Nina Hoss (born 7 July 1975) is a German stage and film actress.
Hoss was born in Stuttgart, West Germany. Her father, Willi Hoss, was a German trade unionist and politician (member of the 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 (Württembergische 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.
In 1997 she graduated from the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. Her first major success was the title role Rosemarie Nitribitt of Bernd Eichinger's A Girl Called Rosemary 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.
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. 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 A Woman in Berlin, 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."
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 2012, she was appointed sole judge of the 2012 Alfred Kerr Acting Prize at the Berliner Theatertreffen. In 2013, she joined the ensemble of the Schaubühne theatre in Berlin. She recorded a duet with the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers called "Europa geht durch mich" ("Europe goes through me") for the album Futurology which was released on 7 July 2014.
In July 2016 she was named as a member of the main competition jury for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.
Social and political commitment
Hoss supports the Make Poverty History campaign and fights female genital mutilation. 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." 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.
|1996||Und keiner weint mir nach||Marilli Kosemund|
|1996||A Girl Called Rosemary||Rosemarie Nitribitt||TV Movie|
|1998||Fire Rider||Marie Rätzer|
|1998||Love Your Neighbour!||Liz|
|1999||The Volcano||Marion von Kammer|
|2000||Die Geiseln von Costa Rica||Kiki||TV Movie|
|2001||Toter Mann||Leyla||TV Movie|
|2002||Emilia Galotti||Countess Orsina||TV Movie|
|2003||Leonce und Lena||Prinzessin Lena||TV Movie|
|2005||The White Masai||Carola Mamutelil geb. Lehmann|
|2007||The Heart Is a Dark Forest||Marie|
|2008||The Anarchist's Wife||Lenin|
|2008||A Woman in Berlin||Anonyma|
|2010||We Are the Night||Louise|
|2011||Fenster zum Sommer||Juliane Kreisler|
|2014||A Most Wanted Man||Irna Frey|
|2014–17||Homeland||Astrid||TV Series, 13 episodes|
|2017||Return to Montauk||Rebecca|
- 1997 Goldene Kamera/Lilli Palmer Memorial Camera, A Girl Called Rosemarie
- 1999 Montreal World Film Festival, The Volcano (Der Vulkan)
- 2000 Shooting Stars Award by European Film Promotion at the Berlin International Film Festival
- 2003 Grimme-Preis, Toter Mann
- 2005 Grimme-Preis, Wolfsburg
- 2005 Bavarian Film Award for Best Actress, The White Masai
- 2007 Silver Bear for Best Actress, Yella
- 2008 German Film Award for Best Actress, Yella
- 2012 Capri European Actress Award, Barbara
- 2014 Seattle International Film Festival Best Actress, Phoenix