Free City Rhymes

Nashorn im Galopp (Rhino Full Throttle) is a short film by Erik Schmitt, released in 2013, starring Marlen Lohse (as Vicky) and Tino Mewes (as Bruno). It was nominated for and won multiple awards, a list of which you can find on the IMDb page.

Nashorn Im Galopp (Rhino Full Throttle) (Erik Schmitt ; 2013)

Bruno is making his way through the city, searching for its soul. Driven by his curiosity, a challenging imagination and his wild reflection on reality, he is lifting the old dusty curtain on the city's crusted perception. Bruno is collecting patterns, spaces and surfaces, showing us the city as we have never seen it before.

That is, until one day the city guides him into meeting Vicky. While the summary makes this story about Bruno, it also is about his relationship with Vicky, and the feelings and the pains and the growth he experiences because of her. In a way, it is a love story, but also a friendship story, and a story about Berlin and its soul, about a meeting and a parting. It also is a technical movie, in the sense that Erik Schmitt shows what he is capable of through montage and collage and mixing filming with photography.

I'm not surprised this short film won so many awards, because I can't help but recognize a bit of myself in Bruno and his relationship with the city and with Vicky, and be moved by their story.

Thanks to KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg, the film is now available for free on YouTube, so watch it and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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