Laudator Michael Thalheimer, who has already worked with Nina Hoss several times as a theatre director, admitted in his very personal speech to about 1000 visitors in the CinemaxX Dammtor that he was a little jealous of the film, "because it leaves you less and less time and thus prevents you from working together in the theatre". He knows of no actress who prepares as intensively for her roles as Nina Hoss. "She wants to know everything, she wants to fathom everything deeply. She seeks discussion and discourse.
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.
Nina Hoss can be seen in two films at this year's edition of FILMFEST HAMBURG: In Audition by Ina Weisse (Wednesday, 2.10. 17:00, CinemaxX 8) she plays a violin teacher who breaks with her own demands and gets into a deep life crisis. In Katrin Gebbe's film Pelikan Blood (4.10. 16.15) she is a single mother whose motherly instinct crosses all boundaries. Both films are shown in the section "Große Freiheit" and are nominated for the Hamburger Produzentenpreis für Deutsche Kinoproduktionen, which will be awarded on October 5th.