Spotlight Award: Frederick Lau


 © Nadja Klier
 © Nadja Klier

We are proud to celebrate the ongoing career achievements of German actor Frederick Lau by presenting him with the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival’s Spotlight Award in Acting. He is in two films at this year’s festival, My Brother Simple (Dir. Markus Goller) and Text for You (Dir. Karoline Herfurth). An award tribute program will precede the projection of Text for You on February 10th at 3:30 PM at the Castro Theatre.

Frederick Lau was born in 1989 in Berlin. He was ten when he first appeared on-screen, and since then has had roles in over 50 German and international film and television productions. His first award was the youth-juried Golden Sparrow for his role in Karola Hattop’s Second Hand Child (2004).

His breakthrough came in 2008 with the role of young student Tim Stoltefuss in Dennis Gansel’s box-office hit The Wave, a tale based on Ron Jones’ social experiment, “The Third Wave”. Frederick Lau received the German Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

This was followed by feature film performances in Julie Delpy’s international production The Countess (2009) and Philip Koch’s highly-acclaimed youth drama Picco (2010).

He became a familiar face on television, appearing in numerous German crime series and TV films. In 2011, he was honored with the Grimme Award and the Bavarian Television Award for his lead role in Hermine Huntgeburth’s Neue Vahr Süd (2010).

A major milestone came in 2015 for his lead role with Laia Costa in Sebastian Schipper’s exhilarating thriller Victoria, which remains one of the few feature films shot in a single continuous take. The film swept the German Film Awards, including Best Film in Gold and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Frederick Lau.

Other noteworthy works include Life’s Not for Cowards (2012, Dir. André Erkau), Oh Boy/A Coffee in Berlin (2012, Dir. Jan-Ole Gerster, Back on Track (2013, Dir. Kilian Riedhof), Punk Berlin 1982 (2015, Dir. Oskar Roehler), the fairytale Heart of Stone (2016, Dir. Johannes Naber), and Scrappin’ (2016, Max Zähle), Opening Night Film of the 2017 Berlin & Beyond Film Festival.

In 2017, he was in the TV series 4 Blocks as well as the feature film My Brother Simple (Dir. Markus Goller) alongside David Kross. This year, he can be seen in the psychological thriller Gutland (Dir. Govinda Van Maele), the World War II film The Captain (Dir. Robert Schwentke), and the romantic comedy Alles Wuff (Dir. Detlev Buck).

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.