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. Floating! (German: Das Floß!) – an improvised tragicomedy on water.

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The director of the movie, Julia C. Kaiser said: “It takes courage even to declare one’s intention of a lifelong commitment to a person, whether it is a child or a partner or both. That is what our improvised tragicomedy is about. Katha has to learn to think outside the box and it is her rather conservative friend Charly of all people who represents the story’s queer spirit.“ The film is about the freedom of thought which is why it was supposed to be made with as much creative freedom as possible. “Das Floß!” (english: Floating”) is a film in which the authenticity of improvisation is just as important as narrative density. Our screenplay was a promise with the permission to be broken. The most important thing to us was staying empathetic, flexible, unusual. At the end of the journey the spectator might get the slight impression that it does not actually matter all that much if we choose to seek our happiness in a conventional or alternative way. And that impression is exactly what we want to achieve. Because we all seem equally tragicomical in our strive for happiness…”

“Das Floß!” – in cinemas in Germany from 7th January 2016.

“Nachthelle” is a brilliant arthouse-movie starring Michael Gwisdek, Ivo Baulitz, Vladimir Burlakov, Benno Fürmann, Anna Grisebach and Gudrun Ritter. The movie is about two couples, Anna and Stefan, Bernd and Marc, who spends a few days in Annas deserted hometown, which will be swallowed by open-cast coal mining operations soon. Nevertheless, the four are enjoying their visit – when an old debt slowly starts to invade Anna’s mind.

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.

For more information in German language, please visit: Nachthelle @ Darling Berlin.

Releasedate “Nachthelle”: 6th of November 2015.

On 20th August, daredo media releases a new romantic tragicomedy on its Darling Berlin label: “Liebe mich!” (English: “Love me!”) tells the story of Sarah, a loud, non-conformist, rude, honest and provocative girl. She seems invincible, but she is lonely and lost and is struggling with her daily life.

“Liebe mich!” (“Love me!”), directed by Philipp Eichholtz, 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-zeit.de). And Zitty Berlin says “…an ode to Berlin… …gorgeous actors… …just makes you feel happy”.

A few more words on the story:

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.

“Liebe mich!” (Love me!) – in cinemas in Germany from 20th August 2015 and on DVD/VOD from 2nd October 2015.

At some point, they have to meet finally: Alina and Nico are in love as of late and have decided to introduce their parents to each other – notoriously a venturous enterprise. And so, Maja and Uwe are reluctant to their daughter’s plan. Nevertheless, the family hits the road to the “big house” of her boyfriend, as Alina announces it, somewhere in the Berlin hinterlands. After the house turns out to be a genuine castle, Maja has to face the additional fact that she knows Nico’s father much better than she would prefer in this situation. One thing’s for sure: that sounds great!

“Nico Sommer tells about the relationship crisis of three couples in a relaxed but very detailed way. A great melange of tragedy and comedy – in other words: Don’t mess with Peter (Trabner)…!” ( EPD film), “Absurd family fun!” (TV Movie).

More information: Familienfieber Homepage

“Nachthelle” is a brilliant arthouse-movie starring Michael Gwisdek, Ivo Baulitz, Vladimir Burlakov, Benno Fürmann, Anna Grisebach and Gudrun Ritter. The movie is about two couples, Anna and Stefan, Bernd and Marc, who spends a few days in Annas deserted hometown, which will be swallowed by open-cast coal mining operations soon. Nevertheless, the four are enjoying their visit – when an old debt slowly starts to invade Anna’s mind.

“Nachthelle” – in cinemas in Germany starting the 4th of June 2015.

From April 15-22, 2015, Berlins third biggest film festival achtung berlin – new berlin film award presented again new motion pictures, documentaries and short films which have been produced or shot in Berlin-Brandenburg. On top of this they organized again a competition in various sections. This Year Lilli Meinhardt won the desirable price for here rule in the movie „Liebe mich!“ by Philipp Eichholtz in the category „Best actress“. Congratulations!

Substantiation of the jury:
„As a young actress throws with such verve in her figure that a very dizzy. Your Sarah is strenuous and easy, bold and despairing, helpless restless, wild and without compromise, hurtful and vulnerable, flirtatious and repulsive, loving and seductive, grateful ungrateful. An octagon in a circle – like life. It was an adventure, watch her. It is looking forward to everything yet to come. Thank you Lilli Meinhardt!”

The Film Festival of New German Cinema from Berlin-Brandenburg is Berlins third biggest film festival . achtung berlin – new berlin film award will again present from April 15-22, 2015 new motion pictures, documentaries and short films which have been produced or shot in Berlin-Brandenburg. With a focus on film creation in the German capital city region, the film festival has made an unmistakable and distinctive mark on the film landscape. In the meantime, achtung berlin – new berlin film award has become the third-largest film festival in Berlin (next to the famous “Berlinale”), attracting a lot of attention from moviegoers and film professionals alike.

The film competition is organized along these categories: “Made in Berlin-Brandenburg”: motion pictures and documentaries, “Made in Berlin-Brandenburg: medium length and short films”, “Berlin Highlights” and “Berlin Documents”. The variety of different genres and themes couldn’t be better with a combination of promising films from a new generation of film makers, artistic, low-budget films presented with award-winning productions and international co-productions.

This year, achtung berlin, Dailymotion and daredo cooperates in presenting the Trailer from the festivals and the presented films.


achtung berlin | Festival Trailer 2015 von achtung-berlin


achtung berlin | Festival Trailer 2 2015 von achtung-berlin

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”.

Berlin in the 1990s: amongst great political change and in the shadow of ultra-commercialized Techno culture, there existed a parallel universe, now mostly forgotten, but defining for the feeling and lifestyle of the city: the world of basement bars and off-creatives. After the Wall fell, a lively and very motley scene of young people used the vacant houses and apartments in Berlin-Mitte as a stage for living and celebrating their sense of easy-going freedom. Long-term success was not an important category – people lived their lives from one event to the next experiment, playfully de-establishing art and its market imperatives.

The film „Berlinized“ takes you on a tour to 1990s’ Berlin-Mitte, both capturing and reflecting on this very unique feeling at a certain place in time. Filmmaker Lucian Busse, an active protagonist of this era, took his camera everywhere to document the changing cityscape, the art scene, clubs, concerts, and also the many construction sites where free space was filled up with ever-new, ever-the-same, faceless office buildings.

More Information: Berlinized Homepage, Amazon: Berlinized, Vimeo VOD: Berlinized

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.