News from Berlin
Movie Release: A Coffee in Berlin
June 25th, 2014
News from Berlin – Last Friday, director Jan Ole Gerster’s German Indie Film ‘A Coffee in Berlin’ was released in the United States. The black-and-white film, which, as the title suggests, is set in the German capital, focuses on its inhabitants and in particular the millennial generation. More precisely, it tells the story of a timid, young man named Niko Fischer played by actor Tom Schilling (previously seen in Crazy and The Baader Meinhof Complex) who, after having quit law school and broken up with his girlfriend, drifts around the city in search of a good cup of coffee.
Much like in Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’, the center of the movie is not only the human character but also the city itself through which the audience travels along with the protagonist. As director Gerster explained, this focus on Berlin stems from his personal experiences there: “Berlin was (my) first destination when I moved out from home ... (It) was a wonderful place. You could still feel the subversive energy of the post-reunification years”. This energy transpires in the movie when the storyline of Niko’s friend Matze (Marc Hosemann) is added. Matze tries out for a role in a World War II movie. Thus, the hyped eighty-three minute movie tells of the German capital’s history as well as its modern urban inhabitants, just as it does about Niko’s past and future. Before being aired abroad, the movie was awarded with six German Film Academy Awards.
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