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!

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”.

Denny is living the high life in Berlin and is having sex with a lot of girls. Denny got a mother. This mother just got a new husband: Frank. Denny hasn’t talked to his mother in 10 years. Frank wants to change this. He takes a train to Berlin. Who’s gonna be the first to mature?

Tom Lass, the director of the movie, began his acting career at the age of 15 in Munich. Since then he has participated in more than 40 film and TV projects. In 2005 he began to start looking behind the scenes by working as a production assistant. He made his first experiences with the concept of improvising in film as an actor with the short feature film „Quiet Spring“ that was released in 2007. Tom finished his first short film „0+0=1“ as a director in 2008 and founded a production company together with his brother Jakob Lass, “Lass Bros”. He became more and more convinced by improvisation – making films without script – that he tried it himself in his first feature film „Papa Gold“, that won the film critic’s prize at the Achtung Berlin film festival in 2011. Tom works and lives in Berlin.

More Information: Papa Gold Homepage, Amazon: Papa Gold, Vimeo VOD: Papa Gold.


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