Born in Berlin on January 24, 1961, Nastassja Kinski turns 60 this Sunday splendid years. Daughter of German actor Klaus Kinski and his first wife, actress Ruth Brigitte Tocki, Nastassja grew up in a hostile environment, in the midst of enormous poverty while the marriage lasted, until in 1967 his parents separated. After the marriage breakdown of your parents, Nastassja would hardly have contact with her father again, that left her and her mother in a dire economic situation, even going as far as living in a commune in Munich. Years later, she would accuse her father of having abused her and abused her physically and psychologically.
As a teenager, she began working as an advertising model, while doubting whether to become an actress. It will be the director Wim Wenders, who will become his mentor, the one who gives him his first opportunity at 15 years in a movie, a small role in ‘False movement’, a classic text by Goethe, directed by Wenders from a script by Peter handke where the future actress is a street acrobat who does not get to say a word. Wenders himself and actress Lisa Kreuzer had discovered her dancing in a disco. Wenders was casting for the aforementioned film, so it was Lisa Kreuzer who started a conversation with the young woman to ask to speak with her parents; It was then that they learned that the fifteen-year-old who called herself Stassi was the daughter of actor Klaus Kinski. I had never been in front of a camera, but «From the first takes it was clear that she would be an actress, although at that time he had not yet made the final decision, “Wenders later revealed.
Like so many first-time actresses of the time, Nastassja is offered pseudoerotic characters: ‘The possessed nun’, ‘No virgin at school’ or ‘Just as you are’, a Spanish Italian production where he works alongside Marcello Mastroianni. The actress would later recall: «If I had had someone who had protected me, or if I had felt more sure of myself, I would not have accepted certain things. Certain nudes. And that makes me deeply uneasy ». Her great international opportunity is given to her by Roman Polanski, who chooses her as the protagonist of ‘Tess’ (1981), adaptation of a Victorian classic by Thomas Hardy, where the actress gives life to a melancholic, beautiful and tormented heroine who captivates viewers around the world. Nastassja achieves the Golden Globe for Best New Actress.
A year earlier, Francis Ford Coppola selected her as the protagonist of ‘The kiss of the panther’, but the filming is delayed and in the end it is directed by Paul Schrader in 1982, keeping the actress as the protagonist. But Coppola insists on working with her and turns her that same year into the protagonist of ‘Hunch’. In 1983, ‘A bait named Elisabeth’, and in 1984 he stars ‘Hotel New Hampshire’, based on the novel by John Irving. And when it seems that his career begins to decline, his discoverer, Wim Wenders, appears again, offering him the leading role in a film that he is going to shoot in the United States, ‘Paris Texas‘, which raises it again.
In 1984, Nastassja Kinski met the Egyptian producer Ibrahim Moussa, whom she married in September of that same year. They established their residence in Algeria and later in Italy, where they raised their two children, the first the result of a relationship that the actress had with Vincent Spano. The marriage breaks up in 1991 and the actress takes refuge in the United States, where she does not lack work. And in 1994 Wim Wenders claimed her again as the protagonist of ‘So far, so close!’, his last job, for the moment, with his fetish director.
In recent years Nastassja has spread his work widely, highlighting those made with two of the most renowned independent film directors, the Englishman Michael Winterbottom, with whom he worked on ‘The forgiveness’ (2000), and the American David Lynch, who gave him a small role in ‘Inland Empire’ (2006). His last appearance in the cinema has been in the film ‘Sugar’ (2013), by Rotimi Rainwater. In 2014 he was part of the jury of the San Sebastián Festival.