Regardless of your career, you rarely soar to the top of your industry. But, from time to time, a lucky individual comes along and jumps a few of those rungs on the career ladder. In the film industry, that means starring roles in major motion pictures. Austrian actor Noah Saavedra was able to jump-start his career early on with the title role in a film about a famous artist.
Fast forward and less than a decade later, Noah Saavedra is continuing his career with plenty of hard work. He has had notable roles in films and appearances in television shows. (You may have seen him on Bad Banks or Freud.) That is in addition to acting on the stage. Saavedra is not taking any shortcuts here; he is putting in the time and making a real effort.
So this month, let’s get to know Noah Saavedra and practice German with film!
Get to Know Noah Saavedra
On February 13, 1991, Noah Saavedra was born in eastern Austria, but he grew up an only child in the country’s capital. But acting was not initially his dream career path. Saavedra intended to become a kindergarten teacher or a carpenter.
But after attending Junge Berg, a literature and art workshop for young people, his aspirations changed. Following that experience, he studied acting at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and at Berlin’s Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In addition to growing success in film and television, Saavedra is also an experienced theater actor. Since 2019, he has been a member of the ensemble of Munich‘s Residenztheater.
Saavedra is fluent in English and Spanish in addition to, obviously, German. He is also Chilean on his mother’s side. His grandfather fled the country for Europe during Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship.
Egon Schiele: Tod und Mädchen
Saavedra’s first major role in a film is rather impressive. He stars as the title character in the 2016 biographic film Egon Schiele: Tod und Mädchen. The film from director Dieter Berner follows the influential, but often at times controversial, Viennese Expressionist artist who died aged only 28 in 1918 from the Spanish flu.
O Beautiful Night
In director and co-writer Xaver Böhm’s 2019 film O Beautiful Night, Saavedra stars as Juri. A hypochondriac, he has a dream — or rather a nightmare — of a raven picking at and eating his flesh and organs. The experience leaves him rattled and he stops leaving his apartment. Things do not get much better for Juri after he meets a strange man (portrayed by Marko Mandić) who claims to be Death and the two go on an adventure around Berlin.
And Tomorrow the Entire World (Und morgen die ganze Welt)
Luisa, a law student portrayed by Mala Emde, decides to follow her heart and join a politically active leftist commune in Mannheim. She does so for all of the right reasons in 2020’s And Tomorrow the Entire World. But she quickly feels disillusioned and disappointed. Luisa feels as though she — and the group — could and should be doing more.
When she comes into possession of a tip of an upcoming neo-Nazi event, she convinces two of her colleagues — Alfa (portrayed by Noah Saavedra) and Lenor (portrayed by Tonio Schneider) — to take more drastic action, including acts of violence. That is when things get more complicated and the group is left to consider their actions.
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