Spotlight Award: Lars Eidinger


© Till Janz
© Till Janz

We are proud to celebrate the ongoing career achievements of German actor Lars Eidinger by presenting him with the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival’s Spotlight Award in Acting, and screening The Bloom of Yesterday as this year’s Centerpiece Film on February 10th at 6:30 PM at the Castro Theatre. An award tribute program will precede the film’s projection.

Lars Eidinger was born in 1976 in Berlin, and studied at the prestigious Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art. Since 2000 he has been an ensemble member at the Schaubühne in Berlin. His bold, fearless, and unconventional portrayals of “Hamlet” and “Richard III” in the productions of Thomas Ostermeier were internationally acclaimed and made him a formative actor of the Schaubühne.

Next to his work on the stage, Lars Eidinger is constantly working in national and international cinema and television productions. His breakthrough in film came in 2009 when he played the male lead role alongside Birgit Minichmayr in Maren Ade’s Berlinale Silver Bear-winning drama, Everyone Else.

He went on to work with Peter Greenaway in Goltzius and the Pelican Company (2012), with Hans-Christian Schmid in Home for the Weekend (2012), with Christian Alvart with Tatort - Borowski und der stille Gast (2012), with Laura Bispuri in Sworn Virgin (2015), and with Lars Kraume in Family Party (2014), which held its international premiere and won the Audience Award at the 2015 Berlin & Beyond Film Festival.

He garnerned further international attention for his work, appearing alongside Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) and opposite Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper (2016). Both films were directed by Olivier Assayas and premiered at Festival de Cannes.

He received nominations for the German Television Awards as Best Actor in 2010 for Relations, in 2013 for Polizeiruf - Der Tod macht Engel aus uns allen, and in 2017 for two roles – in Family Party and The Verdict (2017 Berlin & Beyond Autumn Showcase). In 2013, he received the German Film Critics Award for Best Actor and in 2014, the Adolf Grimme Award.

In 2017, he appeared in three major TV productions: BBC’s SS-GB, the Wachowskis’ boundary-pushing Sense8, and Babylon Berlin. In recent cinema, he transformed into the role of Tsar Nicholas II in Aleksey Uchitel’s Mathilda (2017). This year, we can look forward to seeing him in Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Work Without Author, Claire Denis’ High Life, Christian Alvart’s Abgeschnitten, and Markus Goller’s road movie 25 km/h.

In addition to acting, he is a musician and DJ, and lives in Berlin.

At this year’s festival, we are honoring both Frederick Lau and Lars Eidinger with the Spotlight Award in Acting. Previous honorees were Julia Jentsch in 2017, Tom Schilling in 2016, and Ronald Zehrfeld in 2015.