They start kissing and begin to engage in sex, when all of a sudden Julika insists he say, "I want to fuck the fat little Julika." At the subway station, the ticket machine is broken and Niko rides without a ticket. The man insists he can't understand what people are saying. There's a sharp commentary at the heart of writer-director Jan Ole Gerster's debut feature, "A Coffee in Berlin" (originally titled "Oh Boy"), which swept up many of the major German film awards last year. He enrolls against his dad's wish as it promises a brighter future. On her 60th birthday, Lara (Corinna Harfouch) prepares for her son Viktor’s (Tom Schilling) all-important debut piano concert … Jan-Ole Gerster's "Oh, Boy," which is called in America, "A Coffee in Berlin," is one of the most gorgeously cinematographed or filmed movies of all time, the stills from which could be framed separately as photo-masterpieces, one after another -- in the hundreds if not thousands of them -- and then displayed in a museum, simply as a succession of photographic masterpieces; but this is instead a motion picture, in which, additionally, the script, acting, casting, musical score, and, of course (doesn't it naturally follow from all those) the direction, are literally breathtaking, and the total impression from that profusion of artistic brilliance left this viewer deeply moved. He asks about what he did all that time and Niko answers: "I have thought about myself and about you." Niko asks where. A Coffee in Berlin, also titled Oh Boy, is a 2012 German tragicomedy film directed by Jan-Ole Gerster. Niko's father tells Niko that he has always been a disappointment, and that he closed his bank account. But Lara is not welcome at his debut performance. A comedy about 3 chicks dumping a corpse. Niko is a drinker, and when he drinks, he finds himself in trouble. She insists she had a crush on Niko at age 13. When Niko goes to get coffee in a fashionable coffeeshop, he doesn't have enough money. His father points out that his new assistant is younger than Niko, but has already obtained his JD. He moves boxes into a new apartment, looking through old photos, and checks his mail. Niko becomes uncomfortable, the embracing stops, and Julika is furious that he stopped, suggesting he still thinks she is too fat. With shaky hands he finally drinks a cup of coffee in a diner. Friedrich's boxing skills gets him in an elite Nazi high school in a castle in 1942. 88 min. He gives Niko a few hundred euro and leaves. The man talks about his personal problems and eventually weeps, while Niko awkwardly consoles this stranger. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Oh Boy (A Coffee in Berlin) Known as Oh Boy or A Coffee in Berlin, the 2012 black and white film is Gerster’s directorial debut as well as his graduation project. Niko leaves a message for his father to help him with his bank card situation. We never see Niko drunk, and he only drinks on-screen a couple of times, but you can… Berlin is … [1][2] In 2014, the film was released in the US under the title A Coffee in Berlin. Niko says "his only son." Niko leaves the room and turns his attention to the elderly grandmother who owns the apartment. It is the director's debut film, and thesis project for the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. The man leaves the bar, only to collapse on the sidewalk. When he tries to explain that he feels awkward about the situation, she yells "Everybody wants to fuck me" and kicks him out. Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. 15 of 20 people found this review helpful. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. A Coffee in Berlin In A Coffee in Berlin (by first-time German director Jan Ole Gerster), the black-and-white cinematography, jazz score, and urban landscape will draw comparisons to early Woody Allen. David Lynch’s Coffee and Other Movie Brews, Buddy Holly Biopic Clear Lake Gets Driving Miss Daisy Director Bruce Beresford, German Film Awards Go Remote in Revamped Kudos Broadcast. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. A journalist takes justice into her own hands when her internet stalker walks free from the law. A bad day is compounded by a lack of caffeine in A Coffee In Berlin, writer-director Jan Ole Gerster’s deadpan black-and-white portrait of a 24-hour span of lousy luck suffered by unemployed twentysomething Niko Fischer (Tom Schilling). Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. 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Gerster has considerably better navigational skills than his main protagonist, making "A Coffee in Berlin" an enjoyable romp. Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home. Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. The psychologist messes around with Niko, asks him if he is gay, insecure about his short stature, about the relationship to his parents altogether leading questions, ultimately deciding not to give him back his license, as he deems Niko unstable. A Coffee in Berlin, also titled Oh Boy, is a 2012 German tragicomedy film directed by Jan-Ole Gerster. Father. It's a film I shall want to see many times, because it's the type of film that I'll probably understand the more and experience the more deeply with each successive viewing of it, and there aren't many movies like that. 1 hr 24 mins Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A COFFEE IN BERLIN, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. In this interview Niko says he has dropped out of law school. A lethargic sub-culture of ... See full summary ». He orders a vodka and beer. This tragicomedy is a self-ironic portrait of a young man who drops out of university and ends up wandering the streets of the city he lives: Berlin. Shortly before his death in 1547, the injured King Henry VIII is forced to take refuge a manor house closed for the season. Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. S hot in crisp black and white, featuring a recurring jazz-band score, and following the unproductive pursuits of a stubborn schlemiel, Jan Ole Gerster’s A Coffee in Berlin announces its homage to Manhattan from the start. Director Jan-Ole Gerster (A COFFEE IN BERLIN) returns with this nuanced drama about a woman’s day-long excursion into a troubled past. A Coffee in Berlin ( 2012) A Coffee in Berlin. • 2004: Der Schmerz geht, der Film bleibt (documentary film, director) They squeeze into their seats and sit through a confusing avant garde dance theater play in which Julika mimes eating her own body followed by vomiting. It is the director's debut film, and thesis project for the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. An aimless university dropout attempts to make sense of life as he spends one fateful day wandering the streets of Berlin. It is in black-and-white. The film deals with the desire to participate in life and the difficulty to find one's place. She offers to make sandwiches, but Marcel declines. Niko tries to sneak out of his girlfriend's apartment before she wakes, but has to tell her that he will not be back that evening because he has some vague things to do. A young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret. View production, box office, & company info. He buys liquor in an Arab cornerstore. The film deals with the desire to participate in life and the difficulty to find one's place. While on the set, Niko's father returns Niko's call; Niko says he's in the library studying. An elderly drunk man takes a seat beside him, talking constantly, even though Niko asks him to leave him alone. An elderly woman opens the door, but doesn't let them in until Marcel, the drug dealer comes to the door. The boys go to a movie set, where Matze's friend is the main actor playing a Nazi officer in WW2 in love with a Jewish woman he shelters in his basement. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and Niko accompanies him in the ambulance to the hospital, where the man eventually dies the next morning. This FAQ is empty. It's Lara's 60th birthday, and this very evening, her son will be giving his debut piano concert. Three drunk men harass Julika, who talks back, until Niko is punched in the nose. Twenty-something ennui (aka “the slacker”) is not endemic to the United States, as evidenced by German director Jan Ole Gerster’s debut feature, A Coffee in Berlin. His father invites him to play golf. "'Berliner Sonderschule': History, Space, and Humour in Jan Ole Gerster's, This page was last edited on 31 May 2020, at 22:41. They hang out in his trailer, and Matze asks whether he might be able to play a small role in the film. Even if Lara engages, everything gets out of control. That doesn’t stop German writer-director Jan Ole Gerster from making his first feature, A Coffee in Berlin, about a young and unemployed grad-school dropout and his meanderings through the German … This tragicomedy is a self-ironic portrait of a young man who drops out of university and ends up wandering the streets of the city he lives: Berlin. IMDb users revisited lots of old TV favorites this year — from "Friends" to "The Office," these were the most binged shows of 2020. Restaurateur. It is in black-and-white. He opens an official letter and realizes he is late for an appointment. Twenty-something ennui (aka "the slacker") is not endemic to the United States, as evidenced by German director Jan Ole Gerster's debut feature, A Coffee in Berlin. The man laughs saying he went away for 60 years. At the cast party Julika introduces them to the writer/director who is furious at Matze for laughing through the play. She offers coffee, but he says he is late already. Niko and his friend Matze, a failed actor, head to a pub for lunch where Niko orders a coffee, but the machine is broken. The film—which swept the German Film Academy Awards—follows a day in the life of Niko Fischer ( Tom Schilling , The Baader-Meinhof Complex ), a law-school dropout who can’t seem to get a handle on who he is and where he’s … Niko leaves the argument to get a breath of fresh air in the street and to smoke, where he is joined by Julika. The offbeat outing A Coffee in Berlin swept up the 2013 Deutscher Filmpreis Awards, and is said to have announced a major new talent in first-time filmmaker Jan Ole Gerster. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? The nurse tells him he had no relatives, and his first name was Friederich. The film’s cast also includes Gerster’s partner, actress Friederike Kempter. Prime Video has you covered this holiday season with movies for the family. A COFFEE IN BERLIN, originally titled OH BOY is Jan Ole Gerster debut feature and Gerster gives Niko the perfect handicap to keep him from simply taking control of his own life. Lara mapped out his musical career. Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A COFFEE IN BERLIN (originally titled OH BOY), which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. An aimless university dropout attempts to make sense of life as he spends one fateful day wandering the streets of Berlin. Julika says how he changed from being confident and self-assured. Written by He has an absurd argument with two plainclothes subway ticket inspectors, until he manages to run away and escapes on a different train. The appointment is with a state psychologist, as Niko was caught driving under the influence. A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Hostage taker. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. At the club house Niko orders coffee, but his father cancels it saying it was too late in the morning for that and orders 3 shots of Schnapps. She offers to make him sandwiches and to show him the electric massaging recliner her grandson bought her. The film--which swept the German Film Academy Awards--follows a day in the life of Niko Fischer ( Tom Schilling , The Baader-Meinhof Complex ), a law-school dropout who can't seem to get a handle on who he is and where he's heading. Check out IMDb's highest-rated movies and TV shows of 2020, most-viewed trailers, top stars, memorable moments, and more! Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. She has become an avant-garde dancer and invites both Niko and Matze to a play that she is performing in later that night. Later that evening Matze picks him up, but first wants to buy drugs from his friend Marcel. Use the HTML below. Matze said he thought it was a comedy. Jan Ole Gerster's comedy-drama A Coffee in Berlin stars Tom Schilling as Niko, a twentysomething slacker whose aimless life comes to a sudden halt when, in quick succession, his girlfriend dumps him and his father cuts off his only financial support. The film premiered at the 2012 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime. The film stars Tom Schilling. Written and Directed by Jan Ole Gerster Produced by Marcos Kantis and Alexander Wadouh Released by Music Box Films Germany. Then he confronts Niko about dropping out of law school and lying to him for two years. Here are some of our picks to get you in the spirit. Matze laughs. An undercover agent (Tom Schilling) suffers from an inner conflict as he is supposed to betray his friend who is part of the Serbian sports betting mafia in Berlin. Not rated German with English subtitles With Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter, Marc Hosemann, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Andreas Schröders, Arnd Klawitter, Martin Brambach, Frederick Lau, Ulrich Noethen and Michael Gwisdek A full … She says she left that school for a boarding school after a suicide attempt because she was teased for being fat. Matze and Niko arrive late at the Tacheles for the play that Julika is in. The man says, "Away." Jan Ole Gerster’s wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast.Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. Photographed in timeless black and white and enriched by a snappy jazz soundtrack, Jan Ole Gerster’s vibrant and charming debut, which swept the German Film Awards in 2013, is a slacker comedy with a poignant center, and a love-letter to the city of Berlin and Generation Y. Soon, he encounters an old classmate who he used to torment, and this turns out to be a pivotal new relationship in his life. Niko drinks both shots and walks through a forest looking upward through the trees. As a small child he was trained to salute Hitler and he witnessed his father smashing the windows of the store that is now a bar. Niko's lonely neighbour brings him a house warming gift and invites himself into the apartment. Photographed in timeless black and white and enriched by a snappy jazz soundtrack, Jan Ole Gerster’s vibrant and charming debut, which swept the German Film Awards in 2013, is a slacker comedy with a poignant center, and a love-letter to the city of Berlin and Generation Y. If you want directorial comparisons, the movies of the great director Guy Madden, and the two great movies from David Lynch, can be compared with this one, for their haunting effects and deeply offbeat and surprising turns of script and for their images which (like this one's) burn themselves into one's consciousness at a deep enough level to become a permanent feature of a receptive viewer's being. He said he cried because the glass chips meant he could no longer ride his bike there. He advises him to get new shoes and a job "like everyone else". Niko leaves the hospital as a new day dawns. He leads them to his room where several people sit around a hookah. Jan-Ole Gerster's debut feature tracks a meandering and momentous day in the life of a Berlin slacker. Title: With its put-upon protagonist, black-and-white cityscape and snappy soundtrack of … Add the first question. Photographed in timeless black and white and enriched by a snappy jazz soundtrack, Jan Ole Gerster's vibrant and charming debut, which swept the German Film Awards, is a slacker comedy with a poignant center, and a love-letter to the city of Berlin and Generation Y. It's not what he expected. Niko's father criticizes his golf technique. That may seem like slightly effusive praise on the face of it -- this is a minimalist seriocomedy, not the sort of stylistic tour de force that heralds a new directorial voice. Julika nurses him back in the dressing room. The wonderful A Coffee in Berlin, written and directed by Jan Ole Gerster, takes us through Niko’s quest for a cup of Joe as the world slowly falls apart around him. Niko says it is German. A group of young international military fighters join with their tough veteran leader to protect a young boy, whose family was murdered. Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. How did one man's financial woes spiral into a harrowing crisis that captivated the world? Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Niko does not recognize her, an attractive, slender woman, as she was overweight in school. A closeness develops between the two after both state how the other has changed. At the golf course Niko's father introduces him to his new assistant Schneider as "my favorite son". Now they must figure out who are the good guys and bad guys before they all end up dead. Wouter van der Sluis. While there, he must confront both his mortality and the ghosts of his past. 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