Timeout - You Can Trust a Stranger | © I. Jacobi & Cinetopia
Short Film | 2016-2018 | Drama | Germany
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Main data

DirectorIbrahim Jacobi
Written byIbrahim Jacobi (head writer), Julien Prevost (co-writer)
ProductionMoodwillig Fotoproduktion [de]

Shooting data

Number of shooting days4
LocationsFrankfurt / Main

Brief synopsis

Leila, eine junge attraktive Sängerin aus dem Mittleren Osten, ist eine gebürtige Londoner Lady par Exellence. An einem sonnigen Oktobertag nimmt sie den Flieger vom Airport Heathrow nach Frankfurt, wo sie einen wichtigen Auftritt hat. Kaum in der Bankenmetropole angekommen, begegnet sie Samir, einen gebürtigen Frankfurter Taxifahrer, der denselben Background hat wie Leila. Auf der Fahrt zum weiter außerhalb gelegenen Hotel sprechen die Beiden über ihren gemeinsamen kulturellen Hintergrund. Doch anstatt sich in ihrer Muttersprache zu verständigen, bleiben Sie beim Englisch: Leila verstehet sich Britin und Samir als Deutscher. Während des scheinbar banalen Gesprächs kommen Stereotypen und Vorurteile zum Vorschein, die Engländer über Deutsche habe und umgekehrt, und die Europäer über Araber haben und ebenso umgekehrt.

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Leila, a young singer of Middle Eastern descends in her late twenties, is a British-Londoner lady through and through; she is managed by her friend and artist-agency owner Linda. On a chilly, yet sunny October day Leila is on her way to Heathrow airport to fly over to Germany since she is booked for a gig in Frankfurt. Once arrived there she encounters Samir, a middle aged Frankfurt Taxi driver, who himself is of Middle Eastern descends as Leila is.

On the ride to the hotel, which is located a bit outside of Frankfurt, both Leila and Samir learn of each other’s common background, yet they stick to English in their chat instead of speaking in Arabic their “mother tongue”; Leila with her fine British-English and Samir with his school English and a German accent. In their seemingly banal conversation they tackle some stereotypes and cultural perceptions of all three cultures: The German, the English and the Arabic.

Samir is attracted to Leila and lets her notice his affinity by his impish talk, contrary to Leila, who sees in Samir just a nice cab driver. Samir drops Leila off at the final destination and thrust his business card in Leila’s hand offering his services as a driver. Leila bids a farewell to Samir and heads to the hotel entrance; she throws away the business card in a paper bin on her way to the counter.

While checking in Leila witnesses a discrimination situation against an elderly man who seems to have a similar background as her’s. After shifting uneasily in her room she realizes that she has thrown away the business card. Leila runs down to the lobby and fishes the card out of the bin.

Samir, while he drives on the highway, receives the unexpected yet awaited phone call from Leila asking him to pick her up for a ride. He drives to the hotel and meets Leila, who has been waiting in front of the Hotel. She gets into the cap and they drive away towards Frankfurt having a chat in broken Arabic and listing to Dalida’s Song “Baladi”.

Cast

ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
 Farouk El-KhaliliSamir [L]
Samira SaeedLeila [L]
 Mo AhmadiOrientalischer Fahrgast / Fahrgast 1 [SR]
Alexander BussmannBetrunkener Fahrgast / Fahrgast 3 [SR]
Eric LehnkeEinheim. Geschäftsmann / Fahrgast 2 [BP]
Susanne AlbusRezeptionistin [BP]
Annick MoermanMadam Beatrix [BP]
Sanni MohammedHotelgast [BP]

Crew

DepartmentActivityNameComment
Camera Departmentdirector of photographyStefan Wagner [1]
Camera Department1st assistant camera Clemens Wolfart3 DT
Costume Departmentcostume designer Tina Schellmann
Director's DepartmentdirectorIbrahim Jacobi
Director's Department1st assistant directorJulien Prevost
EditingeditorFrancois de Domahidy
Makeup Departmentmakeup artist / hair stylistBeate Bauer
ProducerproducerIbrahim Jacobi
ProducerproducerJulien Prevost
Producerproducer Klaus Sprenger
Producerco-producerFelix Mater Society
Producerco-producerNadia-Caterina Dragovic
Production Designproduction designerAnna Berger
Production Mgt.production coordinator Christiane Plum
Production Mgt.unit managerMelanie Kindl
Production Mgt.production assistantHalid Rizvanovic/ 2. AL
Screenplayhead writerIbrahim Jacobi
Screenplayco-writerJulien Prevost
Screenplayscript editorSarah Laura Hauenstein
Screenplayscript editorJohn Chapman
Screenplayscript editorJulien Prevost
Visual Effectscolorist Clemens Wolfart