WIE ICH BERÜHMT WERDEN WOLLTE

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by Tim Oppermann

grade: 6

With a brilliant mood and a constant irony, in Wie ich berühmt werden wollte we witness a classic comedy with a strong TV character where the signs of a certain amateur nature are evident.

Dreaming of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Young director Tim Oppermann is already a veteran in the field of short films. And while Frisch, his most recent work, should have been screened to the audience at the Diagonale 2020, following the festival’s cancellation, many of his films have been made available to spectators as part of the programme Diagonale 2020 – The Unfinished. This, for example, is also the case with the comedy Wie ich berühmt werden wollte (How I wanted to be famous), which Oppermann made in 2016 with an overall low budget.

The story staged here is that of young Andreas Weiβenegger, a sixteen-year-old boy who lives with his family in the fourteenth district of Vienna. His greatest dream is to one day become like his idol Arnold Schwarzenegger. Or, in any case, to become famous. And this, in the age of youtube, can (perhaps) also be easily achieved. Or maybe not? In any case, what better opportunity to get noticed by film producers than by performing improbable stunts in order to demonstrate one’s stuntman skills?

Tim Oppermann, in his Wie ich berühmt werden wollte, is clearly inspired by American cinema, with a strongly dynamic alternating montage that shows us, from time to time, the acrobatics of young Andreas. At the same time, the protagonist’s voice over tells us, step by step, about his adventures. As well as about his misadventures.

With a brilliant mood and a constant irony, then, we witness a classic comedy with a strong television character where are evident signs of a certain amateur nature (especially with regard to the acting and make-up of some actors). And if, on the one hand, the voice over, as well as the editing and a dynamic musical score, are particularly successful, what is less convincing in a work like Wie ich berühmt werden wollte is precisely the screenplay, which, at the end of the screening, is inevitably weak and inconclusive, and leaves some elements unresolved, such as, first and foremost, the protagonist’s admiration for Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Yet, there are the right basic ideas. As well as a good eye for staging on the part of the director himself. And if such directorial or writing naivety can be attributed to a relatively short experience behind the camera (as well, of course, as to a rather limited budget), one still has to wonder how much Wie ich berühmt werden wollte could achieve if, one day, it were to become a full-length feature film. And – why not? – maybe one could even think of a small cameo by Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.

Original title: Wie ich berühmt werden wollte
Directed by: Tim Oppermann
Country/year: Austria / 2016
Running time: 16’
Genre: comedy
Cast: Maximilian Paier, David Nolden, Alex Reichelt, Florian Bayer, Maxi Thienen, Nicole Beutler, Tom Hanslmaier
Screenplay: Tim Oppermann
Cinematography: Oskar Ott
Produced by: Tim Oppermann

Info: Wie ich berühmt werden wollte on Vimeo; the website of Tim Oppermann; the page of Wie ich berühmt werden wollte on iMDb