a film by Sabine Lidl, Irene Höfer


Germany | 2011 | 43:00 min

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Henry Huebchen was not easily convinced to let himself be portrayed on film. Although he is one of the most enigmatic and prominent actors in Germany today, he does not like to show himself ‘unmade-up’ to a camera.
Born in West Berlin shortly after the war, he grew up in the newly founded GDR, became two-time East German ‘board sailing’ champion (surfing), his studies in physics cut short, and his first success being in the Oscar nominated film JACOB THE LIAR - Huebchen’s life is characterized by extremes.
Under the direction of Heiner Mueller and Benno Besson, he became one of the most celebrated stars of stage in the East German theater Volksbuehne Ost. After the fall of the Wall, the duo Huebchen / Castorf became the mouthpiece of a theater generation. He and Castorf, now a director, are, together, breathing new life into German theater.
Henry Huebchen finds it difficult to show what he truly thinks in front of the camera: “My job is to not show myself,” he comments on acting. It is the surprising glimpse into the soul of a show-off that makes this portrait so worth watching.
Cast and Crew
  • Director Sabine Lidl, Irene Höfer
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Production Company
Medea Film Factory GmbH
Lützowplatz 9, 10785 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 25295330

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