Source: Katja Kraft (Munich Interview
regarding "100 Code")
Date: March 2015
Why is it so fascinating for
viewers to watch detective stories?
I think that detective stories give you that relieved
feeling you sometimes have after a nightmare. You wake
up and think: Oh, it was just a dream. You see people
doing things that you are not allowed to do. Thriller
tickle a bit of their own fear. And reveal that the
society in which we live is not really as good as we
believe. Crime is about rape, abuse, murder. Something
you usually do not want to see.
Do you like getting to know the dark side of a human
Yeah, not just in front of the camera. I also always
want to see the whole person in my private life. I do
not like people who lie. I am very afraid of people who
seem to be indifferent when someone takes something from
them: "Oh, life is about give and take." That scares me.
Because I know you are lying. But when someone says, "I
want to kill this and that," then I say: Okay. I know
where I am. Of course, I do not like the reaction, but I
know that man is honest.
Why did you accept the role in "100 Code"?
Because of the complexity of the characters. It's the
story around the two investigators... A feeling that
everyone carries within themselves. Everyone has left
someone in a bad way. Or has children and thinks: I
should be more at home. That's what it's all about,
guilt. And the question: What really happens in the
world? Should I foreclose? Or should I deal with it?
You are trying the latter?
Yes, as far as it goes. But it's better to understand
the whole article and not just read the headline. The
life we lead today is so complex - wars, the refugee
situation, these things. But with all the big political
issues, we like to forget that it's about people. Even
in acting, whether in front of the camera or on stage,
it is always about people.
Are series the modern way of attracting the public's
attention to such big topics?
The best way to reach people is still the theater. You
can tackle a theme in the movie, but people will say,
it's just a movie. But when the audience experiences the
storyline in a room with the performers, they can hardly
resist it. When I started, film was not as well-known as
it was said that real art takes place on stage. Fifteen
years ago it was the same with television. It was said
that this was not a real movie art. But now we have
these great series, a new art form. When I see my son
watching this on the tablet, I realize how many people
are watching the series. But you no longer have this
hypnotic moment as you have in the cinema or the
Do you prefer to play on stage?
When you breathe in the same room and in the same second
as the whole audience, you feel like an ambassador on
stage. This is the strongest drug you can throw in. You
never have that in front of the camera.