Where Are You Going, Habibi? 2015
Wo willst du hin, Habibi? (original title)
1h 19min | Comedy , Drama , Romance | 16 July 2016 (USA)
Ibrahim falls in love with Alexander, a blond, blue eyed German criminal and show wrestler who is straight – an impossible friendship that surpasses the both of them.
The production values are minimum…the plotholes are gargantuan.
The editing…someone went a little mad with the scissors…the longest scene in the film is about meatballs! Most scenes last no more than 10 seconds…with a dizzying effect.
It took four writers to come up with this erratic script…which runs at a – measley-for-a-feature – 68 minutes. Plugging up those plotholes with some extra dialogue would have – at least – stretched this film to an acceptable runtime. If your audience is paying to see a feature…make it feature length!
The central character comes across as a complete, docile idiot…of course you would unwittingly burgle a house!!!Of course you would ‘play a lamp’ in exchange for a bed!!! Of course you would pay a fine for a botched bank robber!!!
The film does go from one ridiculous scenario to another within seconds and, by the end, is all neatly wrapped up with a multitude of loose ends!
Independent filmmaking is an uphill struggle…you need to have the required skillset to have a chance of getting to the top…
A good place to start…make sure you have enough material to make a cohesive feature…it seems that this is a consistent problem with Herr Iben…!
Director: Tor Iben
Writers: Tor Iben (screenplay), Kristina Spitzley (collaboration on screenplay)
Stars: Cem Alkan, Martin Walde, Tuncay Gary
Language: German | English
Release Date: 16 July 2016 (USA)
Also Known As: Gde si krenuo, habibi?
Filming Locations: Berlin, Germany