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Coach for actors, directors and young talents

No Pain Society

Is it possible to overcome pain? Is this is what we are looking for? What happens if we don’t suffer any pain anymore? In this interesting Theater Project I worked as a coach with the three actresses. This kind of exploration is what really matters in Theatre, I believe.

In The Fire

Director Daphne Charizani is shooting her next film In The Fire end of September 2018 in Greece. Th last weeks we have been working together preparing the shooting. I am looking forward to seeing the film on screen. 

I don't love you anymore!

directed by Max Färberböck for the German ZDF. Young actress Geraldine Schlette (11 years) plays a difficult and important role in this film. Since two years she we have been working on different parts she has been playing in theatre. Now, finally, her dream come true and she can act in front of the camera. She is very proud. (Me, too, a bit.) 

When Hitler stole pink rabbit

I had the pleasure to work with Carla Juri on her character in "When Hitler stole pink rabbit" by Judith Kerr, directed by Caroline Link. The most famous and tender children´s book on the exile during Second World War in Germany. 

Sophie Dahl

North German Detective Story

In the North German detective story the leading actress Sophia Dal always eventually manages to find the murderer. We worked together preparing the shooting.

Der Läufer

Der Läufer (The Runner) by Hannes Baumgartner

will have its Worldwide Opening Night at the San Sebastian Filmfestival (sept. 21.29, 2018) and later on in Switzerland at the Zurich Film Festival (sept. 27 - 7 oct, 2018)
I was involved as acting coach in the preparation phase. A tough film based on a true story.
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Annabelle Mandeng, known as presenter und will be acting as EVA  in the new film Berlin Alexanderplatz by Burhan Qurbani. I coached her and I must say I am impressed by her openness, emotional depth and physical presence on screen. And it was good fun to work with her, too!

Bei der Veranstaltung des Bundesministerium des Innern 

Postmigrantische Führungsfrauen vernetzen sich, vom 17.05. – 21.05.2018,
werde ich einen Workshop geben. Eine Herausforderung, der ich mich gerne stelle.

Der Film Pelikanblut von Katrin Gebbe wird im Sommer 2018

in Bulgarien gedreht und ich habe das Vergnügen mit Katrin Gebbe und Nina Hoss bei der Vorbereitung mit dabei zu sein.

5vor12 (BR)

“Your Coaching paid off well!
Tomorrow we will get the Grimme-Preise for the series:
Thank you so much for the precious support."
Niklas Weise

"Berlin Alexanderplatz" by Burhan Qurbani

will be shot in a modern version this summer 2018. I am coaching the leading actor Welket Bungué as a dialect coach, because he has to speak in German and English in this film. His mother tongue is Portuguese! I am looking forward to see this film when it is finished. The script is already very promising.

In the international film production "Gomera" by Cornelia Porumboiu

(Sp - En - Romanian) I am coaching Antonio Buil. Here I work with him on his English and his character. Antonio is Spanish, but lives in Switzerland, so English is really a challenge for him. He is amazing. In the film they speak a language I have never heard of before... but I cannot talk about it yet. Fascinating.

"Two in the Wrong Movie" by Laura Lackmann

with the wonderful Laura Tonke come into the German speaking cinemas end of May. It was the opening film at the Film Festival "Achtung Berlin 2018". The audience was enjoying it clearly. I worked with Laura Tonke as a coach and supported her in her research for this role. It was tricky to find the right balance between comedy and intensity for this type of film. She did it amazingly well. Like always. Funny and truthful, with ease and yet intense. Just great.

24 Wochen mit Julia Jentsch

Im Drama 24 Wochen spielt Julia Jentsch eine Kabarettistin, die schwanger wird und eine schwierige Entscheidung treffen muß. Für diesen Film bekam Julia Jentsch Silber beim Deutschen Filmpreis 2017 und er war der einzige deutsche Beitrag bei der Berlinale 2016.
Ich habe mit Julia ihre Rolle vorbereitet.

21.03.2018 Heimatland auf SRF

Bei Heimatland habe ich in zwei Episoden die Schauspieler gecoacht. Es ist ein interessantes Experiment gewesen und ich finde die Filme sehenswert.

Bei Der Läufer von Hannes Baumgartner habe ich bei den Vorbereitungen auf den Dreh als Coach mitgeholfen. Das ist kein Film für schwache Nerven, und da er auf reale Ereignisse beruht, ist es umso aufwühlender. Mutig.

Julia Jentsch won the award as Best Actress at the German TV Award 2018 for "Das Verschwinden" (Disappeared).

I am so happy for her! And a tiny bit proud, too because we did the preparation together.

"Massive Dreams"- a project for dancers created by choreographer Antje Velsinger.

During rehearsals in January and February 2018 I coached the dancers and helped them express their intimate needs through body and speech. It is very exciting for me to work with dancers. We all have the same goal, to be truthful and precise and to express our vision of todays world. The means of expression are different but the need is the same.

The Jewish Dog is a beautiful novel from Asher Kravitz and will be shot in Budapest in October and November 2017

directed by Lynn Roth. It is a Low Budget Production from L.A, USA and everyone involved is committed to this touching and beautiful script. The story of the Holocaust told through the eyes of a dog and his best friend, the jewish boy Joshua. I am happy to be part of the making of this film as a dialect coach. We want all characters played by American, Israelian, Hungarian and German actors to have a similar accent to their English. Exciting.

Sunday, Sept 17th, 2017 at 8:15 pm Two Lifes 

with Michael Neuenschwander as leading actor in this episode of Tatort will be seen.
I worked with him on this extreme character.

Streaker directed by Peter Luisi in Zurich, CH

will open October 2017 in all German speaking countries. Doro Müggler is the leading female role in this male dominated comedy and I prepped her for this role. I hope it will be subtitled!

Underneath German Beds with Veronica Ferres

is based on the Polish bestseller and opens Sept 12th, 2017 in the German cinemas.
I prepped Eray Egilmez for his part in this comedy. Great dialogues!

Les Heures-Encre by Wendy Pillonel

Les Heures-Encre (Black Hours) by Wendy Pillonel (Production: Peacock Film AG) are nominated for the FIRST STEPS Award 2017 (mid-lenght fiction film). 
Lets keep the fingers crossed!

With Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke in Berlin I love You

In one episode of this movie - Love is in the Air - Mickey Rourke has a nine minute long scene!! with top model Toni Garrn in a bar, directed by Til Schweiger. The scene is intense and very touching. Then they continue in a hotel room …
What an experience - to be on set as their dialogue coach! August 2017

Berlin Station

Epix Original series, 2nd season 2017 
From April to August 2017 I will be working as Dialect Coach with the German actors involved in this Paramount TV series of 10 episodes.

It is an hour long espionage drama that follows a CIA case officer and his team on a secret mission to Berlin. He finds himself in a world full of danger and moral compromises.

Film Festival in Munich 22 June to 1 July 2017

The Vanishing, a mini series directed by Hans Christian Schmid, has its world premiere at the Munich Film Festival. I prepared and coached Julia Jentsch, the female leading character. Intense, challenging and very satisfying.

Julia Jentsch is the mother of 20 year old Janine who disappears mysteriously in a small Bavarian town. She starts to search for her daughter at her own risk and what she discovers bit by bit will keep you glued to the screen.

Axolotl Overkill, June 2017

Laura Tonke in Axolotl Overkill by Helene Hegemann, plays the half-sibling of 16 year old Mifti. I prepared Laura in this unconventional movie and her performance is exquisite. 

Mifti, age 16, lives in Berlin with her half-siblings, her rich, self-involved father and her junkie friend Ophelia. As she mourns her recently deceased mother, she begins to develop an obsession with Alice, an enigmatic, and much older, white-collar criminal.

Workshop for Actors and Directors from 15th- 20th of May 

This workshop is meant for actors and directors. We will apply the Method of Acting Coach Susan Batson, using her Exercises and Steps as in her book „Truth…". Since we are expecting partecipants from different countries the workshop will switch between German, English and Italian according to the necessities. Don´t worry, everyone will be understood.
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G'stätten by Peter Evers 

Svenja Jung will be the leading actress in the German film G'stätten by Peter Evers. A cosy little village which turns out to be everything else but cosy. Dispisement, death, liberation. I am thrilled to support her in this film.

Berlinale 2017

Several films where I had the opportunity to collaborate are being shown:
Return to Montauk (Nina Hoss)
Kongens Nei (als Dialect Coach)
24 Weeks (Julia Jentsch)
All at Once (Julia Jentsch) 
The Best of all Worlds (Philipp Stix)
The Queen of Spain (Antonio Buil)


YOUTUBE Interview von Julian Schlichting von Der Sprechplanet 
mit Lena Lessing