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Nina Hoss

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German celebrity who received Adolf Grimme Honours for her function in the movies Something to Remind Me personally and Wolfsburg, both directed by Christian Petzold. She actually is also an acclaimed theater actress, carrying out at Berlin’s Deutsches Theatre from 1998 to 2013. She was created in Stuttgart and was performing in radio takes on by age group 7. She produced her stage performing debut at age group 14. She was called a Goodwill Ambassador from the Brazilian condition of Em virtude de, where she fights against the damage from the Brazilian rainfall forests. Her dad is usually German politician Willi Hoss. Her mom Heidemarie Rohwede is really a theatre celebrity. She made an appearance with Philip Seymour Hoffman in another of the past due actor’s final movies, 2014’s A Many Wanted Man.

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Full Name Nina Hoss
Date Of Birth July 7, 1975
Place Of Birth West Germany
Height 1.8 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts
Nationality German
Parents Heidemarie Rohwedder, Willi Hoss
Partner Alex Silva, Alex Silva
Awards German Film Award for Best Leading Actress
Nominations Bambi - German actress, European Film Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, Deutscher Fernsehpreis - Best actress
Movies Barbara, Phoenix, Yella, We Are The Night, A Woman in Berlin, A Most Wanted Man, Jerichow, The White Masai, A Girl Called Rosemary, Atomised, Return to Montauk, Summer Window, Wolfsburg, The Heart is a Dark Forest, Gold, The Anarchist's Wife, Naked, Baden-Wurttemberg von oben, Something to Remind Me, And Nobody Weeps for Me, Leben mit Hannah, The Volcano
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1For her performance in Yella (2007), she was one of three consecutive German winners of the Silver Bear for Best Actress at Berlin Film Festival: she was preceded by Julia Jentsch in Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005) and Sandra Hüller in Requiem (2006).
2She starred in four movies that were screened in competition at Berlin Film Festival: Elementarteilchen (2006), Yella (2007), Barbara (2012) and Gold (2013). She won the Silver Bear for Best Actress for "Yella".
3She provided the voice of Louise (Emmanuelle Béart) in the German dubbed version of 8 femmes (2002).
4On the 10 February 2015, she was awarded the title of 'Chévalier' of the French Order of Arts and Letters. Other honorees included actress and producer Manuela Stehr (also knighted) and Nina's frequent stage collaborator, director Thomas Ostermeier (who was raised from Officer to Commander).
5Interviewed in 2015, she named her Top 10 movies as: Breaking the Waves (1996), The Celebration (1998), Contempt (1963), The Deer Hunter (1978), Dirty Hands (1975), La Notte (1961), Opening Night (1977), The Silence (1963), Traffic (2000) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974).
6Learned how to ride a horse for Gold (2013).
7Plays the piano. Did her own playing in Barbara (2012).
8Hobbies include jazz-dance, hiking and camping.
9Learned how to shoot a rifle for Wir sind die Nacht (2010).
10She was part of the Michael Powell Jury at the 2014 Edinburgh Film Festival.
11Her favourite director is John Cassavetes.
12Sang guest vocals on "Europa Geht Durch Mich" by the Manic Street Preachers, from the album 'Futurology' produced by her partner. (2014).
13She declined a starring role in Germany's long-running crime drama series Tatort (1970).
14She won the 2006 'Gertrud-Eysoldt-Ring' award for her stage performance in Medea.
15She's also a trained opera singer. She sang the role of Rosalinde in Michael Thalheimer's 2007 production of 'Die Fledermaus'.
16She's known to be an extremely humble person. At the 2007 Berlin film festival, while accepting her Silver Bear for her performance in Yella (2007), she stated that the award should have gone to Marianne Faithfull for Irina Palm (2007).
17She was nominated for the 2010 Faust Award for Best Acting performance for her work in 'Oil'.
18She's fluent in English and French.
19She's a fan of Breaking Bad (2008).
20Member of the Jury of the Locarno International Film Festival in 2009.
21Has been ensemble member at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin since 1998.
22Graduated from the Drama School "Ernst Busch" in Berlin (1997).
23Made her stage debut at the age of 14.
24Ambassador of Terre des Femmes, fighting against female genital cutting.
25Longtime companion is music producer Alex Silva.
26Respected stage actress in her role as "Buhlschaft" at the Salzburg Theatre Festival (2005).
27She's the daughter of actress Heidemarie Rohwedder and Willi Hoss, co-founder of the German Green Party.
282000: Named as one of European films 'Shooting Stars' by European Film Promotion.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Return to Montauk2017completedRebecca
Bella Figura2016TV MovieAndrea
Homeland2014-2015TV SeriesAstrid
Kinder der Sonne2015VideoJelena Nikolajewna
Phoenix2014/IINelly Lenz
A Most Wanted Man2014Irna Frey
Gold2013/IEmily Meyer
Barbara2012/IBarbara
Fenster zum Sommer2011Juliane Kreisler
Wir sind die Nacht2010Louise
Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin2008Anonyma
Jerichow2008Laura
The Anarchist's Wife2008Lenin
The Heart Is a Dark Forest2007Marie
Yella2007Yella Fichte
Leben mit Hannah2006Hannah Morgan
Elementarteilchen2006Jane
Die weisse Massai2005Carola Mamutelil geb. Lehmann
Bloch2004TV SeriesLilly
Leonce und Lena2003TV MoviePrinzessin Lena
Wolfsburg2003Laura Reiser
Emilia Galotti2002TV MovieCountess Orsina
Epsteins Nacht2002Paula
Nackt2002Charlotte
Something to Remind Me2001TV MovieLeyla
Die Geiseln von Costa Rica2000TV MovieKiki
Der Vulkan1999Marion von Kammer
Liebe deine Nächste!1998Liz
Feuerreiter1998Marie Rätzer
A Girl Called Rosemary1996TV MovieRosemarie Nitribitt
Und keiner weint mir nach1996Marilli Kosemund

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Phoenix2014/IIperformer: "Speak Low"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss2016Documentary shortHerself
Love/Work/Cinema: A Conversation with Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss2016Documentary shortHerself
The Making of 'A Most Wanted Man'2015Video documentary shortHerself
Die Harald Schmidt Show2012TV SeriesHerself
The 2011 European Film Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Die Kulturakte2011TV Series documentary
Metropolis2011TV SeriesHerself
Harald Schmidt2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
History2010TV Series documentaryHerself
Mein Leben2009TV Series documentaryHerself
NDR Talk Show2007-2009TV SeriesHerself
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show2002-2008TV SeriesHerself
Artour2008TV SeriesAnonyma
Kölner Treff2008TV SeriesHerself
Cinetipp2008TV Series documentaryAnonyma
Making of...2008TV Series documentaryHerself - Anonyma
Bambi Verleihung 20072007TV MovieHerself
Kennwort Kino2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Herman & Tietjen2005TV SeriesHerself
Beckmann2000-2002TV SeriesHerself
III nach neun2000-2002TV SeriesHerself
Selbstbeschreibung2001TV Movie documentaryClaudia
Die Harald Schmidt Show1996-2000TV SeriesHerself
Die goldene Kamera 19981998TV MovieHerself
Wetten, dass..?1997TV SeriesHerself
Die goldene Kamera 19971997TV MovieHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jedermann Remixed2011TV MovieBuhlschaft
Der Kabel 1 Kinotipp2008TV Series documentaryAnonyma
Kinotipp2008TV SeriesAnonyma
Neu im Kino2008TV Series documentaryAnonyma
Aspekte2008TV Series documentaryAnonyma
Tagesthemen2008TV Series documentaryAnonyma

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest ActressPhoenix (2014)
2016TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressPhoenix (2014)
2015Best ActressMons International Festival of Love FilmsPhoenix (2014)
2015Golden Space Needle AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest ActressPhoenix (2014)
2012Capri European Actress AwardCapri, HollywoodBarbara (2012)
2009Bremen Film AwardBremen Film Award
2008Film Award in GoldGerman Film AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Beste darstellerische Leistung - Weibliche Hauptrolle)Yella (2007)
2008Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest German ActressYella (2007)
2007Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest ActressYella (2007)
2006Bavarian Film AwardBavarian Film AwardsBest Actress (Darstellerpreis)Die weisse Massai (2005)
2005Adolf Grimme Award in GoldAdolf Grimme Awards, GermanyFiction/EntertainmentWolfsburg (2003)· Benno Fürmann (actor)
· Christian Petzold (director/writer)
2003Adolf Grimme AwardAdolf Grimme Awards, GermanyFiction/EntertainmentToter Mann (2001)· Christian Petzold (writer/director)
· Hans Fromm (cinematographer)
· Sven Pippig (lead actor)
2000EFP Shooting StarBerlin International Film FestivalGermany.
1999Best ActressMontréal World Film FestivalDer Vulkan (1999)
1997Lilli Palmer Memorial CameraGolden Camera, GermanyDas Mädchen Rosemarie (1996)
1997Silver LionRTL Golden Lion AwardsOutstanding Achievement of a Young TalentDas Mädchen Rosemarie (1996)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressPhoenix (2014)
2016ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest ActressPhoenix (2014)
2016ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesHomeland (2011)· F. Murray Abraham
· Atheer Adel
· Claire Danes
· Alexander Fehling
· Rupert Friend
· René Ifrah
· Mark Ivanir
· Sebastian Koch
· Miranda Otto
· Mandy Patinkin
· Sarah Sokolovic
2015DFCCDublin Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressPhoenix (2014)
2015Film Award in GoldGerman Film AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Beste darstellerische Leistung - Weibliche Hauptrolle)Phoenix (2014)
2015ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Lead ActressPhoenix (2014)
2015Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest German ActressPhoenix (2014)
2014Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest German TV ActressFenster zum Sommer (2011)
2013German Film Critics AwardGerman Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actress (Beste Darstellerin)Barbara (2012)
2013ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest ActressBarbara (2012)
2012European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActressBarbara (2012)
2012ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Lead PerformanceBarbara (2012)
2012VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActressBarbara (2012)
2007BambiBambi AwardsBest Actress - NationalYella (2007)
2004Film Award in GoldGerman Film AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Beste darstellerische Leistung - Weibliche Hauptrolle)Wolfsburg (2003)
2004German Television AwardGerman Television AwardsBest Actress in a Movie Made for Television (Beste Schauspielerin in einer Hauptrolle - Fernsehfilm)Wolfsburg (2003)
2002German Television AwardGerman Television AwardsBest Actress in a Movie Made for Television (Beste Schauspielerin in einer Hauptrolle - Fernsehfilm)Toter Mann (2001)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ActressPhoenix (2014)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressPhoenix (2014)


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#Quote
1Like all over the world, arthouse cinema in Germany has a tough time because people don't go to cinemas anymore like they used to. Also, subsidies go more and more into 'children's' films that are going to bring the money back. It's as if they don't want to do grown-up cinema anymore. So sometimes you have to wait two, three, four years at the moment for a project to get off the ground while the filmmaker gets the money together. I do believe that it is like theatre, that these things come and go in waves. I feel hopeful there will be a wave that will put us up again. You only need to look at what is going on in France and Eastern Europe where they are making fantastic films like Hungary's Son of Saul [Saul fia (2015)].
2[on shooting Return to Montauk (2017)] Colm [Tóibín] writes women figures to die for. His script is so clever because my figure is, at first, the projection of the author but eventually slips out and becomes independent in a long monologue - very unusual in a film, and a big chance for me.
3[on being cast in Homeland (2011)] I love my character in Homeland, every time I get the scripts I'm so curious to learn what's going to happen to her next, she has this great humor to her and I love that. I don't think she's a normal spy, so I enjoy doing it so much.
4[on her partnership with Christian Petzold, 2015 interview] We challenge each other. And I love his characters. They're women who fall out of life and have to fight their way back. There is pain but there's always something hopeful.
5As a kid, I remember crying and then noticing myself in the mirror and being fascinated by how that looked. Now my antennae are always up. You see things on the street, the way people behave. It's not as cold as 'I can use that.' It's more like, 'Ah! Why would someone be like that? How must it feel?'
6[on her physical acting in Phoenix (2014)] I thought very much about how I could express her journey in her body. When you see the pictures of the people who were at Auschwitz or the other concentration camps, they are so thin and in a way not really there. They look like they don't want to be seen, so they don't get into trouble. That's what I was working on, the fear. I also wanted to show how [Nelly] grows slowly over time, like a flower. Her head goes up and she can remember what it is like to be in the body again. I wanted to embrace that and play with that and feel what it is.
7As a German, when you talk about [the Holocaust] you have a very big responsibility of telling it in the right way and being very careful with how you tell it because it happened in our country. We want to make everyone aware that it happened in our country. The Germans have to tell the stories again and again and again because it happened here. Every time there is any anti-Semitism in Germany there is a huge outcry, because we need to make sure that it is never going to happen again, that it is impossible.
8[on playing the leading role in Phoenix (2014)] Nelly is so complicated, I had to simplify the process of playing a woman playing herself for myself first.
9[on playing opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man (2014)] God, what an intelligent man! Our relationship in the movie is like an old, married couple's without being in the relationship at all, but we really care for each other. He made sure that I was able to put that across.
10[on the importance of stage work] I cannot yet let go of theater, although it's very tiring. Theater is like taking alternative routes when going [down] the road. So when I play in a movie, I can think of all these routes, before being open toward everything provided by the director.
11Politicians can try to act but it doesn't always work.
12[on Philip Seymour Hoffman] I must say I admire him as an actor and he was very exciting to work with.
13[on playing the title role in Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (2008)] She is a very complex character. She is sensitive and vulnerable at the same time, but her actions display a huge amount of courage and self-awareness... It's exactly this combination of courage and vulnerability that stirred my interest in the character. I tried to show the deep wounds she had suffered, but also to show the hard shell she puts on to protect herself, and her acts of courage. She's someone who takes risks, someone who, for example, walks through that crowd of Russian soldiers and asks to see their commander, a situation where anybody else would have died from fear.
14[on Stromboli (1950)] It's about being foreign, her being on that island. There's always a struggle. I always have the feeling that the characters Christian [Petzold] creates are similar in that sense. Either they were thrown out of society, or something happened like in Wolfsburg (2003) where a kid died and you're thrown out of it. It's always about, in a sense, how to get back in, to find their position. And how much do you have to give up of yourself to be a part of something? And don't you need to be part of something to be a fulfilled person?
15[on the movies she watched to prepare for Barbara (2012)] Christian [Petzold] and Hans Fromm thought that, because the film is about the state observing the people, the camera should not be at an observing angle. The camera should be a friend of Barbara. When she's on her own in the bathroom, I never have the feeling that the way we look at her is threatening. The audience is never in the voyeuristic position. That was very important for me to know. We talk about that by watching movies. We watched The French Connection, for example, where you never see the shooter. It's about perspective. That tells a story in itself. Then we watched Howard Hawks's To Have and Have Not (1944): that is about a flirtation that is going on. [Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall] are quite harsh to each other, and very clever. And because they can handle each other, they are attracted to each other. The other person won't crumble. We watched that also just to watch a great movie.
16[on Devid Striesow] I always thought he was a great talent. Especially a comic talent. I think a comedian can be a tragic actor, and I see both things in him.
17[on playing the title role in Barbara (2012)] I had to fully understand her backstory. You see her and you can sense that she has this wall built up and nothing can get to her. I thought that she was once a very lively and positive woman. She had loved her job and something happened, which has a lot to with guilt. That's the story I had in my mind about her. I pushed her to the point where she can't do it any longer and she is forced to make a change. She comes to the point where she says, "I won't allow you to break me no matter what you do to me." That's how she finds her dignity. A good example is the use of her makeup. That came out of a story that my mother told me. When she was young in the '50s, she always wore makeup. In school, her teacher would take an eraser to wipe the board and tell my mother to wipe her makeup off in front of the whole class. She did just that and went to the bathroom and put it back on. I wanted Barbara to wear makeup. It was unusual in those days, in the countryside, to wear makeup. It's the kind of thing that would make people say, "Who does she think she is?"
18[on her collaborations with Christian Petzold] When we first met, I was just 22 years old. I was immediately interested in the way he saw things. He was the first director, especially since I was so young back then, who taught me so much about filmmaking. That's what I wanted to learn. Still to this day, I love being in the editing room and I like seeing the whole process of making a film beginning to end. I'm still learning a lot about it. He was the first one who didn't think, "Actors don't have a clue about that." We found a working language that worked for both of us very quickly. Since we've worked together for so long, we trust each other 100% of the time. If I criticize anything or he criticizes anything, it comes from a good place and you're doing it for the benefit of the other person. You're not trying to be nasty. It's a big thing that you're able to trust each other so much. I love the way he approaches filmmaking. There aren't many auteurs around anymore. He writes all of his own movies, thinks about them very deeply and creates a protective environment for his actors. Everyone is very responsible in their respective departments on his films. It's a very special way of working.
19[making a comparison between film and TV] I think the way you get to learn your character is different in theater and film. In theater, you're in a collective and in this group, you discuss a lot, explore things, and when you go the wrong path you turn around and try something else. You're always together with your colleagues and in constant discourse. You're never on your own. You can make mistakes, but no one will see it and it doesn't matter. It's so beautiful doing theater because you really find yourself as an actress. I can try things without anyone judging me. You can't do that with films because you simply don't have the time. You have to be prepared and sometimes it can be a lonely process before you get onto the set. Another fascinating thing is that you get magical moments when a director calls "Action!" and you have all the freedom in the world. You shoot a scene and you might lose control, but then we have it forever. In theater, you have to play out the same story for 4 weeks and keep finding those moments over and over again. You're constantly asking, "How did I get there?" but in film, you get it right once and never have to do it again. It's an amazing thing.
20[on how she prepared for Barbara (2012)] I read many books about this time period by big German authors that lived in East Germany. Then we talked a lot and I asked a lot of questions. I have two friends that are from the east. I perform in a former East Berlin theater, so we have people from that generation who were born at the beginning of the GDR and experienced that whole thing. It was important for me to get that atmosphere right. Coming from the west, I never experienced it really. How does it feel when you're not allowed to talk? Every minute, you're paranoid that someone's listening in. Someone could just grab you on the street and say, "I want you to work for me." I wanted to understand how that must feel. How do people as humans try to escape something like that and make their lives seem worthy? How do you maintain your dignity? That's basically what Barbara is doing. In the end, she has an option that she never had. The doctor shows her how to live in silence and make the most of her circumstance. Isn't that maybe more fulfilling than the freedom you seek in the west? I certainly don't have the answer. It's a tricky thing. The sentimental side of me wants to believe that it's possible. That's the big question the film asks at its core.
21[on becoming an actress] My focus was primarily on the stage. I always wanted to be on the stage, even when I was 5. I still remember singing on the stage for the first time. I knew that if I sang, danced or acted, it would be on the stage. Throughout my childhood, every Sunday, I was allowed to watch Hollywood movies starring Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman... That's what I grew up on. I enjoyed French cinema, too. I was always attracted to those kinds of movies, but never thought I would be in films myself. It all happened by accident. I wanted to focus on my stage work because it was something that I felt the most passionate about. I was in my first big film when I was 19, but I still went to acting school. The film was very successful in Germany. When I finished acting school, I split my time doing both theater and films.
22[on Western movies] I love the John Ford movies, which I first saw when I was still a kid. But I watched one recently that I hadn't seen before, which is Monte Hellman's The Shooting (1966), which is really an incredible Western because it's so simple in terms of the story and even the way it is shot, but extremely effective - I loved it!
23[on Gold (2013)] It's much more about the path, the journey, than big shoot-outs, or whatever else you consider to be in a classic Western. Of course revenge is a motive, and there are other elements in the film that you find in a typical Western, but the plot is more like an adventure, or a road-movie with horses, maybe.
24[on working with the American cast of A Most Wanted Man (2014)] I don't consider myself to be lacking in confidence, but the confidence they have is so natural and no one is afraid of anything. It's just there and you work together.
25[on playing Christian Petzold's movie heroines] Some characteristics might have something to do with me, but I haven't built up this defensive wall as many as the characters have to in Christian's movies. We also do that to create tension. If they don't have a problem you wouldn't be interested in them. It doesn't mean I never have problems but I would deal with them differently. I'm much lighter than his characters.
26[on the possibility of playing a Bond girl] If it's a stupid blonde in a bikini then I wouldn't be interested, but if it's an interesting character being mean, or something like Javier Bardem played, that could be good.
27Her maxim of life: "But where danger is, grows the saving power also."

#Trademark
1Often works with women directors
2Performances of great dramatic intensity
3Often works with Christian Petzold
4Deep, sensual voice
5Nordic beauty, with blonde hair and imposing height
6Often plays tragic, tormented heroines with somber attitude

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