Actually, 2020 should have been Max Riemelt's year, because it started very promisingly. On his 36th birthday, Max Riemelt was way more than pleased to announce that Lana Wachowski signed him up for the cast of "The Matrix 4" (working title) - the sequel that fans of the cult film "Matrix" had been waiting for for years. The spreading Covid19 pandemic put a huge crimp in Max Riemelt's and the entire film team's plans. When the pandemic began to spread worldwide, Max Riemelt was filming in San Francisco. The shooting had to be stopped and could only be resumed months later, in June.
In the meantime, not only a reading at the Berlinische Galerie planned for April 23rd had to be cancelled without replacement. The cinema premiere of Savaş Ceviz Drama "Head Burst" ("Head Burst"), with Max Riemelt in the leading role, which was planned for April, also had to be postponed by months. Salzgeber, the distributor, first showed the film online for a while and then finally brought "Head Burst" to the German cinema on August 20.
Six weeks later, on September 21, the children's film "Die Pfefferkörner und der Schatz der Tiefsee" (Director: Christian Theede)" celebrated its world premiere at the children's film festival "Der Goldene Spatz". Due to the Corona Pandemic, the festival was also held online for the first time: Fans could buy tickets to stream the festival films online.
Also in 2020 and these times as scheduled, the VR film "Gloomy Eyes" (Directors: Fernando Maldonado, Jorge Tereso) was released on February 14 and the crime thriller "Der Schneegänger" (March 8, Director: Josef Rusnak ) as well the Dresden Tatort "Die Zeit ist gekommen" (April 5, Director: Stephan Lacant) celebrated their television premieres.
2021 started calmly after the shooting marathon for Matrix IV in the previous year.
The first public dates were not until February: The German TV channel ZDF showed the crime thriller "Der Schneegänger" with Max Riemelt in one of the main roles on February 22 at prime time. In the run-up, Max had numerous interviews and was a guest on a couple of radio and TV shows. On February 19, he appeared in the WDR show "Kölner Treff" and on February 22, he visited the NDR show "DAS!".
A few weeks later, Max Riemelt was back in front of the camera: From the end of March to the mid of July, he shot the six-part political thriller "Bonn" first in the Czech Republic and from Mid June also in North Rhine-Westphalia, which director Claudia Garde staged for WDR in cooperation with Odeon Film and Wilma Films. Mercedes Müller and Sebastian Blomberg took on other leading roles.
Filming for "Bonn" was interrupted by a particularly nice event: Max Riemelt was among the winners of the Jupiter Awards 2021 and was privileged to receive Germany's biggest audience award from Cinema.de editor-in-chief Philipp Schulze in mid-June.
The children's film "Die Pfefferkörner und der Schatz der Tiefsee" was released in German theaters on September 30, 2021, after the theatrical release originally planned for October 2020 and then for March 2021 and June 2021 had to be postponed twice due to the Corona pandemic.
A few weeks later, Max Riemelt received another special honor: At the Kinofest Lünen on November 23, he received the award for Best Actor for his performance in "Kopfplatzen" ("Head Burst"). He was actually supposed to receive the award in 2020. However, due to the Corona pandemic, the award had to be postponed until 2021.
The Corona pandemic also had a hand in another event: On November 23, 2021, Max Riemelt received the acting award at the Kinofest Lünen for his performance in "Kopfplatzen" ("Head Burst") The award ceremony was actually planned for 2020, but then had to be postponed by a year.
Right before Christmas, the Wachowskis gave fans of the legendary Matrix trilogy a very special gift: On December 22, "The Matrix Resurrections" was released simultaneously in US-theaters and on the streaming service HBO Max. One day later, on December 23, 2021, "The Matrix Resurrections" premiered also in German cinemas. It was also a dream come true for Max Riemelt. When "The Matrix" was released in 1999, Max Riemelt was a huge fan of the now legendary cult film. 22 years later, Max Riemelt was now in front of the camera for "The Matrix Resurrections" under the direction of Lana Wachowski, who wrote the role to suit him perfectly – together with Hollywood stars such as Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves.
The new year got off to a busy start for Max Riemelt. For the comedy "Das Weihnachtstaxi" ("The Christmas Cab"), produced by Dirk Kummer for the German TV station ZDF, Max Riemelt was in front of the camera since February 1, 2022, together with Dietmar Bär and Marlene Tanczik and other actors. Filming took place in Hamburg and the Harz Mountains.
On February 14, 2022, the film "Alle reden übers Wetter" ("All talk about the weather"), in which Max can be seen in a supporting role, celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale, which took place with viewers in the usual setting for the first time since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.
Over the summer, Max Riemelt - after Sense8 - was once again in front of the camera for a Netflix production. "Schlafende Hunde" (international title: Sleeping Dogs) was the name of the six-parter directed by Stephan Lacant and Franci Meletzky. Alongside Luise von Luise von Finckh, Carlo Ljubek, Peri Baumeister, Antonio Wannek and Melodie Wakivuamina, Max Riemelt played one of the main roles. The film was based on the Israeli series "The Exchange Principle".
On August 10, 2022, the drama "Ivie wie Ivie" (international title: "Precious Ivie"), directed by Sarah Blaßkiewitz and starring Haley Louise Jones, Lorna Ishema, Anne Haug and Maximilian Brauer, celebrated its television premiere in Germany. ZDF showed the film with Max Riemelt as "Paul" in one of the supporting roles at 11:15 pm.
A few weeks later, on October 22, 2022, the ARD mini-series "Bonn - Alte Freunde, neue Feinde" (Bonn - Old Friends, New Enemies), directed by Claudia Garde, celebrated its premiere at the 32nd Film Festival Cologne in the presence of director Claudia Garde and leading actors Mercedes Müller, Jürgen Maurer and Sebastian Blomberg and Max Riemelt.
Shortly before Christmas, on December 18, 2022, the feature film "Ein Taxi zur Bescherung" (formerly: "Das Weihnachtstaxi"), directed by Dirk Kummer, celebrated its premiere: the German TV channel ZDF showed the film in prime time at 8:15 pm. In one of the main roles, Max Riemelt played the blind man "Jan Olsmer," who takes a cab on his way to his Internet acquaintance Jenny Feller (Marelne Tanczik).