Nina Hoss

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Nina Hoss
Nina Hoss (Berlinale 2012).jpg
Nina Hoss at Berlinale2012
Born (1975-07-07) 7 July 1975 (age 40)
Stuttgart, West Germany
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present

Nina Hoss (born 7 July 1975) is a German actress.

Early life[edit]

Hoss was born in Stuttgart, West Germany. Nina's father, Willi Hoss, was a German trade unionist and politician (member of the German Bundestag in The Greens). Her mother, Heidemarie Rohweder, was an actress at Stuttgart National Theatre and later director of the Esslingen-based Württemberg State Playhouse (Württembergischen Landesbühne Esslingen).


Hoss acted in radio plays at the age of seven and appeared on stage for the first time at the age of 14.[1] In 1997 she graduated from the Drama School "Ernst Busch" in Berlin. Her first major success was the title role Rosemarie Nitribitt of Bernd Eichinger’s A Girl Called Rosemarie in 1996, a period drama (based on an actual scandal) set in the 1950s that looks back at the days of West Germany's postwar Wirtschaftswunder with a curdling cynicism.[2] In 2000 she was one of the Shooting Stars at the Berlinale. Her close collaboration with director Christian Petzold has been extremely successful: she won the 2003 Adolf Grimme Award for her role in his film Something to Remind Me and two years later the Adolf Grimme Award in Gold for Wolfsburg. Her performance of Yella, earned her the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007 and the German Film Award in 2008.[3] Another collaboration with Petzold, Barbara, in which Hoss plays a doctor exiled to an East German provincial backwater in 1980, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011 and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. In a review of her 2009 film Anonyma, The New York Times remarked that Hoss, "whose strong frame and graceful bearing suggest both old-style movie-star glamour and Aryan ideals of feminine beauty, is an actress of haunting subtlety, and the film, episodic, ambitious and a few beats too long, is held together by the force of her performance."[4]

Hoss has been a member of the Juries of the Locarno International Film Festival in 2009, and the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011. She was an ensemble member at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin from 1998 to 2013, where she appeared as Medea and, as Franziska, in Minna von Barnhelm (2005). In the course of her career she has worked with Einar Schleef, Michael Thalheimer, Robert Wilson, Luc Bondy, Martin Kušej, Stefan Pucher, and Stephan Kimmig. In 2012, she was appointed sole judge of the 2012 Alfred Kerr Acting Prize at the Berliner Theatertreffen.[5] In 2013, she joined the ensemble of the Schaubühne theatre in Berlin. In 2013 she recorded a duet with the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers called "Europa Geht Durch Mich" for the album Futurology which was released on 7 July 2014.

Social and political commitment[edit]

Hoss supports the Make Poverty History campaign which fights female genital cutting. She is quoted as saying, "For me, genital mutilation, torture, is one of the worst crimes in the name of so-called honour on earth. I dream that it will be possible for this form of domination over women to be abandoned."[6] In continuation of the work of her father she is committed as a Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Pará in Brazil against the destruction of the rain forest and to improve the living conditions of the indigenous people living there.[7]


Hoss as member of the jury at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival



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