Barbara Sukowa

Barbara Sukowa

Darstellerin
*02.02.1950 Bremen

Biography

Barbara Sukowa, born February 2, 1950, in Bremen, studied acting at Berlin's Max-Reinhardt-Seminar and performed at several renowned German theatres. Simultaneously, Sukowa became an important movie and TV actress. In 1977, she starred in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's TV movie "Frauen in New York" ("Women in New York"). Sukowa made her breakthrough in front of the camera in the role of Mieze in Fassbinder's TV adaptation of "Berlin Alexanderplatz". She then played the title role of the small town prostitute "Lola" in Fassbinder's trilogy about the early years of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Sukowa then starred in Margarethe von Trotta's "Die bleierne Zeit" ("Marianne and Julianne"), for which she received the German Film Award in 1982, and won the Golden Palm at the 1986 Cannes film festival for her performance in von Trotta's "Rosa Luxemburg". For her portrayal of the socialist icon she also won her second German Film Award. In the following years, Sukowa continued to work with renowned directors. She starred, for instance, in Volker Schlöndorff's adaptation of Max Frisch's novel "Homo Faber" and in Lars von Trier's "Europa".

After several US productions Barbara Sukowa returned to Germany for a couple of movies. In 1998, she won the Bavarian film award for her performance as the depressive Anna Loeser in the TV production "Im Namen der Unschuld" ("In The Name of Innocence"). Furthermore, she played leading roles in Hans Steinbichler's "Hierankl" and in "Die andere Frau" ("The Other Woman"), again directed by Margarethe von Trotta.

After a highly-praised performance in Ulla Wagner's film "Die Entdeckung der Currywurst" ("the Invention of the Curried Sausage"), Sukowa again starred in a film directed by Margarethe von Trotta: In "Vision – Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen" ("Vision"), she plays the legendary mystic who became kind of an early icon of the women's movement in medieval times.

For her portrayal of the famous jewish German-American philosopher and journalist in von Trotta's "Hannah Arendt" (2012), Sukowa won the German Film Award for Best Female Actor – her third win after "Die Bleierne Zeit" and "Rosa Luxemburg".

In 2015, she reunited with Margarethe von Trotta for the family drama "Die abhandene Welt" ("The Misplaced World") and joined the cast of the US Sci-Fi series "Twelve Monkeys". She next starred opposite Josef Hader in "Vor der Morgenröte". Directed by Maria Schrader, the film chronicles writer Stefan Zweig's life in exile. Her portrayal of Zweig's first wife garnered Sukowa a German Film award nomination for Best Supporting Female Actor.

Filmography

2015/2016 Vor der Morgenröte - Stefan Zweig in Amerika
Cast
 
2014/2015 Die abhandene Welt
Cast
 
2011/2012 Hannah Arendt
Cast
 
2011 Nacht ohne Morgen
Cast
 
2009 Vision - Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen
Cast
 
2007/2008 Die Entdeckung der Currywurst
Cast
 
2007 Fassbinders Berlin Alexanderplatz. Ein Megafilm und seine Geschichte
Participation
 
2003 Die andere Frau
Cast
 
2002/2003 Hierankl
Cast
 
1998 Zuflucht in Shanghai
Cast
 
1996/1997 Im Namen der Unschuld
Cast
 
1992 Pakt mit dem Tod
Cast
 
1990/1991 Homo Faber
Cast
 
1990 Die Rückkehr
Cast
 
1990 Europa
Cast
 
1986/1987 Die Verliebten
Cast
 
1985/1986 Rosa Luxemburg
Cast
 
1982/1983 Zwei Profis steigen aus
Cast
 
1981 Die bleierne Zeit
Cast
 
1981 Lola
Cast
 
1980-1982 Die Jäger
Cast
 
1979/1980 Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Mein Traum vom Traum des Franz Biberkopf: Vom Tode eines Kindes und der Geburt eines Brauchbaren
Cast
 
1979/1980 Das Äußere und das Innere und das Geheimnis der Angst vor der Angst
Cast
 
1979/1980 Die Schlange in der Seele der Schlange
Cast
 
1979/1980 Wissen ist Macht und Morgenstund hat Gold im Mund
Cast
 
1979/1980 Einsamkeit reißt auch in Mauern Risse des Irrsinns
Cast
 
1979/1980 Von den Ewigkeiten zwischen den Vielen und den Wenigen
Cast
 
1979/1980 Die Sonne wärmt die Haut, die sie manchmal verbrennt
Cast
 
1979/1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz (14 Teile)
Cast
 
1978-1980 Der gelbe Unterrock
Cast
 
1977 Heinrich Heine
Cast
 
1977 Verkaufte Träume
Cast
 
1977 Frauen in New York
Cast
 
1972 Warum Barbara ins Heim kommt
Cast