But not from the beginning Prochnow’s life was so filled with lightness and joy. He was born on June 10, 1941 in Berlin, from where his family had to flee to relatives in Dresden due to bombing raids in the wake of World War II. These own experiences of flight were later one of the reasons for Prochnow’s decision to take on the role of Konrad in the refugee drama “A Handful of Water”, in order to give a voice to those who today find themselves in a similar situation as he did back then.
Prochnow’s acting career began with appearances at various theaters and increasing television productions. His big breakthrough came in 1981 with his role as submarin Captain Lieutenant Lehmann-Willenbrock in “Das Boot,” which brought him international fame and paved the way to Hollywood.
Following his international successes, the world star is now returning to German cinemas. He can currently be seen in the feature film “A Handful of Water”, the directorial debut of Jakob Zapf. In it, he takes on the role of the cantankerous Konrad and brings it to life with a lot of feeling and great talent. What attracted him to participate in the story about the young refugee girl from Yemen and the stubborn old man seems obvious when looking at the Hollywood star’s past. It is the reason why Prochnow is able to put himself in the shoes of those who seek refuge with us today and why it seems important to him to draw attention to the fates of refugees: “I think,” says Prochnow about “A Handful of Water,” “this is a story that is worth telling.