Leander Haussmann

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Leander Haussmann, 2010

Leander Haussmann (born June 26, 1959 in Quedlinburg ) is a German film and theater director and actor .

life and work

The son of the actor Ezard Haußmann and the costume designer Doris Haußmann grew up in Berlin-Hirschgarten . He first did an apprenticeship as a printer. In 1980 he did his military service as a seaman with the NVA . From 1982 to 1986 he attended the Ernst Busch drama school in Berlin and practiced his profession at several theaters in the GDR, from 1986 to 1988 at the Stadttheater Gera and from 1988/89 at the Landestheater Parchim . In 1987, he embodied in Countess Cosel , part of the trilogy of Saxony's Glanz and Preussens Gloria , the page Brühl , a role that was embodied by his father in the previous parts, which, however, played later. In 1992 he played Death at the Berliner Jedermann Festival .

From 1990 to 1995 he was a director at the German National Theater in Weimar .

Director Leander Haussmann when he left the Schauspielhaus Bochum on June 3, 2000

From 1995 to 2000, Haussmann was the artistic director of the Bochum theater . During this time he also played in Detlev Buck's film Männerpension . His breakthrough as a director came with the film Sonnenallee (2000). The film adaptation of the novel Herr Lehmann (2003) by Sven Regener was his second feature film. In 2005 the film NVA followed , in which Haussmann's own experiences as a soldier flowed. He also appears again and again as an actor in movies, for example in a solo album or egg thieves .

His staging of Die Fledermaus at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 1997 was just as scandalous as his prevented Peter Pan staging at the Wiener Festwochen . On the other hand, his staging of Romeo and Juliet was successful for years (with Ralf Dittrich in the invented role of Naso after Ovid , leading through the entire play ) at the Residenztheater in Munich .

Together with Boris Naujoks he shot the television adaptation of Kabale und Liebe by Friedrich Schiller for ZDF in 2005 , with Paula Kalenberg , August Diehl , Götz George , Katja Flint , Katharina Thalbach and Detlev Buck , among others .

Haussmann's successor to Sonnenallee with the title NVA was released in Germany in 2005. The shooting took place from July to September 2004 in Bad Düben , Saxony .

In 2007 the film Why Men Don't Listen and Women Park Badly , which is based on the book of the same name by the Australian writer couple Allan and Barbara Pease, hit theaters.

In 2009 he directed the retired comedy Dinosaurier, inspired by Bernhard Sinkel's Lina Braake - You look old against us! with Ezard Haußmann , Eva-Maria Hagen , Ingrid van Bergen , Ralf Wolter , Walter Giller and Nadja Tiller .

In 2011 Haußmann's film Hotel Lux was released , in which Michael Herbig , Jürgen Vogel , Sebastian Blomberg and Thekla Reuten can be seen, among others . The film is based on a draft script by Uwe Timm .

In 2017 the film adaptation of the bestseller Das Pubertier by Jan Weiler came into the cinemas. In this context, Haussmann also announced his temporary withdrawal from the theater.

At the end of 2018, his play Staatssicherheitstheater premiered at the Volksbühne in Berlin .


Haußmann lives in Berlin-Friedrichshagen and has a son and two daughters, including the child actress Edwina Kuhl , who was born in 2010 .

His grandmother was once married to Hermann Hesse , his grandfather went from being a Karl May actor to a Brecht actor at the Berliner Ensemble , and his father Ezard Haussmann was a well-known actor in film and television in the GDR.

Theater productions (selection)






  • Boo My way to wealth, beauty and happiness (autobiographical novel). Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2013, ISBN 978-3-462-30696-5

Web links

Commons : Leander Haußmann  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Interview on the theatrical release of NVA . outnow.ch
  2. Julius Pöhnert: Staging analysis by Leander Haußmann: Romeo and Juliet based on the dramaturgical criteria of the “poetics” of Aristotle . GRIN Verlag , Mainz 2004
  3. ^ Henryk Goldberg: The grace of noise . shakespeare-gesellschaft.de, 1999
  4. 6.6 million euros for 37 projects: FFF Bayern supports the literary film adaptation "Mittelreich", a thriller about Ötzi and the sequel to "Tannbach": FFF Bayern. (No longer available online.) In: fff-bayern.de. Archived from the original on June 21, 2016 ; accessed on June 21, 2016 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.fff-bayern.de
  5. Peter Zander: Leander Haussmann withdraws from the theater. In: morgenpost.de. Retrieved June 21, 2016 .
  6. Marina Antonioni: Secret star in the "police call" - Haußmann reveals: My daughter played along . In: Focus , September 29, 2013, accessed on August 16, 2019
  7. Jegor Jublimov, Haußmann, Andersen1Nexö, in: Junge Welt, June 26, 2019.
  8. Wolfgang Behrens: "With the beer in your fist" on nachtkritik.de
  9. Die Welt: "Erotik und Kampf" by Matthias Heine
  10. nachtkritik.de
  11. NDR.de: "Chekhov's" Möwe "at the Thalia Theater" by Katja Weise ( Memento from May 18, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  12. Review: Mounia Meiborg: The soldier as a circus horse. Leander Haußmann stages “Woyzeck” in the Berliner Ensemble . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , September 9, 2014, No. 207, p. 13.