Whiplash

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Whiplash

Damien Chazelle
USA, 2013
Fiction, 106min, OmdU

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Whiplash

Damien Chazelle
USA, 2013
Fiction, 106min, OmdU

Cast: 
Miles Teller
Andrew Neyman
J.K. Simmons
Terence Fletcher
Paul Reiser
Jim
Melissa Benoist
Nicole
Austin Stowell
Ryan
Nate Lang
Carl
Screenplay: 
Damien Chazelle
Sound: 
Thomas Curley
Camera: 
Sharon Meir
Editor: 
Tom Cross
Composer: 
Justin Hurwitz
Decoration: 
Melanie Paizis-Jones
Costume: 
Lisa Norci

Production: 
Bold Films, Blumhouse Productions, Right of Way Films
World Sales: 
Sierra Affinity
Distribution in Austria: 
Sony Pictures Filmverleih
Format: 
DCP
Color

Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, singleminded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability – and his sanity.
“WHIPLASH demolishes the cliches of the musical-prodigy genre, investing the traditionally polite stages and rehearsal studios of a topnotch conservatory with all the psychological intensity of a battlefield or sports arena. Chazelle proves an exceptional builder of scenes, crafting loaded, need-to-succeed moments that grab our attention and hold it tight.” (Peter Debruge)