O Beautiful Night

Juri is being followed by a black raven which causes the young hypochondriac’s heart to race. The bird drives him into the clutches of a mysterious man who speaks with an eastern European accent and claims to be Death himself. For Juri, a nocturnal odyssey begins which takes him through labyrinths of go-kart tracks, opium dens and chandeliers. He meets the fascinating Nina, who works in a peep show and who becomes a passenger of Death on Juri’s hellishly somnambulistic trip in a ‘muscle car’.
This wild and furious feature film debut by Berlin director and illustrator Xaver Böhm is a humorous, dreamlike visual journey. Bright ‘vanitas’-like images merge into deserted streets and opulently furnished retro-romantic rooms. People acting in a decidedly erratic manner throw the passive hero ever deeper into confusion. Accompanied by a soundtrack that is all night and neon light, Juri has to find out who he is, what he wants and who on earth his companions are.
by Xaver Böhm
with Noah Saavedra, Marko Mandić, Vanessa Loibl
Germany 2019 German,  Subtitles: English 89’ Colour World premiere

With

  • Noah Saavedra (Juri)
  • Marko Mandić (Death)
  • Vanessa Loibl (Nina)

Crew

DirectorXaver Böhm
ScreenplayXaver Böhm, Ariana Berndl
CinematographyJieun Yi
EditingFlorian Miosge
MusicXaver Böhm, Paul Eisenach
Sound DesignLinus Nickl, Nils Vogel-Bartling, Christoph Walter
SoundManuel Vogt
Production DesignOlivier Meidinger
CostumesAline Hollstein
Make-upAnna Kunz
CastingNina Haun
Assistant DirectorRobert Špika
Production ManagerLuis Singer
ProducersJanine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade

Produced by

Komplizen Film

Berlin, Germany

+49 30 78893340

www.komplizenfilm.de www.komplizenfilm.de

World sales

The Match Factory

Köln, Germany

+49 221 5397090

www.the-match-factory.com www.the-match-factory.com

Xaver Böhm

A freelance animator and filmmaker, he studied visual communication and interactive media & moving image at the London College of Communication and the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. His award-winning animated graduation film, Roadtrip, screened at over 100 international festivals and was nominated for the First Steps Award and the German Short Film Award in 2015. As a freelance director, he works for organisations including the New York Times and the UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and makes music videos for various artists.

Filmography

2014 Roadtrip; animation short film 2018 Down Down Down; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Dates

Feb 12 20:00

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Feb 16 19:30

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