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5th(2009)
Short Cut to Hollywood
Germany | 2009 | 95min | 35mm | COLOR | Drama

PROGRAM NOTE

The world is in search of a superstar again and again! Who hasn’t, at least once in their lifetime, dreamt of success and fame? At least until recently, nobody wanted to listen to a singer who can’t even sing. No one, up until not too long ago, wanted to photograph people walking down the red carpet without any of us able to say what they’re doing – throughout the rest of the day. But times have changed. Form won out over content. And it’s true that taboos are meant to be broken – especially when someone wants to become the center of attention. Anything undignified, or voyeuristic, either works. And people like to watch this. That’s what they, who put these things on TV, tell us. And since we consume quite a bit from these heroes of our time, we are starting to run low on taboos and heroes by now. But where do we draw the line or have we already crossed it long ago? We wanted to make a film that connects this feeling of ‘o-m-g, how retarded is this idea – stop!’ with that ‘but first I want to see how it ends’ curiosity. We wanted to show that great aspiration that somehow lies dormant in each of us – the hope that our lives have a lasting effect. Also our three guys have this incredible idea that they hope will help them reach their goal. And that’s where, at least for us, things start to get interesting. – Director’s Statement 

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DIRECTOR

Jan Henrik

Born in 1970, Jan Henrik Stahlberg studied drama in Munich in 1992 and 1993, and in Brussels from 1994 to 1997. After he has appeared on stage, Stahlberg got his first leading role for film in Science Fiction (2002). And he achieved a breakthrough in Quiet as a Mouse (2003) which he also co-wrote. His first feature is Bye Bye Berlusconi! (2005).​

Marcus Mittermeier

Marcus Mittermeier, born 1969, studied acting in Munich. He became famous with his role for TV series Samt und Seide. While appearing as leading roles in numerous other series and television movies, he continued his work for theaters, where he played and directed. He made his feature debut with Quiet as a Mouse (2003) and Short Cut to Hollywood is his second collaboration with Jan Henrik Stahlberg.
Producer
: Marcos Kantis Martin Lehwald Philipp Kreuzer Matthias Esche Marcus Mittermeier Jan Henrik Stahlberg
Cast
: Jan Henrik Stahlberg Marcus Mittermeier
Screenwriter
: Jan Henrik Stahlberg
Cinematography
: David Hofmann
Art director
: Peter Naguib Peter Dank
Editor
: Sarah Clara Weber
Music
: Rainer Oleak
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