Winter European Theatrical Releases


Our friends at ED Distribution (who also released PUTTY HILL) have a theatrical campaign already underway, which started December 25 in Paris (Espace Saint-Michel and MK2 Beaubourg) and cities across the country including Bordeaux, Avignon, Nantes and many others. The critical reaction has been very encouraging:

  • “Luminous. A eulogy to creation.” — Cahiers du cinéma
  • “A welcome indie surprise from the Baltimore-based filmmaker, brilliantly integrating music into a deconstructed family conflict.” — Les Inrockuptibles
  • “Reveals that another kind of American cinema is possible.” — Le Passeur critique

For a complete list of cities and to stay up to date on the DVD/online release, please visit their site and Facebook page and have a look at the French trailer.


Arsenal, the film organization who run the Forum section of the Berlinale responsible for Darker’s International Premiere (and PUTTY HILL’s World Premiere), will be bringing the film to the big screen across Germany starting January 9. As a warm-up before the opening, Berlin’s Unknown Pleasure’s festival of American Independents will have a screening January 7.

In conjunction with Arsenal’s release, PUTTY HILL’s Austrian distributor, StadkinoWien, will release Darker January 10 in Vienna, Linz, Wels, and Graz.

  • “With this acutely observed portrait of a family in transition, staged without clichée or histrionics, director Matt Porterfield proves his reputation as one of the most interesting US independent filmmakers.” – zitty
  • “A flow like Rivette or Rohmer, summer nights by the pool, a lot of alcohol, all is light, the world is permeable and shimmering – marvellously unpretentious and relaxed… without the shade of a doubt a truly beautiful film.” – Filmgazette
  • “This Berlinale’s most beautiful film so far also describes the home as a battlefield. The conflicts in Matt Porterfield’s finely tuned family drama I Used To Be Darker take place on several levels…” – Standard

Click this link to view the theatrical trailer with German-subtitles. For more information on the German theatrical release visit Arsenal Distribution and please check out StadkinoWien for more on the Austrian screenings.


In conjunction with the German-language releases, singer/songwriter Kim Taylor (“Kim” from Darker) will be embarking on her first European Tour this month. She will be supporting the film and also selling copies of her amazing new album: Love’s A Dog.

In addition to Vienna, Berlin and other cities in Germany, Taylor will perform in Warsaw — organized by our International Sales Agents at New Europe. Darker will be screened in Warsaw January 12 with a live music Q&A at their Contemporary Art Center as part of their KINOLAB program and the following night, Kim will do a concert at Powiekszenie. Visit Kim’s site for the full list of tour stops.

Finally, Darker will screen in cities across Spain next month as part of an independent film tour. The first stop is Asturias at the Centro Niemeyer February 6.

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