Carmen-Maja Antoni

Carmen-Maja Antoni

Additional Names: Carmen Maja Antoni (Schreibvariante)
Darstellerin
*23.08.1945 Berlin

Biography

Carmen-Maja Antoni was born August 23, 1945, as the daughter of the artists couple Joseph Antoni and Ursula Antoni-Orendt in Berlin. Already at the age of eleven, she appeared for the first time on GDR television as one of three members of the pioneer cabaret revue "Blaue Blitze", directed by Gisela Schwartz-Martell. After finishing school, she attended drama school at Deutsche Hochschule für Filmkunst Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1962 to 1965, and during that time already became a cast member at Potsdam's Hans-Otto-Theater. She performed in fairy tales, classic German plays, and plays by Bertolt Brecht.

From 1970 on, she performed at Berlin's Volksbühne for five years and then went on to play at Berliner Ensemble where she still performed after the German reunification and under new management. Her repertoire included Molière, Shakespeare, Lessing, and Heiner Müller, among others. Time and time again, she celebrated success with Brechtian plays – even in Western Europe and the United States during the 1980s. At the same time, Antoni also thrilled audiences in a completely different theatre genre: by doing vocals and artistical show pieces in musical theatre.

Carmen-Maja Antoni's movie career with DEFA started at the same time as her theatre career during the 1960s. At first, she starred in smaller, mostly nameless, roles. She made her movie debut in 1964 in the comedy "Der Reserveheld" which was followed by Kurt Maetzig's "Das Kaninchen bin ich" (I Am the Rabbit), "Hauptmann Florian von der Mühle", starring Manfred Krug, and "Zeit der Störche", directed by Siegfried Kühn. In Herrmann Zschoche's science fiction film "Eolomea", Antoni dubbed the voice of the computer, and in the rather pubertal comedy "Der Mann, der nach der Oma kam", Antoni played an insurance cashier.

Antoni also regularly returned to the genre of children's films. She often played the role of the mother, for instance in "Der Dicke und ich", in "Die dicke Tilla", or in "Jeder träumt von einem Pferd". Furthermore, she played fairy tale characters such as the eponymous misfortune in "Verflixtes Mißgeschick". The leading role in Siegfried Kühn's film "Kindheit" (1987) became one of her best-known roles. In "Kindheit", Antoni played the caring grandmother of nine-year old Alfons, who is growing up in a Silesian village in 1944. Carmen-Maja Antoni won the critic’s award as "Best actress" for her performance.

After the German reunification, Antoni continued her theatre and film career without any noticeable interruption. In the TV crime series "Rosa Roth" , Antoni was seen as the secretary of the female inspector, played by Iris Berben. She also starred in minor parts in films such as "Das Leben ist eine Baustelle" ("Life is All You Get"), directed by Wolfgang Becker, Andreas Dresen's "Nachtgestalten" ("Night Shapes"), and "Berlin Is In Germany", directed by Hannes Stöhr, that saw Antoni as a friendly parole officer who helps the main protagonist to find his way in unified Germany after his release from jail. Most recently, Antoni was seen in the drama "Die Boxerin" ("About a Girl"), directed by Catharina Deus.

Besides her acting career, Carmen-Maja Antoni works as lecturer at HFF "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg and at Hochschule für Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch". She is living with her family in Berlin.

The contents of this entry were funded with the support of the DEFA-Stiftung.

Filmography

2016/2017 Der König von Berlin
Cast
 
2016/2017 Der scheidende Schupo
Cast
 
2016 Krauses Glück
Cast
 
2015 Ein Mord mit Aussicht
Cast
 
2014/2015 Ikarus
Cast
 
2014 Krauses Geheimnis
Cast
 
2013/2014 Miss Sixty
Cast
 
2011 Krauses Braut
Cast
 
2009 Krauses Kur
Cast
 
2009 Keiner geht verloren
Cast
 
2008/2009 Das Brautkleid
Cast
 
2007 Krauses Fest
Cast
 
2006-2008 Hungrige Seelen
Cast
 
2006 In guten Händen
Cast
 
2004/2005 Die Boxerin
Cast
 
2003 Geschlecht: weiblich
Cast
 
2002/2003 Ein Schiff wird kommen
Cast
 
2001/2002 Die Abrechnung
Cast
 
2001/2002 Knallharte Jungs
Cast
 
2001 Täusche deinen Nächsten wie dich selbst
Cast
 
2000/2001 Der Zimmerspringbrunnen
Cast
 
2000/2001 Berlin is in Germany
Cast
 
2000/2001 Pinky und der Millionenmops
Cast
 
1999/2000 Küsse und Bisse
Cast
 
1999 Die Retterin
Cast
 
1999 Wohin mit den Witwen
Cast
 
1998/1999 Nachtgestalten
Cast
 
1998 Wintersaat
Cast
 
1998 Jerusalem oder Die Reise in den Tod
Cast
 
1998 Die Hochzeitskuh
Cast
 
1997/1998 Der Laden
Cast
 
1997 Berlin
Cast
 
1997 Die Stimme
Cast
 
1997 Ein Bernhardiner namens Möpschen
Cast
 
1997 Solidaritätslied. Hanns Eisler - eine Geschichte
Cast
 
1996 Montag, 26. November ...
Cast
 
1996 Nirgendwohin
Cast
 
1996 Katrin und Wladimir
Cast
 
1996 Leben ohne Angst - Hanns Eisler
Participation
 
1995/1996 Unter die Haut
Cast
 
1995/1996 Verlorenes Leben
Cast
 
1995-1997 Das Leben ist eine Baustelle
Cast
 
1995 Lügen
Cast
 
1994/1995 ... nächste Woche ist Frieden
Cast
 
1994 In Liebe und Tod
Cast
 
1994 Haß im Kopf
Cast
 
1993/1994 Arme Schweine
Cast
 
1993 Die Narbe des Himmels
Cast
 
1993 Tod im Kraftwerk
Cast
 
1992/1993 Rosen-Emil
Cast
 
1990/1991 Zwischen Pankow und Zehlendorf
Cast
 
1990 Der kleine Herr Friedemann
Cast
 
1989/1990 Heimsuchung
Cast
 
1989 Der Wahrheit verpflichtet
Cast
 
1988/1989 Verflixtes Mißgeschick!
Cast
 
1988 Nur einen Tag ...
Cast
 
1987/1988 Eifersucht
Cast
 
1987/1988 Jeder träumt von einem Pferd
Cast
 
1986/1987 Kindheit
Cast
 
1986/1987 Käthe Kollwitz - Bilder eines Lebens
Cast
 
1986 Der junge Herr Siegmund
Cast
 
1985 Balancen
Cast
 
1984/1985 Die Gänse von Bützow
Cast
 
1984 Eine schöne Bescherung
Cast
 
1982/1983 Es geht einer vor die Hunde
Cast
 
1982 Der Hase und der Igel
Cast
 
1981 Die dicke Tilla
Cast
 
1980/1981 Der Dicke und ich
Cast
 
1980 Meines Vaters Straßenbahn
Cast
 
1979/1980 Max und siebeneinhalb Jungen
Cast
 
1979/1980 Alle meine Mädchen
Cast
 
1978/1979 Einfach Blumen aufs Dach
Cast
 
1978/1979 Meta Morfoss
Voice
 
1978 Zwerg Nase
Cast
 
1977 Auftrag: Überleben
Cast
 
1974/1975 Heute ist Freitag
Cast
 
1974/1975 Bankett für Achilles
Cast
 
1974/1975 Blumen für den Mann im Mond
Cast
 
1973/1974 Die Kückenmutter
Voice
 
1973/1974 Johannes Kepler
Cast
 
1973 Das zweite Leben des Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Platow
Cast
 
1972/1973 Wenn die Tauben steigen
Cast
 
1971/1972 Eolomea
Voice
 
1971 Der Mann, der nach der Oma kam
Cast
 
1971 Der Arzt wider Willen
Cast
 
1970/1971 Zeit der Störche
Cast
 
1970/1971 Pygmalion XII
Cast
 
1970 Zwei Briefe an Pospischiel
Cast
 
1970 Unsere Klasse, große Klasse
Cast
 
1969/1970 Rottenknechte
Cast
 
1969/1970 Unterwegs zu Lenin
Cast
 
1969 Junge Frau von 1914
Cast
 
1969 Zeit zu leben
Cast
 
1968 Wege übers Land
Cast
 
1967/1968 Hauptmann Florian von der Mühle
Cast
 
1967/1968 Schüsse unterm Galgen
Cast
 
1967 Kleiner Mann - was nun?
Cast
 
1965-1966/2005 Fräulein Schmetterling
Cast
 
1964/1965 Der Reserveheld
Cast
 
1964/1965 Denk bloß nicht, ich heule
Cast
 
1964/1965 Das Kaninchen bin ich
Cast
 
1959 Diebe im Warenhaus
Cast
 

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