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Martina Gedeck

Martina Gedeck
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Martina Gedeck, Berlin, 2007
Born (1961-09-14) 14 September 1961 (age 59)
Years active1981–present
AwardsDeutscher Filmpreis
(1997, 2002)[dead link]

Martina Gedeck (German: [ma?.' '?e:.d?k] ; born 14 September 1961) is a German actress. She came to broader, international attention due to her roles in films such as Mostly Martha (2001), The Lives of Others (2006), and The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008).[1] She has won numerous awards, including the Deutscher Filmpreis in 1997 for Supporting Actress in Life is All You Get, and in 2002 for Actress in Mostly Martha.[2]


Martina Gedeck was born 14 September 1961 in Munich, West Germany and grew up in Bavaria, the oldest of three girls.[3] In 1971, her family moved to Berlin, where the eleven-year-old debuted as an actress in children's television shows.[4] There seems to be some contradiction regarding her year of birth 1961.[5]

After graduating school in 1981, she enrolled at the Free University of Berlin, majoring in German Literature and History.[4] From 1982 to 1986, Martina attended acting classes at the Berlin University of the Arts. During that time, she made her stage debut at the Theater am Turm in Frankfurt. Gedeck performed regularly at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, and appeared in plays in Basel, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Hamburg.[4]

In 1994, Gedeck gained the attention of film audiences with her performance in Sönke Wortmann's hit comedy Maybe... Maybe Not (Der bewegte Mann). In 1995, Gedeck received critical praise for her award-winning performance in the television drama Hölleisengretl [de]. In 1997, she furthered her reputation with her performance as Lilo in Wolfgang Becker's Life is All You Get (Das Leben ist eine Baustelle).[4] In 1997, she received the German Film Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as a shy waitress in Helmut Dietl's Rossini - oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief [de].[2][4] By the end of the 1990s, Gedeck had established herself as "one of the most prolific character actresses in Germany" with ambitious feature films such as Jew-Boy Levi (Viehjud Levi) and television dramas like Dominik Graf's Deine besten Jahre. She garnered awards and nominations throughout this period of her career.[4]

Martina Gedeck at the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2011
Martina Gedeck, Berlinale, 2013

Gedeck's international breakthrough came with her performance in Sandra Nettelbeck's Mostly Martha (Bella Martha). In the film, she plays a workaholic chef who is forced to adjust to major changes in her personal and professional life that are beyond her control. The film won the Créteil International Women's Film Festival Grand Prix Award, and the Goya Award for Best European Film in 2002. It also received a German Film Award Nomination for Outstanding Feature Film. For her performance, Gedeck received a European Film Award Nomination for Best Actress (2002), the German Film Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Actress (2002), and the German Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (2003).[6]

In 2006 Gedeck appeared in five major films: The Elementary Particles (2006) as Christiane, The Lives of Others (2006) as Christa-Maria Sieland, The Perfect Friend (2006) as Marlène, Summer '04 (2006) as Miriam Franz, and Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd (2006) as Hanna Schiller, starring opposite Matt Damon and John Turturro.[4]The Lives of Others won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[1]

In 2008 Gedeck played the role of Ulrike Meinhof in The Baader Meinhof Complex. In 2010, Gedeck, who is affiliated with the Green Party, served as an elector in the Federal Assembly to elect the new President of Germany.[7] That year, she appeared in Jew Suss: Rise and Fall and Agnosía.

In 2012 she appeared in The Wall and The Door, and in 2013, she appeared in The Nun and Night Train to Lisbon. Gedeck resides in Berlin with her partner, Swiss director Markus Imboden.[3] In 2013 she was named as a member of the jury at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.[8]


Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Project Result
1995 Grimme-Preis Best Cast Just an affair Won
1995 Bavarian TV Awards Best Actress Hölleisengretl[9] Won
1997 German Film Award Best Supporting Actress Rossini Won
1997 Golden Lion Best Actress The Nephew Nominated
1997 TelStar Best Actress The Nephew Won
1998 Golden Lion Best Supporting Actress Bella Block[10] Won
1998 Grimme-Preis Best Actress The Nephew, Bella Block Won
1999 Bavarian Film Awards Best Actress The Green Desert[11] Won
2000 Bavarian TV Awards Best Actress Best Years[9] Won
2001 Baden-Baden TV Film Festival Best Cast Romeo Won
2002 European Film Award Best Actress Mostly Martha Nominated
2002 German Film Award Best Actress Mostly Martha Won
2002 Grimme-Preis Best Actress Romeo Won
2002 Preis der deutschen Filmkritik Best Actress Mostly Martha[12] Won
2002 Mons International Festival Best Actress Mostly Martha Won
2003 Goldene Kamera Best Actress Lost Country, The Mother[13] Won
2004 Grimme-Preis Best Actress Back to Life Nominated
2004 Deutscher Fernsehpreis Best Actress Hungry for Life[14] Won
2006 European Film Award Best Actress The Lives of Others Nominated
2006 German Film Award Best Actress The Elementary Particles Nominated
2006 Premio Bacco, Notte delle Stelle Best Actress Mostly Martha[15] Won
2006 International Filmfestival Kaluga Best Actress Mostly Martha Won
2006 Diva Award Hall of Fame Outstanding Artistic Contribution[2][16] Won
2007 Berlin Film Festival, Silver Bear Best Cast The Good Shepherd Won
2007 Bavarian Film Awards Best Actress Messy Christmas[11] Won
2007 Jupiter Award Best Actress The Elementary Particles Won
2007 Nastro d'Argento Europeo Best Actress The Lives of Others Won
2008 BZ Culture Award Outstanding artistic contribution -- Won
2015 Goldene Kamera Best German Actress[17] -- Won


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  2. ^ a b c "Awards for Martina Gedeck". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ a b Kevin Maher (1 November 2008). "'Germany's Meryl Streep' Martina Gedeck is the first lady of terror". The Times. Retrieved 2011.
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  5. ^ "Schauspielerin Martina Gedeck - Was dir das Leben schenkt". Cicero Online (in German). Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Awards for Mostly Martha". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "German Presidential Elections". LIFE. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Juries and Awards of the 70th Venice Film Festival". labiennale. Archived from the original on 8 September 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Preistraeger des Bayerischen Fernsehpreises" (PDF). Bayrische Staatsregierung. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "Bella Block: Das Gegenteil von Liebe". ZDF. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Bayerische Filmpreisträger" (PDF). Bayrische Staatsregierung. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  12. ^ "Preisträger seit 1956". Verband der deutschen Filmkritik. Archived from the original on 31 October 2017. Retrieved 2011.
  13. ^ "Die Goldene Kamera 2003, 4 Februar 2003". Die Goldene Kamera. Archived from the original on 23 January 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  14. ^ "Preisträger 2004". Der Deutsche Fernsehpreis GmbH. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  15. ^ "Preisträger". Notte Delle Stelle. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ "Die Preisträger der DIVA seit 1991". Diva Award. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  17. ^ "Martina Gedeck". Goldene Kamera (in German). Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 2015.

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