Bruno Ganz

Bruno Ganz

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt
*22.03.1941 Zürich, Schweiz

Biography

After graduating from drama school at Zürich's Bühnenstudio, Bruno Ganz made his movie debut in 1960 in a minor role in Karl Suter's "Der Herr mit der schwarzen Melone" ("The Man in the Black Derby"). Ganz then went to Germany to perform at Junges Theater Göttingen from 1962 on. In 1964, he went to Bremen's Theater am Goetheplatz to work with Peter Zadek.

Ganz made his first appearance in a film of the "New German Cinema" in Haro Senft's "Der sanfte Lauf" (1966/67). At the end of 1967, he played in his first production under director Peter Stein and continued to work with him in the following years in Munich, Bremen, Zürich, and West Berlin. Ganz then became one of the key actors at Berlin's Schaubühne under directors Stein and Klaus Michael Gruber. From 1975 on and starting with "Sommergäste" ("Summer Guests"), Ganz and Stein regularly worked on film productions. Ganz periodically worked with no other director than Stein.

Bruno Ganz became internationally known for his part of art framer Jonathan in "Der amerikanische Freund" ("The American Friend") by Wim Wenders. In 1976, Ganz won the German film prize for the leading role in Eric Rohmer's "Die Marquise von O" ("The Marquise of O").

In 1982, Ganz and Otto Sander directed "Gedächtnis", a double portrait of Curt Bois and Bernhard Minetti. From 1989 to 1990, Ganz was seen as meditative detective "Tassilo" in a TV series by Hajo Gies based on Martin Walser's radio plays. Together with Otto Sander, Ganz starred as a (former) angel in "Der Himmel über Berlin" ("Wings of Desire") and also in "In weiter Ferne, so nah!" ("Faraway, So Close!"), both directed by Wim Wenders.

In 2000, Bruno Ganz played the title role in Stein's 22-hour long production of "Faust" that was also seen in parts on TV. When the Austrian Burgtheater actor Josef Meinrad died in 1996, Ganz testamentarily received the Iffland ring that Meinrad had worn since 1959 and that is considered to be one of the most important awards for German-speaking actors.

In 2003/04, Ganz caused a stir with his portrait of Adolf Hitler in Oliver Hirschbiegel's "Der Untergang" ("Downfall").

Furthermore, Bruno Ganz was seen in several top-class international co-productions in 2008: He, for instance, played a professor in "Der Vorleser" ("The Reader") alongside Kate Winslet and David Kross, or the German Jew Jacob in "The Dust of Time", directed by directorial doyen Theo Angelopoulos. In 2009, Ganz celebrated a huge popular success with the Swiss production "Giulias Verschwinden" ("Julia's Disappearance"). The romantic comedy starring Corinna Harfouch in the role of the leading actress became the highest-grossing Swiss film of 2009.

In 2010, he starred in "Das Ende ist mein Anfang" and in the political drama "Der große Kater". In the same year, Bruno Ganz was awarded the Life Achievement Award by the European Film Aceademy. The next two important productions opened in cinemas in the beginning of 2011: "Satte Farben vor Schwarz" ("Colours in the Dark") by young director Sophie Heldman, where he played alongside Senta Berger, and the international co-production "Unknown Identity" ("Unknown"). He played a former horse riding champion who mentors a young newcomer in the French sports drama "Sport de filles" (2011).

In 2013, Ganz appeared in prolific supporting roles in Bille August's "Nachtzug nach Lissabon" ("Night Train to Lisbon"), the history epic "Michael Kohlhaas" ("Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas"), as well as in the TV production "The Vatican" and in "The Counselor", both directed by Ridley Scott. He next played the head of a Mafia clan in "Kraftidioten" ("In Order of Disappearance", NO/SE/DK), which premiered at the 2014 IFF Berlin, and the grandfather of a young DJ in Barbet Schroeder's "Amnesia" (CH/FR 2014). Following a supporting role in Atom Egoyan's "Remember" (CN/DE 2015), Ganz starred in a new adaptation of the classic children's book "Heidi" (DE/CH 2015). This role garnered him a nomination for the 2016 Swiss Film Award. He eventually won the award in the following year for his performance "Un Juif pour l'exemple" (2016), plus a lifetime achievement award. Also in 2017, he received another lifetime award at the Bavarian Film Awards.

After leading roles in Sally Potter's "The Party" and Matti Geschonneck's " In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts" ("In Times of Fading Light") – for which Ganz received a nomination for the 2017 German Film Awards –, he starred in the Terrence Malick's "Radegund".

Filmography

2017/2018 Der Trafikant
Cast
 
2017 The House that Jack built
Cast
 
2016/2017 In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts
Cast
 
2016/2017 Radegund
Cast
 
2014/2015 Heidi
Cast
 
2014/2015 Remember
Cast
 
2013 LONTANO - Die Schaubühne von Peter Stein
Participation
 
2012/2013 Nachtzug nach Lissabon
Cast
 
2011-2013 Michael Kohlhaas
Cast
 
2010/2011 Seitengänge
Cast
 
2009/2010 Satte Farben vor Schwarz
Cast
 
2009/2010 Das Ende ist mein Anfang
Cast
 
2009-2011 Unknown Identity
Cast
 
2009 Giulias Verschwinden
Cast
 
2008-2011 Brot
Cast
 
2008-2010 Der große Kater
Cast
 
2008 Der Vorleser
Cast
 
2008 The Dust of Time
Cast
 
2007/2008 Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
Cast
 
2007/2008 Ein starker Abgang
Cast
 
2006/2007 Copacabana
Cast
 
2005-2007 Von einem der auszog - Wim Wenders' frühe Jahre
Participation
 
2005-2007 Jugend ohne Jugend
Cast
 
2005 Fürchtet euch nicht! Das Leben Papst Johannes Pauls II.
Cast
 
2003/2004 Der Untergang
Cast
 
2003/2004 Hitlers letzte Tage. Der Film "Der Untergang"
Participation
 
2002/2003 Luther
Cast
 
2001/2002 Epsteins Nacht
Cast
 
2001/2002 Bruno Ganz - Behind Me
Participation, Director of photography
 
1998-2000 WerAngstWolf
Cast
 
1998 Gegen Ende der Nacht
Cast
 
1997 Die Ewigkeit und ein Tag
Cast
 
1996 Schattenwelt
Cast
 
1995/1996 Tödliches Schweigen
Cast
 
1995/1996 Ich erzähle mir einen Mann
Cast
 
1995 Il Grande Fausto
Cast
 
1995 Ein Richter in Angst
Cast
 
1994 Heller Tag
Cast
 
1993 Asmara
Voice
 
1993 Peter Przygodda, Schnittmeister
Participation
 
1992/1993 In weiter Ferne, so nah!
Cast
 
1992 Die Abwesenheit
Cast
 
1991/1992 Brandnacht
Cast
 
1991 Children of Nature - Kinder der Natur
Cast
 
1990/1991 100 Jahre Bickle
Cast
 
1990/1991 Das Gespenst von Gattnau
Cast
 
1990/1991 Lindauer Pieta
Cast
 
1990/1991 Zorn einer Göttin
Cast
 
1990/1991 Hilfe kommt aus Bregenz
Cast
 
1990/1991 Verteidigung von Friedrichshafen
Cast
 
1990/1991 Erfolg
Cast
 
1989-1990 Sazka
Cast
 
1988 Von Zeit zu Zeit
Cast
 
1987/1988 Der Himmel ist fern
Cast
 
1986/1987 Der Himmel über Berlin
Cast
 
1985/1986 Der Pendler
Cast
 
1985 Tucholsky
Cast
 
1984/1985 Väter und Söhne
Cast
 
1983 Killer aus Florida
Cast
 
1982/1983 System ohne Schatten
Cast
 
1982/1983 In der weißen Stadt
Cast
 
1981/1982 Logik des Gefühls
Cast
 
1981/1982 Gedächtnis. Ein Film für Curt Bois und Bernhard Minetti
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Interviews, Editing
 
1981-1983 Krieg und Frieden
Cast
 
1981-1983 Krieg und Frieden. 02. Episode: Der Friedensmarsch der Dreihunderttausend in Bonn
Cast
 
1981 Die Fälschung
Cast
 
1980/1981 Die Kameliendame
Cast
 
1980/1981 Die Verweigerung
Cast
 
1980-1982 Etwas wird sichtbar
Cast
 
1980 Polenta
Cast
 
1980 Der Erfinder
Cast
 
1979 Bruno Ganz: Dienstreise
Cast
 
1978 Messer im Kopf
Cast
 
1978 Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte
Cast
 
1978 Geschichte einer Liebe
Cast
 
1978 Nosferatu - Phantom der Nacht
Cast
 
1977/1978 The Boys from Brazil
Cast
 
1977 Die linkshändige Frau
Cast
 
1976/1977 Der amerikanische Freund
Cast
 
1976 Die Wildente
Cast
 
1975/1976 Die Marquise von O...
Cast
 
1975 Sommergäste
Cast
 
1969/1970 Eine große Familie
Cast
 
1968 Die Schlacht bei Lobositz
Cast
 
1966/1967 Der sanfte Lauf
Cast
 
1961/1962 Es Dach überem Chopf
Cast
 
1961 Chikita
Cast
 
1960 Der Herr mit der schwarzen Melone
Cast