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Andreas Döhler /

Film

Andreas Döhler’s powerful interpretations demonstrate his courage to venture beyond the traditional limits of acting. He is not afraid of making his characters larger – just the way people are when they can move outside the conventional wisdom.

In his intense portrayals, he shows their motives in all their complexity, as well as their existential, wild, and yet so human quest for meaning. Whether as a man who was, for years, abused by his own mother and whose past has now caught up with him, as a lone police inspector who uses both physical and psychic means to put his counterpart under extreme pressure, as a depressed commuter train operator who almost falls apart trying to reconcile the love for his son with his simultaneous inability to maintain family life, or as the reluctant leader of a citizen movement who becomes so entangled in his ideas and aspirations that he ultimately fails. The actor continually oscillates at the human limits of his characters, who, when carried over to life, often falter and are thus all the more human. In so doing, he manages to keep his roles believable to enable an emotional insight into the whole range of human behavior.

The complex courage of the actor to show his characters naked, even when they are wearing clothes, to bring them to life in their total vulnerability and plaintiveness and, at the same time, endow them with a stubborn dignity and resolve is widely esteemed by representatives of the new German cinema such as Andreas Kleinert, Christian Schwochow, Dietrich Brüggemann, Eva Trobisch, Florian Eichinger, Isa Prahl, Jan Bonny, Julian Radlmaier and Miriam Bliese. For his outstanding work in film he was awarded the New German Cinema Award of the Munich International Film Festival as Best Actor.