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.
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.
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.”
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
The „Festival del film Locarno“ (English: „Film Festival Locarno“) – this year from 3rd till 13th of August 2016 – is the 69th edition from the well-known international film festival held annually in the city of Locarno in Switzerland since 1946. The main feature of the festival is the open-air screening area at the „Piazza Grande“ with room for over 8.000 spectators, having one of the largest open-air screens in the world (26×14 metres). daredo media is present at the „Festival del film Locarno“ on several panels and meetings from the film branch. The festival in Locarno is well known worldwide as a festival of discovery. The top prize of the Festival is the “Golden Leopard” awarded to the best film in the international competition.
For more information about the event, please visit: Festival del film Locarno
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.
The “Filmfest München” (English: “Filmfest Munich”) was established in 1983 and is a principal summer film festival with over 80,000 admissions every year. Over 2,000 film industry professionals from around the world and over 500 members of the press are accredited annually. “Filmfest München” screens over 200 feature films, documentaries and TV movies each year.
For more information about the event, please visit: Filmfest München 2016
Being awarded with the German Acting Prize 2016 for Best Actor in a leading role in the drama “Herbert” (2015), Peter Kurth is one of the most interesting characters in contemporary German movies. Also his part in “Schmitke”, where he plays an elderly engineer who is sent to fix an old wind turbine in Czechia and experiences some strange goings-on there, was celebrated by both the critics and the audience. On the occasion of the release of “Schmitke” on DVD, daredo invites to the UCI Colosseum in Berlin Friedrichshain where Peter Kurth will be present. Congratulations and have a great night, Peter!
Get your tickets here: http://www.uci-kinowelt.de/film/schmitke/330966/berlin-friedrichshain/42
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.
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!
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.
Another 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”.