Late blooming Sam Rains finally gets her first period at the annual all-night skate. At first a triumph, her new condition brings strange side effects. An erie electrical problem has the kids teasing about “the Boogeywoman,” a local legend, a sorceress who feeds on men’s souls and eats little girls. When a friend leaks about […]
Catalogue Short / 2018
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COWS CAN’T SWIM. Two lonely Souls meet at a hotel bar. Hotshot TV-Host Nick and blind musician Klara get into each other’s hair immediately. They prey on their counterpart’s weaknesses with precision and persistence, but seemingly just can’t get off each other’s backs.
The 14-year-old Céline sits in a designer dress, with high hair and perfect make-up in front of her father’s camera. It should be the perfect photo today, never before has so much time been invested in preparation. She looks beautiful, but how long can the outer shine obscure her emotional world? Is this really herself […]
QUINCE. Private video of Maria goes viral during a volleyball class in a school in Lima, in the country that cyberbullying is becoming more common and bullies abuse fellow students without fear of retribution as students are hesitant to admit they have been bullied because teachers may blame the victim. Most bullying occurs between the […]
FROM ABOVE. Every night Irene is hearing strange water noises from above. When the tenants who cause them finally move out, the sounds keep on coming back … A short entirely set in an old Viennese apartment.
TAKE A BREATH. After taking care of her mentally ill mother for a year, a tragic event forces Sara to reconnect with her brother Jan who has left the family and society behind to focus on an eccentric theater project.
The Hacked Mind blurs the lines between art, spirituality, science and technology. It is a story that challenges and encourages the audience to go on an inner journey through image experience and consciousness movement. This experimental film is pointing out inevitable challenges we will face on our life’s journey. It is a journey into inner […]
NIČIJI DOM. A house on the countryside in Bosnia, window shutters closed. Smoke rises from the chimney. It is no one’s home, a place, where since decades no one has been welcome. Ivica, a man in the end of his 70s, lives alone and isolated in this house and falls gradually into decay. In the […]
THE SAVAGES. An artist wants to part with her agent and the previous artistic partner and invites her along with her boyfriend for a last meal. After the two have learned the news, a tug begins and draws around their person. This long-hidden injured vanity, artistry and intricate love relationships come to light.
CAT DAYS. Jiro, a little boy, feels sick. His father takes him to see the doctor. She diagnoses a harmless condition. But it shakes the core of the boy’s identity.
“Night Herald” opens with 10-year-old Leo and his mom digging two graves in a desert wasteland. One is meant for Leo, who is expected to pass an unusual rite of passage. The nocturnal journey is believed to mature him. Hesitant, Leo faces his solitary adventure, however, the rite is disrupted and leaves him to his […]
WALL CALLS. A park in summer. Every day a woman comes with her children to call her husband. In the park she is well, for one or two hours. She may not be able to see her husband, but she can hear him. A wall separates the two.
PESCĂRUȘUL. While temporarily hosting her ailing father, Laura finds an injured seagull in the backyard. Their newfound goal to salvage the bird is the perfect excuse to avoid talking about the real issue, the imminence of death.
STATION. A tired worker, clenching a plastic bag, waiting for the late bus at a bus stop. Others arrive, waiting for the bus. The bus arrives. Passengers get on the bus but…
TEARS OF THE OLIVE. Tears of the Olive takes the viewer on a magical journey into the ancient culture of olive oil production. What is the secret of olive oil and how is it won? What distinguishes the olive tree? And what significance does the olive have for human culture? On the Podere Usignolo, in […]
A squad of small-time criminals take advantage of the beautiful blonde’s Judy’s (Alena Bacher) drug addiction to come by a valuable diamond necklace. With the help of her alleged bodyguard, Judy classily causes confusion in a jewelry store. The diamond necklace – not for the last time – changes hands and so the scenario takes […]
NAUFRAGÉS. Following the death of a close family member, Tony, a brutal young man, comes back in his home town after several year’s absence to try to rebuild. He meets Jérémy, an 18 years old man, who would like to leave the city in the hope of a better life.
SENSE AND SENSELESSNESS OF VIOLENCE UNDER SPECIAL CONSIDERATION OF ITS CAUSES. The film deals with a discussion that runs counter to what is generally expected in an unexpected way. The analysis of the controversies leads to a deeper understanding of the concepts and the situation, which either dissolves or reinforces the contradiction in perspective.
A snapshot of a moment in time: Adrian confronts the reality that she must leave her adopted home of Berlin, Germany and return to her native home Toronto, Canada. The director first intended the film to be an observational documentary, but almost immediately became actively engaged in the situation she was documenting. As she spoke […]
THE CAMPING TRIP. A weekend together out in nature — father and son alone, with a tent and beer, talking about men’s business. What at first seems to be a harmless trip that Max undertakes with his father slowly turns into an unexpected horror trip in which the regained bond between the two is truly […]
Luca, a young, sensitive “daredevil”, goes with his friend Max to the adrenaline rush to escape from everyday life. They crack cars. When Luca gets caught, he has to do community service and meets Sophie, a blind girl. That will change both …
Inês has to move out of her apartment, but from the moment she steps in, memories of her relationship with Ed resurface and the task at hand becomes difficult.
Jörg’s visit to his grandmother in the hospital becomes an unexpected breakthrough. A film about a wrong decision at the right time.
CHILD. In a modern museum, ELLA (35) and her daughter SAM (6) are waiting for her colleague and his daughter DORA (6). Ella’s colleague asked her if she could look after the girl for an afternoon. When Dora introduces herself, Ella is overcome by the stubborn and sincere red-haired child. In the colorful museum Ella […]
The Alps in winter. Men and machines engage in a strange ballet to shape the mountain. The territory resists and reality collides with the imaginary.
Noah receives his father’s will and learns that he will inherit a house on Pellworm. Noah never knew his father. All he got from him is a pile of letters written from Sandy Island, a mysterious island in the South Seas. Noah sets out with Inge, his mother, on the way to Pellworm to track […]
Raising a child on her own, Faryl doesn’t miss a beat. She balances the status quo of working and parenting, her days revolving around her swelling breasts that she must empty every few hours. When a male co-worker nags her about her breaks, a tired and frustrated Faryl explains to him that she must “pump […]
At a funeral, two friends must grapple with the promises they made to the deceased before he passed.
MONDAY. 7am, Joanne rejects Alex’s affection as it has become oppressive for her and sneaks in her son’s bedroom. She calls the school pretending Leo is sick. Alex overhear the conversation. They argue, the fight spins, it’s not anymore about Leo but a couple imploding.
A normal day for a nanny and her child carries a sense of unease, the hours unveiling a story of obsession and desperation.
In a final attempt to re-connect after years of falling out, Alex – encouraged by his mother – embarks on a road trip with his father in their old family Beetle. The car that Alex hates and his father loves, becomes an intimate setting for two stubborn men, who are forced to deal with their […]
I am half-Tunisian and grew up in Austria. I would like to get to know Tunisia more closely in order to find out more about my identity, which always leaves me in a state of conflict between my Austrian and Tunisian families. In the course of the journey, I want to discover various perspectives and […]
A letter, a broken heart. The sound of the rain. A black cat, a plan.
In 2028 a molecular biologist unveils a hidden layer of the genome, proving that all human life and choices are pre-designed. Years after receiving his own genetic prediction, 28-year-old Joseph struggles to come to terms with his expected death. Seven days before the end, a surprising encounter with a young woman will reveal to him […]
Thessalus travels to his mother the oracle Medea’s hide-out to kill her, only to discover his vitriol is misplaced. Medea is best known as the mother in Euripedes’ play who killed her own children in order to avenge her husband Jason’s unfaithfulness. It was quite common in Ancient Greece that stories would know multiple versions, […]
SUSOTÁZS. During a professional conference in Prague, two simultanous interpreters in the Hungarian booth realize that only one person is listening to them.
‘Too-Tash’ is a short documentary from the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan. An old Kirghiz nomad tells a tale about past times, when people and ghosts used to live together. Adun Mergen was a famous hunter, who travelled alone and always shared his prize with those in need. Once, when sleeping in a cave, he was […]
Kalmak Canac (turkish – “permanent man”) is a migrant of unknown origin. Together with his best friend, a little boy, they earn their living through gambling. But because of his talent, the boy lives in great danger. And it comes as it must come. The little boy is kidnapped. An exhausting hunt for the kidnappers […]
In a cold and sterile world Kaskador feels more and more uncomfortably watched. He decides to take a closer look behind the secret of the mysterious observer-drones and follows them to their maze. A musical parable about “surveillance”.
BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW. The story of a man who came 17 years ago to Germany. It’s the 31.12.2016, a day in the life of Niaz Ahmadzai from Afghanistan. A never-ending story of work, existence, love, familiy and an unfulfilled personality. The perfect integration of a fully functioning machine.
“The path to paradise begins in hell” — Dante Alighieri Loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Divine Way takes viewers along on the protagonist’s epic descent through an endless labyrinth of staircases. As the woman journeys deeper, the staircases mutate and she is trapped and pulled into their dangerous landscape, conducting us through more […]
HOLY SPIRIT. Giovanni, seventeen going on eighteen, has a small scar on his left cheekbone and his nails are always dirty. His father dead, his mother in a nursing home, living with a borderline personality disorder, he has been entrusted to social services. He is taken care of by the local priest and the social […]
THE GATEKEEPERS. A Man in a building. In the search for room 990 for his job interview as a gatekeeper he finds himself struggling. No matter how hard he tries the building leads his way. A quest that will prove him a worthy candidate as gatekeeper.
The artist Loudo should have submitted a commissioned work some time ago, but he is in a blockade. When he finally – inspired by his muse – creates a masterpiece, his manager and his muse get into a violent argument over the sale of the work. Only too late Loudo realizes what role he was […]
THE LAST OF HIS KIND. This is the story of Paul, a broken man. A man who has lost everything. A man whose home is now like a ghost town, attracting rubberneckers every day, from all over the world. Since his birth, Paul himself has never gone farther than a few kilometres from this place, […]
MAKE IT SHORT! With almost everyone carrying their own personal telephone boxes with them these days, what’s happening to those iconic yellow objects that adorned our pavements? “Make it short!” – is the final part of a trilogy, shining the spotlight on the disappearing phone booths of the Ruhr region and giving a voice to […]
Each year around 250 children lose their lives to cancer in the U.K. alone, and many of those who survive are left with life-changing side effects from their treatment. ‘Locks’ is a short documentary about three children whose separate lives are intertwined by the effects of cancer and its treatment.
EXCUSE ME, I’M LOOKING FOR THE PING-PONG ROOM AND MY GIRLFRIEND. A Swedish couple is on a wellness trip in the Austrian mountains, but after an argument, Aron’s girlfriend leaves, and slams the door behind her. Now, Aron is looking for his girlfriend but can’t find her anywhere. He dives into the bizarre world of […]
A cult member’s sense of reality falls apart as her need for human connection overpowers her role as mother to the next saint.
Love, friendship, philosophy, self-destruction and the urge for knowledge. The young Alessio searches in deepest depression for the saving hand among his old friends, but the further he opens his soul, the more serious is his crash.
NON-SWIMMERS An empty cracked pool, old cabins where the doors are only half-hinged, chairs and waterballs are left behind. The more than 100-year-old swimming pool was once a place of recreation where now traces of the past on the bathers at that time refer. You can still hear people splashing and screaming while you see […]
A story of love and reincarnation told through the voyage of an elderly woman travelling through her previous lives. Dreamlike atmospheres, on the border between life and death, intermingle with the colours of the far East, of African lands and the rhythms of bohemian dances, visions that reveal sexuality, secrets and torments of a timeless […]
Three years after the breakup. It is time for Hannah to get even with her ex-boyfriend by telling him all the things that never have been said. ￼ During her birthday Hannah is recording video messages for her ex-boyfriend to whom she has no contact since the breakup years ago. She finally wants to tell […]
AJÁNDÉK. Modern ballad of an old man and his grandson. In a distant corner of Transylvania, at the far end of an almost empty village, in a tiny little house, a lonely old widower has given up on life. A bus winds its way through the snowy landscape, bringing a surprise Christmas visitor. The unexpected […]
A young man questions his sense of reality as he tries to free himself from his own shadow.
THIN ICE. The short film “Thin Ice” shows the story of a person in the tension between longing for a ordinary live and the inability to integrate socially. A woman in her late 50s starts watching a family from a hiding place in the front yard at night. In the further course of the plot […]
Veronika is a young, professional, beautiful assassin. This is her first time on the job. She hopes that everything will go smoothly. Unfortunately, the plan backfires. So many different things are entering her mind, that she can’t think straight anymore. Who knows what the future will bring.
For Kevin, a shy teenager, being bullied is part of everyday life. But one day an older guy, Benny, comes to his aid. Impressed by Benny’s self-assured appearance, Kevin seeks his company from then on, and increasingly idolizes him. But Benny’s intention is not to protect the younger boy, quite the contrary. BESTER MANN is […]
SHATTERED During a train ride, Theo remembers how he and his dad played chess for the first time and went on a sailing trip. Happy memories, until they speak about Theo’s dead mom. Theo feels responsible for her death. Then destiny strikes again.
Tales of Us: “The little Fish and the Crocodile” is a fable from the rainforest in the Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo told by the children of the Sanza Mobimba Kindergarden. In cooperation with the SPAC foundation and their teaching methodology, Tales of Us has journeyed to the Congo several times over […]
Based on real events in Tyrol/South Tyrol 1950. Being on the run the rapist and murderer Guido Zingerle is arrested and taken to the police station in Brixen. Ida Hofer works as a secretary at the police station. Unexpectedly confronted with Guido Zingerle she is assailed suddenly by dark memories of her own past.
If you ever owned a dog, you’ll understand.
WHAT COMES FROM OUTSIDE, During a stormy night, two young brothers have to face a wounded animal and decide to put it out of its misery.
The story takes place in the not too distant future, when heart extraction is an everyday surgical operation. A cynical post-op rehab doctor enjoys his life while ridiculing those who choose to undergo such a surgery. His idyllic lifestyle comes to a close when he discovers that his ex-wife had her heart extracted in order […]
KRAWAULI – SPLENDID CASE OF DOUBT. A simple love story between a bored bumber car owner and a furry. Sometimes love makes us forget…
Gillingham, UK, 2018. Mike, a music producer in free fall, Dan, a sound engineer who is tired of his job, Murphy, the autistic brother with his headphones fixed to his ears, and, Lilli, the mother, are going through a rough time in their lives. Mazzy, the youngest sibling, a singer with a superb voice, has […]
Irina, a hard-working single mom, lives with her only son Ivan, 19 years old, in a modest apartment, and tries to keep educating him despite he’s a young adult. One day, she sees a video showing a gang rape, and finds out her son is involved in it.
The main character is a woman around her 40s. She lives in Vienna, is married and has two kids. One evening she leaves her apartment to go to do her usual shopping. When she arrives at supermarket something inside of her stops her from coming in. Instead she turns away and begins a journey through […]
Claude is a depressed man about to take his own life when he is interrupted by an old school friend, Doug. Incredibly, Doug fails to realise (or perhaps chooses to ignore) the grave condition that Claude is in. There are potentially disastrous consequences when instead of providing emotional support to Claude, Doug goes off on […]
A day in the life of Giovanni Granati, an Italian falconer and wild animal trainer who lives in the unspoiled countryside of Abruzzo, alongside his hawks, eagles, wolves and other incredible creatures.
Separated by the fear of prosecution in the Nazi Germany of 1933, a young Jewish couple in Berlin make loose plans to reunite on the safe tropical shores of Brazil. Inspired by the actual correspondence recovered by the couple’s grandsons 80 years later in São Paulo, A Thousand Kisses presents a peculiar love story tainted […]
«The Dragons» is a documentary film (built on a succession of portraits and self- portraits) about the daily life of young autist pupils in their classroom. A microphone and a camera have been given to the six kids of the classroom in a total freedom and experimentation spirit. Each in turns (with handheld cameras), the […]
Rick pretends to be sick and decides to skip work so he can stay in bed all day…
Ludmylla, Victor and Ângelo are three siblings with different gender identities and sexual orientations. Born and raised in one of São Paulo’s favelas, they bring us into their world during the city’s LGBT Pride Month. Every year, São Paulo hosts one of the world’s largest Pride Parades to celebrate Brazil’s LGBT community. But homophobia and […]
METASTASISES. Paul is 8 years old and his mom is ill. Nobody tells him that, but he knows for sure. In the forest, he has built his own world, through which he can escape the gloomy mood at home, at least for a short period of his spare time.
The story focuses on Dr Morris and his increasingly awkward attempts to conceal a painful truth from his wife.
As a young and talented musician, sensitive and introverted Florence is facing an important day. But, her mind is in her way – she knows that only she by herself can stand up for what she really wants.
Young writer Ingrid St. Clair has just finished writing her debut novel, detailing her struggle with depression – but instead of a sense of relief, she is left with suffocating anxiety. The film follows her desperate quest for peace of mind.
THE LIFE INSIDE. Nature is truly beautiful. It gifts us with life. It lets us breathe, love and laugh. And yet it can also be cruel. It takes our lives and tears to pieces. What remains is darkness, pain and death. Ben and Hannah are expecting a child. During a preliminary examination, Hannah is diagnosed […]
A Step Without Feet is a documentary about connecting and sharing each others’ cultures through universal themes like music, art, family, and friends. Within the backdrop of Berlins beautiful, winter landscape, we captured the daily lives of seven extraordinary Syrians exiled from their home country. Due to misguided stereotypes perpetuated by the media; being labelled […]
STRANDED. Samira who fled from Syria, is known as impatient. She wants to leave her refugee hostel and probably even Munich to rebuild her life and find her place. She simply wants to be in charge of her own life. Why else did she move from the ruins of her native country? However, police officer […]
THE SCAR OF DAWN One night, a violent man almost killed his wife in front of their son. 8 months after his detention, he now lives confined in a caravan, alone with his guilt. For their part, his wife and their son decide to leave the city. On the day of the departure, the son […]
NEVERMIND. Charlie is a 35-year-old small-time crook. His adult life has been a failure. He returns to the Ex-Capital, to Bonn. Charlie meets his old friends, his first love. He wants to find back his former glory, the old hope. The joys of being alive. It will cost him the job his father found for […]
An Indian immigrant girl accompanies her father to a casting for a Mexican television commercial looking for an ‘exotic’ man.
MimiCry follows the young student Mimi on her quest to find life, love and herself. As a sexual and spiritual road-movie without cars, MimiCry is the first movie ever made about the still unknown phenomenon of the Girlfags in today’s queer spectrum. MIMICRY tells the story of the protagonist Mimi who identifies as a Girlfag […]
DISTANCY OF THINGS. Two brothers spend their holidays in Tuscany. As the younger brother falls in love with a local girl after a short glimpse, his blind brother tries to effect a reunion in a wondrous way.
Calais, refugee camp. Nadim, an afghan boy, is living in the camp with his family and helping his father at the shop held in the center of the jungle. But Nadim has a secret : he is a bacha posh (girl raised as a boy in Afghan culture). Nadim dreams to flee and fight for […]
WE’RE BACK AGAIN The current generation is trying to live life surrounded by ruins of the past. WE’RE BACK AGAIN depicts one exemplary situation the new generation of Jews experience when trying to build new life in Germany.
Illegal, stripper, single mother, Isabela Flores is trying to raise her kid in America when the FBI makes an indecent offer to her. A dark thriller about corruption, immigration and the American Dream.
MESLE BACHE ADAM. Sara (a 24-year-old girl) is supposed to babysit Matin (a 6-year-old boy) for the day, while his mother is at work. In the morning Matin tells Sara a story of a fight with his mother from the night before, this leads to a series of events through the day which will change […]
SE MURIÓ JUAN GABRIEL. On the day famous mexican singer JUAN GABRIEL dies, best friends Beto and Daniel will redefine their friendship. Daniel imagines how his day would be if he were a girl. Maybe this way his feelings toward Beto would be seen as normal.
A child is digging the ground, the spade is scratching on concrete, notes in a diary about the weather, a recipe for a birthday cake, an empty house. Drops of water. What remains from life? An attempted dialogue between yesterday and today – between my grandmother and myself.
LITORAL “Coastland” presents a fictional narrative rooted into architectural research. The story of the Western Black Sea coast begins in a distant future and goes back to its roots, only to reveal cyclical destruction and rebirth. The film is created entirely out of the author’s collection of authentic postcards.
The film shares the stories of Bernice from Kongo, Emmanuel from Ghana, Ivan from Ukraine, Nana from Georgia and Pantea from Iran on their journeys to landscapes and cities in Westphalia, Germany. They talk about their descent, being on the move and coming home. ORTEN watches and listens very closely, offering surprising insights.
SCHMIDT – DAS GEHEIMNIS VON MOGADISCHU 1992. A freshman demands political engagement from his conservative parents. He accidentally travels through time and meets his role model, former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, in 1977. But Schmidt misunderstands everything and after a fierce discussion the freshman has to make a very tough decision. He makes the wrong […]
An Arabian song prayer, Bismillah (in the name of God), sounds in a cramped room. Samira is singing the song. She’s 10 years old, Tunisian, she has curly hair and wide black eyes. This time she prays alone, her brother, Jamil (17), has been having stomach ache for two days. It’s strong, constant pain and […]
The film highlights the civil disobedience action “Code Rood” in the port of Amsterdam in June 2017. The blockade of Europe’s second-largest coal port draws a red line against this important infrastructure facility for fossil capitalism. The largest single source of the coal shipments is Colombia, where coal is extracted under ecologically and socially devastating […]
A middle-aged programmer (Noel) stands in front of the ruins of his marriage. With the help of a new intelligent language assistant, Noel tries to redirect his professional and private life into the right path. The artificial intelligence not only assists him in coping with everyday life, but also arranges an appointment with the much […]
AHOY The film is based on a true story and is about ‘taking leave’ and ‘letting go’. In a destroyed and bombed-out Landscape, a painter is searching for his old love. Even her face he tries to paint, he can not remember. It seems that the last thing remaining, is a deep inner journey to […]
Donkey has got a plan to get his life back on track. When he wins the jackpot of a radio quiz game it seems as if he has finally arrived on the bright side of life. Even though he has never won before…
Tobias feels terribly sorry for himself: After a long night of clubs and alcohol he receives a text from his ex-girlfriend, ending their remaining friendship. Still hoping for a dramatic-romantic happy ending, Tobias now sees his dream crumble and drums up his flat mates Nikolas, Kai and Marek. Using Photos, text messages and call histories […]
Qassem and Abdullah were children when their family fled Afghanistan in the 1980s, to arrive in Iran as refugees. Now after 30 years and with families of their own, Qassem is risking it all for a brighter future and waits in a refugee camp in Berlin, Germany. Abdullah remains behind in Iran to struggle on, […]
BE MY GUEST The comedy „Be My Guest” tells the story of two men and one woman in the rather sobering middle of life. When a sudden emotional outburst occurs, they realize that not even their life-long friendship can keep them afloat. After all, they have long since lost interest in anything but themselves.
DREAM-SHOCK A man is dreaming of facing and talking to himself. The other self tries to make him dream something meaningful instead of indulging sexual fantasies.
Aysha and Michele are at the wall bars, climbing rope in hand. Kevin stands next to them, black socks against a dull blue floor, left hand in his pocket. We all start together on three. One, two, three. The camera frames the scene, directs the course of events, encourages active participation. It breaks things open, […]