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Scene from BLUTZBRÜDAZ (photo © Constantin Film)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2011

BLUTZBRÜDAZ (working title), German rap-speak for “Blood Brothers”, is the story of Otis and Eddy, two pals since whenever. They share the little they have, and above all, a love for music. Two talented rappers, they lack money and connections. But they're talented and always looking for trouble!

An attempt to crash a rap-off at a local club fails dismally, but does get the promoter, Fusco, agreeing to listen to their demo. Only problem is... they don't have one! Efforts to scrape up a production budget lead to more grief, with Eddy landing in the ER with a badly cut backside and Otis in the cells, where he meets his childhood pal, thief and "Sir Fence-a-lot" Adal, who invites them to a party.

Now dumped by his girlfriend, Otis finds himself homeless, having to crash in a parking garage. With everything sucking, the boys' only silver lining is the party, where it turns out Adal is connected with major record exec Uli Facher.

Otis and Eddy turn frustration into action and actually manage to put together a demo that convinces Fusco, an established operator in the rap underground, to do some promotion and get them a few gigs, together with their pals Philip and DJ Aziz, now all under the name of Blutzbrüdaz.

Audiences love the band and soon Facher takes note of their growing success. He shows up at one of the gigs and offers to sign the boys. Fusco gives Otis the heads up concerning the major label, but Otis sticks by his lifelong friend Eddy and accepts Facher's offer. Before long he's forced to realize he's made a big mistake, and not only about Facher. His dream of a successful life as a rap star crumbles, and so does, after decades, his friendship with Eddy. When Facher preempts him, Otis appears to be finished. But his love for music is stronger. With Fusco's help, Otis finds his way back to himself and does what every self-respecting rapper should: declares war on Facher and Eddy.

Genre Comedy, Music
Category Feature
Director Özgür Yildirim
Screenplay Nicholas J. Schofield, Jan Ehlert
Cinematography Matthias Bolliger
Cast Sido, B Tight, Alpa Gun, Milton Welsh, Tim Wilde, Alwara Höfels, Claudia Eisinger, Florian Renner
Producers Oliver Berben, Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck
Co-Producer Stefan Gärtner
Production Companies corazón international, Constantin Film Produktion, in co-production with SevenPictures Film
Shooting Dates February-April 2011
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, BKM
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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