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Happy Hour: German-Irish comedy about men and midlife crisis

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- Cologne-based Gringo films wrapped up the German-Irish comedy Happy Hour

Happy Hour: German-Irish comedy about men and midlife crisis
Alexander Hoerbe

After 30 shooting days, German writer/director Franz Müller (Die Liebe der Kinder, Science Fiction) wrapped up his comedy Happy Hour [+see also:
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in which a mediocre man loses the rest of his self-esteem when his wife leaves him. His two best friends decide that it is time to cheer him up and invite him spontaneously to a trip to Ireland. In a far-off cottage in the middle of the wilderness the trio is looking for new inspiration, energy, freedom and real man-to-man friendship. But with too much Guinness and a lack of girls it doesn‘t necessarily work out. The cast includes Simon Licht (Atomised [+see also:
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, Lulu & Jimi
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), Mehdi Nebbou (Body of Lies, Hasta mañana [+see also:
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), and Alexander Hörbe (Three, Gran Paradiso).

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The visual concept of Happy Hour was created in collaboration with Bernhard Keller whose credits as director of photography include films such as Everyone else [+see also:
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, I am guilty
and Unter Dir die Stadt [+see also:
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. Happy Hour is produced by Sonja Ewers and Steve Hudson from Cologne-based Gringo films which won a Golden Lion for the drama Lebanon [+see also:
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in 2009.  Markéta Polednová and Katharina Jakobs from Cologne-based Filmboutique came as co-producers while Dominic Wright and Jacqueline Kerrin from Ripple World Pictures also act as executive producers for this project. 

For this comedy about men in the middle of their midlife crisis, German filmmaker Franz Müller received script funding from the Federal Film Board. In Germany, Happy Hour also got production support from WDR/Arte, Film und MedienStiftung NRW, and Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film.

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