303

On the way from Berlin to Portugal in her rusty „303“ camper van, young biology student Jule picks up hitchhiker Jan. While having intense conversations about everything and the world, they try not to fall in love.

Hans Weingartner ("The Edukators", "Hut in the Woods") sends his protagonists on an exciting road trip across Europe, striking the nerve of the times in his dialogues. Socio-political depth and a tender love story meld into a captivating, light-handed, profoundly moving boy-meets-girl story.

When biology student Jule (24) discovers she’s pregnant, she sets out on a journey to Portugal in her old „303“ camper van to tell her boyfriend Alex. Outside of Berlin she picks up Jan (24), a political science student, who’s hitch-hiking to Spain to find his biological father, whom he has never met before.

After a heated argument, Jule kicks Jan out of the bus and leaves him at a rest stop. That night, Jule is assaulted in her van. Jan, who happens to be spending the night at the same truck stop, notices and scares the attacker off. Over tea in Jule’s camper, they find out that they actually like each other.So the next morning, Jule invites Jan along for the ride again. As they both love to debate, they’re soon getting into deep talks about human nature, love and relationships, the meaning of life and everything else. They find common ground despite or because of their differences.They cross France to the Atlantic coast through beautiful landscapes, cooking, camping, surfing and having adventures together. As they travel on to Spain, their conversations become more and more personal and intimate. Jule keeps her pregnancy secret, but Jan knows she’s going to see her boyfriend. They both realize a relationship is not in the cards. But when soul mates meet, anything is possible...  

 

– Press Clippings – 

„[an] intelligent tale of young romance“
„the endearing performances from Emde and Spieker keep things moving forward and, as virtually the only two people on screen, they succeed in drawing the viewer into their journey.“

„Technically, 303 makes the most of its European settings, and cinematographers Mario Krause and Sebastian Lempe shoot the German, Belgian, French, Spanish and Portuguese countryside in lush, hazy detail that befits the dreamlike idyll of this burgeoning romance. Much is filmed in the intimate quarters of the camper and there’s a seductive sense that, although the responsibilities of adulthood may lie just over the horizon, the van is a cocoon from reality in which anything is possible.“
Screen Daily

“Gorgeous: a tender-hearted romance for intelligent people”
Cinema

“A wonderful road movie, that feels like a red wine soaked night with good at friends”
Rolling Stone

„love story, road trip, philosophy course of how to live and love rightly - all in one.“
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“This summery, life-hungry movie”
dpa

„303 is witty, shimmering, sensual”
BR KinoKino

“A beautiful road-and-talk-movie”
Indiekino

“Slow down, go to the cinema and be enchanted”
Leizpiger Volkszeitung

 

 

Awards

Audience Award at 23rd Festival of German Films Paris 2018 (France)
Audience Award at Festival Augenblick Alsace Cinemas 2018 (France)