The graduation film of director Florian Gottschick at the Film University Babelsberg is nominated in the category ‘Fiction/Special’ and features Benno Fürmann (as Bernd) and Anna Grisebach (as Anna) as an ex-couple that meets again for a weekend in the village of their childhood, accompanied by their current partners. The place is almost deserted. Nevertheless, the four protagonists are enjoying their visit to the moribund village – when an old debt about to be cashed in starts to invade Anna’s mind. Returning to their hometown seems to have a menacing effect. Anna and Bernd are haunted by nightmares, realities begin to shift…

The “Grimme Award” is one of the most prestigious awards for German television productions. Named after the first general director of Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk, Adolf Grimme, it is awarded since 1964 and can be seen as the “German TV Oscar”.

“Nachthelle” is a brilliant arthouse-movie starring Michael Gwisdek, Ivo Baulitz, Vladimir Burlakov, Benno Fürmann, Anna Grisebach and Gudrun Ritter. The movie is about two couples, Anna and Stefan, Bernd and Marc, who spends a few days in Annas deserted hometown, which will be swallowed by open-cast coal mining operations soon. Nevertheless, the four are enjoying their visit – when an old debt slowly starts to invade Anna’s mind.

It’s set out to be an idyllic weekend. Anna and Stefan, Bernd and Marc – two couples spending a few days in the countryside. The expanding open-cast coal mining operation which will soon be swallowing town, woods and meadows, brings them back to their hometown. The place is almost deserted. Nevertheless, the four protagonists are enjoying their visit to the moribund village – when an old debt about to be cashed in starts to invade Anna’s mind. Returning to their hometown seems to have a menacing effect. Anna and Bernd are haunted by nightmares, realities begin to shift. On top of that, Stefan is attracted by the polyamorous relationship of the two other men – a fact used by Marc to play mind games with Anna. She feels her well- structured life slide and then her boyfriend sliding away from her – and only the final confrontation with her former self will allow her a way out.

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Releasedate “Nachthelle”: 6th of November 2015.

Our Darling Berlin movie “Love Steaks” will be broadcasted on EinsPlus tonight (Friday, June 12th) at prime time and one of Germany’s leading TV guide magazines “TV MOVIE” has picked Love Steaks as their insider’s tip!

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“Nachthelle” is a brilliant arthouse-movie starring Michael Gwisdek, Ivo Baulitz, Vladimir Burlakov, Benno Fürmann, Anna Grisebach and Gudrun Ritter. The movie is about two couples, Anna and Stefan, Bernd and Marc, who spends a few days in Annas deserted hometown, which will be swallowed by open-cast coal mining operations soon. Nevertheless, the four are enjoying their visit – when an old debt slowly starts to invade Anna’s mind.

“Nachthelle” – in cinemas in Germany starting the 4th of June 2015.

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.

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Director Jakob Lass tells his story in rapidly changing images that drag the viewer in the characters’ life in an almost hallucinatory way, and he doesn’t shy away from humor, too. „Love Steaks“ is a nice example for the fact that many movies are created at the editing suite, as the editing work is the most inspiring time for many directors. If the material that was created in the making of the film is so rich and colorful that it inspires the editor to new highs, movies are created, of such density and suggestive force that the audience forgets the cinema surrounding. „Love Steaks“ is “not only a movie but a gift to the audience which is simply brimming over with energy, enthusiasm, colors and love, and shows once again what cinema is able to achieve”, the Saarbrücken jury explains its decision.

„Love Steaks“ has won all four advancement awards at the Filmfest Munich for the first time in history, namely “Best Movie”, “Best Production”, “Best Theatrical Performance” and “Best Script”, it was awarded the Max-Ophüls-Preis at the Saarbrücken Film Festival in 2014 and it caused a sensation at several film festivals around the world (Slamdance, Karlovy Vary, Montréal et al.). For the label Darling Berlin and as the distributor, daredo is more than happy for the team winning all this prizes! Finally, „Love Steaks“ was also nominated for the German Filmpreis 2014.

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Some comments from the press about „Love Steaks“:

“Love Steaks“ is characterized by a nice schizophrenia of spontaneity and calculation, that testifies much more of a maverick approach to making movies than many other German newcomer hits have, that are also dealing with exploring the lifeworlds of Twenty- and Thirtysomethings. Just because the movie doesn’t follow the Hipster idea of stylizing the Zeitgeist but rather is dragging its style out of the Zeitgeist.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

“The hidden but relentless triumphal march of “Love Steaks“, the wittiest German comedy of the season, reminds of what happened to „Oh Boy“ two years ago, and to „Kohlhass“ last summer: finally, we have again popular movies that were not made from the willingness to compromise but from uncompromisingness.” (Franfurter Rundschau)

“Love Steaks“ opens the windows wide and admits reality to come in. And not this German pseudo-realism in movies, somewhere in between commercials and TV series, that is often so frustrating, but a virtually overwhelming here and now.” (Spiegel)

“Cinema as such cannot be more unpredictable and exciting!” (Cinema Magazine)

“Ingeniously improvised – this movie hits you right between the eyes!” (TV Spielfilm Magazine)

“„Love Steaks“ impressively shows that the Nouvelle Berlin Vague is definitely something to reckon with in the future.” (Zitty Magazine, Berlin)

“He and his team call it Fogma – the self-given rules that forbid artificial elements such as studio shoots but give room to spontaneity in order to let the ‘flow’ emerge. Which works perfectly here. To see how Lara and Clemens attract and repel each other is comical, touching and moving at the same time, it comprises an explosive force rarely to be found in movies.” (AZ, Munich)

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Not long ago, daredo media has expanded its business area and is now also an active player in motion picture distribution – and this with a bang right from the start! Our very first project “Love Steaks”, directed by the talented Jakob Lass, has already gained high attention in the business – despite it was produced with just a minimum budget but with a maximum of lifeblood – 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. Produced at the Film and Television University “Konrad Wolf” (HFF) in Potsdam-Babelsberg (Producer: Ines Schiller and Golo Schultz) in cooperation with Mamoko Entertainment, Love Steaks starts on March, 27th 2014 on the new “Darling Berlin” label, distributed by daredo media in cooperation with Ferleih, in cinemas all over Germany.