303 (Film) - 303 (Film)

Original title 303
Country of production Germany
original language German , Portuguese , English , French , Spanish
Publishing year 2018
Long 145 minutes
Age rating FSK 12 [1]
JMK 8 [2]
Director Hans Weingartner
script Hans Weingartner,
Silke Eggert
production Hans Weingartner
music Michael Regner
Camera Mario Krause ,
Sebastian Lempe
cut Benjamin Kaubisch ,
Karen Kramatschek
Hans Weingartner
Film screening of 303 in Düsseldorf. From left to right: Anton Spieker , Hans Weingartner , Daniel Bäldle (theater director Metropol).

303 is a German "Love roadmovie " by Austrian director and screenwriter Hans Weingartner from the year 2018 . The “Anti- Tinder film” is about the gradual rapprochement between two students, played by Mala Emde and Anton Spieker , during a one-week trip from Berlin to Portugal in a mobile home . The film premiered on February 16, 2018 at the Berlinale 2018 , where it opened the Generation 14plus section . The cinema release took place in Germany on July 19, 2018 and in Austria one day after.[3][4][5][6][7]


The 24-year-old biology student Jule fails the last exam before the end of the summer semester. She is also unintentionally pregnant. Her mother urges the drug to be aborted , but Jule hesitates. In order to include the child's father - Alex is writing his doctoral thesis in Portugal - she decides to drive off with her Mercedes Hymer 303 motorhome , which previously belonged to her brother, who had died through suicide . Shortly after Berlin, she takes Jan, a political student of the same age, who wants to hitchhike to Cologne and from there by bus to northern Spainto get to know his biological father. Coincidentally, the two discussion-happy protagonists quickly end up on the subject of suicide, a sensitive issue for Jule; she overreacts and drops him off at the next possible place. - In the evening she lets in a man who raves about her classic car and is harassed by him. Fortunately, Jan, who forgot his cell phone with her, came up to her at this very moment and was able to drive away the attacker. A quiet conversation over tea relaxes Jule; she trusts Jan and asks him to stay with her for the night. In the morning she even invites him to continue with her.

Soon a new dispute develops, this time about the question of what people naturally tend to do - competition (Jan) or cooperation (Jule)? They continue it when they temporarily leave the autobahn and extend a compulsory stop to a long relaxing walk and the first meal they have prepared together. Jan gladly accepts Jules offer to accompany her “another 500 kilometers”. Via Belgium to Francecoming, just drive the country road and slow down further. They enjoy picturesque landscapes, quiet places and hidden resting places, just as they have fun with everything that arises in the common routine related to eating. Their conversations become more personal, if no less controversial; After the great questions of mankind, it is now a question of the relationship between man and woman - among other things, what is decisive for its coming into being and for its existence. Reality is not entirely left out; During one of the occasional phone calls with Alex, Jule puts him in the picture about her pregnancy - and is seriously disappointed by his cautious reaction. Jan tries to comfort her with an exquisite sweet, a tarte aux fries, and a first, still very tentative, tender touch. It is only too clear that they are both about to fall in love.

Before they admit that to each other, they have reached Jan's destination. In Jules' presence he sees his sire from a distance, but cannot bring himself to walk up to him and continues to drive with her. After their second encounter with the Atlantic , including Jan's impressive premiere ride on a surfboard , and a hike from which both of them come back completely soaked and hypothermic, they finally give in to their feelings. In the morning Jule confesses to Jan that she is pregnant and a little later that she has decided to carry the child to term. He takes both calmly. In Porto , she bleeds, consults a gynecologist and learns that she has the embryohas lost. When she arrives at her destination, she drops Jan in the center of the village before continuing to Alex - with a completely uncertain outcome. Jan is waiting. First he falls asleep in the café, then on the steps of the market square. In the middle of the night Jule returns in her 303; they both hug and kiss passionately.


A "dialogue film", a "combination of philosophy and Romance", wanted to Weingartner "always make" since his involvement as a production assistant on Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise - the "mother of all speech Love Movies", with the 303is often compared. Weingartner was 24 at the time, exactly the age of his two protagonists. From then on, he collected ideas about ways to change the world and wrote them down in a diary. This formed the basis for the script developed together with Silke Eggert, supplemented by the income from around 200 recent video interviews, in which he got the impression that the young people interviewed are growing up earlier these days, so that some may say precocious statements by Jule and Jan can be trusted. [3] [8]

The idea for a road movie arose when Weingartner was on a tour while shooting his first film, Das weisse Rauschen , which was very similar to the one in 303 : in an old Mercedes bus that, like a "time machine", temporarily overrode reality, controlled by a hippie woman with whom he talked for hours about God and the world. Even as a child he loved such conversations. And later, this phase of getting to know a woman always made him feel elated. He wanted to do that himself in a film, following on from Before Sunrise , but "a bit more personal, more emotional", without Linklater's ironic distance. [8th]

Weingartner also wanted to avoid the usual dramaturgy of love films , in which the couple are separated after 20 minutes and then fight to get back together. That is more drama than love. What he wanted to capture, however, was the phase of falling in love, of gradual rapprochement. Therefore he regards 303 as a “friendship film about two souls who meet and get to know each other”. Weingartner also wanted to leave his own reference film The Fat Years Are Over . Its eponymous protagonists would have looked for a comparatively simple "solution" (get rid of the "bigwigs"), whereas 303ask again more fundamentally what is “actually really wrong” and what can be done differently. [8th]

"Nothing at all about the dialogues is random," replied Weingartner on the assumption that they were improvised on the set . Nevertheless, the biggest challenge of his career so far has been to make it sound natural. Its size alone was one of the main obstacles that made it difficult to finance the film, which meant that the shooting could not be realized in 2013, as originally planned, but only two years later: from August 10 to October 12, 2015 in Berlin and Brandenburg as well in France , Spain and Portugal . [9] [10]

It was also not easy to find actors who were able to handle the amount of text of 303 . When the right people, Mala Emde and Anton Spieker, were finally nominated, Weingartner gave them plenty of time to rehearse so that they could "inhale" the script. There were also practical reasons for sticking to it: a road movie had to be well planned so that things went a little "zack zack" at the locations. [8] [9]

Weingartner originally submitted the film for the main competition for the Golden Bear at the 2018 Berlinale. He accepted the counter-proposal from Festival Director Dieter Kosslick and Section Head Maryanne Redpath to show 303 as the opening film for the “Generation 14plus” section with the comment that he was “clearly happy” with the decision. “The whole thing in '303',” Weingartner continues, “is all about competition breaking you, and the competition at the Berlinale is extremely tough.” [9]


Claudia Palma found in the Märkische Allgemeine that 303 was a wonderful film, an “anti- Tinder film”: Don't wipe it off, but a slow rapprochement between two souls. You can see and hear the two of them spellbound throughout the film and you are fascinated by the way they try not to fall in love with each other. The dialogues are so natural that it is hard to believe that they actually come from a script. [11]

Kirsten Taylor wrote in the daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel that Weingartner is returning to its roots with this film after the media satire Free Rainer - Your Television Lies . His characters always acted as counter-designs to a capitalist society - all rebelled against the system in their own way. Jule and Jan from 303 looked like revenants of the lovers from The fat years are over , not least because they have the same name. However, they are less radical in action, but just as critical in thinking. “Landscapes and thoughts pass by and there is a flutter in the air because two people are slowly discovering each other - and not with a few clicks on the Internet. One would like to do the same as Jule and Jan and drive off in an old box that is not in the fast lane. " [9]

Martin Schwickert from Zeit Online said in his positive film review that Hans Weingartner shot a relaxed and clever love road movie. Schwickert praised Weingartner's dialogues because of their philosophy, science, criticism of capitalism and lots of steep theses about the human conditionand put the gender difference into dialogues with a seemingly light hand. One follows the increasingly lively conversations and wild associations between the two with excitement, because here in the speech duels the freedom of non-preformatted thinking is reflected, which one is far too rarely allowed to sniff at in the cinema. “In addition, of course, there is also the amorous elasticity that builds up so wonderfully slowly between the two. Mala Emde and Anton Spieker succeed in the trick of chopping out the dialogues that Weingartner has worked on over the years as if they had only just occurred to them. [...] This is where 303 sets new standards because Weingartner understands that travel is a way of being that opens the heart and consciousness. " [12]

Christian Buß from Spiegel Online named the film “The film of the week - and the summer film of the year” in its equally positive film review. Opposite 303 , the relaxed, naturalistic palaver in Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise / Sunset / Midnight series with Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke , whom one always feels reminded of here, seems staged with a strict hand. Christian Buß praised the main actors Anton Spieker and Mala Emde, who verbally played out the beautiful, eerie and difficult limbo before the moment in which one believed to recognize that love was manifested here. His conclusion: 303is now, nobody would have expected it to be the summer adventure of 2018. A film like the second before the kiss, only auspiciously spread out over 145 minutes. A film where you get the feeling that all this supposedly aimless talk about the world, about people, about society could lead somewhere. A film that calls out to the screen with joy: Now finally kiss you! " [13]

The online platform film plus criticism, however, was more critical. The too long running time and the fact that little happened in the second half of the film were criticized: “The problems in Weingartner's film only reveal themselves late: The first half of 303 is truly entertaining, the interesting conversations pass you quickly like the mountains and meadows on Jule & Jans mobile home. But from the point where it becomes clear that in the end they will probably become a couple (or at least end up “in the box”), the film celebrates this “physical approach phase” excessively. " [14]


The film title 303 refers to the touring omnibus model Mercedes-Benz O 303 . The motorhome with which the two protagonists travel is actually a Mercedes-Benz Hymer T 1 “Bremer Transporter” 650.

Awards and nominations


Commons : 303 - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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