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GFQ 1_2013

OH BOY Niko is in his late 20s and recently dropped out of college. He lives for the moment, drifting sleeplessly through the streets of Berlin, marvelling at the people around him. With a quiet curiosity, he observes how they cope with everyday life while failing to notice how he himself is becoming an outsider. But, one day, everything changes, and Niko is forced to confront the consequences of his inaction. His girlfriend ends their re- lationship, his father cuts off his allowance and a psychiatrist diagnoses him with an ‘emotional imbalance’. Meanwhile a peculiar beauty from his past confronts him with the emotional wounds he inflicted, his new neighbor – accompanied by meat- balls and Schnapps – pours his heart out and, throughout the city, there doesn’t seem to be a single cup of ‘normal’ coffee available. “Do you know the feeling when people around you seem to be- have strangely? And the longer you think about it, the more it dawns on you that it’s not other people who are strange, but yourself?” Niko’s epiphany, however, is immediately, abruptly interrupted when he’s forced to stand up to a rowdy gang of teenagers, and a night-time encounter with an old man not only personifies his own loneliness but also demonstrates how the city’s history continues to assert itself. Genre Tragicomedy Category Feature Year of Production 2012 Director Jan Ole Gerster Screenplay Jan Ole Gerster Director of Photography Philipp Kirsamer Cast Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter, Marc Hosemann, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Andreas Schröders, Arnd Klawitter, Martin Brambach, Frederick Lau, Ulrich Noethen, Michael Gwisdek World Sales Beta Cinema beta@betacinema.com www.betacinema.com photoscourtesyofSchiwagoFilm GFQ 1-2013 35 NEW GERMAN FILMS Producers Marcos Kantis, Alexander Wadouh Production Com- pany Schiwago Film/Berlin, in co-production with Chromosom Filmproduktion/Berlin, HR/Frankfurt, in cooperation with ARTE/ Strasbourg Length 85 min Original Version German Subtitled Version English Festivals Karlovy Vary 2012, Munich 2012, Oldenburg 2012, Zurich 2012, Sao Paulo 2012, AFI Fest L.A. 2012, Tallinn Black Nights 2012, IFF Bratislava 2012, plus Camerimage 2012, Marrakech 2012, Angers 2013, Rotterdam 2013 Awards Best Screenplay Award Munich 2012, Best Film & Audience Award, Seymour Cassel Award Oldenburg 2012, Special Mention for director Jan Ole Gerster Zurich 2012, Best Director, FIPRESCI Jury Award & Fedeora Jury Award Bratislava 2012, Red Hering Award & Audience Award Tallinn 2012 With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, BKM  JAN OLE GERSTER trained as a paramedic following his civil service, then completed an internship at X Filme Creative Pool, working together with Wolfgang Becker on GOOD BYE, LENIN! He then studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). A selection of his films includes: DER SCHMERZ GEHT – DER FILM BLEIBT: THE MAKING OF GOOD BYE, LENIN! (2004), J’ADORE LE CINEMA – YANN TIERSEN UND DIE FILM- MUSIK (2004), OH BOY (2012), and numerous commercials and videos. S.35_OH_BOY_Layout 1 25.01.13 15:25 Seite 1

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