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Dennis Gansel

Dennis Gansel German film director

German film director
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German film director
Countries Germany
Occupations Actor Screenwriter Film director Film actor
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 4 October 1973 (Hanover)
Star sign LibraLibra
Education University of Television and Film Munich
The details

Dennis Gansel (born 4 October 1973) is a film director, writer and actor from Germany.

Life and career

Gansel was born in 1973 in Hannover, Germany. He grew up in East Berlin and started making films when he was 17. Gansel worked in the festivals for film and television and with disabled people. During this time, he prepared himself for film school. He studied at Munich Film School HFF where he studied for 5 years. Gansel is best known for directing The Wave and his following project; the vampire film We Are The Night, which starred Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich, Anna Fischer and Max Riemelt.

Other than directing, Gansel has also tried acting. He has had several small roles in his own movies as wells as others.

Gansel frequently casts Max Riemelt in his films and frequently works with editor Jochen Retter and composer/musician Heiko Maile. His favourite director is Sydney Pollack.


  • 1995 — Im Auftrag des Herrn (short)
  • 1997 — The Wrong Trip (short)
  • 1998 — Living Dead (short)
  • 2000 — Das Phantom
  • 2001 — Mädchen, Mädchen
  • 2004 — Before the Fall
  • 2008 — The Wave
  • 2009 — Men in the City (as actor only)
  • 2010 — We Are The Night
  • 2011 — 205 - Room of Fear (as actor only)
  • 2012 — The Fourth State
  • 2016 — Mechanic: Resurrection
  • 2018 — Berlin, I Love You (segment Embassy)

German Awards

  • F.W. Murnau Kurzfilmpreis for The Wrong Trip
  • F.W. Murnau Kurzfilmpreis for Living Dead
  • Adolf-Grimme-Preis 2001 for Das Phantom
  • Bundesfilmpreis 2003 best unpicturized script for Before the Fall
  • Bayerischer Filmpreis 2005 for Before the Fall
  • Deutscher Filmpreis LOLA Bronze for The Wave
  • Sitges - Special Prize of the Jury for We Are The Night
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