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Off Beat

95 min.
Year of Production:
Hans-Jakob Mühletaler
Manuel Neuburger
Domenico Pecoraio
Vesna-Maria Garstick
Marlise Fischer
Antonio Giello
Alexander Wildi
Julian Martin
Cynthia Coray
Rebekka Steiger
Johannes Just
Production Company:
Diagonal GmbH
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

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. When he wakes up in hospital and Mischa announces his intention to leave him, he realises that he has gone too far. Broke, and with no idea what to do next, Lukas moves in with his mother. Meanwhile Mischa grooms his brother as his successor. Lukas finds himself oscillating between jealously and concern for his younger brother, who he fears could wind up sharing his own fate. Trapped inside his silent pain, Lukas begins to compete with Sämis. Should he confront his brother to prove to Mischa that he can make it on his own?

BIOGRAFIE Jan Gassmann

 Jan Gassmann (1983) is a director based in Zürich. His first feature documentary CHRIGU premiered at the 57. Berlinale and won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. The movie traveled the world and among others, won the «Filmcritics Switzerland Prize». In 2011 followed his first feature fiction film OFF BEAT. It premiered at the 61. Berlinale, Panorama and was nominated for «Best Camera» by the swiss film academy in 2012. With his next documentary KARMA SHADUB, he won together with Ramon Giger the Grand-Prix of the international Competition at Visions du Réel, Nyon, 2013. His next fiction film HEIMATLAND, a collaborative work, premiered in the International Competition at Locarno Filmfestival 2015 and won the Zurich and Bern Filmprize and got nominated for Best Film by the Swiss Film Academy. EUROPE, SHE LOVES his latest feature, opened the Berlinale Panorama 2016 followed by a worldwide festival career. This sex, drugs and politics documentary about four couples at the borders of Europe, was selected for the European Film Prize and won several national and international prizes.


FILMOGRAFIE Jan Gassmann (selection)

2019 24H Europe: The Next Generation  2016 Europe, She Loves  2013 Karma Shadub  2011 Off Beat  2007 Chrigu 

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