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O Beautiful Night

Hypochondriac Berliner Juri constantly feels death approaching. One night he finally meets him for real, looking a small time criminal. Together they take a trip through the city's night life. There's danger, love and exotic birds.


Juri (Noah Saavedra) is a hypochondriac, has restless dreams about crows eating his heart, and feels death approaching. He meets Death, who looks like a Russian small time criminal (Marko Mandić) , at an arcade. More Mephisto than the reaper, he suggests that Juri should join him for some fun before he‘s dead. He could win the money in a round of Russian roulette with the owners of the go-kart track. At the death‘s drug dealer's place, Juri meets the “pretty poisonous plant“ Nina (Vanessa Loibl), who exposes her body in a peepshow. Juri would love to live a few hours longer for Nina. She is prickly and reads Nietzsche, but maybe they‘ll kiss before the night drive in a stolen car ends fatally.

O BEAUTIFUL NIGHT is a trip. Described as a modern fairy tale by the director, every scene makes it obvious that Xaver Böhm comes from graphic design. The city is a string of interchangeable neighborhoods and streets, but the colors of the night are so powerful that you feel like wringing them out until the neon drips. The shadows are deep and Böhm himself helped work on the neo-noir jazz score. The story is a pure wish fulfillment fantasy for pale, young slackers who feel that they deserve more out of life, starting with the dream girl. The mix of youthful sturm & drang, powerful crooks, and metaphysical observations that seem quite plausible when you‘re not sober might be familiar, but Böhms visual style is strong enough to present the familiar in a way that‘s more than intoxicating.

Christian Klose

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Deutschland 2019, 89 min
Language: German
Genre: Metropolitan Movie, Comedy, Love Stories
Director: Xaver Böhm
Author: Xaver Böhm, Ariana Berndl
DOP: Jieun Yi
Montage: Florian Miosge
Music: Paul Eisenach
Distributor: NFP
Cast: Noah Saavedra, Marko Mandić, Vanessa Loibl
FSK: 12
Release: 20.06.2019




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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