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Dana Vávrová was born in Prague in 1967 and was already a child star when she was cast in the lead of the German TV series Ein Stueck Himmel. Since then, she has won many prizes for her roles in his films like Autumn Milk (Herbstmilch, 1988), Rama Dama (1990), Stalingrad (1992), Brother of Sleep (Schlafes Bruder, 1994) and The Harmonists (1997). She has also made regular appeareances in TV films by directors like Marian Vajda and Peter Lehner. In 1995, she co-directed Wia die Zeit vergeht, a documentary on the Alpine rocker Hubert von Goisern, and made her directorial debut proper with Hunger - Addicted To Love (Hunger - Sehnsucht nach Liebe, 1997), followed by Bear on the Run (Der Baer ist los, 2000), and The Last Train (Der letzte Zug, 2006, in co-direction with Joseph Vilsmaier).