Franka Potente

Franka Potente is a German film actress and singer. She was born on July 22, 1974 in Münster North Rhine-Westphalia and raised in nearby Dülmen. She first appeared in the comedy After Five in the Forest Primeval (1995) and gained critical recognition in the action thriller Lola rennt (released in English as Run Lola Run) (1998). Potente received Germany's highest film and television awards for her performances in Run Lola Run and Opernball. After half a decade of critically acclaimed roles in German films, Potente gained Hollywood's attention by playing the role of Barbara Buckley in Blow (2001) and the female lead with Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity (2002). In 2006, she starred with Eric Bana in the Australian film Romulus, My Father, for which she was nominated for an Australian Film Industry Award for Best Lead Actress. Also in 2006, she wrote and directed Der die Tollkirsche ausgräbt, a silent comedy. She has also appeared in several American television series including, The Shield in 2007, House M.D. in 2009 and Psych in 2010. As of 2011, she played Hilda in a BBC drama The Sinking of the Laconia. When not working on location, Potente lives in Berlin.

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Run Lola Run (1998)

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Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. She has 20 minutes to raise this amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Tykwer
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Moritz Bleibtreu  •  Herbert Knaup  •  Nina Petri

Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. She has 20 minutes to raise this amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Tykwer
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Moritz Bleibtreu  •  Herbert Knaup  •  Nina Petri

The Bourne Identity (2002)

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Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. However, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Doug Liman
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Franka Potente  •  Chris Cooper  •  Clive Owen

Wounded to the brink of death and suffering from amnesia, Jason Bourne is rescued at sea by a fisherman. With nothing to go on but a Swiss bank account number, he starts to reconstruct his life, but finds that many people he encounters want him dead. However, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Doug Liman
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Franka Potente  •  Chris Cooper  •  Clive Owen

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation should anyone from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Brian Cox  •  Julia Stiles  •  Joan Allen

When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation should anyone from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Greengrass
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Brian Cox  •  Julia Stiles  •  Joan Allen

Try Seventeen (2002)

Teenager Jones has opted not to go to college and is instead renting a room in a boarding house to work on his writing skills. Soon, Jones finds himself dividing his time between two women: a young actress named Lisa and a photographer named Jane. After Jane's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeffrey Porter
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Franka Potente  •  Mandy Moore  •  Debbie Harry

Teenager Jones has opted not to go to college and is instead renting a room in a boarding house to work on his writing skills. Soon, Jones finds himself dividing his time between two women: a young actress named Lisa and a photographer named Jane. After Jane's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeffrey Porter
CAST:  Elijah Wood  •  Franka Potente  •  Mandy Moore  •  Debbie Harry

Blow (2001)

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A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Demme
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Ethan Suplee  •  Ray Liotta

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Demme
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Ethan Suplee  •  Ray Liotta

Blueprint (2003)

The story of the first cloned human being - told in her own words: At the age of thirty the world-famous composer Iris Sellin learns that she has an incurable illness. She - a person who wanted to live for ever - does however not give in. In order to preserve her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rolf Schübel
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Ulrich Thomsen  •  Hilmir Snær Guðnason  •  Katja Studt

The story of the first cloned human being - told in her own words: At the age of thirty the world-famous composer Iris Sellin learns that she has an incurable illness. She - a person who wanted to live for ever - does however not give in. In order to preserve her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rolf Schübel
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Ulrich Thomsen  •  Hilmir Snær Guðnason  •  Katja Studt

Creep (2004)

Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who's being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city's streets  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Smith
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Vas Blackwood  •  Ken Campbell  •  Jeremy Sheffield

Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who's being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city's streets  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Smith
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Vas Blackwood  •  Ken Campbell  •  Jeremy Sheffield

Che: Part Two (2009)

After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. Through this story, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Benicio del Toro  •  Catalina Sandino Moreno  •  Franka Potente  •  Demián Bichir

After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. Through this story, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Benicio del Toro  •  Catalina Sandino Moreno  •  Franka Potente  •  Demián Bichir

I Love Your Work (2003)

A fictional movie star, Gray Evans, goes through the disintegration of his marriage, his gradual mental breakdown, and his increasing obsession with a young film student who reminds Gray of his own life before becoming famous. A dark psychological drama, I Love ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Goldberg
CAST:  Marisa Coughlan  •  Judy Greer  •  Shalom Harlow  •  Jared Harris

A fictional movie star, Gray Evans, goes through the disintegration of his marriage, his gradual mental breakdown, and his increasing obsession with a young film student who reminds Gray of his own life before becoming famous. A dark psychological drama, I Love ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Adam Goldberg
CAST:  Marisa Coughlan  •  Judy Greer  •  Shalom Harlow  •  Jared Harris

Romulus, My Father (2007)

The story of Romulus, his beautiful wife, Christina, and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond. It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Roxburgh
CAST:  Eric Bana  •  Franka Potente  •  Marton Csokas  •  Kodi Smit-McPhee

The story of Romulus, his beautiful wife, Christina, and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond. It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Roxburgh
CAST:  Eric Bana  •  Franka Potente  •  Marton Csokas  •  Kodi Smit-McPhee

The Elementary Particles (2006)

Based on Michel Houellebecq's controversial novel, Atomised (aka The Elementary Particles) focuses on Michael and Bruno, two very different half-brothers and their disturbed sexuality. After a chaotic childhood with a hippie mother only caring for her affairs, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oskar Roehler
CAST:  Christian Ulmen  •  Moritz Bleibtreu  •  Martina Gedeck  •  Franka Potente

Based on Michel Houellebecq's controversial novel, Atomised (aka The Elementary Particles) focuses on Michael and Bruno, two very different half-brothers and their disturbed sexuality. After a chaotic childhood with a hippie mother only caring for her affairs, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oskar Roehler
CAST:  Christian Ulmen  •  Moritz Bleibtreu  •  Martina Gedeck  •  Franka Potente

The Princess and the Warrior (2000)

Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact. He causes an accident in which he provides first aid, Sissi wonders if he may be the man of her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Tykwer
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Benno Fürmann  •  Joachim Król  •  Lars Rudolph

Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact. He causes an accident in which he provides first aid, Sissi wonders if he may be the man of her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Tykwer
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Benno Fürmann  •  Joachim Król  •  Lars Rudolph

Anatomy (2000)

Medical student Paula Henning wins a place at an exclusive Heidelberg medical school. When the body of a young man she met on the train turns up on her dissection table, she begins to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, and uncovers a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stefan Ruzowitzky
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Benno Fürmann  •  Anna Loos  •  Oliver Wnuk

Medical student Paula Henning wins a place at an exclusive Heidelberg medical school. When the body of a young man she met on the train turns up on her dissection table, she begins to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, and uncovers a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stefan Ruzowitzky
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Benno Fürmann  •  Anna Loos  •  Oliver Wnuk

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story (2003)

The Tulse Luper Suitcases reconstructs the life of Tulse Luper, a professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons. He was born in 1911 in Newport, South Wales and presumably last heard of in 1989. His life is reconstructed from the evidence of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Greenaway
CAST:  J.J. Feild  •  Caroline Dhavernas  •  Jordi Mollà  •  Steven Mackintosh

The Tulse Luper Suitcases reconstructs the life of Tulse Luper, a professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons. He was born in 1911 in Newport, South Wales and presumably last heard of in 1989. His life is reconstructed from the evidence of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Greenaway
CAST:  J.J. Feild  •  Caroline Dhavernas  •  Jordi Mollà  •  Steven Mackintosh

Opera ball (1998)

The Vienna State Opera on Thursday before the Carnival. As every year the large ball rather is attended by celebrities from politics and the media. Just the arrival of newcomers is finished and the Polonaise faded as it is in the best tradition: "Alles Walzer". ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Urs Egger
CAST:  Heiner Lauterbach  •  Franka Potente  •  Frank Giering  •  Caroline Goodall

The Vienna State Opera on Thursday before the Carnival. As every year the large ball rather is attended by celebrities from politics and the media. Just the arrival of newcomers is finished and the Polonaise faded as it is in the best tradition: "Alles Walzer". ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Urs Egger
CAST:  Heiner Lauterbach  •  Franka Potente  •  Frank Giering  •  Caroline Goodall

Paradise Mall (1999)

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DIRECTION:  Friedemann Fromm
CAST:  Heiner Lauterbach  •  Franka Potente  •  Jürgen Tarrach  •  Roman Knizka

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DIRECTION:  Friedemann Fromm
CAST:  Heiner Lauterbach  •  Franka Potente  •  Jürgen Tarrach  •  Roman Knizka

It's a Jungle Out There (1995)

Anna, 17 years old, is happy to throw her first big birthday party without her parents, but some of her guests are so stoned that they leave a big chaos and, even worse, destroy the favorite record of Anna's father. After the return of her shocked and angry parents ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans-Christian Schmid
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Axel Milberg  •  Dagmar Manzel  •  Farina Brock

Anna, 17 years old, is happy to throw her first big birthday party without her parents, but some of her guests are so stoned that they leave a big chaos and, even worse, destroy the favorite record of Anna's father. After the return of her shocked and angry parents ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hans-Christian Schmid
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Axel Milberg  •  Dagmar Manzel  •  Farina Brock

Beate Uhse - das Recht auf Liebe (2011)

Beate Uhse was a German pilot and entrepreneur. The only female stunt pilot in Germany in the 1930s, after World War II she started the first sex shop in the world. The company she started, Beate Uhse AG, is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and is the world ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hansjörg Thurn
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Hans-Werner Meyer  •  Henry Hübchen  •  Sylvester Groth

Beate Uhse was a German pilot and entrepreneur. The only female stunt pilot in Germany in the 1930s, after World War II she started the first sex shop in the world. The company she started, Beate Uhse AG, is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and is the world ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hansjörg Thurn
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  Hans-Werner Meyer  •  Henry Hübchen  •  Sylvester Groth

Small Lights (2010)

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DIRECTION:  Josef Rusnak
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  David Brezman  •  Guido Föhrweißer  •  Pasquale Cassalia

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DIRECTION:  Josef Rusnak
CAST:  Franka Potente  •  David Brezman  •  Guido Föhrweißer  •  Pasquale Cassalia

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea (2004)

The Tulse Luper Suitcases reconstructs the life of Tulse Luper, a professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons. He was born in 1911 in Newport, South Wales and presumably last heard of in 1989. His life is reconstructed from the evidence of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Greenaway
CAST:  J.J. Feild  •  Raymond J. Barry  •  Valentina Cervi  •  Marcel Iureș

The Tulse Luper Suitcases reconstructs the life of Tulse Luper, a professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons. He was born in 1911 in Newport, South Wales and presumably last heard of in 1989. His life is reconstructed from the evidence of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Greenaway
CAST:  J.J. Feild  •  Raymond J. Barry  •  Valentina Cervi  •  Marcel Iureș
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