Taking the Lead: Holly Hunter

11.02.2013 - Peter Cowie, Nina Hoss, Holly Hunter

    How do actors choose their roles and collaborate with directors? To what extent do they want to be involved in creating characters? How has the selection of their roles influenced their career so far? Renowned actresses Nina Hoss (BARBARA), who is back in the Berlinale Competition this year with Thomas Arslan's GOLD, and Holly Hunter (THE PIANO), who stars in Jane Campion's TOP OF THE LAKE which is featured in the Berlinale Special, discuss the various approaches they take to the filmmaking process.


    Peter Cowie

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    A film historian and former International Publishing Director of Variety magazine, Peter Cowie has written more than 30 books on major figures and eras of world cinema, including Bergman, Welles, Coppola and Kurosawa. He published and edited the annual International Film Guide for 40 years, and has contributed numerous commentaries to Criterion’s DVD collection. He has been a consultant to Berlinale Talents since the programme’s inception in 2003.

    Nina Hoss

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    One of Germany‘s most prolific actresses on the stage and screen. She has worked with prestigious directors like Oskar Roehler, Robert Wilson and especially Christian Petzold, for whom she starred recently in BARBARA, which earned her a European Film Award nomination, and YELLA, for which she received a Silver Bear at the Berlinale and the German Film Award as Best Actress. Her latest film is Anton Corbijn's A MOST WANTED MAN.

    Holly Hunter

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    Born in the Southern US, Hunter was an early collaborator of Sam Raimi and the Coen Brothers before winning international acting awards at Cannes, Locarno, Berlin and the Oscars®, amongst others, for films like Jane Campion's THE PIANO, James L. Brooks BROADCAST NEWS or Catherine Hardwicke's THIRTEEN. Most recently she starred in Jane Campion's series TOP OF THE LAKE, which was screened at the last year's Berlinale Special.