Damien Chazelle // USA, 2014
Fiction Feature // FF2014
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.
DirectorDAMIEN 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.
OV with German subtitles
Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell
Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak
Sony Pictures Releasing GmbH
Sony Pictures Classics
Bold Films; Right of Way Films; Blumhouse Productions