Adentro mío estoy bailando

The Klezmer Project
Leandro is a frustrated Jewish wedding cameraman with no interest in his family’s religion. But when he falls in love with klezmer-playing clarinettist Paloma, he fabricates a documentary project on klezmer music in order to spend time with her. The film takes him through Eastern Europe in search of lost klezmer melodies that have been safeguarded by the Romani who lived alongside the Jews before the Second World War. Paloma Schachmann and Leandro Koch’s hybrid, multilayered road movie is a far cry from your average music documentary. It takes us from Buenos Aires to the frontiers of Ukraine, Romania and Moldavia in pursuit of a disappearing cultural heritage. Filled with genuine curiosity, the young man finds himself transported – despite financial constraints – from a conversation with his ailing grandmother back to where it all began. Cleverly dovetailing a personal story into an exploration of Yiddish traditions, the co-directors themselves assume the lead roles in the film’s central metafiction. This narrative sophistication allows the duo’s refreshing sense of humour to flourish and gives rise to a powerful groundswell of emotions that carries us away in music.
by Leandro Koch, Paloma Schachmann
with Leandro Koch, Paloma Schachmann, Perla Sneh, Rebeca Yanover, César Lerner, Marcelo Moguilevsky, Bob Cohen, Ivan Popovych, Simkhe Nemet, Vanya Lemen
Austria / Argentina 2023 Romanian, Ukrainian, German, English, Spanish, Yiddish 117’ Colour World premiere | Debut film


  • Leandro Koch (Leandro)
  • Paloma Schachmann (Paloma)
  • Perla Sneh (Narradora)
  • Rebeca Yanover (Rebeca)
  • César Lerner (César Lerner)
  • Marcelo Moguilevsky (Marcelo Moguilevsky)
  • Bob Cohen (Bob Cohen)
  • Ivan Popovych (Ivan Popovych)
  • Simkhe Nemet (Simkhe Nemet)
  • Vanya Lemen (Vanya Lemen)


Directors Leandro Koch, Paloma Schachmann
Screenplay Leandro Koch, Paloma Schachmann
Cinematography Leandro Koch, Roman Kasseroller
Editing Leandro Koch, Javier Favot
Sound Design Nahuel Palenque
Producers Andrew Sala, Lukas Rinner, Sebastián Muro, Yael Svoboda, Leandro Koch, Paloma Schachmann
Executive Producers Andrew Sala, Lukas Rinner, Sebastián Muro, Yael Svoboda

Leandro Koch

The Argentinian writer and director studied film at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. He has so far written and directed two short films. Since 2018, he has been working with Paloma Schachmann on Adentro mío estoy bailando.


2019 La isla visible (Visible Island); short film 2020 Pero algún día (Yet Some Day); short film 2023 Adentro mío estoy bailando (The Klezmer Project); co-director: Paloma Schachmann

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023

Paloma Schachmann

The Argentinian musician, filmmaker and researcher into Klezmer music has played in various bands. She co-directed Adentro mío estoy bailando with Leandro Koch.


2023 Adentro mío estoy bailando (The Klezmer Project); co-director: Leandro Koch

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023