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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 clear 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
  • Country: Germany
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2014
  • Run Time: 1:24:57
  • imdb Score: 7.5/10 (5,465 votes)
  • Language: German | English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi
"What is truly delightful about the film is its loopy, gently slapstick sense of humor, its use of continuous running gags that pay off cumulatively (no small feat), and the dreamy sense that Schilling's somnambulism is pierced through only by the insane incomprehensible behavior of others."
Sheila O'Malley - ROGEREBERT.COM

"This day-in-the-life indie says something profound about an entire generation simply by watching a feckless young man try to figure it out."
Peter Debruge - VARIETY

"If A Coffee In Berlin has its own kind of formula and a romanticism that reads as both youthful and obscuring, it nevertheless absorbs you and makes you wonder what Mr. Gerster will do next."
Rachel Saltz - THE NEW YORK TIMES

"The Berlin-set tale of an aimless twentysomething is a delightfully unforced comedy with a sure grasp of character and setting."
Sheri Linden - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

AWARDS

European Film Awards 2013
European Discovery of the Year

Bambi Awards 2013
Best Actor

Bratislava Int'l Film Festival 2012
Best Director

Bavarian Film Awards 2013
Best Screenplay and Best Actor

Munich Film Festival 2012
Screenwriting

Zurich Film Festival 2012
Best German Language Feature Film

São Paulo International Film Festival 2012
International Jury Award - Best Feature Film

German Film Awards 2013
Film Award in Gold - Multiple Catagories

FESTIVALS

Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2012

Munich Int'l Film Festival 2012

Oldenburg Int'l Film Festival 2012

Zurich Film Festival 2012

Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam 2013

Sydney Film Festival 2013

Athens Film Festival 2013

Hamptons Int'l Film Festival 2013

St. Louis Int'l Film Festival 2013

Hawaii Film Festival 2013

Toronto European Union Film Festival 2013