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…
Catalogue First Film
We have 79 movies in this genre.
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 […]