Harfouch, Corinna

Biography:

Corinna Harfouch was born in Suhl, East Germany, on October 16, 1954. She studied acting at the Ernst Busch Acting School of Dramatic Art in Berlin from 1978 to 1981 and was a master student with actress Vera Oelschlegel at Berlin’s Theater im Palast. Her first engagement was at the Städtische Theater in Karl-Marx Stadt (now Chemnitz).

 

Harfouch has divided her carrier between theater and film. In 1983, she was a guest performer in Heiner Müller’s staging of Macbeth at the Volksbühne in Berlin. She also starred in many of Frank Castorf’s productions at the same theater; critics described her performance as General Harras in his staging of Zuckmayer’s Des Teufels General (The Devil’s General, 1997) as “sensational.” Harfouch has performed at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin for many years, as well as at numerous theaters, including the Vienna Burgtheater and the Zurich Schauspielhaus. She made her directorial debut at the Deutsches Theater in 2010 with the play Schmerz (Pain, by Marguerite Duras).

 

One of Harfouch’s first film roles was in the episodic film Verzeihung, sehen Sie Fussball? directed by Gunther Scholz.  Since 1985, she has starred in all major films by Roland Gräf, including Das Haus am Fluss, Fallada – Letztes Kapitel, and Der Tangospieler. She also appeared in Michael Gwisdek’s Treffen in Travers. Her performance in Die Schauspielerin brought her international acclaim. She has worked with leading German directors, including Hark Bohm, Bernd Eichinger, Tom Tykwer, Andreas Dresen, Matthias Glasner, and Margarethe von Trotta.

 

Harfouch is also known for her audio recordings of James Joyce’s Ulysses (2012) and Christa Wolf’s Kassandra (2005) and for dubbing the voice of Isabelle Huppert in La pianiste (The Piano Teacher, 2001).

Awards:

2014 Paula Award, for lifetime achievement
2007 Best German Actress for Blond: Eva Blond!, Golden Camera
2003 Best Performance in a Supporting Role for Bibi Blocksberg, German Film Award
2001 Best Female Sync (Isabelle Huppert’s voice in The Piano Teacher), German Award for Sync
2001 Best Actress for Vera Brühne, German Television Award
1997 Gertrud-Eysoldt Ring for exceptional theater performance in The Devil’s General
1993 Berlinale Camera, Berlin International Film Festival
1990 Best Actress in a Leading Role, GDR Feature Film Festival, Berlin, for Treffen in Travers
1989 Best Actress nominee for Treffen in Travers, European Film Awards
1989 Best Actress of the Year 1988, Theory and Criticism Section of the GDR Film and Television Professionals Association, for Die Schauspielerin
1989 Art Prize of the Free German Trade Union Federation for Die Schauspielerin
1988 Best Actress, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, for Die Schauspielerin

Filmography:

2013 Finsterworld
2012 Was bleibt (Home for the Weekend)
2011 Die Unsichtbare (Cracks in the Shell)
2007 Im Winter ein Jahr (A Year Ago in Winter)
2007 Whisky mit Wodka (Whiskey with Vodka)
2006 Der sechste Sinn (The Sixth Sense)
2005 Das Parfüm (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer)
2004 Der Untergang (Downfall)
2002-06 Blond: Eva Blond! (TV series)
2002 Verrückt nach Paris (Crazy about Paris)
2002 Das Urteil spricht der Mörder (The Murderer Delivers the Verdict)
2002 Bibi Blocksberg
2001 Vera Brühne (TV)
1998 Der große Bagarozy (The Devil and Ms. D)
1997 Solo für Klarinette (Solo for Clarinet)
1996 Gefährliche Freundin (Dangerous Girlfriend, TV)
1996 Irren ist männlich (Father’s Day, TV)
1996 Sexie Sadie
1994 Das Versprechen (The Promise)
1993 Charlie & Louise
1991 Die Spur des Bernsteinzimmers (The Mystery of the Amber Room)
1990 Der Tangospieler (The Tango Player)
1988 Treffen in Travers (Rendezvous in Travers)
1988 Die Schauspielerin (The Actress)
1988 Fallada – Letztes Kapitel (Fallada – The Last Chapter)
1986 Wengler & Söhne  Eine Legende (Wengler & Sons: A Legend)
1985 Das Haus am Fluss (The House on the River)
1983 Verzeihung, sehen Sie Fußball? (Excuse Me, Are You Watching Soccer?)

 

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