Film screening A Coffee in Berlin (Oh Boy)

 A COFFEE IN BERLIN © Schiwago Film

Fri, 06.09.2019


Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

Straight out of Berlin - Film festival

Director: Jan-Ole Gerster
Tragicomedy, Germany, 2012
82 min.

Niko Fischer is living from day to day. He has dropped out of law school. He roams through Berlin, observing the people in the city and letting himself drifting around. On this day everything changes: Niko's father stops his monthly payments, a psychologist revokes his driver's license, a neighbour complaints about life and starts crying, an acquaintance from school days admits that she was once madly in love with him at school and in a pub an old man tells him about a traumatic childhood experience. In the end the old man is dead and Niko may have shown something like sympathy and a sense of responsibility for the first time. It's finally time for him to grow up.
“A Coffee in Berlin” describes the turbulent 24 hours in the life of a young man in episodes, at the end of which nothing will be as before. With his excellent first feature film, Jan-Ole Gerster successfully reminds us of the great role models, yet without exploiting them: the early works of Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours” – but also the films set in Munich's Schwabing district from the late sixties. Yet, despite all the recognisable role models, Gerster develops his own tone, which is evident throughout the entire film.

Der Trailer von “Oh Boy”