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

Dennis Gansel
Wir sind die Nacht (Österreichpremiere 2010.10.27) Dennis Gansel.jpg
Gansel in 2010
Born (1973-10-04) 4 October 1973 (age 46)
Years active1995–present
AwardsBayerischer Filmpreis
2005 Before the Fall
2003 Before the Fall
2001 Das Phantom

Life and careerEdit

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]


German AwardsEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-07-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Teaser Trailer – We Are the Night
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