Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak!

From 6 to 27 December 2020 the Goethe-Instituts Indonesien, Thailand and Malaysia are jointly presenting the online film festival entitled Darling, Berlin! Berlin Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! This year’s program screens six independent from the film label Darling Berlin located in the German capital. The films were mainly made by directors who had only one or two professional films to their credit – young directors who studied at the Film Academy in Berlin and worked in the capital. Their works exhibit great enthusiasm and courage in experimenting with uncompromising visual language and performances by as yet mostly unknown actors.

The filming location Berlin is also of special importance in these stories because this year celebrates the 30th anniversary of the reunification on 3 October 1990 of the formerly divided Germany, which began on 9 November 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall thanks to the peaceful revolution.

The program of the Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! film festival offers an exciting insight into the current life of Berlin through a series of characters with diverse backgrounds and desires. In “Datsche” an asylum seeker spends the summer in a typical small garden settlement with the local residents, while “Schwimmen” portrays the lives of today’s teenagers and their interactions with virtual images, nearly 24 hours a day. In “Lotte” we see a strong and mysterious female figure who goes from one apartment to the next, in and out in dark Berlin, and meets people who cannot understand her search for love and discomfort. After Lotte’s loneliness, in “Rocket Perelman” we turn to a theater collective that fights for its existence and at the same time puts the personal lives of its members in the foreground. Will their solidarity be sufficient to overcome their personal ambitions and the demands of an increasingly commercial era?

At first glance the films “Luca tanzt leise” (English title: “Dancing Quietly“) and “Rückenwind von vorn” (English title: “Away You Go“) do not seem to have anything in common. But if you look closely, the paths of the characters in the two films cross. As is often the case in metropolises such as Jakarta, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, the inhabitants may unconsciously be part of the same crowd, separating again and continuing their struggle for survival, searching for a place to stay, weighing up their options, whether with or without the people in their lives.

The people responsible for this festival at the Goethe-Institut said: “We are very pleased to present these six feature films to an audience interested in German films in our three countries, especially at a time when many cinemas are still closed. We hope that this online film festival will unite Indonesian, Thai and Malaysian film fans and bring 2020 to a good conclusion across national borders.”

We hope you enjoy Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak!

Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak!

Program

A premiere is planned for each film. Viewers who attend the premiere can interact and share experiences via the chat function on YouTube.

The films always start on the specified day at 7:00 p.m. (Indonesia & Thailand) or 8:00 p.m. (Malaysia) and are online until December 27th, 2020.

Datsche

by Lara Hewitt

The film is about the Valentine, an out-of-work New York actor, who travels across the Atlantic in order to discover his German roots and stay at the ‘datsche’ or summer cottage that he inherited from his grandfather. His neighbours in the East German garden allotment colony welcome him with open arms, a lot of curiosity and more rules than he can ever dream to remember. However, not everybody is foreigner-friendly …

Start: December 06, 2020

Germany, UK 2018, 93 Min., Comedy | Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! – Film 1 | Actors & actresses: Zack Segel, Kunle Kuforiji, Marie Céline Yildirim, Luis Lüps, Juan Carlos Lo Sasso, Christian Harting, Tilo Bettmann, Peter Mettke, Karl-Heinz Schulze, Brigitte Schulzek, Günter Schulzek | Contributors: Lara Hewitt (Director & Screenplay), Stephan Bookas (Cinematography), Camilo Correa Costa & Kai Unger (Sound), Federico Neri (Editing), Camila Maldonado Aparicio (Costumes), Macarena Solervicens (Music), Tony Doherty, Jules Gladys, Lara Hewitt, Silvia Schmidt (Producer), Parkwood Theatre and Films, Rosemilk Productions (Production companies) | More information about the movie: Datsche

Schwimmen

by Luzie Loose

After the separation from Elisas (Stephanie Amarell) parents, the life of the 15-year-old gets out of joint. Together with her mother Anna, she has to move from the family home on the outskirts of Berlin to a social apartment in the middle of Berlin-Neukölln. Her body reacts to the stress with fainting spells. During such an episode after swimming lessons, your classmates* take Elisa’s vulnerability as an opportunity to make her a victim in class. At this moment Anthea (Lisa Vicari) enters her life. She is beautiful, self-confident …

Start: December 08, 2020

Germany 2018, 102 Min., Drama | Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! – Film 2 | Actors & actresses: Stephanie Amarell, Lisa Vicari, Jonathan Berlin, Alexandra Finder, Bjarne Meisel, Jürg Plüss, Deborah Kaufmann, Christian Heiner Wolf | Contributors: Luzie Loose (Director & Screenplay), Anne Bolick (Cinematography), Marco Rottig (Editing), Andreas Pfeiffer (Music), Daniel Reich & Christoph Holthof (Producer), Kurhaus Production (Production company),  Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Südwestrundfunk (Coproduction companies) | English title: Swimming | More information about the movie: Swimming

Rakete Perelman

by Oliver Alaluukas

How do we want to live together? In the middle of Brandenburg’s nowhere between green meadows, techno and theater ten people answer this question in their own way. In the artists’ colony Rocket Perelman they live their version of freedom and independence – each for themselves and all together. New in the rocket is Jen. In her mid-twenties she’s out of the city, out of the industry and into a new life. But the rocket needs money and the solution, how could it be …

Start: December 10, 2020

Germany 2017, 97 Min., Comedy, Drama | Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! – Film 3 | Actor & actresses: Liv Lisa Fries, Tobias Lehmann, Gordon Kämmerer, Stefan Lampadius, Kai Müller, Anne Haug, Afrika Brau, Oliver Bröcker, Lilly Marie Tschörtner, Lars Rudolph, Mathilde Fiedler, Ilyes Moutaoukkil, Milton Welsh, Franziska Jünger | Contributors: Oliver Alaluukas (Director), Oliver Alaluukas (Book), Johannes Rothe (Screenplay), Valentin Selmke (Cinematography), Arno Scholwin (Editing), Inma Galiot, Daniel Glatzel, Robert Pilgram (Music), Anna Wendt, Aida Brückner (Producer), Anna Wendt Filmproduktion, Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (Production companies) | More information about the movie: Rakete Perelman

Lotte

by Julius Schultheiß

Lotte is direct and edgy, while gracious and above all equipped with a metropolitan Schnodderschnauze. With all these qualities she is constantly in love with her colleagues, girlfriends and even her boyfriend. He throws them out and Lotte is standing in the street – from now on busy to find a place to stay. One night, Lotte meets Marcel, an almost forgotten acquaintance, in her local bar. As soon as he has recognized her, Lotte escapes and finds a saving place …

Start: December 13, 2020

Germany 2016, 78 Min., Drama | Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! – Film 4 | Actor & actresses: Karin Hanczewski, Zita Aretz, Christine Knispel, Matthias Lamp, Paul Matzke, Marc Benjamin Puch | Contributors: Julius Schultheiß (Director & screenplay), Martin Neumeyer (Cinematography), Anna Kappelmann (Editing), Julius Schultheiß (Producer), Finderlohnfilm (Production company) | More information about the movie: Lotte

Rückenwind von vorn

by Philipp Eichholtz

Is becoming grown-up easy – and being grown-up hard? Charlie from Berlin finds it damn hard to keep the expectations of her environment and her own separate. Her boyfriend Marco wants a child, and her colleague Gerry speculates unasked: “Five years together? Well, I’m sure there’ll be three of you soon…?” But Charlie is not at all sure: Is it nice to have a child, or does she disappear with her own needs?  Charlie is quite challenged in her profession as a teacher and things are not really going well with Marco …

Start: December 16, 2020

Germany 2018, 80 Min., Drama | Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! – Film 5 | Actor & actresses: Victoria Schulz, Aleksandar Radenkovic, Daniel Zillmann, Angelika Waller, Karin Hanczewski, Amelie Kiefer, Martina Schöne-Radunski, Ruth Bickelhaupt, Claudius von Stolzmann, Natalia Bobrich | Contributors: Philipp Eichholtz (Director & screenplay), Manuel Ruge (Cinematogarphy), Markus Morkötter, Daniel Stephan (Editing), Tina Pepper (Music), Philipp Eichholtz, Oliver Jerke (Producer), Joachim Keil (Co-croducer), Von Oma gefördert (Production company), UCMP (Co-production company) | English title: Away You Go | More Information about the movie: Away You Go

Luca tanzt leise

by Philipp Eichholtz

Luca wants to do the Abi after dark years of depression. Her little dog Mata helps her to find motivation and joie de vivre. So that it does not fail to math, Luca concludes a deal with Kurt: English against math. He becomes a reliable friend, even if it gets really bad for Luca. When will it actually succeed, this “life”? If you understand math and get the Abi? If you know how to get sick leave to postpone the exams? If you find the right guy who loves you and wants you – and who is not an asshole?

Start: December 18, 2020

Germany 2018, 102 Min., Drama | Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! – Film 6 | Actor & actresses: Martina Schöne-Radunski, Hans-Heinrich Hardt, Claudia Jacob, Sebastian Fräsdorf, Deleila Piasko, Tobias Borchers, Ruth Bickelhaupt, Renate Lorenz, Lara Smetana, Luzie Baumgart, Steffan Drotleff, Tom Lass, Anna F. Kohlschütter, Luise Brinkmann, Markus Morkötter, Pepa Kistner, Daniel Iren Sadeh, Lilli Meinhardt | Contributors: Philipp Eichholtz (Director & screenplay), Fee Scherer (Cinematography), Markus Morkötter (Editing, Philipp Eichholtz & Oliver Jerke (Producer), Von Oma gefördert (Production company), Hildebrandt Film (Co-production) | English title: Dancing Quietly | More information about the movie: Dancing Quietly

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Luca tanzt leise (by Philipp Eichholtz) | Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! • Film 6

At the final of the online festival Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! the film “Luca tanzt leise” (English title: “Dancing Quietly”) by Philipp Eichholtz is shown. The focus of the film is Luca, who wants to graduate from high school after dark years of depression. Her little dog Mata helps her to find motivation…

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Away You Go (by Philipp Eichholtz) | Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! • Film 5

The fifth film at the Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! Online Festival is “Away You Go” (German title: Rückenwind von vorn”) by Philipp Eichholtz. In the film we accompany Charlie from Berlin, who finds it damn hard to keep the expectations of her surroundings and her own apart. Her friend Marco wants a child, and…

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Lotte (by Julius Schultheiß) | Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! • Film 4

“Lotte” by Julius Schultheiß is the fourth film at the online festival Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! The film tells the story of Lotte. She is direct and edgy, while gracious and above all equipped with a metropolitan Schnodderschnauze. With all these qualities she is constantly in love with her colleagues, girlfriends and even…

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Rakete Perelman (by Oliver Alaluukas) | Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! • Film 3

The third film at the online festival Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! is “Rocket Perelman” (German title: “Rakete Perelman”) by Oliver Alaluukas. The film deals with the question of how we actually want to get together. In the middle of nowhere in Brandenburg between green meadows, techno and theater, ten people answer this question…

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Swimming (by Luzie Loose) | Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! • Film 2

The second film at the Darling, Berlin! Berlin, Sayang! Berlin, Teerak! online festival is “Swimming” (German title: “Schwimmen”) by Luzie Loose. “Swimming” tells the story of Elisa and Anthea, two very different girls, whose friendship gives them support and orientation during a difficult phase in their lives. They become best friends and develop a game in which they…

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