THE CALM AFTER THE STORM Cora and Martin are siblings, who definetly do not like each other. But the day comes, when she and her brother are forced to fly in the same privatejet to the funeral of their father. This shouldn’t be a problem at all, but Cora is in an advanced stage of […]
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TOPRAK – SOIL Since the death of his parents, the teenage Burak lives with his uncle Cemil and grandmother in a remote Turkish village town. They try to make a living by selling pomegranates but while the religious Cemil is satisfied to live his life in poverty, Burak struggles to leave for the city […]
Alone in New York, Somali rideshare driver Abdi begins his nightshift with the news of a tragedy back home. The faces in the backseat change as he wrestles, unable to connect, with whether the unthinkable can be true—until a vision provides the clarity he seeks. Poetic and lyrical, BROOKLYN PARK is a modern-day immigrant tale […]
THE LIZARD KING In a subtle poetic and calm cinematic language, Oehri tells in his first movie the story of an unfortunate father-daughter relationship that might receive a second chance. Filmed in atmospheric black-and-white, the film creates a subtle power, deeply penetrated by human conditions.
THE DEATH OF MY MOTHER In deep remorse and ashamed of herself Marcelle recalls the last three days before the death of her mother. As she recalls the incidents from the arrival of the mother in the ambulance at Marcelle’s house until her death, we enter Marcelle’s sombre world of silence and guilt.
STUMBLING STONES 1933, a Jewish family listens to the radio with fascination. Adolf Hitler makes his first speech as Reich Chancellor. The camera accompanies the downfall of this once harmonious family. 2019, three Stolpersteine are anchored in the ground. The anti-Semitism appears again unimpressed.
BEFORE DAWN In the middle of the night, Iris, a young woman in her thirties, makes her way to a house in the country. In a bedroom a little two year old girl is asleep. Little Léa has recently lost her parents. Iris is facing a promise she made to her best friend when she […]
LOOM Alcira and Henry are Colombian peasants. With a deep sadness uniting them, spending time together is an irritating and painful struggle. Still, they do it to appease their grief. Alcira needs to forgive him. Henry needs her forgiveness.
Mekon had been making music as long as he could think. But in 2014, he has to flee Nigeria after his parents were murdered. He starts to work in Libya. But instead of making music, Mekon has to fight for his survival. In summer 2018, he decides to flee to Europe. He is saved from […]
Mentalist Erik Svenson and his medium Eva Brandt specialize in classic ghost summons for private and social occasions. Although Eva seems to have been exhausted for weeks now, Erik drages her from one séance to the next, since their performances have turned out to be a lucrative business. On this evening their job leads them […]
Obsessed with his recent breakup, a young writer decides to commit suicide by midnight if his ex-lover doesn’t return to him. Desperately waiting in his gloomy house yet intruded by his annoyingly zealous friend who keeps trying to cheer him up, the writer drifts into fragmented memories of his past with her: a beach where […]
When Tamer Alawam was killed by a grenade in 2012, he left over 300 hours of film footage of the Syrian Revolution – images, which were meant to show Syria from inside. Overwhelmed by the flood of these images and driven by feelings of grief, responsibility and powerlessness, two young filmmakers and friends of Tamer […]
FEELINGS TO TELL After falling into sleep, Jiang, a young painter, finds himself in a Taogu village where he meets a mute girl, Jiu’er, and her foster father Old Bai, who believed firmly in ancient Xiangchu gods. As an observer and participant of the dream, the veneration they showed to the gods deeply touched Jiang. […]
IMAGINE ME TALKING TO YOU BUT YOU CAN NOT HEAR ME Imagine me talking to you but you can not hear me. I have tackled this thought for a long time. Thus, a text, characters and a location came into being. There is a backstory which is not being discussed further in the movie itself. […]
AH GONG Summer of 04′, post-SARS. Taipei, Taiwan. Initially distracted by his western-influenced cousin Tina, Eleven year old Chris eventually discovers that his reluctant mother and his two uncles have decided to pull the plug on his beloved grandfather. The film depicts the impacts of medical intubation on loved ones, seen from the eyes of […]
He is living for the standstill. She never stops. Suddenly and unintentionally they meet. Where is the way out? Together they embark on a search for the outside, out of this gray microcosm in which only the two of them seem to exist. To approach, to move away, to pass each other, to meet each […]
THE DAKOTA FAMILY A strange deathlike creature roams around grandpa Dakota. The patriarch knows it’s time to call on the members of his tribe. A family, his family, atypical and dismantled will then have to reunite. Will they arrive in time to share a last moment with their clan chief? The Dakota family is a […]
HOW AND WHY DON JOSE DISSIPATED A delighted bee disturbs the tranquility of vacationers on a quiet pastoral island. Disturbing Don Jose in the middle of a relaxing gaze, he spits at her and she falls into his drink. Attempting to save her from drowning, Don Jose becomes emotionally attached to the bee. When the […]
MOTHER’S DAY Senem (28) lost her child while giving birth four years earlier. In the years that follow, on every Mothers’ Day she drinks alone at a bar, as she despises the day. Elif (24) lost her mother many years earlier; nevertheless, she has kept up the habit of buying presents for her mother on […]
Father and daughter rush out of the city to his mother’s house on the snow-covered countryside to bring private items to the hospital after her stroke. After the eight-year-old daughter is roughly rebuked by the father after a question, the two separate a childish malaise and a paternal coldness. In the house of the mother […]
I remember the moment quite well when Isi called me the first time. I was 14 years old and just signed up for the Hockey-club. He has taken me into his heart straight away and showed me his lovely, exciting world, which seemed to offer so much. I looked up to him. He had a […]
A high-rise roof somewhere in Berlin. From the rooftop you can see the whole city. It is summer. On the roof is a group of refugees from Syria. The depth below reminds them of the depth of the sea. Above them is only sky. On this roof, they feel like they are back on their […]
TOM has to free ALICE from the clutches of a PRIEST and his Virtual Reality Sect. They flee across lakes and mountains to a secluded hut where they feel safe. But peace does not last long. Still under the influence of the VR drug, ALICE has recurrent relapses. The sect has localized them by the […]
Over 80, Marika has an infant soul and a passionate existence: craving for desserts, playing with her stuffed toys and dressing up like a pretty ballerina. After 60 years of a loveless and empty life, Marika finally has Janos by her side: tango, waltz, swing, cha-cha-cha…, pastries if she wants even twice a day… Marika’s […]
ALIVE Sophie and Wolfram, both theater actors, want to spend their last days together. They share a fate. Diagnosed with cancer Sophie wants to end her life on her terms. In her apartment the two share intimate and tender moments. Wolfram leaves behind his daughters to explore the gentle love to Sophie. She lies to […]
A family dinner at a Chinese restaurant. MOTHER : « I have Alzheimer. I am going to kill myself. Tonight. » The last meal of a family ready to blow and freaking out.
THE VISIT Klaus (60) works voluntary as a Santa Claus in a shopping mall. After an exhausting day, he considers to hang up his job. But then, he gets a call from the children’s intensive care unit.
Betty and Frank attend a seminar about euthanasia. Eddie is a doctor who advocates and facilitates people’s right to choose death. During the seminar, Betty reveals she has Alzheimers. Frank, however, appears physically and mentally fit. At home, Betty and Frank’s family are gathered. It is the eve of their suicide pact. It’s sad but […]
FROM LOVE Picture of most likely our greatest enemy but motivation as well – ego. Lonely, lost and confused, destructed and abused. How much we really know ourselves? How indeed we are capable to keep ourselves under control and treat our love clear ? Igor “hits the road” from Warsaw through Belgrade to Pula In […]
On their way up to a mountain cabin Sarah and Thomas run into a dense mist and seem to go astray in the dangerous altitudes. In search of the cabin they encounter increasingly strange events. Lost in those heights, eventually a life-threatening battle between reality and illusion begins, which ends fatally.
“The Fire Within” is an experimental short film, that portrays the relationship between a couple, their unborn child and nature. A film that does not try to find any answers but show the feelings and emotions of the individual. How can shift your future? How can you find accept the past? After suffering just another […]
Right at the interface of painting and film Berthold Bock tells the story of the reclusive art-historian Colonna. One day he stumbles upon a mysterious woman and a landscape paintings washed up on the beach. The shipwrecked woman eerily resembles his late wife, but her attire and face seem to stem from the 19th century. […]
SOMEBODY AND NOBODY. Up on the Horse Pass, in the mist-shrouded mountains, a few cowboys are raided by the men of a notorious bandit named Black Wolf. The reckless Aaron ballsy routs the robbers – but the same night he pays for it with his life. His quiet, reserved brother Jonah swears revenge. It is […]
In a hybrid film, both documentary and fiction, five young women describe the feeling of grief when losing a parent at a young age. Anna returns to her father’s home, a year after his death. When reunited with his belongings, both his life and death seem present. When Anna loses herself in the music of […]
“3” is an intimate portrait of Anna, a young architect who recently moved to Berlin, her roommate Lea and her new friend Laura. Anna is looking for her dream job and faces her new life in wintery Berlin with strength and real zest for life while trying to forget…
A CLOWN’S TALE. MARKO & HARALD are two struggling artists who work a variety of jobs in order to survive. And even though their engagements as clown doctors in a hospice for children are getting under Marko’s skin, the two of them really get going once they transform into their red-nosed alter egos and are […]
INCURABLE. The 40-year-old Nurse Theresa helps out patients with euthanasia. She is convinced that she’s helping a lot of people with it. When her terminally ill son expresses his wish to die she is to make a painful decision that makes her think.
A two-year-old girl from Bangkok — nicknamed “Einz” — became the youngest person in the world to undergo cryo-preservation. After her death from brain cancer, her family stores her remains in an American lab. Her head and brain now rest inside a tank in Arizona. Hope Frozen follows the family who made this unorthodox decision. […]
In Full Bloom is a surrealist short film about overcoming the loss of a partner within the parameters of living as a female Vietnamese immigrant. After her husband’s death, Cecile becomes an agoraphobic hoarder, paradoxically practicing what she loves — gardening — indoors without the help of direct sunlight. She orders worms to grow a […]
LYDEN AF UVENTET DØD. A sequence of everyday-scenarios develops within the same short span of time in what seems like a regular night. A young, frustrated couple are on their way home from a night out. Three friends are in the middle of birthday celebrations at a nightclub. A drunk young man crawls into bed […]
While the world is ablaze, a blind director asks her theater group to help her process her broken heart. In a chaotic and iconographic role play, the group embarks on its search for love’s true nature, while the fear of the physical world’s limitations are buried deep underneath the stage floor.
1979. Aurora, a small girl in the Bavarian Alps, undertakes a mountain trip with her beloved father Valentin to watch a shooting stars spectacle. Aurora wants to photograph the spectacle to show it to her distanced mother Sylvia, but up in the Alps, something unexpected happens that challenges Aurora’s inner world… Aurora is the psychological […]
Greed, revenge and death all impact one another in this taught crime drama. Nothing is what is seems in this film written and produced by Maximiliano Hernández and directed by newcomer Jhosimar Vasquez. The Scorpion’s Tale is a story of death, revenge, jealously and greed. The perfect killer sits on death row awaiting his fate. […]
Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia.
For Charlotte (Senta Berger) it is like any other Sunday, until the doorbell rings and a stranger (Thomas Thieme) surprises her with an exceptional demand.
HAPLESS HANS. The grumpy factory employee Hans Himmelreich has to travel behind the Iron Curtain into a profoundly communist Czechoslovakia of the sixties to have his deceased grandmother buried. Despite prejudice he unexpectedly finds happiness in this Sudeten German province.
A young woman remembers the tragic story of the woman that was her nanny.
In order to heal her grieving mother, Ana, a devout 9-year-old girl, pushes her faith to its limit in hopes of divine intervention.
سكان الأرض اليباب SOUKAAN AL-ARD AL-YABAAB People of the Wasteland is an experimental short-film in a first-person point of view depicting the clashes of Syrian fighters in the front line. In the chaos of war, the lines between right and wrong become blurred. This exclusive Go-Pro footage from inside war aims to remind us that […]
EN MORCEAUX. Wounded by the death of her mother, Yasmine, an introverted teenager, takes refuge in silence and depression. Her aunt, who suddenly takes on the role of the new mother for her and her little sister Sonia, can’t channel her hanger.
Brandon is about a young man coming to terms with the inevitable death of his mother, whilst falling in love…
For David, thirty years old, life is comfortable and unhindered. Especially since his wife is expecting a child. This is not counting the news revealing them that David’s father is dying. Unrelated to him since its 15 years, David’s animosity prevents him to talk about the past and this father he calls “genitor”. But David […]
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 […]
Camp Wedding is a compound genre movie exploring the fraying social fabric in a world of ubiquitous social media and text communication. It is a wedding comedy that stumbles into a summer camp horror movie and never quite realizes it since the two genres are communicating exclusively via text and social media so the tone […]
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…
“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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
At a funeral, two friends must grapple with the promises they made to the deceased before he passed.
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 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 […]
A letter, a broken heart. The sound of the rain. A black cat, a plan.
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
After a solar flare powers down her remote community, Alma discovers her husband Terry comatose. Suspecting he is having an out-of-body affair with an ex-lover, Alma attempts to bring him back to reality with help from Terry’s estranged, drug-addled son and the leader of a new-age religion that specializes in astral travel.
Awa, 18 years old, goes to class in the military high school of Natitingou. One day, she learns that her father has just been murdered. Has she just joined her family in Cotonou than a popular prosecution is put together in order to avenge the memory of the deceased. Facing the helplessness of the police, […]
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.
A short film about the work ritual of a tyrolean farm boy and his grandfather.
TO THE DEAD is a cinematic essay made up by personal digressions that cumulatively weave a portrait of Colombia’s political and social strife. The film is narrated in the first-person by a character walking through a cemetery where fragments of his own memories and country’s history come afloat, spawning a puzzling view on his country’s […]
Matti is 15. He really wants to make out with his girlfriend Paula or to go to the lake with his mates. But again he has to stay at home. The reason why should be kept secret… A short film about growing older and about love.
Based on a Colm Tóibín short story, `3 Friends` follows Fergus, a pensive, young Irishman, who is propelled on a powerful journey that begins at his mother’s funeral and wake. There, Fergus confronts how his family shapes and defines him only to continue this journey at a beach rave where he becomes aware of the […]
“Audition for Death” is an experimental documentary that explores the subject of death as portrayed on screen. Featuring ten Chicago-based actors, portions of their improvised performances were sculpted into an energy narrative that explores dying and grief in a world swallowed by darkness.
Athens, Greece. A heatwave. Stephanos is working out listening to rap, while his mother is planning a day out. After another fight between them, he is left alone to take care of his two younger siblings and Lucy, their family dog. Lucy is sick. Summery laziness among pizza boxes, adolescent flirt and a phone that […]
Submerged by his dark thoughts, Lulu, 20, tries to kill himself. His meeting with a shrink sparks the unexpected discovery of his inner creative force: rap.
As a young child our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him, a sudden event changes the course of his […]
Clemens lives and breathes his grandfather’s stories. When his grandfather passes away, it is difficult for him to understand that it is now his turn to continue telling his stories. Story-telling becomes a way for him to not only keep the stories but also the memory of his grandfather alive.
An old man contemplates life and remembers his most important relationship with an enigmatic young woman. “Sammlerin” is a short drama film that tells of an old man through a series of dream-like and symbolic images.
INSIDE LAND Marta always lived in the same house in complete isolation. Maya, a young traveler, settles nearby. Once the boundaries between them are dissolved, an unexpected ritual triggers Marta’s confrontation with her deepest fear.
Beat expected his friends. The five meet annually in the house of Beat’s father in the mountains. He has something special prepared: His funeral. He was abandoned by his girlfriend. He feels failed. Beat wants to say goodbye to the circle of his friends before he is going to poison himself. But it does not […]