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A unique and honest glimpse into life in contemporary Berlin’s multifaceted underground.
A unique and honest glimpse into life in contemporary Berlin’s multifaceted underground.
332 backers pledged $34,058 to help bring this project to life.

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Yay! We made our Goal! Any additional contributions till the end of our campaign will go towards post production to make the film even better! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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ABOUT the film

Desire Will Set You Free is a feature-length narrative film that explores artistic and marginalized life in Berlin with an often critical, and sometimes humorous (but never mocking) eye. Based on a true story, and at times traveling into the realm of docufiction, the plot follows the relationship of an American writer of Israeli/Palestinian descent and a Russian aspiring artist working as a hustler, offering access to the city’s vibrant queer and underground scenes while examining the differences between expatriate and refugee life. Our characters travel through Berlin’s layered history and unique subcultural landscape; on their adventures they discover influences and remnants of the Weimar Republic, WWII, the Bowie years, and punk.

Cathrine, Ezra, Connor and Ozan
Cathrine, Ezra, Connor and Ozan

WHO is in it

The film features performances by the queen of punk Nina Hagen, electro star Peaches, Brooklyn’s Blood Orange, German sensation Rummelsnuff, rapper Sookee, Einstürzende Neubauten’s Jochen Arbeit;  and Wolfgang Müller, plus cast members Amber Benson (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame), German film legend Rosa Von Praunheim, artists Eva & Adele, photographer Miron Zownir, internet sensation Labanna Babalon as well as leading roles Tim-Fabian Hoffman (Sasha), Chloé Griffin (Cathrine) and the director himself, Yony Leyser (Ezra).

Nina Hagen
Nina Hagen

Director’s previous work

This is the second feature film by Yony Leyser. His previous, the critically acclaimed documentary William S. Burroughs: A Man Within was also funded partially through Kickstarter. A Man Within screened at over 60 international film festivals, was released theatrically in 5 countries, aired on over 15 television stations, and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from the likes of New York Times and Variety, who stated: “Docu does real justice to the Beat writer, gun nut and literary icon … Like his subject, Leyser strives to disengage from the conventional, while still being lucid. He succeeds admirably.” More information at www.williamsburroughsthemovie.com.

Cathrine
Cathrine

WHERE your money will go

Production for Desire Will Set You Free was funded in part by the art film section of German film fund Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. After 26 days of intensive shooting and immense effort on behalf of our remarkable cast & crew, filming is complete! However, with initial funds quickly exhausted, we are now in need of financial support to cover post-production costs. This includes editing (which will be done at Schnittbar in Mitte, Berlin), color correction, sound design, rights clearances, formatting, soundtrack production, and festival submissions. We believe very strongly in the integrity of this film and are depending on your generous sponsorship to move us through the post-production process and set Desire Will Set You Free on track toward the finish line!

Ezra and Sasha
Ezra and Sasha

The Soundtrack

The film’s soundtrack features new renditions of classic Berlin-related songs including Blood Orange covering Malaria!, Peaches covering Claire Waldoff, Nina Hagen covering Brecht, Starfucker covering Iggy Pop, Friends covering Klaus Nomi, and Easter covering Grauzone, plus original songs from current local Berlin bands including CrimeAutomat featuring Genesis Breyer P-OrridgeKool Thing, and Rummelsnuff. The material is planned to be released as a standalone album on CD & LP as well as digitally for your optimal listening pleasure.

Peaches
Peaches
Ezra and Sasha
Ezra and Sasha
Punxx
Punxx

Principal Crew

Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes
Behind the scenes

Press and Mentions: 

German Press

Dutch Press

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Risks and challenges

Fortunately, shooting is complete. So we have made it through the most risky and challenging part (successfully!) Now we have all this great footage that we will work with to turn it into a groundbreaking film.

DESIRE has edgy content so it is not easy to secure substantial standard film financing without the risk of compromising the film's integrity. We are happy that we can connect to the public directly through Kickstarter to make this film happen.

Needless to say, films take time and money to make. With your support, we plan to finish post-production by November for festival submissions and to have the soundtrack finished by the premiere. We are all looking forward to DESIRE's completion and to sharing it with the world!

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    + Limited edition tote bag designed by Makode Linde or Stefan Fahler
    + Signed still from the film
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    **THE FULL CABARET ENCORE** One of the lines in the film is "The German's feel obligated to clap for an encore at all performances" so here you are. Three more left Join in as Associate Producer and have your name listed as such in the film's credits! + Invitation to international premiere and tickets to premiere parties of your choice (does not include airfare) + 2 backstage tickets to a concert from one of the performers appearing in the film + Free ticket to a screening of the film at a cinema or film festival in your area + Special limited edition art poster of Desire by Stefan Fahler + Limited edition tote bag designed by Makode Linde or Stefan Fahler + Signed still from the film + A DVD or digital download of the film + A CD or LP of the soundtrack + Digital download of the soundtrack + Desire Will Set You Free matchbook + Special thanks on official website + A kiss from director Yony Leyser, tongue optional + Get a personalized voice mail greeting recorded by one of our stars.

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    + Free ticket to a screening of the film at a cinema or film festival in your area
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