News and Updates
23 April 2020: Reading at the Berlinische Galerie
February 27, 2020
Following a good old tradition, Max Riemelt will again be a guest at the Berlinische Galerie on 23 April 2020. In the course of the exhibition "Umbo. Photographer. Works 1926 - 1956" Max will read from the novel "Fabian" by Erich Kästner. The event (concept: Konrad Knielang) is in German. Tickets can be purchased online for 15 Euros (reduced: 12 Euros) via the Berlinische Galerie's website. Tickets are now on sale.
TV-premiere for Dresden-Tatort "Die Zeit ist gekommen" on April 5th
February 26, 2020
On April 5, 2020 at 8:15 pm, the German television station "Das Erste" (ARD) will show the Tatort episode "Die Zeit ist gekommen" ("The time has come") directed by Stephan Lacant for MDR. Max Riemelt will be acting for the first time in a Tatort at the side of Tatort commissioners Karin Gorniak (Karin Hanczewski) and Leonie Winkler (Cornelia Gröschel). He plays the leading role of the young family man Louis Bürger. When a neighbor, police officer Jan Landrock, is found beaten to death in front of his house, Louis, who has a criminal record, is temporarily arrested. He can persuade his wife Anna to free him from custody. Together with their son Tim, who is in the care of the youth welfare office, they want to flee abroad. But when they try to pick Tim up at the children's home, the investigators get there first. "Rarely is a crime scene told from the suspect's perspective. That appealed to me, because you could develop a very complex character like that", says Max Riemelt about his motivation for the role.
German TV premiere for "Der Schneegänger" on 13 March
February 17, 2020
On 13 March 2020 arte will show the television film "Der Schneegänger" (Director: Josef Rusnak) at 20:15 German time for the first time on German television. "Der Schneegänger" is based on same named novel by bestselling author Elisabeth Herrmann. Max Riemelt investigates in "Der Schneegänger" in the role of the chief detective Lutz Gehring at the side of detective Sanela Beara (Nadja Bobyleva). Two years after the disappearance of the then eleven-year-old Darijo, his body is found in a forest near Berlin. The son of Croatian parents lived in the villa of the rich entrepreneur Reinartz, where his mother Lida was a housekeeper. Meanwhile she is married to the owner of the house and collapses when news of the corpse's discovery comes. Chief Inspector Lutz Gehring reluctantly calls in the young policewoman Sanela Beara, who came to Germany from Croatia at the age of six and is well connected in the Berlin exile community.
Up until 8 March: Crowdfunding campaign for Ernesto's Island is live
February 9, 2020
For the road movie "Ernesto's Island" Max Riemelt was in front of the camera in spring 2018 in Cuba. Now the team around director and producer Ronald Vietz has launched a crowdfunding campaign on startnext.com to collect up to 75,000 Euros. Until March 8 at 11:59pm German time, fans can help financially to ensure that the post-production can be successfully completed and the film reaches the cinemas. Click here for the crowdfunding campaign. Ernesto's Island is the second film by the makers of This Ain't California. It tells the story of Matthias (Max Riemelt). The East Berliner Matthias works routinely in an advertising agency. One day, however, he is to scatter the ashes of his mother, a convinced socialist, in a special place. To do so, he must go to an uninhabited island off Cuba, which Fidel Castro once gave to the GDR: Cayo Ernesto Thälmann - Ernesto's Island. Matthias takes a journey that increasingly becomes a search for a home.
Premiere for VR animated film "Gloomy Eyes" on 14 February
January 31, 2020
arte and AtlasV release the VR short film "Gloomy Eyes" on February 14, 2020 for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest. Max Riemelt has taken on the role of the narrator for the German version. Colin Farrell speaks the narrator in the English version, Tahar Rahim in the French version and Jorge Drexler in the Spanish version. "Gloomy Eyes" (book: Fernando Maldonado, Jorge Tereso, Santiago Amigorena) tells the story of the zombie boy Gloomy and the mortal girl Nena. When the sun of humanity grew tired, it hid and never rose again. This darkness raised the dead from their graves. Amidst the chaos, Gloomy and Nena fell in love with each other. Even the most powerful man in town can't break their bond. Together, they may be able to put an end to eternal night. "Gloomy Eyes" has already won awards at various film and interactive media events around the world in 2019, including Sundance, South by Southwest, Annecy and the Newlmages Festival.
"Matrix IV": Lana Wachowski and Max Riemelt work together again
January 7, 2020
Lana Wachowski and Max Riemelt continue their successful collaboration. After the two seasons of the science fiction series "Sense8" and the final film, Max Riemelt will be in front of the camera for the feature film "Matrix IV". Twenty years after the cinema release of the first "Matrix" film and 17 years after the last part of the old triology, Lana Wachowski is filming the long awaited fourth part this year. For "Matrix IV" (script: David Mitchel & Aleksandar Hemon), Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will return as Neo and Trinity. Toby Onwumere plays another role. Warner Brothers is producing the movie. The theatrical release of "Matrix IV" is scheduled for May 21, 2021. Further details will be announced later.
German cinema release for "Kopfplatzen" on 9 April 2020
January 6, 2020
Around five months after its world premiere on 18 October 2019 at the 43rd Mostra Internacional de Cinema Film Festival in Sao Paulo, the drama "Kopfplatzen" ("Head Burst") directed by Savas Ceviz, starring Max Riemelt, will be released in German cinemas on 9 April 2020. Max Riemelt plays Markus, a handsome and successful architect who is a paedophile and fights against his own inclinations. Other roles include Isabell Gerschke, Odine Johne, Oskar Netzel and Ercan Durmaz. "Kopfplatzen" celebrated its German premiere on October 23, 2019 at the Hof International Film Festival, received an award at the film festival in Biberach (Germany) and was screened at the 50th IFFI International Film Festival India, Asia's most traditional film festival, among others. The Brazilian magazine "Cinema Rapadura" chose "Head Burst" as one of the ten best films of 2019. "Kopfplatzen" is produced by kurhaus productions.
Max Riemelt honoured with Film Award of the City of Hof
October 25, 2019
Big honour: The City of Hof and the Hof International Film Festival have honoured Max's commitment with the Film Award of the City of Hof. The award ceremony took place yesterday evening at the Hof International Film Festival. The organizers' statement: "By awarding the prize to Max Riemelt, the City of Hof and the Hof International Film Festival are honouring an outstanding actor who fills his roles with wisdom, intensity and subtle emotions. Many of his films premiered in Hof and became great successes. The Film Prize of the City of Hof is regarded as one of the special awards in German film."
Sales launch for radio play "Kleiner Drei"
October 18, 2019
"Kleiner Drei" is the name of Josef Ulbig's radio play in which Max can be heard together with Eva Meckbach and Johannes Klaußner. "Kleiner Drei" tells the story of a friendship with a common goal. A common wish. A common task. A task that can't really endure friendship. The radio play accompanies three people who actually want the same thing and yet do not strive for the same thing. Three people who actually only want the good and yet remain in their patterns. And in the end everything comes together. The sale starts today. Click here for more information (sorry, Germany only).
Max stars in "Die Pfefferkörner und der Schatz der Tiefsee"
October 13, 2019
"Die Pfefferkörner und der Schatz der Tiefsee" (The Peppercorns and the Treasure of the Deep Sea) is the name of the new feature film in the eponymous series, which director Christian Theede is currently directing with leading actors Charlotte Martz, Emilia Flint, Badasar Colbiyik, David Bredin, Leander Pütz and Max Riemelt. In the film (book: Dirk Ahner), a group of teenagers ("Die Pfefferkörner") trace the trail of a disappeared marine explorer who has discovered a way to master plastic waste in the sea. She has not only made friends and the opponents of an internationally active toxic waste industry are after her. A race against time begins for "Die Pfefferkörner". The cinema release is expected for 2020.
"World on Fire" premiers in Germany and the UK on September 29
September 5, 2019
From 29 September, BBC One as well as the RTL streaming service "TV Now" will show the first season of the BBC-produced world war drama "World On Fire". This covers the first year of the Second World War - beginning with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ending with the events of autumn 1940. Max Riemelt played a supporting role alongside the leading actors Helen Hunt and Sean Bean.
New Dresden Tatort with Max Riemelt in the leading role
July 18, 2019
Since 16 July 2019, the MDR crime scene "Die Zeit ist gekommen" (working title) is being shot in Dresden directed by Stephan Lacant. Max Riemelt stars in the episode leading role of Louis. Together with his wife Anna (Katia Fellin), Louis finally tries to arrange his life in order to offer their son Tim (Claude Heinrich) an adequate home. But when the policeman Jan Landrock is found beaten to death in front of their house and the Dresden detectives Gorniak (Karin Hanczewski) and Winkler (Cornelia Gröschel) investigate, Louis, who has a criminal record, is soon suspected of having committed the crime. He manages to persuade Anna to free him from custody. Together with Tim, who is in the care of the youth welfare department, they want to flee abroad and start anew. "Die Zeit ist gekommen" is a W&B Television production commissioned by ARD Degeto and Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk for the German television station "Das Erste".
Max Riemelt in Max Prosa's new music video "Babylon"
July 9, 2019
Together with his acting colleagues Emiko Morgaine and Ben Becker, Max Riemelt plays a guest role in Max Prosa's new music video "Babylon", which has been released today and can be watched here. "Babylon" is a single from Max Prosa's new album "Mit anderen Augen", which the Berlin singer-songwriter will release on July 26.
Max Riemelt stars in crime thriller "Der Schneegänger"
June 5, 2019
In the role of chief detective Lutz Gehring, Max Riemelt is shooting the crime thriller "Der Schneegänger" in Berlin and Brandenburg, directed by Josef Rusnak, since May 27 and until June 25. In the television movie "Der Schneegänger" (book: Elisabeth Herrmann), Lutz Gehring and the young policewoman Sanela Beara (Nadja Bobyleva) search for the 11-year-old Darijo Tudor (Talin Bartholomäus), the son of Croatian immigrants. Soon they stumble across some inconsistencies: Darijo was abused before his disappearance and died shortly after. But his parents (Edita Malovčić, Stipe Erceg) pretend to have known nothing about the abuse. "Der Schneegänger" is produced by the German television station ZDF. A broadcasting date has not yet been set.
Max plays supporting role in the movie "Alle reden übers Wetter"
May 5, 2019
In the supporting role "Marcel" Max Riemelt (here on the picture at the German Film Award on 3 May 2019) is currently shooting in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany) for the movie "Alle reden übers Wetter" ("Everyone's talking about the weather"). The film, directed by Annika Pinske, tells the story of "Clara" (Anne Schäfer), Marcel's ex-girlfriend. Clara is a 39-year-old philosophy doctoral student from Berlin-Kreuzberg who finds herself in a deep identity crisis as a result of the dispute with her husband over their daughter Emma (Emma Frieda Brüggler), the affair with her student Max (Marcel Kohler) and the suicide of her doctoral mother Margot (Judith Hofmann). More information can be found on the official website and Instagram page of the film.