The tragic poetic comedy STAND UP! tells the story of Charlie Schwarzer (Timo Jacobs), a disgraced shooting star of the German standup comedy scene. Abandoned by his true love Emilie (Pegah Ferydoni) and deeply indebted, he tries to return to the stage.
Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places!
Stand Up! at the movies
Our times are over.
If two people really love each other, when do they have enough?
Emilie and Charlie are lovers who never really succeed anywhere. Transforming their concerns into happiness is the longing that unites them. Driven by fracture they love each other but are trapped inside. While Emile loses her body, Charlie loses his mind. We witness two people that are lost in search of the truth. Can you find it in show business? If everything is constantly changing, how do you find its truth? How do you give the most meaning to wasted time? They both have no answer. They continue living with their failures and Charlie goes back on an odyssey. He proofs everyone out there – who’s just in it for the fun – that there’s something else. „Stand-up“ is a film about the beauty of failure and transience. Praise the indifference.
”The humor of Charlie Schwarzer is like a crispbread.
The only way out is drinking. A career would save him and prove his love for Emilie. He could show her that he is capable of changing the world. In order to have a career, however, Charlie needs to get himself the most elegant suits that exist. But his wife Emilie separates from him, and Charlie is being persecuted for art robbery. He loses his memory and sadly only remembers his outdated stage program. But the crowd hasn’t forgotten him just yet and we wonder how Charlie will gain enough empathy for his comeback? And can he prove to Emilie that she is still the only one that makes him smile besides everything going on?
Timo Jacobs’ rich use of symbolism throughout the film is an intelligence experience for us. As a result, he doesn’t show us much directly but we have to infer a lot from significant events.
(Cult Critic Magazine, CALCUTTA)
You have had a remarkable career in the film industry, yet your male protagonist is experiencing constant obstacles in his career in the performance arts. Is it ironic or mere coincidence?
Interview by Anushka Dutta
Jacobs proves a quadruple threat in tackling the lead role of his written, directed, and produced feature-length cinematic canvas that’s nothing short of sublime, serving a standout award-worthy performance in his broken whilst deeply charismatic Charlie and a film that showcases the highest level of cinematographic achievement. STAND OUT! is a memorable weird egg of a film that will snatch our hearts; as well as proving one of the most exciting actors of our generation.
(Lonely Wolf, LONDON)
Congratulations on your ‘Best Feature Film’ and ‘Best Director’ awards at last April’s edition of the “Rome International Movie Awards” Your new project is “Stand up! Looking for love in all the wrong places”: in a few words, what is it about?
Interview Rome International Movie Awards
This film is so important. God let me think about that.
(LA Film Fatales)
Timo Jacobs best film, I think.
A beautiful movie.
(President/ Founder BHFF)
His most recent film STAND UP! Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places introduces a burnt-out, struggling comedian played by himself. The film has been screened worldwide and received numerous awards […]
Lonely Wolf | Adrian Perez
STAND UP! Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places ★★★★ ½
What do you do when you have holes in your brain so big they echo? For top comedian Charlie Schwarzer (Timo Jacobs), his downward spiralling career descent at the hands of dementia crash-lands him into the existential crisis of an empty underground comedy club and empty bed after his wife walks out on him. If Charlie’s life wasn’t complicated enough, he becomes entangled in an art theft complot. Timo Jacobs follows in Woody Allen’s footsteps and Café Society’s (2016) quote that life is a comedy written by a sadistic comedy writer; Jacobs takes on the role of such sadistic writer and makes for a raw, bestial canvas in his infusion of such thematic dichotomies as comedy and dementia, there’s nothing funny about this mentally deteriorating disease, and this tense coexistence makes for a hard-gripping drama that’s most naturalistic, for even in the crudest of moments life can offer a little bit of sparkle and light. Jacobs’s STAND UP! Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places serves plenty of deadpan comedy, and that’s perhaps what’s most masterful about it, to be able to make out of grim scenes outright funny vignettes, imitates life as is. Jacobs proves a quadruple threat in tackling the lead role of his written, directed, and produced feature-length cinematic canvas that’s nothing short of sublime, serving a standout award-worthy performance in his broken whilst deeply charismatic Charlie and a film that showcases the highest level of cinematographic achievement. STAND OUT! is a memorable weird egg of a film that will snatch our hearts; as well as proving one of the most exciting actors of our generation, Jacobs also finds his auteurist imprint that has a sprinkle of Allen’s sadistic comedy touch.