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© Frank Griebe/Schiwago Film

It's Lara's 60th birthday, and she has every reason to celebrate: this evening, her son Viktor will be giving the most important piano concert of his career. Lara was, after all, the one who'd mapped out and driven his musical career. Yet Viktor has been unreachable for weeks and nothing indicates that Lara will be welcome at his debut performance. Without further ado, she buys up all the remaining tickets and hands them out to everyone she meets. The more Lara strives to make the evening successful, however, the more events get out of control.

Jan-Ole Gerster is a Berlin-based writer and director. After working for German film production companies for several years he began studying Screenwriting and Directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. His debut film OH BOY, which premiered at Karlovy Vary in 2012, became a domestic box-office success and was released in cinemas in over 20 countries and won numerous national and international awards, including the Audience and Jury Awards at Festival Premiers Plans d’Angers and the Tallinn International Film Festival, six German Film Awards and the European Film Award for Best Debut Film. He has just completed his second feature film LARA and is currently working on a screen adaptation of Christian Kracht's best-selling novel IMPERIUM.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2019
Director Jan-Ole Gerster
Cinematography Frank Griebe
Cast Corinna Harfouch, Tom Schilling, Rainer Bock, Volkmar Kleinert, Maria Dragus
Producer Marcos Kantis
Co-Producer Jan-Ole Gerster
Production Company Schiwago Film, in co-production with STUDIOCANAL
Length 98 min
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2019 (In Competition), Filmfest Munich 2019, Vancouver 2019, BFI London Film Festival 2019, Zurich 2019, Hamptons 2019, Chicago 2019, Haifa 2019, Sao Paulo 2019, Thessaloniki 2019, Les Arcs 2019, Black Nights Tallinn 2019
Awards Ecumenical Jury Award, Best Actress (Corinna Harfouch) & Special Jury Prize Karlovy Vary 2019, Fipresci Prize & German Cinema New Talent Award Munich 2019, Special Jury Mention for Acting Performances (Corinna Harfouch) Hamptons 2019
With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, The Post Republic, ARTE, RBB, BR

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