Hoffmann, Jutta


Jutta Hoffmann was born in Ammendorf, near Halle, on March 3, 1941. She studied at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1959 to 1962, before starting to perform at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin (1960-65, 1969-73), the Deutsche Theater Berlin (1965-67, 2000) and the Berliner Ensemble (1973-83).


She made her film debut in Das Rabauken-Kabarett in 1960. In 1965, she made a name for herself as a film actress playing the lead in Hermann Zschoche’s feature film Karla, which was banned and did not premiere until 1990. Despite such problems, Hoffmann gained the attention of audiences and the film industry through performances in literary adaptations, such as Hans-Joachim Kasprzik’s television version of Hans Fallada’s Kleiner Mann–was nun? (1967) and Egon Günther’s television adaptation of Arnold Zweig’s Young Woman of 1914 (1970). Der Dritte, also directed by Egon Günther, became a phenomenal success and won Hoffmann the Best Actress award at the 1972 Venice Film Festival.


Although she was still given important roles, later in the 1970s Hoffman was mostly limited to period films due to increasingly restrictive East German censorship; this was especially true after she protested, along with many others, against the expatriation of the dissident singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann in 1976. Two exceptions that stand out, however, were socially critical films by Frank Beyer: Das Versteck and Geschlossene Gesellschaft.


In 1983, she left for West Germany. Once there, she played at top theaters including the Freie Volksbühne in West Berlin, the Munich Kammerspiele, and the Schauspielhaus Hamburg, as well as at the Salzburg Festival. In addition to stage appearances, Hoffmann continued to act in film and television. She taught performing arts at Hamburg’s Film Academy for Music and Theater (1992-2006). In 1997, she was in the internationally successful comedy Bandits, by Katja von Garnier. She also played Commissioner Wanda Rosenbaum in the popular television crime series Polizeiruf: 110 (1999-2002). In 2007, she appeared in the recent award-winning television film about an East German border guard, An die Grenze. Jutta Hoffmann now lives in Potsdam.



Festivals & Awards:

1972 Best Actress, 23rd International Venice Film Festival, in Der Dritte
1972 National Prize, Category II – for her exemplary portrayal of people on stage and in film and television, especially in productions with contemporary socialist themes


Bibliography & More:

Warnecke, Peter & Birgit Scholz. Jutta Hoffmann: Schauspielerin. Berlin: Das Neue Berlin. 2012.




2020 Julka und Julie (Julka and Julie, TV, short)
2016 Ein Teil von uns (A Part of Us, TV)
2012 Aus Liebe zu dir (Out of Love for You, TV)
2011 Soko Stuttgart: Zweiter Frühling (Special Unit Stuttgart: In Love Again, TV series)
2008 Die Frau aus dem Meer (The Woman from the Sea, TV)
2007 An die Grenze (Border Patrol, TV)
2003 Der alte Affe Angst (Angst!)
1999-2002 Polizeiruf 110 (Police Call 110, TV series)
1997 Bandits
1993 Motzki (TV series)
1984 Zeit der Einsamkeit (Time of Loneliness)
1982 Stella (TV)
1978 Fleur Lafontaine (TV)
1978 Ursula (TV)
1978 Geschlossene Gesellschaft (trans. Private Party, TV)
1979 Blauvogel (Blue Bird)
1977 Das Versteck (The Hiding Place)
1975 Lotte in Weimar
1973 Die Schlüssel (The Keys)
1971 Trotz alledem (In Spite of Everything!)
1971 Der Dritte (Her Third)
1970 Junge Frau von 1914 (Young Woman of 1914, TV mini-series)
1970 Dr. med. Sommer II (Dr. Sommer II)
1969 Weite Straßen – stille Liebe (Long Roads – Secret Love)
1969 Zeit zu leben (Time to Live)
1967 Kleiner Mann – was nun? (Little Man – What Now?, TV mini-series)
1965/90 Karla (Carla)
1965 Solange Leben in mir ist (As Long as There Is Life in Me)
1965 Denk bloß nicht, ich heule (Just Don’t Think I’ll Cry)
1963 Julia lebt (Julia Is Alive)
1960 Das Rabauken-Kabarett (The Rowdies’ Cabaret)


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