Cruising along the lines of foreign films we embark a journey of depth, exploring a different facet of the culinary world where the intricacy of man’s conscience and the arts intertwined resulting to a myriad of emotions – A Coffee in Berlin (2012).
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Jan Ole Gerster’s wry and vibrant feature debut A Coffee in Berlin, which swept the 2013 German Oscar Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider.
Unable to ignore the consequences of his passivity any longer, Niko finally concludes that he has to engage with life. Shot in timeless black and white and enriched with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this slacker dramedy is a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience.
Here’s a glimpse of the film if you have not experience it.
Firmly centered around the essence of one’s self-consciousness, the nature of the film allows audiences the freewill of interpretation.
A film set in Berlin, the story can be read as a metaphoric expression of savouring the deep aroma and flavour of black coffee.
With the influence of German expressionism group style of filming, the possible rationale of the black and white shot is to move the audiences’ attention to the soul of the character’s sentiment. It’s a different way of storytelling that makes audiences feel and experience the characters in the film.
In summary, A Coffee in Berlin (2012) is a beautifully narrated story, a blend of artful cinematography with rich aroma and flavours that tells the story in an excellent perspective, certainly worth immersing into if you have not done so.