19-year-old Alessandra is a wrestling student. As a newbie, her first goal is to develop a so-called “gimmick” for herself: an artificial character similar to her for fighting in the ring. This film documents this development process, which at the same time represents an inner journey of self-discovery for Alessandra. But on her way to […]
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A judge’s life changes radically, when his wife and daughter become the victims of a fatal car accident. When he learns that the person responsible for the death of his loved ones is protected by the diplomatic status and may not be held accountable for the crime the judge has to take the law into […]
A woman, suffering from mental illness, is stalked in her own home by her own thoughts of the past.
Being fed up as police brutality in his city gets worse, a teenager from South LA – Ant, 14 – is faced with the decision to join protesters one night, or his older brother and his friends, as they plan a robbery. Luckily for them, Ant knows a place that could hold the perfect score. […]
800 fates are hanging in the balance. 800 people in the village Proschim are waiting to see if they lose everything. Will they have to leave their homes to make room so more energy can be produced? Abraum gives a platform to the stories that raise questions and the people who try to make sense […]
The story of the singer Lèlè and the artist Effe. Lèlè arrives in her hometown for a stop on her tour on the same day that Effe inaugurates an installation in the city. The two have long been linked sentimentally and they meet again on this occasion, months after their painful separation.
On the drought-ridden Southern tip of Africa, an unusual encounter between a water diviner and a charismatic stranger sparks a coming of age journey with a bitter end. Far from the Castle is a psycho-sexual fable warning us that while water owes nothing to nobody, it still speaks louder than words.
In 2017 visual and performance artist Mercedes Azpilicueta and business professor Jacco van Uden swapped jobs for a full month. Since we are here reflects on experiences that are as individual as they are universal: feeling estranged, adjusting to new spaces, and finding new areas for action.
A child internalizes the chaos of home renovations and his parents’ preoccupation, precipitating a fever dream that catapults his consciousness into adult realms of obsession and dread.
Victoria is a transgender woman who lives in Berlin. During the course of one night she embarks on a journey in search of release from the burden of the body and its limitations. An intimate yet violent exploration that challenges the boundaries of gender, body and soul.
BORN TO BE follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting at the groundbreaking Center for Trans-gender Medicine and Surgery in NYC—where, for the first time, all transgender and non-binary people have access to quality healthcare and surgery. With extraordinary access, this feature-length documentary takes an intimate look at how one doctor’s work impacts the lives […]
A pianist arrives in her new flat. But as soon as she rehearses, her neighbour tries everything possible to stop her from playing. The reason : she hates classical music. Soon enough, a sound war starts between the two women, very rapidly involving everyone in the building. The pianist, in a moment of madness plays […]
PILATE Anna, an elderly, village woman, is widowed. Her daughter, a big city doctor, believes that the best thing would be to take her mother in. But the relationship between Anna, torn from her own environment, and Iza, living her city life, doesn’t work out; Anna slowly withers in their life together lacking genuine love.
BOOK OF HOURS. Livre d’heures portrays the day-to-day cohabitation of the artist Suzan and her grandmother Bomi in a village. The film is based on their real-life interaction. The film’s aesthetics serve as a metaphor to depict their different identities and lifestyles, based on the evolution of the status of women and the difference between artist and […]
To gain Alexandra’s love, a therapist inadvertently finds himself forced to euthanize his beloved turtle. Rainer is determined to accept the challenge, yet he can’t find it within him to shoot at his pet. As he is about to give up, he finds help from a foreigner, whom he mistakes for a terrorist.
A teacher is set to do his daily routine classroom at the school he works, during one of the most difficult days to teach.
PEACOCK ISLAND Essayistic narrative about a 1793 garden island in Berlin with a peacock population. The film is a composite of precise observations of the peacock, the transition of spring season and passages of historical literature from its day. The play of manifold elements shifts lyrically and theatrically.
AND, CUT! Tom is an actor and the only thing he really wants on the filmset is a still water. The big Problem is, that his colleagues are too incompetent to organise one.
TOPRAK – SOIL Since the death of his parents, the teenage Burak lives with his uncle Cemil and grandmother in a remote Turkish village town. They try to make a living by selling pomegranates but while the religious Cemil is satisfied to live his life in poverty, Burak struggles to leave for the city […]
Alone in New York, Somali rideshare driver Abdi begins his nightshift with the news of a tragedy back home. The faces in the backseat change as he wrestles, unable to connect, with whether the unthinkable can be true—until a vision provides the clarity he seeks. Poetic and lyrical, BROOKLYN PARK is a modern-day immigrant tale […]
THE LIZARD KING In a subtle poetic and calm cinematic language, Oehri tells in his first movie the story of an unfortunate father-daughter relationship that might receive a second chance. Filmed in atmospheric black-and-white, the film creates a subtle power, deeply penetrated by human conditions.
On a hot and febrile day, teenage Claire ditches school to meet some friends in the woods where her memories, traumas and desires merge into tears, sweat, and sperm in a reflection on this generation’s sexual and existential disorientation.
INTO THE NIGHT The Apocalypse has been announced three months ago. This is Earth’s last day. In a city where absurdity has become the new norm, a young man takes his final walk for a last glance at beauty. In the end the apocalypse arrives, just as expected, but it’s alright. After all, it’s been […]
Shtetlers tells the secret story of small Jewish towns in the former Soviet Union where the traditional Jewish life continued for decades after disappearing everywhere else. The film offers the last glimpse into the lives of shtetlers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, scattered all around the world.
DAWN Kim, 14 years old, is placed in juvenile correction centre for the first time. Deprived of liberty, she suddenly has to conform to strict rules, and she loses all her bearings. She might well try, it seems to her that it will never be enough, no matter how many efforts she makes. So she […]
In a 24/7 burger place, a man engages in a flirtatious conversation with a woman with no arms, as she uses him to get fed her burger. With each bite, the conversation turns deeper and darker as the woman digs deep into his subconscious with her questioning.
NO PLACE When Nego discovers that the cacau farm he lives and works on is going to be sold, he must face not only the loss of his home and job, but also the daily contact he has with the land he cherishes so much.
Inspired by true events. Cabarete follows the story of Somalia, a good-hearted teenage kitesurfer from the Dominican Republic who convinces his idol to train him for an upcoming tournament in Cabarete. However, once in Cabarete, the town’s hedonistic nightlife quickly catches Somalia’s attention, and he finds himself having to choose between a life of pleasure […]
A young deaf girl comes to live on a boat owned by a big talker. She makes contact with the people – and the gerbil – which inhabit this world via written notes, gesture, and dance before a small but significant death pushes her to make judgments about these relationships.
AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK 4 priests in 3 countries at different points of their biography – these are the protagonists of the film ” An impossible task”. In the centre: Martin, who wants to be a priest – actually. The film accompanies him for 4 years. An “intimate road movie” with a spiritual dimension.
Film, as an existence independent of reality and rooted in the soil of reality, is very similar to dreams. Making a video work is, in a sense, making a dream. Seeing is not necessarily true, hearing is not necessarily false. Humans are creatures that believe what they want to believe. Even in the face of […]
Society’s capitalist and consumerist views of women amount to little more than their views of horses. Their value is found not in their humanity, but in their appearance and their labor, and how each may be exploited. In Girls Grow Up Drawing Horses, these relationships and parallels occur to the narrator as she considers her […]
Mekon had been making music as long as he could think. But in 2014, he has to flee Nigeria after his parents were murdered. He starts to work in Libya. But instead of making music, Mekon has to fight for his survival. In summer 2018, he decides to flee to Europe. He is saved from […]
YOUR COLOR Hailing from disparate backgrounds, Karl and Albert bond over their desire to escape their small town existence and move to Barcelona, in search of a happier life. With their mutual sense of humor and provocative ideas, they decide to document their youthful adventures with the dream of sharing their passions publicly. Upon settling […]
Edward lives alone in LA. He posts a letter to an unknown address every day only to wait for it to be returned. When Edward notices his mail would mysteriously disappear or be delayed, he begins to suspect the Italian exchange student working at his apartment complex, Juliet, who just recently attempts to befriend him. […]
Set on the unruly outskirts of Mumbai, Bagheera is the determined leader of an Indian Girl Scout troop, teaching her girls everything from first aid to snake handling. After a troop meeting one evening, Bagheera is abducted by a brutal assailant, Kaka (Uncle). He drives her to a run-down dairy, dumps her in an electrified […]
TERROR Dan, who suffers from PTSD after being wounded in a terrorist attack, finds himself thrown together with his Arab co-workers when multiple terror attacks hit Jerusalem again.
THE LITTLE DEATH «The little death» is a documentary film about the female orgasm. Women from various ages, experiences and sexual preferences talk about their orgasms in all sincerity. Poetical, abstract and metaphorical images take us into the heart of their sensations. Speaking about orgasm, the protagonists talk about their desires, their sexuality. With sensibility, […]
When Tamer Alawam was killed by a grenade in 2012, he left over 300 hours of film footage of the Syrian Revolution – images, which were meant to show Syria from inside. Overwhelmed by the flood of these images and driven by feelings of grief, responsibility and powerlessness, two young filmmakers and friends of Tamer […]
The journey unravels in three different hypnotic chapters. Three people from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities come together in a cosmopolitan set up. They nurture a strong desire to have a real connection with each other, but the act of connecting turns out to be a real struggle and a challenge as they start sharing the […]
THE VILLAGE AND THE WILDFIRE If everybody works together, great things can be achieved!” – 37 inhabitants of Ferraria de São João follow this principle. The small Portuguese village lies hidden amidst an enormous expanse of eucalyptus forest. Eucalyptus, although lucrative for the booming paper industry, is easily inflammable and is therefore an uncontrollable threat […]
FEELINGS TO TELL After falling into sleep, Jiang, a young painter, finds himself in a Taogu village where he meets a mute girl, Jiu’er, and her foster father Old Bai, who believed firmly in ancient Xiangchu gods. As an observer and participant of the dream, the veneration they showed to the gods deeply touched Jiang. […]
Tony, 14 – years – old, has a hard time trying to fit in school environment. When he is bullied by Frank, the leader of a group of boys who play games on their phones, Tony decides to get his revenge. Stealing a knife, he forces Frank to hand over his phone. He uses Frank’s […]
The German theatre landscape became a world heritage in 2014 due to its extensive spread throughout the country. At the same time, in the small town Neustrelitz, Frank Mösel casts his fishing rod but takes no bait: “At the grand duke’s we had a theatre. At the Nazi’s we had a theatre. At the communist’s we also had a […]
IMAGINE ME TALKING TO YOU BUT YOU CAN NOT HEAR ME Imagine me talking to you but you can not hear me. I have tackled this thought for a long time. Thus, a text, characters and a location came into being. There is a backstory which is not being discussed further in the movie itself. […]
THE GAZE FROM ABOVE Selma travels back to the island where she grew up – a place she never really felt at home. Being there, Selma gets confronted with herself through old friends and past memories. The gaze she feels on her back, is it theirs, or her own?
THE DAKOTA FAMILY A strange deathlike creature roams around grandpa Dakota. The patriarch knows it’s time to call on the members of his tribe. A family, his family, atypical and dismantled will then have to reunite. Will they arrive in time to share a last moment with their clan chief? The Dakota family is a […]
Chris revisits the Tiki bar where he made his first ever deal. He wants to celebrate the biggest deal he’s ever made by drinking down memory lane. It is early morning and there is only one other customer, Barry, and the Barman. Barry is drinking to forget and is in no mood to celebrate anything. […]
AND NOW Having crossed an academic finish line and accomplishing what he had hoped to accomplish, this chapter of Mart’s life is nearing its end. Upon successful completion of his final exam, celebrations soon ensue. Joining a group of close friends and classmates at a nearby music club, Mart questions whether or not sharing his […]
BEHIND THE MIRROR This fairy comedy tells the fantastic daydream of Ljuba, sitting in a bizarre school world made of cardboard and struggling herself through a scary reality dominated by technology and progress only. All the sudden the glorious singing angel Klarina appears and inspires her music teacher Engelbert to compose a master piece of […]
HOW AND WHY DON JOSE DISSIPATED A delighted bee disturbs the tranquility of vacationers on a quiet pastoral island. Disturbing Don Jose in the middle of a relaxing gaze, he spits at her and she falls into his drink. Attempting to save her from drowning, Don Jose becomes emotionally attached to the bee. When the […]
MOTHER’S DAY Senem (28) lost her child while giving birth four years earlier. In the years that follow, on every Mothers’ Day she drinks alone at a bar, as she despises the day. Elif (24) lost her mother many years earlier; nevertheless, she has kept up the habit of buying presents for her mother on […]
THE CLOCK STRIKES ONE After the death of his mother, Gerhard joins the French army. He deeply regrets his decision on Vietnamese soil, but the love for a local girl brings back some light and hope in his life. When confronted with his superior officer, who claims that she is a Communist agent, Gerhard makes […]
DISREPUTE Last class of the week. Niklas is about to change school after years of bullying but he refuses to leave the classroom without restitution. Cleo hesitates to intervene but finds herself in a dilemma that forces her to make a choice.
I remember the moment quite well when Isi called me the first time. I was 14 years old and just signed up for the Hockey-club. He has taken me into his heart straight away and showed me his lovely, exciting world, which seemed to offer so much. I looked up to him. He had a […]
I, WRETCHED MAN A man, caught in a vicious circle of self-accusation and self-pity, tries to find relief by surrendering to a higher entity. Bach’s Cantata No. 55 and the ancient tradition of Kinbaku, the Japanese art of Bondage are soundtrack and visualization of the journey through the man’s day and his mind.
“Reconnecting” is a 2018 short film about a long distance relationship. Max falls in love with Emma during his semester abroad. When Max returns to Germany and Emma remains at college, both decide to try a long distance relationship. “Reconnecting” starts with Max arriving back in Bremen and immediately FaceTiming Emma. In the beginning both […]
It is a coincidental discovery that tears a broke private detective out of his daily routine and turns his life upside down. He embarks on a search into the past to change his future.
WE WAITED UNTIL NIGHTFALL We waited until nightfall revisits repurposed cinemas through haunting images and sounds that trace the practices of belonging still embodied in the theatres’ remains.
Lilly likes to write letters to convicts. That’s how she meets Sean, a prisoner serving time in Ireland. After finding they have a connection, Lilly decided to travel from the US to meet Sean, on the day he’s released from prison. The two hit the road in a crime-ridden romance. P.S. it may not end […]
REEL ME – THE FILM MUSICAL Lennard is 18 and incapable of making any decisions. Well, except running away to Berlin and moving into a flat share, along with easygoing Ben and crazy Fine. Yet Lennard has a lot of roommates already…at least in his head: Macho Boris and his female side Helena, sensible Sophia […]
ALIVE Sophie and Wolfram, both theater actors, want to spend their last days together. They share a fate. Diagnosed with cancer Sophie wants to end her life on her terms. In her apartment the two share intimate and tender moments. Wolfram leaves behind his daughters to explore the gentle love to Sophie. She lies to […]
I LOVE EVERYTHING I HATE ABOUT YOU HELENA has a problem. She is secretly in love with KAI, the boyfriend of her twin sister MIA. When Mia brings her new affair FINN to the long planned sister‘s holidays, Helena is utterly dissapointed. In her anger she sends Kai a picture of the lovebirds – not […]
Drawing. Dancing is a short experimental animation that sits between visual and performing art. Employing a body language positioned between choreography and combat, we seem to be watching a mysterious exchange between the drawing and the dancer.
Handy hoch! / Smartagers Two twelve-year-old girls want to meet at the public swimming pool. One of them, Mimi, is already there waiting for her friend Coco, who is still on the way on her bicycle. It’s summertime, the girls are at ease, looking forward to what seems to be a promising day. At least […]
The place: Black Forest, Germany. The year: 1416 AD. The day: Friday (probably). Possessed by a demon troll, the Marquess of Baden is fleeing some brave knights, her devoted Youngling in tow. Looks like she will have to postpone the blood sacrifice to open a portal into the netherworld. Losing a magic battle with a […]
Who are we? What makes us tick? George is a wealthy man, having spent his life creating money for others while also enlarging his own personal fortune, he has lost track of who he really is and became numb to feeling his own purpose. During a fatal night out he meets a stranger in a […]
CHECKER TOBI AND OUR PLANET’S SECRET Checker Tobi’s greatest adventure begins on a pirate ship in the middle of the sea. That’s where he finds a message in a bottle which contains a riddle. If he’s able to solve the riddle he will reveal our planet’s greatest secret. An exciting treasure hunt that brings Tobi […]
“Dream Big” is about struggling with vanishing motivation, stress, feeling cornered and the relief from it all through martial arts and self-discovery. Throughout the course of the movie the protagonist goes through a phase of depression-like discouragement, trying to find new motivation but failing that attempt, then ultimately succeeding via martial arts training and martial […]
ALL I NEVER WANTED tells a story of four women fighting for their place in modern media society. Fashion model Nina (17) quits school pursuing a modeling career in Milan, but the fashion world pushes her to the limits of her values. Television star Mareile (42) gets replaced by a younger colleague in a television […]
A family dinner at a Chinese restaurant. MOTHER : « I have Alzheimer. I am going to kill myself. Tonight. » The last meal of a family ready to blow and freaking out.
Вічність 2058. Humanity has conquered death. Corporations can digitize the souls of the dying and place them in the digital world beyond the grave forever. The digital worlds are very expensive. But there are also simple social worlds guaranteed by the state, where everyone is afraid to be. That’s why people put all their efforts […]
THE VISIT Klaus (60) works voluntary as a Santa Claus in a shopping mall. After an exhausting day, he considers to hang up his job. But then, he gets a call from the children’s intensive care unit.
Two men, one car and 2000 miles of dust and drinks. German DJ duo “andhim” are doing a road trip of the West Coast hunting the American dream for beer, boobs and burgers. Between their shows the two guys experience everything that America has to offer from cozy camping trips in the mighty Red Woods […]
FROM LOVE Picture of most likely our greatest enemy but motivation as well – ego. Lonely, lost and confused, destructed and abused. How much we really know ourselves? How indeed we are capable to keep ourselves under control and treat our love clear ? Igor “hits the road” from Warsaw through Belgrade to Pula In […]
TRANSMODERNITY The experimental documentary film TRANSMODERNITY raises the question of how reality can be possible in a different way. It is a portrait of our time and its currents, created by a mosaic of twelve different changemakers and their projects across Europe. The film touches upon the need to reinvestigate our education, consumption, relation to […]
A Creak In Time is a 27-minute meditation on the ever-expanding fractal universe with recurring themes of transformation and altered perception, switching scale from microscopic topography to the vast distances of the cosmos. Presented in two parts, the first exploring the macro; the nature of physicality and formation on a celestial level, with the latter […]
“The Fire Within” is an experimental short film, that portrays the relationship between a couple, their unborn child and nature. A film that does not try to find any answers but show the feelings and emotions of the individual. How can shift your future? How can you find accept the past? After suffering just another […]
GREY. Dhuusar follows Shila through three distinct phases of his life over a course of love, hate and everything in between. The film begins at a juvenile home where we find Shila. We explore Shila’s time in jail simultaneously with his childhood which revolves around his oppressive mother. As the mother son relationship gets tumultuous, […]
SOMEBODY AND NOBODY. Up on the Horse Pass, in the mist-shrouded mountains, a few cowboys are raided by the men of a notorious bandit named Black Wolf. The reckless Aaron ballsy routs the robbers – but the same night he pays for it with his life. His quiet, reserved brother Jonah swears revenge. It is […]
OLOWE AND I. His first “Olowe” was a fake, but by then art dealer Jean David had already fallen in love with the Yoruba artist Olowe of Ise (1875-1938). He absolutely had to have a genuine piece of art… and set off to find it. However, is it possible to distinguish between “real” and “fake” […]
Despite his friend Murat’s advice, Adam (played by Adam Bousdoukos) plans to take part in a triathlon, although he is not exactly a superjock. He´s actually a total slacker. Of course, Murat (played by Murat Arslan) is more or less right and the day does not go as planned.. Director Ken Hagen Takenaka mixes live […]
SECOND FUTURE. War, escape, loss and a new life in Germany that poses constantly changing challenges This is what life is like for Amir, a Syrian refugee who is trying to get a second chance to find peace and security in Germany. A small film company gives him the opportunity to demonstrate his filming skills. […]
Willing to pay the price for a new life, a man stops his car in the middle of nowhere and forces his father out, leaving him all alone in the woods; Haunted by his regrets, he then tries to cancel the agreement and bring his father back. What a surprise: there is no such thing.
Clara, a successful young businesswoman, does a pregnancy test after a passionate weekend with a working collegue. The positive result confuses her a lot. At first overwhelmed by her extreme and contradictory feelings, she finds a deep assent with herself as the day progresses. Triggered by her unusual state of mind, for Clara inner and […]
WE OWN THE CRISIS. In WE OWN THE CRISIS a Greek family from Athens is fighting for their existence. Mother Georgia works for little money six days a week, father Panagiotis doesn’t find a job for month and 18 year old daughter Vasiliki is struggeling with her school graduation. Seperately it seems they won’t make […]
AND ME. Gülbeyaz is 40 years old, a married turkish woman and she has problems with her sex life… (She meets a syrian boy and with this boy she starts a new life.)
Disconnected is a visual trauma. We adopt the point of view of a nameless protagonist, as he slowly descends into despair.
Пасьянс. Alexandra, a French architect working on a significant project in Moscow, is an intelligent, driven and independent career woman. But when her life’s desire turns to having a child, and with her biological clock ticking, she is suddenly faced with a serious choice: does she have the time to wait for love or must […]
An intimate portrait of Anna, a young architect who recently moved to wintry Berlin, her roommate Lea and her new friend Laura.
DIE MISSION DER LIFELINE. Their purpose: to save refugees from drowning. For this, Axel Steier and his team from the Dresden sea-rescue NGO “Mission Lifeline” have worked tirelessly for years to collect donations. Together with two Spanish NGO’s, they finally manage to buy their own ship and set off to the Mediterranean. In his hometown […]
SECOND SKIN. What would you do if you were confronted by a racist or sexist individual? One night in Berlin, a woman has to protect herself from German national extremists, aggressive Turkish teenagers and a self-help freak. Surprisingly, she doesn’t need to say any word to fight back.
A two-year-old girl from Bangkok — nicknamed “Einz” — became the youngest person in the world to undergo cryo-preservation. After her death from brain cancer, her family stores her remains in an American lab. Her head and brain now rest inside a tank in Arizona. Hope Frozen follows the family who made this unorthodox decision. […]
The Quiet Rebel, a documentary film by Carole Cassier, tells the extraordinary, controversial story of radical feminist Australian performance artist Casey Jenkins: her rise to internet fame – and shame. Casey Jenkins did not expect to become an internet phenomenon in 2013 when she first performed Casting off my Womb. As a meditation on fertility, […]
LYDEN AF UVENTET DØD. A sequence of everyday-scenarios develops within the same short span of time in what seems like a regular night. A young, frustrated couple are on their way home from a night out. Three friends are in the middle of birthday celebrations at a nightclub. A drunk young man crawls into bed […]
In a musical whirlwind, a nocturnal meeting, between women, pushed by their instinct of freedom. What are they looking for? What do they flee from view, far from their cultural context?
After the impulse decision to drive across Australia to confront the woman he believes is going to leave him, Damien finds himself isolated and stranded in the unforgiving Australian Outback. With no help in sight, and his resources running out, Damien leaves his car in a bid to survive whilst dealing with the emotional fallout […]
Two young women are sequestered in an underground bunker, waiting for a window of release. Maggie is desperate to connect to the outside world, whereas Dawn has settled into a grim domesticity. When opportunity for escape presents itself, conflict ensues and their partnership is tested.
Lekaime is a project born in the studios of Xanti Rodríguez, a short film set in the 40s after Hitler’s visit Franco in Hendaye. Title of fantastic terror surrounded by occultism, black magic and touching the controversy of the theft of neonates by a part of a small ecclesiastical collective.
THE SAFE BIRTH – WHAT ARE MIDWIFES FOR? The safe Birth is a documentary about the impact of routine medical interventions on the mother-child unit and how physiological birth can be safe, healthy and easy.
BAD FAITH. A family on holiday on the Costa Brava. The older brother’s belief system will be disrupted when an act of kindness results in a little tragedy. This will immerse him into a routine where refusing to make decisions could lead to greater tragedies.
FLY IN FLY OUT. Is love free? Sara and Olaf can no longer avoid the question. Confined to a motel room after one of their shows, the two musicians awkwardly attempt to save their tumultuous relationship, transporting us for one night only into a romantic and dramatic universe.
1000 KINGS. 1000 people live encaged in an immense space and can only be distinguished from one another by their different social positions, as in a beehive. The inhabitants’ only goal is to produce light. But only one of them has this ability. For this he is admired and exploited, until he makes a fatal […]
Rous is a determined 25-year-old woman from Mexico who signed up with a U.S. placement agency to work as an au pair for a year. Attracted by the agency’s focus on “cultural exchange,” she imagined growing her English skills, making American friends, and getting to share her culture with her host family. As she lives […]
A gifted musician, disillusioned with his reality of mediocre bar gigs and suffocating home life, looks to break free from a community that seems to share few of his aspirations.
The film describes the romantic beginnings of a post-human era. Falter works in a laboratory on the production of artificial humans. To give his monotonous life divided between work, sport and sex a new meaning, Falter decides to share it with an android. Falter’s last metamorphosis begins after a tragic accident.
THE MISSING PIECE. Baptiste, a lonely outsider, is in love with Mina, the girl from the sex hotline. One day, Baptiste gathers his courage and succeeds in convincing the young woman to accept a rendez-vous at a café in town…
HARD tells the story of the raise of an ‘up-coming’ DJ Jason Weird. Jason is a young, attractive and ambitious DJ and considered to be the new talent in the Dutch house scene. When offered a chance to a global breakthrough, Jason pushes himself and his music beyond limits with dramatic consequences for his life […]
After her recent move to Vienna as a negotiator with the IAEA, Rachel is overcome by the inherited trauma of her family’s Holocaust past when her life unintentionally intersects with a displaced Syrian refugee family. With guidance from a former refugee, she searches for understanding which could alter her life and destiny.
EIVISSA is about life’s unexpected twists and turns and the magic which happens when you simply let go, especially on Ibiza. In parallel the film paints a vivid portrait of the island and its many colorful characters.
DER RESOZIALISIERUNGSBEAUFTRAGTE. A dedicated young employment advisor attempts to help a convicted offender find work in care once he is released from prison.
An underage girl in need of emergency contraception is forced to discuss losing her virginity with her furious mother. Jessica is a tender coming-of-age story that questions gendered attitudes to teen sex, first love and parental control.
On an ordinary, hot summer day, Bai and Zhao decide to escape their high school’s mandatory event “Sports Day” to spend some private time. But at the moment Bai walks into an 80s-style rented room that Zhao found, she knows that this room’s got something bizarre and unexplainable going on. As Zhao gets too excited […]
‘Circus’ is a film set in present day urban India – a concrete jungle of glaring class divisions and contrasting lifestyles under the same roof. An Indian woman working in the corporate world struggles to be included in an office filled with men. Another Indian man employed as a domestic helper in a wealthy home […]
AURORITA OF MY EYES. Raul lost his mind. Aurorita, the love of his life had left him without saying a word. Six months later, chance will make them run into each other again. Together, they will both begin a trip through Cundinamarca countryside, which all in just one day they will find out their love’s […]
سكان الأرض اليباب SOUKAAN AL-ARD AL-YABAAB People of the Wasteland is an experimental short-film in a first-person point of view depicting the clashes of Syrian fighters in the front line. In the chaos of war, the lines between right and wrong become blurred. This exclusive Go-Pro footage from inside war aims to remind us that […]
THE SUNKEN VILLAGE The stone steeple of the Alt-Graun church rises from the waters of lake Resia, in the Venosta Valley in South Tyrol. It stands as a lonely, silent witness to the horrible tragedy that befell Graun (Curon) and Reschen (Resia) in 1950, when both villages—with their unique natural and cultural landscape—were submerged by […]
A girl goes online at night and speaks to strangers on her webcam.
When the chairman of a Greek corporation vows to foster creativity and collaboration in his employees, he initiates a policy requiring them to ‘play’ for an hour daily. Five employees quickly become addicted, finding a release from the daily pressures of their careers, their families and their chaotic society. It brings out their true selves, […]
Beyond Pain is a documentary with fictional scenes, describing pain in some of its forms. Xenia is one of the Berlin Staatsballett dancers. Jan is a psychoanalyst and photographer. John, twenty years ago, due to his HIV infection, went into a coma and lived a Near Death Experience. The three stories cross each other throughout […]
Tamás never wanted to get close to people. But he got stuck on Norika with whom he often spends the night. But also her lovely sister Annika takes a liking to the mysterious man – Then one day Norika disappears without a trace. Annika is claiming that Tamás has been stalking the sisters at every […]
After a year of fucked-up world politics, heartbreak, and a calcium deficiency, a young woman checks into a remote recovery center in the countryside where she makes surprising discoveries about the formula for enduring the indignities of modern life
After a few years of war in their country, a group of young Syrian friends decide to leave the Middle East and hit the road together to come to Europe. Through every step, their music and their friendship help them hold on.
RETURN OF THE THUMB. The movie tells the story of Coach Steve, a worn-down thumb wrestling coach, who wants to take his last chance to win the Austrian thumb wrestling championship with the help of his new fighter. Unfortunately, the competition seems overwhelming…
NIČIJI DOM. A house on the countryside in Bosnia, window shutters closed. Smoke rises from the chimney. It is no one’s home, a place, where since decades no one has been welcome. Ivica, a man in the end of his 70s, lives alone and isolated in this house and falls gradually into decay. In the […]
THE CHAIRS GAME. “Reise nach Jerusalem” (the Chairs Game) is a children’s game in which you need luck: you need to be in the right place at the right time – otherwise you won’t get a chair. Alice, 39 years old, single and unemployed can no longer win at this silly game. The unemployment office […]
In the film Standing Nymph and Man, the Fine Arts Building in Chicago is the protagonist rather than the subject. Originally designed by Spencer Beman in 1884 as a soundproof structure for the Studebaker Company (horse carts and automobiles), the building has for many years been home to artists’ studios and services for classical music. […]
Camp Wedding is a compound genre movie exploring the fraying social fabric in a world of ubiquitous social media and text communication. It is a wedding comedy that stumbles into a summer camp horror movie and never quite realizes it since the two genres are communicating exclusively via text and social media so the tone […]
SORCERER. Sorcerer is a thriller. Sorcerer is a fairy tale. A beautiful and fascinating journey through multiple emotional and psychological levels. In this extraordinary story, driven by innocence, desire, magic thinking and manipulation, the destinies of the protagonists are irrevocably linked with each other.
ZERSCHLAG MEIN HERZ. Somewhere in the outskirts of Vienna, gypsy mafia man Rocky rules his “family” with an iron fist. Among the members is teenage street beggar Pepe, who is forced to surrender his daily proceeds. One day, young Marcela arrives from East Slovakia, home of the family boss, to work off her father’s debt. […]
Östersunds Fotbollsklubb is no ordinary soccer team. For the past four years players, technical team, administratives and directive have collaborated on a cultural initiative that has seen them performing in their own theatre piece, venturing into painting, and the publication of a book narrating their experiences as part of the club. ‘See the Man’ tracks […]
BREAK FREE – TWO PEOPLE. TWO YEARS. ONE DREAM. Ulli and Lena want to leave everything behind them for six months. Their plan: driving from Hamburg to South Africa. But they will never get there. Instead, they are taking their old Land Rover Terés and the 40-year-old roof tent, a present from Ulli’s auntie, to […]
PESCĂRUȘUL. While temporarily hosting her ailing father, Laura finds an injured seagull in the backyard. Their newfound goal to salvage the bird is the perfect excuse to avoid talking about the real issue, the imminence of death.
A squad of small-time criminals take advantage of the beautiful blonde’s Judy’s (Alena Bacher) drug addiction to come by a valuable diamond necklace. With the help of her alleged bodyguard, Judy classily causes confusion in a jewelry store. The diamond necklace – not for the last time – changes hands and so the scenario takes […]
NAUFRAGÉS. Following the death of a close family member, Tony, a brutal young man, comes back in his home town after several year’s absence to try to rebuild. He meets Jérémy, an 18 years old man, who would like to leave the city in the hope of a better life.
Luca, a young, sensitive “daredevil”, goes with his friend Max to the adrenaline rush to escape from everyday life. They crack cars. When Luca gets caught, he has to do community service and meets Sophie, a blind girl. That will change both …
ACTRESS. She was a successful actress in die 80s. After a long break, she once again tries to get back into acting and receives an attractive offer – a movie role that is perfect for her. But she is getting rejected soon after. She is falling into a major depression but makes her surroundings believe […]
Theatre director Martin wants to put “The Investigation” by Peter Weiss on stage, a piece about the Holocaust. In order to live up to the big topic he goes on a trip to Auschwitz with some members of the ensemble. Besides he wants to take the opportunity to get closer to his favourite actress. Sabine, […]
The Alps in winter. Men and machines engage in a strange ballet to shape the mountain. The territory resists and reality collides with the imaginary.
Until recently Myanmar (also known as Burma) was shut off from the rest of the world by a military dictatorship. Ever since a democratisation process started, the country opened up, not only politically but also economically. Investors and multinational companies view Myanmar today as the “last frontier” of globalization: 53 million new customers may be […]
The Remigrant tells a story about Bashkim (50) and his son Besnik (17). They have a lot in common. They both had to leave their homes at their young age. The father had to flee to Austria because of the war in Kosovo and his son has to go back to Kosovo at the request […]
‘Too-Tash’ is a short documentary from the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan. An old Kirghiz nomad tells a tale about past times, when people and ghosts used to live together. Adun Mergen was a famous hunter, who travelled alone and always shared his prize with those in need. Once, when sleeping in a cave, he was […]
Alice is happily married, the only thing out of sorts is that she has one foot bigger than the other. After placing an ad, she finds an opposite foot partner, Hayley, and they start a rather uneasy shoe shopping friendship. One day Alice comes home to find that her husband is in fact leaving her […]
Kalmak Canac (turkish – “permanent man”) is a migrant of unknown origin. Together with his best friend, a little boy, they earn their living through gambling. But because of his talent, the boy lives in great danger. And it comes as it must come. The little boy is kidnapped. An exhausting hunt for the kidnappers […]
THE GATEKEEPERS. A Man in a building. In the search for room 990 for his job interview as a gatekeeper he finds himself struggling. No matter how hard he tries the building leads his way. A quest that will prove him a worthy candidate as gatekeeper.
Each year around 250 children lose their lives to cancer in the U.K. alone, and many of those who survive are left with life-changing side effects from their treatment. ‘Locks’ is a short documentary about three children whose separate lives are intertwined by the effects of cancer and its treatment.
Love, friendship, philosophy, self-destruction and the urge for knowledge. The young Alessio searches in deepest depression for the saving hand among his old friends, but the further he opens his soul, the more serious is his crash.
MENSCHSEIN This film documents the environment of people with disabilities around the world, to understand if human rights are universal for all of us. With material collected from 23 different nations, it captures a collection of personal stories that points out fundamental questions such as who we are for each other? and what makes us […]
SARGIS – SUCH IS LIFE SARGIS – Such is Life tells the story of Sargis Martirosyan, Austria’s best weightlifter, who for years had to watch other athletes on TV win the medals he could have won. Now, in the twilight of his career, he goes all in to make his dream come true and get […]
AMERICAN VIENNA is the story of a trip to different places with the same name. A road trip to the Viennas of the USA that offers snapshots of remote and rural areas of the East Coast and Midwest. Far from politics and crisis, the charm of the unexceptional is a constant travel companion.
WHAT COMES FROM OUTSIDE, During a stormy night, two young brothers have to face a wounded animal and decide to put it out of its misery.
JA, ANDREI IWANOWITSCH – FILM ABOUT A LIFE. Are we able to forget? The hero of the film is an ordinary person whose name is Andrei. He goes to work, he travels, he helps his neighbours, he lives an active love life. But there is something that makes him stand out. If looking closer we […]
FAMILY LIFE. Biggi and Alfred used to be a couple, but life’s tough if you don’t have gainful employment and so they are still living together on a run-down farm in Saxony-Anhalt. Biggi’s daughters Denise (17) and Saskia (14) are trying to make their way in life but are hindered, both by the emotional roller-coaster […]
«The Dragons» is a documentary film (built on a succession of portraits and self- portraits) about the daily life of young autist pupils in their classroom. A microphone and a camera have been given to the six kids of the classroom in a total freedom and experimentation spirit. Each in turns (with handheld cameras), the […]
Bozeman, Montana, 1985. This is the story of the thirty-eight- year-old sociopath Charles Mansfield. Due to strong isolation, Charles’ mind continously drifts towards a utopia, in which he finds himself superior to the society that once rejected him. In illusion of total superiority, he starts a bloody rage to prepare the world for a new […]
As a young and talented musician, sensitive and introverted Florence is facing an important day. But, her mind is in her way – she knows that only she by herself can stand up for what she really wants.
A Step Without Feet is a documentary about connecting and sharing each others’ cultures through universal themes like music, art, family, and friends. Within the backdrop of Berlins beautiful, winter landscape, we captured the daily lives of seven extraordinary Syrians exiled from their home country. Due to misguided stereotypes perpetuated by the media; being labelled […]
The first action movie without a single cut! Jessica and her companions Markus and Mike visit an abandoned factory. But the lost place turns out not to be that lost. Natalia Orlow and her paramilitary army try to hide a bigger secret. And they will keep anybody from leaving the facility alive. The course of […]
LITORAL “Coastland” presents a fictional narrative rooted into architectural research. The story of the Western Black Sea coast begins in a distant future and goes back to its roots, only to reveal cyclical destruction and rebirth. The film is created entirely out of the author’s collection of authentic postcards.
NICHT MEHR UNSERE HEIMAT. In the beginning there are human beings. Human beings living together in harmony. Little quarrels here and there of course, but they are ordinary and they don’t result from the abyss that is opened up by the separation into groups with different origin. The documentary ‘No Longer Our Homeland’ demonstrates the […]
AHOY The film is based on a true story and is about ‘taking leave’ and ‘letting go’. In a destroyed and bombed-out Landscape, a painter is searching for his old love. Even her face he tries to paint, he can not remember. It seems that the last thing remaining, is a deep inner journey to […]
Donkey has got a plan to get his life back on track. When he wins the jackpot of a radio quiz game it seems as if he has finally arrived on the bright side of life. Even though he has never won before…
”Die, or die”, – worldwide tragedy of the 21st century,war that has no borders,no beginning,no end. Life,that leaves children with a single choice for survival – engage in a war involuntarily or flee. Run or get killed.
Santa Inocencia is a journey into the inner self. In the frame of a small Italian village, eight characters atone themselves through the structure of the station drama. The film investigates in the spirit of the absurd the neurosis and fears of the everyday life, it’s constant projections into the past or the future and […]
SHOP OF LITTLE PLEASURES When faced with the breakdown of her marriage, 50 year old housewife Emma begins work as a store manager in a sexshop. She soon realises the shop is in desperate need of improvement, not only for economic reasons, but also for her own wellbeing. So she transforms it into an erotic […]
Masala Chai: A documentary film which shows the daily routine of five tea makers from different social backgrounds all over India. At the Azadpur Market in Delhi, in an upper-class teahouse in Pune, at an Indian film set near Mumbai, in the ancient streets of Kolkata and at the tea growing station Darjeeling five have […]
THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS A kid´s true story of his life in the unusual world of his heroin addict mother and their love of each other.
The Girls Were Doing Nothing is a study into the conflicting nature of love and the human soul – our basic needs for stability, comfort and routine which clash with equally strong desires for novelty, variety and freedom. It subtly discusses gender roles, female oppression, the collapse of masculinity in modern society, the role of […]
DARK BLUE GIRL After Jimmy and Hannah finally find a buyer for their holiday home on the Greek volcano island Santorini, the ex-couple returns to the place where they broke up two years ago. In tow: Their seven-year-old daughter Luca, for whose love the parents compete. Hardly arrived on the island, old tensions and conflicts […]
MEMOIRS OF A STUDENT This is the story of Simon, who‘s new to the school system. In this system everybody looks the same and has to accomplish the same output. Every sign of individualism is forbidden. Soon Simon realizes that he doesn‘t fit in and that this trait will cause him huge problems.
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 […]
THE BURDEN The script follows the emotional and spiritual downward spiral of a modern man breaking down under the pressures of everyday life; we can all identify with this man. His personal conflicts and pressures are illustrated through hallucinatory slips from reality (his imagination), where we can see how he processes the events and the […]
Many Dominicans of Haitian descent are facing harsh times since the conservative wing is pushing for a law which would have serious consequences for them: Denationalisation and deportation to Haiti. Julio and Alejandro are born and raised in the Dominican Republic, they speak Dominican Spanish, they love the Dominican culture, they feel like Dominicans. Yet […]
Lonely and isolated in Australia, Simon, a middle aged man travels to Cambodia searching for love. Once there, Simon begins a fragile self exploration as he is confronted by his sexual desire against his need for love.
WOLF Charlie and her dad keep sheep. Wolf kill sheep. Charlie needs to act.
After a solar flare powers down her remote community, Alma discovers her husband Terry comatose. Suspecting he is having an out-of-body affair with an ex-lover, Alma attempts to bring him back to reality with help from Terry’s estranged, drug-addled son and the leader of a new-age religion that specializes in astral travel.
A group of door-to-door salesmen get a train to a mysterious suburb, one of which suddenly finds himself in what seems to be an infinite loop, as he continuously returns to the same train station over and over again. 8:30 is a satirical gag about urban dislocation, capitalism, and Google Street View, the weirdness of […]
Eckhardt is on his way to the employment agency. He is thinking about his life, and ends up remembering his wild, erotic relationship with Mariana, which gave him more insight into the interconnectedness of life than his years of academic study of philosophy and literature. This short portrait of the intellectual and emotional life of […]
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?
In the documentary “Por los Camiones del Sur” the stories of six musicians meander along curvy federal roads through the breathtaking scenery of southern Mexico. The protagonists do not perform in the spotlight of big stages but earn their living with guitars and accordions in the narrow aisles of beaten country buses. Dripping with sweat, […]
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.
Ana is sleeping with Hugo, Dalhia with Graciano, Léo with Louis, and Arthur with everyone. Parties and love affairs lead to heart searching, deep desires and the craving to live life to the full. EVEN LOVERS GET THE BLUES draws the portrait of the love and sexual lives of disenchanted and passionate young people.
Figaros Wölfe is an absurd trip through the souls of human existence and seeking for love, hope and desire. While at the feet of an opulent building the mannered bourgeoisie is walking up and down, an oddish girl is living on the roof of it. Her body is a treasured object of three men, whom […]
In Germany you need the so-called ‘Missio Canonica’ to teach Catholic Religion in any public school. This legal teaching authorization is only granted by the Catholic Church itself to those who pledge to lead a life according to the moral ethics of the church. The document can easily be taken away again for certain violations […]
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…
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.
A woman suffering from depression visits her therapist for the usual session. The psychologist guides her through a meditation meant to make her feel better. But a melon and a woodcutter who happen to be near by, lead the patient into her thrilling inconscious world, changing her for ever.
In a casting office, an actress is waiting to audition for a role she desperately wants to get. Trying to come across as confident and relaxed, she slowly unravels as the casting director’s intern increasingly unsettles her.
LATE BLOSSOM BLUES tells the story of a 1932-born hard-working poor black man from the Mississippi backwoods who becomes an internationally acclaimed Blues star after he releases his debut album at age 81.
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. A narratively groundbreaking found footage drama.
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.
An audio visualization through manipulation and animation of video recordings in the city of Berlin.
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 […]
Life as an artist is tough in Sudans buzzing capital Khartoum, esp. for women. Inside the safe boundaries of an intercultural exchange program, the participants develop concepts to overcome the archaic norms of society. A film about the power of creative expression that aims to serve as a peaceful catalyst for emancipation & social change.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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…
THE SMALL GRAIN OF RICE It’s the story of a special encounter between two strangers in the town Daegu in South Korea. The true story of a great inspiration leading to the formation of the first SOS-Children’s Village outside of Europe.
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 […]