German actress Franka Potente arrived on the global cinematic scene in 1998, when she starred as the titular Lola in Run Lola Run (also known by its German name, Lola Rennt). The fast-paced, fantastical thriller opens when the main character’s lover, petty criminal Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), calls her and informs her that he’s lost a bag of cash he was delivering to a crime boss, and that they have 20 minutes to come up with the money. From that point on, the film is a frenetic chase to replace or find the lost cash, with events resetting every time the pair’s desperate plans go awry.
Per IMDb, the artistic and ambitious Run Lola Run ran the gamut of prestigious award ceremonies both at home and abroad, raking in prizes like the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Foreign Film honors at the Independent Spirit Awards. Potente herself took home the 1998 Bambi Award for Best Actress. As such, while Lola wasn’t her first role, this movie is a pretty excellent place to start if you’re looking to get acquainted with Potente’s filmography.