Josef Bierbichler

Josef Bierbichler

Additional Names: Sepp Bierbichler (Weiterer Name)
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Produzent
*26.04.1948 Ambach am Starnberger See

Biography

Josef Bierbichler, born on April 26, 1948, in Ambach at the Starnberg Lake, worked in a hotel before he was accepted to the renowned Otto Falckenberg drama school in Munich at the age of 23. In the mid-1970s Bierbichler met film and theatre director Herbert Achternbusch. They became close friends and for the following years intensively worked together for films such as "Bierkampf" ("Beer Chase") or "Heilt Hitler". Bierbichler also worked with directors such as Werner Herzog ("Herz aus Glas" - "Heart of Glass"), Tom Tykwer ("Die tödliche Maria" - "Deadly Maria"), Michael Haneke ("Code unbekannt" - "Code Unknown"), Hans Steinbichler ("Hierankl", "Winterreise" - "Winter Journey") and Jan Schütte ("Abschied" - "The Farewell").

Most of those parts stand out for Bierbichler's remarkable physical presence but he also tends to lend his characters an air of melancholy and reflectiveness. His performance as short-tempered, yet melancholic Franz Brenninger in "Winterreise" won him the 2007 German Film Award.

Bierbichler received another nomination for his portrayal of a painter who encounters a grief-stricken family in Caroline Link's 2008 drama "Im Winter ein Jahr" ("A Year Ago in Winter"). The same year, he played the titular character in "Der Architekt" ("The Architect"), which garnered him the Best Actor Award at the Filmfestival Türkei-Deutschland.

After starring opposite Josef Hader in the dark-humored thriller "Der Knochenmann" ("The Bone Man", AT 2009), Bierbichler played a despotic patriarch who brutally abuses his children in Michael Haneke's multiple award-winning period drama "Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte" ("The White Ribbon", 2009).
Following his turn as a philandering writer in "Brand" (DE/AT 2011), Bierbichler played the lead in the six-part TV series "Verbrechen", which garnered him nominations for the Bavarian Television Award and the Austrian Film Award "Romy". He next had a supporting role in Caroline Link's "Exit Marrakech" (2013) and starred in the sports biopic "Landauer - Der Präsident" (2014, TV).

In "Schau mich nicht so an" ("Don't Look at Me That Way"), which premiered at the 2015 Munich Film Festival, Bierbichler plays a man who ends up in a conflicted romantic triangle with his daughter and her female lover. The award-winning film was released theatrically in Germany in June 2016.

Besides his TV and film work Bierbichler is quite often seen on stage. He also has his say in social and political matters. In 1999 for instance, he furiously commented on the war in Kosovo. In 2004, Bierbichler published his autobiographically influenced book "Verfluchtes Fleisch", a critical assessment of the established culture and theatre scene. In 2011, the novel "Mittelreich" followed.

Josef Bierbichler is the father of three children. Besides being an actor and writer he is also a spare-time farmer.

Filmography

2016/2017 Mittelreich
Cast, Director, based on
 
2014/2015 Schau mich nicht so an
Cast
 
2013/2014 Landauer - Der Präsident
Cast
 
2013 Spielweisen
Participation
 
2012/2013 Exit Marrakech
Cast
 
2012/2013 Der Igel
Cast
 
2012 Notwehr
Cast
 
2012 Tanatas Teeschale
Cast
 
2011 Fähner
Cast
 
2010/2011 Brand
Cast
 
2008/2009 Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte
Cast
 
2008/2009 Deutschland '09 - 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation
Cast
 
2008/2009 Der Knochenmann
Cast
 
2008 Achternbusch
Participation
 
2008 Der Architekt
Cast
 
2008 Ein flüchtiger Moment
Cast
 
2007/2008 Im Winter ein Jahr
Cast
 
2005/2006 Winterreise
Cast
 
2005-2007 Bierbichler
Participation, Director of photography
 
2003/2004 Außer Kontrolle
Cast
 
2003 Hamlet X
Cast
 
2002/2003 Das Konto
Cast
 
2002/2003 Hierankl
Cast
 
2001/2002 Ein Dorf sucht seinen Mörder
Cast
 
2000/2001 Heidi
Cast
 
1999/2000 Abschied. Brechts letzter Sommer
Cast
 
1999/2000 Code: Unbekannt
Cast
 
1998 Suche nach Leben
Cast, Participation
 
1997/1998 Neue Freiheit - Keine Jobs
Cast
 
1996/1997 Winterschläfer
Cast
 
1996/1997 Freier Fall
Cast
 
1996/1997 Picasso in München
Cast
 
1996 Hot Dogs
Cast
 
1995 Dicke Freunde
Cast
 
1995 Die lachende Forelle
Cast
 
1993 Die tödliche Maria
Cast
 
1992 Hamburger Gift
Cast
 
1990/1991 Wildfeuer
Cast
 
1990-1992 Der unsichtbare Freund
Cast
 
1989 Hieronymus im Gehäus
Voice
 
1988/1989 Mix Wix
Cast
 
1987/1988 Wohin?
Cast
 
1985/1986 Heilt Hitler!
Cast
 
1983/1984 Rita Ritter
Cast
 
1983/1984 Wanderkrebs
Cast
 
1983 Die Olympiasiegerin
Cast
 
1983 Mitten ins Herz
Cast
 
1982 Das Gespenst
Cast
 
1981-1985/1987 Triumph der Gerechten
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1981 Mein Freund, der Scheich
Cast
 
1980/1981 Der Neger Erwin
Cast
 
1979-1981 Heinrich auf der Erbse
Cast
 
1979 Der Komantsche
Cast
 
1979 Schaut her - und seht die Anmut meiner Hände
Cast
 
1978/1979 Woyzeck
Cast
 
1978 Zeit zum Aufstehn
Cast
 
1978 Der erste Walzer
Cast
 
1978 Der harte Handel
Cast
 
1978 Der junge Mönch
Cast
 
1977/1978 Das zweite Erwachen der Christa Klages
Cast
 
1977/1978 Servus Bayern
Cast
 
1976/1977 Bierkampf
Cast
 
1976 Herz aus Glas
Cast
 
1975/1976 Die Atlantikschwimmer
Cast
 
1975 Sieben Erzählungen aus der Vorgeschichte der Menschheit
Cast