A Coffee in Berlin

"Boasts a heart of gold and a suave, unassuming charm." - Cine-Vue

A Coffee in Berlin

A Coffee in Berlin

About the Film

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. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes: his girlfriend rebuffs him, his father cuts off his allowance, and a strange psychiatrist dubiously confirms his 'emotional imbalance'.  Meanwhile, a former classmate insists she bears no hard feelings toward him for his grade-school taunts when she was “Roly Poly Julia,” but it becomes increasingly apparent that she has unfinished business with him. Unable to ignore the consequences of his passivity any longer, Niko finally concludes that he has to engage with life. Shot in timeless black and white and enriched with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this slacker dramedy is a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience.

Director: Jan Ole Gerster
Release Date: 06/13/14

Reactions

"Delightful. There’s wisdom lurking in its light, witty approach. Contains echoes of Baumbach’s "Frances Ha" and Scorsese’s "After Hours." A rich blend of humor and sadness.” - Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“A slacker movie, German style; and though at first glance it might seem as aimless as its main character, this wry, charming film actually offers some mature observations about this thing we call life.” - David Lewis, SF Chronicle

“Melds the slacker cool of Jim Jarmusch’s 1984 film, Stranger in Paradise, to the dry, jazz-scored, melancholy-tinged comedy of early Woody Allen.” - Nick Schrager, The Onion/AV Club

“A wry, unforced comedy. Inescapably brings to mind vintage Woody Allen.  Tom Schilling is exceptionally appealing." - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter "A crowd-pleaser. Poignant and funny. A love-letter to the city of Berlin." - Ard Vijn, Twitch Film

“4 stars! A delightful discovery. Boasts a heart of gold and a suave, unassuming charm. Intelligent, witty and an awful lot of fun." - Patrick Gamble, Cine-Vue 

"4 Stars! The absurd, touching and melancholy wanderings of a young German through a Berlin would make Jim Jarmusch proud." - Fred Pieters, Screen Comment

“4 stars! Highly recommended. An engaging and enjoyable German slacker comedy that marks out writer-director Jan-Ole Gerster as a future talent to watch." - Matthew Turner,  ViewLondon

Awards & Festivals

  • Winner of 6 German Film Academy Awards, including Outstanding Feature Film, Best Director and Best Actor
  • Winner! European Film Awards 2013 - Discovery Award

Cast & Crew

Cast

Niko Fischer: Tom Schilling
Julika Hoffmann: Friederike Kempter
Matze: Marc Hosemann
Elli: Katharina Schüttler
Karl Speckenbach: Justus von Dohnányi
Psychologe: Andreas Schröders
Phillip Rauch: Arnd Klawitter
Jörg: Martin Brambach
Ronny: Frederick Lau
Walter Fischer: Ulrich Noethen
Friedrich: Michael Gwisdek

Crew

Director: Jan Ole Gerster
Screenplay: Jan Ole Gerster
Producers: Marcos Kantis, Alexander Wadouh
Cinematography: Philipp Kirsamer
Editing: Anja Siemens
Costume Designer: Juliane Maier, Ildiko Okolicsanyi
Production Designer: Juliane Friedrich
Music: The Major Minors, Cherilyn Macneil

Technical Info

Production Year: 2012
Release Date: 06/13/14
Countries of Production: Germany
Languages: German
Running Time: 1h 28m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby SRD
Color: Black & White

Theaters

New York
New York
6/13/14
San Francisco
California
6/20/14
Berkeley
California
6/20/14
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
6/20/14
Chicago
Illinois
6/20/14
San Jose
California
6/20/14
Wilmette
Illinois
6/27/14
Portland
Oregon
6/27/14
Seattle
Washington
6/27/14
Minneapolis
Minnesota
6/27/14
Los Angeles
California
6/27/14
Waterville
Maine
7/4/14
Monterey
California
7/4/14
Denver
Colorado
7/11/14
Washington D.C.
District of Columbia
7/11/14
Boston
Massachusetts
7/11/14
Atlanta
Georgia
7/11/14
Saratoga Springs
New York
7/11/14
Taos
New Mexico
7/13/14
Boulder
Colorado
7/16/14
Coral Gables
Florida
7/18/14
Miami
Florida
7/18/14
Boca Raton
Florida
7/25/14

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Awards & Festivals

  • Winner of 6 German Film Academy Awards, including Outstanding Feature Film, Best Director and Best Actor
  • Winner! European Film Awards 2013 - Discovery Award

Reactions

"Delightful. There’s wisdom lurking in its light, witty approach. Contains echoes of Baumbach’s "Frances Ha" and Scorsese’s "After Hours." A rich blend of humor and sadness.” - Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“A slacker movie, German style; and though at first glance it might seem as aimless as its main character, this wry, charming film actually offers some mature observations about this thing we call life.” - David Lewis, SF Chronicle

“Melds the slacker cool of Jim Jarmusch’s 1984 film, Stranger in Paradise, to the dry, jazz-scored, melancholy-tinged comedy of early Woody Allen.” - Nick Schrager, The Onion/AV Club

“A wry, unforced comedy. Inescapably brings to mind vintage Woody Allen.  Tom Schilling is exceptionally appealing." - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter "A crowd-pleaser. Poignant and funny. A love-letter to the city of Berlin." - Ard Vijn, Twitch Film

“4 stars! A delightful discovery. Boasts a heart of gold and a suave, unassuming charm. Intelligent, witty and an awful lot of fun." - Patrick Gamble, Cine-Vue 

"4 Stars! The absurd, touching and melancholy wanderings of a young German through a Berlin would make Jim Jarmusch proud." - Fred Pieters, Screen Comment

“4 stars! Highly recommended. An engaging and enjoyable German slacker comedy that marks out writer-director Jan-Ole Gerster as a future talent to watch." - Matthew Turner,  ViewLondon

Detailed Film Info

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. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes: his girlfriend rebuffs him, his father cuts off his allowance, and a strange psychiatrist dubiously confirms his 'emotional imbalance'.  Meanwhile, a former classmate insists she bears no hard feelings toward him for his grade-school taunts when she was “Roly Poly Julia,” but it becomes increasingly apparent that she has unfinished business with him. Unable to ignore the consequences of his passivity any longer, Niko finally concludes that he has to engage with life. Shot in timeless black and white and enriched with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this slacker dramedy is a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience.

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