In Western culture, when we find ourselves in crisis, it’s natural to question our existence and the meaning of life. We are suffering; we want to change. Eastern philosophies, yoga and meditation are keys to happiness, or so preach the countless Western adherents of these far Eastern practices. Buddhism is one path to enlightenment. Following […]
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Aysha and Michele are at the wall bars, climbing rope in hand. Kevin stands next to them, black socks against a dull blue floor, left hand in his pocket. We all start together on three. One, two, three. The camera frames the scene, directs the course of events, encourages active participation. It breaks things open, […]
ONCE UPON A TRUTH We all grew up with the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers. And we all know that fairy tales are not true. Or are they? When the two children of an ambitious journalist push their teacher into an oven because their mother called her a “witch, a storm of media indignation […]
WOLF Charlie and her dad keep sheep. Wolf kill sheep. Charlie needs to act.
A past childhood period that was long tucked away in denial comes back alive within the intimate and uterine space of a bathtub.
Margaux and Bruno are on the road in Portugal and about to meet the young woman’s family. Along the way, Bruno behave strangely. Margaux will have to oppose the man she loves and faces a reality she didn’t want to see.
Zaman is a young afghan boy who lives and works as an hairdresser in a salon, in Calais’s migrant camp the ‘Jungle’. Like thousands of others he has fled from war. As the french government announces ‘jungle’s’ imminent destruction, Zaman does not know where to go. Reaching the U.K. seems to be his only option, […]
The non-narrative animated film is a poetic debate with the issue of “HOME” and the experience of the outland as a new home. A collage of fragments of Hilde Domin´s poems and a concentration and overlay of sketchy drawings and sound elements – always incomplete, always close to disappearance. It describes the search for an […]
Fueled by coke, a desperate couple attempts to capitalize on an unlikely opportunity.
Marie is in her mid-thirties and has been with Sascha for a very long time, sometimes she does not even know for how long exactly. The next phase in their relationship is initiated as they only get naked on her fertile days. But does she really want it? The big picture? Or rather be wild […]
Egomorphosis is a short film set in the nothingness of thought, sense and self-identification. The characters of the film represent refracted unity of one person and its inner struggle.
Kurt (35) is a stage actor in Munich theatres. He has a critical view at our society. Relationships become too close very fast. Often his attitude is upsetting his fellow men. „To change the world – start with yourself!“ Kurt hires a camerawoman. Do videos of his everyday life enable him to solve his problems?
Nani Kama Mama (No one like mother) is a movie about poverty, self responsibility and street justice in Tanzania. The young man Pesambili lives with his mother in poverty. When his mother becomes seriously ill, Pesambili leaves his village to seek for money for the life save medicine. On his Journey to a little harbor […]
Reconstructing Reality is an 11-min film about how information shapes our minds and perception of reality. I investigated how different ways of storytelling contribute to our constantly changing perception of reality. The red thread is based on a personal story. It is edited with found footage, a collage of different ‘voices’ captivates the viewer to […]
Elina Maligina’s film soulcash gives an insight into emotionally charged and climactic, but brief moment in the life of a woman who is going through menopause. The story is about the purification through psychological change that happens at this point rather than the physiological one.
Whilst we remain safe and sound, watching the highest grossing cat fail compilation – all that is kept out of sight gets back to us in this consumerist nightmare. On a global playground, without bounds, the cat’s body is devoured, exploited and controlled – its fear of pain being stronger than its longing for freedom. […]
A chamber piece in which a young couple are about to meet two strangers for group sex. An intense observation of something extraordinary in an ordinary couple’s life. Philip and Jelena are getting ready for a night in: having a quick shower, arranging some snacks on the table and making the odd snide remark. Both […]
“Only when a young mother fears her child is in danger is she able to take the first step away from codependency with her own alcoholic mother.”
After a one year Job on a far away planet space traveller Jo experiences a bumby incident during his flight back to Earth. His board computer Deborah claims she has everything under control. But is that true?
There are only a few days left till Cata’s 15th birthday party. It’s now her time to celebrate this great, traditional event. She divides her time between dancing, hanging out wither friends after school and one upsettingly tight dress. Only a few days before her party, out of the blue, arrives a different and liberal […]
Just like every morning a man unlocks the school gates. Just like every morning he starts his day with a strong tea. But today Khalid the school janitor experiences everything differently. On his walk through the empty school grounds he learns more about the students’ dreams, fears and memories than ever before. This documentary draws […]
Surrounded by the solitude of life in the countryside, teenage girl Jana wants to be photographed as a femme fatale, hoping to seduce a man many years her senior. Her friend, Andy, agrees to help her out with his analog camera. While Jana struggles with being fatale, Andy finds himself longing to be closer to […]
Commodity City is an observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China. The film explores moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.
Two sisters come to their grandfather’s house to bring him parcel. But he is not at home and door is unlocked. He has already been gone like this before and at that time he could not remember the way home. Two girls have to decide what to do, considering that their family members used to […]
In rural villages in Ghana, Clara faces the challenges of teaching, as her students discover the happiness of having wheels. This playful animated documentary shows how bicycling brings joy to a new teacher and independence to her students.
“The Shelter” is a German-Arabic culture-clash comedy, based on true events: Erwin and Hildegard get lost whilst on a hiking holiday in Bavaria. They end up in a strange guest house, not knowing that it’s long closed and now a refugee shelter. Only when demanding the bill for the delicious meal, the truth unravels.
Maike, Nina and Frank. Two best girlfriends and a man, engulfed in a triangle relationship, are going on a, for one of them deadly search for trust, love and their profile in the real and also virtual life of an online partner-exchange.
‘JESSICA’ is about two women who share a name and appearances and meet when one hires the other to clean her home through an app.
As a young woman attempts to shoot a film about „Orpheus in the Underworld“, she falls into a well and dies. But instead of finding peace in the beyond, her fantasy remains stuck on earth. The reason for this is a lively carpenter from Berlin whom she had met a few minutes before her death…
The exhausted architect Leon longs for a shoulder to lean on. His confident girlfriend Jenni, however, feels neglected by her always-working boyfriend. It gets tricky when there emerges a digital copy of Jenni, who’s caring and not judgmental at all…
oo-nye-doo? follows several threads which are linked in varying ways: Why I didn’t get a Furby and what the NSA’s got to do with it, how fears and fetishes overlap and how the hole in us is always exactly the same size as the product we desire. Starting with one’s own wish for a Furby, […]
These are uncertain times. For empathetic and inquisitive seven-year old Lotte, a bubble of “childhood bliss” is not her reality. With her parents’ constant arguing, Lotte struggles to understand the source of the stress. One evening, Lotte sees her mother frantically stashing away cubes of bread and mutters in passing they are *for harder times*. […]
Global Village, digital generation: mysterious sexual assaults, real and virtual identities, a policewoman who becomes obsessed with the hunt…but who is she after? A socio-critical tech-noir debut film, showing the alarming dangers of new technologies.
Don Ruperto is an old cynical man who does not care about other people’s feelings. Ruthlessly he cares just on his own interests. When he gets himself into trouble nevertheless he is helped by those he hurt.
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 […]
Reborn Babies are lifelike dolls, that are nearly indistinguishable from real infants. Although Sabine Buncak’s sons are almost grown ups, yet she still holds on to their infancy and creates a dream reality with her own nursery and four Reborn Babies.
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.
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 […]
Taking as its starting point the photographic archives of the Thistle Foundation and Craigmillar Festival Society, rather than examining the known facts and details of the photographs held in the archives, the narrator uses them to recall her own memories of making photographs as a teenager.
Pee. Wait. Panic. Steph is in a happy, long-term relationship, but now she might be pregnant she has no idea what she wants.
The story of an encounter, the fulfillment and the fail of wishes and phantasies. Mishka and Fox – a white dot, a red line and the infinite darkness of the universe.
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.
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.
Journalist Georg and his girlfriend Vera meet DJ and bon vivant Dave Zuma at an open-air festival. When the three board the hippie bus, the trip of their lifetime begins, through the Balkans heading south. Side-by-side, under the sun of the ancient continent a passionate amour fou unfolds between the three and shows them what […]
An audio visualization through manipulation and animation of video recordings in the city of Berlin.
From the team that brought you “The Lost Tribes of New York City” comes a new animated documentary. “149th and Grand Concourse” captures the diverse voices of the South Bronx against a backdrop of rapidly changing streets. An animated portrait of New York city life in flux.
Exit is a film about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sara Murray became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband. She lived a strong religious and dedicated life before she couldn´t handle the rigidness of her faith any more. Leaving the […]
It’s quite plain to 7 year old Nori: She is a girl, because she has a girl’s heart. But her body is that of a boy … Five years ago: Each and every day mother and son argue about what appears trivial: the colours of pants and shirts suddenly matter, soon all he agrees to […]
It was a taboo back then and it is still a taboo today for girls and women in war and crisis zones around the world. More then 70 years later Hilde speaks about her past.
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?
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.
In the middle of the steppes of Kyrgyzstan an old foundation dating back to the Soviet era is gaining more and more importance in the nomads’ daily life.
Vida wakes in a barn. Disorientated she looks around and slowly comprehends her situation. She is gagged and her hands and feet are tied. Panic sets in, she tries to free herself. But the cords do not give way. When she slips in her attempts and makes a loud noise an armed man enters the […]
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.
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?
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 drama-comedy about love, loneliness and jumping into conclusions. VALENTIN tells the story of photographer Claudia who has lost faith in love. Claudia focuses on building up her photo studio together with her clumsy assistant Kaspar. Around Valentine’s Day there is no escape from the seasonal misery for singles: endless love songs play on the […]
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 […]
The film follows five metal artists from Berlin who are creating fire-spitting dragons for the world-famous Fusion Festival. The artists are using shower hoses, weighing machine parts, metal wheels, panels, and a great variety of metal bits and pieces, all of it found in scrap yards. They talk about the fight for creative leeway, their […]
In the summer of 2015 thousands of refugees arrive in Berlin. Amongst them are many children. Behind them lie long and, in some cases, difficult journeys. Friends and family are gone, everything is different, everything foreign. For Berlin based child and youth circus Cabuwazi it is immediately clear that something must be done. An independent […]
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.
Everyday routine on an ordinary working day. Then things turn in a different direction – or was it just a dream?
ANNA and HANS belong together; all their friends simply call them the HANNAS: a long-term couple in their sleepy thirties. One day, they meet ADHD sisters KIM and NICOLA and each begin love affairs with the sisters, but ultimately wind up emotionally put through the wringer: A story about thirty-ish bodies, food and love.
THE CHILDREN SEND THEIR REGARDS. Their names are George, Inge, Jo, Sepp, Paula, Walo, Anita, Klaus and Klaus. They were acolytes, pupils, wards and foster home children, who were sexually, emotionally and physically abused by members of the clergy. Accompanied by the camera, the victims visit the locations of the crimes from back then. Many […]
A terrible job, an awful home – call center agent Jana seems to be resigned to her pitiful life. Then the elevator gets stuck…
Two young women making videos for their Youtube channel, stuck in beauty-industry and product placement. A tyranny of clicks, likes and follower, a gamble with truths and authenticities.
DARK ALP. After having been away for a long time, a hunter returns to his chalet in the Austrian mountains. Up there he discovers terrifying things, but that’s just the beginning of a series of sinister events.
An adolescent Ida, who awaits a kidney transplant, is einvigorated by the sudden and mysterious arrival of a schizophrenic young man. The two spend an unforgettable night together and push outside the boundaries of their illnesses. All the while a deal has been made to kill the boy, so that Ida may live.
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 […]
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 […]
BLANK is a story about running away. The two women Mila and Charly use this way of escapism to avoid facing their respective crises. Hoping to find new ways of coping with their inner dead ends, they decide to take a trip to the sea but not take into account that they are taking themselves […]
WHEN SPARROWS MUNCH Five-year-old Willi has a dog, a very special one. But because some grown-ups don’t seem to understand this, Schnuffi is thrown away. Willi knows: with fantasy everything is possible! And suddenly he has a sparkly new idea.
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.
EVERYMAN The actor Philipp Hochmair is working on becoming the EVERYMAN. The filmic narration revolves around the mime’s quest for identity of his diverse persona. He seems to lose self-perception, becomes desperate, then rises again – needing to be nothing and nobody to become everything and everyman?
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 […]
LONGING FOR A KISS Logline: Four women, three generations, two pregnancies, one family. In love united, as they search for love. At the heart of the film are three strong female characters from three generations, teetering on the edge of a nervous breakdown. DORIS still wants to continue controlling the lives of her two daughters, […]
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.
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.
In a dry, barren landscape, a herd of cattle is grazing, accompanied by dogs, looked after by cowboys. Step by step the seemingly peaceful place starts to prove fallacious to the viewer – while the cows end their day as it begun.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
„The dream is the 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 […]
“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 […]