In his studies of anthropology, Markus is dealing with popular superstition and the poltergeist phenomenon. When his friend Lukas hears about a remote castle which is said to be haunted, Markus wants to take the opportunity to record something paranormal and they decide to spend a week of the upcoming holidays there. Markus’ girlfriend Rebecca is not let in on their secret until they reach their destination. The students trespass into the gloomy water castle and arrange themselves for the night. What started out as a joke becomes deadly serious very soon. Something demonic is haunting the place, and things spiral out of control – until it’s too late to turn back. The movie is shot in the found-footage style and shows the deadly events of the upcoming days and nights.

“Die Präsenz“ (M-Square Pictures) release date: 30th October 2015 on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD.

During the outbreak of a mysterious deadly epidemic devastating a rural European village, sisters Ayia and Mirra promise their dying mother to look after each other to the end of their lives. When Mirra, the younger sister falls victim to the epidemic, Ayia in desperation realizes that conventional medicine will not save her sister. At the local priest’s house Ayia discovers a collection of Shamanic books containing a series of mystic drawings which she deciphers as a ritual for spiritual healing which she believes will save her sister. The Shamanic cure involves a complete immersion into the patient’s mind, a journey into the deepest most hidden depths of their subconscious where terrifying monsters and demons. Will Ayia cope when she faces the obscure depths of her sister’s subconscious where terrifying monster may lay in waiting? The closer to the bottom of the ocean, the darker it gets …

“III – Die Ritual“ (M-Square Pictures) release date: 23th October 2015 on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD.

On 15th August, daredo media releases a new thriller on its Darling Berlin label: “HomeSick” tells the story of Jessica, an ambitious cello student, who moves with her boyfriend Lorenz into a new flat. When she receives the honorable invitation to represent Germany in an international contest for classical music it seems to be her great opportunity – but at the same time an enormous pressure. In her home, Jessica starts preparing meticulously for the contest. However, her own four walls don’t appear to shelter her as Jessica finds herself increasingly exposed to small and major anonymous harassments. What is the neighbour’s involvement, who mysteriously pries behind half-closed curtains? As Lorenz doesn’t notice any of this and therefore finds it hard to believe Jessica’s assumptions, it creates conflict between the young couple. The increasing pressure and stress begin to noticeably gnaw at Jessica’s everyday life and pretty soon reality and imagination blur. Eventually Jessica finds her life in shambles, caused by her own ambition. In the desperate hope to restore her happiness, she starts to defend her home – at all cost…

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The director Jakob M. Erwa wanted to become a rockstar, but then cinema turned his head. He entered the Art-school Later Filmschool in Munich which he successfully completed in 2007. With his well-received debut film Heile Welt (2007) he won the “Grand Diagonale Award – Best Austrian Film” as well as the “German Independence Award – Best German Film” at the Oldenburg International Film Festival. Furthermore, his film was invited to attend numerous international film festivals around the world. He loves new challenges and unconventional approaches. His latest film HomeSick marks a new step in his carreer: it is his first own, independent production.

“HomeSick” – in cinemas in Germany from 25th October 2015.

daredo’s popular movie label “Darling Berlin” has seen quite a few great releases on DVD and via VOD in the last months, but with “Love me!” (Love me”), the fresh imprint from Berlin brings a true gem to the stores. Liebe mich! (Love me!) is a film working with improvisation and without a big budget or promotion. Inspired by the “Great Movies Manifesto” of director Axel Ranisch, the film was shot in Berlin in ten days, using a six-page script. With its excellent cast – Lilli Meinhardt (Sarah), Christian Ehrich (Oliver), Peter Trabner (Sarah’s father Dieter) and Axel Ranisch (Denis) – the movie “describes the wrong ways and ricochets of an adolescent city dweller in an empathetic, self-ironic way and with a fresh view” (kino-zest.de). And Zitty Berlin says “…an ode to Berlin… …gorgeous actors… …just makes you feel happy”.

Sarah is loud, non-conformist, rude, honest and provocative. She seems invincible, but she is lonely and lost and is struggling with her daily life. After an argument with her supposedly best friend with whom she just spent the night, her MacBook Air flies out of the window when she is throwing an angry fit because he is not on the same page as her regarding of this new development in their relationship. Stupidly enough, her whole week’s work is on that broken laptop. But maybe the nice guy from the computer repair store can fix it? Or maybe he can fix her life altogether? He is trying to do both and Sarah lets him, because behind her loud and impulsive façade she has a big desire for love. But Sarah wouldn’t be Sarah if she did not test the limits of what this new blooming relationship could take, how many arguments she can have with her father or how much she can party away in Berlin’s night life.

The DVD release contains some interesting extra material and an outlook to Darling Berlin’s next movies. In stores from October, 2nd.