Doris Abesser was born in Berlin on March 15, 1935. She started taking acting classes at the age of sixteen and attended the Deutsches Theater drama school from 1952 to 1956. After graduating, she was engaged at the theater in Senftenberg before becoming a member of the company at the Staatstheater Dresden and then moving on to the Volksbühne in Berlin.
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea was an outstanding artist of the New Cuban cinema whose work was closely connected with the Cuban revolution. He was born in Havana on December 11, 1928, to a bourgeois family. Though he studied law at the University of Havana, he had a passion for film and shot amateur shorts on 8mm.
Giovanni Angella was born in Rome, Italy, on February 18, 1930. From an early age, he followed his passion for art and especially cinema. In 1950, he founded the Charlie Chaplin Film and Culture Club in Rome. Starting in the 1960s, this club hosted a special film program, I lunedì del Rialto (Rialto Mondays), rediscovering and presenting many forgotten or marginalized movies.
Carmen-Maja Antoni was born in Berlin on August 23, 1945. In 1970, she became a member of the Volksbühne in Berlin, where she became known for her comic and sometimes grotesque performances. In 1975, she joined the Berliner Ensemble where she became known for her character roles in performances from Shakespeare to Brecht.
Lev Arnshtam was born on January 15, 1905 in Yekaterinoslav, in the Russian Empire (now Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine). He studied piano at the Petrograd Conservatory, where he met Dmitri Shostakovich, who later became a famous composer.
Donatas Banionis was born in Kaunas, Lithuania on April 28, 1924. In 1941, when he was still a student, he was hired by the famous actor and theater director Juozas Miltinis for his newly founded Panevezys Drama Theater. Banionis went on to act in over 90 theatrical productions.
Marc Bauder was born in Stuttgart in 1974. He studied business administration in Cologne, St. Gallen, and New York. In 1999 he founded his own production company and studied at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 2001 to 2005. He lives in Berlin.
Jurek Becker one of the most important (East) German authors of the 20th century, was born in Poland in 1937. As a child he lived in the Jewish ghetto of Lodz, Poland, and survived the Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen concentration camps.
Friedl Behn-Grund was born in Bad Polzin (now Polczyn-Zdrój, Poland) on August 26, 1906. In 1924, he started as an assistant to the UFA cinematographer Erich Waschneck. One year later, Behn-Grund worked as the director of photography for Waschneck’s directorial debut, Kampf um die Scholle.
Werner Bergemann was born in Wendisch Bork in Brandenburg, Germany, on August 4, 1930. He trained as an industrial clerk in his early life and later as a men’s tailor. In 1952, he became an assistant costume designer at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films. By 1958 he was lead costume designer on his own projects.