Maria Schrader

Maria Schrader

Darstellerin, Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Produzent
*27.09.1965 Hannover

Biography

Maria Schrader, born September 27, 1965, in Hannover, as the daughter of two artists, made her stage debut at the age of 15 at Hannoversches Theater in a production of August Strindberg's play "The Father". In the 1982/83 season, the autodidact became a cast member of Staatstheater Hannover. Then, in 1983, Schrader started professional actor’s training at Vienna’s Max Reinhardt Seminar. At this point of her career, Schrader had already played at theatres in Vienna, Venice (alongside Sammy Molcho), and Rome. After two years of training, she left Vienna and went to Berlin with her partner Dani Levy whom she had met in Vienna. At Berlin’s Schaubühne, Schrader then took singing lessons with Mirka Yemen Dzaris.

Maria Schrader made her movie debut in 1988 in Dani Levy’s debut film "RobbyKallePaul". Schrader also participated in writing the screen play to this film, a comedy about the every day problems in matters of life and love of three Berliners. During the following years, Schrader’s career was closely linked to Dani Levy’s, and the couple made six films (one of them a short film) together. For three of the films, Schrader apart from being the leading actress also became the co-author. Furthermore, she won the 1992 film festival "Max Ophuels Preis" as "Best new actress" for her performance as a dropout in Levy’s "I was on Mars".

After starring in a leading role in the well-received road movie "Burning Life" (1993) about two female bank robbers in the German Democratic Republic, Schrader made her breakthrough in 1994 in the leading role of Doris Dörrie's melancholic comedy "Keiner liebt mich" ("Nobody Loves Me"). Her portrayal of an "ordinary woman" in a depressing and freakish environment won Schrader the 1995 Bavarian as well as the 1995 German film award. In the same year, Schrader and Levy finished the intimately played relationship drama "Stille Nacht" ("Silent Night") that was well-received by critics and movie goers alike.

Schrader's acting style has never seemed artificial. On the contrary, Schrader does not show any mannerisms and does not tout for the sympathy of the audience but she is an actress who endows the characters she plays with rough edges. But that does not mean, on the other hand, that Schrader who is sometimes described by colleagues as a "difficult person" would only be "playing herself". Film magazine epd Film characterized Schrader as an actress who "associates her image as a star with the concept of a being intensely genuine in her film parts. Schrader considers her passion for acting that allows her to experience the identity of her characters far more important than a synthetic image."

Schrader's career reached the next level in 1998/99 when she starred in three successful movies in a row, first, in Dani Levy's highly praised thriller "Meschugge" ("The Giraffe"), then, in the award-winning and successful comedy "Bin ich schön" ("Am I Beautiful?"), and finally in the drama "Aimée und Jaguar" ("Aimée & Jaguar"). Her portrayal of a Jewish lesbian who becomes a member of the resistance in Berlin during the Third Reich in "Aimée und Jaguar" won Schrader several awards: the award as "Best actress" at the 1999 Berlinale as well as the Bavarian film award and (together with "Meschugge") the German film award.

During the following years, Schrader, who is known to be rather picky with her roles, appeared in films as diverse as the satire "Victor Vogel" ("Advertising Rules!"), the divorce drama "Väter" ("I'm the Father"), or the Third Reich drama "Rosenstraße". In 2007, Schrader finally made her debut as a director. Her first film, the drama "Liebesleben" ("Love Life", based on Zeruva Shalev's novel) about the obsessive love affair between a young woman and a much older man premiered at the Rome film festival.

She next starred in the made-for-TV drama "Auf dem Vulkan" and appeared in the "Tatort" episode "Borowski und das Mädchen im Moor". Between 2009 and 2010, Schrader was one of the adult leads in the successful children's film franchise "Vorstadtkrokodile"."In Darkness" (2011), directed by Agnieszka Holland, featured her in the role of Jewish woman trying to evade the Nazis by hiding in the underground of a Polish city.

After being one of the leads in the family drama "Schwestern", Maria Schrader starred as an amnesiac woman trying to reconnect with her past in Jan Schomburg's "Vergiss mein Ich", which premiered at the 2014 Rotterdam Film Festival and was released in Germany in the spring of the same year.

Maria Schrader played an East German secret service officer in the internationally acclaimed TV series "Deutschland 83" (2015), and moved on to complete her sophomore effort as a director. "Vor der Morgenröte" – starring Josef Hader as writer Stefan Zweig who is forced into exile by the rise of the Nazis in 1934 – received nominations for Best Director and Best Female Supporting Actor (Barbara Sukowa) at the 2016 German Film Awards.

Filmography

2017/2018 Deutschland 86
Cast
 
2016/2017 Hanni & Nanni - Mehr als beste Freunde
Cast
 
2015/2016 Vor der Morgenröte - Stefan Zweig in Amerika
Director, Screenplay, Executive producer
 
2014/2015 Deutschland 83
Cast
 
2012-2014 Vergiss mein Ich
Cast
 
2011-2013 Schwestern
Cast
 
2010/2011 Alleingang
Cast
 
2010/2011 In Darkness
Cast
 
2010 Vorstadtkrokodile 3 - Freunde für immer
Cast
 
2009/2010 Vorstadtkrokodile 2
Cast
 
2008/2009 Vorstadtkrokodile
Cast
 
2008/2009 Die Seele eines Mörders
Cast
 
2007/2008 Die Frau des Anarchisten
dubbed by
 
2007/2008 Borowski und das Mädchen im Moor
Cast
 
2007 Auf dem Vulkan
Cast
 
2007 Münchner (Filmfest-) Geschichten
Participation
 
2006/2007 Dreams of Happiness
Cast
 
2005-2007 Liebesleben
Director, Screenplay
 
2005 Acting
Cast
 
2003/2004 Schneeland
Cast
 
2002/2003 Rosenstraße
Cast
 
2002 Operation Rubikon
Cast
 
2001/2002 Väter
Cast
 
2000/2001 Viktor Vogel - Commercial Man
Cast
 
2000/2001 Emil und die Detektive
Cast
 
1998 Die Hochzeitskuh
Cast
 
1997/1998 Bin ich schön?
Cast
 
1997/1998 Meschugge
Cast, Screenplay
 
1997/1998 Aimée & Jaguar
Cast
 
1996/1997 Der Kindermord
Cast
 
1996/1997 Blutbad
Cast
 
1996 Eine unmögliche Hochzeit
Cast
 
1995/1996 Stille Nacht
Cast, Screenplay, Co-author
 
1994 Keiner liebt mich
Cast
 
1993/1994 Einer meiner ältesten Freunde
Cast
 
1993/1994 Burning Life
Cast
 
1993-1995 Flirt
Cast
 
1993 Ohne mich
Cast
 
1993 Magic Müller
Cast
 
1992/1993 Mein Name ist Viktor
Cast
 
1991 I was on Mars
Cast, Screenplay
 
1988 RobbyKallePaul
Cast, Screenplay, Still photography
 
1987/1988 Goldjunge
Cast