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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2014

“It’s a cross between [the UK’s current fave] THE INBETWEENERS, AMERICAN PIE and FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS”, says producer Christian Becker of Rat Pack Filmproduktion about Tim Trachte’s first cinema feature film, the teen comedy CZECH IT OUT! (working title).

“The film’s basic premise is a class trip because 90% of German school classes go on trips together and many of them now visit places like Prague, Budapest or Vienna,” explains Becker, who was behind last year’s box-office sensation SUCK ME SHAKESPEER.

“In our film, the class trip goes in a completely different direction from what some of the pupils had originally planned. The boys had planned a fun night out in Prague and then everything goes upside down: one of them is kidnapped, they get terribly drunk and are chased by some gangsters, and end up driving a tank through the streets of Prague. In fact, we play with every possible cliché!”

Becker points out that the production “spent an awful long time on the finding the main characters with the casting director Franziska Aigner to get an ideal ensemble of youngsters. She had previously worked with us on THE WAVE and recently cast DOKTORSPIELE. The cast ranges from tried-and-tested players like Max von der Groeben (from SUCK ME SHAKESPEER and DOKTORSPIELE) to the talented young comedian Chris Tall who reminds me of a young Zachi Noy from the LEMON POPSICLE series.”

Rat Pack have regularly visited Prague to shoot its productions in the Czech capital in the past. “But this is first time where Prague is really supposed to be Prague,” Becker admits. “We had come here for many of our historically-set films like HUI BUH or the WIXXER films – where Prague stood in for London – as well as the RATTEN films where the action took place in Frankfurt.”

Genre Comedy, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Director Tim Trachte
Screenplay Tim Trachte, Alexander Rumelin
Cinematography Fabian Rösler
Cast Max von der Groeben, Tilman Pörzgen, Chris Tall, Lisa Volz, Florian Kroop, Theo Trebs, Leslie-Vanessa Lill, Alexander Schubert, Jenny Elvers, Thomas Limpinsel, Olga von Luckwald, Albert Kitzl, Ryan Wichert
Producer Christian Becker
Co-Producers Ewerhard Engels, Josef Reidinger, Antonio Exacoustos
Production Company Rat Pack Filmproduktion, in co-production with Rolize/Bad Feilnbach
Shooting Dates August-September 2014
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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80336 Munich/Germany
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