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.

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One of the most prestigious German film festivals is currently taking place in Saarbrücken, named after a true pioneer of the German movie scene, director Max Ophüls. For daredo, it goes without saying that our staff is present there – with the Darling Berlin movies “Family Fever” (by Nico Sommer, German: “Familienfieber”) having won the Prize of Saarland’s First Minister for the Best Premiere in 2014 and “Love Steaks” (by Jakob Lass) having won the “Max Ophüls Film Prize” in the same year, we feel quite at home there.

The Max Ophüls Film Festival (18th to 24th January 2016) is always a great opportunity to see new movies and make contact with promising directors and innovative producers. The atmosphere is very informal and warm-hearted, and the business panels are always covering the latest developments in movie making and movie distribution, one of this year’s topics being the digital distribution of movies via Video-on-demand.

Two Darling Berlin movies have been nominated for the prestigious Prize of the VDFK, which is awarded by the German movie critics:

Best Feature Film Debut: Philipp Eichholtz (Liebe mich!/Love me!)
Best Actor: Peter Trabner (Familienfieber/Family Fever and Alki Alki)

Philipp Eichholtz was born and raised near Osnabrück. At the age of 15 he made his first short movie and 23 projects were to follow in the next 8 years. In 2005, he won the Newcomer Prize at the Hamm Film Festival with “The Last Night”, invitations to Film Workshop Wiesbaden and the 19th European Media Art Festival followed. Between 2006 and 2007, Philipp Eichholtz was invited to 17 more film festivals with different works. His second movie Liebe mich! (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!”) 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.

Peter Trabner was born in Bückeburg / Germany in 1969. After moving to Berlin in 1992, he acted in his first play, a Commedia-dell’-Arte production which was staged at many fringe festivals in Canada. He received clown and pantomime training from Eberhard Kube and has worked in Portugal, Spain, France, UK, Australia as well as in Germany. In 2010, Trabner made his first full-length movie “Papa Gold” under the direction of Tom Lass and short after that, he gets to know the director Axel Ranisch, with whom he realizes his second movie “Dicke Mädchen. Next, he has theatre engagements and works with German actor/director Corinna Harfouch, before he becomes one of the most important faces of the young Berlin movie scene with the productions “Silvi” by Nico Sommer, “Kohlhaas oder die Verhältnismäßigkeit der Mittel” by Aron Lehmann, “Reuber” by Axel Ranisch and, finally, “Familienfieber (Family Fever) by Nico Sommer”.

Congratulations to the nominees, we wish the best of luck!
The award ceremony will be held at the Berlinale festival on Monday, 16th February.

Liebe mich! (Love me!) by Philipp Eichholtz with Peter Trabner as well:
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.

Familienfieber (Family Fever) with Peter Trabner:
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!

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

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”.

“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).

“Family Fever” (Familienfieber) starts on 15th January 2015 in German cinemas and already the premiere at Berlin’s Babylon on 13th January was an huge success. Earlier this year, Nico Sommer has won the Best Director Award at the achtung berlin film festival for this movie and besides that, it has received many great reviews so far.

On the film:
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!

More information: Familienfieber Homepage

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On the 1st of October, daredo media has presented its movie label Darling Berlin, which is already known from the cinematic release of “Love Steaks” to the public. At the cinema room of the prestigious Soho House Berlin, close to the Television Tower near the Alexanderplatz – whose iconic silhouette also serves as the label’s logo – the directors Nico Sommer, Lucian Busse, Dennis Karsten and Tom Lass (photo) have presented their upcoming autumnal DVD and VOD releases as well as the two cinema releases “Kaptn Oskar” (Tom Lass) in December 2014 and “Familienfieber” (Nico Sommer) in January 2015 to the gathered film press, together with the Darling Berlin team. A special highlight was also the additional announcement to extend the existing cinema distribution department by a new DVD and VOD division named “daredo distribution” based in Frankfurt with effect from October, 1st. First important releases are beside others the Darling Berlin movies “Love Steaks” (Jakob Lass), “Mauerpark” (Dennis Karsten), “Playgirl” (Will Tremper), “Flucht nach Berlin” (Will Tremper), “Papa Gold” (Tom Lass) and “Berlinized” (Lucian Busse).For more information, please visit: Darling Berlin Homepage

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Ten Years of creative capital cinema, ten years of courageous cinematic art, ten years a home for filmmakers and cineasts. The achtung berlin – new berlin film award celebrates its tenth anniversary and for one week, it offers what it’s best-known for: fresh movies from Berlin-Brandenburg! Nico Sommer, who was awarded with the 2013 achtung berlin – new berlin film award for his highly acclaimed movie “Silvi”, presents his second film “Familienfieber” – which also was realized through crowd funding and improvisation – in the ‘Made in Berlin-Brandenburg’ / Best Movie contest, being one of ten full-length feature movies.On the film: 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! Familienfieber is a ravishing, tragicomic “family setup”, where director Nico Sommer gives his actors plenty of room for spontaneous improvisations. Maybe the “nucleus of society” is already a phase-out model?

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“Love Steaks” by Jakob Lass wins Max-Ophüls-Preis 2014 and “Familienfieber” by Nico Sommer the Grand Prize of the Saarland First Minister 2014

“Love Steaks” director Jakob Lass received the award for the best German-language young talent movie, which includes prize money of 36,000 Euros, on Saturday night in Saarbrücken. “Love Steaks” is “not only a movie but a gift to the audience which is simply brimming over with energy, enthusiasm, colours and love, and shows once again what cinema is able to achieve”, the jury explains its decision. As the distributor, daredo media is more than happy for the team winning this prize! After receiving all four advancement awards at the Filmfest Munich 2013 for the first time in history, namely “Best Movie”, “Best Production”, “Best Theatrical Performance” and “Best Script” and having been listed in the pre-selection for the German Filmpreis 2014, this is already the third big acknowledgement for “Love Steaks”.Besides this, the Grand Prize of the Saarland First Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was awarded to Nico Sommer for “Familienfieber”, including prize money of 5,500 Euros, which is one of the next movies that daredo media will take care of.

For more information about “Love Steaks” and “Familienfieber” please get in contact with Andreas Stumpf (andreas.stumpf @ daredo-media.com).

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”