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by Franz Müller


Hans-Christian has a nickname of sorts — “HC” — but not much else. His wife has left him, taking any last vestiges of meaning in his life. Being a clever woman though, she didn’t take his friends Nic and Wolfgang. In a gesture of romantic and not very well thought through spontaneitiy, it is these two who decide to save HC from despair by whisking him off for a “back to the roots” holiday in Ireland. The three men seek inspiration, raw nature, contact with their deeper inner selves, and the bonds of true friendship. As it turns out, being stuck in a remote cottage with too much whiskey and too few girls isn’t necessarily the ideal recipe for any of the above…

international title: Happy Hour
original title: Happy Hour
country: Germany, Ireland
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Franz Müller
film run: 94'
screenplay: Franz Müller
cast: Simon Licht, Mehdi Nebbou, Alexander Hörbe
cinematography by: Bernhard Keller
film editing: Gesa Jäger
art director: Utta Hagen
costumes designer: Monika Lange
music: Cherilyn MacNeil
producer: Sonja Ewers, Steve Hudson
co-producer: Markéta Polednová, Katharina Jakobs
production: GRINGO films GmbH, Film Boutique GbR
backing: WDR/Arte, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film. Screenplay supported by the German Federal Film Board (FFA)


main awards/selection

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2015 

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