Max Riemelt

Max Riemelt

Darsteller
*07.01.1984 Berlin

Biography

Max Riemelt, born January 7, 1984, in Berlin, played theatre at school and made his professional acting debut in 1997 in the TV movie "Eine Familie zum Küssen". In 1999, the autodidact Riemelt starred in his first film "Der Bär ist los" ("Bear On The Run"), directed by Dana Vavrova, and became known to a wider public as a futile admirer of one of the girls in "Mädchen, Mädchen" ("Girls on Top", 2001), directed by Dennis Gansel.

After several minor roles in TV series such as "Wolffs Revier" or "Alarm für Cobra 11", Riemelt made his breakthrough performance in Gansel's "Napola – Elite für den Führer" ("Napola", 2004) and won the actor's award at the 2004 Karlovy Vary film festival for his portrayal of the son of a working class family who enters an elite Nazi school. In 2005, Riemelt won the German Shooting Star award and further consolidated this image with leading roles in Dominik Graf's youth drama "Der rote Kakadu" ("The Red Cockatoo", 2005) - for which he won Bayerischer Filmpreis 2006 -, in Dennis Gansel's highly praised adaptation of the novel "Die Welle" ("The Wave", 2008), and in Hardi Sturm's ambitious romantic comedy "Up! Up! To the Sky" (2008). In the successful comedy "13 Semester" ("13 Semesters", 2009) by Frieder Wittich he plays a slightly overstrained freshman student.

After TV-roles as in "Der Untergang der Pamir" (2006) and "An die Grenze" (2007) Riemelt plays the leading role of a Berlin police officer in Dominik Graf's celebrated crime series "Im Angesicht des Verbrechens" ("In the Face of Crime", 2010), followed by another role as detective in the vampire drama "Wir sind die Nacht" ("We Are the Night", 2010), again directed by Dennis Gansel.

In 2011, he had starring roles in the drama "Tage die bleiben" and the horror thriller "Urban Explorer". In 2012, he re-teamed with director Dennis Gansel to play opposite Moritz Bleibtreu in the political thriller "Die vierte Macht".

The same year, he starred in two highly different films: In the tragicomedy "Heiter bis wolkig", Riemelt plays a ruthless womaniser who eventually changes his life after befriending a terminally ill woman; in "Der deutsche Freund" ("My German Friend"), which is set in 1950s Argentina, he portrays the son of German immigrants, who falls in love with a Jewish girl and one day learns that his father is actually a wanted Nazi criminal.

After a key role as a mysterious fisherman in the thriller "Du hast es versprochen" ("Forgotten") Riemelt played another unusual lead role: In the award-winning drama "Freier Fall" ("Free Fall") he gives an impressive performance as a gay policeman who falls in love with a married colleague. He also received rave reviews for the TV drama "Blutgeld" that was inspired by true events: Set in the 1980s Riemelt played a haemophile infected with HIV by contaminated blood preservation.

In the period drama "Elly Beinhorn – Alleinflug" (2014, TV) he embodied Bernd Rosenmeyer, a race driver and husband of the legendary pilot Elly Beinhorn. Riemelt could then be seen in an impressive part alongside Hannelore Elsner as a young man who is frustrated with life and develops a special friendship with an older cabaret singer in "Auf das Leben"("To Life!", 2014).

The competition of the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2015 then featured two Max Riemelt films: the multiple award-winning drama "Freistatt" ("Sanctuary", theatrical release: June 2015) in which he delivered a stunning performance as a clergyman in a home for difficult children led by a sadistic warden, and "Lichtgestalten" ("Icons Of Light", theatrical release: January 2016) featuring Riemelt as a young man who wants to start life all over again with his girlfriend and therefore destroys all traces of their past existence.

Starting in 2015, Riemelt was also part of the cast of the American mystery series "Sense8" based on ideas of Lana and Andy Wachowski: He played one of eight people from around the world who are connected to each other in mysterious ways.

Filmography

2015 Freier Fall 2
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2014 Storno - todsicher versichert
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2013/2014 Lichtgestalten
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2013/2014 Auf das Leben!
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2012/2013 Blutgeld
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2012/2013 Freier Fall
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2012/2013 Der zweite Mann
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2012-2015 Freistatt
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2011/2012 Der deutsche Freund
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2011/2012 Heiter bis wolkig
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2011/2012 Auslandseinsatz
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2010/2011 Tage die bleiben
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2010/2011 Playoff
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2010/2011 Urban Explorer
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2010-2012 Du hast es versprochen
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2010-2012 Die vierte Macht
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2009/2010 Wir sind die Nacht
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2008/2009 13 Semester
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2008-2010 Im Angesicht des Verbrechens
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2007/2008 Lauf um Dein Leben - Vom Junkie zum Ironman
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2007/2008 Die Zigarrenkiste
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2007/2008 Die Welle
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2007/2008 Up! Up! to the Sky
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2006/2007 Mörderischer Frieden
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2006/2007 An die Grenze
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2005/2006 Der Untergang der Pamir
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2005-2007 GG 19
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2004-2006 Der Rote Kakadu
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2004 Neuland
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2003/2004 Napola
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2003/2004 Mädchen Mädchen 2 - Loft oder Liebe
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2003-2005 Hallesche Kometen
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2003 Sextasy
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2000/2001 Mädchen Mädchen
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2000 Brennendes Schweigen
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1999/2000 Der Bär ist los!
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