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Play it Loud! (Verschwende Deine Jugend)

Play it Loud!
Scene from "Play it Loud!" (photo © Claussen + Woebke Film/Marco Nagel)

Everything is cool: the neon-colored dresses, the cheeky looks and most of all – the music. It’s the 1980s and New Wave Music roller-coasters its way across Europe. And Harry, 19, wants to be part of it. Nobody would call his job as a bank clerk “cool”, but his friends certainly are. Vince, Melitta and Freddie are musicians – managing their band “Apollo Schwabing” is supposed to be Harry’s stairway to his dreams.

But becoming a successful “cool” music manager is not easy at all – soon Harry is confronted with a total disaster – losing his girlfriend, losing his job, and losing his friendship with the “Apollos”... In this hilarious coming-of-age-comedy, Harry learns that putting everything at risk is the only way to win: Play it Loud! – waste your youth and thoroughly enjoy it!

Benjamin Quabeck studied Directing at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg. In addition to directing, he also works freelance as a film editor. His films include the prize-winning shorts: Wind (1996), Weird Wire (1996), Die Wenigsten wissen das (1997), Hoehlenangst (1998), Ertraenkte Angst (1998), Grafenzeit (1998), 4000 Teile (1999), his graduation film and feature film debut No Regrets (Nichts Bereuen, 2000), an episode of Europe - 99euro-films 2 (2003), and Play it Loud! (Verschwende Deine Jugend, 2003).
Genre Comedy, Music, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Benjamin Quabeck
Screenplay Ralf Hertwig, Kathrin Richter
Cinematography David Schultz
Tobias Haas
Lee Buddah
Ingrid Henn
Cast Josef Heynert, Denis Moschitto, Nadja Bobyleva, Jessica Schwarz, Robert Stadlober, Tom Schilling
Producers Jakob Claussen, Thomas Wöbke
Production Company Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Munich 2003, Giffoni 2004, Berlin 2004 (German Cinema)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmfoerderungsanstalt (FFA), Filmstiftung NRW
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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