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.
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.
After 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?
Lotte is direct and rough around the edges, yet still always amiable – but above all, she is equipped with a typical Berlin-style big mouth. With this character attributes, she sometimes gets in trouble: at work, with her friends, and even with her boyfriend, who throws her out, unceremoniously. So, Lotte is looking for a place to sleep and shows up at work in the hospital with her suitcase. There, after a chaotic day, she meets fifteen-year-old Greta, who seems to be very grown-up and they make friends, gently. But when Lotte sees Greta together with Marcel, a friend from her suppressed past, and their glances meet, she knows that there will be no escape. Something seems to grow together here, which doesn’t belong together. However, Lotte would not be Lotte if she didn’t save her neck, in her very special and unconventional way, even in this situation. At least for the moment…
Leading actor Karin Hanczewski starred in the independent drama “Marla” by Marta Malowanczyk, which was nominated for the First Steps award, and in one Episode of German crime series ‘Tatort’. Since 2016, she plays a detective in this iconic production, which is the longest running detective series in Germany.
In 2016, “Lotte” has won the grand jury prize for Best Movie at the new berlin film award ‘achtung berlin’ – by unanimous decision. “It’s the small moments that make Julius Schultheiß’s debut as director something very special and present a cinema we really would like to see more of in Germany. A great movie, produced completely independent from film subsidy and participation of TV stations.”
More information: www.darlingberlin.de
On 19th January, daredo media releases a new romantic tragicomedy on its Darling Berlin label: “Luca tanzt leise” (English: “Dancing Quietly“) by director Philipp Eichholtz, whose debut “Liebe mich!” (English: Love me!) was already a remarkable success in Germany’s independent movie scene. It tells the story of Luca, a young woman who tries to take her Abitur after some dark years of depression. Her little dog Mata helps her to find motivation and vitality. In order to pass the math exam, Luca makes a deal with her classmate Kurt: English for math. He becomes a reliable friend, even when it comes really bad for Luca…
Philipp Eichholtz’ movie raises questions. When do you actually succeed in ‘living’? Is it when you understand math and manage to take your Abitur? Or when you know how to get a doctor’s certificate in order to move your exams? Or when you find the right guy, who loves and wants you – and who’s not an asshole?
The German film media is already full of praise, not only for the film as such: “Director Philipp Eichholtz has made a light-footed and humorous Berlin film, with lots of improvisation…” (dRadio Kultur), but also for its actors: “Martina Schöne-Radunski and Hans-Heinrich Hardt become a dream team: They are acting in a very natural way that creates a good mood but doesn’t fail to mention the shady sides, too” *****(tip). “With its fresh and spontaneous narrative style, Philipp Eichholtz’ film reminds of the US mumblecore cinema and affects the viewer through the closeness of the actress to her character.” **** (Cinema)
“Luca tanzt leise” (“Dancing Quietly“) – in cinemas in Germany from 19th January 2017 and on DVD/VoD from 31st March 2017. Furthermore on Netflix worldwide starting 1st of April 2017.
daredo media is proud to announce that our film “Mann im Spagat (Pace, Cowboy, Pace)” will be screened at the 7th Annual Queens World Film Festival which takes place from March 14th to 19th, 2017 in Queens, NYC!
The movie, directed by Timo Jacobs, is kind of a sequel to Jacobs’ debut “Klappe Cowboy!“: ‘Free swinging for word 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 the Queens World Film Festival in March 2017!
The series “Emmas Welt” attracted much attention at the festivals and won various prizes and nominations such as The “Best Actress Award at the Dub Web Fest in Dublin 2016″, the “Best Actress Award at the Sicily Web Fest in Ustica 2016″ and the “Best German Web Series Award at the Webfest Berlin 2015″.
The story is about Emma, who is 25 years old. Her absurdly funny situations are formally chasing after her clumsy and lovable way. She has just finished her jurisprudence in support of her life partner, when she has to recognize that he is deceiving her. Now she stands in front of nothingness: Without a job, without money, without an apartment.
The secret tip of the Hamburg Filmfestival 2015 finally on DVD! A great satirical comedy with the crème de la crème of German cinema: Robert Stadlober (Crazy, Krabat), Paula Kalenberg (Systemfehler, Die Wolke) as well as collapsing newbuilding singer Blixa Bargeld & Tocotronic singer Dirk von Lowtzow!
We write the year 2020. Every day billions of people are victims of the digital, media, narcissistic, hedonistic, career-oriented and consumer-oriented stimulus overload and suggestion by the establishment. In an unexplained way, hundreds of millions of citizens of the first world are epidemic of “anhedonia”, the inability to feel joy, pleasure and satisfaction. Two exemplary victories of these unspeakable circumstances are the unequal but nevertheless inseparable aristocrat sonny Franz (Robert Stadlober) and Fritz Freudenthal (Wieland Schönfelder). They are completely cleansed and tormented by their miserable, lustless, and fun-free existence, until they become aware of the new, unique stimulus therapy of the world-famous and trendy psychotherapist Prof. Dr. Immanuel Young (Dirk von Lowtzow) and the solution See all their problems …
“Anachronistic and ironic, wild, beautiful, silly: Anhedonia. Narcissism as narcosis” is pleasantly strange art cinema. “(Taz)
“Probably already the most accomplished comedy of the year” (NDR DAS!)
“… the occupation is prominent, the language is cynical, and the approach is highly philosophical. The best thing is to constantly giggle.” (Musikexpress)
“…. the two boys are jumping through a fin-de-sie.cle world, which is directed by the director and Patrick Siegfried Zimmer as a Teutonic Wes Anderson.” (The world)
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its 23rd annual narrative and documentary feature film competition lineup, and “Beat Beat Heart” by director and screenwriter Luise Brinkmann will celebrate its international premiere at the ‘little brother’ of Sundance. We congratulate and are very honored to be a part of the team!
Some words on the film: Daydreaming her way out of a broken heart, Kerstin’s denial as well as her days are shaken up with the arrival of her mother, dealing with her own relationship’s demise. With the great cast of Lana Cooper (“Love Steaks”), Saskia Vester, Till Wonka and others, the movie represents the graduation work of Luise Brinkmann, DOP Mathis Hanspach, editor Maren Unterburger and producer Olivia Charamsa at the ifs (international film school Cologne) and, at the same time, is the first fictional feature film that has been made entirely at the ifs as a graduation film.
The Slamdance Festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 20 to Jan. 26, and will screen 19 movies: 12 world premieres, three North American debuts, and one U.S. launch.
More information on “Beat Beat Heart”: www.beatbeatheart.com
What a great success for “We Are the Tide (German: Wir sind die Flut”) by Sebastian Hilger, which will be released on on Darling Berlin (DVD and VOD) on February, 24th, 2017! The movie has won the prestigious Audience Award at the Torino Film Festival, which is one of the most important film festivals for young directors worldwide.
Furthermore, the Jury of ‘Torino Sette’ has awarded “We Are the Tide / Wir sind die Flut” with the Achille Valdata Award for Best Film of Torino 34, “…for having used the power of images and a balance of genres to transmit a positive message to the new generations.”
We congratulate Sebastian Hilger and his team on this success and are very happy to help this great movie to reach its audience.
Some words on the movie: In Windholm, two young scientists are confronted with the remains of a village community that has never been able to overcome the trauma that happened one morning 15 years ago: the ocean disappeared – and so did all the children from the village. But have the kids really drowned that day? Their bodies were never found.
More information here: Wir sind die Flut