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A Coffee in Berlin Movie Review

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A Coffee in Berlin Movie Review
A Coffee In Berlin Music Box Films Home Entertainment Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: Jan Ole Gerster Screenplay: Jan Ole Gerster Cast: Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter, Marc Hosemann, Katharina Schuttler, Justus Von Dohnanyi Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 8/16/14 Opens: DVD on October 7, 2014 When you think of Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, its humor does not come necessarily to mind. German humor? An oxymoron. Now forward to the 21st Century and you will discover German movies that are funny to the locals and whose humor travels well across the Atlantic. The New Wave style “A Coffee in Berlin,” formerly [ Read More ]

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A Coffee In Berlin Review

Throughout A Coffee in Berlin, the drifting slacker protagonist tries to find a good cup of coffee, while curious events keep getting in the way of collecting the caffeine. Sometimes, the coffee is too pricey. At other times, the place is short supplied. It is a good metaphor to represent the life of a man who could surely use a jolt of caffeine to spur things back into action. However, one can say the same thing for Jan Ole Gerster’s film, both deadpan and depressing, as it searches for the tone and spirit of other classic movie featuring the aimless youth wandering around a big European city. Though it has its moments, A Coffee in Berlin needs a shot of warmth and energy to wake it up.

Shot on-location and in crisp black-and-white, the film follows Niko Fischer (Generation War’s Tom Schilling), a law school dropout getting over
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Film Review: ‘A Coffee in Berlin’

Film Review: ‘A Coffee in Berlin’
Imagine if, instead of “Titanic” taking the day, “Good Will Hunting” had swept the Oscars the year both films were nominated. That’s basically what happened in Germany when Jan Ole Gerster’s low-budget “Oh Boy” beat “Cloud Atlas” at the Lolas last year. Here was a modest, black-and-white debut coming out of nowhere to win six of the country’s top film prizes, and to see the film is to understand why: Renamed “A Coffee in Berlin” for its long-overdue, Music Box-backed U.S. release, this day-in-the-life indie says something profound about an entire generation simply by watching a feckless young man try to figure it out.

Reminiscent of some of the most notable American voices to emerge from Sundance in the decade after “Sex, Lies and Videotape,” Gerster didn’t set out to write a story that would describe the zeitgeist. Rather, the project originated with the creation of a likable,
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Voting Now Open for the Efa People's Choice Award 2013

The European Film Academy will hold the 26th European Film Awards in Berlin on December 7th, 2013. To make fans part of the celebration every year the audience gets to choose the winner of the Efa People's Choice Award. This  year one lucky fan will also have the chance to attend the awards ceremony and be part of a fantastic event that brings together Europe's greatest film stars, directors, actors and actresses.

Audiences in the past have  awarded the honor to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's beloved Amelie, Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, and incredibly 3 times to Spanish master Pedro Almodovar (All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Volver).

To vote and for a chance to win a trip to the 26th European Film Awards click Here

The Nominees Are:

Anna Karenina

UK, 124 min

Directed By: Joe Wright 

Written By: Tom Stoppard 

With: Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander

The Best Offer (La Migliore Offerta)

Italy, 130 min

Written & Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore 

With: Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks, Donald Sutherland

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Belgium, 100 min

Directed by: Felix van Groeningen 

Written by: Carl Joos & Felix van Groeningen 

With: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert van Rampelberg, Nils de Caster

The Deep (Djúpið)

Iceland/Norway, 92 min

Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur 

Written by: Jón Atli Jónasson & Baltasar Kormákur 

With: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jóhann G. Jóhannsson, Stefán Hallur Stefánsson, Björn Thors, Thorbjorg H. Thorgilsdótir

The Gilded Cage (La Cage Dorée)

Portugal/France, 90 min

Directed by: Ruben Alves 

Written by: Ruben Alves, Jean-André Yerlès, Hugo Gélin

With: Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Giraud, Chantal Lauby, Barbara Cabrita, Lannick Gautry

I'm So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros)

Spain, 90 min

Written & Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar

With: Javier Cámara, Carlos Areces, Raúl Arévalo, Lola Dueñas, Cecilia Roth

The Impossible (Lo Imposible)

Spain, 114 min

Directed by: J.A. Bayona

Written by: Sergio G. Sánchez & María Belón

With: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast


Norway, Denmark, UK, Germany, Sweden, 113 min 

Directed by: Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg

Written by: Petter Skavlan

With: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Bassmo Christiansen, Tobias Santelmann, Gustaf Skarsgaard, Odd-Magnus Williamson, Jakob Oftebro, Agnes Kittelsen

Love Is All You Need (Den skaldede frisør)

Denmark, 111 min 

Directed By: Susanne Bier

Written By: Anders Thomas Jensen & Susanne Bier

With: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Paprika Steen, Kim Bodnia

Oh Boy

Germany, 83 min

Written & Directed by: Jan Ole Gerster 

With: Tom Schilling, Marc Hosemann, Friederike Kempter, Michael Gwisdek

Searching for Sugar Man

UK/Sweden, 83 min

Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul
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Eiff 2013: Oh Boy Review

A black and white film set in the German capital of Berlin, Oh Boy spends a day in the life of Nico Fischer (Tom Shilling), a 27-year-old chancer who is still living the life of a student despite having abandoned his studies almost two years previously. Dumped by his girlfriend before he can even get out of bed, Nico must then skip breakfast in order to attend a mandatory appointment with his appointed psychiatrist.

However, things continue to go downhill even after he is found to be unfit to drive; his father terminates his allowance, he encounters a bitter ex-classmate (Friederike Kempter) in a bar, and is then dragged along to the set of an unpromising World War II film by his friend, an aspiring actor (Marc Hosemann).

Although described in the festival’s programme as a black comedy, Oh Boy isn’t so much funny as wonderfully ironic. The character of Nico is detached,
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Eiff 2013: ‘Oh Boy’ is an intelligent and effortless slacker comedy

Oh Boy

Written and directed by Jan Ole Gerster

Germany, 2012

Jan Ole Gerster’s debut feature is a smart, breezy comedy that follows 27-year-old slacker, Niko (Tom Schilling), through Berlin over the course of a turbulent day. Despite dropping out of law school two years previously, he still lives off his father’s allowance, resides an empty shell of an apartment and struggles to find the motivation to do anything much at all. After breaking up with his girlfriend, he visits a confrontational psychiatrist, has an excruciating encounter with an emotional neighbour, gets cut off by his father and meets an attractive young woman, Julika (Friederike Kempter), only to find out he used to bully her at school. And, to top it all off, he can’t even seem to find himself a decent cup of coffee.

Gorgeously shot in mellow black and white, Oh Boy channels that other belatedly-coming-of-age comedy,
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Oh Boy | AFI Fest 2012 Review

Slacker Days: Gerster’s Debut Proves that Growing Up is Hardly Black and White

For his directorial debut, German director Jan-Ole Gerster serves up Oh Boy, a black and white black comedy centered on a slacker in his early twenties, wandering the streets of Berlin, full of angst and longing as he yearns to discover some type of motivation. Peppered with instances of homage to other cinema classics, Gerster proves an adept hand at assembling a fine looking film, though, despite some artistic flourishes, gives us a protagonist, a narrative, and a scenario that brings nothing new to a subject that’s been severely exhausted. The cinema is filled with great and small examples of angsty young men struggling to find their way in life and Gerster doesn’t bring anything innately new to the table.

Niko Fischer (Tom Schilling) has been coasting for the past two years on his father’s money,
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A Sizzling Pandorum Sizzle Reel

Pandorum” opens this Friday, and the studio are pulling out all the stops. The latest is a three-minute behind-the-scenes sizzle reel with cast and crew interviews. A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities. Starring Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue, Cung Le, Eddie Rouse, Norman Reedus, André Hennicke, and Friederike Kempter. Directed by Christian Alvart.
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