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      Leonie Benesch

      Leonie Benesch

      Highest Rated: 97% The Teachers' Lounge (2023)

      Lowest Rated: 79% Persian Lessons (2020)

      Birthday: Apr 22, 1991

      Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

      Her first role was in the 2007 German drama "Beautiful Bitch," but German-born actress Leonie Benesch did not gain international attention until she starred in German filmmaker Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon," a beautiful black and white exploration of a small protestant village on the eve of World War I. The movie, gorgeous and tense, has been called Haneke's finest, and Benesch's performance was also hailed by critics and audiences alike. She plays a local village girl named Eva, who is being courted by the town's schoolteacher played by Christian Friedel. The schoolteacher is attempting to investigate mysterious and sinister happenings in their village, while building a relationship with Eva. Following her work on "The White Ribbon," Benesch went on to another intense project in 2010's youth prison drama "Picco." Directed by Philip Koch, the movie explores the struggles of a newcomer to a youth prison, and his struggles for survival inside the brutal world of a correctional facility. That same year, Benesch played the role of Yvonne in the Sophie Heldman film "Colors in the Dark," about an aging couple struggling to come to terms with the change in their relationship when it is revealed that the husband is suffering from prostate cancer.

      Highest rated movies

      The Teachers' Lounge
      The White Ribbon
      Persian Lessons

      Photos

      THE WHITE RIBBON, (aka DAS WEISSE BAND-EINE DEUTSCHE KINDERGESCHICHTE), from left: Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, 2009. ©Sony Classics THE WHITE RIBBON, (aka DAS WEISSE BAND-EINE DEUTSCHE KINDERGESCHICHTE), from left: Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, 2009. ©Sony Classics THE WHITE RIBBON, (aka DAS WEISSE BAND-EINE DEUTSCHE KINDERGESCHICHTE), Leonie Benesch, 2009. ©Sony Classics

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      97% 59% The Teachers' Lounge Carla Nowak (Character) $542.4K 2023
      79% 89% Persian Lessons Elsa (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 8 Seconds Helen (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Colors in the Dark Yvonne (Character) - 2010
      85% 79% The White Ribbon Eva (Character) $2.2M 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beautiful Bitch Gitti (Character) - 2007

      TV

      Credit
      67% 75% The Swarm Charlie Wagner (Character) 2023
      No Score Yet 91% Babylon Berlin Greta (Character) 2017 2020 2022
      81% 74% Around the World in 80 Days Abigail `Fix' Fortescue (Character) 2022
      70% 60% Spy City Eliza Hahn (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Holiday Secrets Lara (Character) 2019