“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.

daredo media is present at the renowned Filmkunstmesse Leipzig with “HomeSick”, a fascinating chamber drama by Austrian director Jakob M. Erwa, which had its world premiere at this year’s Berlinale and is released on the Darling Berlin label.

The “disturbing, Polanski-like hybrid of a thriller and a gracefully photographed art house movie” (Zitty Berlin) tells the smart story of the ambitious cello student Jessica, who moves into a new flat together with her boyfriend Lorenz, with plausible characters and surprising twists and turns. When Jessica receives the honorable invitation to represent Germany at an international contest for classic music, it seems to be her great opportunity – at the same time it means enormous pressure. In her home, Jessica starts to prepare herself meticulously for the contest. However, her own four walls don’t seem to give her shelter as she finds herself more and more exposed to small and major anonymous harassments. What is the neighbor’s involvement prying mysteriously behind half-closed curtains…?

The Filmkunstmesse Leipzig is a unique event in Europe, now being held for the 15th time in 2015, assembling more than 1,000 experts from the Art House sector in Leipzig. From Monday 14th until Friday 18th September, cinema operators can watch the most recent productions and discuss the most burning questions of the scene in panels and workshops.

“HomeSick” will be screened three times at the Filmkunstmesse Leipzig: on Wednesday, 16th September at 5.30 pm at the Schauburg and again at 9.30 pm at the Kinobar, as well as on Friday, 18th September at 10 am at the Passage (Filmeck).

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

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Germany’s most important film prize, LOLA, has announced the nominees for this year’s award ceremony on May, 9th 2014 – and „Love Steaks“ is on the list, among commercial productions like „Fack Ju Göthe“ or „Finsterworld“. We are very proud to be part of this top list of this season’s German movie productions. The LOLA is Germany’s most prestigious and includes prize money of nearly 3 million Euros.With „Love Steaks“ we tell a love story in which two ways of life collide: “do good” versus “live hard”. Clemens and Lara are having a tough time living out those principles within their traditionally hierarchical workplace. Yet that’s how they meet, love and challenge one another. Eventually “doing good” will do harm. And “living it hard” will leave you weak. A fight for love evolves. To fit in the Fogma method, the two actors worked with the hotel staff even when not shooting. By not using written dialogue we could actually participate in real procedures. The actors followed a skeleton script, but constantly had to react to the real world around them. For six weeks the hotel employees very strongly related to our story, shaped it and pushed the scenes to a new intensity.

More information: Deutscher Filmpreis

digedo-saarbrucken-140122.jpgBoth our much-noticed initial project “Love Steaks” by talented director Jakob Lass as well as the presumably next movie that we are presenting via our new Darling Berlin label, “Familienfieber” (“Family Fever”), directed by Nico Sommer who is known from his current successful movie SILVI, are featured in the competition at the Saarbrücken Film Festival “Max-Ophüls-Preis”!

Despite being produced with just a minimum budget but with a maximum of lifeblood, “Love Steaks” has already gained high attention in the business by winning all four advancement awards at the Filmfest Munich for the first time in history, namely “Best Movie”, “Best Production”, “Best Theatrical Performance” und “Best Script”, and by having caused a sensation at several film festivals around the world (Slamdance, Karlovy Vary, Montréal et al.). In January 2014, the movie was listed in the pre-selection for the German Filmpreis and is thus qualified for the nomination process. It gets a viewing slot at the Berlinale 2014 will make a run at the LOLA.

“Familienfieber” is an experimental German movie that actually has its international premiere at the prestigious Saarbrücken Film Festival. However, the movie is not finished yet – “Familienfieber” is to become an interactive film: Additionally to the already existing project, a follow-up shooting will be realized and alternative story threads are to be produced. This means that the viewer – be it at the cinema, on BluRay/DVD or in the web (via VOD) – has, at certain points in the movie, the possibility to decide how the story should continue. The viewer is able to actively choose between the options A and B. Thus, we want to link the congenial topic of the movie with the self-reflection of the viewer, because every decision he makes for the film plot is actually a decision for himself. Hence, the movie reaches an emotional idealization that, in this intensive way, could never be created with a conventional production.

More information about: Saarbrücken Film Festival “Max-Ophüls-Preis”