Moritz Bleibtreu, born 1971 in Munich, studied acting in Rome, Paris and New York. Bleibtreu made his feature film debut in Peter Timm’s drama EINFACH NUR LIEBE. His cinema breakthrough came with Rainer Kaufmann’s romantic comedy STADTGESPRÄCH. Bleibtreu’s role as a naive, homosexual carpenter became as much a cult figure as the thick-witted gangster in Thomas Jahn’s road movie KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR. Both roles earned Bleibtreu the Ernst Lubitsch Prize for his comedic achievements in German film. Bleibtreu’s most memorable film appearances were in Tom Tykwer’s LOLA RENNT, Fatih Akin’s IM JULI, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s DAS EXPERIMENT, Helmut Dietl’s VOM SUCHEN UND FINDEN DER LIEBE and Oskar Roehler’s AGNES UND SEINE BRÜDER. Since the end of the 90s, Bleibtreu has worked continuously on international productions together with such legendary filmmakers as the Taviani brothers, Paul Schrader, István Szabó and Steven Spielberg.