Darling Berlin

The label Darling Berlin stands for fresh and uncommon independent movies from the German capital.

Often underfunded but with so much the more lifeblood, a whole new generation of filmmakers and actors is shooting comical, touching, down-to-earth movies. No conventions. No compromises. With lightness and a bizarre humour.

The hearts of the Berlin audience are already captured, and UCM.ONE has now set itself to make these movies accessable to the rest of the world.

Darling Berlin - Movies from the German capital

Feature films

The following feature films with fictional actions, which are however often also partly real events or persons are modeled, were previously published on the film label Darling Berlin:

Feature films that we market in world distribution (excluding Germany, Austria and Switzerland):

Medium length films

The definition for “medium-length films” is merely that they are film works whose duration is between short films and those of feature films. However, the name of this particular genre is hardly common in German-speaking countries especially a phenomenon in countries with Romance languages: “moyen-métrage” (French), “mediometraggio” (Italian) and “mediometraje” (Spanish).

We find “medium length films” exciting, because there are no pressures and no limitations because of the marketable formats, but the stories themselves can be the focus – no matter how long it will end. We usually make “medium-length films” digitally, although occasionally we also include some films in DVD releases (as a bonus film) or in DVD boxes.

Short films

Short stories respectively short films are understood as an independent genre with special expressive possibilities. Due to its brevity, the short film offers filmmakers artistic possibilities. As a result, directors of cinematographic films often return to the short film format. The maximum playing time to classify a film as a short film is not handled consistently. The makers of the Berlinale define the maximum length of a short film depending on the section to a maximum of 30 minutes.

Web Series “Emma’s World”

On December 16, 2016, the series Emma’s Word (German: “Emmas Welt”) by Nicole Fornoff (Producer) and Luise Brinkmann (Director) was exclusively launched on Darling Berlin‘s YouTube channel. In the following weeks, another episode was published. Later, the series was then also at other providers such. Amazon Prime, Dailymotion and Vimeo VOD released via Darling Berlin.

The series tells the story of 25-year-old Emma. Her clumsy and lovable way of chasing her absurd funny situations literally. She has just dropped out of law school in support of her life partner when she realizes he is cheating on her. Now she is faced with nothingness: without a job, without money, without a flat.


Documentations illuminate individual themes, scenes or areas and because we want to show Berlin in picture and sound in as many facets as possible, documentation should not be missing. For this reason, Darling Berlin occasionally brings out documentary films (a non-fictional film genre) that deal with specific Berlin topics.

Berlin movie classics

In addition to the current films, Darling Berlin also publishes selected classic films from directors of the past. Just as we can show the current Berlin in picture and sound today, in these films, the long-forgotten times can revive again, because directors from those days archived the tends, speeches and everyday problems of the Berliners through their work.

Edition German Mumblecore

From about 2008, the movement German Mumblecore* developed in Berlin. “German Mumblecore” stands above all (but not only) for improvised cinema “Made in Germany”. The films and their makers are celebrated especially at film festivals in Germany. Without a screenplay, films were full of energy, explosiveness and lightness. These are extraordinary tragicomedies: only laughter is more cordial and the tragic more everyday than one knows from comparable German films. With little money and great independence, the highly talented filmmakers succeed in capturing the lifestyle of their generation in Berlin with their camera.

In addition to the 10 DVDs, the DVD box also contains a 60-page booklet in which Urs Spörri (including manager of culture at the German Filminstitut - DIF e.V. in Frankfurt) sheds light on the background to the movement.

* Interesting about the name “German Mumblecore” is above all that the Berlin scene seldom even uses this name or not at all and is usually more critical of the name. Rather, the name was used by festivals and press and thus shaped. The term “Mumblecore” is originally a US sub-genre of independent film. In Germany, the name “Berlin Flow” is occasionally used for this type of film. In the US, “Andrew Bujalski” is usually referred to as the one who shot the first Mumblecore movie in 2002 with the movie “Funny Ha Ha“. Characteristic of Mumblecore are small to very small production budgets, improvised dialogues, the use of interiors and sometimes deliberate do-it-yourself aesthetics. At the center of the plot are often young people with their inner views and interpersonal problems, with the focus mostly on realistic human interactions, incorporating the personal experiences of directors and actors.

We from Darling Berlin have dealt with the implementation of the project a lot with the name of the box – but then decided to use the name “German Mumblecore“, although we have deliberately not used in the marketing of their own films and will use. But since festivals and the press have coined this name and we do not want to present a new name with the box, but to show an emerging movement (as it will always be called later), we use in this case the name, the the most attentive movie lovers currently most connect with it. Urs Spörri also deals extensively with the entry and the term “German Mumblecore” in the booklet of the DVD box. For the first time, the name “German Mumblecore” in Germany was used by Sebastian Brose during a performance at the festival achtung berlin. This was also a strong argument to use the name “Mumblecore”, as this Berlin festival actively accompanies the developments of the young filmmakers in Berlin and also presents this DVD box in cooperation with Darling Berlin.


“Queen of Niendorf” (Darling Berlin) now with over 24,000 viewers in German and French cinemas

The family film “Queen of Niendorf” (Darling Berlin) has reached 15,000 moviegoers in France since the end of August. Thus the film (with the German name: “Königin von Niendorf”) by Joya Thome has been seen by more than 24,000 viewers on German and French screens. Since 16 November, the film has been shown in a…

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In the Focus of Darling Berlin: Short films by Eberhard Weißbarth in the cinema at Berlin’s Bundeplatz

On the occasion of the 70th birthday of the Berlin director Eberhard Weißbarth, the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek and the film distributor picture & sound Eberhard Weißbarth – for the first time elaborately restored and digitized as retrospective his excellent Berlin short films as a short film program – in the charm of the 80s! The…

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Homage to Will Tremper in the Filmmuseum Munich

For the 20th anniversary of the death of director and author Will Tremper, the Filmmuseum Munich will be showing its three Darling Berlin films “Flucht nach Berlin” (English: “Escape to Berlin”) “Playgirl” and “Die endlose Nacht” (English: “The Endless Night”) in December, culminating in a revival of the Tremper film “Sperrbezirk” has been lost for…

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Joya Thome wins with “Queen of Niendorf” (Darling Berlin) the German Director’s Award 2018 for “Best Director Children’s Film”.

Joya Thome has been honoured for her film “Queen of Niendorf” (German: “Königin von Niendorf”) [Darling Berlin] in Munich with the German Director Award 2018 (Metropolis) in the category Children’s Film. The prize was awarded for the 8th time at a gala event in the Audimax of the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film in Munich.…

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“Everything Always All the Time” (Darling Berlin) celebrates International Premiere at the Prague Film Festival

Philipp Eichholtz’s new film “Everything Always All the Time” (German: “Kim hat einen Penis”) celebrates its first international appearance at the Prague Film Festival after its premiere at the Munich Film Festival in July 2018. The screenings will take place on Sunday, 21 October 21 and Friday, November 2nd. The film was invited to the…

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