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© Michael Kotschi

In a small southern town in the US, twenty down-on-their-luck folks compete to win a brand new pick-up truck, a prize that might finally tip the scales of life in their favor. The annual ‘Hands On’ contest puts the vehicle literally within their reach – the winning contestant is the last one standing with their hands held firmly on the truck. Armed only with their dreams and determination, the participants forgo basic human needs to stand around the pickup truck for days to beat out their competitors. All for the benefit of an enthusiastic audience and the glare of the local media who turn up each year for the car dealership’s popular publicity stunt. As the blisteringly hot days and long nights of struggle, exhaustion, mind games, hilarity, loss of control and insanity add up, only one winner can drive away with the truck. Each contestant has their own reasons for joining the contest, and as the hours tick by, their humanity is laid bare. Who will hold on and win – and at what cost?
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2020
Director Bastian Günther
Screenplay Bastian Günther
Cinematography Michael Kotschi
Cast Carrie Preston, Joe Cole, Callie Hernandez, Bill Callahan, Jesse C. Boyd
Producer Martin Heisler
Co-Producer Peter Veverka
Production Company Flare Film, in co-production with Green Elephant Films
Runtime 120 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Berlinale 2020, SXSW 2020, Zurich Film Festival 2020, Portland International Film Festival 2021
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, BKM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Weltkino Filmverleih

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