FILMFEST HAMBURG awards this year's Douglas Sirk Prize to the actress Nina Hoss. The award ceremony will take place on September 29, 2019 at 7 p.m. as part of the German premiere of Pelican Blood at CinemaxX Dammtor.
»We are very happy to award one of the most important German actresses. Nina Hoss is just as present on the screen as she is on stage. She is passionately committed to cinema, pushing the boundaries and also demonstrating her stance beyond the film set. Nina Hoss is an outstanding personality who makes an important contribution to film culture and is also one of the best-known German actresses of her generation abroad«, says Festival Director Albert Wiederspiel.
Nina Hoss can be seen in two films at this year's FILMFEST HAMBURG: In Das Vorspiel by Ina Weisse (production: Lupa Film; distribution: Port au Prince; theatrical release: January 23, 2020), she plays a violin teacher who crumbles over her own aspirations and falls into a deep life crisis. In Katrin Gebbe's film Pelican Blood (production: Juna Film; distribution: DCM), she is a single mother whose motherly instinct transcends all boundaries. Both films are shown in the section »Große Freiheit« and are nominated for the Hamburg Producers Award for German Cinema Productions.
Nina Hoss was born in Stuttgart in 1975. Her mother was an actress and director of the Württembergische Landesbühne, her father co-founded the German Green Party. Already as an acting student at the Ernst-Busch-Schule in Berlin she made her cinema debut with And Nobody Weeps for Me directed by Joseph Vilsmaier. Bernd Eichinger cast her in The Girl Rosemarie in 1996. She made six films with Christian Petzold and was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlinale in 2007 for her role as Yella in the drama of the same name. Internationally, she played alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man and took on the role of Astrid in the US series Homeland. As a member of the Schaubühne ensemble in Berlin, Nina Hoss has appeared in Thomas Ostermeier's Didier Eribon adaptation »Return to Reims« and »Bella Figura« after Yasmina Reza, among others, and has appeared in numerous international guest appearances. In 2011, she was appointed to the international competition jury of the Berlinale and in 2016 to the international jury of the Venice Film Festival. In 2019, Nina Hoss received an invitation to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars.
Nina Hoss supports the campaign »Your Voice Against Poverty«, is a Terre-des-Femmes ambassador and is committed to fighting female genital mutilation. In 2004 and 2010, the actress was sent by the Green Party to the Federal Assembly to elect the Federal President.
After Jodie Foster, Isabelle Huppert, Tilda Swinton and Catherine Deneuve, Nina Hoss is the fifth actress to be awarded the Douglas Sirk Prize. FILMFEST HAMBURG's most prestigious award has been an integral part of the festival since 1995. Other winners in previous years included Clint Eastwood, Aki Kaurismäki, Francois Ozon, Kim Ki-duk, Fatih Akin, Wim Wenders and Jafar Panahi.
FILMFEST HAMBURG will take place from September 26 to October 5, 2019. Over 130 productions will be shown as world, European or German premieres in the festival cinemas Abaton, CinemaxX Dammtor, Metropolis, Passage and Studio-Kino. The programme will be announced on September 10, 2019, ticket sales start on September 18, 2019.