Barbara Sukowa has enjoyed a distinguished career on the stage in Europe, but is best known in the United States for her powerful performances in latter-day masterpieces of the New German Cinema. She played the victimized Mieze in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980), for which she won the German Best Young Actress Award and she received the German film Award in Gold for her performance in the role in Fassbinder's Lola (1981).
Equally memorable were her portrayals of fiercely independant radicals in two films directed by Margarethe von Trotta, Marianne and Julianne which earned her the Golden Phoenix at the Venice Film Festival and Rosa Luxemburg, for which she won the award of the Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival (1986).
Other credits include Lars von Trier's Zentropa, David Cronenberg's M. Butterfly, Michael Cimino's The Sicilian, Volker Schloendorff's Voyager, Agnieszka Holland's The Third Miracle and tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock.
She starred in the Arts & Entertainment movie, The Lady in Question, directed by Joyce Chopra and appears in Urbania directed by Jon Shear (2000).
Apart from her career as an actress, B. Sukowa is an internationally renowned concert artist. She has been critically acclaimed as a leading interpreter of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, which she has performed in Europe and United States.
Films presented at Cannes
Award for Best Actress ((tied))