Things Break In is an intimate portrait of independence and love. Ida and Rosa work on a farm to support their families during wartime. Things Break In drops us into a unique circumstance that invites us to see what might happen when two women in 1940 are required to work together in privacy.
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While driving to the reading of her father’s will, Catherine is faced with an anomaly on the side of the road.
In the film Standing Nymph and Man, the Fine Arts Building in Chicago is the protagonist rather than the subject. Originally designed by Spencer Beman in 1884 as a soundproof structure for the Studebaker Company (horse carts and automobiles), the building has for many years been home to artists’ studios and services for classical music. […]
AGHAYE AHMADI & YEK SAFARE SADEH. Mr. Ahmadi gets on an intercity minibus for simple journey. But with the sudden death of one of the passengers, the simple trip finds a new meaning…
Stand Up comedian Tomi hears news that rattles his world just before going on stage. In the next one minute, he manages to destroy his relationship, maybe for good. Can Tomi bounce back from the mistakes he’s made?
Östersunds Fotbollsklubb is no ordinary soccer team. For the past four years players, technical team, administratives and directive have collaborated on a cultural initiative that has seen them performing in their own theatre piece, venturing into painting, and the publication of a book narrating their experiences as part of the club. ‘See the Man’ tracks […]
Sparrow is the lyrical story of a small boy who believes he can fly. However, his life is overshadowed by the legend of his grandfather who died a hero in World War two. One night he discovers the tale that his father so adamantly clings to, is a lie. His grandfather was a gay man, […]
Desperate to make money, Léo accepts a job smuggling a refugee couple through France. However, Léo and the couple have separate expectations concerning their destination. He’s forced to confront the couple, his boss, and himself in order to understand how far he is really willing to go for these people he never intended to help.
Carlos’ crisis seems to get worse when he gets home and finds out that his dog, Rocco, bit the neighbors’ son. Although his son, Luis, tries to prove his dog is not guilty, Carlos’ neighbors threaten him by the possibility of expelling the dog out of the building. It seems that Luis is the only […]
Dan Dailey lives in the middle of the Texas desert, one of the least populated, and darkest places in the U.S. Dan chose this place for a reason; in 2009 he started a retreat for juvenile parricides, or kids who have killed their parents. WANDERVOGEL begins when two documentary filmmakers arrive at Dan Dailey’s residence […]
च्यान्टी In the midst of the Maoist revolution, Ram, a guerrilla fighter, returns home to celebrate the festival of Dashain, only to realise that if he is to feed his family and send his daughter to school, he must sell Chyanti, the family goat, so beloved by his daughter, Sani.
STRETCH OF LAND. A story about silence, remembrance and the power of narratives. The half-hour-long short film Stretch of Land, based upon hundreds of drawings, tells of a German family’s fate between the end of World War II and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The film begins with these sentences: “After the war my […]
VAN MARS EN VENUS. Gijs (17) sails together with his father, as an internship, from the Netherlands to Wallonia. It was a long time ago that father and son were dependent on each other. On the deck, their communication flows naturally, but words are not as easily found in their personal conversations. Sometimes Gijs feels […]
The Remigrant tells a story about Bashkim (50) and his son Besnik (17). They have a lot in common. They both had to leave their homes at their young age. The father had to flee to Austria because of the war in Kosovo and his son has to go back to Kosovo at the request […]
Hanging out after school one day, a teenage girl decides to let her best friend in on a secret.
The old lady excitedly awaited her little girl at the train station. As time ticked by, there was still no sign of her daughter. Turned out she had got onto the wrong platform! To rescue her little girl, the old lady would have to get through the sea-like crowds and the mountain-high stairs— but her […]
SHATTERED. A routine duty turns into a life-threatening act of self-defense for police officer Kappler (49) when, after 30 years in service, he has to use his gun against a person for the first time. While doctors are fighting for the life of the severely injured perpetrator, Kappler finds himself stuck in an eerie and […]
In a French non-western setting, Jesse James is preparing a new bank robbery, after many months of inactivity. But his lifelong partner Bob Ford has more stable projects with his fiancée Cynthia. A weak man more than a coward, Bob just can’t tell Jesse. But will he go as far as killing him? What if […]
Alice is happily married, the only thing out of sorts is that she has one foot bigger than the other. After placing an ad, she finds an opposite foot partner, Hayley, and they start a rather uneasy shoe shopping friendship. One day Alice comes home to find that her husband is in fact leaving her […]
Through a metaphorical narrative about love, Dahlia explores a relationship between two people which is burdened by mental illness. Journey through a colorful and ever- changing world; a hand painted realm that shifts and morphs to portray a darkened state of mind. Based on the ups and down of my parents’ relationship, this illustrative and […]
A young man from Hong Kong comes to America to look for his long-lost sister, without learning her fatal accident. In Utah, instead of finding her, he finds a special landscape where echoes her soul.
NO PROBLEM. Copenhagen, late 1990s. When the lead singer of Denmark’s second-best cover band calls in sick, the band’s two insecure backup singers start backstabbing each other over the role as lead singer for the night. Who knew that jambands could be the scene of a life-or-death drama? May the best man in denim shorts […]
THE LAST DROP Once a week, a group of strangers meet to talk about their addiction. An addiction so great that it compels total strangers to sit in a room to talk and begrudgingly support each other. Their good efforts to stay on the ‘straight and narrow’ path are challenged when Dennis accidently joins their […]
Twelve-year-old Adeline Tang struggles to navigate America’s adult playground and keep her mother’s gambling under control, all for the promise of that perfect family Christmas holiday once her father arrives. But as the days unfold, Adeline realizes that growing up might not hold all the excitement she’d been hoping for.
Two days before her retirement Anja makes a decision: She will not leave her work in a rental cars parking hall deep under the ground, a place where she has worked for 45 years like a queen bee, nursing cars and the mechanics around her. But when the boss upstairs sends a young trainee down […]
You want to drink your coffee peacefully but instead you end up in a situation where people start to stir up hatred against refugees – what do you do? While waiting for her train in a café a young woman (Olivia) suddenly ends up in a situation where the barista chases away a begging girl […]
What has Bondi done to my brother? is a documentary about two estranged brothers, Joe and Tom. Growing up, older brother Joe had no time for Tom and cared only for money and success; inevitably landing his dream finance job in Sydney. But then Joe moved to Bondi Beach, quit his job, grew his hair […]
Jululu – a musical journey into a corner of Africa in southern Italy covering the vast plantations of tomatoes in the province of Foggia. Badara Seck, a Senegalese griot, passes through the area like a shaman guide in search of Jululu, the soul of Africa, towards one of the ghettos where the immigrant labourers throng […]
When Nancy suffers from a sudden cardiac arrest in a morning, her only chance of survival lies in the hands of her oblivious five years old son Asser.
Sayid, a refugee doctor from Syria, has just received a Danish residence permit, and is about to embark on establishing a new life in rural Denmark together with his son Adnan. At the same time as having to learn a new language, he faces the challenge of maintaining his boy’s respect, in a situation where […]
West Berlin, 1989. Manny Jumpcannon prowls his dingy apartment, phoning various degenerates from his past. He’s hoping for some uncertain vindication but the ensuing conversations only reveal his own sordid history of deceit.
In a small nook of heat-drenched coastal Australia, a traveling Knife Salesman, Tom, visits Mary, a frustrated house wife. As blades grind on stone, tensions build as Mary’s two boisterous children observe the couple playing out their all too familiar roles.
For three weeks Joy has been on her own when her mother Martina, who had not come home after a date, suddenly shows up. When Martina falls for a new lover, Joys anger is unleashed. Out of resentment a fight for each other’s love begins.
Sometimes in life you find yourself a crossroads between who you are, and the life you find yourself living. Dino and his best friend and associate Tony, are mid-level mafia foot soldiers. As they wait for breakfast in a diner, on an ordinary day like any other, Dino realizes he has reached his fork in […]
VERA (ВЕРА) An old widower, former radio operator, perceives flashing bulb as his late wife’s messages from Heavens
I DET FRI. On the 8th of October 2013, Geir Karijord goes missing in Romsdal Valley, Norway. This leaves his family in limbo – should they mourn their brother and son, or should they hope for his return? «I’m Free» depicts the family’s experience of Geir’s disappearance. It is an intimate documentary about loss, hope […]
An aging tow truck driver, Douggy is lonely and neglected, like the stray dog that haunts him at night. Deep wrinkles hide his emotions, his movements are mechanical, his speech consists of abrupt exclamations and an impersonal female voice on the answer machine is his only companion. Douggy is sick with diabetes and hasn’t been […]
Elena pays a surprise visit to her sister Vicky with the hope to reconcile with her. Instead, she finds herself trapped in an elevator with Elliot, Vicky’s fiancé, turning her visit into a complete nightmare.
In the middle of Roger’s dentist appointment, his dentist has a heart attack. Will Roger save his life?
After immigrating to the US from Tijuana when she was only 15 years old, Alma is now facing an identity crisis. Lost in limbo, she decides to visit her family, with the hope of finding herself again.
Bozeman, Montana, 1985. This is the story of the thirty-eight- year-old sociopath Charles Mansfield. Due to strong isolation, Charles’ mind continously drifts towards a utopia, in which he finds himself superior to the society that once rejected him. In illusion of total superiority, he starts a bloody rage to prepare the world for a new […]
I, AN ACTOR is an experimental mash-up constructed entirely of Ryan Czerwonko’s authentic audition tapes. This film satirizes an artist’s existential struggle via an actor who fights for survival in the belly of the entertainment beast
Final Review is a short metaphysical drama about the successful creative director of an advertising agency who when he dies finds out the afterlife consists only of one last performance review. When he hears he has scored a disappointing 43% on his life, he has to accept his insignificance before vanishing into nothingness.
The unexpected encounter of two strangers and their agreement while waiting for a cab to share the cost of the ride, becomes the motive for the anatomy of a relationship. From the moment they enter the taxi, the driver reveals that they know eachother and they have a common past, leading the couple to the […]
13 year old Aamir has fled his home and been separated from his family only to be stranded alone in the largest unofficial refugee camp in Europe. When he is befriended by Katlyn, a well meaning but thinly stretched British volunteer, she becomes Aamir’s last hope for salvation.
ELSEWHERE. The film portrays eight men who are serving long prison sentences and attempts to show a differentiated image of the inmates. Centered on full frontal views and direct eye contact with the camera, the men talk about their lives in physical and visual isolation. Animations, conceived of by the inmates themselves, form a second […]
Inga unexpectedly arrives home early to her posh apartment late at night. “Backyard-Love” is a cheezy-humorous short film about three people who are unclear about their feelings for each other as lovers. Attempting to regain control of an increasingly absurd situation the characters reveal more of themselves than they would care to.
A short film dealing with the energy generated through human confrontations with walls. The urge for freedom and fulfilment is just as human as the urge to build walls for everyday order. Three individuals in different countries are struggling under this tension – and finally decide to go all in.
Russ lives and works at a motel with his parents. When a seemingly sick girl and her mother come through, Russ becomes fascinated and tries to befriend the girl.
IT HAPPENED AND TOOK PLACE RIGHT HERE. VOLKHARD KNIGGE AND BUCHENWALD. What kind of societal relevance does a memorial place of a former concentration camp have 72 years after the end of the war? The historian Volkhard Knigge has been the director of the Buchenwald memorial foundation for the past 20 years. Time and again […]
The Last Party holds the desires and fears of a young man that has to face his own nature in the last chance he has to come clear with himself and the people he loves. But discovering your most intimate nature it’s a long, tortuous journey, where dreams turn into nightmares and temptations are hard […]
The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.
In Edge of Alchemy the silent-era actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from their early films of the 1920’s and cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and an undercurrent of hive collapse. Comprised of over 6000 handmade collages, Edge of Alchemy is the third in a […]
An ambivalent reporter will get a big break if his interview with the Devil goes as planned. Blending the genres of dark comedy, drama, and fantasy, THE DEVIL NEEDS A FIX explores disconnectedness, longing, and the nature of fear. The film is populated with a soundtrack by the Helsinki-based band Husky Rescue (Glastonbury, SXSW, HBO’s […]
Two men. One around 40 years old, the other one in his late 60s. The older one answers. Brutally honest with himself. He is pedophilic. Feels attracted to young girls. For years he tried to fight it, hoped it will disappear. But it didn’t. The man feels guilty. He sexually abused his daughter.
KRZYSIA’S IMAGO. KRZYSIA’S IMAGO is a film portrait of the polish performer, painter and educator Krzysztof Jung (1951-1998). The authors of the film – his godchildren – are trying to capture the phenomenon of Jung’s personality, who fascinated people in his environment, through the passion he had for everything he did. What emerges is the […]
JE SUIS DIFFÉRENT.E I came out as a transgender to my parents months ago. Before talking to them I was hopeful. I was terrified, but I was hopeful. Too much hopeful.
MODERN FAMILY “Modern Family”, tells the story of Manni and Renate, a middle aged German couple, living in the Hessian countryside. Their life is turned upside down, when a family of refugees from Syria is moving in with them.
Escape, and two sisters from Afghanistan. To reach the border quickly, Wajma und Hana follow three men who know a short cut. To keep little Hana motivated, Wajma acts out a fairytale, even “pizza” is being made in the woods…
Eliza and her brother Damian live in Toronto with their mother. After she suffers an accident, they must travel to Montreal to join their father. The story is centered on Eliza, a young teenager. Having to take care of her brother and their wellbeing, this trip represents her first outing into the world as an […]
A BELSŐ OLDAL Domi is a 33 year old autistic boy, who never speaks and lives with his mother and father. They try everything to cure him, but no effect. The mother cynically tells the story of their unlucky family, she is hopeless. Only the books bring happiness in Domi’s life. He is obsessed by […]
MY BAKERY BLOSSOM An extremely shy young man is in love with the girl at his local bakery, but he doesn’t have the courage to tell her how he feels. On the morning of her last day at work, he realizes it’s now or never. A tragicomedy based on the German tweets of @Naum_Burger.
Nadav, 29, is a young Israeli man who’s come to New York to pursue his dreams. By day, he plays the trumpet, and by night he works as a “Professional Cuddler” in order to finance his first album. He’s so successful at his night job, he stops renting an apartment of his own, and spends […]
Luana and Wagner’s father sends them a letter after years of abandonment. Wagner believes his father may have changed. Luana does not.
A BEAUTIFUL VIEW Hannes and Michi spend a party-weekend in Hamburg, when Hannes falls in love with Zoe at first sight. Hannes tries to get her attention, but instead of Zoe her friend Maya reacts…
As a 12-year-old girl prepares for her final test trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team, she makes an unlikely connection with the gym’s reclusive groundskeeper.
Two postapocalyptic survivors are forced to flee from their shelter. On their journey they discover a small village that looks perfectly like a new home. But before they can settle there, the trust of the villagers must be earned.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH Two actors in four roles play and reflect upon the underlying focus of the film, namely: routine. In the process of modernity, people are involved less as individuals in conflicts, and more as representatives of a system. Using improvisation, this mockumentary develops its narrative through role-switching, interviews and an abstracted world […]
Uncertainty of reality that permeates daily life. Is what’s happening really happening? CARGO is a short, one shot dance film.
Hurt by the betrayal of his girlfriend, the talented progammer Paul is convinced: Nobody should be allowed to keep secrets from each other anymore – and he uploads his groundbreaking text analysis software. From now on every social network profile can be hacked in no time. But Paul’s revenge is doomed from the beginning.
TEENAGE THREESOME One Boy, One Girl and her Stepbrother. A date goes wrong. This movie was made for the entrance examination at the Film Academy Baden – Württemberg. The examination was to create a movie under the topic “sexual determination” in only 72 hours time.
Carvalho, a bus driver in the outskirts of São Paulo, just bought his grandson a very special gift for their first Christmas together. In order to join the family’s celebration, he now must hope for his night shift replacement to turn up on time.
The 31 year old NEELE can’t make up her mind when it comes to the most simple decisions. Up until now she has had her controlling boyfriend PASCAL to take care of that. But for a while now she has been feeling that it is evident to walk in her own shoes. All her efforts […]
An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief. Inspired by the internet story ‘Ugly the Cat’.
TOUCH THE SKY A Catalan who lives in Germany since 20 years and her daughter belong to the first catalan human-tower-group in Hamburg. She rediscovers her cultural identity and pass her roots on to her daughter. The events of Catalonia independence movement has been having a great effect on the human-tower-group in Hamburg.
After a flood, some fish got stuck in old trees. In danger of drying-out they scream sharply. Woken up by the noise, the inhabitants of a nearby cave don’t feel happy about the unintended gathering.
Sacrifice, a love story, longing and a difficult life far away from home: Carmen is a poignant and heartfelt portrait of a woman who follows her heart from Venezuela to Madrid, but finds a hard reality. The man she followed is gone and her days are long, lonely and hard. She earns her living singing […]
SOMEONE Germany, at the end of WWII. The Red Army fight for every inch of ground in the streets of the city. Greta and her family are hiding in a cellar hoping for mercy. Greta’s father, however, intuits for a very good reason that the Soviets will take brutal revenge. The short film “Irgendwer” (“Someone”) […]
For a few years the violinists Ari and Ron have been a couple. When they both get invited to audition for the solo part of an orchestra they suddenly become competitors and their mutual trust is put through a hard test when Ron receives a tempting offer from the orchestra’s conductor.
A woman hunts down the psychopath who tortured her.
TAVUSKUŞU/ PEACOCK 23 international artists, One master shot, An experimental & surreal movie. “There is nothing to lose except your MASKS!” The experimental and surreal film PEACOCK focuses on the search for meaning of human who is alienated, by carrying traces of more than twenty characters from diverse cultures and history. The film is aimed […]
Netta, a young Israeli woman wishes to immigrate to Berlin. Her father, the son of Holocaust survivors, is horrified by her decision to live in the land that killed her ancestors. He refuses to speak to her again if she leaves. Based on Daniella Koffler’s personal story, “Compartments” is the first German-Israeli animation co-production that […]
LOOK While Emma finds the sight by the creation of a new scientific invention, her confrontation with the world of the clairvoyants does not take place as seen meadow.
The Girls Were Doing Nothing is a study into the conflicting nature of love and the human soul – our basic needs for stability, comfort and routine which clash with equally strong desires for novelty, variety and freedom. It subtly discusses gender roles, female oppression, the collapse of masculinity in modern society, the role of […]
THE MAN AT THE WINDOW After the separation from his girlfriend, the unsuccessful writer Paul moved into his new apartment. Lonely and lethargic, he tries to divert himself by writing, when one evening he makes a strange observation in a window of the opposite apartment. Despite initial distrust, he does not pay much attention to […]
„What is the taste of love?“ Could it be sweet, sour, bitter or even salty? A girl embarks on an aromatic journey of love, stimulating her taste buds to the point of climax. With all senses, she explores the various forms love can take on.
Fanny is in her mid-twenties and has just moved back to her hometown to start at the local University. During student orientation week she struggles to bond with the other students, and decides to seek out an old friendship.
PAYDAY In order to manage his debts, paramedic Mike decides to provide his ambulance for “just an hour” to two thugs. But things don’t go quite as planned, and Mike is suddenly caught up in a clever robbery…
When gang leader Ole (11) and his buddies Marco (10) and Milan (12) nicked twelve year old Davie’s school bag, Ole would never in his wildest dreams have imagined that a short time later he would appear on stage with Davie at a school karaoke contest dressed as a princess with makeup on… neither could […]
A Greek island. The unemployed Tassos and his girlfriend Niki have to move out of their house. It will be torn down to build a new road. They decide to emigrate to Niki’s homeland Bulgaria. But both fear what is to come and cannot part from what they leave behind. Tassos starts to fight a […]
The young girl Mila wakes up in an unknown world full of mysteries. On her journey through ever changing surreal landscapes she meets her lover Theo. Mila has to learn that love also means to let go.
WINTER SOLSTICE tells the story of a liberation. A sister and brother meet up at a place significant to their childhood. The brother has turned his back on his father’s farm whereas the younger sister still lives there. Over the course of the conversation, the image of a strong young woman in the midst of […]
MEMOIRS OF A STUDENT This is the story of Simon, who‘s new to the school system. In this system everybody looks the same and has to accomplish the same output. Every sign of individualism is forbidden. Soon Simon realizes that he doesn‘t fit in and that this trait will cause him huge problems.
Meet Euna, a young woman, working in a factory, seeing friends, trying to come to grips with her life. But why is it that she seems to struggle so much and why do some folks behave so oddly, when she is around?
THE NEW CITY – THE OTHER SIDE OF DRESDEN In the last few years, Dresden (Germany) has got the reputation of a right wing extremists and conservative city, where PEGIDA demonstrates every Monday evening and refugees and foreigners feel sometimes “not welcome”. But there is another Dresden. The colourful one.
A small dinosaur called “Citipati” falls prey to a global extinction event caused by a meteorite impact. Despite the struggling attempts, the body soon succumbs to its wounds and collapses. In its mind, though, the fight against the traumatic experience continues, nearly trapping the fearful dinosaur in its own nightmare. But after overcoming its instincts […]
Frustrated by their lack of connection, Patrick resorts to desperate measures to spend more time with his six-year-old son, but in a moment of truth he must make a decision that will determine their future together.
THE BURDEN The script follows the emotional and spiritual downward spiral of a modern man breaking down under the pressures of everyday life; we can all identify with this man. His personal conflicts and pressures are illustrated through hallucinatory slips from reality (his imagination), where we can see how he processes the events and the […]
RUSSIAN SALAD Between melancholia and fights, between laughter and anger, six members of former USSR share a dinner. They are trying to remember the good days of the Soviet Union, a lost universe. They used to be unified with a common education but today they are from six different countries with six different languages.
FRAGMENTS A young woman awakens next to a man, who, while not unfamiliar, seems oddly strange to her. She roams drowsily through his apartment, being awash with shreds of memories. Fragments of what happened last night, which don’t add up to a coherent whole. In her head her own voice utters words to the man, […]
Set in Scotland during the summer of the ‘Brexit’ referendum, British by the Grace of God follows Irene as she struggles to find her place in the world as a mother and wife.
ONCE UPON A TRUTH We all grew up with the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers. And we all know that fairy tales are not true. Or are they? When the two children of an ambitious journalist push their teacher into an oven because their mother called her a “witch, a storm of media indignation […]
ХАЙМ – HOME – HEIMAT A Russian-Jewish immigrant is searching for his Germaneness and wonders about why his family is celebrating Christmas with a stolen Christmas tree. An autobiographical soul-searching through suburban Germany.
Trapped in a big city, haunted by his contradictions and isolated from his friends, Julian is a teenager yearning for direction and substance. The vision of a secluded island slowly hijacks his daily life.
WOLF Charlie and her dad keep sheep. Wolf kill sheep. Charlie needs to act.
Elani has grown up in violence. It surrounds her. It inhabits her father and lives on every face in her neighborhood. But Elani has learned a trick: watching people’s hands. If she carefully observes how someone carries a mug or a phone or a bottle, she can spot that subtle difference between holding and wielding. […]
Natalie Dupont suffers from crippling insomnia. She decides to seek professional help and sees psychoanalyst Dr. Mannick. She hopes for improvement of her symptoms with the help of psychoanalyses. When asked about the origin of her insomnia, Natalie claims to have committed a crime. Dr. Mannick is fazed by this confession, yet able to continue […]
Fueled by coke, a desperate couple attempts to capitalize on an unlikely opportunity.
After traumatic experiences in her childhood Nona develops nine personalities which take over her very own life. There is only one last dark corner in her mind where she continues to exist. The therapist, Melanie Keller, puts her career and the life of Nona on the line to let the girl face her inner demons. […]
Son of a Beninese immigrant, Solomon, 35 years old works as taxi driver in Strasbourg. Cut off from his family roots, Solomon is about to donate to a museum his Voodoo costume inherited from his dead father. But a young street-dancer is going to remind him that the ancestor soul still remains…
INTACT Bruno has a monotonous everyday life as a factory worker who suddenly gets out of line when his son appears in the factory to work there. Bruno works in a factory on a machine that repeats its sequence every four seconds. His monotonous everyday life suddenly gets out of line when his son appears […]
GO PAUL A bank robbery, a kidnapping and a car accident – three plots that have more in common than they seem to have at first glance. After Paul’s wife (Miriam Smolka) has kidnapped herself to run away with her alleged kidnapper (Gunther Gillian) and the stipulated two million Euro ransom, Paul (Jörg Witte) causes […]
Based on true events that shook California’s system of foster care. An atypical story of a defeatist suicidal teen who finds a friend in an oversexed 9 year old. Together, they go AWOL from the restrains of a group home facility. What emerges is a study of the sensibility of at-risk kids confined in a […]
Strange things happen in their new home after a young couple finally decided to move in together and make the nights a literal nightmare that puts their trust in each other to the test.
Coco is 17 and feels a desperate need to become famous even though she seems to lack the necessary talent. She is willing to do anything for recognition and avoid becoming an everyday “loser”. She skips school to attend castings, music videos shoots, and to film YouTube clips but faces one humiliation after another and […]
IN BETWEEN SEELENWELTEN means „spaces of our souls/subconscious“ in German. Two women fight about love and right. The end is the beginning. Everything repeats itself. But there is an adventure waiting for them. A space, so close to us, that we forget about it. But not this time! This time, we go right through it, […]
NOT MAKING EASY IS MOVIES In this mazy filmplay Joggeli tries screening old film spools which leads to a nostalgic journey in the traces of his great-grandfather that bears astonishing resemblance to film history and a well-known black-and-white- comedian.
Eckhardt is on his way to the employment agency. He is thinking about his life, and ends up remembering his wild, erotic relationship with Mariana, which gave him more insight into the interconnectedness of life than his years of academic study of philosophy and literature. This short portrait of the intellectual and emotional life of […]
After several years together, William and Cecilie break up. The same night, to treat the sorrow with love, they decide to do the drug MDMA together. For better or worse, this results in an emotional rollercoaster ride over a whole weekend as the two are isolated together in their apartment.
James needs to get to the pharmacy by midnight. It’s 11:35. Unfortunately, the only person who can drive him there is his weird neighbour, Steve.
Egomorphosis is a short film set in the nothingness of thought, sense and self-identification. The characters of the film represent refracted unity of one person and its inner struggle.
Four young people unknowingly walk toward a moment in their lives when a fever overtakes them, bringing out their most basic instincts.
Johnny is a down on his luck Hustler with a bad habit of using a crowbar to solve his problems. After conning his way into a risky partnership with a Long Haired, Loud Mouth criminal, Johnny and the Loud Mouth sign up for a mysterious job for legendary Mob Boss- the Long Island Wolf. The […]
A pair of thirtysomethings picks up a young, attractive black man for a threesome. As they review the experience, they probe each other, masking their own insecurities with hipster irony and provocation, including homophobic and racist jokes. Soon the situation turns very embarrassing for them.
Despite his solid build, Jason is a shy teenager. At the pool, a classmate bullies him, comparing him to a “Sumo”. Furious, he seizes the young man and tries to drown him. The assault is violent, Jason faces three days of suspension. At home, he kills time researching on “Rikishis”, these Japanese athletes considered godlike. […]
After his brother committed a terrible crime, David was forced to leave his hometown with his family. Four years later, he comes back for the first time and runs into Mira, the love of his youth. To find himself, he unites with her as they try to win back a slice of their adolescence.
Reconstructing Reality is an 11-min film about how information shapes our minds and perception of reality. I investigated how different ways of storytelling contribute to our constantly changing perception of reality. The red thread is based on a personal story. It is edited with found footage, a collage of different ‘voices’ captivates the viewer to […]
Elina Maligina’s film soulcash gives an insight into emotionally charged and climactic, but brief moment in the life of a woman who is going through menopause. The story is about the purification through psychological change that happens at this point rather than the physiological one.
Len, a young sensitive boy, is about to graduate. His sister Tina checks on him from time to time, his mother is not in. When Len is involved in a fight, the headmaster Dr. Trent does not believe in his innocence, but Len wanted only to protect his classmate and secret love Hanna. Hanna thanks […]
What happens in our heads when we are about to meet someone on the street? Anguish, prejudice, expectation, surprise, disappointment … These few very brief moments are the nest of a real brainstorm!
Avoid blanks in a conversation, it’s an art. Contrary to creating which is a job, more precisely White’s job : a man with white clothes who interferes in conversation at appropriate – or quite inconvenient – moments in order to disturb it.
Whilst we remain safe and sound, watching the highest grossing cat fail compilation – all that is kept out of sight gets back to us in this consumerist nightmare. On a global playground, without bounds, the cat’s body is devoured, exploited and controlled – its fear of pain being stronger than its longing for freedom. […]
Somewhere in the early 20th last century. A father with his son visits a photographer in his studio. He wants the first picture taken of his son. During the session the struggle between the old fashioned father and his son, who ist much further in emotional issues, goes on. The son reflects during the session […]
A chamber piece in which a young couple are about to meet two strangers for group sex. An intense observation of something extraordinary in an ordinary couple’s life. Philip and Jelena are getting ready for a night in: having a quick shower, arranging some snacks on the table and making the odd snide remark. Both […]
Suddenly Tamara is standing in Netta’s thrift shop. Netta is fascinated by her customer: Somehow she is special… Over the way Tamara perceives the clothes and her surroundings the two women get closer to each other and in the end the question is asked: Is it okay, to force someone into their own good?
“Only when a young mother fears her child is in danger is she able to take the first step away from codependency with her own alcoholic mother.”
We witness the rivalries between three gangsters and the growing panic of their hostage in the trunk.
After a one year Job on a far away planet space traveller Jo experiences a bumby incident during his flight back to Earth. His board computer Deborah claims she has everything under control. But is that true?
After a long journey through space the last two believers are about to reach their destination. Ananda, the space archaeologist, hopes to prove that Earth is not a myth and that all mankind did originated from the same tiny blue planet – but mostly he wants to prove his colleagues and his father wrong and […]
A young man broods over his father’s legacy. In the middle of the night, a female stranger and a little fish appear in his kitchen, and he gets the opportunity to talk about essential incidents of his past. In the course he discovers some peculiar parallelities and finally finds some clearance about her appearance.
There are only a few days left till Cata’s 15th birthday party. It’s now her time to celebrate this great, traditional event. She divides her time between dancing, hanging out wither friends after school and one upsettingly tight dress. Only a few days before her party, out of the blue, arrives a different and liberal […]
Just like every morning a man unlocks the school gates. Just like every morning he starts his day with a strong tea. But today Khalid the school janitor experiences everything differently. On his walk through the empty school grounds he learns more about the student’s dreams, fears and memories than ever before. This documentary draws […]
Commodity City is an observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China. The film explores moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.
In the darkness of a nightclub, hairdresser Porck and firefighter Dayana try their luck as Brega singers while plotting their course from studio to stage. Gestures are followed by melodies about love, betrayal, luxury and power in an experimental documentary about how pop music is experienced as a new form of labour in the Northeast […]
Sophie and Manuel take a trip to the Austrian countryside to stay in Manuel’s deceased grandparents house. The house’s strong family tradition becomes a player in their relationship. Long existing conflicts about being a modern couple surface to climax at the annual festival of the local fire brigade.
In rural villages in Ghana, Clara faces the challenges of teaching, as her students discover the happiness of having wheels. This playful animated documentary shows how bicycling brings joy to a new teacher and independence to her students.
“The Shelter” is a German-Arabic culture-clash comedy, based on true events: Erwin and Hildegard get lost whilst on a hiking holiday in Bavaria. They end up in a strange guest house, not knowing that it’s long closed and now a refugee shelter. Only when demanding the bill for the delicious meal, the truth unravels.
It’s the 5th of December — the one evening, when the children in southern germany are traditionally visited by Saint Nicholas and his grim companion Krampus, who gets to decide, whether the little rascals are to be rewarded or punished for their behaviour during the year. Three families are gathered in their living rooms and […]
Another Sunday and once again Renate is waiting for some guests for her restaurant. Eventually the two regular guests Charlie and Hoppi drop in and confront her with serious accusations. They wanna have a word with her son Lukas.
An inner struggle, manifested in a male and female persona.
Maike, Nina and Frank. Two best girlfriends and a man, engulfed in a triangle relationship, are going on a, for one of them deadly search for trust, love and their profile in the real and also virtual life of an online partner-exchange.
HARD WAY combines Action and Musical. A story of hard men with hard feelings. Jake loses his best friend Zach in a S.W.A.T. operation near Detroit. Eight months later Jake and his team are trying to get „The Mother“ – the terrorist responsible for Zach’s death. While singing and dancing they fight their way through […]
‘JESSICA’ is about two women who share a name and appearances and meet when one hires the other to clean her home through an app.
Sarah, a 33-year old, tormented by fate woman, has a surprising encounter with her father at the cemetery, whom she didn´t see for the last 20 years. She decides to take fate in the hand to face her past and close old wounds.
Brightly colored business parks flourish at the connection points of German autobahns, to make life easier and nicer. This film screens a lightly satirical study about the change of our landscape.
The director is searching for his own rebellion. He wants to have an adventure, break out, go wild. But… how can he be a rebel if his parents were punks, heavily involved in the scene back then, creating havoc with their bands? When he and his parents go on a journey to Italy, he is […]
When Natalie finds an Islamic book under the bed of her fosterling -the refugee Tarik- she gets sucked into a spiral of terror: More and more evidence points to the fact that the boy is a dangerous fanatic. But what if she’s wrong… and what if she isn’t?
On his way to a construction site a young German businessman gets lost in the African no man’s land. Without connection and orientation he has to find a way back to »civilisation«. Three days filled with absurd events and encounters in an alien world lay ahead of him.
As a young woman attempts to shoot a film about „Orpheus in the Underworld“, she falls into a well and dies. But instead of finding peace in the beyond, her fantasy remains stuck on earth. The reason for this is a lively carpenter from Berlin whom she had met a few minutes before her death…
While everyone else is apparently having the time of their lives, Emily has the worst night ever. Her car breaks down on the way to a job interview, her bank account is blocked and the strange guy on the next gas station won’t help her either. Stranded and desperate, she stumbles into her doppelganger. A […]
The exhausted architect Leon longs for a shoulder to lean on. His confident girlfriend Jenni, however, feels neglected by her always-working boyfriend. It gets tricky when there emerges a digital copy of Jenni, who’s caring and not judgmental at all…
Phil is too small for his age. This makes him the target of provocations by Samuel and his friends. When Phil unexpectedly receives support from lesbian girl Jo, Samuel isn’t happy. Phil is impressed by the somehow different Jo. However, they are not the only outsiders.
These are uncertain times. For empathetic and inquisitive seven-year old Lotte, a bubble of “childhood bliss” is not her reality. With her parents’ constant arguing, Lotte struggles to understand the source of the stress. One evening, Lotte sees her mother frantically stashing away cubes of bread and mutters in passing they are *for harder times*. […]
Global Village, digital generation: mysterious sexual assaults, real and virtual identities, a policewoman who becomes obsessed with the hunt…but who is she after? A socio-critical tech-noir debut film, showing the alarming dangers of new technologies.
A woman suffering from depression visits her therapist for the usual session. The psychologist guides her through a meditation meant to make her feel better. But a melon and a woodcutter who happen to be near by, lead the patient into her thrilling inconscious world, changing her for ever.
Don Ruperto is an old cynical man who does not care about other people’s feelings. Ruthlessly he cares just on his own interests. When he gets himself into trouble nevertheless he is helped by those he hurt.
Individualistic Alexander and career focused Miriam split up. Suddenly the news of Miriam’s pregnancy. Alexander is up for a future together with her and the baby, Miriam is afflicted by doubts whether they´d be good parents or not. Can they become a couple again?
An innocent young man from China is anxiously memorizing “his hope” in the middle of the noisy crowd in Shibuya (Tokyo, Japan). Something that might change his destiny awaits him.
We are in the 80’s, the young boy Beni spending the holiday with his mum and sister, Gilla at lake Balaton. Beni finds an old photo camera and starts taking photos, obsessively. Gilla suddenly disappears while swimming in the water. They caný find her, but Beni doesn’t give up the search and with the help […]
After two years of waiting, Adam and Ellas first part of the application for a „licence to procreate“ has been successfully reviewed. To complete the process, the request is followed up with an obligatory and final interview in the intimacy of their home. Their fate is now in the hands of the government clerk Gudrun […]
Burkina Faso refugee Rachid tries to hide in Brigitte’s flat in the outskirts of Zurich. Thought to have found her true calling, she decides to accommodate him. Even though the unequal power relation leads to tension between Rachid, Brigitte and her ex-husband, she suggests marrying him and giving him the chance to stay legally in […]
A beautiful summer day, perfect for a family garden party. Not for Thomas, whose mother convinced him to celebrate his 25th birthday in a closed circle with his family. Thomas is in a difficult life phase; his long-term girlfriend left him and his degree appears useless. The last thing he was missing was his father […]
A short film about the work ritual of a tyrolean farm boy and his grandfather.
Arne loves Birte, Birte loves Fritz, Fritz loves Elisabeth, Elisabeth loves Arne and everyone loves music. „Speaking Of Love“ deals with the longing for love and its failure.
A teen living in rural Indonesia struggles between the traditions of his upbringing and his romantic idealization of the freedom of the west.
Dr. Diaz was expelled from his country because of is involvement in the defence of human and environmental rights. He now lives in Canada and works at the General Hospital. In addition to the hours spent in the hospital, he practiced medicine at home helping illegal immigrants. Aware of the dangers that this entails, Dr. […]
The big wheel in the most exciting area of the city is the perfect real estate for Jakob and Nicole, a young, ambitious and firmly in the event culture anchored couple. When one of the popular gondolas becomes free, they do not hesitate to move into their first common flat. Unfortunately none of them both […]
Sara is a Google Street View Camera and photographs the streets from the top of a Car. But when she listens to the music of driver Larry for the first time, something starts to shake in her. Deeply unsettled by this behavior, she searches for help at the common Google Search. Google instead, just wants […]
Maria is unsatisfied with her marriage. She looks for a solution: The renowned erotic and fashion photographer Florian Jahnelt…
An audio visualization through manipulation and animation of video recordings in the city of Berlin.
Young, overworked web programmer Mark starts hearing a voice in his head. Obviously he tries to get rid of him but this voice has different plans for him.
HIKIKOMORI –LIFE THROUGH THE LENS Nino (27) is what is called a Hikikomori – a young person kept in the stranglehold of self-doubt and fear of failing. Seclusively, Nino lives the life of a hermit in an anonymous apartment block where he enjoys the safety of his isolation. His passion for photography is the only […]
Walls are guarding the frontiers of Europe. Where they can’t be build soldiers do their duty. Andreas is one of them. Since not long ago the order to fire has been issued at the Austrian border to. Control and order are most important to Andeas, but on this winter day chaos is crossing his paths. […]
Exit is a film about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sara Murray became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband. She lived a strong religious and dedicated life before she couldn´t handle the rigidness of her faith any more. Leaving the […]
Elias is a shy boy who likes to talk to his bird rather than playing with other kids. When he meets the quirky artist Halim, a tender friendship develops between them but Elias’ mother does not approve. The unusual relationship comes to an abrupt end as Halim suddenly has to flee and it seems as […]
It’s quite plain to 7 year old Nori: She is a girl, because she has a girl’s heart. But her body is that of a boy … Five years ago: Each and every day mother and son argue about what appears trivial: the colours of pants and shirts suddenly matter, soon all he agrees to […]
Adapt or die? Following a young woman female tribe member of the only few remaining indigenous bushmen of Namibia, we get a uniquely personal and dramatic insight on her people’s story and their threatening situation of total extinction.
„David, why do they want the people not to leave?“, “Because they are afraid” A huge wall marks a borderline, but its original purpose is long forgotten. A country full of people who risk everything to survive. “This Side of Nowhere” is the fictional story of two siblings who are on the run and a […]
THE PECULIAR ABILITIES OF MR MAHLER East Germany, 1987: The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. But then he brings something to light […]
THE TRANSFER Erez, an Israeli commissioned officer, and two other soldiers have been ordered to transfer a prisoner to Megiddo prison. Along the way, a conflict arises that forces the young officer to surpass himself in order to solve the situation.
In a continuous scenery, his physical movement stays in the same position. The speed of the continuity and his movement have accelerated and gradually cause a distortion.
ALPHAGIRL 17-year old Nastassja’s visit to her father turns from bad to worse when the rebellious teenager meets her dad‘s acting partner and friend, Kai.