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OFF BEAT

by Jan Gassmann

synopsis

When it’s cold – breathe. It’s November and 26-year-old Lukas is not so much living as floating. His dream of making it as a musician is on the wane and his great passion – rap – has also past its heyday. Lukas lives with his producer, 46-year-old Mischa, in an old loft where they cultivate cannabis. They have been having a turbulent affair for years – but this is a closely guarded secret. Lukas has grown cold inside and only really feels himself in moments of excess. Drunk and coked up to the eyeballs he toils his way through a gig in a small club. In the audience his sixteen-year-old brother Sämi – an ambitious rapper himself – feels nothing but shame for his brother’s embarrassing performance. Mischa decides that he has had enough of Lukas’ escapades and suggests they ask Sämi to join the band. Sensing that he is about to be substituted, Lukas gets out of his head.

original title: Off Beat
country: Switzerland
sales agent: Level K
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Jan Gassmann
film run: 95'
release date: CH 03/11/2011
screenplay: Jan Gassmann, Max Fey
cast: Hans-Jakob Mühlethaler, Domenico Pecoraio, Manuel Neuburger, Vesna Garstik, Marlise Fischer
cinematography by: Ramon Giger
film editing: Jan Gassmann, Max Fey
costumes designer: Anne Weick
music: Mundartisten
producer: Thomas Jörg
production: Diagonal GmbH
distributor: Look Now!
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