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 […]
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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 […]
In a psychiatrist’s office, a young man whose life has been all but ruined by anxious thoughts comes to a new and frightening conclusion about his condition.
Another night, another naked body in her bed. She feels no love, just passion. A sharp lancet in her hands and a hidden box with her secrets. Only she knows how it all will end and who will be her next victim.
Little Ami finds out her mother must leave on a business trip. Mom tells her a white lie to appease her mind while she is away. Find out what happens when the innocent lie turns true in a way neither of them expected.
Using a poetically lyrical dialogue, “Lost In Hope” tells the story of the Israeli Rachel and the Palestinian Yasser. Yasser yearns to live in freedom, away from the hopelessness and violence in his country. Rachel dreams of studying music, but must complete her military service beforehand. Both are ready to leave their home country for […]
Set against the backdrop of post-war Germany, the screen adaptation of Siegfried Lenz’ short story released in 1949 shows a snapshot in time of Mr. Schwamm, an indulgent husband and caring father, who wants so save his depressed son. During the pivotal night of this mission, he has an odd encounter: Paired up by destiny, […]
A short film about the work ritual of a tyrolean farm boy and his grandfather.
A single woman lives with a life like newborn doll. Her feelings of motherhood appear to be as real as the baby is lifeless while the anonymous public sets the stage for this act of deception. Oxytocin – the “cuddle hormone”.
A young female felon has to do mandatory therapy following her jail time – but the therapy grows into a stalking, because the therapist is out for revenge.
In a small town in the north of Senegal, two young avid cinephiles Baba and Sembene are desperate to see a movie on the big screen of their local cinema before it closes its door forever.
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. […]
Mark, an unemployed photographer around 30 living in Vienna, comes back home to the countryside for his sister’s wedding. While his older brothers are both married, have steady jobs and children, Mark is still working as a waiter, waiting for his big breakthrough. As usual on family events, everybody keeps asking uncomfortable questions, Mark answers […]
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.
Andy is in debt and mourning. Pressure goes up when a loan shark wants in to his vintage shop. The moment he decides to take vigilante action, things get ridiculously out of hand.
Mimi (18) reconstructs her immigration story. Her memories from the past mix with the present and future through a stream of consciousness. Her identity dissolves and lost between Ethiopia and Israel.
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…
A sled brings together two boys from different countries and cultures and carries them through the winter woods of the Italian mountains, far away from their parents’ prejudices and isolation. Two children, one sled and a lasting friendship.
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 thing enabling Nino to leave […]
“When the fact of living is oppressed, the rebel YELL !” Jimbo, sixteen, quiet, and shy, has spent his life cowering in the shadow of his controlling, anarchist, father El Tigron, and his devoted yet delusional lover, Lolli. After their latest heist, Jimbo decides to take charge of his destiny and break free from his […]
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. […]
FOR A GOOD TIME is the story of Jane who, grieving over the loss of her mother, has a meltdown in a flower shop. Out of options and out of her mind, she decides to call a number written on the wall. The person who answers is the last one you’d expect, and just the […]
Summer in Athens and everything is grey except of the fuchsia hair of teenager Elsa who is in love. But what about dreams? Do dreams have colour?
Another night, another naked body in her bed. She feels no love, just passion. A sharp lancet in her hands and a hidden box with her secrets. Only she knows how it all will end and who will be her next victim.
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 […]
Tina, a fashion design child prodigy, attends the halloween costume contest dressed as a Penguin to lose the first prize to Princess Jasmine. Trying to track down the advantages of the winning costume, she comes to a life changing revelation.
„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 […]
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.
Ali, a sensitive teenage boy is the sole Palestinian-Israeli in a radical activist youth group. He is in love with Yael and plans on revealing his feelings towards her at the upcoming group meeting. When a series of political outbursts in the west bank occur, the group is lead towards a violent act. Ali, struggling […]
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.
Nine characters, four stories, one situation. How to act while knowing that something big, something irreversible, something that you can’t run away from or fight against, is going to happen. Something bigger than anything humans have ever experienced.
In Exile is the story of a boy who lives with his grandmother in an Eastern European village. His parents are both working abroad, so the boy is left to his own devices. He fills his time by playing in an abandoned shed on the river bank. Inside the shed he toils away at a […]
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 […]
TEST OF COURAGE. During WWII, a bunch of children, with 11-year old Anton and his younger brother Rudi in the middle, meet up at a wall at the cementery. They regulary have tests of courage. As it is Rudi´s turn, he makes his way, armed with a knife, to the grave of a child murderer, […]
THOU SHALT NOT LIE. Daniel finds himself bound to a chair, locked in an unknown place, by an unknown man. The man’s identity a secret, but he wants answers from Daniel. What are the answers? Daniel doesn’t know. Clueless and scared, Daniel must talk fast to get himself out of situation without broken bones. Thou […]
Lion and Bird break into an uninhabited villa to find out about the reason why it is not aging. Immediately they feel the power that keeps the villa alive.
The old and grumpy Grandpa Alfred, who produces suitcases, is annoyed because the little Samuel (son of the Jewish neighbors) always enters his store because Samuel has a dream: He just wants to watch and to learn how to produce suitcases. Even though the old Alfred kicked out the little five year old many times, […]
A sensuous portrait of a young musician who begins to tackle the fragility of her own identity when her hearing starts to fade into a seemingly muted existence.
A business woman risks due to work pressure physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. A saleslady is bubbling over with magical vitality. A beautiful fairy is chased through the woods … Three sides of the same woman in inner conflict. This modern parable is looking for priorities in life and is a plea to vitality.
The potter of a secluded village comes under pressure when he fathers another daughter instead of a son. The community Chief then calls for a “manlier man” to replace the potter and give the family a son – only to drag himself into an impossible spot.
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.
TANGO ON THE BALCONY is a narrative short film about Johnny, an Iraq war veteran who wrestles with post traumatic stress and the transition to civilian life. Johnny is tormented by an incessant hyper vigilance and insomnia, and the lingering questions of his past actions in combat.
A child is chased through the streets by a policeman after committing a robbery in an attempt to make ends meet for themselves and their mother. But what is the child really running from?
A subversive art performance, the attack by an Arab, two former lovers and a world, where no one is what they seem to be. The self confident artist Ben creates a provocative installation, in which a man eats another man‘s heart. It is dedicated to his one true love, the eco anarchist Anne, whom he […]
WOOD FOR TREES is the story of Manuel, who like many others of his generation, despite the best circumstances and bright prospects for a fulfilled life, struggles to overcome what are supposed to be the best years of his life.
WOLF’S SKIN. Soo Min, a young South Korean woman, is struggling to find a balance between her family and her career as a cellist. After a long absence, it is hard for her to resume her place in the family and she feels she has to compete with her six-year-old daughter for her husband’s love.
A young man agrees to support his ex lover during an HIV test. Not having seen each other for a while, they are forced to sit together in the waiting room of an STI clinic. What starts out as an awkward conversation, soon becomes something more tender. Is there still a chance for reconciliation?
Henry, a talented but socially inept student, arrives at a boarding school dedicated to teaching music. His fascination for the organ turns to passion and a means of escaping his fellow students’ bullying. Yet the growing interest of his teacher, who sees how talented he is, does not go unnoticed by his peers, worsening interactions […]
LINE 9. In a city with constant movement like the subway rides, the paths of Andrés and Miguel are crossing. It seems like the beginning of a new Romance but Andrés doesn’t know which direction to take, because every road leads him to something sexual.
MY BROTHER IS A VISITANT. Alex is visiting his younger brother Martin, who lives with their mother Gabi back home again is having no goals in his life. They go swimming, they try to proof who is better, play childish games and uncover Martin`s problems with adult life along the way.
CHIKA, THE DOG IN THE GHETTO. Chika the dog and the five-year old Mikasch are the heroes of this story which is set in a Jewish ghetto in an unnamed Polish city. The little dog helps Mikasch to develop as a child despite the persecution of the Jews and the threats of the 2nd World […]
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.
Every night, the peaceful streets of Stuttgart are being plagued with the sudden appearance of a dark figure wearing a clown’s mask. Nobody knows what the anonymous person could be up to. Being confrontated with the Clown, each citizen reacts in their very own manner. Abnormal situations escalate. Shot in public, the film consists of […]
In the – near future- decadent metropolis of Athens suicide is illegal, while citizens have no other desire but to die.
In the wilds of Connemara, an engineer and his daughter are targeted by an ancient and angry force from within the earth itself.
A young priest is summoned to battle dark supernatural forces threatening a remote Island community.
Everyday routine on an ordinary working day. Then things turn in a different direction – or was it just a dream?
Beauty is an illusion, as is impermeable security. And the Chair Leader desperately needs security to be a more dazzling creature than ever… The dichotomies and loopholes that persist despite the tightening and refining of security technology return to trouble their makers in this surreal political fable.
For sixteen years Iris Kadosh has been the keeper of the museum’s exhibits, with much dedication and no complaints. One day she arrives to work to find out that the museum’s operational manager has left and she will be taking her place. The good news is tainted by Iris’ involvement in an accident, one that […]
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.
“Leaving home, ‘I’ got a phone call. As ‘I’ answered it, the house exploded. ‘I’ went to work and continued as normal”…
ABOUT WATER. When brother and sister are reunited by their father under false pretenses, things are starting to fall apart between them. Being crammed together in the tight space of their old vacation house, the urges they had suppressed since childhood are now beginning to raise to the surface.
‘La Chambre d’Ortolan’ is a film about the ceremonies and customs that constitute the mechanisms of representation and distinction of the elite. It depicts a last meal, designed as such by the old dignitary, in which he is served a small songbird, the ortolan, the eating of which is associated with various myths. The myths […]
THE PARCEL. In a world, in which hardly anyone ever leaves their flat, Simon receives a parcel for his supposedly dead neighbour. But who sent that supernatural object to drive him insane? As the neighbours start stalking him, Simon soon comes to realize there’s a secret organization trying to destroy his life. He is forced […]
After the death of his father, young Dorjee realizes what it means to be Tibetan in his own country, which is now called China. During the Tibetan uprising in 2008, Dorjee is caught by the Chinese police and spends 6 months in prison. After his release, he has no choice but to leave his family […]
After a hard night shift at the hospital tired HILDE (40) hurries home – today is her daughter MELLY’s 11th birthday! Melly would rather like to celebrate with her best friend Franzi, however disappointed Hilde talks her into a trip to the lake. Melly is excited about her birthday present: a „Mono fin“! With it […]
CHILDREN’S GAMES. Melanie is a teenager and a digital native. A cell phone conversation, then another – communication is omnipresent. When she hangs out in the woods, she touches herself, even though it’s just another mise-en-scène. “Sexties” are quickly sent and the internet does not forget. On the internet, Melanie calls herself „GRRRL“ and GRRRL […]
Set against the backdrop of Late-Nineties Belgrade, TATA tells the story of Marko, a widower and single father, who is struggling to survive in the post war economic crisis. His main goal is to secure his daughter Azra’s future and to buy her a dress for prom, so far the most important day of her […]
A musician, a clown and a performer share the same dream – to escape the comformistic lifestyle by following their vision of life. Their stories form a symbolic path of idealism, self doubt and struggle as they balance between dreams and reality in Croatia, a country plagued by existential angst.
Accommodating a refugee in your own apartment? Maxim is against the idea from the outset. What he does not know is that Julian, his flatmate, has already done it. This personal journey of responsibility, acceptance and dealing with the expectations of his socially committed girlfriend ends with a situation, in which Maxim must reveal his […]
Moldova. One winter day, Raisa travels into the city hoping to get something that could change her life.
STRAIGHT OUTTA NORDSTADT Melli (19) is getting out of juvenile hall after a good 5 months. She promised herself: no more trouble. But first she realizes that someone specific is not there to pick her up – her boyfriend Yuri, the one being responsible for all that trouble. He’s not even answering her calls. Fortunately […]
An animated adaptation of the famous Shakespeare poem “All The World’s A Stage” narrated by the renowned Shakespeare actor and director Samuel West (Royal Shakespeare Company). Directed by Hannes Rall.
We all do terrible things when we think that no one is watching. When her distant husband cannot give her the love she desires, the lonely and insecure Hui will do anything to feel loved. Caught in an unusual love triangle with her autistic brother, Hui has found a constant source of comfort.
Logline: A grotesque clash of unemployment, bureaucracy and private dramas. An “integrative holistic measure” of the Employment Agency in a classroom full retrainees gets out of hand, while the private dreams of a young woman to be flushed down the toilet. In sober images of this 20minute short film tells a story from Rostock. A […]
Two soldiers are lost in a desert and do not know that the war is over…
Logline: Ten-year-old Joshua’s dull afternoon is shattered when his volatile older brother shepherds him through the countryside in search of adventure. Ten-year-old Joshua is spending his winter break at home in the backcountry of Northern Ontario. His dull afternoon is shattered when his volatile older brother Cain shepherds him outside for the day. Killing time […]
las gitanas follows a young latino and a group of hustlers over the course of a night in los angeles. it explores chance interactions amongst disparate souls and the common pulse that binds them.
A middle-aged couple from China arrives in the United States for the first time to organize the funeral rites of their only daughter. In the midst of dealing with the logistics of the funeral and their overwhelming grief, they begin to unravel the escalating fractures in their relationship and the uncertain futures that lie ahead […]
Lotte is impulsive, rough around the edges and leads a colourful life on the streets of Berlin, stumbling from man to man and flat to flat. One night in her local bar she bumps into Marcel, an almost forgotten acquaintance. Just after he recognises her Lotte takes flight, finding refuge in the flat of her […]
A little boy walks through a toy store full of people talking a strange and incomprehensible language. Alone he bonds with a young mother who finds a way to communicate with him without words. He is going to tell her something that she was not ready to hear.
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.
Erkin gets out of prison and wants to return to his former life. But everything has changed and he does not know if he can live as a free man.
SUBSTITUTE CANVAS Flamboyant, young Konstantin pulls every trick of the book to jolly along his married and significantly older mistress Isabelle, while at the same time dodging the overprotectiveness of his mother, in this lush and lovingly ironic portrait of oedipal confusion in Berlin’s upper middle class.
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 […]
THE HOSTAGE The Hostage fetches Friedrich von Schillers ballad about a friendship beyond death to highly topical today’s Berlin: Two refugee girls exchange their identities, because one of them shall be deported and desires to say goodbye to her lover. The airplane with her best friend is about to start. But she runs to free […]
THE SWELLING In the near future. Surveillance is omnipresent. Cameras and drones belong to the common cityscape like traffic lights. The sky is gray and environment seems dead. Here “X-33“ lives in a rundown apartment complex, where strange things occur. A peculiar and pulsing bulgelike object in the wall follows him permanently at every turn. […]
WINTER’S JOURNEY Walter is waiting at the last station of his journey through life. His family and friends all know what is best for him. But in the end they have to understand that his ending belongs only to him.
UNDERPRESSURE Clara, an aspiring gynecologist, is enthusiastically supporting her patients, no matter if they are bringing a child into the world or are making the decision to have an abortion. At the same time, she is attempting to be a good wife and loving mother to her two little children. However, with the increasing pressures […]
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.
Tilda is shy and lives surrounded by her dolls. The only contact to the outside World is Pastor Krause. She starches and irons is ruff but would never dream of looking him in the eye. One day during communion, when the pastor spills wine on his freshly stached collar everything changes.
NIGHT OF LOVE. A man feels that he had been fighting but was defeated and is today in a state of confusion. In a particularly intense moment, while in the arms of his beloved, he faces the question of whether his self is still able to embrace life or whether it has been destroyed forever.
TO THE STARS. Stella, a young composer kills herself. Transformed into a self conscious muse, she is inspiring great artists all over the world with the help of Nuria, a psychic. But one day she has to inspire her own sister, a famous violinist, and a secret comes up that puts her in a terrible […]
LOGLINE: What happens when a young successful woman, who abstained from sex for 13 years, gets trapped in the elevator with the male stripper from her best friend’s hen party? SHORT SYNOPSIS: Thirteen years after their last encounter in a little gray village in East Germany, old time friends Maggie, Helen and Cathy, meet again […]
While crossing against the red light, a man gets hit by a car. Five days after the fatal accident he wakes up under the shower with eleven marks on his wrist. He slips, breaks his neck and suddenly stands in an elevator – with only ten marks left. A fight for survival against and through […]
A young woman needs your help to find her life purpose. STREAM OF DOUBTS is a drama short-movie about your place in the cosmos. Sort of.
RHYTHM An old man heard about an african tribe which does not grief for their dead elders, but celebrates their life at the moment they leave this world. This thought keeps spinning in his head. He has a big family but the only connection between them is hate. The man feels trapped in a world […]
Michael, a young man living in rural Ireland, struggles to adjust to a sudden change in his furtive lifestyle.
FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY. Jonas works at the hand baggage screening at an airport. He is obsessed by preventing the next terrorist attack. But neither his colleagues, nor his boss appreciate his commitment. His attention is raised by the suspicious behaviour of a Muslim colleague. Is this Jonas chance to finally get the recognition he […]
Isaac, an African refugee, becomes stranded on an island in the West. But the supposed paradise turns out to be his private hell. Driven by pain and anger, he makes his way across a country full of contradictions, which highlight his dreadful past and elucidate his tragic journey to Europe. The loss he thereby had […]
STILL. Astrid is a 24-year old ballerina that has just made an irreversible decision. But no one knows it. The effects are invisible to the naked eye, but slowly seep into Astrid’s world nonetheless. Confronted with the seemingly unanswerable question, “how do you part from something that never existed?”, Astrid slowly descends into a vicious […]
THE BROTHER Mike is autistic. He and his younger sister Suse are hiding in abandoned barracks. He wants to go back home, but she intends to stay. While Mike begins to explore the new terrain, Suse is concerned not to be found. She knows that their father is looking for them.
EAT SNOW Sarah, Gerda and Leonie know each other from the chat room. They meet in a small village and walk together into the woods to commit suicide in a small tent. Before they can start their last journey they see themselves confronted with their decision to die, their thoughts about life and death and […]
David (41) tries to cheat the death of his wife Evelyn (37) through the help of cryonics. When they wake up from cryo sleep in the far future, they find themselves to be alone and trapped inside a deserted cryo facility. But even after hundreds of years David has to learn the hard way that […]
AFTERMATH LOGLINE: Germany 1916. The war has also left graves in interpersonal relationships. The friendship of two dissimilar outsiders allows hope to emerge. But is blood thicker than water? BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Germany 1916. In a little village the outsider Marga (45) is fighting for everyday survival. Hans (12) is fascinated by the lady and literally […]
The film tells the story of Robert and Louis, a gay couple since several years living in Berlin. What’s missing is their own child, so they decide to work on it. How? They ask Louis’ sister Svenja for being their surrogate mother. The film tells the meeting of the three to do the insemination between […]
After years of conflicts with his father, Omid chose to leave his home and his family behind. After several years, Omid finds out that his father has passed away. He comes back to visit his big brother. But the story seems to repeat itself.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT IT? Totally different people are meeting each other in six scenes. All of them have one thing in common: They all think that they already know everything there is to know about each other without having ever spoken a word with one another. They judge each other by stereotypes and […]
MEETING BETWEEN TWO PARKED CARS Controversal short about a young woman being raped on her way home.
WHY DIDN’T YOU TAKE A TAXI? Alfred Krohn (66) and his son Paul are on the way to the hospital. During the drive, Paul realises that Alfred’s illness is far more serious than his father wants to admit. Being afraid he could lose him for good, Paul suddenly decides to leave the designated route…
LITTLE HERO Doug is a 12 year old boy, who has terminal cancer. He lies in hospital, full of fear of the unknown. He feels lonely , because of his mother, who can’t take it anymore to visit him at this state. The hospital staff is busy with their work too. But then the mysterious […]
„The dream ist he best proof of the fact that we are not enclosed so firmly in our skins as it seems.“ Christian Friedrich Hebbel Jo is working as a trainer at the Fitness Company MIND YOUR BODY. His conciousness is slipping into the body of a customer and he is doing their sportsprogram for […]
The Lost Ones is a grim Thriller full of suspense about the desire for appreciation, trust and betrayal. A short film which shows the depths of human nature and social evil. A shy, young Danish woman cuts herself off from the rest of society and spends her time as a night watchman on the industrial […]
CARRY ON It is wintertime. The landscape is bare and grey. An isolated farm is located next to the woods. An old married couple lives there. Their life consists of every day activities which they are not capable of coping with any more and, furthermore, mostly of boredom. For his daily work the farmer has […]
Germany 1944 during World War II: The ukrainian forced labor Valentina escapes out of the labor education Camp next to the small german village Langenzenn. Rescued by Martin and his parents she is hidden in their barn. An acid test for Martin, his family and the solidarity of the whole village.
JACOB, a nineyearold shy dreamer, falls instantly in love when MAILIN (11) and her father move into the apartment across the yard. Although his best friend advises him against it, he tries to get in touch with her. After a failed attempt and romantic insight from his mother, he wins her attention with a letter. […]
FLYING It’s Nadia’s 15th birthday. Instead of celebrating with her friends she takes care of her drug addict mother. To earn their living Nadia is working in a chineses restaurant. Due to the clash of hope, fights and reconciliation the life with her drug addict mother becomes an intoxication for Nadia herself. Trapped between responsibility […]
SMALL FISH IN THE SEA Anne (25) wants to spend the day in the park with her little sister. She is being watched by a shy boy, who draws her repeatedly without her permission. In the meantime her ex boyfriend is harassing her. As the shy boy tries to intervene, he confronts the ex boyfriend. […]
HEAR THE SILENCE. This is the story of the men and women at the time of the German attack on Russia in 1941. A small, lost unit of German soldiers is looking forshelter in a remote, snowy small village in the Ukraine. They got separated from their company during battle and now they are deep […]
THE SKY IS BLUE EVERYWHERE When Marc is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he doesn’t know how and when to tell his girlfriend Sophie about it.
On his journey from Somalia to Europe, shipwrecked Moussa is picked up by a wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran. The athletic young man is the only survivor of a disaster in the Mediterranean Sea and asks Hannes and Gerlinde to smuggle him across the border. Questioning Moussa’s true intentions, the yacht owners are torn […]
“Insel” is told through fragments of the life of a frustrated single-woman, in her early thirties. Eva is looking for Mr. Right. Better today, then tomorrow. Besides her four failed affairs, with her classmate Dominic, her bestie Lorenz, the swimmer Yves and with the DJ Luca. Eva is also searching for the answer, why she […]
INTERIOR. BAR. NIGHT. THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC The Film is about people in a Bar. They are all waiting for something big to happen in their lives. But it does not seem to happen. A funny and melancholy observation of an evening in Berlin Mitte.
Guy is a talented musician who dreams of becoming a rockstar, like many others who joined the club of 27. He has to decide between his existence in the shadow of anonymity and an intense life in the buzz of success or to find happiness in the little things with his young family.
The film „Treppe Aufwaerts“ tells a three generation story: The fateful past of the grandfather and its dysfunctional impact on the life of his son and grandson. A story about loyality, hope and pursuit of happiness …
GOD WILLING RAFAEL, member of the criminal organization LOTUS , has to finish one last job. On the way he meets YASMIN who is running away from her abusive husband. A chase and a defective lighter will change their lives.
What’s further? There or back again? Or maybe just standing still? These are questions that Neil Goldman, an aging travel book author from the USA, and Janek, a young Estonian emigrant, have to face the night before Christmas at Tallinn Airport. Their flight to New York gets bumped to the next morning due to a […]
Two completely different women, reliant on each other, struggle to get along for one evening. When Rose is released from prison, her former prison guard, the lonesome Marie, offers her a place to sleep and work. They enjoy their first night in Marie’s apartment. But soon it turns out that the two women have completely […]
When a rule-abiding official, responsible for the issuing of identity cards and passports, is confronted by a mysterious shipwrecked hobo she is drawn into a wave of surreal events that soon brings her orderly world crashing down upon her.
At 22, Aline had a first fling with Tobi. It would continue for six years. Whenever there was time for love she visited him at the Friedenshöhe Hotel in picturesque Oberammergau. Then Aline met Markus and soon moved in with him. But Tobi and Oberammergau would still remain as her secret retreat. Now, after two […]
A car drives through the snow. Behind the wheel is Nelly. She is thirteen years old. Nelly wants to go home. Separating her from her goal are three questions, two keys, a diving tower and a racing heart.
EARTH Arturo and Sagi find each other to say goodbye like two stars that have fallen onto the earth to see its wonders before dying. TIERRA Arturo y Sagi se encuentran uno al otro para despedirse como dos estrellas que han caído a la tierra para ver sus maravillas antes de morir.
A small village is haunted by strange and awful murders. The scared villagers turn to two officials in search for help to solve the crimes. The investigations point to a very perfidious kind of murders: All victims were nibbled off shortly before or after their death. Could an animal be the cause of the strange […]
THIRST FOR LIFE Yaya, a pregnant white woman, has been attacked by two men. Her black friend Emeka had to witness everything without being able to help. A third man pushed him to the ground and degraded him. Yaya loses the unborn. She falls into a pit of selfdestruction and doubt. Will Emeka be able […]
SISTERS Maria’s thoughts are obsessed with revenge. Her caring sister Karin is the only person she can turn to in her despair. Together the two women forge out a daring plan in hopes of finally finding their peace.
WOLVES A family displaced by war is travelling through the countryside when they are ambushed by highwaymen. The bloody encounter takes an unexpected turn when one of the robbers recognises the father as an old brother in arms, and forces his daughter into a life and death decision.
DARLING Tamara’s decision to separate from her life partner threatens the quality of life of the people around her. Hans won’t be able to keep the house and her beloved father-in-law will have to move to a retirement home. Isolated from the outside world, they spend a last emotion-ridden weekend together.
DANCING IN CIRCLES is a relationship study that draws parallels to the folk story of Saint Dwynwen. The Welsh Patron Saint of Lovers ostracised herself after her Love betrayed her and now takes new form in Hannah. Whilst fluidly transitioning between three time periods we learn about Hannah’s passionate youth and love for Aled until […]
Letter to God is a film about the power of faith – irrespective of belief or religion. A lonely widower discovers that he is dying and after a series of mysterious encounters decides to do the only thing he can think of: write a letter to God. “A poignant tour of the Azerbaijani capital’s Old […]
SPARROWS AND SNORKELS Ivan meets Paolo, little Jonas meets Ida, another Jonas meets Sandra and Annina meets Jonas – in july, at a campsite by a river.
The short film “Circle” depicts a young woman in despair, who after experiencing a tragic loss escapes into the seemingly perfect past. She loses herself in vivid memories and starts to neglect her real life. A constant inner struggle emerges between past and present, distorting her perception of reality. Ahmad Saleh, a Student Academy Award […]
What happens if you really need to decide once in life? If this decision changes everything forever? The clock is ticking in her stomach. Nobody knows about it. Maybe it’s better like that, because we don’t want to remember mistakes. Carmen is pregnant. Carmen is afraid. Carmen would like to abort. Her subconscious responds – […]
Muhamad and Ahmed, two gay People, trying to live both Lives, in a society that does not accept homosexuality. Honest reactions and statements on a religious, traditional and barbaric society.
SHADOWBOXER Shadow boxing is a training exercise where the boxer trades blows with their reflection. In other words, a shadow boxer is someone who fights themself. After committing a violent felony, passing an anti- violence training is Ahmets last chance to take his personal and occupational future into his own hands. A challenging test that […]
GUIDE TO USING YOUR HANDS At night inside an office block. K., the night guard, switches off the lights, one after the other. Inside of a mysterious room, he accidentally triggers an alarm. His hands become strange to him. Helplessly he looks at them while they cease to work. He becomes a casual bystander on […]
Ten year old Farzin and his little sister Gita try to make sense of their mother’s passing and their new home in Canada shortly after the Iranian Revolution in the early 1980’s. For the children, the revolution itself, how and why their mother passed away, and their families religious beliefs or lack thereof are never […]
Oisín, a musician from Dublin, travels to Berlin with his band, buzzing with the potential for adventure. He leaves behind the weight of losing his mother and an anger towards his absent father. Oisín meets Sabine, a pretty young Berliner, who shows him the secret places that belong to the people who live in the […]
CHERRY CAKE Don’t fill life with days, fill days with life. After her husband’s death, Käthe doesn’t want to impose on anybody. She already ordered old people’s home brochures. But an accidential meeting with the love of her youth Hannes arises old contending feelings. Heartache and disappointment are mixed with desire and intimacy. Is it […]
Would you want to live another life? A rich old man uses all his money to get his mind and soul transferred to an artificial young and healthy body that he may use for eleven years, while his old body is kept safely in a cryogenic vessel. He meets a young woman and falls in […]
THE LOVE TO END ALL LOVE What to do when love ends? From a train ride through Siberia and North Korea, director Konstantin Ferstl returned home with a frozen left hand and this film poem on love and loss, heart tones of the Old World: The Love To End All Love.
Who needs a home and family when you’ve got four wheels? A man leads an organized life. He jogs each morning, works in the office nine to five, picks up the laundry once a week. True, he lives in his car, and he hasn’t seen his wife and daughter for a while. But don’t we […]
The young Afghan woman „Nabilah“ is injured in an accident. German soldiers take her to a military base. Since the residents of Nabilah´s home town must not find out about her physical contact with foreign men, a race for her life begins.
CONCRETE CANCER FUCHSER was beaten by his father and JOJO survived a stabbing. Their friend BALLA is terminally ill and he asked the two for one last act of friendship. At the same time the FC HANSA sinks into the third division. A coming-of-age story in fast, sharp contrasts.
WISHING WELL Strong-willed development aid worker Karla comes to Afghanistan in order to build a well. The villagers only treat her with reserve and the well is sabotaged by strangers repeatedly. The only person who could have the key to the causer is the Afghan girl Rona, but she remains silent. Her hard-bitten boss Reinhardt […]
THE METAMORPHOSIS Gregor Samsa is an attractive, agile and successful young man. He earns a lot of money, works in the Berlin-based start-up industry and has a beautiful girlfriend, Claudia. His daily routine is clocked through to perfection, he gives everything for his job, does sports and eats healthily. Actually, he’s going to achieve everything […]
Freya must return from London to her small Norwegian village when her beloved mother Anne is dying of cancer. There, she has to face her grieving, estranged stepfather and find a way to connect with him – or lose both parents for ever.
THE DAM Catherine and Chris have been together for many years. To escape the city and the routines of their everyday life, they decide to go on a hiking trip. Amidst the dramatic setting of the Austrian Alps, their relationship is put to the test when they encounter an abandoned child halfway up the mountain.
FOREIGN BODY For weeks there has been a foreign kidney inside the body of the fifty-five-year-old carrier WOLFGANG KRUBER. The illegally bought “new life“ begins to totter when a ransom note from his supposed donor calls Wolfgang back to Istanbul – the place which he would have loved to erase from memory. After his arrival […]
DISABLED FOREIGNERS Emre has Turkish roots and he is in a wheelchair. He meets Laura, who wants to write her Master’s thesis in sociology about him. Emre however just wants to meet the pretty student again, so he agrees. It becomes difficult to determine what is flirting and what is scientific research.
With her reckless behavior art student Kalina (21) provokes her fellow students, her teachers and sometimes even her only friend Ruth (24). Kalina convinces Ruth take a spontaneous trip to Portugal the next day and they euphorically head out to celebrate their plan. After a half-hearted attempt to steal a car they end up on […]
The true story of „B.“: Torn between a cold relationship with K. and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B. is heading for a disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desire and lived a lie. But is it really too late for B. to follow her heart?
“In summer everyone goes on vacation, to the beach I guess. There they don’t even realize that nothing ever happens at all.” – Before summerbreak Maria quit talking. Far away from vacation activities and swimming pools, she hides in a world where the living visit rarely.
Titania awakens – usually portrayed as a humorous reconciliation between her and Oberon – this short explores the “what if” of a failed modern relationship. Titania and Oberon get lost in empty phrases and silences that cannot cover the deep resentment and loneliness of their eon-old relationship.
An ornithologist falls for a girl dancing with birds.
FRAGILE Instead of letting herself time to coming to terms with her lost relationship, NATALIE (35) has a first date with SASCHA (40), a guy from a dating website, that triggers exactly what she wanted to suppress: her lovesickness – all the pain and anger. It needs one night and some more or less self-destructive […]
PULSE Acclaimed Berlin theater actress Luise Berger is forced to confront her deep-rooted vulnerabilities while waiting to undergo a life-changing surgery at a city hospital. Exposed to the hospital’s blunt routines, Luise’s carefully crafted glass world slowly but steadily is forming fissures.
A PHOTO OF US Autumn 1989. A psychiatry in West Germany. Johanna wants to take care of her brother Robert. She fears that he might hurt himself. But why do the doctors stand in her way, and whom can she trust after the escape from the GDR? A PHOTO OF US is a film about […]
IN SEVEN DAYS IN SEVEN DAYS tells the story of a male friendship: Within a few days Adrian has to make a decision to either put his criminal life in the past or to help is childhood friend Aysun one last time.
ON THE BEACH Laura (34) and Clemens (36) spend their holidays at the sea in Northern Germany. Laura is bored and invents a game: She pretends to be blind. Over the course of a few days the couple gets entangled in their lie, revealing the emptiness of their relationship. In the end we see two […]
THE UNIVERSE IN US A strange biological malformation is detected inside the body of young dancer Li – a second, fully developed heart has grown in her chest. Doctors are mystified. Their search for possible causes remains inconclusive. While specialists encroach upon her body trying to examine the smallest molecule, Li refuses to see her […]
HEADSTRONG MISS M. Since Annie, 12, moved in with her father, she constantly tells wild stories about her pussy. Her father Andreas slowly despairs, his boss is shocked, the social worker is crestfallen. Why does she do this? Gradually, Andreas understands that he has to develop a deeper understanding for Annie’s stories to be able […]
ASTRONAUTS ASTRONAUTS is a film about two human beings. A tale of attraction and rejection. A parable of chaos and cosmos. A love story between destruction and self-destruction. An attempt at love.
HER SON Gregor is a musician and dreamer. He likes his life – as long as he doesn’t have to explain himself to his mother Irène. Long ago he gave up hope of being more than a less well-off son for the successful gallerist one day. A radical deterioration of Irène’s health status is forcing […]
On a hot summer‘s day, lonely Franklin is invited to play with other kids for the first time since moving to a new village. But when the children stumble across a recently moved-in house and observe his mother, things take a drastic turn – and Franklin once again has to play a role that he […]
A million options are suffocating Mia. She’s a young adult trying to escape that pressure by going into the unpredictable trails of the forest. By testing her own limits she hopes to find a clear answer for her own path. That’s when a mysterious figure appears, and she sees in him the possible guide she’s […]
“PASTOR PAUL“ tells the story of a small-town minister forced to choose between a newfound atheism and maintaining his job. No longer able to contain his feelings of disbelief, Paul lights out of church one morning before service, leaving the parishioners, church elders, and his family with many questions. Hours pass, and members of the […]
WHAT IF… Every day life presents us with new options. Every moment we are making new choices that we are often unaware of. We have learned to be the creators of our own lives in the decisions that we make, and often we take this for granted. The human mind bares the ability to think […]
First it’s paint bombs, followed hard by riots. Tweets proclaim what is to be done. Resistance is everywhere. Something has to give. Two young activists meet amid turbulent events. They dance. the city belongs to them.
A bearded man with a backpack gets on an airplane and a beardless man without a backpack simply does what a man has to do.
Martin is a teacher at a local high school. He thinks of himself as a good educator, but his own son begins to rebel against him. One day both drive to school together and get into a bad row over Bastian going on a camping vacation with his buddies. Soon after, Bastian’s classmate Tom starts […]
A film about self-love and the difficulties of love to other people. An aureola is the almond-shaped light phenomenon around the body of a saint in classical, religious representations. Based on this motive, the film discovers the perception of other people in comparison to oneself – the self-perception in love and hatred of one’s own […]
THE OLD MAN AND THE CAT Out of a profound longing for company and social contacts, an old, lonely man fantasises about a perfect world. Together with his imaginary cat he celebrates his 80th birthday. Suddenly the doorbell rings. His young, pretty neighbour is standing at the door.
“I’m not taking any shit from you, motherfucker.” Boris T. loses it in the subway when he is asked for his ticket and then brutally assaults ticket inspector Christian. Christian sees his life dramatically altered by the attack. Boris’ incarceration alone cannot correct what has happened. Also Emily struggles with the aftermath. No one wants […]
Two people get separated. What is left behind of their relationship is a wall full of memories. NORA (28) is just about to take down the photographs, when SASCHA (30) suddenly appears to get the rest of his stuff. His appearance is obviously too much for Nora, especially when he starts to help her taking […]
Giuseppe can‘t knock the hustle. Unlike the permanent love-hate relation with his mother, Giuseppe knows his Italian father only from phone calls. His friends play on his weakness and get him into big trouble when he suddenly bumps into a coach who introduces him to hard workout and lifts his spirits. Filled with new self-confidence, […]
A male prostitute (David Schütter) is trying to escape his long forgotten feelings. The unexpected tender encounter with a young woman (Nadja Bobyleva) confronts him with his real desires and puts his whole life to the test.
Tom lives a settled and relatively carefree life until he meets Peter again. Peter might be stupid but he’s also dangerous, thus deep in Tom’s memory. With Marie in tow, a girl who doesn’t talk much, Peter moves in Tom’s apartment for “a few days”. Already one day after his arrival Peter confesses to Tom […]
Six-year-old Nele has to cope with her mothers cancer. When her big sister Josi describes cancer as a “stupid disgusting thing that they have to remove”, Nele has a hopeful thought: Cancer is like a little rat and a rat can be killed…
Istanbul. A longing young woman visits the man she has left behind in the city that keeps the secret of her life. The delicate reapproach is disturbed by his unconventional friend who shows unique skills of winning her over. While she embarks on a passionate love affair she suddenly finds herself confronted with the themes […]
A boy meets a girl. It could be love. But there is this jacket, too. And the jacket will change everything…
*** ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE 2016 *** *** WINNER AUSTRIAN FILM AWARD 2016 *** A divorced father picks up his eight year-old daughter Lea. It seems pretty much like every second weekend, but after a while Lea can‘t help feeling that something isn’t right. So begins a fateful journey.
Inspired by true events which took place in Southern Germany in the winter of 1945, “Das Problem des Schnellstfluges“ (The Problem of the Fastest Flight) tells the story of an engineer’s harebrained scheme to build a manned rocket made of wood. Humorless scientist Erich Bachem meets young pilot Lothar Sieber when he is ordered to […]
A Man wakes up in the middle of a crossing. He has no memory how he got there. His only clue is a small note in his hand with an address on it. He is searching for explanations. Throughout his grueling search, he is loosing his only confidant. The search is more and more dragging […]
An actress enters the consulting room of a psychoanalyst and begins to talk about her fears and thoughts. It starts an analysis of herself, of her existence and her work …
Sun Sun Sun shows humans in their real surroundings. An attempt to preserve and condense their fleeting everyday life. Impressions of a day of an addict’s monotonous life, always with the same cycle of running, finding money, gambling and taking drugs. A restless person, who can’t access himself anymore and who is trapped in his […]
In a bar, Martin, the cop, runs into his ex-girlfriend Eva. Their small talk soon turns serious and Martin’s intentions become very clear: but neither here nor with his current girlfriend does he find any answers. Furious, he drives through the lonely winter night lit up by neon lights. Just avoiding an accident, he ends […]
The 5-minutes filmlet „Dream to be a Diver“ is based on a short story by the German author Sven Hillenkamp and is an production realized by a small team. The story is about a girl who her whole live dreams of becoming a diver and who carries out all the necessary preparations to reach that […]
The people of this remote village in the Black Forest don’t talk much, but when they do, it’s in the Alemannic dialect. Hanna (21) has travelled far to work here. She shovels manure, milks cows and tries to cope with the farmer, Uwe Kiefer (39). Rather than sell his milk, he pours it down the […]
A tale of being different – and growing up.
On their last night together, Clara, a young Austrian tourist, and Tomer, an Israeli student, find themselves on an unexpected search for the “morning-after pill”. Cultural and personal gaps create distance between them. Tomer and Clara try to open up to each other, but every opportunity for closeness is interrupted by the outside world. With […]
„Burying Mom“ tells the story of Marion and Chris, who both return home to lay their mother to rest. Marion wants to get things over with quickly and cremate their mother, but Chris wants to prevent this at all costs. Therefore, the siblings’ unresolved conflicts from the past are unearthed.
Felix has hit rock bottom. Unable to connect with his comatose wife, the organ builder has taken to numbing his senses and seeks refuge in self-destruction. But before completely going to the dogs, he decides to leave the country. He sets out on a journey that ends up bringing him closer to his wife.
In the thirst for adventure young teacher Daniel heads off to his first big journey around the world. But on his first stop in the Indonesian megacity Jakarta, Daniel is totally over challenged by the foreign culture. He loses sight of his goals and finally of himself. When he meets young Clara, Daniel believes to […]
Din and his family live in a small village several hours from the port city of Chittagong away. To feed his family, he and his close friend Amin head off to search around the city for work. After a long and disappointing day at work they stroll around the darker parts of the city. Looking […]
10-year-old Simon finds his single father dead in his room. Shocked, he tries to maintain his everyday life.
Lilly suffers from Bulimia. She has successfully kept it a secret from her parents for many months now. She finds relief, chatting with her anorexic friend Anna. An uneven Friendship that soon starts to drive her towards her limits.
When he makes a special discovery on his way to the soccer field, a boy has no clue what he’ll face next.
Look away or intervene? When a black man is victim of unfounded, racial abuse in a packed bus, there is only one passenger who won’t ignore the situation like everyone else.
Two Sugars As Always is telling the story of elderly Klara dealing with her son Paul trying to move Anton – Paul’s father and Klara’s husband – to a retirement home. Klara still believes that she can take care of him by herself…
Christian Bender is a a young and ambitious boxer who has an upcoming decisive boxing match. At home, he takes care of his father, who, after a second stroke, has become a complete invalid. When Christians older brother Michael returns home, he isn’t the help Christian would have hoped for.
A railway station in the middle of nowhere. David is looking for his girlfriend: Willa. They were on their way to their own wedding, when an accident made them stuck at a small railway station. Now Willa is missing and none of the other fellow passengers know where she is. Although the next train is […]
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…
In an idyllic fishing village a poet is living between intoxication, desperation and prayer. But what is it that made him a broken man? The personal fate of the protagonist becomes an universal anti-war-story.
Beatrix lives in her cousin’s apartment in Berlin, where she sleeps long into the day. Contrary to her lack of ambition in pursuing a professional career and her refusal of getting committed to a serious relationship, she really cares about her physical appearance and regularly visits an expensive beauty salon to get her hair done. […]
“Spring” gives us a glimpse of the daily life of an elderly woman: Accompanied by opera music, playing on the record player, she prepares to leave her apartment. The pictures on the wall give us an insight into her younger days.
Late at night in a recording studio: Singer Lori is struggling with her own perfectionism while having to stand her ground against her colleagues. In the studio next door Sam, the cleaner, is talking to a man on the phone and gets herself tangled-up in creative lies. „Malibu“ focuses on the little personal tragedies of […]
It’s almost the end of her pregnancy: Helene feels terrible about her body, in her relationship and with her parents who want to come to dinner tonight. So she backtracks deep into herself to find a solution. A story in two pictures.
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.
Amir is a deaf-mute refugee from the Kosovo. Jana is illiterate and lives in Wuppertal. Although the two can’t communicate, a subtle connection evolves between them, up to the point when his past takes its toll…
During a military exercise in the woods, two soldiers cover each other’s faces in camouflage paint. In such a delicate situation, in which every trembling of the finger is perceivable, Max tries to find out the truth about Christian. He fears to become a target of the group himself, if his best friend actually turns […]
TRISTES DÉSERTS – A ROBOT`S TALE is the filmic-musical result from the baroqueand sci-fi-inspired collaboration between artist Stephanie Winter, tenor August Schram and electronic duo Austrian Apparel. Originating in the idea of an audiovisual realization of M.A. Charpentier’s lyrical song “Tristes Déserts” and motivated by the constant interaction of image and sound, a baroque-intergalactic musical […]
Ella is a Polish immigrant worker, who works in Germany to finance the academic studies of her daughter in Poland. Because of a disease her employment appears to be endangered. When her daughter decides to come to Germany probably facing the same fate as her mother, the mother decides to press a dismissal wage from […]
The film shows the last steps in the life of a man who feels the world and his existence drawing to a close. He sets forth on an intense journey of no return when he meets a man helping him to fulfil his last wish.
Diana, the stern and passionate Film Director, in her eyes also the Huntress, the Queen, sees her supremacy over her beloved film challenged by Aimée, the frighteningly efficient and down-to-earth assistant director, triggering Diana’s anxious and intruding imagination to paint the situation like a wild battle to be won or lost. An intimate journey into […]
Paul is 16 years old and earns his pocket money working the streets. Fleeting encounters shape his daily routine, until he comes across a group of teenagers that teach him the lesson that nobody can run away from their problems. But Paul has made a pact. A pact with some ants. An „Ameisenpakt,“ which questions […]
Max has been studying in Frankfurt for some time when a family event brings him back home to Vienna’s outskirts. A short meeting with old freinds turns into an all-nighter, just like in the old days: drinking beer in the skate park, secretly breaking into the outdoor pool with young women, hanging out at the […]
The beauty of autumn has arrived in full force once again. Out in the retirement home garden, Hans is enjoying the last rays of sunshine with his son, Peter. Hans is happy with his little family, and would be able to the approaching eve of his life with contentment… if it weren’t for one old […]
A trout meant to be grilled gets the name Karl and doesn’t end up on the barbecue. The couple Johann and Helene take an outing into the mountains. However their mood is somewhat dulled because Helene has breast cancer in an advanced stage. Johann tries to distract his wife with awkward cheerfulness but has difficulties […]
Sollberger, the long-serving head of Swiss prison hospital ward, is well respected among both inmates and collegues. When he looses control in a incident with an inmate, the clear line between right and wrong starts to blur and Sollberger himself suddenly becomes the security hazard.
After a traumatic experience the young student Clara returns for Christmas to her family’s home on the countryside. Here she must surpress her pain to become part of the Christmas harmony.
“I know every wrinkle of your body. This is a nightmare”. With her husband leaving, Silvi finally realizes that her rather dull marriage has failed. The 47-year-old woman, now lost and lonely, but also driven by the desire to not be alone, she decides to start over again! Anonymous sex, endearment in the dark and […]
Paris, Hotel Amour, a “Nouvelle Vague” couple meets in the iconic French hotel after a long period of separation. After a confession the two get lost in love, passion and fights. Emotion mixed with non emotion. Love mixed with hate. Disappointment mixed with attachment: “I thought you were different! You don’t feel anything!“ – but […]
The year 1949 in Germany: a man wakes up in a cellar, next to him two dead bodies. He doesn’t remember who he is or what happened. An investigator tries to find out if the man is a suspect or a victim. The psychological cat-and-mouse game between the two men turns into a race against […]
Zoe, a young girl, barely aged twenty, is purposeless roaming and apperently easygoing through the nights and the clubs of Berlin. To overcome her longing for secureness and closeness, she bemuses herself again and again with indiscriminately sex. By chance she gets new aspects for her life – the sexploitation of her body. For the moment […]
Little girl Charlie doesn’t know how to cope with the separation of her parents. Inspired by a fairy tale, she believes that her father was poisoned by his new girlfriend. Thus, she tries to free her father from this spell and comes up with a fatal plan…
‘transient’ captures the first three days of a young professional moving from London to Frankfurt for an interim assignment. He represents well-educated, well-paid young professionals constantly on the move, who never settle down, but only have a ‘hub’ city for their journey fueled by ‘perform, achieve’ culture. Settling into a new apartment, meeting a new […]
Paul has all he wants to be happy: a stable job, a beautiful and loving wife who is expecting their first child, a lot of friends. On his 37th Birthday though, within a single day, everything is about to change. In the mythical Parc of the ex-Berlin Tempelhof airport, he runs into a mysterious Stranger, […]
When a mysterious asteroid crashes into the Pacific Ocean, all the adults on earth degenerate into feral creatures. A young girl, Sweetheart, fights for the survival of herself and her infant brother in this brutal new world, where her own parents are no longer who they appear to be, and nowhere is safe.
Summer. A suffocating heat fills the bedroom. He’s sitting in one corner, she’s in another. Bored. With coy glances she tries to catch his attention. No luck. She gets more demanding; he throws a pillow. A passionate fight over their relationship erupts. Emotions intensify. Love changes to hate, and defense to erotic attraction. SUNDAY […]
“Sisters in Crime” tells the story of the two sisters Hanna and Lena who are trying to realize their dream of emigrating. Hanna seduces rich men, goes home with them, sleeps with them and copies the house key. The next day the two sisters then break into the houses and loot cash and jewelery. This […]
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.
Leon’s (19) health seemed stable within the last years, until he was recently admitted to the hospital with cardiac arrhythmias. The consequence was an emergency surgery on the heart. For a few seconds Leon was clinically dead until he was rescued. Since then pictures of his near-death experience did not leave him, did not let go. Leon is […]
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 […]
The days of Adrian and commissioner Keller in the provincial Oldenburg are numbered. The 18 year old graffiti writer Adrian wants to get out of the small town to go and study art, while the aging commissioner just quit his job in the vandalism department oft he local police. For the second time. When another […]
Every Moment leads to another one. Thus, to understand one Moment one has to know about his background, because everything has a cause and everything has an effect. Fortune Faded describes this principle with a journey through this moments and tells a story of a fateful concatenation, that finally ends up in fire and ashes.
Anna hasn’t always done things right, but she wants to change. She dreams of taking Jerome far away and starting over somewhere else. They could be happy, just the two of them……
Directed by Bryn Chainey, the video for “Legacy” chronicles the loss of a beloved pet mouse, and a young girl’s fascination for death and eclectic funerals. Set against the lush, horn infused melodies of the four minute (and some spare change) track, the video explores cultural ceremonies ranging from a customary Japanese funeral to a […]
Wasser explores various stages of a man’s apathy. Unable to see or perceive his wife, he associates her missing with water. To remind himself of her and in an attempt to avoid his more and more self-centric behaviour, he exhibits water-filled jars throughout the apartment. Based on a true story.
Taweez tells the story of an old, lonesome talisman-writer, who earns his money with prophecy and has already lost the hope for acknowledgement in life, but suddenly finds himself as a messiah as a result of the rumours in the village. Some now even call hin a charlatan. In the little village acknowledgement comes as […]
The deep friendship between the young and beautiful actresses Maria and her Jewish friend Lea gradually starts to break as Maria’s husband Hans goes from being unemployed to a high ranking SS-Officer. But on the day of the first deportation of Jews in Munich, Maria goes despite the ban of Hans to warn Lea thereby […]
Ruth cares for her mother Hilde who is suffering from dementia. Both women are broke because the care devours every last cent. Only the approval of the ´level of care 2‘ can still save the two women. But when the case manager from the medical advisory service comes by to evaluate Hilde’s health condition, suddenly […]
He is a silent man. He walks the streets, watching, looking for the right place. He finds it. In the middle of a market. He sets up a stand. But instead of selling his goods, the silent man gives them away for free. The other sellers watch. They feel provoked. The situation escalates. They lose […]
Monika is raging. Monika is on the run. Monika is trying to escape from husband Richard. Her destination is Venice. Her partner in crime is Nema, a mute hitchhiker. Nema pushes Monika to follow her path relentlessly. Until Richard catches up and Monika has to fight for her freedom. Who is the man, whom Monika […]
MORITZ loves the nature and is full of discovery: he likes to play in the garden and toss the stones into the water. But what if his favorite toy is suddenly broken? Will MORITZ find a way?
“Boy” finds himself in an absurd situation. He wakes up on a little island in the middle of an open-air swimming pool, unable to remember anything. A strange sailor is his only companion. And although the edge of the pool is just a few metres away, it seems out of reach: a shark is patrolling […]
One morning, Mr. Kawuras awakens with a ball on his head. At first nothing in his daily routine changes, as usual Kawuras gets ready to go out. But outside, his appearance arouses curiosity, the ball attracts the interest of people in the public space and seems to be a fascinating skill. Kawuras performs with virtuosity […]
The time stands still, the moments are everlasting. The nameless characters turn into numb figures, surfacing and disappearing like mental tatters. The protagonist is trapped and strays through a confusing construction of thoughts, finally losing herself.
ANDREAS loves filming anything that will come in front of his camera lens. He especially takes joy in shooting videos, in which he and his friends CLEMENS and DINA pretend to kill themselves. When ANDREAS massively exaggerates and carelessly throws himself on some subway tracks just to shock his best friend, CLEMENS has had enough […]
To fulfill the last will of his mother, the young JAKOB ADLER needs to meet his biological father, who is inmate of a forensic psychiatric hospital for murdering his own brother for over 25 years. Jakob wants to talk to the doctor in charge DR WEISS before and unfolds the true scale of the tragedy […]
BUSCHOW is the story about a relationship. It’s an ideal relationship, that’s shit. Two people in their mid-twenties are on vacation in a summer cottage in the woods. They don’t understand each other’s feelings, so they try to speak, about models of loving, about themselves, about love. Yet their different languages don’t really allow them […]
Lukasz (24) wants to get out of the socially deprived. He longs for social Recognition and wants what he misses his life: loyalty. As a racket for the Hamburg milieu Size ‘Milan’ he believes to have found all this. While Lukasz ‘social advancement begins to take shape, bringing the death of the common parent after years […]
Tim is 38 and works as a taxi driver, which gives him enough flexibility to take care of his father who suffers from Alzheimer. Lee, a Chinese student, is 25 and Tim’s boyfriend – although he wants more than occasional sex in Tim’s taxi. The problem is that the father takes all the attention he […]
At the cost of each other two Vietnamese couples in Berlin are searching for support, comfort and above all, a home. The Vietnamese Bien and Thien have illegally come to Berlin and have come into hiding at their older relatives Nga and Nam. They are willing to live in total submissiveness for work and apparent […]
A fatefull autumn day in 1805. The morning mist hanging heavily over the sprawling field at Duerenstein. Phillipe, a young officer of the Napoleonic troops, is leaving his camp early to warn Mina, his childhood sweatheart, and the other inhabitants of the town of Krems before the planned looting. Alarm bells are struck, the news […]
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.
“Goodbye Papa” is a touching drama about a boy coping with the death of his father and the grief that comes with it. Young Benedict is very attached to his father’s old set of medieval armor and it is the only thing that gives him any comfort. Trying to be a knight, he ends up […]
In the 70`s of East Germany, child Iris lives with her young parents secluded in the province. Her beeing in a difficult familysituation, characterised by injury, longing and alcohol, Iris finds herself to process reality by escaping into wild fairytale dreams
Ten year old Jonas lives with his ill mother in a small two bedroom apartment. One day he watches from his window as a circus troupe passes by. Later he comes across the troupe again. This time he follows them through the suburbs and is lead into a strange and fascinating world.
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Lilli and Ana are best friends, and more – they are a couple. Erotic curiosity quickly developed into a serious relationship. They share everything – until the day Ana finds out that she is pregnant. In an instant, the lives of the two young women change drastically. New feelings overwhelm them that they cannot bring […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 bored businessman alone in a hotel makes a phone call home only to make a shocking discovery when he talks to the maid. Martin, an executive working away from home who makes a phone call home at a very bad time. Martin’s call to his wife is picked up by the Maid who is […]
After his father left the family, Klemens has taken over for him as the man of the house. His mother Kerstin and him live in tune with each other´s more or less regular day-to-day routine. A close and intimate relationship. Used to his mother´s outbreaks and meltdowns, Klemens has a hard time dealing with his […]
A story about the ups and downs in a relationship of a young couple and jealousy that longs for everything and owns nothing.
Faris closes his eyes and breathes deeply. He relives the murder of his parents, Again and again. It will not let him go. It arouses something that is deeply buried within his soul. Something dark that lurks and is nourished by his fear. He does all he can to repress the memory, for he knows […]
The young musician Finn is stumbling between the longing for conventional fulfilment and the discomfort of understanding, that it‘s hard to get along in a niche without any bourgeois conventions. How can he find an alternative draft for his life, that won‘t lead him in a stuck up, middle class life? His heart says: explode! […]
“Daddy has made a mistake.” That’s what three siblings, Mara (16), Felix (12) and Moritz (7), get served for dinner. And suddenly daily life gets a different meaning. Mara is let down by her boyfriend, Felix is about to fall in love for the first time and the small Moritz builds up in a dominoes […]
During therapy with a psychologist is the 18-year old Maik confronted with events of a disturbing night. His carefully built up front seems to crumble more and more, as he remembers. But as much as he wants to entrust himself to somebody – he simply can’t: his friend Thomas wants to prevent his involvement by […]
A hot summer’s day in the countryside of Brandenburg. Under the blazing sun, 14-year old Volkan is working on a farm, all the while longing to return to his home city. The social worker who regularly visits the boy is compassionate but unable to reach him with his motivational speeches. After getting into an argument […]
He is a typical representative of our generation. Discontent, aimless, full. His room is a self-made cell of isolation, the computer the only being he is dealing with. His desire to understand the world leads to stagnation. When the internet dies one day he is forced to confront his paralysing apathy. So he _ nds […]
A woman (Isolde Barth) remembers her first love experience, realizing it’s true significance only in retrospective. Beautiful and light feelings suddenly turn oppressive and lead to new perspectives.
When Jonas, an actor, encounters his ex-boyfriend Anton at a party, he struggles to keep his composure. But for Jonas, a young man who can’t differentiate between the stage and real life, the performance he puts on soon spirals out of his control. Jonas has to improvise in front of his friends, who call for […]
Eva lives in the mountains and has been taking care of her grand mother all her life who just passed away two weeks ago. While she is grieving over her grandmother, she gets an unexpected and late visit from her sister Anna, an actress that is visiting from the big city. The two couldn’t be […]
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.
Jaschek is driving. Nada is sitting next to him. No one talks till he puts in a cassette. Nada’s voice comes on. She talks about the night they met. Her voice takes us on a journey remembering what they saw in each other. Through Jaschek’s eyes we will become part of their inaccessible story. Vor […]
The idea for the video essay “Neue Nähe” was created in autumn 2010. As a volunteer at the Axel Springer Academy and following the success of their teams with the cross-media project “Little Berlin” written and produced Sonja Vukovic in collaboration with moderation and video coach Christian Stahl and with the support of cross-media director […]
Arne wants to kill himself. But once he is standing on the chair with the rope around his neck, he suddenly discovers a small child staring at him from the window of the building across the street. He starts communicating with the unwanted observer, not foreseeing what this encounter has in store for him… A […]
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.
Another day at the ballet school. Classes routine goes as usual, when Sophie notices a boy outdoors, on the street. He was here yesterday already. She finds him mysterious, maybe she likes him, but doesn’t dare to do anything with it. Surrounded by her frivolously chattering classmates, she realizes that another girl is faster making […]
A photo shoot. The model Helen is unnerved. Back in the changing room she makes a surprising discovery. Everything around her is edible – the chair, the TV, the walls…
Noah has not seen his father for ten years. Shortly before his father dies, Noah makes the 3,000 mile journey to Mount Ararat but arrives too late, and has to bury his father at the foot of the legendary mountain. His gentle brother still lives in his father’s old village. He leads an unhappy marriage […]
I can’t move on, I wish I could. But I’m caught in the thought of what could have been, losing my grip on reality.