Hermann, Irm

Biography:

Irm Hermann was born in 1942 in Munich. At a theater competition for young people, she met legendary director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who convinced her to quit her job as a secretary and work with him. In 1966, Hermann had her debut in Fassbinder's first short film, Der Stadtstreicher. Shortly thereafter, both took part in creating the Action Theater (later called anti-theater) in Munich. There, Hermann was part of the ensemble and acted on stage for the first time.

 

From then on, Hermann was an important part of Fassbinder’s theater and film productions. She acted in 18 Fassbinder films, including Katzelmacher, Händler der vier Jahreszeiten, Angst essen Seele auf and Lili Marleen.

 

In 1975, Hermann struck out on her own and moved to Berlin, where she worked at the Freie Volksbühne and the Berliner Ensemble. She has starred in over 100 films, with directors such as Ulrike Ottinger, Werner Herzog, Hans W. Geißendörfer, Percy Adlon, Max Färberböck, and Christoph Schlingensief. 

 

Awards:

2009 German Audio Book Award for “Best Interpreter” for Werner Fritsch’s Enigma Emmy Göring
1982 German Film Award in Gold for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Fünf letzte Tage (dir. Percy Adlon)
1972 German Film Award in Gold for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Händler der vier Jahreszeiten

 

Filmography:

2011 Die Erfindung der Liebe (The Invention of Love)
2011 Playoff
2008 Schokolade für den Chef (Chocolate for the Boss, TV)
2008 Eine Frau in Berlin (A Woman in Berlin)
2005 In einem anderen Leben (In a Different Life, TV)
2004 Franz (TV)
2004 Freak Stars 3000
1999 Paradiso ­– Sieben Tage mit sieben Frauen (Paradiso – Seven Days with Seven Women)
1996 Die 120 Tage von Bottrop (The 120 Days of Bottrop)
1990 Letztes aus der DaDaeR (Latest from the Da-Da-R)
1989 Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia (Joan of Arc of Mongolia)
1988 Wallers letzter Gang (Waller’s Last Trip)
1982 Fünf letzte Tage (Last Five Days)
1981 Der Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain, TV)
1980 Lili Marleen
1978 Woyzeck
1975 Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fistfight of Freedom)
1973 Angst essen Seele auf (Fear Eats the Soul)
1972 Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant)
1972 Händler der vier Jahreszeiten (The Merchant of Four Seasons)
1969 Katzelmacher
1966 Der Stadtstreicher (The City Tramp, short)

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