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.