In Karla © DEFA-Stiftung, Eberhard Daßdorf
Jutta Hoffmann was born in Ammendorf, near Halle, on March 3, 1941. She studied at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1959 to 1962, before starting to perform at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin (1960-65, 1969-73), the Deutsche Theater Berlin (1965-67, 2000) and the Berliner Ensemble (1973-83).
She made her film debut in Das Rabauken-Kabarett in 1960. In 1965, she made a name for herself as a film actress playing the lead in Hermann Zschoche’s feature film Karla, which was banned and did not premiere until 1990. Despite such problems, Hoffmann gained the attention of audiences and the film industry through performances in literary adaptations, such as Hans-Joachim Kasprzik’s television version of Hans Fallada’s Kleiner Mann–was nun? (1967) and Egon Günther’s television adaptation of Arnold Zweig’s Young Woman of 1914 (1970). Der Dritte, also directed by Egon Günther, became a phenomenal success and won Hoffmann the Best Actress award at the 1972 Venice Film Festival.
Although she was still given important roles, later in the 1970s Hoffman was mostly limited to period films due to increasingly restrictive East German censorship; this was especially true after she protested, along with many others, against the expatriation of the dissident singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann in 1976. Two exceptions that stand out, however, were socially critical films by Frank Beyer: Das Versteck and Geschlossene Gesellschaft.
In 1983, she left for West Germany. Once there, she played at top theaters including the Freie Volksbühne in West Berlin, the Munich Kammerspiele, and the Schauspielhaus Hamburg, as well as at the Salzburg Festival. In addition to stage appearances, Hoffmann continued to act in film and television. She taught performing arts at Hamburg’s Film Academy for Music and Theater (1992-2006). In 1997, she was in the internationally successful comedy Bandits, by Katja von Garnier. She also played Commissioner Wanda Rosenbaum in the popular television crime series Polizeiruf: 110 (1999-2002). In 2007, she appeared in the recent award-winning television film about an East German border guard, An die Grenze. Jutta Hoffmann now lives in Potsdam.
Festivals & Awards:
|1972||Best Actress, 23rd International Venice Film Festival, in Der Dritte|
|1972||National Prize, Category II – for her exemplary portrayal of people on stage and in film and television, especially in productions with contemporary socialist themes|
Bibliography & More:
Warnecke, Peter & Birgit Scholz. Jutta Hoffmann: Schauspielerin. Berlin: Das Neue Berlin. 2012.
|2020||Julka und Julie (Julka and Julie, TV, short)|
|2016||Ein Teil von uns (A Part of Us, TV)|
|2012||Aus Liebe zu dir (Out of Love for You, TV)|
|2011||Soko Stuttgart: Zweiter Frühling (Special Unit Stuttgart: In Love Again, TV series)|
|2008||Die Frau aus dem Meer (The Woman from the Sea, TV)|
|2007||An die Grenze (Border Patrol, TV)|
|2003||Der alte Affe Angst (Angst!)|
|1999-2002||Polizeiruf 110 (Police Call 110, TV series)|
|1993||Motzki (TV series)|
|1984||Zeit der Einsamkeit (Time of Loneliness)|
|1978||Fleur Lafontaine (TV)|
|1978||Geschlossene Gesellschaft (trans. Private Party, TV)|
|1979||Blauvogel (Blue Bird)|
|1977||Das Versteck (The Hiding Place)|
|1975||Lotte in Weimar|
|1973||Die Schlüssel (The Keys)|
|1971||Trotz alledem (In Spite of Everything!)|
|1971||Der Dritte (Her Third)|
|1970||Junge Frau von 1914 (Young Woman of 1914, TV mini-series)|
|1970||Dr. med. Sommer II (Dr. Sommer II)|
|1969||Weite Straßen – stille Liebe (Long Roads – Secret Love)|
|1969||Zeit zu leben (Time to Live)|
|1967||Kleiner Mann – was nun? (Little Man – What Now?, TV mini-series)|
|1965||Solange Leben in mir ist (As Long as There Is Life in Me)|
|1965||Denk bloß nicht, ich heule (Just Don’t Think I’ll Cry)|
|1963||Julia lebt (Julia Is Alive)|
|1960||Das Rabauken-Kabarett (The Rowdies’ Cabaret)|