In German with English subtitles. 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.

Coffee In Berlin, A

Comedy | Drama | Foreign | Romance | 2014

Cast

Tom Schilling, Friederike Kempter, Marc Hosemann, Katharina Schüttler

Synopsis

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.

Producers

Jörg Himstedt, Marcos Kantis, Birgit Kämper, Martin Lehwald, Timon Modersohn, Michal Pokorny, Alexander Wadouh

Director

Jan Ole Gerster

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Winner, European Discovery 2013 European Film Awards
Winner, Best Feature Film 2013 German Film Awards (Lola)
Winner, Best Screenplay 2013 German Film Awards (Lola)
Winner, Best Director - Jan Ole Gerster 2013 German Film Awards (Lola)
Winner, Best Actor - Tom Schilling 2013 German Film Awards (Lola)
Winner, Best Supporting Actor - Michael Gwisdek 2013 German Film Awards (Lola)
Winner, Best Score - The Major Minors, Cherilyn MacNeil 2013 German Film Awards (Lola)
Official Selection, Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Munich International Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Oldenburg International Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Filmkunstmesse Leipzig 2012
Official Selection, Zurich Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, Stockholm German Films Go North! 2012
Official Selection, Premiers Plans Festival d'Angers 2013
Official Selection, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013
Official Selection, Mamers en Mars Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Sydney Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Taipei Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey 2013
Official Selection, Athens Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Goethefest Belgrade 2013
Official Selection, Hamptons International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Hawaii Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Toronto European Union Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, St. Louis International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection, Cinema City International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection, Traverse City Film Festival 2014
Official Selection, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017