SISTER – “In a hotel for nomad artists, wanders a schizophrenic lady. She has the key for my ‘home’. They tell me to beat her, but I don’t wanna do it, because she is not my enemy. She’s a sister…”
KINO TRAUM (cinema dream) – “It’s for a movie scene in which I should fall from very high. I manage to escape, because I don’t want to put my life in danger only because of a movie scene.”
ZUGABE (One More) – “Finally, comes the moment: a new Hanna takes the stage to present her new spectacle, but it’s impossible to remember what I wanted to do, till one day… I find the beginning of the joy song.”
–São Paulo International Film Festival
Hanna Schygulla (born 25 December 1943) is a German actress and chanson singer. She is generally considered the most prominent German actress of the New German Cinema.
Schygulla was born in Königshütte, Upper Silesia, to German parents Antonie (née Mzyk) and Joseph Schygulla. Her father, a timber merchant by profession, was then drafted as an infantryman in the German Army and was captured by American forces in Italy, subsequently being held as a prisoner of war until 1948.1 In the 1960s, Schygulla studied Romance languages and German studies, while taking acting lessons in Munich during her spare time.
Acting eventually became her focus, and she became particularly known for her film work with Rainer Werner Fassbinder. During the making of Effi Briest (1974), an adaptation of a classic German novel, Fassbinder and Schygulla fell out over divergent interpretations of the character. Also a problem for Schygulla was low pay, and she led a revolt against Fassbinder… read more