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Off Beat (Kammerflimmern)

Off Beat
Scene from "Off Beat" (photo © Bavaria Filmverlieh- und Produktions GmbH/Nagel)

"Crash" isn't his name, but it's what they call him. Orphaned at the age of seven after a car accident killed both of his parents, Crash grew up with a scar on his face and a scar in his soul. A fear of intimacy has turned him into a melancholy loner; a longing to help others has led him to become a medic on a rescue team. When he's not out on the streets saving lives, he dreams. Of escaping. Of finding the young woman who always appears just before he wakes. One night, he comes face to face with the woman of his dreams: November is her name, her boyfriend has just died of an overdose, and she's a good eight months pregnant. But she's ready to go on with her life. And she makes Crash realize that he, too, has a life – one of his own, not just the one he is living for others. As he and November fall in love, Crash begins to feel something like happiness and hope. And when fate seems about to repeat itself, it is up to him to choose between leaving everything behind or grabbing his new life with both hands...

In his virtuoso feature-film debut, Hendrik Hoelzemann probes into the soul of a troubled young man who rescues others but is desperately in need of being rescued himself. Bringing a subdued yet powerful intensity to his role as "Crash," noted young talent Matthias Schweighoefer (Soloalbum) infuses the film with poignant intensity.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Hendrik Hölzemann
Screenplay Hendrik Hölzemann
Cinematography Lars R. Liebold
Patricia Rommel
Lee Buddah, Blackmail
Renate Schmaderer
Cast Bibiana Beglau, Florian Lukas, Jan-Gregor Kremp, Jessica Schwarz, Matthias Schweighöfer
Producer Uschi Reich
Production Company Bavaria Filmverleih- & Produktion/Munich, in co-production with Constantin Film Produktion, BR, ARTE
Runtime 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Toronto 2004 (Discovery), Slamdance 2005, Rotterdam 2005, Berlin 2005 (German Cinema), Cine Independiente Buenos Aires 2005, Warsaw 2005, Ghent 2005
Awards Bavarian Film Awards 2004 (Best Actress: Jessica Schwarz, Best Newcomer: Matthias Schweighoefer), Mine Xplorezone Award Ghent 2005, German Film Critics Award 2005 (Best Editing)
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International