German Film: Nora Tschirner

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Nora Tschirner

As an actress, moderator, and musician Nora Tschirner does it all. After getting her start in the early 2000s as a moderator and VJ for German MTV, she transitioned to acting. These days you might happen to catch her on Tatort or with her band Prag, in which she sings and plays guitar. The band, by the way, released a new album entitled “Kein Abscheid” earlier this year. But that’s a feature for another day. Let’s focus for now on Tschirner as an actress with her roles in three fun comedy films: Kebab Connection, Soloalbum, and Keinohrhasen.

Kebab Connection

kebab connection

Co-written by Fatih Akin, Kebab Connection is a comedy set in the Turkish-German world. The son of Turkish immigrants and an aspiring filmmaker, Ibo (portrayed by Denis Moschitto) has big dreams: he wants to make a German kung-fu movie. Instead, he’s making advertisements for his uncle’s kebab shop. When his German girlfriend (Tschirner) announces she’s pregnant, his family isn’t exactly thrilled and she’s disappointed he doesn’t stand up for their relationship. But Ibo’s not ready to give up on his dreams or his girlfriend.

Soloalbum

Soloalbum

Soloalbum is the film version of Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre‘s debut novel of the same name. Matthias Schweigh√∂fer stars as Ben, the neurotic narrator who’s unlucky in love and desperate to win back his ex-girlfriend, portrayed by Tschirner, who’s already moved on. Silly comedy and hilarity ensue in this romantic comedy. Think High Fidelity-ish. There are artistic liberties, shall we say, between the book and the film but I recommend both.

Keinohrhasen

Keinohrhasen

After being too aggressive as a celebrity journalist looking for his next scoop, Ludo (Til Schweiger) begins a court-appointed job in a daycare center. There he meets Anna (Tschirner), the manager of the daycare. An awkward and nerdy child, Anna knows Ludo from their childhood when he picked on her. She takes revenge by taking advantage of her position, assigning him to the less enjoyable jobs at the daycare. The film becomes a romantic comedy with the unlikely couple starting to fall for one another as Ludo’s mandated hours at the daycare begin to run out.

Top photo, “Nora Tschirner Berlinale 2009,” by SiebbiNora Tschirner. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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