Spotlight Award


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Spotlight Award in Acting

We are immensely proud to celebrate the ongoing career achievement of the multiple award-winning actress Julia Jentsch by honoring her with the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival’s Spotlight Award in Acting, and screening her latest work, the Berlinale Competition entry, 24 Weeks.

Julia Jentsch was born in 1978 in Berlin, and attended the renowned Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts. She began her theater career at the Munich Kammerspiele, where she was a permanent member of the ensemble from 2001-2006.

She made her breakthrough as a film actor in 2004 when she was featured in Hans Weingartner’s The Edukators. In 2005 Julia Jentsch appeared as Sophie Scholl in Marc Rothemund’s film, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. This role won her Best Actress honors at the Berlin International Film Festival (Silver Bear), the German Film Award in Gold, and the European Film Award. In addition, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Since the Academy Award nomination, Julia Jentsch has become a sought-after artist not only in Germany, but also internationally. Over the last years her work has included collaborations with Hermine Huntgeburth (Effi Briest), Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Downfall), Margarethe von Trotta (Hannah Arendt), Antonin Svoboda (The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich), and Florian Hoffmeister (The Have-Nots).

In 2016, she can be seen in the controversial late-abortion drama, 24 Weeks, directed by Anne Zohra Berrached, and Asli Özge’s dark psychological drama All of a Sudden. She is also one of the stars of the FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign, which promotes a new wave of German cinema achievements to international audiences and showcases exceptional German talent worldwide.

Julia Jentsch lives with her husband and daughter near Zurich, Switzerland.

Previous Spotlight Award honorees were Tom Schilling in 2016 and Ronald Zehrfeld in 2015.

Order Tickets to see "24 Weeks" at Berlin & Beyond with Julia Jentsch in Person.

Photo Credit Notes:
Julia Jentsch from the FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS campaign
2016 © German Films/Mathias Bothor