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.

Franz, Adrian and Anastasia stumble through a world without consequences. They spend their time with visits from expensive flats by simulate interest to pay out of the pocket, pine-OPs, Triangle lessons, incest and poetry slams. Your search for identity degenerates to finding the right matching role. Frontal cotton is available as on stage with bandages on the palate.

The movie Frontalwatte starring Franz Rogowski, Gabi Heart, Martina Schöne-Radunski, Tom Lass etc. was the first movie directed by Jakob Lass in 2011 – before Love Steaks and Tiger Girl.

Theatrical release date: 14th of July 2016. For more information, please visit: www.darling.berlin.de.

As of April 2016, Netflix reported over 81 million subscribers worldwide, including more than 46 million in the US. Today we´re proud to announce, that from now on the following movies are available in more than 190 countries on the video-on-demand subscription service Netflix:

Love Steaks by Jakob Lass:
Clemens starts a new job as a massage therapist in a luxury hotel. He is shy but sensitive and likes to work with his guests’ energies. The ladies he massages fall for his hands and make advances to him that throw him off balance. Lara, who works in the kitchen, tries it the hard way. She shakes Clemens up and brings him out of his shell. She is the knife, he is the spoon. Opposites attract. She tries to rid him of his fears, he tries to rid her of her addiction. Clemens finds Lara at the beach, carries her home and cleans the vomit from her face. They light boats on fire, take a nightdive into the hotel pool and drink coffee at the laundry cart so the fox won’t find them. Clemens plays the guitar and Lara dances to it, although she can’t. An unlikely couple falls in love. Dirty, bloody, great and honest.

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Familienfieber (Family Fever) , by Nico Sommer:
Majas and Uwes relationship is stuck in the daily routine. Their marriage is infested with monotony. Quite contrary to Alina, their lovestruck daughter, who calls for an encounter of her and her boyfriend Nicos family. Badly prepared they start off to a place in Brandenburg, unaware of an unpleasant surprise. A secret affair disturbs the alleged harmony of two couples.

NF-Familienfieber


 

Kaptn Oskar , by Tom Lass:
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.

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Klappe Cowboy! , by Ulf Behrens & Timo Jacobs:
The self-styled director Cowboy is coming to Berlin with only one goal at long last filming his big blockbuster. Self assured he is accepting every mission until he is meeting a real artist and starts filming a special performance, something mysterious is brewing up nearby in the Bedlam-Hospital. But Cowboy, blind of love, is stiching in a wesps´nest and his dellitante qualities are overwhelming his powers by far.

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III – Das Ritual (III – The Ritual) , by Pavel Khvaleev:
A small European town, where sisters Ayia and Mirra live, gets struck down by an unknown disease which takes many lives. Following their mother’s death, the younger sister falls ill. Having realized that conventional medicine is useless in the face of the sister’s disease, Ayia seeks help from Father Herman, a parish priest and a close family friend. In his house she finds books that are very far from the conventional religion. She gets to know that only penetration into Mirra’s sick subconscious mind and discovery of the true cause of her disease will give her a chance to save her sister. Ayia is ready to go through this terrifying ritual, dive into the depths of the subconscious mind, and face the demons residing there.

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Liebe mich! (Love me!) , by Philipp Eichholtz:
Sarah’s MacBook Air flies out of the window when she is throwing an angry fit after an argument with her supposedly best friend. They just spent the night together but he’s 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.

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Nachthelle (Bright Night) , by Florian Gottschick:
It’s set out to be an idyllic weekend. Anna and Stefan, Bernd and Marc – two couples spending a few days in the countryside. The expanding open-cast coal mining operation which will soon be swallowing town, woods and meadows, brings them back to their hometown. The place is almost deserted. Nevertheless, the four protagonists are enjoying their visit to the moribund village – when an old debt about to be cashed in starts to invade Anna/s mind. Returning to their hometown seems to have a menacing effect. Anna and Bernd are haunted by nightmares, realities begin to shift. On top of that, Stefan is attracted by the polyamorous relationship of the two other men – a fact used by Marc to play mind games with Anna. She feels her well- structured life slide and then her boyfriend sliding away from her – and only the final confrontation with her former self will allow her a way out.

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Gott ist nicht tot (God’s not dead) , by Harold Cronk:
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. His girlfriend Rebecca is not let in before the three are on their way. The students gain unauthorized access to the gloomy water castle and arrange themselves for the night. What seems to be fun at the beginning, becomes deadly serious very soon: something demonic is haunting the place and things start to get out of control…

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Baba , by George Inci:
An old musician tells the story of his life through his music. A young mother gives birth to twins. She knows that she only can feed one of them and has to decide. She gives her milk to the healthier one and tries to find other solutions for the thinner brother. But sometimes life has other plans than we have…

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Das Floß! (Floating!) , by Julia C. Kaiser:
Katha is sure: she wants to marry Jana and she wants to have a baby with her.
But Katha’s childhood friend Charly has a special surprise for her: A bachelorette’s night out with the „guys“. A weekend. The five of them. On a raft.
There is Ken, her „new“ best friend, her little brother Tobi and, alas, Momo, the future sperm donor: this is bound to end badly.

NF-Das-Floß


 

Die Präsenz (The Presence) , by Daniele Grieco:
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. His girlfriend Rebecca is not let in before the three are on their way. The students gain unauthorized access to the gloomy water castle and arrange themselves for the night. What seems to be fun at the beginning, becomes deadly serious very soon: something demonic is haunting the place and things start to get out of control…

NF-Die-Präsenz


 

Amok – Hansi geht’s gut (Amok), by Zoltan Paul:
Amok’ tells 48 hours of the live of Lorenz Fuchs, a middle aged gray accountant who believes his triste and monotonous life being meaningless and absurd. For him the outside world was always hostile and aggressive. When his Boss not only unexpectedly promotes him but also reveals that he knows about his well covert emotional failings, Fuchs is thrown out of his daily routine – his defense lines are crumbling. Well hidden memories of traumatic experiences bring up a long suppressed rage that results in an outburst of violence and a bloodbath.

NF-Amok


 

Hirschen – Da machst was mit! (Hirschen) , by George Inci:
“Hirschen” is a nice little village. The inhabitants are happy. But one day the factory, where almost everyone works, closes. Most of the inhabitants move away. Only a few people decide to stay, among them the butcher, the major, the mechanic, the doctor and the policeman. They try to find a solution that would give them the possibility to stay in their beloved “Hirschen”. Suddenly, very close to the village, a car crashes into a deer. The village people take very good care of the slightly injured driver. He lives in the butcher’s hotel, the doctor examines him, the mechanic repairs his car, the policeman settles all the papers and the major shows him the whole village, leading the friends to a strange but lucrative idea…

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Darling Berlin (daredo media) releases a 10-DVD Box Set “German Mumblecore” in cooperation with achtung berlin – new berlin film award. The first comprehensive overview of German Mumblecore Cinema that has ever been released – 10 DVDs with the best movies that contemporary German cinema has to offer, including a 60-page booklet written bei Urs Spörri, with tons of information, pictures and interviews, as well as a bonus DVD with three middle-long films that were never released on DVD before.

DVD 1: Love Steaks by Jakob Lass (“Cinema can hardly be more unpredictable and more exciting.” – Cinema; “Exceptional movie: “Love Steaks” – direct and feverish – is the kind of film that German cinema has been lacking for a long time.” – Der Spiegel) with Victoria star Franz Rogowski
DVD 2: Dicke Mädchen by Axel Ranisch (Grand Jury Prize for Best Movie at 23rd Hamburg Intern. Filmfestival)
DVD 3: Kaptn Oskar by Tom Lass (Tragicomedy with German Tatort star Amelie Kiefer)
DVD 4: Familienfieber by Nico Sommer (“A new hope for German cinema” – kinozeit.de)
DVD 5: Männer zeigen Filme & Frauen ihre Brüste by Isabell Šuba (This movie is experimenting with reality…)
DVD 6: Kohlhaas oder die Verhältnismäßigkeit der Mittel by Aron Lehmann (“An enchantingly funny declaration of love to filmmaking” – ZEIT)
DVD 7: Staub auf unseren Herzen by Hanna Doose (The last movie with German icon actress Susanne Lothar)
DVD 8: Liebe mich! by Philipp Eichholtz (“A highly intensive experience for all cinema lovers” – Spielfilm.de), starring Lilli Meinhardt, Berlin’ shooting star of 2015)
DVD 9: Klappe Cowboy! by Timo Jacobs (A cinematic experience that is too romantic, funny and serious to be true – taz)
DVD 10: Bonus DVD with three medium-length films: Der will nur spielen (Debut film of Axel Ranisch – first time on DVD!), Stiller Frühling (Debut film of Nico Sommer – first time on DVD) and Rebecca (which won the Grand Prize for medium-length movies at achtung berlin 2015 – first time on DVD), as well as clippings from interviews made at German Mumblecore Symposium at German Film Museum Frankfurt.

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This year’s achtung berlin Festival – which is one of the most important festivals for independent cinema productions in Germany – has turned out to be a successful one for daredo and its movies and actors: our newest Darling Berlin movie “Lotte” by Julius Schultheiß has won the 1st prize in the category Best Feature Film!

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Congratulations to the director and the whole team – daredo media will release the Darling Berlin movie “Lotte” in cinemas in Germany  in the near future.

“Lotte” tells the story of a young woman who has left her hometown and lives in Berlin, stumbling from one man to another, from one flat to another, and is suddenly confronted with her past…

More information coming soon on www.darlingberlin.de.

ab-2016-B2ab-2016-B1Another great success is the award for Best Actress, which goes to Lana Cooper – well-known from our first film “Love Steaks” (2013). Lana plays the leading role of Lara Schmelzer, a young and wild woman who works in a luxury hotel kitchen and encounters with Clemens, a shy massage therapist… Congratulations, Lana!

And, not to forget Hans-Heinrich Hardt, another actor who achieved credits for an outstanding performance in „Luca’s Silent Dance” (German: „Luca tanzt leise“) by Philipp Eichholtz, a film which is also to be released by daredo media on Darling Berlin in the near future.

We are very happy for our directors and actors and look forward to this year’s upcoming theatrical releases „Lotte“ and “Luca tanzt leise”.

On the top picture you can see: Hajo Schäfer (achtung berlin), Zita Aretz (Lotte, actress), Karin Hanczewski (Lotte, actress), Julius Schultheiß (Lotte, producer), Sebastian Brose (achtung berlin)

Lotte (Teaser) by Julius Schultheiß:


Love Steaks (Trailer) by Jacob Lass:


Luca’s Silent Dance (Teaser) by Philipp Eichholtz:

One of the most prestigious German film festivals is currently taking place in Saarbrücken, named after a true pioneer of the German movie scene, director Max Ophüls. For daredo, it goes without saying that our staff is present there – with the Darling Berlin movies “Family Fever” (by Nico Sommer, German: “Familienfieber”) having won the Prize of Saarland’s First Minister for the Best Premiere in 2014 and “Love Steaks” (by Jakob Lass) having won the “Max Ophüls Film Prize” in the same year, we feel quite at home there.

The Max Ophüls Film Festival (18th to 24th January 2016) is always a great opportunity to see new movies and make contact with promising directors and innovative producers. The atmosphere is very informal and warm-hearted, and the business panels are always covering the latest developments in movie making and movie distribution, one of this year’s topics being the digital distribution of movies via Video-on-demand.

Our Darling Berlin movie “Love Steaks” will be broadcasted on EinsPlus tonight (Friday, June 12th) at prime time and one of Germany’s leading TV guide magazines “TV MOVIE” has picked Love Steaks as their insider’s tip!

http://www.tvmovie.de/tv/love-steaks-12807619

From January 23 Spiegel.TV shows eight young feature films: In “Open Fiction” run the best German Impro films – the first online festival for the currently most exciting trend in German cinemas.

In the trailer tells director and actor Tom Lass about his working methods and his favorite films. Together with his brother Jacob, he is responsible for three of the most important works of the so-called “German mumblecore”. We provide all eight festival entries before: “Kaptn Oskar”, “Love Steaks”, “Dicke Mädchen”, “Papa Gold”, “Klappe Cowboy!”, “Am Ende der Strasse”, “Stiller Frühling” and “Die Liebe und Viktor”. The “Open Fiction” festival realized SPIEGEL.TV together with its partners alleskino, “achtung berlin” and “Darling Berlin”.

Love Steaks was nominated even twice – not only director Jakob Lass was nominated for Best Feature Film Debut, also producer and composer Golo Schultz was honored with the first nomination for Best Soundtrack in his career. Congratulations to both nominees from our side and we wish great success at the award ceremony! The German Film Critics’ Association will award the prizes at the Berlinale on Monday, 9th February 2015 in the presence of the nominees and award recipients. The prize is being awarded in 12 categories to German films which were screened in cinemas during the past year.

The German Film Critics’ Award was first awarded in 1954 and is the only German film prize that is awarded solely by film critics. It does not consider economic, regional or political but only creative criteria and is thus an award with a large reputation.

Trailer: Love Steaks, Spot: Love Steaks, More information: Love Steaks

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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