about me

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Christian Stamm, an experienced actor, a newbie producer, and a director in the making, is the leading character of the feature films Vampyres (2015) and Impar (2014), and he participated in box-office films such as El hombre de las mil caras (2016), El jugador de ajedrez (2016), Rey gitano (2015), Perdiendo el norte (2015), Cerca de tu casa (2015), Sonata per a violoncel (2015), Mr. Nice (2010) and Eskalofrío (Shiver; 2008). He also played the main character in over 50 short films, such as the L.A. Web Fest awarded Desenterrados (2012), and the also awarded La rosa del desierto (2014) and Carne de gaviota (2015), and participated in Spanish popular TV series such as Cuentame como pasó (2014), Grand hotel (2013), El barco (2012), Sin identidad (2015), Buscando el norte (2016), and El Caso – Crónicas de sucesos (2016). Alongside his work as an actor, Christian is more and more involved in directing, producing, as well as show hosting. He assisted Alicia Verdés with the direction of the awarded Alba significa amanecer (Alba means dawn; 2012), he hosted the Primavera Sound International music festival 2015 presentation gala, and he is currently writing his first script for a feature movie.

“Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me Truth”
( Into the Wild, by Sean Penn and Jon Krakauer)

 

Early life

Christian was born in Hilden, Solingen, Germany, although one could say that his nationality is merely ‘circumstantial’. Both his mother, Gisela Gross, a bank sales employee, and his father, Jürgen Stamm, a machine engineer, were from Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Seven years later, the family moved to Comerio, a small town near Varese, in northern Italy. That is where Christian spent most of his youth and development years, but also in France, and later on in the United States. Christian’s father was also a photographer, which planted in Christian a unique photographic eye, as well as a passion for cinematography. At the age of 13, he was initiated to martial arts and oriental culture, by attending regular training with Master Fabio Sozzani (6th Dan). and in the “Shaolin Mon Karate Do” dojo of Sensei Kenji Tokitsu (9th Dan). Christian makes it to the Black Belt six years later.

In 1984, Christian moves to Port Jervis, New York, United States, until he graduates with excellent grades from Port Jervis High School, in 1985. One year later, Christian Stamm does his European Baccalaureate at the European School Varese, in Italy. After that, Christian moves back to Germany to start his Law career at the Heidelberg University Faculty of Law, and 7 years later to Spain, to finish his career at the University of Barcelona Spain. He never hid the fact that he chose this career, because it could serve him in all kinds of professions.

And so it was, Christian got his Law Degree in 1997 and immediately started to work in law firms such as J. Isern Patentes y Marcas S.L. and Arraut & Asociados. At the same time, however, he decided to expand his professional horizon, through his main interests of acting and performing.

Career

Stamm studied acting in several different schools, among which Estudi Nancy Tuñón, Barcelona, Spain, and Meisner Technique of the San Francisco and New York based acting coach Javier Galitó-Cava. At the same time, he got involved in various theatre plays, as well as numerous short film projects, of prestigious Spanish cinematography schools such as ESCAC or Bande-à-part. Christian made his film debut in 2004, in the feature movie FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions, by Carlos Atanes, where he participated only with his voice. Soon after that, he played the mute father of the lead in Eskalofrío (Shiver), directed by Isidro Ortiz and produced by Guillermo del Toro.

In 2009, finally, Christian had his debut with his voice and image, in the role of Nazi-officer on the run ‘Wolfgang Hetzberger’, in Mireia Ros’ TV movie Wendy – Placa 20957 (Wendy – Badge 20597). Participations followed in box office feature movies such as Mr. Nice (2010, directed by Bernard Rose, starring Rhys IfansFuga de Cerebros 2 (Brain Drain 2), by Carlos Therón, in the TV mini-series Tornarem, by Felip Solé, in 2012, and later on, in Sonata para violonchelo (Sonata for cello), by Anna M. Bofarull. He also did the voice-over for 3 different supporting roles for the Spanish synchronization of Ron Howard‘s Angels and demons (Sony Pictures Studio), starring Tom Hanks, giving his character’s German or Italian accents when speaking Spanish. At the same time, the world of television opened up for Christian with guest star appearances, at times over several episodes, of popular Spanish TV series such as El barco (The boat) produced by Globomedia, La Republica 2 (The Republic 2; RTVE), Gran Hotel (Grand Hotel; Antena3, Atresmedia), and The Avatars (Disney Channel).

Among the more than 50 short films and web series which Christian Stamm starred or co-starred is Desenterrados (Unearthed), a three times Los Angeles Web Fest 2012 awarded web series by Xavi Cortés, as well as the short films La rosa del desierto (Desert rose), selected for the 2015 FiSahara International Film Festival, by Emilio Alonso, Carne de gaviota (Seagull meat), by Felipe Espinosa (Quartofilms), candidate at the 2015 Cannes Court Métrage Festival, three times nominated at the Northern Virginia Film Festival 2015, and awarded twice at the Lancaster International Short Film Festival with the Grand Jury Prize and for Best Drama, the award-winning The Crononaut, by Désirée Haupts, Errarte en la sombra (Erring you in the shadow), by Hilario Abad, If my father knew, based on a monologue in 12 Monkeys and directed by himself, for which he obtained a nomination for ‘Best Monologue’ at the 2009 Tespo Awards, and La calle es mía (This street is mine), by Javi Gonzalez, which brought Christian a nomination for ‘Best Actor’ at the 2012 Godarin Awards (Bande-à-Part).

“Using the tool of “living moment to moment” in my acting is what keeps me grounded and real. Also, I strive to utilize this important skill on my every day stage, my personal life, which is equally important to me.” (-Christian Stamm-)

 

Then, the leading roles arrived for Christian Stamm in feature movies. In 2013, he played the role of Frank, a man between two women, whose fear for being left alone drove him to inflict blindness upon himself, in Impar (Uneven), by Sergio Dominguez, premiered in Little Secret Film in 2015. In 2014, Christian Stamm was hired by Artistic Metropole to portray Ted, the vampire hunting priest and leading character of Victor Matellano‘s Vampyres, a re-make of the 70’s horror cult film Vampyres by José Ramón Larraz, next to genre star Caroline Munro (The abominable Dr. Phibes, The Spy who loved me). With this role, Christian would later be iniciate at the GOYA Awards, with a ‘candidacy to nomination’ for the 2016 award for ‘Best Leading Actor‘.

More participations in feature movies follow in 2015: In the mind-blowing comedy Rey Gitano (Gipsy King), by GOYA Award winning Juanma Bajo Ulloa, he plays the German minister ‘Advisor L. Brücken’; in the home eviction drama Cerca de tu casa (Close to home), directed by Eduard Cortés, he plays the rich home owner Günther, and the Spanish box-office hit comedy Perdiendo el norte (Losing north) by Nacho G. Velilla, about two unemployed Spanish friends who try their work luck in Germany, he plays an Investigator who puts their language skills on the stand. Also that year, he appears on Spain’s most popular TV series Cuéntame cómo pasó (Tell me how it happened), in its 16th season, as Manuel, as well as on successful TV series Sin identidad (Without identity), in the last episode of season 2, directed by Kiko Ruiz Claverol, and TV series Amar es para siempre (Love is forever), directed by Eduardo Casanova, with a powerful interpretation in chapters 673 and 674.

The most important movie project for Christian in 2015, however, is probably his participation in the shooting of El hombre de las mil caras (The man of a thousand faces), a feature film written and directed by Alberto Rodríguez, who with his last movie La isla mínima won not one, but 10 GOYA awards in 2014. The cast is lead by Eduardo Fernández who plays ‘Francisco Paesa’, and also starred by José Coronado, Marta Etura, Carlos Santos, and Christian Stamm who plays the Swiss ex-military ‘Hans’, named after the real life character ‘Hans Rudolph Albers’, Paesa’s right hand.

In 2016, Christian started the year by playing General ‘Joachim von Ribbentrop‘, Hitler’s Foreign Minister and first Nazi sentenced to death at the Nuremberg Trials, in TV movie Lo que escondían sus ojos (What her eyes were hiding), by Salvador Calvo, after the homonymous novel by Nieves Herrero. Also in February, Christian stars the short film Cruasán (Croissant) by the hands of Miquel Jové, in form of a 15 minute sequence shot and almost-monologue by Christian, and TV series Buscando el norte (Searching for north), a spin-off of feature movie and box-office hit Perdiendo el norte (Losing north), in which Christian also participated, about migration of unemployed Spanish academics and scientists, to northern and employment richer countries such as Germany.

In March and April, Jordi Castejón shoots Escape from Marwin, a horror film around five prisoners in an escape room of a different kind, in which Christian leads the cast in the role of the evil ‘Commander’. And in May, Christian is the leading antagonist of episode 9, the Nazi on-the-run ‘Hans Leibzig’, of the TV series El Caso – Crónica de sucesos (The Case) after the famous Spanish news chronicle El Caso.

However, the ‘cherry on the cake’ for Christian of this first half of 2016, is his role in El jugador de ajedrez (The chess player), a feature film by Luís Oliveros (El ángel de Budapest / The angel of Budapest; Pata negra / Black leg). The movie tells the story of a young chess master, David, who is made prisoner by the Germans in Paris during World War II, and who tries to save himself by exploiting the commanding SS officer’s passion for chess. Christian plays the role of ‘SS Officer Harnsberger’.

 

biography

Long
ago…
Born in Germany

Christian is born, in Hilden, near Solingen (Rheinland, Germany), from German  parents.

1974
Life in Italy

His family moves to Comerio, near Varese (Lombardy, Italy), where Christianattends the Schuola Europea (European Highschool), and makes his ‘European baccaleaureat’, in 1986.

1980
Martial arts in Italy & France

Christian joins martial arts dojo ‘Shaolin Mon Karate Do’, by Sensei Kenji Tokitsu (9th Dan) and Sensei Fabio Sozzani (6th Dan), making his Black Belt, in 1986.

1984
Life in the USA

Christian moves to the US by himself, where he attends the Port Jervis High School (NY) as a Senior, and from which he graduates, in 1985.

1986
Law in Germany

Christian starts Law studies at the Law faculty of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and later on at the University of Barcelona. He graduates and becomes a member of the Barcelona Bar Association, in 1995.

1993
Acting in Spain

Christian ‘stumbles’ into the acting world when asked to participate in a TVcommercial. He then starts ‘real’ acting by the hands of experienced teachers such as Carlos Lasarte and Txiki Berraondo. Between 2000 and 2004, he attends the actor’s academy “Estudi Nancy Tuñón” for 4 years. In 2008, he joints the Meisner Technique program by Javier Galitó-Cava (MeisnerEspaña), disciple of San Francisco based Rachel Adler (Waterfront Playhouse & Conservatory, untilgraduating there, in 2014. Different classes and seminars follow, by Carol FoxPrescott (NYC), Kari Margolis (Barryville, NY), and Juan Carlos Corazza (Madrid),until Christian joins award winning stunt academy, InExtremis Films, for stage fightand acrobatic training.

2000
Film …everywhere

Christian is initiated in the 7th art with the short film Inventario, by Oscar Curras andIñigo Royo. His debut in feature film follows 2004, with FAQ – Frequently AskedQuestions, by Carlos Atanes. By 2016, he will have landed over 80 leading and sustaining rolls in over 80 feature film, short film, as well as TV series and movie productions…

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Don’t sidle in as if you were doubtful  
Whether you’re welcome–the feast is yours!  
Nor take but a little, refusing more  
With a bashful “Thank you”, when you’re hungry.  
Is your soul alive? Then let it feed!  
Leave no balconies where you can climb;  
Nor milk-white bosoms where you can rest;  
Nor golden heads with pillows to share;  
Nor wine cups while the wine is sweet;  
Nor ecstasies of body or soul,  
You will die, no doubt, but die while living  
In depths of azure, rapt and mated,  
Kissing the queen-bee, Life!  

(Spoon River anthology ~ Edgar Lee Masters) 

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awards

GOYA AWARDS 2016, celebrated by the “AACCE – Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España” (Academie of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Spain), Candidate for the Award for Best Leading Actor for Vampyres, by Victor Matellano.

GODARIN AWARDS 2012, celebrated by BANDE À PART, one of Spain’s top filmmaker schools: Nomination for Best Actor, for LA CALLE ES MIA (This Street is Mine), by Javi Gonzalez.

2012 YOUNG VALUES FILM FESTIVAL BARCELONA: Audience Award for Best Film, 2º Critics Award for Best Film, and official selection at the FILMETS International Film Festival 2012 (Badalona, Spain), for ALBA SIGNIFICA AMANECER (Alba means Dawn), by Alicia Verdés, in which Christian was Assistant Director.

XVI Short Film Gala of the University of Sevilla, presented by RTVA (Radio Television of Andalusia), Nomination for Best Actor, for ERRARTE EN LA SOMBRA (Erring you in the Shadow), by Hilario Abad.