Darling Berlin’s latest movie “Ugly & Blind” by director and screenwriter Tom Lass is starting in cinemas all over Germany on September, 21st! The highly acclaimed movie has won several prizes, e.g. at the Filmfest Munich where “Ugly & Blind” has won the the prestigious FIPRESCI prize, which is awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics, or at the Filmfest Oldenburg, where it has been awarded with the German Independence Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble’. Press critics are enthusiastic, too: “…a wonderful love story…” (Der Tagesspiegel); “…a brisk and dreamy Coming-of-age drama…” (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

With Axel Ranisch, Karin Hanczewski, Jakob Lass, Lana Cooper, Martina Schöne-Radunski and Amelie Kiefer in supporting roles, we meet many actors from other Darling Berlin movies in “Blind & Ugly”. Here is a short synopsis of the movie: Ferdi thinks he’s ugly – but likes the fact Jona is interested in him. Maybe because she’s blind. What Ferdi doesn’t suspect: She’s just pretending to be blind to be able to live cheaply in subsidized housing. How long can she maintain her charade? Can love, which is supposed to make you blind, even work out that way?

More information on “Ugly & Blind”: www.darlingberlin.de

Find the cinema list here (updated continuously): Blind & Hässlich Termine

“Ugly & Blind” (“Blind & Hässlich”) by Tom Lass (“Kaptn Oskar”, “Papa Gold”) has won the German Independence Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble’ at the Filmfest Oldenburg! We are extremely proud and congratulate the team and cast on this tremendous success at one of the most respected festivals in Germany – the Movie Maker Magazine even calls it the “Sundance of Germany”. The Advisory Board has honored “Ugly & Blind” with a Special Mention and praised particularly the “…strong ensemble performance…”.

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With Axel Ranisch, Karin Hanczewski, Jakob Lass, Lana Cooper, Martina Schöne-Radunski and Amelie Kiefer in supporting roles, we meet many actors from other Darling Berlin movies in “Blind & Ugly”. Here is a short synopsis of the movie: Ferdi thinks he’s ugly – but likes the fact Jona is interested in him. Maybe because she’s blind. What Ferdi doesn’t suspect: She’s just pretending to be blind to be able to live cheaply in subsidized housing. How long can she maintain her charade? Can love, which is supposed to make you blind, even work out that way?

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More information: Blind & Hässlich @ www.darlingberlin.de

The „Festival del film Locarno“ (English: „Film Festival Locarno“) – this year from 2nd till 12th of August 2017 – is the 70th edition from the well-known international film festival held annually in the city of Locarno in Switzerland since 1946. The main feature of the festival is the open-air screening area at the „Piazza Grande“ with room for over 8.000 spectators, having one of the largest open-air screens in the world (26×14 metres). daredo media is present at the „Festival del film Locarno“ on several panels and meetings from the film branch. The festival in Locarno is well known worldwide as a festival of discovery. The top prize of the Festival is the “Golden Leopard” awarded to the best film in the international competition.

For more information about the event, please visit: Festival del film Locarno

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The latest film of Darling Berlin‘s most productive darling Tom Lass, “Ugly & Blind” (“Blind & Hässlich“), has won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize, which is awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics. The third movie of the promising young auteur Tom Lass, who co-wrote the script, co-produced, directed and played the leading male part, is about a sensitive topic: the emotional confusion of young people. Director Tom Lass takes a closer look, shooting with blind actors and old Berlin buddies, acting the lead himself – paying tribute to a way of life beyond our way of seeing the world.

BhFinalLow0The jury praised the balanced mixture of drama, comedy and romance, as well as the excellent cast Naomi Achternbusch, Tom Lass, Clara Schramm, Dimitri Stapfer, Peter Marty and Eva Löbau.

Here is a short synopsis: Ferdi thinks he’s ugly – but likes the fact Jona is interested in him. Maybe because she’s blind. What Ferdi doesn’t suspect: She’s just pretending to be blind to be able to live cheaply in subsidized housing. How long can she maintain her charade? Can love, which is supposed to make you blind, even work out that way?

With Axel Ranisch, Karin Hanczewski, Jakob Lass, Lana Cooper, Martina Schöne-Radunski and Amelie Kiefer in supporting roles, we meet many actors from other Darling Berlin movies in “Ugly & Blind“, and we are very happy and proud to congratulate Tom and the whole team to this tremendous success!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/blindundhaesslich

Darling Berlin is proud to announce that the film „Mann im Spagat (Pace, Cowboy, Pace)“ is starting in selected cinemas all over Germany this Thursday!

The movie, directed by Timo Jacobs, is kind of a sequel to Jacobs’ debut “Klappe Cowboy!“. ‚Free swinging for world inhalation’ – For Cowboy as a libertine, and leader of the Headquarters for World Inhalation, that’s not such a big problem. He gives everything he’s got to clean up the environment, with the vision of saving the planet with his movement of Free Swingers. Cowboy applies for a grant from the Central Agency who sends a representative named Fey of Sweden to approve his proposal. She demands results, so he decides to stage a charity bicycle rally, featuring a roster of two-wheeled Berlin misfits. Realizing his vision of creating a better world could be so easy, were it not for his adversaries, who kill his mother’s bird and set the Devil of Hermannplatz on him in an effort to sabotage his plans – not the best timing, considering he also has to rescue his stubborn mother from a shady retirement home – and of course, her dying wish is to see Elvis perform. Impossible!

Mann im Spagat (Pace, Cowboy, Pace)“ features many well-known German actors, such as Meret Becker, Claude-Oliver Rudolph or Rolf Zacher, and pop icons from the likes of Olli Schulz and Friedrich Liechtenstein. See it at your local cinema now!

More information on www.darlingberlin.de and www.mannimspagat.de
Klappe Cowboy!” on Netflix: www.netflix.com

Darling Berlin’s latest darling “Beat Beat Heart” by director and screenwriter Luise Brinkmann is starting in cinemas all over Germany on April, 27! And this is a movie that’s definitely not to be missed this spring!

The highly acclaimed movie (at Filmfest Munich, Max-Ophüls-Preis, Slamdance and others) tells the story of Kerstin, who is daydreaming her way out of a broken heart, when suddenly her mother, Charlotte, rings at her door, needing a place to stay. For mom has accidentally broken up with her common-law spouse and does not know where else to go now. Both women handle their yearning completely differently, when Kerstin‛s housemate convinces Charlotte to start dating men, via app. So, mom brings different men to the house, while Kerstin‛s daydreams are consistently interrupted by the reality that love has become a hopeless place for modern age dreamers.

“Refreshing and lively – cinema for the summer.” — TV Spielfilm
“This movie comes very close to the generation that lives between Tinder as a promise of freedom and the great dream of the small family.” — Rolling Stone
“Bit by bit, almost everybody finds happiness in ‘Beat Beat Heart’, because despite all stingers and little impudences, the movie embraces its characters very kindly and believes in the healing power of love.”
— Die Zeit
“Again, another movie gem by the Berlin independents.” — ZITTY Berlin
“A feel-good movie about lovesickness, which is, in times of dating apps, still inspired by the faith in romantic love.” — Süddeutsche Zeitung

Find the cinema list here (updated continuously): http://www.darlingberlin.de/termine.html
Find more information on “Beat Beat Heart” here: http://beatbeatheart.com

The 13th achtung berlin festival is Germany’s leading film festival for independent films and will be showing more than 80 movies this year – and Darling Berlin’s latest darling “Beat Beat Heart” by director and screenwriter Luise Brinkmann will be the opening film and, of course, taking part in the competition!

The highly acclaimed movie tells the story of Kerstin, who is daydreaming her way out of a broken heart, when suddenly her mother, Charlotte, rings at her door, needing a place to stay. For mom has accidentally broken up with her common-law spouse and does not know where else to go now. Both women handle their yearning completely differently, when Kerstin‛s housemate convinces Charlotte to start dating men, via app. So, mom brings different men to the house, while Kerstin‛s daydreams are consistently interrupted by the reality that love has become a hopeless place for modern age dreamers.

Beat Beat Heart” screenings:
19th April, 20 h, Kino International (opening of the festival)
21st April, 21.15 h, FAF 1
22nd April, 20.15 h, Neue Kammerspiele
24th April 18 h, Lichtblick-Kino

More information on “Beat Beat Heart“:
wwww.beatbeatheart.com
Beat Beat Heart @ Darling Berlin

Everyday life in the global reproduction work: Nadja is a housekeeper with a wealthy family in Greece, by the way, she cares lovingly around the children. It is treated as part of the family and feels like one. Then comes the fate: At Nadja a serious illness is diagnosed and in addition the economic crisis melts the wealth of the family. The master of the house Stefanos gets into financial hardship – and finally dismisses Nadja. In social coldness, she can not be aware of her precarious situation, but the social class differences step by step to the surface: up or down, at home or alien, with or without health insurance, so are the present contrast pairs. But Nadia does not want to lose the emotional attachment to the family, in which she has spent so much time …

On the coastline of Windholm one morning 15 years ago the ocean just disappeared. Since then the emptiness has been raising questions and anxiety. The cause of the phenomenon remains unclear. With a new theory at hand the physicist Micha (28) is one of many young scientists who is trying to get his hands on to one of his university’s rare scholarships to explore the phenomena. After the many years of work he has put into the project he must once again see how a bold idea ends at the doors of the antiquated establishment – he receives a rejection.

At the same time Jana (31), daughter of the institute’s boss and Micha’s former colleague on the project, resurfaces at the university. This doesn’t make the situation any easier for Micha. A year ago she left him and the project and ran off to Portugal. Jana has now returned to put a definite end to her scientific career – but there is something else: Jana has to clarify something with Micha. When Micha decides to take the trip to Windholm to prove his hypothesis despite the rejection and without official permission she joins him.

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In Windholm the young scientists are confronted with the remains of a village community that has never been able to overcome their trauma. On the day the ocean disappeared – so did all the children from the village. But have the kids really drowned that day? Their bodies were never found. Micha clings to rational thinking and only the scientific phenomenon is of his concern. But as his measurements take longer than planned the village pulls him deeper and deeper into its spell. Micha meets Hanna (19) the only remaining child. She tries to rebuild the neglected public pool, guides tourists through the village and is convinced that the kids are still out there somewhere. Jana strikes the thought that it is no coincidence that Micha and her have been lead to this place.

Abandoned houses and playgrounds, a small footprint on the empty ground of the ocean, the room of a boy who dreamt of becoming an astronaut – this is where Micha and Jana have to come to terms with their own past and a loss.

Directed by Sebastian Hilger, written by Nadine Gottmann, starring Max Mauff (“Victoria”), Lana Cooper (“Love Steaks”, “Beat Beat Heart”) and Swantje Kohlhof.

Schwarzer-Panther-DVDAfter years, Emilie (26) meets her brother Jakob (22). With him she shares not only the loss of the parents, but also a secret … On Emily’s wish, the jointly-inherited holiday home is to be sold in the Swiss Alps. The young entrepreneur is dependent on the money as opposed to skateboard professional Jakob.

The business of her parents, which she took with her friend Andreas (29), is highly indebted. Emilie deliberately tries to distance herself from emotions, which have been successfully displaced over the years. But Jacob’s direct and unrulled nature is increasingly shaking her cool façade.

The vastness and unspoilt nature of the mountain landscape offers the two an unfamiliar freedom. But the more Emilie represses reality, the more Jacob wants a decision about their common future. The rational relationship with Andreas and the deep affection for Jakob are inevitably opposed. But can the two siblings really live a love that must remain invisible?