The DVD of Darling Berlin’s latest darling “Beat Beat Heart” by director and screenwriter Luise Brinkmann has hit the stores on October 2017. Grab a copy of this extraordinary drama/comedy starring Lana Cooper and Saskia Vester.
The highly acclaimed movie (at Filmfest Munich, Max-Ophüls-Preis, Slamdance and others) tells the story of Kerstin (Lana Cooper), who is daydreaming her way out of a broken heart, when suddenly her mother, Charlotte (Saskia Vester), rings at her door, needing a place to stay. For mom has accidentally broken up with her common-law spouse and does not know where else to go now. Both women handle their yearning completely differently, when Kerstin‛s housemate convinces Charlotte to start dating men, via app. So, mom brings different men to the house, while Kerstin‛s daydreams are consistently interrupted by the reality that love has become a hopeless place for modern age dreamers.
“Refreshing and lively – cinema for the summer.” — TV Spielfilm
“This movie comes very close to the generation that lives between Tinder as a promise of freedom and the great dream of the small family.” — Rolling Stone
“Bit by bit, almost everybody finds happiness in ‘Beat Beat Heart’, because despite all stingers and little impudences, the movie embraces its characters very kindly and believes in the healing power of love.” — Die Zeit
“Again, another movie gem by the Berlin independents.” — ZITTY Berlin
“A feel-good movie about lovesickness, which is, in times of dating apps, still inspired by the faith in romantic love.” — Süddeutsche Zeitung
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
Currently, the German independent hit “Love Steaks”, who was one of the six nominees for the German Film Prize, has started in cinemas in Switzerland, opening in Zürich at RIFF RAFF, in Luzern at BOURBAKI, in Bern at KINO KUNSTMUSEUM and from September on in St. Gallen at KINOK, with more cities being added continuously. The exclusive sneak preview on 16th August 2014 at XENIX Open Air cinema in Zurich was well received and director Jakob Lass, who was present at the event, was very excited about the start. Together with its partner Stamm Film AG, daredo media has brought the movie that was produced and directed by students of Germany’s most respected film university HFF Konrad Wolf to the screens of Switzerland.The movie was awarded with many prizes, for instance at the Filmfest München, at Karlovy Vary and Rotterdam, it has won the Camerimage and Slamdance Festival prize and the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken. With „Love Steaks“ the makers 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.
More information: Deutscher Filmpreis
“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).
Both 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.
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