Film Festival Cologne | International Actors Award
Albrecht Schuch c Christian Hartmann

International Actors Award

The International Actors Award honors personalities who have achieved notoriety and recognition in the international film and TV world through their outstanding acting achievements. The actors' prize of 10,000 euros is donated by Network Movie and MMC Studios Cologne.

Can a good actor play everything? With Albrecht Schuch, one is tempted to exclaim: definitely! The range of roles with which Schuch, born in 1986 in Jena, has conquered German cinema in recent years is just remarkable: He first raised eyebrows as 19th century explorer Alexander von Humboldt in MEASURING THE WORLD and followed that with performances as a painter's husband in PAULA and as a very patient social worker in SYSTEM CRASHER. He won the German Film Award for this, as he did again for his portrayal of charismatic villain Reinhold in BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ. And hat was still only the beginning: In this shortened year of cinema he can be seen on screen in three different films: as the postgard student Ladube, questioning both himself and the system, in FABIAN; as a Nazi henchman in THE ROYAL GAME and right here at the FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE in DEAR THOMAS. Once again he totally transforms as he embodies the great east-west German poet and filmmaker Thomas Brasch, letting both his passions as well as his dark side shine through. Without a doubt, Albrecht Schuch ist the most exciting and versatile German actor at this moment.

The winners of the International Actors Awards of the past years are:

2020 Sandra Hüller/Mads Mikkelsen
2019 August Diehl
2018 Lars Eidinger
2017 Juliette Binoche
2016 Peter Simonischek
2015 Nora von Waldstätten
2014 Martina Gedeck