FRANKA POTENTE (Marie Kreutz) made an impression on audiences worldwide in Tom Tykwer's critically acclaimed Run Lola Run in 1999. Shot in real-time, the story follows Lola as she runs through the city streets of Germany over a breathless 20 minutes trying to scrape up $20,000 to save the life of her boyfriend. Run Lola Run won the 1999 Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Foreign Film at the 2000 Independent Spirit Awards. It was also nominated for Best Film not in the English Language by BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts).
Last year, Potente was seen in Ted Demme's Blow, opposite Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. In 2001, she also starred in the romantic thriller The Princess and the Warrior, which re-teamed her with writer-director Tykwer in the story of two outlaw lovers.
Potente recently completed filming Try Seventeen opposite Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore. Her German credits include Nach funf im Urwald (1995), Coming In (1996), Rennlauf (1997), Opernbail (1997), Bin ich schon (1997), Schlaraffenland (1998) and Anatomy (1999), a horror film which was her country's highest-grossing film that year.
Born and raised in Munster, Germany, Potente attended the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich and the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City.
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