German Film Week 2018

One of German cinema's most famous and respected actresses, Hanna Schygulla, is receiving a multi-film homage as part of this year's 5th German Film Week. This iconic actress, who is most associated with the work of German pioneering director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, has been a prolific actress since the 1960s and is one of the only German talents known around the world for her vivid acting style.

Hanna Schygulla was born in 1925 in Königshütte, Upper Silesia. In the 1960s, Schygulla studied Romance languages and German studies, while taking acting lessons in Munich during her spare time.
Acting eventually became her focus, and she became particularly known for her film work with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with whom she collaborated on more than 8 films. Their collaboration (with Fassbinder acting as her muse) defined the New German Cinema movement of the late 1960s and 1970s that put German moviemaking on the international map.

Film Stills Archives, The Museum of Modern Art Hanna Schygulla | © Fassbinder Foundation Their collaboration was not without its bumpy patches. Despite this feud, they continued to work together, culminating in the classic collaboration of THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (1978), which was a great international hit for its director and lead actress.

After Fassbinder's death in the late 1980s, Schygulla has acted in French, Italian, and American films. In the 1990s she also became known and well-regarded as a chanson singer. In Juliane Lorenz's documentary film LIFE, LOVE AND CELLULOID (1998), Schygulla performs several songs and reminisced about the early days of the German cinema movement.

After almost retiring from the screen, she made a triumphant comeback in 2007 as the mother who travels to Turkey to find her lesbian daughter in German director Fatih Akin's arthouse hit THE EDGE OF HEAVEN for which she was nominated in the category "Best Supporting Actress" at the 2008 German Film Prize.

In recent years, she appeared in Aleksandr Sokurov's "Faust" (RU 2011), Emmanuelle Antille's "Avanti" (F/CH 2012) and Sam Garbarski's "Vijay und ich" (D/BE/LU 2013). At the 2010 Berline IFF, Schygulla presented her shorts "Alicia Bustamante" and "Moi et Mon Double". In 2013, she published her autobiography "Wach auf und träume". Hanna Schygulla also created an installation made of her video shorts titled "Traumprotokolle" which was exhibited in Paris, New York and Berlin.