Nastassja Kinski talks about her cinema comeback

Nastassja Kinski talks about her cinema comeback

Awas at the height of her fame Nastassja Kinski one of the few German world stars. She starred alongside Al Pacino, Marcello Mastroianni, Gérard Depardieu and Robin Williams, and great photographers celebrated her flawless beauty. At the same time she got to know the downsides of an early rise; especially at the beginning of her career, she once said, she wished she had been more protected. The nymphet image of the revealing roles in which she was cast as a minor stuck with her like the unloved nickname Nasti. With impressive performances like in “Paris, Texas” she played free. Eventually, she faded from view a bit, even from Hollywood’s view; her small Germany comeback in the television show “Let’s Dance” was six years ago.

Jorg Thomann

Editor in the “Life” section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper.

Now Nastassja Kinski is returning to the big screen with the film “Die stille Trabanten” by Thomas Stuber based on a book by Clemens Meyer. In an ensemble of local film and television greats like Martina Gedeck, Charly Hübner, Albrecht Schuch, Peter Kurth and Lilith Stangenberg, she is the surprise guest. During a conversation in a hotel near the Kurfürstendamm, she comes across as curious, charming and approachable and at the same time – she only gave interviews occasionally – still seems a little strange; every now and then she, who is at home in many languages, slips an English expression into the German sentence. She would prefer to only look back on the good things and most of all she would like to only talk about her new film. In view of her eventful career, one cannot really get involved with it.

Nastassja Kinski, we are meeting in West Berlin today. In your home town.

I only lived here as a baby. I grew up in Rome.

And now you live here again?

Partially. As often as I can. I’ve never really lived here, generally not in Germany, I’ve almost always been to America or other countries. I’ve always felt a longing to come here. It was destiny I think, but also a real wish of mine.

You regularly post photos of the Victory Column and the Quadriga on the Brandenburg Gate on Instagram: motifs that played an important role in Wim Wenders’ 1993 film “In ferne, so nah!”

There is a great moment in the film where all of us who are playing the angels are sitting together on the Brandenburg Gate and Gorbachev appears, who lets us hear his thoughts and who, after all, changed everything. That was a symbolic moment. I often drive past the Victory Column. The sky with the angel is something very special for me personally, which I like to share. When I make a wish or something nice happens, I often post a photo of the angel. And I often go through the Brandenburg Gate.

Kinski received critical acclaim for 1984's Paris, Texas.  Although only visible towards the end, it characterizes this film by Wim Wenders.

Kinski received critical acclaim for 1984’s Paris, Texas. Although only visible towards the end, it characterizes this film by Wim Wenders.

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After almost 30 years you can be seen again in a German cinema film. “The Silent Trabants”, filmed in Leipzig, takes place in the milieu of the so-called little people. Have you ever been to a train station pub before filming?

I love train stations. I feel really comfortable there, I also took a lot of photos of train stations. In a train station bar? Not necessarily. If I were to work at the train station, I could certainly imagine making friends with a barman and chilling out there, like Birgitt – my role.

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