About the Film
About the Director
The smart aleck Niko drifts through his twenties content to let life (and responsibilities) chug on by. But over the course of a single day, the cosmic balance shifts, imperceptibly at first, and a series of unfortunate and surprising encounters snowball into what could only be described as an existential crisis. If only he could grab a cup of coffee. Jan Ole Gerster’s hilarious, and brilliant first feature swept the 2013 German Oscars, and rightfully so: with its sly subversion of Generation Y clichés, assured direction, and timeless black-and-white photography, OH BOY represents one of the most confident debut films in recent memory.
Following his civil service, including training as a paramedic, Jan Ole Gerster completed an internship at X Filme Creative Pool GmbH, where he worked as Wolfgang Becker’s personal assistant and took on the role of coordinator during the preparation, filming, editing and post-production of GOOD BYE, LENIN! In 2003 Jan Ole Gerster began his studies in the fields of directing and screenwriting at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. From 2003 to 2009, he completed several projects, including the documentary The Making Of Good Bye, Lenin!, and he wrote the script for SICK HOUSE, part of the short film series GERMANY 09-13 SHORT FILMS ON THE STATE OF THE NATION (which also featured directors Tom Tykwer, Wolfgang Becker, Fatih Akin and Dani Levy, amongst others). OH BOY, a tragi-comedy, is Jan Ole Gerster’s feature film debut.
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