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OT: Whiplash

Damien Chazelle // USA, 2014
Fiction Feature // FF2014
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Andrew (Miles Teller) is a gifted jazz drummer who practises day and night to be among the best in the conservatory he attends in Manhattan. The last thing he will do is end up among the mediocre like his father and his career as a writer. When the charismatic lecturer Terrence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) asks him to join his ensemble, the 19-year old’s dream appears to be heading for fulfillment. But Fletcher turns out to be a ruthless despot, who demands everything from his pupils. Soon, Andrew reaches the limits of his ability – and his health. The drama shines thanks to its two superb leading actors and makes jazz a highly visual experience.


DAMIEN CHAZELLE (*1985) won two Golden Globe Awards for direction and screenplay for his musical La La Land (2016) and 6 Oscars, including for the Best Direction. In 2015, FILMFEST HAMBURG showed his second film Whiplash.




Fiction Feature





105 min

OV with German subtitles

Damien Chazelle

Damien Chazelle

Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell

Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak

Sharon Meir

Tom Cross

Justin Hurwitz

Melanie Paizis-Jones

Sony Pictures Releasing GmbH

Sony Pictures Classics

Bold Films; Right of Way Films; Blumhouse Productions

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