In Fallada - Letztes Kapitel © DEFA-Stiftung, Wolfgang Ebert
Katrin Sass was born on October 23, 1956 in Schwerin, East Germany, and studied acting in Rostock. She started acting at the Schwerin Theater, before moving on to the Landestheater in Halle and the Theaterbühne in Leipzig.
While she was still a student, Sass was chosen to play the lead role of Sonya in Heiner Carow’s Bis daß der Tod euch scheidet. This popular hit film brought her immediate fame in East Germany.
She became internationally known after playing the role of Nina Kern, a single mother fighting for custody of her three children, in Herrmann Zschoche’s Bürgschaft für ein Jahr. This role also won her the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival. Sass subsequently appeared on television in Der Staatsanwalt hat das Wort and as Detective Tanja Voigt in Polizeiruf 110 in the 1990s.
Sass experienced a major comeback on the big screen when she played the lead in Michael Klier’s Heidi M., for which she received the German Film Prize and the German Film Critics’ Critics Prize. Shortly afterwards, she played Christiane Kerner in the international hit Good Bye, Lenin!, for which received a Bambi and the Audience Award for Best Actress at the European Film Awards.
Festivals & Awards:
|2003||Bambi Award for Goodbye, Lenin!|
|2003||European Film Awards’ Audience Award, Best Actress, for Goodbye, Lenin!|
|2002||German Film Critics’ Prize, Best Actress, for Heidi M.|
|2001||German Film Prize, for Heidi M.|
|1986||"Clapper Board" Critic's Prize for Best Actress, Division for Theory and Criticism, GDR Association of Film and Television Professionals, for Das Haus am Fluss and Der Traum vom Elch|
|1982||Silver Bear for Best Actress, Berlin International Film Festival, for Bürgschaft für ein Jahr|
|2010||Weissensee (TV series)|
|2010||Das letzte Schweigen (The Silence)|
|2009||Die Freundin der Tochter (The Daughter’s Girlfriend, TV)|
|2008||Donne-moi la main (Give Me Your Hand)|
|2006||Verschleppt – Kein Weg zurück (Six Weeks of Fear, TV)|
|2004||Problemzone Schwiegereltern (Problem Area: Parents-In-Law, TV)|
|2004-10||Der Alte (The Old Man, TV series)|
|2000||Die Polizistin (Policewoman, TV)|
|1997||Sperling und der brennende Arm (Detective Sperling’s Burning Arm, TV)|
|1993-2008||Tatort (Crime Scene, TV series)|
|1990||Heute sterben immer nur die andern (Nowadays Only the Others Die)|
|1989||Zum Teufel mit Harbolla – Eine Geschichte aus dem Jahre 1956 (To Hell with Harbolla)|
|1988||Fallada – Letztes Kapitel (Fallada-The Last Chapter)|
|1986||Der Traum vom Elch (The Dream about the Elk)|
|1985||Das Haus am Fluss (The House on the River)|
|1984||Meine Frau Inge und meine Frau Schmidt (My Wife Inge and My Ms. Schmidt)|
|1981||Bürgschaft für ein Jahr (On Probation)|
|1980||Die Verlobte (The Fianceé)|
|1978||Bis daß der Tod euch scheidet (Until Death Do Us Part)|