Hans-Christoph Blumenberg

Hans-Christoph Blumenberg

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Bauten, Produzent
*01.03.1947 Lychen

Biography

Hans-Christoph Blumenberg was born in Lychen/Mark Brandenburg on May 1, 1947. He studied History and German in Cologne and Washington, D.C. and worked for many years as a film critic for journals and newspapers like "Die Zeit" and "Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger". He has also written books on Howard Hawks, Robert Siodmak and cinema under the Third Reich and directed 23 documentaries for television from 1970-1982 about cinema (Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Budd Boetticher, etc.).

In 1984, he made his feature directorial debut with "Tausend Augen" with Barbara Rudnik and Armin Mueller-Stahl, followed by the thrillers "Der Sommer des Samurai" (1986), "Der Madonna-Mann" ("Operation Madonna", 1987) and "Rotwang muss weg" (1994).

Blumenberg set up his own production company Rotwang Film with Patrick Brandt in 1993 and his own production company Feuerland Film in 2007. In 1995 Blumenberg directed a highly praised biopic about actor and director Reinhold Schünzel "Beim nächsten Kuss knall ich ihn nieder". In the following years, he mainly worked for television for which he directed, among others, several episodes of the series "Tatort", the two-parter "Deutschlandspiel" (2000), "Hirnschal gegen Hitler" (2000), "Die letzte Schlacht" (2004) and several episodes of the comedy series "Kanzleramt" (2005).

Seven years after his last feature film "Planet der Kannibalen", Blumenberg returned to the movie screen in 2008 and directed the comedy "Warten auf Angelina" ("Waiting For Angelina "), starring Florian Lukas und Kostja Ullmann. The film tells the story of two completely different young men who want to catch a glimpse on Hollywood star Angelina Jolie in Berlin.

For the TV show "SOKO Wismar",Blumenberg wrote and directed the episode "Schlechte Zeiten für Vampire" (2009), in which a murder instigates an ironic, film historical scavenger hunt on the trail of F. W. Murnau's classic "Nosferatu". By employing telling character names in the highly self-referential plot, Blumenberg pays homage to numerous filmmakers and writers.

On the occasion of the anniversary of the IFF Berlin, Hans-Christoph Blumenberg and Alfred Holighaus conceptualized the documentary "Spur der Bären – 60 Jahre Berlinale", for which they interviewed an illustrious group of international stars and filmmakers, including Tilda Swinton, Claudia Cardinale, John Hurt, Andrzej Wajda, Agnès Varda, Ang Lee and Tom Tykwer. Blumenberg himself helmed the film, which had its world premiere in the Berlinale Special section in February 2010.            

Filmography

2015 Return To Beethoven Street: Sam Fuller In Germany
Participation
 
2009/2010 Spur der Bären - 60 Jahre Berlinale
Director, Screenplay, Interviews
 
2009 Schlechte Zeiten für Vampire
Director, Screenplay
 
2007/2008 Warten auf Angelina
Director, Screenplay, Set design, Producer
 
2006 Die Kinder der Flucht
Director, Screenplay
 
2004/2005 Die letzte Schlacht
Director, Screenplay
 
2004 Teufel im Leib
Director, Screenplay
 
2003 Veras Waffen
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
2002/2003 Bienzle und der Taximord
Director
 
2002/2003 Der Aufstand
Director, Screenplay
 
2002 Alibi für Amelie
Director
 
2001/2002 Das Leben geht weiter
based on
 
2001 Planet der Kannibalen
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2000 Hirnschal gegen Hitler
Director, Screenplay
 
2000 Chiffre 6969
Director
 
2000 Deutschlandspiel
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1998/1999 Bienzle und der Zuckerbäcker
Director
 
1998 Gift
Director, Screenplay
 
1997/1998 Liebe deine Nächste!
Cast
 
1997/1998 Aimée & Jaguar
Cast
 
1997 Dies verlauste, nackte Leben
Director, Screenplay
 
1997 Still ruht der See
Director, Screenplay
 
1996/1997 Nervenkrieg
Director
 
1996 Das Recht auf meiner Seite
Cast
 
1995 Eine todsichere Falle
Director
 
1994/1995 Beim nächsten Kuss knall ich ihn nieder!
Voice, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1994 Fischsterben
Cast
 
1994 Rotwang muß weg!
Voice, Director, Screenplay
 
1993 Kleckerburg verloren. Günter Grass - Von Danzig nach Gdansk
Director, Screenplay
 
1993 Three Shake-a-Leg Steps to Heaven
Cast
 
1992 Wenn ich sonntags in mein Kino geh'... Ein Film zum 75. Geburtstag der Ufa
Director, Screenplay
 
1991/1992 Camerone
Director, Screenplay
 
1990 Blue Lady
Cast, Director
 
1988/1989 In meinem Herzen, Schatz...
Director, Screenplay
 
1988 Winterschach
Director
 
1987/1988 Salü Palu
Cast, Director
 
1987/1988 Die Jungfrauenmaschine
Cast
 
1986/1987 Der Madonna-Mann
Director, Screenplay
 
1985/1986 Der Sommer des Samurai
Cast, Voice, Director, Screenplay
 
1984 Tausend Augen
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1978/1979 Victor
Cast
 
1977/1978 Ein verdammt gutes Leben. Howard Hawks. 19 Kapitel aus den Erinnerungen eines Geschichtenerzählers
Voice, Director, Screenplay
 
1977 Hollywoods "Schwarze Serie"
Director
 
1976 Gruppenbild mit Haifisch. Das neue Hollywood
Director
 
1976 Handwerk in Hollywood. Tay Garnett und seine Filme
Director
 
1976 Neues Deutsches Kino: Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders
Director
 
1976 Witz mit Widerhaken. Das Kino des Billy Wilder
Director
 
1975 Keine falsche Bewegung
Director
 
1974 Der Mann in der Schlangengrube. Val Lewton: Porträt eines Produzenten
Director
 
1974 Der Profi. Lino Ventura und seine Filme
Director
 
1974 Die andalusische Ente
Director, Screenplay
 
1973 Ready Made - Drei Briefe von Marx oder der Terror der Medien
Director
 
1973 Die lange Nacht von Casablanca - Anatomie einer Kino-Legende
Voice, Director, Screenplay
 
1972 Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße
Cast
 
1971/1972 Die Jahre des Löwen - M-G-M in den 30er Jahren
Director
 
1971/1972 Fluchtort - Hollywoods Gründung und Aufstieg
Director
 
1971/1972 Rebellen und Romantiker - Hollywood heute
Director
 
1970 Italo Western - Die Lust am Untergang
Director
 
1970 Preston Sturges - Porträt eines Hollywood-Regisseurs
Director