AH GONG Summer of 04′, post-SARS. Taipei, Taiwan. Initially distracted by his western-influenced cousin Tina, Eleven year old Chris eventually discovers that his reluctant mother and his two uncles have decided to pull the plug on his beloved grandfather. The film depicts the impacts of medical intubation on loved ones, seen from the eyes of […]
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Father and daughter rush out of the city to his mother’s house on the snow-covered countryside to bring private items to the hospital after her stroke. After the eight-year-old daughter is roughly rebuked by the father after a question, the two separate a childish malaise and a paternal coldness. In the house of the mother […]
I remember the moment quite well when Isi called me the first time. I was 14 years old and just signed up for the Hockey-club. He has taken me into his heart straight away and showed me his lovely, exciting world, which seemed to offer so much. I looked up to him. He had a […]
无言之城 GAO Xing, a hearing-disabled and vocally impaired person from a small town China, an ordinary house keeper at a Las Vegas casino hotel, always rummage through the guests’ luggages secretly while cleaning the room to search for clues about his sister who was adopted by an American family long ago. Hotel work is only […]
ALTITUDE Sophie longs to be reborn while seeking to know her double. A party in the hills of Los Angeles offers a corporeal shift to her existence.
TOM has to free ALICE from the clutches of a PRIEST and his Virtual Reality Sect. They flee across lakes and mountains to a secluded hut where they feel safe. But peace does not last long. Still under the influence of the VR drug, ALICE has recurrent relapses. The sect has localized them by the […]
Over 80, Marika has an infant soul and a passionate existence: craving for desserts, playing with her stuffed toys and dressing up like a pretty ballerina. After 60 years of a loveless and empty life, Marika finally has Janos by her side: tango, waltz, swing, cha-cha-cha…, pastries if she wants even twice a day… Marika’s […]
The process of self-purification is visualized through both abstract and direct representations of deities and other elements from the egyptian mythology, combined with modern graphical elements. The character is trapped in an uninhabitable world reigned by chaos which is a visual representation of her own state of mind. As she enters subconsciousness a mixture of […]
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 […]
Every endurance athlete fears him. With runners, he usually waits until somewhere between kilometer 30 and 35. Then he strikes. Again and again. Legs turn to lead; the pulse rises. Cramps and stitches set in followed by the feeling of total exhaustion. This is the so-called “The Man with the Hammer”. On his run through […]
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.
Betty and Frank attend a seminar about euthanasia. Eddie is a doctor who advocates and facilitates people’s right to choose death. During the seminar, Betty reveals she has Alzheimers. Frank, however, appears physically and mentally fit. At home, Betty and Frank’s family are gathered. It is the eve of their suicide pact. It’s sad but […]
UNEXPECTED At the beginning there are only white and black spots. The feeling of uncertainty is clearly present. The heaviness in the air brings shadows which are forming strange objects. With time they will transform into a person.
“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 […]
Inspired by true events, THE WIND PHONE intimately follows the emotional journeys of seven strangers. Each is drawn to the same remote and eerie phone booth on a Japanese cliffside, although their conversations couldn’t seem more different. Whereas one caller seeks forgiveness for a fatal transgression and another grapples with a twisted betrayal, others’ motivations […]
молоко. In this family drama, a Russian immigrant couple do all they can to provide help to their daughter while facing their differences.
Two young female friends, Maja and Charly, use a new method to experience lucid dreaming by combining an exotic pill with musical sounds. Maja is excited and looses herself in the other world, because she finds herself and her hidden desires in it.
A CLOWN’S TALE. MARKO & HARALD are two struggling artists who work a variety of jobs in order to survive. And even though their engagements as clown doctors in a hospice for children are getting under Marko’s skin, the two of them really get going once they transform into their red-nosed alter egos and are […]
Without understanding why, Irna senses that the relationship with her son Jago is getting more and more hopeless. She seeks refuge in her own world, whose center is Elias, a rubber doll. While Irna holds on to her own reality with all her might, Jago is desperately trying to make his mother understand.
MY LITTLE ELEPHANT. Mojsłońik tells the story of two artists who perform an elephant costume together, bringing it to life. Luzi (Marlene Ruther) is affected by an insidious disease. Nevertheless, she strives to express herself artistically in the form of performance dance. She finds herself in a constant fight with her own body which keeps […]
INCURABLE. The 40-year-old Nurse Theresa helps out patients with euthanasia. She is convinced that she’s helping a lot of people with it. When her terminally ill son expresses his wish to die she is to make a painful decision that makes her think.
A two-year-old girl from Bangkok — nicknamed “Einz” — became the youngest person in the world to undergo cryo-preservation. After her death from brain cancer, her family stores her remains in an American lab. Her head and brain now rest inside a tank in Arizona. Hope Frozen follows the family who made this unorthodox decision. […]
THREE DAYS IN BERLIN. Set in Poland and Germany the film shows two radically different approaches to the legal situation regulating the right to abortion in Poland. On one hand a catholic initiative that promotes pro-life messages and organizes public rosaries “for the restoration of the morale of the Polish people”, on the other hand […]
While the world is ablaze, a blind director asks her theater group to help her process her broken heart. In a chaotic and iconographic role play, the group embarks on its search for love’s true nature, while the fear of the physical world’s limitations are buried deep underneath the stage floor.
XIAO JING ZI. In China, in the early 1990’s, a little boy and his family have just come to live in a large factory complex. As he explores his new surroundings, he comes across other boys his age playing ping-pong — and discovers that they are fascinated by a cute little girl who spends her […]
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.
A quest for leisure and holidays takes a filmmaker from continental Africa to the beautiful Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius where he is hosted by Gilberte, his renowned celebrity painter friend. When Gilberte suddenly suffers mental breakdown, the filmmaker puts his holidays on hold and becomes a pillar of support for Gilberte as she struggles […]
NEXT ONE PLEASE. In the waiting room of a psychologist, four people meet while waiting for their appointments – each engaged in their own thoughts and problems, the situations inside their heads rapidly grow into chaos, blurring the line between reality and thought. or is there really any line that separates these two?
HAPLESS HANS. The grumpy factory employee Hans Himmelreich has to travel behind the Iron Curtain into a profoundly communist Czechoslovakia of the sixties to have his deceased grandmother buried. Despite prejudice he unexpectedly finds happiness in this Sudeten German province.
DER RESOZIALISIERUNGSBEAUFTRAGTE. A dedicated young employment advisor attempts to help a convicted offender find work in care once he is released from prison.
Why should you be afraid? Unaffected people who play with the glory of the sea, they get away of that to get closer to fear. This movie is the story of a family who loves fear and destruction, fear is the most honest sense and reminds us of absence and destitution.
FRELSUN. Katrin wakes up in the hospital after a serious car accident to find that she has received a life-saving blood transfusion. However, the religious cult she belongs to forbids such things. As Katrin struggles to reconcile this conflict with her church and family, she begins to become obsessed with the stranger whose blood is […]
Lilli_2.0 is a computer program that has become alive on Internet servers and wants to be a normal girl. As a new operating system in the head of the disabled Lilli, it gives her and itself a healthy body. Being literally a digital native, Lilli_2.0 masters all data and programs better than any hacker. The […]
In order to heal her grieving mother, Ana, a devout 9-year-old girl, pushes her faith to its limit in hopes of divine intervention.
LES TROMPES DE MA MERE. In a small Florida town, a young French woman goes with her mother to a routine medical check-up to act as her interpreter. However, she is taken by surprise when she learns that it is actually a gynecological examination she is attending. But, the biggest revelations are yet to come…
“The happiest couple alive” depicts a typical day of a young couple in love, who apparently just moved in together. In the course of the film we find out that love is not the only thing they share.
Brandon is about a young man coming to terms with the inevitable death of his mother, whilst falling in love…
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 […]
For David, thirty years old, life is comfortable and unhindered. Especially since his wife is expecting a child. This is not counting the news revealing them that David’s father is dying. Unrelated to him since its 15 years, David’s animosity prevents him to talk about the past and this father he calls “genitor”. But David […]
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
COWS CAN’T SWIM. Two lonely Souls meet at a hotel bar. Hotshot TV-Host Nick and blind musician Klara get into each other’s hair immediately. They prey on their counterpart’s weaknesses with precision and persistence, but seemingly just can’t get off each other’s backs.
TAKE A BREATH. After taking care of her mentally ill mother for a year, a tragic event forces Sara to reconnect with her brother Jan who has left the family and society behind to focus on an eccentric theater project.
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.
When Jessy tells David she’s pregnant, he panics. A few days later the two are assaulted in the city train, and when David realises he is unable to protect his girlfriend, his fears of inadequacy as a man take hold. Frantic, he resorts to steroids and begins with excessive strength training. Initially, the muscles give […]
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 …
Jörg’s visit to his grandmother in the hospital becomes an unexpected breakthrough. A film about a wrong decision at the right time.
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 […]
THE LAST OF HIS KIND. This is the story of Paul, a broken man. A man who has lost everything. A man whose home is now like a ghost town, attracting rubberneckers every day, from all over the world. Since his birth, Paul himself has never gone farther than a few kilometres from this place, […]
Through a metaphorical narrative about love, Dahlia explores a relationship between two people which is burdened by mental illness. Journey through a colorful and ever- changing world; a hand painted realm that shifts and morphs to portray a darkened state of mind. Based on the ups and down of my parents’ relationship, this illustrative and […]
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.
A young man questions his sense of reality as he tries to free himself from his own shadow.
THIN ICE. The short film “Thin Ice” shows the story of a person in the tension between longing for a ordinary live and the inability to integrate socially. A woman in her late 50s starts watching a family from a hiding place in the front yard at night. In the further course of the plot […]
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 […]
BEDBUGS. Rocky’s heydays as a successful womanizer are long gone but the almost-fifty-years- old has yet to fully realize that. When one fine day Thorben shows up on his doorstep claiming to be his son and desperately in need of being shown the ropes with the ladies, Rocky tries to rise to the challenge but […]
Twelve-year-old Adeline Tang struggles to navigate America’s adult playground and keep her mother’s gambling under control, all for the promise of that perfect family Christmas holiday once her father arrives. But as the days unfold, Adeline realizes that growing up might not hold all the excitement she’d been hoping for.
Based on real events in Tyrol/South Tyrol 1950. Being on the run the rapist and murderer Guido Zingerle is arrested and taken to the police station in Brixen. Ida Hofer works as a secretary at the police station. Unexpectedly confronted with Guido Zingerle she is assailed suddenly by dark memories of her own past.
I DET FRI. On the 8th of October 2013, Geir Karijord goes missing in Romsdal Valley, Norway. This leaves his family in limbo – should they mourn their brother and son, or should they hope for his return? «I’m Free» depicts the family’s experience of Geir’s disappearance. It is an intimate documentary about loss, hope […]
Claude is a depressed man about to take his own life when he is interrupted by an old school friend, Doug. Incredibly, Doug fails to realise (or perhaps chooses to ignore) the grave condition that Claude is in. There are potentially disastrous consequences when instead of providing emotional support to Claude, Doug goes off on […]
«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 […]
In the middle of Roger’s dentist appointment, his dentist has a heart attack. Will Roger save his life?
Rick pretends to be sick and decides to skip work so he can stay in bed all day…
13 year old Aamir has fled his home and been separated from his family only to be stranded alone in the largest unofficial refugee camp in Europe. When he is befriended by Katlyn, a well meaning but thinly stretched British volunteer, she becomes Aamir’s last hope for salvation.
Young writer Ingrid St. Clair has just finished writing her debut novel, detailing her struggle with depression – but instead of a sense of relief, she is left with suffocating anxiety. The film follows her desperate quest for peace of mind.
THE LIFE INSIDE. Nature is truly beautiful. It gifts us with life. It lets us breathe, love and laugh. And yet it can also be cruel. It takes our lives and tears to pieces. What remains is darkness, pain and death. Ben and Hannah are expecting a child. During a preliminary examination, Hannah is diagnosed […]
STRANDED. Samira who fled from Syria, is known as impatient. She wants to leave her refugee hostel and probably even Munich to rebuild her life and find her place. She simply wants to be in charge of her own life. Why else did she move from the ruins of her native country? However, police officer […]
Russ lives and works at a motel with his parents. When a seemingly sick girl and her mother come through, Russ becomes fascinated and tries to befriend the girl.
Two men. One around 40 years old, the other one in his late 60s. The older one answers. Brutally honest with himself. He is pedophilic. Feels attracted to young girls. For years he tried to fight it, hoped it will disappear. But it didn’t. The man feels guilty. He sexually abused his daughter.
An Arabian song prayer, Bismillah (in the name of God), sounds in a cramped room. Samira is singing the song. She’s 10 years old, Tunisian, she has curly hair and wide black eyes. This time she prays alone, her brother, Jamil (17), has been having stomach ache for two days. It’s strong, constant pain and […]
VLEES VAN MY VLEES Flesh of my Flesh tells the story of how a married couple’s relationship and household are changed after a car accident claims their little daughter’s life and leaves the wife quadriplegic. Twelve years after the accident Magnus helps Annelie to prepare for their wedding anniversary. Both have seemingly dealt with the […]
A BELSŐ OLDAL Domi is a 33 year old autistic boy, who never speaks and lives with his mother and father. They try everything to cure him, but no effect. The mother cynically tells the story of their unlucky family, she is hopeless. Only the books bring happiness in Domi’s life. He is obsessed by […]
LOOK While Emma finds the sight by the creation of a new scientific invention, her confrontation with the world of the clairvoyants does not take place as seen meadow.
THE MAN AT THE WINDOW After the separation from his girlfriend, the unsuccessful writer Paul moved into his new apartment. Lonely and lethargic, he tries to divert himself by writing, when one evening he makes a strange observation in a window of the opposite apartment. Despite initial distrust, he does not pay much attention to […]
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, […]
A past childhood period that was long tucked away in denial comes back alive within the intimate and uterine space of a bathtub.
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.
Natalie Dupont suffers from crippling insomnia. She decides to seek professional help and sees psychoanalyst Dr. Mannick. She hopes for improvement of her symptoms with the help of psychoanalyses. When asked about the origin of her insomnia, Natalie claims to have committed a crime. Dr. Mannick is fazed by this confession, yet able to continue […]
After traumatic experiences in her childhood Nona develops nine personalities which take over her very own life. There is only one last dark corner in her mind where she continues to exist. The therapist, Melanie Keller, puts her career and the life of Nona on the line to let the girl face her inner demons. […]
Philip and Mary, a recently married couple of Hydrobiologists, live and work in a house by the lake, celebrating and waiting for the coming of their unborn child. Mary’s unexpected miscarriage of her pregnancy and a future infertility, however, will redefine their relationship.
Suddenly Tamara is standing in Netta’s thrift shop. Netta is fascinated by her customer: Somehow she is special… Over the way Tamara perceives the clothes and her surroundings the two women get closer to each other and in the end the question is asked: Is it okay, to force someone into their own good?
“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.”
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 psychiatrist’s office, a young man whose life has been all but ruined by anxious thoughts comes to a new and frightening conclusion about his condition.
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.
HIKIKOMORI –LIFE THROUGH THE LENS Nino (27) is what is called a Hikikomori – a young person kept in the stranglehold of self-doubt and fear of failing. Seclusively, Nino lives the life of a hermit in an anonymous apartment block where he enjoys the safety of his isolation. His passion for photography is the only […]
Submerged by his dark thoughts, Lulu, 20, tries to kill himself. His meeting with a shrink sparks the unexpected discovery of his inner creative force: rap.
BLOODY SOUR GRAPES, INDEED. It’s already been 18 years since David Foster Wallace built his epic novel Infinite Jest around a dystopian society ruled by a constant pressure to achieve and an obsession with efficiency.The film’s title Verflucht saure Trauben, fürwahr is a quote from the german version of the novel: on the search to […]
As a young child our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him, a sudden event changes the course of his […]
A sensuous portrait of a young musician who begins to tackle the fragility of her own identity when her hearing starts to fade into a seemingly muted existence.
TANGO ON THE BALCONY is a narrative short film about Johnny, an Iraq war veteran who wrestles with post traumatic stress and the transition to civilian life. Johnny is tormented by an incessant hyper vigilance and insomnia, and the lingering questions of his past actions in combat.
A young man agrees to support his ex lover during an HIV test. Not having seen each other for a while, they are forced to sit together in the waiting room of an STI clinic. What starts out as an awkward conversation, soon becomes something more tender. Is there still a chance for reconciliation?
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 […]
In an age of online cruising and sex apps, having sex in parks and public bathrooms seems like a thing of the past. But for Hank Major, a 70-year-old gay African-American gentleman from Philadelphia, picking up guys on the street or at old-school cruising grounds is still very much a way of life. In this […]
“Leaving home, ‘I’ got a phone call. As ‘I’ answered it, the house exploded. ‘I’ went to work and continued as normal”…
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.
Kamal has a dream: he wants to fly, but many say paragliding is an impossible dream for a man in a wheelchair. An inspiration in the Paralympic community, he’s helped many beat the odds. Now it’s his turn to try.
Moldova. One winter day, Raisa travels into the city hoping to get something that could change her life.
MURL is a short portrait of an artist of life from Linz. For over ten years he has been pursuing the dream of turning his passion into a profession, which has often led him into existential difficulties. To continue to pursue his goal nevertheless, he has been forced to develop strategies that secure him financially.
THE DESTRUCTION OF ORDER. One morning a young women suffers a fit. An event that questions habits and privileges, but it also marks the beginning of a quest to find a new way to look at the world.
THE SWELLING In the near future. Surveillance is omnipresent. Cameras and drones belong to the common cityscape like traffic lights. The sky is gray and environment seems dead. Here “X-33“ lives in a rundown apartment complex, where strange things occur. A peculiar and pulsing bulgelike object in the wall follows him permanently at every turn. […]
WINTER’S JOURNEY Walter is waiting at the last station of his journey through life. His family and friends all know what is best for him. But in the end they have to understand that his ending belongs only to him.
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 […]
A young woman needs your help to find her life purpose. STREAM OF DOUBTS is a drama short-movie about your place in the cosmos. Sort of.
WHY DIDN’T YOU TAKE A TAXI? Alfred Krohn (66) and his son Paul are on the way to the hospital. During the drive, Paul realises that Alfred’s illness is far more serious than his father wants to admit. Being afraid he could lose him for good, Paul suddenly decides to leave the designated route…
LITTLE HERO Doug is a 12 year old boy, who has terminal cancer. He lies in hospital, full of fear of the unknown. He feels lonely , because of his mother, who can’t take it anymore to visit him at this state. The hospital staff is busy with their work too. But then the mysterious […]
„The dream 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 […]
FLYING It’s Nadia’s 15th birthday. Instead of celebrating with her friends she takes care of her drug addict mother. To earn their living Nadia is working in a chineses restaurant. Due to the clash of hope, fights and reconciliation the life with her drug addict mother becomes an intoxication for Nadia herself. Trapped between responsibility […]
THE SKY IS BLUE EVERYWHERE When Marc is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he doesn’t know how and when to tell his girlfriend Sophie about it.