“Crime Scene: Sara’s Confession”
Johanna Wokalek as ex-prisoner Sara
The star of “Tatort: Sara’s Confession” is actress Johanna Wokalek. She plays the Sharing Sara. A rare guest in the Sunday thriller.
Was she or was she not? This is the question that occupies viewers of the Black Forest crime thriller “Tatort: Sara’s Confession” (February 13, the first). Actress Johanna Wokalek (46) plays precarious publishing heiress Sara Manzer, who again seems embroiled in a murder case fresh out of prison, with bravery. The Parisian by choice is a rare guest in Sunday thrillers. So far she has appeared in the two Frankfurt thrillers ‘Tatort: The Dead Chinese’ (2008) and ‘Tatort: False Rabbit’ (2019).
Two Grimme Awards and almost a Golden Globe
The film “Aimée & Jaguar” (1999) by Max Färberböck (71 years old) with Juliane Köhler (56 years old), Maria Schrader (56 years old), Johanna Wokalek and other stars of today won the Bear of silver at the Berlinale as well as the German and the Bavarian Film Prize. In 2000, Wakalek’s debut film was even nominated for a Golden Globe for “Best Foreign Language Film”. She herself received three Young Talent and Advancement Awards in the same year.
And she kept getting noticed. For her role in the film “Hierankl” (2003) by Hans Steinbichler (55), she could expect her first Grimme Prize, for the historical TV movie “Landgericht – Geschichte eines Families” (2017, ZDF) on her second.
In “The Baader Meinhof Complex” (2008) by director Uli Edel (74), she played RAF terrorist member Gudrun Ensslin (1940-1977). The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Johanna Wokalek also caused a stir as “Pope Joan” (2009), who, according to legend, held the highest ecclesiastical office of the High Middle Ages.
“I’m always up for roles that release a fantasy in me as I read the book. I’m looking for an opening, an encounter with something new,” the versatile actress said in an interview with the “Tagesspiegel” in 2018. And that obviously includes low-budget films or films by Til Schweiger like “Barfuss” ( 2005) and entertaining comedies like “Wuff – Folge dem Hund” (2018) by Detlev Buck (59) or “Beckenrand Sheriff” (2021) by Marcus H. Rosenmüller (48).
Born in Freiburg (Breisgau), she is married to conductor Thomas Hengelbrock (63). The couple have a son.