Moritz Bleibtreu: “The cinema has lost its importance”

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Moritz Bleibtreu: “The cinema has lost its importance”


Moritz Bleibtreu: “The cinema has lost its importance”

10.10.2021, 13:42

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Moritz Bleibtreu: “The cinema has lost its importance”

Above all, sees himself as a storyteller, regardless of the medium: actor Moritz Bleibtreu.

Photo: Reto Ready / FUNKE Photo Services

Moritz Bleibtreu on the victory of streaming television over the cinema and the series “Blackout” about a cyber attack on Europe’s electricity grid.

Berlin. In mid-November, it’s cold, dark, and the power goes out across Europe. Trains stop in nowhere, children disappear, shops are looted, there is no more clean water, no internet, chaos breaks out. But who is to blame for the “blackout”?

The eponymous series based on the bestseller by Marc Elsberg will appear exclusively on the Joyn Plus channel from October 14th. Stars Heiner Lauterbach, Marie Leuenberger, Jessica Schwarz and Herbert Knaup play alongside Moritz Bleibtreu.

Bleibtreu plays the former hacker and environmental activist Pierre Manzano, who comes into the focus of the investigators. He just wants to help, right?

Mr. Bleibtreu, what attracted you to “Blackout”?

Moritz Bleibtreu The title of the book alone is interesting! The question of what happens when our entire fragile network collapses has been on my mind for a long time. This scenario shows very clearly that our entire security system is apparently very vulnerable. This has now also become apparent with the flood disaster in summer. The warning was there, but no action was taken. The story of “Blackout” is in this sense not a utopia, rather a warning shot.

You actually only wanted to do a cinema, why this TV production now?

The cinema has lost its importance a little and the stories are drifting away. And I’m a storyteller, I go where the good stories are. Personally, this development began for me with the first film adaptation of Ferdinand von Schirach’s stories in 2015. Back then, that was the first series that was published in advance in the ZDF media library, and there was a huge discussion about it. Today it is common. Nevertheless, I love the cinema and will always make movies if I can.

How important is it to you that your projects and roles are socially relevant?

It’s not about relevance, films should be exciting or funny or thought-provoking. I rather choose my roles according to my feelings. It doesn’t matter what end medium the films are broadcast on. We are currently experiencing a major upheaval in the industry, television is no longer just television. You can also feel this in the internationality of series like “Blackout”, which are no longer just made for the German market, but for the whole world.

Your character Pierre Manzano was a revolutionary as a young man and even developed the idea of ​​wiping out the heads of state with a Europe-wide power failure. Can you understand the man from your perspective today?

I can do that in a way. For example, if you used to open a bonnet, with a little skill you could still fix something. Today, without training as a mechatronics engineer, there is no longer any chance of being able to achieve anything. And the young Manzano didn’t want to throw the whole world into disaster, he wanted to turn off the light for six or seven hours. But our current networking through the Internet means that everything is interrelated. This is why I can understand young people today who believe that they cannot influence anything. The world has become so complex that the possibilities to change something have diminished.

Your son was born in 2008, do you ever worry about his future?

Surely. But I’m not a person who thinks negatively. I stick to the little things, try not to lose my smile and see the beautiful in the world. I also pass this on to my child. I’m an actor and a storyteller, I work for fantasy, not politics.

What is the most important thing that you give your child?

Love and feeling is everything. You can’t get enough of it and you can’t give enough.

You have just turned 50. How does it feel and did you celebrate?

Not much has changed. I thought for a moment, now you are really 50! But that’s what I thought when I was 18. Yes, and there was also a nice celebration.

They actually always play the same roles, a little revolutionary, a little unadjusted.

I really haven’t changed that much. I only have a few more gray hairs.


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