100 things (film)
|Original title||100 things|
|Country of production||Germany|
|Director||Florian David Fitz|
|script||Florian David Fitz|
Dan Maag ,
Matthias Schweighöfer ,
Arne Schumann ,
Josef Bach ,
Chester Travis ,
Ana de Mier y Ortuño ,
100 Things is a German comedy film by Florian David Fitz from 2018 . The film is Fitz's third directorial work and is based on his script of the same name. The production is about the two friends and business partners Paul and Toni, played by Fitz and Matthias Schweighöfer , who make a bet to forego luxury and commerce for 100 days by giving up all their belongings - with consequences for their friendship . In addition to Fitz and Schweighöfer, Miriam Stein , Hannelore Elsner , Wolfgang Stumph and Katharina Thalbach appeared in front of the camera.
100 Things was realized by Schweighöfers production company Pantaleon Entertainment in co-production with Warner Bros. Germany , Erfttal Film- und Fernsehproduktion and WS Filmproduktion. The shooting took place from February to April 2018 in Berlin. The comedy was shown in German cinemas from December 6, 2018. Critics rated the buddy movie largely positively because of its subject matter after it was released. The German Film and Media Assessment (FBW) awarded the film the rating valuable after it was released . In addition, 100 things was awarded the Romy in the category Best Book Cinema .
Paul and Toni, who have been competing for different things since childhood a. about the attention of Paul's parents or the love of a classmate, currently as adults about their reputation among the employees in a Berlin-based IT start-up - are two materialists socialized in central Germany . The film begins with a parallel montage to introduce the two protagonists: Paul is the “chaotic” Schluffi who overconsumers out of frustration, for example with “sinfully expensive sneakers”, who drives a “junk truck” and prefers to stay in bed instead of showering , while Toni deliberately overconsumes, sits down at a rowing machine before showering, owns a high-quality espresso machine and places great value on a good hairstyle.
In their start-up they are developing an app called “Nana” which, as a personalized assistance system on the smartphone, delivers customized recommendations that are very likely to result in a purchase. Because of this product, the two of them first receive an audition at Antonietta Kärcher and then an offer of 4 million euros from their client David Zuckerman, which they basically accept.
At the subsequent company party on the occasion of the agreement, they both bet that they will lock up all their belongings in a warehouse. Every day they get one item back. The starting point for this bet is the fact that Toni programmed the software in a sales-oriented manner and used his ignorant partner Paul as a test object. He is so disappointed with this breach of trust that he proposes the bet on this voluntary renunciation of consumption. As a special hurdle, he builds in the fact that the premature abandonment entails the change of own company shares to the employees. At the beginning, the refusal to consume is implemented so consistently that you wake up naked in an empty apartment.
In wintery Berlin, they first put on a warming coat or a walk-in sleeping bag, in order to then set different priorities with regard to clothing, hygiene and beauty items as well as furnishings and household items. During their regular visits to the warehouse, they meet Lucy, who is also struggling with consumer diseases, whereupon a romance develops between her and Toni. Despite the starting position due to the minimalist means, Toni manages a successful date with Lucy. For example, she puts tea bags on his eye in a 50 Shades of Gray -like love scene. As part of the plot, Toni and Paul always have conversations with Paul's parents and his grandmother about happiness and possessions. In the end, private happiness prevails, when Toni and Lucy become a couple. In the sales negotiations, which take place four weeks after the start of the bet, the duo also pushes the sales price of their start-up up by 10 million euros to a total of 14 million euros.
Everyone can find out via the Internet that Zuckerman brought out the “Nana” app himself. Toni and Lucy become a couple. At the end the 3 sit by the sea and Paul thinks about how he can use "Nana" against Zuckerman.
100 Things is the second collaboration between Florian David Fitz and Matthias Schweighöfer after Der geilste Tag (2016). Fitz reappeared as the main actor, author, director and co-producer, while Schweighöfer also acted as the main actor and again as a producer together with Marco Beckmann and Dan Maag from his production company Pantaleon Films . Fitz was inspired by the documentary My Stuff (2013) by the Finnish director Petri Luukkainen, who tried to store his belongings in a warehouse in Helsinki and fetched only one item back from it every day for a year. Fitz found Luukkainen's experiment to be “a great premise for a film”, but modified it to include a competition between two friends: “A man alone who renounces consumption is very philosophical, but not necessarily the material for a fictional film that people to the cinema. "
The main part of the shooting took place between February 27 and April 30, 2018 on 35 days of shooting in central Germany , especially in Berlin and Brandenburg . Berlin was set early on as the location and location for 100 things . In the Steglitz district , the premises of an Aikido school, which is housed in a structure on the roof of a former factory, acted as a location for Paul and Toni's apartments. Scenes in the fictional warehouse in which the two characters Pauls and Tonis store their possessions, however, were staged in a parking garage in Kreuzberg . In addition, it was filmed in the main hall of the Tempelhof Airport, which was closed in 2008, as well as at the Oberbaumbrücke , the Kottbusser Tor and the East Side Gallery . In the Polish city of Łeba , a small team led by Fitz, Schweighöfer and Stein finally met again on May 23, 2018 to shoot the final scene of the film on a dune on the Baltic Sea .
Fitz and Schweighöfer were able to cast the female lead with Miriam Stein , with whom Fitz already filmed the road movie Hin und weg (2014) and who attested Fitz the "honesty and naturalness" necessary for the role. Fitz consciously cast his film family with well-known actors. Already in the development phase he had Hannelore Elsner , who appeared in front of the camera on his directorial debut Jesus Loves Me (2012), and Wolfgang Stumph as Paul's parents Renate and Wolfgang Konaske. Fitz described the combination of the two actors as "rather unusual" due to their contrasting personalities, but found them a "great couple". Katharina Thalbach , who is eight years younger than Elsner, was the only choice for the role of Grandma Konaske. She was made up much older for the shooting. For Mark Zuckerberg - persiflage , the role of the US billionaire David Zuckerman, casting director Franziska Aigner had sought initially by an American native speaker. Ultimately, however, Artjom Gilz was able to claim the role for himself.
Antje Wessels von Filmstarts found that the comedy “ offers a creative starting point for a buddy movie that is pleasantly different from the usual relationship comedy monotony”: “There is a love story even in 100 things , without which the film may even be would have become a tad more moody, but also so ”enthused Fitz and Schweighöfer“ in a thoroughly charming city fairytale ”. The production is more successful than the common predecessor The Geilste Tag and "far from being limited to pubertal slamming of the brand Klassentreffen 1.0 ". Fitz proves "that one can stage foolishness far from any primitiveness". The comedic timing is right, “the gag density is enormous. As a pleasant comedy with successful gags, 100 things works very well. "
In her review for the Süddeutsche Zeitung , Martina Knoben wrote that 100 things “as a slapstick machine” run “like clockwork”, but “become uneven when it comes to the really big questions”. Form and message did not really go together and answered “questions with a kind of dachshund look. He presents the consumer criticism that he practices in the most drinkable, most consumable packaging: funny and colorfully photographed, hip and with prominent actors. Hannelore Elsner and Wolfgang Stumph play Paul's parents, Katharina Thalbach his grandmother; Maria Furtwängler shines in a short appearance. ”The fact that Fitz is anything but naive with his material is proven by various scenes“.
In its pre-Christmas review, Cinema magazine described the film as a “suitable film for the shopping spree before the festival” and “a turbulent comedy that combines entertainment with consumer-critical thoughts”. Fitz's direction is "fast-paced" and offers "fast-paced dialogues. As a viewer, you have to be careful to grasp the intricacies of the amazingly varied plot, which is inspired by the Finnish documentary My Stuff ”. What distinguishes his film is “a longing for big cinema pictures, and this time too Schweighöfer and Fitz do not do without the slapstick humor that one knows from their earlier films”.
"Fitz and Schweighöfer [...] know what their audience wants to see and are good service providers," said Peter Luley from Spiegel Online . On the linguistic level, the film is “rough”, with the production offering “a few successful gags”. Luley found “the appearance of Artjom Gilz as a hooded sweater, cocky, patronizing Mark Zuckerberg cut-off, for example. Or the sex scene in 50 Shades of Gray style , in which Lucy ties the damaged Toni teabag to the eyes. ”The basic problem of 100 Things , however, is“ that one can hardly believe deep discussions and conflicts from glaringly exaggerated slapstick characters ”and one many initial situations and subplots are irrelevant. "
The world editor Barbara Möller summed up: “Two naked guns: Matthias Schweighöfer and Florian David Fitz have made their next flat film. 100 Things is a criticism of capitalism for fourteen-year-olds of all ages ”and was apparently only shot“ because Schweighöfer and Fitz wanted to see each other naked ”. The plot is "thin [and] hardly funny", while the intended consumer criticism "in the self-expression" of the two main actors is lost. Fitz lacks distance and self-criticism and illustrates “with pure kitsch”; Hannelore Elsner and Katharina Thalbach would be "degraded to bang". Möller found Maria Furtwängler praisedas "blonde Nana Mouskouri".
100 Things celebrated its world premiere on November 26, 2018 in the Cinestar cinema of the Sony Center on Potsdamer Platz in Berlin in the presence of Fitz, Schweighöfer and other cast members. Warner Bros. issued the release for public screening on December 6, 2018. According to press reports, after the end of the first screening weekend, the comedy was placed behind The Grinch and Fantastic Beasts: Grindelwald's Crimes with 200,000 visitors and around 1.75 million euros in sales in 599 cinemas Third place in the German cinema charts. In addition, there were almost 40,000 visitors from Wednesday previews. In Austria, too, 100 things rose to number three in the cinema charts as the most successful new start of the weekend, and there, including previews, achieved a grossing of 186,000 euros.
In Germany, almost 963,000 visitors saw the film by the end of 2018. The comedy thus placed seventh among the most successful German productions of the year. Furthermore, 100 things were able to stay in German cinemas until March 2019 and attract more than 1.46 million viewers to the screens. The total box office result was around 12.4 million euros.
The German Film and Media Assessment (FBW) in Wiesbaden awarded the film the rating “valuable”. At the Romy Awards 2019 , 100 Things went into the running with nominations in the categories “Best Cinema” and “Best Book Cinema”. In the latter category, Fitz won against Stefan Lukacs and Cops as well as Eva Spreitzhofer and what did we do to deserve it? push through. In addition, Schweighöfer was nominated as “Most Popular Actor in Cinema / TV Film”.
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