Kill Me Today, Tomorrow I’m Sick!

Bling Bling!

Kill Me Today, Tomorrow I’m Sick!

Bling Bling!

DOMINIK GRAF in the FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINEN SONNTAGSZEITUNG

Auszüge:

What incredible actors we have, if they get to act in films like this one, in which they can pursue their playfulness and their professional skills: Hanczewski and Ljubek are at the heart of the movie. One is inclined to say Ljubek plays the role of his life. He can pull off anything: macho-coolness, wit, shrewdness, self-irony, grief, melancholy and also rage. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such an effortless ride across all the razorblades of incorrectness. And one by one Karin Hanczewski peels off her layers: from the initial outrage of the philanthropist to the disarming finesse in implementing her goals…

...

The spin doctors, faith healers or rabble-rousers should have been replaced at an international level by a sound pragmatism long ago, completely disillusioned, elegantly chain-smoking and realistic: The Plakas of this world have to take over. He is a kind of Brother Courage with a Brechtian sense of reality. A glimmer of hope.

...

What initially seems like a startling Ufo of German cinema is in reality a brilliant sign of life, a satire without an ethical instruction manual.

...

The two directors had their hands full to realize their phenomenal screenplay on a tight budget. They mastered the task with ingenuousness and cinematographic straightforwardness. Now and then there maybe a few forced deficits in the surface perfection and incarnation of the madness - but one is always consoled by the next brilliant dialog.

...

A good portion of the high spirits of desperation and grim humor regardless of the consequences result in a humanist attitude without the slightest „moral-kitsch,” narrated in a tone, which given the piles of corpses is also an indictment of the world’s eternal stupidity.

Monika Maron, writer

„What a wonderful film. Without fear of the thought police and daringly close to comedy and the tragic. One laughs, is shocked and laughs again. Everything is different than one would expect from a German film about a war and the peacebuilding efforts of the “Internationals.” And great actors, especially Carlo Ljubek, whom otherwise only people living in Hamburg can see in their Schauspielhaus.”

Rolf Welberts, former OSCE mission member in Kosovo, Rule of Law

„It was a great evening in the Babylon! Congratulations on the success of the premiere! I really liked the movie. On the one hand the fast-paced fictional plot, on the other hand the true to life portrayal of the Albanian-Serbian reality. The biting and in some cases all too justified irony in the depiction of the international staff reminds one of Danis Tanovíc’s film “No Man’s Land.” At the same time the film also mentions important OSCE projects, such as the victim identification program and the women’s shelter.”

Cora Stephan, writer

“What a movie! Tragedy and comedy go hand in hand here, even the most absurd scenes are basically extremely sad; if it weren’t for two heart-warming wheelers and dealers: Plaka and Burim, Bosniac and Albanian. Some men make problems. Plaka and Burim solve them. A film about the drama Kosovo, which leaves a happy audience? It’s possible. After the premiere even otherwise oh so critical people were enthusiastic.”

ARTE editor Nadja Dumouchel about the script

„Oh, but it glorifies violence, if at all only Tarantino gets to do something like that!”
(Our film is recommended for 16 years or older)

Alexander Wendt

Laughter with a bullet wound
“Kill Me Today, Tomorrow I’m Sick” deserves many viewers. The movie shows that a story can be important, comical and dead serious at the same time."

Dirk Maxeiner, achgut

"The film not only depicts the outlines of the merciless conflict in Kosovo, but it also shows a genre picture of the “new-world-class,” the rapidly expanding supranational organizations. Nobody elected them and they have no base to whom they’d have justify themselves. They transfer from the ICRC to the WHO, from the WWF to the IWF, from the OSCE to the OECD and back. "

Annett Scheffel, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Kill Me Today, Tomorrow I'm Sick

"Kosovo, 1999: Nach dem Waffenstillstand hält die internationale Krisenhilfe Einzug in das gespaltene Land. Darunter auch die OSZE-Idealistin Anna (Karin Hanczewski), die bald knietief im Schlamm der Verstrickungen zwischen gelangweilten Diplomaten, korrupten Freiheitskämpfern und gewieften Opportunisten steckt. Im Gewand einer schwarzhumorigen Tragikomödie haben Joachim Schroeder und Tobias Streck eine vogelwilde Low-Budget-Satire gedreht, deren spitze Pfeile gegen die Verblendung des Westens (nicht immer, aber oft) tief steckenbleiben. Und dass hier niemand Angst vor Konventionen und Correctness hat, ist mindestens so erfrischend wie irritierend."

Dr. Wolfgang Hintze, Premierenbesucher

About the film:

„We were lucky and saw the film at the premiere in the sold-out Berlin cinema Babylon yesterday. In a nutshell: brilliant! One laughs, one cries, one is speechless, one is moved, one is angry, one is disgusted, one is happy, one grieves – a whirlwind of emotions, driven by the protagonists and by a music with so much drive that one couldn’t withstand for one second.”

Lutz Gehres, Sergeant Major, ret., deployments in Bosnia and Afghanistan

The film clearly identifies the downsides of such peacebuilding and peacekeeping missions, be it the UN, NGOs or the military.
In this context, the scene with the „nice “Anna in the mini-market was an absolute highlight for me. No clue, no cultural background – but plans on a grand scale. You wouldn’t believe how many problems arise during deployments due to such unintended blunders.

Even though the film has excellent satirical moments- if one has experienced something similar, the underlying surrender to the „power of the factual” is clear.

Kudos to all the actors, especially to those who play the locals. The rift, which due to pogroms and war crimes, separates such tormented societies is harrowingly played by them.

In Sarajevo, I myself saw how this can lead to the collapse of civilization.”

JUNGE FREIHEIT, Christian Dorn

„The unadorned story of the neurotic, ignorant, corrupt and saturated “Internationals” is told here, at their helm the cynical OSCE diplomat Christian Zoet (Joachim Steinhöfel), complemented by the mellow journalist Gorsky (Henryk M. Broder)

Marc Neugröschl, Times of Israel, author

„One could certainly make another 1.000 films about the self-righteousness and naiveté of international organizations and their functionaries. Great that one was already made – and an accomplished one at that.” “

FRANKENPOST, on the occasion of the premiere at the „52. Internationale Hofer Filmtage”

„The German do-gooder loses his illusions here. The film subject is based on the diary of a real OSCE activist, which the directors tell in an epic but lively way, with as much macabre humor as horror. In Hof they admit that “the OSCE” doesn’t like the film. One is not surprised."

BILD, Dirk Krampitz

Kosovo is a tragicomedy.

B.Z Berlin

Kosovo is a tragicomedy.

Wolfgang Höbel, Spiegel Online

„Kill Me Today, Tomorrow I’m Sick!” was the politically most charged feature film at the HOF festival. In the guise of a shrill satire that holds basically nothing sacred the directors Joachim Schroeder and Tobias Streck depict the lunacy of the long and incredibly expensive peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. You see vain OSCE-personnel and Mafia-like organized Kosovo-Albanian fighters; there are shocking images of murders committed out of racial hatred and cabaret-like sexed up scenes showing the bureaucrats daily routine in the camp of the international peacekeepers. Karin Hanczewski plays a to begin with naïve, but soon hard-boiled German OSCE-woman and Carlo Ljubek a charming rascal who seeks her company. Schroeder and Streck deliver a cynical, sometimes hilariously funny, but at heart desperate situation report about the helplessness of rational people. The hopes for world improvement are utterly shattered for all starry-eyed idealists here."

How did the film come about?


Awards


SILVER ZENITH in the category:
First Fiction World Wide

MONTREAL WORLD FILMFESTIVAL 2018

BEST ACTOR:
Carlo Ljubek for the role as Plaka.

24. Filmfestival Türkei Deutschland

From the jury’s statement: “Carlo Ljubek plays the daring rascal, the comedian with deeper knowledge of all tragedy with so much sensitivity, so perfectly and credibly that one would love to immediately see him again in this starring role.”

Joachim Schroeder and Tobias Streck for „Kill Me Today, Tomorrow I'm Sick!“

ÖNGÖRÖN PRIZE FOR DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS

From the jury’s statement: „The film convinces as a multilayered combination of unsentimental melodrama with satirical elements and a thrilling docudrama, which is based on the authentic diary excerpts of an OSCE activist.”

DOMINIK GRAF in the FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINEN SONNTAGSZEITUNG

Extracts:

What incredible actors we have, if they get to act in films like this one, in which they can pursue their playfulness and their professional skills: Hanczewski and Ljubek are at the heart of the movie. One is inclined to say Ljubek plays the role of his life. He can pull off anything: macho-coolness, wit, shrewdness, self-irony, grief, melancholy and also rage. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such an effortless ride across all the razorblades of incorrectness. And one by one Karin Hanczewski peels off her layers: from the initial outrage of the philanthropist to the disarming finesse in implementing her goals…
...
The spin doctors, faith healers or rabble-rousers should have been replaced at an international level by a sound pragmatism long ago, completely disillusioned, elegantly chain-smoking and realistic: The Plakas of this world have to take over. He is a kind of Brother Courage with a Brechtian sense of reality. A glimmer of hope.
...
What initially seems like a startling Ufo of German cinema is in reality a brilliant sign of life, a satire without an ethical instruction manual.
...
The two directors had their hands full to realize their phenomenal screenplay on a tight budget. They mastered the task with ingenuousness and cinematographic straightforwardness. Now and then there maybe a few forced deficits in the surface perfection and incarnation of the madness - but one is always consoled by the next brilliant dialog.
...
A good portion of the high spirits of desperation and grim humor regardless of the consequences result in a humanist attitude without the slightest „moral-kitsch,” narrated in a tone, which given the piles of corpses is also an indictment of the world’s eternal stupidity.

Monika Maron, writer

„What a wonderful film. Without fear of the thought police and daringly close to comedy and the tragic. One laughs, is shocked and laughs again. Everything is different than one would expect from a German film about a war and the peacebuilding efforts of the “Internationals.” And great actors, especially Carlo Ljubek, whom otherwise only people living in Hamburg can see in their Schauspielhaus.”

Rolf Welberts, former OSCE mission member in Kosovo, Rule of Law

„It was a great evening in the Babylon! Congratulations on the success of the premiere! I really liked the movie. On the one hand the fast-paced fictional plot, on the other hand the true to life portrayal of the Albanian-Serbian reality. The biting and in some cases all too justified irony in the depiction of the international staff reminds one of Danis Tanovíc’s film “No Man’s Land.” At the same time the film also mentions important OSCE projects, such as the victim identification program and the women’s shelter.”

Cora Stephan, writer

“What a movie! Tragedy and comedy go hand in hand here, even the most absurd scenes are basically extremely sad; if it weren’t for two heart-warming wheelers and dealers: Plaka and Burim, Bosniac and Albanian. Some men make problems. Plaka and Burim solve them. A film about the drama Kosovo, which leaves a happy audience? It’s possible. After the premiere even otherwise oh so critical people were enthusiastic.”

ARTE editor Nadja Dumouchel about the script

„Oh, but it glorifies violence, if at all only Tarantino gets to do something like that!”
(Our film has a FSK 16 recommendation)

Alexander Wendt

Laughter with a bullet wound
“Kill Me Today, Tomorrow I’m Sick” deserves many viewers. The movie shows that a story can be important, comical and dead serious at the same time.”

Dirk Maxeiner, achgut

"The film not only depicts the outlines of the merciless conflict in Kosovo, but it also shows a genre picture of the “new-world-class,” the rapidly expanding supranational organizations. Nobody elected them and they have no base to whom they’d have justify themselves. They transfer from the ICRC to the WHO, from the WWF to the IWF, from the OSCE to the OECD and back. "

Annett Scheffel, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Kill Me Today, Tomorrow I'm Sick

„Kosovo, 1999: After the ceasefire the international crisis assistance missions enter the divided country. Among them the OSCE-idealist Anna (Karin Hanczewski) who is soon mired knee-deep in the entanglements between bored diplomats, corrupt freedom fighters and shrewd opportunists. In the guise of a black humor tragicomedy Joachim Schroeder and Tobias Streck have filmed a wild and crazy low budget satire whose pointed arrows against the delusion of the West (not always, but often) are right on target. And that nobody here is afraid of conventions or correctness is every bit as refreshing as irritating.“

Dr. Wolfgang Hintze, „visitor attending the Berlin premiere”

über den Film:
„We were lucky and saw the film at the premiere in the sold-out Berlin cinema Babylon yesterday. In a nutshell: brilliant! One laughs, one cries, one is speechless, one is moved, one is angry, one is disgusted, one is happy, one grieves – a whirlwind of emotions, driven by the protagonists and by a music with so much drive that one couldn’t withstand for one second.”

Lutz Gehres, Sergeant Major, ret., deployments in Bosnia and Afghanistan

"The film clearly identifies the downsides of such peacebuilding and peacekeeping missions, be it the UN, NGOs or the military.
In this context, the scene with the „nice “Anna in the mini-market was an absolute highlight for me. No clue, no cultural background – but plans on a grand scale. You wouldn’t believe how many problems arise during deployments due to such unintended blunders.
Even though the film has excellent satirical moments- if one has experienced something similar, the underlying surrender to the „power of the factual” is clear.
Kudos to all the actors, especially to those who play the locals. The rift, which due to pogroms and war crimes, separates such tormented societies is harrowingly played by them.
In Sarajevo, I myself saw how this can lead to the collapse of civilization.”

JUNGE FREIHEIT, Christian Dorn

„The unadorned story of the neurotic, ignorant, corrupt and saturated “Internationals” is told here, at their helm the cynical OSCE diplomat Christian Zoet (Joachim Steinhöfel), complemented by the mellow journalist Gorsky (Henryk M. Broder)"

Marc Neugröschl, Times of Israel Autor

„One could certainly make another 1.000 films about the self-righteousness and naiveté of international organizations and their functionaries. Great that one was already made – and an accomplished one at that.”

FRANKENPOST, on the occasion of the premiere at the „52. Internationale Hofer Filmtage”

„The German do-gooder loses his illusions here. The film subject is based on the diary of a real OSCE activist, which the directors tell in an epic but lively way, with as much macabre humor as horror. In Hof they admit that “the OSCE” doesn’t like the film. One is not surprised."

BILD, Dirk Krampitz

Kosovo is a tragicomedy.

B.Z Berlin

Kosovo is a tragicomedy.

Wolfgang Höbel, Spiegel Online

„Kill Me Today, Tomorrow I’m Sick!” was the politically most charged feature film at the HOF festival. In the guise of a shrill satire that holds basically nothing sacred the directors Joachim Schroeder and Tobias Streck depict the lunacy of the long and incredibly expensive peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. You see vain OSCE-personnel and Mafia-like organized Kosovo-Albanian fighters; there are shocking images of murders committed out of racial hatred and cabaret-like sexed up scenes showing the bureaucrats daily routine in the camp of the international peacekeepers. Karin Hanczewski plays a to begin with naïve, but soon hard-boiled German OSCE-woman and Carlo Ljubek a charming rascal who seeks her company. Schroeder and Streck deliver a cynical, sometimes hilariously funny, but at heart desperate situation report about the helplessness of rational people. The hopes for world improvement are utterly shattered for all starry-eyed idealists here.

How did the film come about?


Awards


SILVER ZENITH in der Kategorie:
First Fiction World Wide

MONTREAL WORLD FILMFESTIVAL 2018

BEST ACTOR:
Carlo Ljubek for the role as Plaka.

24. Filmfestival Türkei Deutschland

From the jurys statement: “Carlo Ljubek plays the daring rascal, the comedian with deeper knowledge of all tragedy with so much sensitivity, so perfectly and credibly that one would love to immediately see him again in this starring role.”

Joachim Schroeder and Tobias Streck for „Kill Me Today, Tomorrow I'm Sick!“

ÖNGÖRÖN PRIZE FOR DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS

From the jurys statement: „The film convinces as a multilayered combination of unsentimental melodrama with satirical elements and a thrilling docudrama, which is based on the authentic diary excerpts of an OSCE activist.”