The turbulent relationship between Oskar and Alex ends in a big blaze, Alex has set in Oskar’s apartment. So Oskar decides that everything shall be different with the next one and he makes a deal with fun-loving Masha: sleeping together but no making love. They both drift through Berlin and through their lives, sometimes playful, sometimes obsessively. And even Masha has her issues. While trying to build up a “normal” relationship, both Masha and Oskar reach their limits.

Tom Lass was born in 1983 in Munich. He began his acting career at the age of 10 and has been involved with over 50 film and television projects since. In 2005, Lass also began working behind the camera as a production assistant and operator, and more recently as a production and set manager. He and his brother Jakob Lass co-founded the film production company LASS BROS. In 2008, Lass completed his first short film “0 + 0 = 1” and continued to shoot more. His first feature length film was the award-winning “Papa Gold”, which he has followed up with his second feature film “Kaptn Oskar”. “Kaptn Oskar” most recently received the main award at the Oldenburg Film Festival and his lead actress got the Seymour Cassel Award for “Outstanding Performance”.

Some comments from the press about „Kaptn Oskar“:

“With images of touching poetry and tenderness, there are not more than a few love scenes in German cinema that can compete with this little gem.” (3sat (German Culture TV)

“Reminds one of the American Mumblecore movement or the reluctant French cinema of the 1960s.” (Josef Lommer, film critic)

“I consider “Kaptn Oskar“ the most exciting movie since Dominik Graf’s „In Face of a Crime“. (Klaus Lemke, German cult director)

“So tender, ambivalent and fragile, as only real life can be. A must-see! In German cinema, „Kaptn Oskar“ is without equal.” (Kulturnews)

More Information: Kaptn Oskar Homepage.

Playgirl, directed by Will Tremper (1966) is about Alexandra Borowski, mid-twenties, highly paid fashion model class, who is one of those jet-set girls, which today fly to New York tomorrow to Bermuda and the day after to Rome. She never stays long in a hotel, never long in a man. Just arrived in Berlin, already numerous young men endeavor to Alexandras favor: the seedy Yugoslav local owner Bogdan, a young industrialist and the Italian photographer Timo. Evening Invitations, visits to the theater, strolling through the night scene and parties follow each other. In Sigbert Lahner Alexandra but finally met a man, in which they – after several attempts to escape – is perhaps still remain …

Starring: Eva Renzi, Harald Leipnitz, Paul Hubschmid, Umberto Orsini and Elga Stass.

Another darkly mysterious Continent becomes an inhospitable dead zone in „The Dead 2 – India“. The highly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning Ford Brothers’ critically acclaimed zombie road movie “The Dead” sees the cult franchise move to the hustle and bustle of India as the devastating outbreak takes hold. Set against the spectacular vistas and stunning scenery of Rajasthan, known as The Land of the Kings and one of the world’s first and oldest civilizations, „The Dead 2 – India“ puts the Ford Brothers unique apocalyptic vision on a far bigger canvas in terms of breathtaking scope, thrilling action , death-defying stunts, emotional resonance and spine-tingling fight. „The Dead 2 – India“ is bigger, better and more exciting than the first, raves HorrorCultFilms. Thrilling, frightening and incredibly violent. Powerful stuff!

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Denny is living the high life in Berlin and is having sex with a lot of girls. Denny got a mother. This mother just got a new husband: Frank. Denny hasn’t talked to his mother in 10 years. Frank wants to change this. He takes a train to Berlin. Who’s gonna be the first to mature?

Tom Lass, the director of the movie, began his acting career at the age of 15 in Munich. Since then he has participated in more than 40 film and TV projects. In 2005 he began to start looking behind the scenes by working as a production assistant. He made his first experiences with the concept of improvising in film as an actor with the short feature film „Quiet Spring“ that was released in 2007. Tom finished his first short film „0+0=1“ as a director in 2008 and founded a production company together with his brother Jakob Lass, “Lass Bros”. He became more and more convinced by improvisation – making films without script – that he tried it himself in his first feature film „Papa Gold“, that won the film critic’s prize at the Achtung Berlin film festival in 2011. Tom works and lives in Berlin.

More Information: Papa Gold Homepage, Amazon: Papa Gold, Vimeo VOD: Papa Gold.

They are called Dr. Motte and Wladimir Kaminer but also Schraubermicha or Ginger Brown. They and many others are visitors to the Mauerpark. The film from director Dennis Karsten tells the stories of people from the East Berlin city park between Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding. Today, the park offers above all space for artistic creativity and is an intercultural meeting place for people from all walks of society, for individualists, artists, sportsmen and women, musicians and brings them together. The uniqueness of the park lies in the peaceful coexistence of alternative life styles, fringe groups and subcultures. However, the park also stands for the change taking place in the district, which is under pressure from gentrification. Building plans from a property developer are threatening the area, but it is still holding its own with its diverse structures. The film submerges into the depths of the Mauerpark microcosm and observes the different dimensions of the park. It not only portrays the various visitors, but also the park’s diversity by showing its closeness to nature and the activities of insects and birds there. “Mauerpark” captures the summer of 2009 in Berlin, showing the uniqueness and variety of the park’s cosmos and the prevalent feeling of freedom there. It is a poetic and sometimes funny portrait of the magic of the park and the people there.

More Information: Mauerpark – Der Film, Amazon: Mauerpark, Vimeo VOD: Mauerpark.

Director Jakob Lass tells his story in rapidly changing images that drag the viewer in the characters’ life in an almost hallucinatory way, and he doesn’t shy away from humor, too. „Love Steaks“ is a nice example for the fact that many movies are created at the editing suite, as the editing work is the most inspiring time for many directors. If the material that was created in the making of the film is so rich and colorful that it inspires the editor to new highs, movies are created, of such density and suggestive force that the audience forgets the cinema surrounding. „Love Steaks“ is “not only a movie but a gift to the audience which is simply brimming over with energy, enthusiasm, colors and love, and shows once again what cinema is able to achieve”, the Saarbrücken jury explains its decision.

„Love Steaks“ has won all four advancement awards at the Filmfest Munich for the first time in history, namely “Best Movie”, “Best Production”, “Best Theatrical Performance” and “Best Script”, it was awarded the Max-Ophüls-Preis at the Saarbrücken Film Festival in 2014 and it caused a sensation at several film festivals around the world (Slamdance, Karlovy Vary, Montréal et al.). For the label Darling Berlin and as the distributor, daredo is more than happy for the team winning all this prizes! Finally, „Love Steaks“ was also nominated for the German Filmpreis 2014.

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Some comments from the press about „Love Steaks“:

“Love Steaks“ is characterized by a nice schizophrenia of spontaneity and calculation, that testifies much more of a maverick approach to making movies than many other German newcomer hits have, that are also dealing with exploring the lifeworlds of Twenty- and Thirtysomethings. Just because the movie doesn’t follow the Hipster idea of stylizing the Zeitgeist but rather is dragging its style out of the Zeitgeist.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

“The hidden but relentless triumphal march of “Love Steaks“, the wittiest German comedy of the season, reminds of what happened to „Oh Boy“ two years ago, and to „Kohlhass“ last summer: finally, we have again popular movies that were not made from the willingness to compromise but from uncompromisingness.” (Franfurter Rundschau)

“Love Steaks“ opens the windows wide and admits reality to come in. And not this German pseudo-realism in movies, somewhere in between commercials and TV series, that is often so frustrating, but a virtually overwhelming here and now.” (Spiegel)

“Cinema as such cannot be more unpredictable and exciting!” (Cinema Magazine)

“Ingeniously improvised – this movie hits you right between the eyes!” (TV Spielfilm Magazine)

“„Love Steaks“ impressively shows that the Nouvelle Berlin Vague is definitely something to reckon with in the future.” (Zitty Magazine, Berlin)

“He and his team call it Fogma – the self-given rules that forbid artificial elements such as studio shoots but give room to spontaneity in order to let the ‘flow’ emerge. Which works perfectly here. To see how Lara and Clemens attract and repel each other is comical, touching and moving at the same time, it comprises an explosive force rarely to be found in movies.” (AZ, Munich)

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„Love Steaks“ is “not only a movie but a gift to the audience which is simply brimming over with energy, enthusiasm, colors and love, and shows once again what cinema is able to achieve”, the Saarbrücken jury explains its decision.„Love Steaks“ has won all four advancement awards at the Filmfest Munich for the first time in history, namely “Best Movie”, “Best Production”, “Best Theatrical Performance” and “Best Script”, it was awarded the Max-Ophüls-Preis at the Saarbrücken Film Festival in 2014 and it caused a sensation at several film festivals around the world (Slamdance, Karlovy Vary, Montréal et al.). For the label Darling Berlin and as the distributor, daredo is more than happy for the team winning all this prizes! Finally, „Love Steaks“ was also nominated for the German Filmpreis 2014.

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On the 1st of October, daredo media has presented its movie label Darling Berlin, which is already known from the cinematic release of “Love Steaks” to the public. At the cinema room of the prestigious Soho House Berlin, close to the Television Tower near the Alexanderplatz – whose iconic silhouette also serves as the label’s logo – the directors Nico Sommer, Lucian Busse, Dennis Karsten and Tom Lass (photo) have presented their upcoming autumnal DVD and VOD releases as well as the two cinema releases “Kaptn Oskar” (Tom Lass) in December 2014 and “Familienfieber” (Nico Sommer) in January 2015 to the gathered film press, together with the Darling Berlin team. A special highlight was also the additional announcement to extend the existing cinema distribution department by a new DVD and VOD division named “daredo distribution” based in Frankfurt with effect from October, 1st. First important releases are beside others the Darling Berlin movies “Love Steaks” (Jakob Lass), “Mauerpark” (Dennis Karsten), “Playgirl” (Will Tremper), “Flucht nach Berlin” (Will Tremper), “Papa Gold” (Tom Lass) and “Berlinized” (Lucian Busse).For more information, please visit: Darling Berlin Homepage

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Currently, the German independent hit “Love Steaks”, who was one of the six nominees for the German Film Prize, has started in cinemas in Switzerland, opening in Zürich at RIFF RAFF, in Luzern at BOURBAKI, in Bern at KINO KUNSTMUSEUM and from September on in St. Gallen at KINOK, with more cities being added continuously. The exclusive sneak preview on 16th August 2014 at XENIX Open Air cinema in Zurich was well received and director Jakob Lass, who was present at the event, was very excited about the start. Together with its partner Stamm Film AG, daredo media has brought the movie that was produced and directed by students of Germany’s most respected film university HFF Konrad Wolf to the screens of Switzerland.The movie was awarded with many prizes, for instance at the Filmfest München, at Karlovy Vary and Rotterdam, it has won the Camerimage and Slamdance Festival prize and the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken. With „Love Steaks“ the makers tell a love story in which two ways of life collide: “do good” versus “live hard”. Clemens and Lara are having a tough time living out those principles within their traditionally hierarchical workplace. Yet that’s how they meet, love and challenge one another. Eventually “doing good” will do harm. And “living it hard” will leave you weak. A fight for love evolves.

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love-steaks-release.jpgThe German independent hit “Love Steaks” – one of the six nominees for the German Film Prize – has just started in cinemas over Austria and entered the Austrian movie charts at #18 right after the first weekend. Together with its partner Polyfilm GmbH, daredo media has brought the movie that was produced and directed by students of Germany’s most respected film university HFF Konrad Wolf to the screens of Austria. The movie was awarded with many prizes, for instance at the Filmfest München, at Karlovy Vary and Rotterdam, it has won the Camerimage and Slamdance Festival prize and the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken.

„We were sure that ‘Love Steaks’ would be a great success also in Austria, but we haven’t expected the movie to enter the charts at such a high position“, daredo media’s product manager Andreas Stumpf said. „This is also great news for Switzerland where ‘Love Steaks’ will be released in late August.“The web portal of Austria’s leading magazine for economics, money and politics has announced the theatrical release of our flagship movie “Love Steaks” in Austria: With „Love Steaks“ the makers tell a love story in which two ways of life collide: “do good” versus “live hard”. Clemens and Lara are having a tough time living out those principles within their traditionally hierarchical workplace. Yet that’s how they meet, love and challenge one another. Eventually “doing good” will do harm. And “living it hard” will leave you weak. A fight for love evolves. The filmmakers call the new concept behind the movie ‘Fogma’, which was inspired by Lars von Trier’s Dogma rules but represents completely different aspects of filmmaking. To fit in the Fogma method, the two actors worked with the hotel staff even when not shooting. By not using written dialogue they could actually participate in real procedures. The actors followed a skeleton script, but constantly had to react to the real world around them. For six weeks the hotel employees very strongly related to the story, shaped it and pushed the scenes to a new intensity.

Full announcement (in German): www.format.at; Trailer: Love Steaks