The moving feature film “Dark Dreamers” (German title: “Albträumer”) by director Philipp Klinger will be released on DVD on 21 January 2022 on UCM.ONE‘s Artkeim² label and as VoD on portals including Apple TV, Prime Video, Kino on Demand, Maxdome, Videociety, Google, Videoload and Vimeo. The film had its theatrical release on 12 August 2021.
In his feature film debut, director Philipp Klinger, who himself comes from a small village in the Black Forest, tells in large images of the narrowness and despair that growing up in a hermetic community can bring. With Sarah Mahita (“Bonnie & Bonnie“, “Wir sind die Welle“) and Béla Gabor Lenz (“Das Boot“, “Dark“) he can rely on two great young leading actors who make the inner conflicts of their characters tangible in an impressive way.
Since her older brother Dennis jumped to his death two years ago, 17-year-old Rebekka has been trying in vain to come to terms with his suicide. Her parents are mainly concerned with maintaining their bourgeois façade and, like the village community, have long since identified a “culprit” for Dennis’ death: Vincent, his best friend, who jumped off the bridge with him at the time and miraculously survived the fall.
When Vincent returns to the small town in the Black Forest after a long absence, the old wounds are reopened. Rebekka, however, sees in the dismissive eccentric the only way to finally understand who her brother really was. Against the fierce resistance of Rebekka’s parents, the two young people grow closer and a stormy love affair develops that is healing but also increasingly destructive. Rebekka is drawn deeper into her brother’s emotional world than she would like. When the situation escalates, she has to make a tough decision.
“Dark Dreamers” is a coming-of-age drama with mystery elements, told in exhilarating images and sensitively acted, in which a young woman’s painful search for answers collides with the mental and emotional confinement of her surroundings.
DVD | Picture: 2.39:1 in 16:9 | Sound: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Dolby Digital 2.0) | Subtitles: English | Rating: FSK 12
VoD | Picture: 2.39:1 in 16:9 | Sound: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (Dolby Digital 2.0) | Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese (not all subtitles at all portals) | Rating: FSK 12
Dark Dreamers | Trailer (German with English subtitles) ᴴᴰ
“An impressive debut with perhaps the toughest soundtrack in German film history.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
“A radical, disturbingly intense film on the subject of suicide.” (Cinema)
“A tense mix of drama and thriller that takes its subject and characters seriously and benefits from its talented lead actress Sarah Mahita.” (Spielfilm.de)
“With its strong imagery, believable actors and a fitting sound design, Nightmare is, in its best moments, like a cross between Nightmare and The Samurai.”” (Deadline)