KEEP ROLLIN'

KEEP ROLLIN'

Original Title: Vielen DANK FÜR Nichts

Synopsis

Valentin is fed up! Being confined to a wheelchair after a snowboarding accident is bad enough, but being forced to participate in a theatre project for people with disabilities is… unthinkable! There is only one ray of hope – Mira – his beautiful carer. But there’s a problem: she’s going steady with a local slime-ball called Marc. Out of frustration about himself and the world, Valentin decides to rob the gas station where Marc works. His house mates, Lukas and Titus, are all for it and offer their help. It is the beginning of a man-to-man friendship and an adventurous plan that may or may not be successful.

Technical Information

2013; Switzerland, Germany; Coming of age, Drama; 95 minutes; DCP, HDCAM-SR; 1:2.35; 5.1 mix; Original Language: German, Italian; Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian

DIRECTOR

Stefan Hillebrand, Oliver Paulus

WRITER

Stefan Hillebrand, Oliver Paulus

D.O.P.

Pierre Mennel

EDITOR

Anna R. Fernandes, Nela Märkl, Torsten Truscheit

MUSIC

Marcel Vaid

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Gregory Catella

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Motorfilm, Frischfilm

PRODUCER

Oliver Paulus, Stefan Hillebrand

SONGS

Rodrigo Gonzáles

Valentin

Joel Basman

Lukas

Nikki Rappl

Titus

Bastian Wurbs

Mira

Anna Unterberger

Katja

Isolde Fischer

Antonio

Antonio Vigano

Valentin’s mother

Anikó Donáth

STEFAN HILLEBRAND

Stefan Hillebrand was born in 1969 in Verl (Germany). He studied educational science, criminology and youth psychiatry in Heidelberg, before studying directing and screenwriting at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. Stefan is a member of the improvisation theatre “DRAMA LIGHT” and he attended acting classes with several teachers, a.o. Keith Johnstone, Randy Dixon, Doug Nounn, Brain Lohmann and Tracy Burns.

SO LONG, MY HEART! and WHEN THE RIGHT ONE COMES ALONG got invited to more than 80 festivals and honoured with 18 international awards.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2010 UNGEKÜSST ZURÜCK

2008 TANDOORI LOVE

2006 SO LONG, MY HEART!

2003 WHEN THE RIGHT ONE COMES ALONG

 

Feature Documentary

2008 LOST IN THE MOMENT

2007 WAS DIE WELT NICHT SIEHT ZURÜCK

 

Short

2001 THE BUTCHER’S BRIDE

2015

CINE EUROPE 18

Sep 01 – 30

EURO-AFRICAN KAMPALA FILM FESTIVAL

Jun 16 – 28

FOCUS FILM FESTIVAL

Mar 12 – 15 (in competition)

REELABILITIES NY – DISABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL

Mar 12 – 18

NEW FILMS FROM GERMANY FF

Jan 18 – 19

2014

MALATAYA INTL. FF

Nov 21 – 27

 

Moscow –

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS – DISABILITY FF MOSCOW

Best Feature Film

Nov 17

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS – DISABILITY FF MOSCOW

Nov 14 – 17 (in competition)

FILM FESTIVAL RADSTADT

Nov 04 – 07

TRANSILVANIA INT. FILM FESTIVAL

May 29 – Jun 07

Schweizer Illustrierte

“The directors managed to create this light tragicomedy and given the fact that they are dealing with a serious topic, it has been a challenge.”

2014-06-26

Neue Züricher Zeitung

“Blues Brothers on wheels.”

2014-06-26

Basler Zeitung – Kultur.Woche

“The actors are saving the film from becoming a ‘pal-film’. But on the first place, the film just makes you laugh.”

2014-07-03

Die Welt

“[…] This film is not just staged precisely, it also uses the possibilities to show wheelchairs and their drivers in a humoristic way. The directors manage to create funny pictures and dialogues. Joel Basman is very convincing as Valentin, which surprises even insiders. ”

2014-06-05

Berliner Zeitung

“With this “phat” comedy, Hillebrand and Paulus want to dismantle borders between disabled people and the ‘average folk’. They also show courage to engage seriously disabled as protagonists.”

2014-06-05

Berliner Morgenpost

“A great and truthful film which shows that inclusion is not just a buzz or an UN-convention. Humor is the key to open this bulky door.”

2014-06-05

Mannheimer Morgen

“[…] Keep Rollin’ is a feel-good film that encourages the audience. Through its young characters one can say that it is a teenage film. The film deprives from any categorization and not only broaches the issue of inclusion but also carries it out through the great cast. […] Hillebrand and Paulus manage to turn this special case into a universal story. Never let anything get you down and it always helps to change the perspecitve. The film shows that in an exciting and entertaining way, but never forgets the abjection of life.”

2014-06-05

Kulturspiegel

“The film is an enthralling drama for the young audience with a romantic touch that overshoots the mark with a playfully staged attack on a gas station.”

2014-06-04

Klenkes

“[…] the film convinces as a pleading for a better co-operation without pity, where the commonalities of people with and without disabilities come first.”

2014-06-05

EPD Film

“[…] as little assholes on wheels, Valentin and his friends become acting subjects. […] the story develops to a Paralympic crime thriller with not so political correct moments. […] Integration is never painless and does not lead to a harmonic together: this is the message of Paulu’s and Hillebrand’s film about disabled people that also shows Hamlet’s “To Be or Not to Be” from a different perspective.”

2014-06-04

Aargauer Zeitung

“Touching, politically incorrect and funny.”

2014-01-24

Art-TV – Kulturfernsehen im Netz

“… the film is terrific: funny, tender and has lots of drive.”

2014-01-25

Die Wochenzeitung

“In this light and entertaining comedy the story is set around Valentin (birriant: Joel Basman) who is wheelchair-bound since his snowboard accident.”

2014-01-23

Sonja Wenger

Neue Züricher Zeitung / NZZ Online

“Nikki Rappl and Bastian Wurbs, who are both wheelchair-bound, were celebrated by the audience together with actor Joel Basman, who is playing a handicapped person.”

2014-01-27

Geri Krebs

Dresdner

“Since the great film “Something About Paris “in 2002, there was no German film dealing with disabled people in a more relaxed way, than ‘Keep Rollin’. […] The directors are using the society’s uncertainty towards disabled people.”

2014-06-05

Sennhauserblog

“Keep Rollin’ is a funny film and the best proof that comedy can open up genre restrictions through listening, watching and working together.”

2014-01-26

Michael Sennhauser

Oliver Paulus was born in 1969 in Dornach (Switzerland). He first attended the School of Fine Arts in Basel before he studied directing and screenwriting at the famous Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany. In 1995 Oliver was honoured with the MAX OPHULS AWARD, in 1997 with the STUDY AWARD and in 2008 with the AWARD FOR FILMMAKING of the Solothurn Government. In 2005 he got invited to direct the prestigious PARISIENNE PEOPLE commercial in the succession of such outstanding directors as Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altmann, Ethan und Joel Coen, David Lynch, Emir Kusturica, Roman Polanski and Wim Wenders.

WIR WERDEN UNS WIEDERSEH’N and WENN DER RICHTIGE KOMMT got invited to more than 80 festivals and honoured with 18 international awards.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2008 TANDOORI LOVE

2004 SO LONG, MY HEART!

2003 WHEN THE RIGHT ONE COMES ALONG

 

Short

2001 THE BUTCHER’S BRIDE

Joel Basman was born on January 23, 1990 in Zürich, Switzerland. He is an actor, known for Wer ist Hanna? (2011), Picco (2010) and Sennentuntschi (2010). In 2008 he was named as one of the European films’ Shooting Stars by the European Film Promotion Board.

Selective Filmography

Feature Film

2014 Dawn

2014 Puppylove

2014 Monuments Men – Ungewöhnliche Helden

2013 Draussen ist Sommer

2011 Hanna

 

TV Series

2008 Tatort