Friday, November 26, 2010
The DVD of the critically acclaimed,
award-winning graffiti-feature film
"WHOLETRAIN" by FLORIAN GAAG and the ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
(feat. exclusive tracks by KRS-ONE, PLANET ASIA, AFU-RA and others)
are OUT NOW WORLDWIDE.
Listen to snippets from the soundtrack.
The DVD features SUBTITLES in 14 LANGUAGES:
English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian,
Turkish, Greek, Russian, Japanese, Korean,
Indonesian, Chinese (short and traditional) and German.
Watch the Trailer;
With his fantastic cinema debut
WHOLETRAIN Florian Gaag tells the story of
a crew of four "writers" - David, Tino, Elyas and Achim
- who observe the hierarchies, the values,
the rules and the codes of the graffiti scene.
Night after night they make off for the subway stations of the city,
intent on leaving opulent images behind.
But as another crew appears on the scene,
and the four feel challenged, a creative battle ensues,
one that will change the lives of these young people for ever.
We are confronted with life taken to the limit.
Constantly on the edge of legality.
Always on the run from the law.
Urban space must be reclaimed.
Friends are made and lost.
Unbridled creativity and doing things
for the sheer love of it are watchwords too.
WHOLETRAIN is an exciting and emotionally gripping drama,
one that explores for the first time
the secret universe of the graffiti scene.
The protagonists exist in a breathless state,
suspended somewhere between two worlds:
their day to day life, and their existence within the crew.
Florian Gaag manages to recount a tale colored by tension and aggression.
The result is a many-sided portrait of characters
whose world has never been documented in this way before.
Their subculture remains authentic and realistic.
Edgy editing and grandiloquent camerawork,
a pulsating soundtrack and an excellent ensemble of actors,
make WHOLETRAIN a film experience not to be missed.
Florian Gaag collaborated with
internationally renowned graffiti artists.
Writers such as NEON, WON, CEMNOZ, PURE and CIEL,
who were responsible for the artwork in the film.
-KRS-One of BDP;
"Florian Gaag has an excellent movie out.
I am really proud to be part of that project.
WHOLETRAIN is the dopest graffiti movie ever.
I would put WHOLETRAIN next to the great movies,
right up next to 'Style Wars'...
WHOLETRAIN really captured Hip Hop's culture."
-CHARLIE AHEARN (Wild Style)
"I saw WHOLETRAIN at S.O.B.'s in NYC.
It was a great experience watching it.
There was a tremendous amount of character development,
interesting dialogue and a lot of story in it.
It took real vision to make that world come alive like that.
WHOLETRAIN is an impressive piece of work.
It´s the only Graffiti-Movie
that can follow in the footsteps of Wild Style.
-HENRY CHALFANT (Subway Art, Style Wars)
"WHOLETRAIN exhibits the human dimensions of Graffiti-Writing.
The social conflict between the protagonists
is fascinating and allows one to take
a look at the writers´real lives,
their real characters, and real problems.
WHOLETRAIN is a great film that not
only reflects writing culture but also leaves room
to portray authentically the writers´ social reality."
-Ket (RIS crew)
"I loved the movie...
WHOLETRAIN represented the scene the best - ever.
It really captured what writers go through and their struggles;
they were humanized, they weren't caricatures.
I appreciate that.
I remember that it made me feel that
I was there with those guys, living with those guys.
It took me back to a time when
I was living the way those kids were living.
I thought it was very authentic in that sense."
-Fat Cap magazine
Only one word is needed to describe Whole Train;
"A gripping drama with an outstanding cast.
The most authentic German movie in a long time."
- ROLLING STONE
"The film is as fast as a speeding subway train."
- DIE WELT
"This film simply hits you in the face,
and you can't get it out of your eyes, your ears, and your senses."
"A febrile movie.
A moving drama and homage to youth."
- SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG
"Florian Gaag has shot a small film about
sprayers and made a huge portrait on the Ninjas of this subculture.
An excellent cinematic debut."
- SPIEGEL ONLINE
"Even the minor roles were well cast
in a film that managed to convince in every detail,
great fun indeed."
"A grandiloquent love affair with the graffiti scene."
"A wild and uncompromising film."
"These characters are so real,
real like we hardly ever see them in the cinema."
"A phenomenal debut."
"Exact, sensitive and without cliches."
- BERLINER ZEITUNG
"A furious debut film,
one that adapts the aesthetic of graffiti
in a clever way and knows just how to capture it in cinematic terms."
" Wholetrain, with its exact symbiosis of staccato editing,
hip hop sound design and racy plot,
remains one of the best films of the year."
Urban World Vibe Film Festival New York - Best Narrative Feature Film
HipHop Odyssey International Film Festival New York - Best Narrative Feature Film
Kiev International Film Festival Molodist - Best Feature Film & Audience Award
Cologne Conference - Best Feature Film
Starter Film Award - City of Munich
Sarajevo International Film Festival - Best Youth Film
Exground International Film Festival - Best Youth Film
Boston International Film Festival - Best Narrative Feature Film
Berlin International Film Festival - Special Mention "Dialogue En Perspective"
3 Grimme Awards:
(Screenplay / Direction: Florian Gaag), Camera (Christian Rein), Editing: Kai Schröter)
Prenominations for the German Film Awards in six categories:
Best Film, Best Editing, Best Set Design, Best Score, Best Sound Design, Best Costume
Here is an
international Store List-link
with information where to buy the
"WHOLETRAIN"-DVD & Original Soundtrack (CD or VINYL)
Official Facebook Group
Official Facebook Page
Official Myspace Page
LecTric Interview with Wholetrain’s director Florian Gaag