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“Gerster’s easy style… gives this most hip, of-the-moment European city a timeless, almost melancholic feel.” — Scott Roxborough, Hollywood Reporter

Director: Jan Ole Gerster
Year: 2012
Country: Germany
Running time: 88 mins
Censor Rating: M - offensive language

Screenplay: Jan Ole Gerster
Producer: Marcos Kantis, Alexander Wadouh
Photography: Philipp Kirsamer
Editor: Anja Siemens
Production designer: Juliane Friedrich
Costume designers: Juliane Maier, Ildiko Okolicsanyi
Sound: Magnus Pflüger
Music: The Major Minors, Cherilyn MacNeil
In German and English, with English subtitles

With: Tom Schilling (Niko Fischer), Friederike Kempter (Julika Hoffmann), Marc Hosemann (Matze), Katharina Schüttler (Elli), Justus von Dohnányi (Karl Speckenbach), Andreas Schröders (psychologist), Arnd Klawitter (Phillip Rauch), Martin Brambach (Jörg), Frederick Lau (Ronny), Ulrich Noethen (Walter Fischer), Michael Gwisdek (Friedrich), Steffen C. Jürgens (Ralf)

Festivals: Karlovy Vary 2012; Rotterdam 2013

This funny, jazz-inflected account of a bad day in the life of an über-cool young Berliner has snapped up audience prizes at European festivals and trounced all comers to carry off a load of Lolas at this year’s German Film Awards. Niko (Tom Schilling) wakes up to what looks like the scruffy last goodbye of an exhausted relationship, and spends the rest of the day finding he’s slipped a few other moorings as well. He screws up a bizarre psychological test to reclaim his driving licence, his bill-paying father figures out that he’s not been to college in two years and a promising encounter with an old schoolmate gets very weird. And he really needs a coffee. Shooting in lustrous black and white, debut director Jan Ole Gerster guides us from ironic hipster comedy into a poignant ode to today’s Berlin, wryly placing Niko’s troubles alongside those of a handful of other Berliners who mistake him for a good listener and accost him with theirs.