Oh Boy

Oh Boy
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Oh Boy
Germany, 2012, 86 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Coming of Age
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: German

Awards: European Discovery 2013 (Prix FIPRESCI- Nomination)

Feckless but fancy-free, Niko (Tom Schilling) spends his days wandering Berlin, encountering a raft of colorful characters and looking for the perfect cup of coffee. Money is not a problem; despite having dropped out, he still collects Dad’s law-school stipend. But this particular day, beginning with his girlfriend’s departure, will change everything…

Director Jan-Ole Gerster imbues the spirited proceedings with an eye for the unexpected that is a joy to behold. It comes as no surprise that the film captured six German Film Awards, including Best Picture, Screenplay and Actor.

“With its put-upon protagonist, black-and-white cityscape and snappy soundtrack of New Orleans-style jazz, the comedy [Oh Boy] inescapably brings to mind vintage Woody Allen. But the feature debut of German writer-director Jan-Ole Gerster is, finally, its own droll beast. In the lead role, Tom Schilling is an exceptionally appealing idler, and a number of well-known German actors etch memorable supporting turns… Gerster and editor Anja Siemens give the main character’s episodic wanderings a seamless, jaunty flow.”
- Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

Winner: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Score, German Film Awards

DIRECTOR: Jan-Ole Gerster
Producer: Marcos Kantis
Editor: Anja Siemens
Screenwriter: Jan-Ole Gerster
Cinematographer: Philipp Kirsamer
Music: The Major Minors
Principal Cast: Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter, Marc Hosemann, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Andreas Schröders, Arnd Klawitter, Martin Brambach
Filmography: Debut Feature

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