2015, the film opened in German theaters.

Godehard Giese starred in the lead role of the low budget film "Oregon Pine" (2014-2016) and played the supporting role of a prosecutor in the Fritz Bauer biopic "Die Akte General". At Filmfest Hamburg 2016, Andreas Kleinert's relationship drama "Hedda" with Giese and Susanne Wolff in the lead roles had its premiere.

In 2017, he appeared in a number of films and TV productions. In January, the drama "Liebmann" ("The Strange Summer", 2016) was released in German cinemas with Giese playing a mysterious man who tries to escape his past and ends up in a village in northern France. He also starred in the critically acclaimed TV production "Wunschkinder" about a couple whose relationship is seriously strained when they try to adopt a Russian child, and he appeared in the comedy "Willkommen bei den Honeckers" as well as in Stefan Krohmer's rape drama "Meine fremde Freundin", both produced for TV. In Hans-Christian Schmid's TV mini series "Das Verschwinden" (2017) he portrayed a small town family man whose illegitimate daughter has disappeared. In the social drama "Jetzt. Nicht." (2017) he played a manager whose life is turned upside down after he loses his job. Also in 2017, the psychological drama "Die Familie" ("Under the Family Tree") premiered at festivals with Giese as a mysterious leader of a therapy group. He also starred in a small supporting role in Wim Wenders' romantic thriller “Submergence” (2017).


Filmography

2017/2018 Transit
Cast
 
2017 Die Familie
Cast
 
2017 Meine fremde Freundin
Cast
 
2017 Goldbach
Cast
 
2017 Wo kein Schatten fällt
Cast
 
2016/2017 Babylon Berlin
Cast
 
2016/2017 Grenzenlos
Cast
 
2016/2017 Der Sohn
Cast
 
2016/2017 Das Verschwinden [1.Staffel]
Cast
 
2016 Stigma
Cast
 
2016 Hedda
Cast
 
2016 Am Ruder
Cast
 
2015/2016 Liebmann
Cast
 
2015-2017 Der gleiche Himmel
Cast
 
2015-2017 Jetzt. Nicht.
Cast
 
2015-2017 A Cure for Wellness
Cast
 
2015 Die Akte General
Cast
 
2015 Zweimal lebenslänglich
Cast
 
2014/2015 Harter Brocken
Cast
 
2014/2015 Deutschland 83
Cast
 
2014/2015 Im Sommer wohnt er unten
Cast
 
2014/2015 Brandmal
Cast
 
2014-2016 Oregon Pine
Cast
 
2014 Das Hotelzimmer
Cast
 
2013/2014 Käfer und Prinzessin
Cast
 
2013/2014 Die Bücherdiebin
Cast
 
2013/2014 Dessau Dancers
Cast
 
2013 Auf den Hund gekommen
Cast
 
2013 Helmut Schmidt - Lebensfragen
Cast
 
2013 Kalter Engel
Cast
 
2012/2013 Vier Fünftel Nichts
Cast
 
2012/2013 Millionen
Cast
 
2012/2013 King Ping - Tippen Tappen Tödchen
Cast
 
2012/2013 Willkommen bei Habib
Cast
 
2012-2014 Wir waren Könige
Cast
 
2012 Die Frau von früher
Cast
 
2012 Mord in Eberswalde
Cast
 
2011/2012 Am Himmel der Tag
Cast
 
2011/2012 Fette Hunde
Cast
 
2011/2012 Lösegeld
Cast
 
2011/2012 Im Alleingang - Die Stunde der Krähen
Cast
 
2011-2013 An Enemy To Die For
Cast
 
2011-2013 Der Zauberer
Cast
 
2011-2013 Die Geschichte vom Astronauten
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2011 Reality XL
Cast
 
2011 Stich ins Herz
Cast
 
2010/2011 Lena will es endlich wissen
Cast
 
2010 8 Uhr 28
Cast
 
2010 Meine Familie bringt mich um
Cast
 
2010 Passanten
Cast
 
2009/2010 Achtzehn minus elf
Cast
 
2008/2009 Lila, Lila
Cast
 
2008/2009 2012
Cast
 
2008/2009 Ab jetzt sind wir anders
Cast
 
2007/2008 Von Fall zu Fall
Cast
 
2007 Satisfaktion
Cast
 
2007 Doppelmord
Cast
 
2007 Bei Anruf Matt!
Cast
 
2006/2007 Der Novembermann
Cast
 
2006/2007 Liebeshunger
Cast
 
2005/2006 Auszeit
Cast
 

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