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Synopsis: Charlie Schwarzer (Timo Jacobs)’s great career in comedy just won’t take off as planned. Firstly, his forgetfulness is diagnosed as dementia – and before he can speak to his beloved wife about it, she walks out on him.
With his image of perfect love shattered, Charlie sets off on an odyssey to get back up onto life’s stage once more. He reflects back on all his failures and tries to correct his mistakes and to rediscover his humour, in the course of which he becomes involved in a bizarre art theft.
Does that mean “game over” for Charlie? All he knows is his motto: “Stand Up!”
Pegah Feridony (Emilie)
Katy Karrenbauer (Martha)
Sandra von Ruffin (Tanja)
Dieter Landuris (Elias)
Emilie and Charlie are lovers who have never really succeeded at anything. Transforming their worries into their personal happiness is the longing that unites them. Driven by turmoil, they love each other, but they are frozen inside. And while Emily is losing her body – the consequence of a serious road accident – Charlie is losing his mind, and we stand witness to two people who are lost in search of the truth.
STAND UP! is a film about the beauty of failure and transience. A praise of indifference.
The actor and director Timo Jacobs was born in Itzehoe near Hamburg close to the north sea. His career began in 2003, when cult filmmaker Klaus Lemke discovered him for film. Lemke hired him for his film DREI MINUTEN HEROES and subsequently shot five feature films with Timo Jacobs.
Timo Jacobs has appeared in numerous international and German productions, including films such as DREILEBEN – KOMM MIR NICHT NACH directed by Dominik Graf and DREILEBEN – EINE MINUTE DUNKEL by Christoph Hochhäusler. Both films premiered at the 2011 Berlinale and received the German Television Award and the Grimme Prize. In 2011, Jacobs starred alongside Mario Adorf in the film GEGENGERADE, which focuses on the environment of the FC St. Pauli soccer club. In 2014, Timo Jacobs wowed audiences as Uwe in the tragicomedy BORNHOLMER STRAßE. The film by Christian Schwochow was awarded the Bambi as TV Event of the Year.
In international productions, Timo Jacobs was seen in 2008 in Spike Lee’s war film BUFFALO SOLDIERS ’44 – DAS WUNDER VON ST. ANNA, or in 2010 In CARLOS – DER SCHAKAL by Olivier Assayas. In 2020 Timo Jacobs was seen with Salvatore Mereu’s film ASSANDIRA at the Venice International Film Festival.
Since 2016, Timo Jacobs can be seen as Inspector Jan Michalski in the ZDF series DER KRIMINALIST alongside Christian Berkel.
In the theater, Jacobs was seen in a multiple role in the play DIE WAHLVERWANDSCHAFTEN as well as in various guest appearances at the Schlosstheater Celle. In 2011, at the Theater Zürich, Timo Jacobs embodied King Oedipus by Sophocles in the play of the same name.
In addition to acting, Timo Jacobs is also active as a producer and director. With his own production company “Jacobs Productions” he realized in 2012 with KLAPPE COWBOY! His first feature film, which premiered at the Max Ophüls Prize and was an immediate success with critics and viewers. Further successful productions followed, such as in 2016 with the film MANN IM SPAGAT.
Timo Jacobs’ current film, the tragicomedy STAND UP! LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES, about a burnt-out comedian who refuses to let it get him down. Once again, Timo Jacobs not only directed the film, but also took on the male lead role.
Timo Jacobs is a member of the German Film Academy and the Federal Association of Directors.
The actor lives in Berlin.