German actor Ludwig Trepte has not even reached thirty years of age and already has a lengthy list of credits to his name. By the time he was twelve he had already appeared professionally on television. Since then, his career has taken off. A large portion of Trepte’s screen time has been on the small screen: television. With appearances in such highly regarded serials as Deutschland 83 and Generation War (titled Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter in Germany). He’s also graced the silver screen with a large number of film appearances. This month, practice your German language skills with the television and film roles of actor Ludwig Trepte!
Easily one of the best new television shows, if you ask me, Deutschland 83 is a collaboration between United States’ Sundance TV and Germany’s RTL. Set in 1983 Cold War-era Germany, the show follows an East German soldier that becomes a spy embedded in West Berlin. Trepte portrays the son of a West German general. The father-son relationship is complicated. As the show progresses, it finds Trepte as a reluctant soldier questioning his sexuality and his political beliefs. The show is addictive: get ready to binge-watch. Stream it now immediately on Hulu.
Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter (Generation War)
While the BBC and HBO seem to have cornered the market on high quality television mini-series, German broadcaster ZDF has produced Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter. Known as Generation War internationally, the production is a three-part mini-series. The show follows the lives of a group of 20-something German friends as they navigate through a world centered on World War II. Trepte portrays a Jewish tailor whose Christian German girlfriend is hungry for the spotlight. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the film has been highly controversial in Germany for its depiction of Nazi-era Germany. The series also stars Katharina Schüttler as his girlfriend, Tom Schilling and Volker Bruch as members of the group of friends.
What You Don’t See
2009’s What You Don’t See (Was Du nicht siehst) is the debut film from director and screenwriter Wolfgang Fischer. In the psychological thriller, Trepte portrays seventeen-year old Anton. Anton is struggling to deal with the suicide of his father. Add to that his mother’s new relationship and a difficult relationship with his siblings. The film also stars actor Frederick Lau.
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