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O Beautiful Night
Original title:
O Beautiful Night
Slovenian title:
O, čudovita noč
Section:
PANORAMA
Country, year:
Germany, 2019
Length:
89
Directed by:
Xaver Böhm
Screenplay:
Xaver Böhm, Ariana Berndl
Cinematography:
Jieun Yi
Music:
Paul Eisenach
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
German,Korean,Russian
Voting code:
D
Cast:
Noah Saavedra (Juri), Marko Mandic (Smrt), Vanessa Loibl (Nina), Karin Neuhäuser (Frida), Elmar Gutmann (sosed Hans)
Awards:
Berlinale 2019, Lucca 2019 (Student Jury Best Film), Amsterdam Imagine 2019 (Best European Film)

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Description:
Replete with dark oneiric images evocative of human mortality, this unusual nocturnal odyssey stars Slovenian actor Marko Mandić in a leading role.
A young musician who is afraid to die, 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 becomes a passenger on Juri's hellishly somnambulistic trip.

"The fear of dying has always been very present in my life and I wanted to make an honest film, something very personal. Also, growing up somehow takes the magic away and everything becomes a routine and becomes less fascinating. So, I wanted to explore again that feeling of finding the magic again, and that place for me is at night, when things are more unpredictable and in essence, mysterious." (Xaver Böhm)