In The Defector, an adaptation of the novel by Siegried Lenz, directed by Florian Gallenberger I am happy to coach the leading actress Malgorzata Mikołajczyk in my function as a Dialect Coach, preparing her for the shoot in summer 2019. It will be an ambitious and exciting 2 episode TV Film.
The New Pope by Paolo Sorrentino
In The New Pope by Paolo Sorrentino I had the pleasure to work with Lore Stefanek in the preparation of her juicy and complex part. I am looking forward in seeing it on screen.
Sleep by Michael Venus with Sandra Hüller and Gro Swantje Kohlhof
In the film Sleep by Michael Venus staring Sandra Hüller and Gro Swantje Kohlhof I coach Gro Swantje Kohlhof. We met before during the preparation of Tore is dancing by Katrin Gebbe. Sleep is a skin-creeping and moving film.
Seminars in August 2019 in Zurich
In Storytelling beyond boundaries: four countries, three encounters I will be giving the second of three seminars in August 2019 in Zurich. Artists from film, literature, radio play, animation art, video and games coming from different parts around Lake Constance will take part. To try to create something overcoming the boundaries of the different arts is an inspiring idea.
Coaching an acting in Pirandello The Mountains Giants in Naples
In June 2019 I will be coaching an acting in Pirandello The Mountains Giants in Naples, Italy. Quite a challenge for me. But Naples is one of favorite cities to be!
Russenstory by Johanna Moder
Julia Jentsch just finished shooting Russian Story by Johanna Moder. Again it was such a pleasure to work with her prior to the shooting, examining her character from all possible sides.
Q and A with Susan Batson about her work as an acting coach
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.
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 (The Runner) by Hannes Baumgartner
will have its Worldwide Opening Night at the San Sebastian Filmfestival www.sansebastianfestival.com (sept. 21.29, 2018) and later on in Switzerland at the Zurich Film Festival www.zff.com (sept. 27 - 7 oct, 2018)
I was involved as acting coach in the preparation phase. A tough film based on a true story.
All updates and news at: www.contrastfilm.ch/de.
Annabelle Mandeng, known as presenter
“Your Coaching paid off well!
Tomorrow we will get the Grimme-Preise for the series:
Thank you so much for the precious support."
"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.
"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.