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…

“Lotte” has won the grand jury prize for Best Movie at the 2016 edition of 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.”

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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.

More information: www.darlingberlin.de

A society abound. An old musician with his flute. His music takes us into another world: The dunes of the Sahara. There is a lack of everything. On water and daily bread. Who should a mother give preference, when they know that they can get through only one of her twin babies? Life goes its own way…

This drama offers expressive actor and opulent images rather than dialogues! An ancient oriental musicians from Berlin tells about his music the story of his life. He is born as a twin in times of famine. His mother knows she can get through only one of the two children and has to decide. You are her milk the healthier of the two children and provides them with the greater chance of survival. But sometimes decides life differently than humans imagine the …

daredo media’s latest Darling Berlin movie “Schmitke” is to be released on DVD on April, 29th and is now available in well-assorted stores and VOD platforms.

The tragicomic thriller tells the story of Julius Schmitke, played by the marvellous Peter Kurth. In Schmitke ‘s life, there is something lurking behind the bushes. Some mysterious growling from the forest, from deep within… When he is sent to the Czech-German border to repair a similarly unfortunate old windmill, things start to get strange. Very, very strange.

The director of the movie, Štěpán Altrichter said: “The film is based on a short story by the writer and screenwriter Tomáš Končinský entitled “Julius Schmitke slipped through death’s fingers like an awkward seal”, which immediately captured my interest. It is a story set somewhere between comedy and mystery, somewhere in the fog of the Ore Mountains, full of the atmosphere of this mysterious stretch of land, its history and its people. But first of all it’s the story of the inner world of an aging, clumsy man who is unable to participate in the world arround him. He shows us a feeling that we all know in today’s ultra-fast virtual world. It’s a journey into the mind of an unfortunate man, which makes us feel what we don’t allow ourselves to feel that much anymore.”

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:

The latest project of German independent shooting star Philipp Eichholtz, “Luca tanzt leise” (English: “Luca’s Silent Dance”) is one of the feature films taking part in this year’s competition for the ‘new berlin film award’. The movie is “a little love-letter to all those whose biggest struggle is to get up in the morning every day. For those who need all their energy to manage the small things in life”, says Philipp. Here is a short synopsis: After a dark period in her life, Luca (Martina Schöne-Radunski) decides to finally finish her A-levels. Her little dog Mata brings her joy and mental support during that difficult time. In order to pass her math exam, she sets up a deal with Kurt: they will help each other.

We wish Philipp the best of luck for the competition and look forward to taking this gem of German independent cinema to the movie theaters.

The Film festival achtung berlin – new berlin film award presents an entire week full of fresh new movies from the capital: from April 13 to April 20, 2016 over 80 full-length, medium-length, short films and documentaries can be watched on the big screens. All films have been produced and shot in Berlin-Brandenburg.

The Competition Made in Berlin-Brandenburg is the heart of the festival and showcases the most exciting films of this season – including award-winning feature films, political documentaries and (cutting-edge) short films. All films will be presented as first releases, German or Berlin premieres with attendance of the film crew and cast. The brand new section Berlin Coproductions gives international film productions in partnership with Berlin-Brandenburg a new platform to present their work. The film sections Highlights and Documents offer a broad place for new creative talents and strong topics – from ‘Kiezdoku’ (documentaries from the ‘hoods’ of Berlin) to Genre-Thrillers. The section Retrospective “Berlin in Fashion” invites movie fans to follow the history of Berlin’s Fashion in the 20th Century at the ‚Bundesplatz’ Cinema in Berlin-Wilmersdorf.

Exciting workshops, panel discussions and film parties provide a platform and networking space for the young creative Berlin film scene to exchange their ideas.

The Berlin based label Darling Berlin (daredo media) is a sponsoring partner as well as the price donor for the best actress and actor this year. Furthermore, the digital motion pictures aggregator daredo distribution, based in Frankfurt and Mannheim, is responsible for the achtung berlin YouTube channel.

Kein Zickenfox (Everything but Oom-Pa-Pa) is about the world’s biggest women’s wind orchestra and how sixty-six “ordinary” women together manage to bring something really great on stage! Once a week, sixty-six women in their early 20s to mid-70s with their twenty-one different instruments and the widest possible range of female life plans and stories come together in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

For more info, please visit: Kein Zickenfox @ Darling Berlin

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.

“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…

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.

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

Releasedate “HomeSick”: 13th of November 2015.

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.