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Adrijana Altaras

(1960-04-06) 6 April 1960 (age 63)
Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality German
Alma mater Berlin University of the Arts
Occupation Actress, theater director and writer
Partner(s) Wolfgang Böhmer
Children Aaron Altaras and Leonard Altaras
Parent(s) Jakob Altaras and Thea Altaras

Adriana Altaras (born 6 April 1960, Zagreb) is a German actress, theater director and writer, born in Zagreb.


Early life

Altaras was born in Zagreb, FPR Yugoslavia to Jewish parents, Thea Altaras (née Fuhrmann) and Jakob Altaras, who were part of the Yugoslav Partisans. Her father started to explore the true causes of the death of his brother, Silvio Altaras, who was killed by the communist regime of the Yugoslavia in early 1945. Because of that, in 1964, the League of Communists of Croatia initiated a court case against her father; as a result of this, she escaped Zagreb with her mother to Italy in 1964, in a car driven by her Italian uncle. She stayed with her mother in Italy for a few years, long enough to learn Italian. From Italy, Altaras moved to Konstanz, Germany in 1967.


After high school education, Altaras graduated from the Berlin University of the Arts. Altaras completed her academic studies in New York City. She founded the Western Stadthirschen theater in Berlin, where she worked as an actress, director and writer. In 1982, she made her movie debut, and in 1989 she had a lead role in Der Philosoph [de], directed by Rudolf Thome. However, the focus of her work remained with the various theater projects. ..... In the cinema, she has mainly acted in films by Rudolf Thome, with whom she had worked since the 1980s. In 1988, she received the Deutscher Filmpreis for her role in Thome's film The Microscope [de].

In 1993, Altaras received the Theater Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1998 she received the Deutscher Filmpreis Award. In 1999, she received the 2nd Audience Award Friedrich Luft, Berlin. In 2000, she received a Silver Bear for acting.

Altaras worked with Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation as an interviewer and lecturer. Altaras has two sons with composer Wolfgang Böhmer; Aaron and Leonard Altaras.

She is a regular columnist at the German newspaper Die Zeit Online. Regina Schilling directed the film Tito's Glasses in 2014, based on Altaras's book Titos Brille, in which she travels through her Croatian homeland in search of her family past and fights for the return of stolen property.


  • 1964: Nikoletina Bursać – Director: Branko Bauer
  • 1982: Dorado (one way) – Director: Reinhard Münster
  • 1987: In der Wüste – Director: Rafael Fuster Pardo
  • 1988: The Microscope [de] – Director: Rudolf Thome
  • 1988: Der Philosoph [de] – Director: Rudolf Thome (with Johannes Herrschmann)
  • 1989: Sieben Frauen [de] – Director: Rudolf Thome
  • 1994: Löwenzahn – Eine dolle Knolle
  • 1995: Das Geheimnis [de] – Director: Rudolf Thome
  • 1997: Tatort: Gefährliche Übertragung – Director: Petra Haffter (TV series episode)
  • 1997: Liebe Lügen – Director: Martin Walz
  • 1999: Apokalypso – Director: Martin Walz
  • 2000: Paradiso: Seven Days with Seven Women [de] – Director: Rudolf Thome
  • 2003: Red and Blue [de] – Director: Rudolf Thome
  • 2003: Tor zum Himmel – Director: Veit Helmer
  • 2004: Alles auf Zucker! – Director: Dani Levy
  • 2006: Smoke Signs [de] – Director: Rudolf Thome
  • 2007: Nur ein kleines bisschen schwanger
  • 2007: Mein Führer – Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler – Director: Dani Levy
  • 2007: Vollidiot – Director: Tobi Baumann
  • 2007: Stellungswechsel
  • 2007: Pastewka – Staffel 3 (TV series)
  • 2009: Die Gräfin
  • 2009: Germany 09
  • 2011: Bloch: Inschallah – Director: Thomas Jauch
  • 2013: Danni Lowinski (TV series)
  • 2014: Josephine Klick – Allein unter Cops
  • 2015: Nacht der Angst – Director: Gabriela Zerhau
  • 2019: Das perfekte Geheimnis – Director: Bora Dagtekin


  • Titos Brille, Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2011
  • Doitscha! Eine jüdische Mutter packt aus, Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2015 ISBN: 9783462047097
  • Das Meer und ich waren im besten Alter : Geschichten aus meinem Alltag, Köln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2017. ISBN: 978-3-462-04958-9
  • Die jüdische Souffleuse. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Köln 2018, ISBN: 978-3-462-05199-5

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