Social systems come and go, but people remain. Since Soviet times an old Ukrainian bus has been running along the outermost EU border. At the junction of this geo-political construct this old bus appears as fragile as the past itself. Will the bus come? Or not? Passengers wait patiently at the bus stop: and they […]
Catalogue Short / 2013
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Rob, a worn out robot with a corrupt memory, drowns the sorrows of his ‘screwed’ existence in alcohol and asks himself the essential question: what did he do wrong? He needs to remember…
At 11 p.m. at a gas station, a forty year old Belgian and a female employee meet. Talking, the two of them start to gain an understanding of one another. But when the man reveals his secret, the situation reaches a tipping point.
The French au pair girl Joline visits Germany to work in the Chinese restaurant “Blue Dragon”. The tension in the relation between her and her host, Mrs. Zhou, rises. It more and more becomes a psychological duel –up to the point, where Joline discovers the secret of the restaurant.
Lisa’s excitement over her potential new job quickly dissipates when interviewer Marie begins asking her a series of increasingly bizarre and pointed questions.
Manfred, an 82 year old man, wants to kill himself, but his alleged death comes in between. On his own funeral he finds new meaning in life.
Recently in the Woods is a short tale about acceptance and tolerance. Two horses laugh at a unicorn‘s horn because of it‘s different appearance.
Moritz is caught between the worlds of life and death as he struggles with the illness of his little brother. When he wanders into the forest to be alone, he encounters an ancient being who offers a macabre bargain.
“WIND” is a short animation about the daily routine life in a windy country. WIND is an animated short about the daily life of people living in a windy area who seem helplessly exposed to the weather. However, the inhabitants have learned to deal with their difficult living conditions. The wind creates a natural system […]
After running away from an orphanage, 8-year old Emma believes to have found the perfect hiding place in the apartment of a blind woman named Evelyn then to her, Emma is invisible. But Evelyn is not oblivious to the strange noises in her apartment. She plays along with her little roommate’s silent game of hideand- […]
For a young boy school is a living hell. He decided to put an end to it.
Anthropoid creatures with plugs in place of heads are up to mischief. Instead of abandoning oneself to the dictates of the raised finger, they soon submit to themselves. But the fingers also finger around. Is it love?
Again the admired Mr. Dreamy parks in front of the Cafe. And again the shy waitress doesn’t dare to go out and talk to him. But her friend has a crazy idea how she can get to know this guy.
MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the Internet, has attracted international attention. No less than George Bizet’s Habanera from “Carmen” has been reinterpreted for MeTube and enhanced with electronic sounds. Behind the cross-over of musical styles are director Daniel Moshel as well as […]
Forced to be alone: Whenever Lothar sneezes, nearby objects explode. To protect the world he locks himself into a subterranean home, isolated from the outer world. One day, an accident happens. Despite of all the care taken, he breaks his beloved toaster, an early gift from his mother. The broken toaster compels him to […]
Hannah, a young woman, wakes up locked in a dark wooden box. She has no clue how she got there. She pleads for her freedom. All she wants is out of the box until she watches through a small crack while a gruesome surgery takes place just feet away. When she notices a number in […]
The Black Forest in the 19th century: A young and poor charcoal-burner desperately wants to become rich. He trades his warm heart for a cold stone with the evil spirit of the forest. A cautionary tale about the effects of greed on the human soul, based on a darkly romantic German fairy tale.
Berlin. Grisha, a Russian-German boy, fools around with a wooden stick toygun. The longer he plays, the further he is thrust into an altered reality. The boundaries between the past and the present, the real and the surreal, start to blur. Images from bygone Berlin appear; streets and buildings still carry the memories of war. […]
Center of the story is a vinyl pressing plant. It is the biography of a thing, this machine. She told us with every movement and every sound her own story.
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, DACHSHUND AND THE WOLF tells the story of the Grimm fairytale “Little Red Riding Hood” in German Sign Language for deaf and hearing people. The deaf Ziernagel family – Little Red Riding Hood, her brother Dachshund, her mother and Forest Grandma, lives in a world where even buildings and trees tell […]
What happens if you have to find out first whether you’re a boy or a girl? The story of a child who begins to discover his true identity in puberty.
Actually Giant Fox & William Honda just want to enjoy a coffee together, but the afternoon is getting more adventurous than they thought.
During her lunch break in a public park, cleaning lady Frau Riehmann experiences a set of strange encounters and an immoral proposition.
Late summer in Berlin. The city is pulsating and Fabian, Bene, and Richard are wandering aimlessly through the urban jungle. Against Fabian’s quiet protest, the friends ridicule outsider Jakob. The aggression escalates when one night the boys make their way into Jakob’s room, and bully Borschwitz sets Jakob’s mother’s car on fire. Fabian can no longer […]
To celebrate a deal Kollers client sends for some escort ladies. But the manager does not want to equate love with business. He’s had enough of all the cashing. When a sizzling lady joins him at the bar, he almost fails to realize how much they resemble each other in their loneliness and isolation.
Eight-year-old Jakub lives alone with his mother, Helena. Recently, Helena has met a man, Milan, who happens to be a small time drug dealer. After his arrest she regularly visits him in prison and occasionally works for him as a courier. Following his release, she imagines that she might just be a little closer to […]
Ivan is a burglar like any other. But in one aspect he is different from his colleagues: whenever he breaks into an apartment he takes a picture of himself, dressed in the clothes he finds. Everything is running smooth until he is discovered by Miriam during a shooting. Two loners find their shadow…
It´s grandpa´s birthday. He has invited his family… But they have only eyes for their iphones, smartphones and laptops. Grandpa feels alone… alone at a fully laid table. His attempts to get attention fail. But then… Mucus comes out of the iphones and laptops and infected the family. They turn into media-zombies, stupid people without […]
One day the young priest enters the confessional, not knowing that this confession is going to change everything. Who´s that strange old man in the neighbourcabin? And why is he telling that story?
For anyone that loves sex, dreams and the French New Wave. 1960s France. Inspired by the writings of the marquis de sade, young Séverine (Valeria Piskounova) betrays her controlling husband with a small-time street gangster (Nikolai Kinski). An act of passion? Or is there something sinister at play?
It could have been a nice Saturday …were it not for a mad cow, a hysteric mother and two ambulance men, who are all good at one thing mainly: Creating chaos. Comedy about a young Berliner in the German Alps, who gets by a series of confusions in a hospital. A surreal nightmare for our […]
Willi Huber, 62 years old, hates computers. After being fired he finds a job as a waiter in a modern café. Though having a hard time serving the young people he saves a guest’s life by applying a laptop in an unusual way.
A man attempts, in vain, to prevent another from suffering the consequences of a sinister curse associated with the Delver Mirror. He presents a dire warning, in the broadest possible terms, to the ill-fated central character (along with the audience) as to the fantastical legend and insidious nature of the mirror. Slowly, Carlin and Spangler […]
The indoor garden © institution is an indoor garden institution where people can apply to go on holidays from their everyday life. WE OFFER PONIES, GARDEN GAMES, PRINCESS COSTUMING ETC. FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! PARTY PARTY! YAY PARTY! YAY!
Three buddies are sitting in their garden and argue about green energy. This leads to verbal percussion.
The house Martin inherited in Transylvania turns out to be a worthless old shack. The money he borrowed for the journey is almost gone. The strange food and the ancient VW camper slowly drive him mad. His bad luck continues when the hitchhiker Klara suddenly occupies his back seat. With her chaotic, bubbly personality and […]
When Helga Landowsky discovers the broken jug in an antiques store near the German/Polish border, she wants to have it at any cost. But the old lady has reckoned without Jakub Lato. Because the antiquarian does’t want to trade his ware for money. In exchange for the jug, he wants Helga to tell him a […]
As business man Lehmann misses the last bus home, the evening couldn’t get any worse. He thinks. At the same bus stop a mysterious homeless person is waiting and asks Lehmann for a little change. Lehmann rebuffs the homeless person, but will bitterly regret it. As he moves on by foot he notices a dark […]
“I just want sex!” says Tanja to Benjamin.
Elisabeth is a writer. Since her mother was sent to a nursing home, she lives completely isolated, spending her days writing. One day when Elisabeth takes a stroll through the park, she walks past seventeen year old Malek. When the young boy sees her, he is compelled to follow her home. He comes back to […]
It’s winter in an abandoned village near the Baltic Sea in Germany. Jan (39) has decided to leave his home, when he finds out, that his neighbor Betty (35) gave up a personal ad. Right off he decides to try his luck. “Nothing Lost” is a short film about hope.
Helga and Kurt. We are amidst family, and a special one indeed. Before Christmas Eve, the two grandparents prepare for their family to come and visit them, and they do so in a very unique way. As the day comes closer, the arrangements become increasingly complicated. Small things turn into great ordeals. Decorating the Christmas […]
Hendrik and Mona’s candle lit dinner acquires an odd taste, when Hendrik returns from a cigarette break to find that Mona has disappeared and the one remaining customer in the restaurant is gorging on what appears to be skin and bone.
Just an ordinary night in Cologne city. Taxi driver Sedat loses his job and finds himself in an absurd existential crisis. Call girl Nina has to fix a problem as quickly as possible and needs help urgently. The encounter of the two turns to a very special experience for everyone involved…
The film portrays a moment in the life of Syrian civilians during the ongoing Syrian Civil War. After a woman is shot on a street in Aleppo, her son is in a state of shock. While his mother is bleeding to death, a group of rebels arrive to take out the enemy snipers. But who […]
An unexpected encounter with an object from his past plunges a man into a dream-like state of reminiscence. He begins a journey into his mind and memories, helping him to remember something vital he had once known but eventually forgotten: that true peace comes from within.
Herrmann is a leftist Thirty Something, who is still politically active, despite beginning to live the usual life of having a girlfriend and a child. On the way to his weekly political meeting he is kidnapped.
Shadows are all Commissioner Berger sees: the darkness he comes from is too powerful to escape, and years of delivering news of others’ deaths have made him a cynic. Now his new colleague, Martin Stern, has Berger completely at a loss; even worse, Stern’s young wife Sophie has trustingly turned to him for help. Berger […]
Tami, a newcomer to the online 3D world of Second Life, approaches owners of virtual Second-Life homes in an attempt to re-discover her own lost home. Blending Second-Life and real-life footage, Tami explores the experience of home in the virtual era, and the ability to capture it on film.
Knowing that cancer will soon be tearing them apart, a little girl and her mother try to make use of the remaining time to live life to the fullest. Despite – or perhaps because of the fact, that they care so much for each other, the initial strategy, to deal with the imminent goodbye playfully […]
„Jeanetmila“ is about a young couple. About friendship, relationships, generations. About questions we don´t ask, conflicts, we avoid, issues we don´t want to have. It´s about us missing out on each others and about giving a try. Somehow.
“Kilometer” is an 18 minute short set in the countryside near Berlin – Germany. Dialogue-free, the movie tells an atypical crime story set almost entirely in one location: A runner, after encountering a crime-in-progress in the woods at night, becomes entwined in the scene in a number of unexpected ways. “Kilometer” is a riveting new […]
Marlene is in a relationship with the growth-restricted circus clown Pippo. She loves him- and loves to dominate him. But he suddenly dies by accident. In order to keep him with her forever, she decides to make sausages out of him and eats him.
Nine-year-old Ümit does not want to go to Turkey with his family. He is haunted by the thought of his upcoming circumcision and he misses his friends in Germany. Everyone in Turkey is stupid, especially his cousin Haluk. Ümit feels like a fish out of water. Tradition demands him to step up and face his […]
A young woman enters a café and decides to bring a touch of rebellion to the cold atmosphere. But it’s not until a clumsy mishap that she gets real attention. And suddenly her coolness is challenged.
Percussion by specially composed words forming the biography of „Didi“ – accompanied by matching images.
The film is based on the poem of the same name by Etta Streicher. It is concerned with not speaking out, keeping your feet still or actually biting the bullet and achieving inner freedom. And about how individual mental states influence the world.
The 90’s, a colourful decade of pop and shallowness: Fifteen year old Fila and her clique are in the middle of it. Fila is popular amongst her friends, because she is cool, sassy and loud. But so is Gülcan, which makes her a rival to Fila. When Fila falls in love with the 27 years […]
Juergen Vollmer met The Beatles 1960 in Hamburg music club Kaiserkeller. They hung around together, Vollmer started photographing them and when they met again in Paris, The Beatles insisted to get his haircut. Narrow-minded Hamburg in the 50th and 60th made him escape to Paris. He took pictures of beatniks while having sex, moved on […]
Suffering from severe pain, a young man decides to go to the doctor’s. Little aches and pains accompany us through life. Often completely harmless, mostly they disappear after a while. Usually we even talk about them, but there are those, we rather not mention. The actual anguish then lies in the embarrassment, not the pain.
When Markus realized a filthy girl in front of his house and took it into his flat, his women annika quckly realized something must be wrong with her. She doesn’t feel comfortable with the imagination to have her in the flat for the night – and she was right. The girl knows details about the […]
A postman gets his bike stolen. A bar owner looses his tenancy agreement. Two adolescents appropriate the right to judge others and castigate them.
Old sea dog Fritz, stranded in the “Ruhrpott” wants to start his final journey to the sea. After the death of his beloved wife Frieda he hadn’t the strength to continue life on his own at the seaside. The solitude and monotonous lifestyle have dulled him and left him weary. He can feel, that he […]
1916. During the First World War the middlemen of three Germans, who secretly operated for the French, get caught. Hunted for their betrayal, they try to take refuge in France.
Saturday afternoon: Gabi hosts a Tupperware party. A cultural study staged as a fictional intimate play.
A young couple gets themselves into a role play for the course of a night. But soon enough the borders between reality and game, between role and identity begin to melt. Parts of their personality come to the surface which will destroy their assumed intimacy.
A wealthy business man’s lover has been abducted, but instead of the expected ransom demands he receives a number of video clips depicting the torture of his young girlfriend. The police are quick to come up with an initial suspect: Janis, the adulterer’s wife, is brought in for questioning. Is she more than a “person […]
A woman in red. A masked man on the run. A kidnapping. And only one place to hide. “Wrong Place, Wrong Crime” is a very contained comedy thriller about a hostage crisis in a broom closet.
The ambitious scientist MARTIN RAUH feels pretty close to find a cure for Malaria. But the subsidies get canceled and his last chance is his former lover CORNELIA SCHILLING, who is now in charge of the budget at one of the world leading pharmaceutical companies. Schilling makes Rauh an offer he can’t refuse, but the […]
Chloë is young, French and currently in London. She finds herself happily distracted after meeting a young stranger who whisks her away to a different and perhaps longed-for lifestyle. Back in her daily life she struggles with work and her relation-ship with her fiancé. At the core of this romanticism lay unfortunate timing and the […]
You really look alike! Especially nose and mouth.“ This is all Teresa can say about her half-brother Ruben and her recently deceased father. Without prior notice she is suddenly standing in front of the foreigner’s house, who is living in seclusion on a northern German island and who’s existence she did not know of until lately. […]
Carl, a young eager border cop is anxious to finish work so he can watch the big football match against Austria. Getting annoyed with his partner, Franz (who’s nearing retirement and likes to take his time), his plans are thwarted by the discovery of a suicide victim in the woods just near the Austrian border. […]
Where do you hide from danger, when you can´t hide anywhere? The kurdish girl Bahar believes she has found a way. „Bahar in Wonderland“ is the story of Bahar, a little girl, who given the circumstances she is in, is not able to be a child. She is escaping with her father from Syria to […]
Betti (24) is toying with the idea of cheating on her boyfriend Sascha (25). Though unspoken, Sascha senses what she is up to. He withdraws himself but is trying to stay close to Betti at the same time. Never the less Betti wants to be selfish and to sleep with another man, a whish, which […]
A man comes to pick up his son at his ex-wife’s house, just like every weekend. As always, he waits at the entrance of her apartment building for his son to come down stairs. But this Saturday, it takes a little longer. Their son wants to finish watching a TV show. And so it happens […]
Udo, an ordinary man and husband, is suddenly struck by uncontrollable attacks of verbal diarrhea. These transform him each time for some minutes into a state beyond the rules of nature.
The Film tells the story of Clara who falls in love with Gaspard, a young man from Paris. She knows that it is a risky plan, when she decides to go to the city of love and light to surprise him. Gaspard is not there. She waits and wonders about, still hoping to meet him […]
Jens and his girlfriend Nessi live in a run-down cellar flat. One night when he comes home with his face beaten bloody, both of them are aware that they had no more money and they start to argue. The following day they set out to go to his father’s house. When Jens stealthily climbs through […]
A young dance student lives in two worlds. One of them only exists in her head, a world of sound with words that can´t be spoken. Aylin Tezel´s debut as a director moves on the thin line between reality and fantasy.
Juri is growing up under deprived circumstances in a small village in the former CCCP. When his father moves to Germany to earn money for his family he hast to come to grips with a life without a father.