KINO! Chats: Maria Schrader

KINO! Chats is a series of interviews with German filmmakers and talent created by KINO! Germany Now, the digital media brand of German Films in the USA.

In this interview, Maria Schrader discusses the four-part limited series UNORTHODOX, which is Maria’s first directing project with Netflix. Inspired by the New York Times best-selling book, the series has become a major hit since its release in March 2020.

One of Germany’s most acclaimed stage and screen actresses, Maria Schrader is a two-time winner of the German Film award and two-time winner of the Bavarian Film award. She worked with directors such as Margarethe von Trotta, Doris Dörrie (NOBODY LOVES ME), Hans W. Geissendörfer, Peter Greenaway, Rajko Grilic and Agnieszka Holland (IN DARKNESS). In 1999, at the Berlinale, she received the Silver Bear for Best Actress in AIMEE & JAGUAR, a big hit in the United States and around the world, directed by Max Färberböck. Recently, she thrilled television audiences in the award-winning and internationally renowned series Deutschland 83 and Deutschland 86.

Maria co-directed THE GIRAFFE with Dani Levy (1998). Her directorial debut LOVE LIFE was shot in Israel in 2007 and was based on Zeruya Shalev’s novel by the same title. The film premiered at the Festa del Cinema in Rome in 2007. STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE is her second feature as a director, she was nominated for Best Director at the German Film Awards and the film won the Audience Award at the European Film Awards, and was selected as Austria’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language film in 2017.