Archive of films asthma / asthma

2014, 90 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2014

Suffocating as a symptom of disease and as an all-pervasive feeling. Life for Gus is a task difficult to accomplish. The drug-addicted outsider suffers a very bad trip in his efforts to escape from himself. Jake Hoffman’s feature debut is an authentic look at today’s New York indie generation of artists, whose adherents live by the slogan "live fast and die young.”


Gus is suffocating in life (and not just figuratively speaking), and finding a meaningful existence is an almost impossible task. His asthma attacks come at the most inopportune times, and are a constant reminder of his attempts to resolve his uncertain situation in a radical manner. Somewhere between the drugs, the lack of money, and his ongoing sense of alienation, Gus sees a shimmer of light in the form of Ruby, a charming and self-confident rocker whose life is much more certain than his. In his endeavour to escape from himself, the young outsider – who bears a striking resemblance to Mick Jagger – sets out on an unpredictable trip in a stolen convertible. Jake Hoffman’s feature debut is a vibrant and authentic look at New York’s bohemian scene, whose members try to find out who they are to a soundtrack of rock hits. The young acting duo Benedict Samuel and Krysten Ritter are supported in smaller roles by their more experienced colleagues Rosanna Arquette, Iggy Pop and Nick Nolte.

About the director

Jake Hoffman

Jake Hoffman (b. 1981, Los Angeles County, California) studied film at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has been active in the film industry since childhood, appearing in Rain Man (1988) at age seven. His acting career then continued with Hook (1991), Liberty Heights (1999), Click (2006) and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Besides acting, he also directs music videos and has written and directed several short films, including Walk into the Bar (2004), Pancho’s Pizza (2005) and Please, Alfonso (2012). asthma (2014) is his feature film debut.


William Morris Endeavor
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Thank You, Brain! Productions
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United States of America
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E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Another View
Director: Jake Hoffman
Screenplay: Jake Hoffman
Dir. of Photography: David J. Myrick
Music: Mark Noseworthy
Editor: Barney Pilling
Producer: Tracey Baird
Production: Thank You, Brain! Productions
Coproduction: Out of the Woods Productions
Cast: Benedict Samuel, Krysten Ritter, Nick Nolte, Iggy Pop, Rosanna Arquette, Goran Visnjic
Contact: William Morris Endeavor, Thank You, Brain! Productions


Jake Hoffman

Film Director

Benedict Samuel



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