Unemployed, middle-aged and depressed, Masayuki lives with his elderly mother. She thinks he works nights but really he wanders the streets, drinks and gambles. He amasses enough gambled winnings to finance her foreseeable future, before his final departure. When the time comes, Masayuki confronts oblivion with the help of a mysterious stranger.
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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 […]
A satire set in a future America that maintains its unwavering love for the second amendment, Bodyman (Experience Required) finds its hero interviewing for a new job that has some disturbing fine print. Technological advancements like self driving cars have made our his previous profession of Roadkill Cleanup obsolete. In need of work and hindered […]
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.
STILL WE MIGHT NOT GET ANYWHERE A philosophical, romantic short film about a boy and a girl in a park and their mutual uncertainty concerning each other, how to behave, and how to relate to everyone else.
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.
The 16-years old Stefanie lives in her own world of art and gothic-clothes. Accidentally she discovers the strange behavior of her father. While he is telling the family, that he went on a business-trip to Edinburgh, Stefanie saw her father buying flowers. In the night she decides to sneak in the phone messages of her […]
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.
On a film set, the two main leads who were once lovers are about to act out a scene which reminds them of their past. Throughout the filming process, the boundary between fiction and reality begins to blur.
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.
One bed, five languages, nine mornings after in nine awkward minutes.
THE WHITE MARBLE When overpopulation reaches its climax in the future a young family has to face consequences of governmental decisions. Meanwhile individuals all over the world fight the new laws. The people have to face intrigues in highest circles.
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.
JOIN THE SISTERHOOD OF WATER The Indian slum Khara Kuaa transforms into a colorful theatre stage as Rekha Devi, Zeenat Begum and their neighbours unpack the scientific water test kit. An educational musical developed in collaboration with the women from two slums in Jaipur, who participated in a hydrogeological model project.
THE SISTERHOOD OF WATER Rekha Devi and Zeenat Begum have a problem: the little water in their slum is polluted. German hydrogeologist Theresa Frommen is asked to help. But can illiterate women learn the scientist’s complicated methods? And is she prepared to get involved in the social structures of an Indian slum?
THE DREAM OF B. SOARES I am like a pendulum that can’t stop waving, always moving, never reaching.
James, an LA transplant by way of NYC, is looking for his golden ticket in the city of dreams. Hoping to avoid some of the traps and pitfalls that most transplants succumb to, James is determined to make it. Even if that means losing it. James and his friends have all come to LA with […]
In an unreleased song, Guerilla Toss front-woman, Kassie Carlson embarks on a journey of the mind. Cosmic colors rush through the world of a tiny house fly. The fly croons in meditative vibrations that we only begin to grasp. The artists created a unique blend of homemade costumes and 3d animation.
Tom, 20 and Max, his basketball partner, have opposing views on how to best approach a girl. While Tom is secretly attracted to Lucie, Max, keen on dating apps, flirts openly with her when they meet for the first time. And so the match begins.
In the city, a business man walks to work on a Monday morning when he’s interrupted by a junkie-like kid who asks him: Do you want some soup?
THE SWING An elderly and honest Bolot works as a heating man at a village school. When the coal in his house finishes, his wife persuades him to steal coal from the school, despite the school’s small supply.
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 […]
Athens 2019. 44% of youth is unemployed, wandering outside of the classroom and the labor market. Five youngsters seek entertainment in the luxurious Airbnb’s that one of them is cleaning for a meager fee. They look out over a city in turmoil, daydreaming about a world of possibilities.
SLANTED GIRL In a high mountain village, a storm breaks out. Aude, 30, discovers a mysterious bird, which will inevitably lead her to the witch.
Have you ever felt stuck? Depressed? Numb? Emotionally and/or physically void of life? Nothing left but just a shell of a person with nothing left to live for? But then that one spark, that one person, that one word triggers something in you. That it brings you back to reality. That is what STILL HERE […]
THE MENTOR Sarah is a lonely teenager who is full of hidden, bitter passion. She shares her feelings only with the Mentor whom she met on the Internet. The Mentor supports the desperate girl every time she turns to him for help, although they never met in person. Sarah can communicate with him using live […]
What happens when a baby is born? What if there is no milk? Or just a drop too much? When a baby is born, the fresh parents are drowning in mother’s milk and nothing is the as it used to be. The film describes the difficulties of breastfeeding and parenting in a hilarious and heartwarming […]
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.
THE WOES OF ANGÈLE The 8 years old Angèle lives alone with her uncle Tom, after the tragic loss of her father, while her mother’s health declines. She regularly visits her uncounscious mother at the hospital with Tom, who is clueless about how to help the little girl. As he also struggles with his own […]
With this film Rosemarie Wahler gives us an insight into the most difficult time of her life. Singing in the choir Viva Voce Stuttgart e. V. helped her to deal with it.
Raymond Laissier, a high-profile intelligence operative sits down with Charley Underwood, a conspiracy theorist, to retrieve his personal handbook filled with top secret information. Hoping to have his sensitive material safely back in hand, a simple exchange of property becomes a shocking re-evaluation of Ray’s destructive occupation.
MARELD is the product where documentary and film is mixed in a dark synergy, where reality and fiction can be difficult to distinguish. A film team went out into the Stockholm archipelago. The plan was to record a thriller where the scenes were improvised in chronological order. The actors got to know their characters and […]
Under the pretext of preparing for a role, an actor walks the streets of the neighbourhood of Compton, in Los Angeles, looking for information and inspiration. The actor ends up getting involved in a series of events, which the film stages as if it were a documentary, in a device that sometimes reveals that the […]
BATHTUB BY THE SEA Day in, and day out Gunnar is doing the same things. He drinks his coffee, fishes with his boat, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays he is having his out door bath. But one day a mermaid comes in with the tides, and he must use his bathtub for her. When the […]
A young woman goes home to pick up some things but discovers her flatmate, dead from an apparent suicide. She must somehow deal with the tragedy without alerting her eight- year-old sister who is waiting in the car, just outside.
When Matteo, the love of Anna, dies, the young woman moves from Berlin to the countryside to heal. But she ends up coming back on the tracks of her lost love and finds a unique way of communicating with Matteo. Soon enough, she discovers Matteo has left a trail for her to follow, composed of […]
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 […]
YEAR Film is dedicated to the memory of Marek Serafinski, a filmmaker and producer, privately the director’s husband. It is a graphic and sound diary created from everyday life paper waste: labels, tickets etc. and cigarette packages of one chain smoker, accumulated by one collector within six years.
Set in 1914 at the start of World War I, The German King is the unbelievable true story of King Rudolf Douala Manga Bell; a German raised African prince who becomes king after his father’s death. Upon returning home to Cameroon, he sees his people being subjugated and enslaved under Kaiser Wilhelmʼs II oppressive colonial […]
What does it take to stay awake when the reality is tough and home is far away? Using archival footage of the Sunflower Movement that took place in Taipei, Taiwan in 2014 as a starting point, the filmmaker reflects on her ideas of home, politics, and the importance of being present.
ROMEO’ S LEGACY Rahim, a Syrian refugee, who has been living in a German refugee camp for the last couple of months and Julka, a young woman from town, get to know each other. They could become a couple, if it wasn´t for Theo – Julka´s younger brother, who associates within a right-winged-community.
Danish Amir connects with a local girl, Sarah, on a dance floor in central Oslo. He ends up going home with her, but, halfway into bed, he discovers that she is Jewish. Shocked, he reveals his Palestinian background and makes his exit from the now tense situation. Once outside, he sees that his phone is […]
PALERMO is the story of an unconditional love of a young father for his son and his desperate struggle in life. Alex lives in the outskirts of small town in Austria. His son, Paul, he sees only every other week and only when he is on the good side of his unpredictable ex-girlfriend. Alex has […]
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 […]
LAST CALL Life in a ordinary café is disrupted by the intrusion of a weird and authoritative woman who starts manipulating the customers as if they were puppets. In spite of themselves, they become both spectators and actors in a somewhat macabre drama. In this café turned into a stage, the life of a man […]
What happens in a cinema when you film it at a resolution of 10K with a 360° camera and then reverse the spatial and temporal axes? It is not surprising that cinema-in-the-cinema scenes are often used in horror films. For they irritate and unsettle by reminding us – the immobile viewers hidden in the cosy […]
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 […]
THE DEATH OF MY MOTHER In deep remorse and ashamed of herself Marcelle recalls the last three days before the death of her mother. As she recalls the incidents from the arrival of the mother in the ambulance at Marcelle’s house until her death, we enter Marcelle’s sombre world of silence and guilt.
In a forgotten village, where everyone is cut from the same cloth, a new, self-proclaimed leader arrives changing the local way of life. Dividing lines are carved out as the once unified society is torn and segregated. THEM is a cautionary tale of misguided ideologies, destructive leadership and of being an outsider. But most importantly, […]
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 […]
CREOLE BALLS Oscar and Paco live in a country where a fascist revolution has been imposed for the last 50 years forcing the people to live stark naked. The two lifelong friends enjoy a sunny day on the beach. As they chat they fall into a discussion provoked by the difference between opinions regarding the revolution; […]
WHEN YOU GROW UP ‘When you grow up’ is a short documentary that takes a view of people during a day of work. The silence and distance within the film creates an absurd portrait that makes you wonder what it means to be human in a work-driven society.
COMMITTED After a long period of repression, Batya is forced to confront her father’s mental illness. Dealing with her sister’s demands to hospitalize him, Batya has to realize what is the best decision for the whole family.
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.
STUMBLING STONES 1933, a Jewish family listens to the radio with fascination. Adolf Hitler makes his first speech as Reich Chancellor. The camera accompanies the downfall of this once harmonious family. 2019, three Stolpersteine are anchored in the ground. The anti-Semitism appears again unimpressed.
DIAGONAL A young couple is already in the heat of the action when she asks him for a condom. He doesn’t have one, but that doesn’t seem to put a curb on his enthusiasm.
THE BOOK OF SABETH We encounter Elisabeth “Netzkowa” Mnatsakanjan, a writer, musician, painter, and scholar, who could not go on living in the Soviet Union and emigrated to Vienna in the 1970s. Her stories, her poems, her music and an encounter with an old friend depict a life dedicated to the arts and language
Princess Therese of Bavaria, is an emancipated researcher and writer who travels to Brazil in 1888 accompanied by her lady-in-waiting Franziska Von Lerchenfeld and her traveling Marshal Maximilian von Speidel in a four-month expedition. All the time she is incognito under the name Countess Von Elpen on the way and collects plants and animals, for […]
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 […]
TWO BODIES ON A BEACH A woman wakes up on a beach wrapped in plastic, half-naked and in high heels. “Not again”, she sighs and decides to find out who is behind this. She persuades an older woman who has been pushed to the margins of society to accompany her on her revenge trip. During […]
INSIDE A woman stands inert against a tragic cliff. Nothing feels worse than being apart from yourself. In a luscious room, a man and a woman sit next to each other, unaware of how to proceed. A sexual contention and a feeling of an untold story seems to hide a larger narrative. A story about […]
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.
MOTHERS A female arabic refugee in immigration authority: She is begging to catch up with her children. They got separated. The responsible official tells her that his hands are tied. As the situation escalates the official throws the woman out of his office. A bit later, we see him, visiting his old mother. With her, we […]
FRAM – FORWARD Two friends journey to the end of the earth, in order to dance in the polar wilderness of Svalbard. En route, they explore our ideas of the Arctic, along with the grand questions of life and art. ‘Fram’ is a unique and engaging journey to a place where few have been – […]
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.
K and L are cultural conservationists working in a not-so-distant future to preserve the artifacts and histories that are being systematically destroyed by a totalitarian government. When they are in a deadly car accident, time splinters into parallel realities, separating them. Each enters a reality where one dies while the other lives, and they embark […]
I DREAM OF A FOREIGN WORLD “I dream with you, chase your monsters away…” Two newly formed welcome classes, with children from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon meet a German primary school class, in Berlin. Together with the theatre group ‘Drehbühne Berlin’ a play is created, about their own dreams and nightmares.
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 […]
In an air polluted future the 20 year old drummer Olly wants only one thing: to get inside the dome, where the air is clean and the best musicians live. In order to get in, he must take a series of absurd tests that pass false judgements on him. Will Olly cave and behave the […]
LOOM Alcira and Henry are Colombian peasants. With a deep sadness uniting them, spending time together is an irritating and painful struggle. Still, they do it to appease their grief. Alcira needs to forgive him. Henry needs her forgiveness.
The Latin phrase: “Et in Arcadia ego” (I am/was in Arcadia, too) refers to Sophie’s memory of her ex-boyfriend, who disappeared one morning without a trace. This motive runs consistently through this short film, written and realized within 90 hours, including its morbid color-grading. A second starting point of this thriller was the definition of […]
IKUINEN LIIKE Rooted with Wings explores the work of internationally acclaimed choreographer Tero Saarinen, granting a unique impression of his creative process. In a turbulent world fetishizing technology and change, Saarinen embraces a philosophy of awareness, presence in the moment and centered physicality.
Emil is auditioning for a main part in a huge international film production. Playing a homosexual, drug-addicted SS-Officer he needs to break up from his lover shortly before the battle of Stalingrad. But of all people Oskar, his Ex-Girlfriend’s new boyfriend, happens to read the counterpart and threatens Emil’s chances of getting the part.
DOING BIG JOBS Suffering from horrible indigestion, a lady dashes into the toilet of a club in Berlin. But before she can relieve herself, a young couple in the next cubicle starts a heated discussion ending in a fight. A story about love, jealosy and a bit of cocaine.
‘How I Live’ follows the journey of four children with cancer in Guatemala, El Salvador, Myanmar and Egypt. Moving between diagnosis and treatment, the complex issues facing the children, families and healthcare providers emerge. The film documents the difficulties not only of cancer treatment but also the physical and geographic obstacles to accessing care and […]
A group of people gathers at a reception. The occasion of the event remains unclear. Everyone attempts to act appropriately. Waiting for something to happen in silence anticipation gradually turns into anxiety.
Emma is the successful head of a film production company in Vienna. Together with her daughter Luna, she lives in the independent Viennese cultural society. Blanka enters her life, an Eastern European who comes to Vienna to work as an assistant in Emma’s office. Blanka leaves her hometown Bratislava and thus the monotonous life she […]
A voice says “I would like to make you feel nice and comfortable, and to empty your mind of every single thought…” Thus begins the story, with an invitation to make you fall asleep, in a calm, deep, and peaceful rest, while a chaotic landscape, crowded with people, sets up on the screen. The crowd […]
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 […]
HEAVEN’S MEADOW It is night in Heaven’s Meadow, on the outskirts of Vienna. Injured and barefoot, Maya runs back home, to the city center. Next day she reports the incident of the prior evening. She undergoes a check-up and files an official statement: assaulted by several perpetrators, no traces of semen, but internal injuries. Rather […]
The Berlin Wall is a metaphor for the concept of separation in this film. While seeing the remnants of the Berlin Wall today, surrounded by excited tourists, taking photographs, we hear the voices of several artists from different backgrounds who talk about their bitter personal experiences imposed on them due to their nationalities. These voices […]
Obsessed with his recent breakup, a young writer decides to commit suicide by midnight if his ex-lover doesn’t return to him. Desperately waiting in his gloomy house yet intruded by his annoyingly zealous friend who keeps trying to cheer him up, the writer drifts into fragmented memories of his past with her: a beach where […]
‘After The Beep’ chronicles the day to day life of a mother and her young son living in New York City. Bridging between her motocycle gang and her duties as a parent, she is urged to redefine the image of a single mother when she receives a message from her estranged ex after 2 years […]
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 […]
THE WANDERER Just when Marie thinks her day is once again made of drying sheets – a preoccupation without an end, she’s all of a sudden interrupted by a mysterious old lady, who claims to have been her neighbour for many years, and before she knows, she finds herself in the middle of a trip […]
Theresa has documented all of her daughter Marta’s childhood on social media without considering the full consequences.
Two brothers leave their father behind in his adopted German domicile. They embark on a soulful journey through their own world of childhood memories in Anatolia. They dance between this world and the beyond and reveal a dark secret.
Μίλα Based on a true story, “Mila” is a “polaroid picture” of a daughter’s and a father’s last encounter at the hospital. She is a twenty year old girl who likes to skate and who hates talking to her mom. He is a forty-five year old hospitalised alcoholic life artist. They haven’t spoken or seen […]
Каменный гость The key figure of the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917 in Russia was Lenin. After his death in 1924 Lenin’s image was immortalized in countless numbers of monuments in the Soviet Union and in the Soviet bloc’s countries. In her video, the artist refers to depicted in stone image of the Revolution […]
Знебарвлена “Desaturated” is a 10-minute visual comedy. The comedic value of the film is built on the fact that the character knows that she is a character in a film, and is trying to overcome the visual clichés without which we cannot imagine modern cinema. The main conflict of the character is in her having […]
We become the reflection of our dominant thoughts. Live your dreams rather than dreaming your life is the choice of these women that take their destiny into their own hands in order to transcend their existence and rise above the monotony of daily life.
When on duty police officer James Hale comes across the neighbourhood dogcatcher William Page wandering the streets disorientated, he brings him back to the station for assistance. However the situation soon disintegrates into hell on earth.
DOG’S BIRTHDAY Thomas lives with his girlfriend Nicole. She asks him to organize a birthday for their dog. Thomas begins to search for a birthday present for the dog. He goes to an exclusive shop with pet’s accessories. He succeeds in getting a cake for a dog. During comes back home he gets attacked by […]
Caught among toxic masculinity, a sequin dress and a teenage crush, a teen skater, growing up in rural Texas, will have sex for the first time in the back of their dad’s truck. I am Mackenzie is a short coming of age drama about adolescence and the feeling of not belonging; the feeling of being […]
THE AFGHANISTANS Sporadic gunshots echo among the ruins of a village which, though abandoned, is an objective of great import for the Romanian government. This forces two young men to lead a hard negotiation, both for the fate of the settlement and for their own future.
With his smartphone in hand, Steven discovers an unknown city as a tourist. After a disappointing sex date, he navigates through the labyrinth of streets, disappearing in the subway and reappearing in other places. During his journey, he meets new people who take him deeper into the jungle of the big city. This film’s production […]
In 1810, in a private cellar in London, one of the most auspicious fights in boxing took place. It was a fight between TOM MOLINEAUX, a freed slave from America and TOM CRIBB, the reigning Champion of England. Whoever won this fight would be the indisputable Champion of the World. TOM lost the fight unjustly. […]
Oliver Helfrich and his wife Rea lead a family life dominated by violence and psycho terror – in the middle is their baby son Jonas. Oliver works on a promising project at his job, while Rea is in nostalgia and depression at home. Oliver decides to take their baby to his office. From then on, […]
COVER UP In the name of faith and good morals, conservative head censor Ibrahim dutifully blackens naked female bodies on magazines with a pen. A tough job he despises with a passion. His joyful colleague Waleed however, couldn’t have asked for a better occupation. When Waleed comes in with the newest batch of magazines, chaos […]
With a mix of claymation and live action we enter the world of Love, who’s 2 years old and struggles to get attention from his father and connect to his Granny. But Loves father has no time, to see him or to listen, since he’s totally preoccupied with trying go get grandma out of bed.
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 […]
DISTINGUISHED FEELINGS ELENA and ARTURO are a couple fully in love until one day, one of their friends sow seeds of doubts in their minds. Philippe reveals to Elena that Arturo is tired of their relationship. He no longer loves her but doesn’t have the guts to tell her. But all is fair in love […]
During a naive break-in, somewhere in a dystopian world, a woman discovers a forbidden piece of art and develops a manic fascination for the forbidden.
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 […]
ARE YOU THERE? Are you There? A journey deep into inner space, regarding absence epilepsy. As a child, director Maartje Nevejan had seizures during which she experienced the uncanny sensation of not being. For a few moments, it was as if she was no longer present in the world. The strangest thing was that she […]
“The Annunciation” is a 2-minute experimental piece that deals with the classic biblical motif in which the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will conceive and be the mother of Jesus. This is one of the 14 works created in the frame of the Postkartenseminar from Wim Wenders on the Subject of “Glauben” (Faith) […]
A painter is standing in front of a blank canvas. His everyday life is characterized by noise and stress. Excesses of people trapped in a system, blind and tied up with their view on small screens. They rush into their own prisons. Sounds that, with more and more information and obligations, are slowly becoming unbearable […]
THE AGREEMENT For his semester abroad, shy student Louis moves to Hamburg, ready to start a new chapter in his life. But his shared room is no longer available. In his misery, he finds a room in a chic penthouse. The landlord is the successful lawyer Clara, a beautiful, unapproachable woman in her 50s who […]
More than 40 years ago, Bas Jan Ader decided to go on an adventure. In a tiny sailing boat, the Dutchman set sail across the ocean. Nine months later the boat was found adrift at sea. There was no sign of Ader. It’s a story that has always fascinated filmmaker Martijn Blekendaal, not just because […]
THE MOTION OF STARS “Awe sets the star’s face aglow Stars are like humanity Since always and for eternity Only they do not know.” Eight-year-old Lena is fascinated by space; her favorite book describes the secret connection between people and stars. As a solar eclipse nears, her father takes her to watch the event. The […]
STEKENJOKK AND THE GUARDIANS OF THE EGGS Every year during June, police officer Mimmi and nature guard Håkan patrol Sweden’s windiest place, the valley of Stekenjokk. Eggs thieves’ ravages the area where rare bird eggs are laid during the breeding season. Thousands of eggs have been stolen over the years and sold between collectors and […]
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 […]
Lying on her bed between textbooks on jazz, dirty laundry and French fries, eighteen year old Suza just wants to be left alone. Her once beloved red guitar, inherited from her father, has become a relentless reminder of failure. But social withdrawal isn’t easy when plagued with an overbearing mother, a best friend skilled at […]
Lía, a freshman in college in Los Angeles, comes home to Lima, Peru to surprise her grandmother on her 93rd birthday. What was expected to be a fun weekend suddenly turns sour when Lía bumps into her estranged father at a club while partying with her friends. Through a series of unexpected situations Lía will […]
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 […]
THE BIG QUESTIONS IN LIFE A little girl waits at a cafe whilst her mother has gone to run errands. She enjoys the best cake in the world and the fact that she is big enough to be out on her own. But time drags on when you’re waiting and as she becomes bored, she […]
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 […]
Two Irish drug dealers, Jacko and his much-maligned sidekick Niallser, drag a captured cockney rival into an abandoned shed in the depths of rural Ireland. A stash of cocaine has gone missing, supplies are running low, and Jacko has his mind set on who is responsible. Things don’t look good for Andy, their prisoner from […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
In the Wauters Farm installment of their Changing Landscapes series, Los Angeles based art collective ARTHUR KING travels to a small family farm in rural Iowa in order to gather audio and video field recordings and reuse them creatively in a large-scale, improvisational visual art and music performance within the same setting. These musical and […]
MIDSUMMERNIGHTS CHILDREN Sommernachtskinder features students of high school children in Berlin, as characters in a love triangle. Both Ben and Ali are in love with Ada, and their struggle to get her attention leads to a big fight that involves the entire class. The parents are called to school by the teachers to discuss the […]
IMENS Sofie has dropped out of university and later ended up in an existential vacuum in which everyday life is marked by discouragement, stagnation and despair over how she must reinvent herself. With glimpses we are invited into Sofie’s monotonous everyday life, consisting of long mornings, TV shows under the sheet, bowling when the girlfriends […]
IMAGE IS EVERYTHING Together with her accomplice, teenage girl Lea stages a provocative scandal in a social network. But glory and the chance to use her newfound attention to become an influencer stay away. Not only does she become the laughing stock of the school, she also loses the favor of Lucas. Two years after […]
People come, people go – Yet everyone is moving in the same direction. We all are sharing something that we are unaware of, creating one big picture we are unable to see. The film explores the idea of how everyone is connected in a way we may not realise. By sharing time, space and movement, […]
“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.
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.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT NOW IS TO FEEL BAD During a compulsory information meeting for unemployed people, the friendly face of a ridiculous, Kafkaesque bureaucracy exposes the truth behind unemployment. (Unemployed people act as a deterrent to the rest of the population: to remain in their poorly paid jobs and to continue consuming).
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.
Lolo is an openly gay 11-year-old boy trying to finally convince Max, his first love, to go public with their relationship at the school party. Max also wants a relationship but Lolo might not be the one. Lolo’s best friends Elena and Toby help him to overcome this situation and give him the support that […]
IN THE HUT OF MR. VAN DEN BRINK In this modern fairy tale the two small-time crooks Heiko and Marcello end up in the hut of Mr. van den Brink. Having fled the police they hide in a garden house but then wake up with their hands and feet bound. From now on the owner […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
SCHWERELOS After having a nightmare, Marlon wakes up just to find his parents fighting in the kitchen. When his father slams the door, his younger brother David also wakes up. In order to explain the situation, he comes up with a story.
Even at 80 Brian Auger is always on tour playing the stages of the world. He travels either with his own band, THE OBLIVION EXPRESS ( Alex Ligertwood, voc/git, Travis Carlton, bass, Karma Auger, drums) or joins musicians like Italian superstar ZUCCHERO on their world tours. His answer to the question , why he still […]
THE PATRIOT At the age of 21, Vasily Vlasov became the youngest parliamentarian in the Russian Duma. Given his abundant confidence and self-assured manner, he could have been a refreshing new voice. But Vasily is the assistant and protégé of the ultra-nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Strikingly, his deeply conservative party LDPR, which is viewed by […]
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 […]
Between Walls is the story of Jade, who has recently been involved in an altercation resulting in her assaulting another person. The film follows Jade as she leaves her house and walks to her local police station to meet with the victim. Each door that Jade opens on her way to the meeting in the […]
People have told myths and stories back through time, even before we could write. However in this world explained by science and technology, could our surroundings still be imbued with storytelling and wonder? As technology advances in complexity, the mystery grows, and provokes us to create myths again in contemporary life. Filmmaker Sunjoo Lee goes […]
It’s Liridona’s wedding day. Pregnant, she finds herself married to a complete stranger. As her mother coerces her through the rituals of the ceremony, the young bride struggles to submit to the expectations placed on her
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 […]
A nameless Norwegian woman tries to make it as a writer in the Danish film industry. Unfortunately, she has already run out of ideas. Yet, like all cinematic meta-narrators before her, she is good for a self-conscious voice-over and a montage of frustrated writer’s block gestures. If only all those thoughts could amount to one […]
“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 […]
Based on the best selling novel “A Thieving Pursuit;” by JP London, Love, Lies, and Larceny is an action-packed drama about life and survival. Max is a good guy with an average life. But when a devastating circumstance shatters his reality, he’s left with no plan or resources to put it back together again. What […]
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 […]
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 […]
DOORS Henning has been working as a bouncer in St. Pauli for more than 15 years. Some people think that all bouncers are stupid and violent, but Henning went to University and writes satirical short stories. His humour and his empathy are a big help to solve conflicts without escalation. Standing at club doors he […]
THE OLDEN HERALDS At almost 90 years old, Tatá and Esperanza witness the election of the first Cuban president in more than half a century without the Castro surname. Secluded on an islet of vegetation, they watch on their television the speeches about firmness and the applause of political fervor. During the elections, a storm […]
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 […]
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.
This film features five charismatic taxi drivers and their passengers from five different cities: Bangkok, Pristina, Dakar, El Paso and Berlin. For 24 hours, we follow them through their city, their daily routine, their private life, listening to their thoughts. A parallel montage of the different time zones, based on Central European Time, creates a […]
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 […]
A FISH IN A PUNCH BOWL Mika, a sensitive, ten-year-old boy, tries to save a goldfish from a bully. That’s when he meets Lotte. He immediately falls in love with this selfconfident girl. But his feelings of joy are diminished when he comes home to his fighting parents. A few days later, Mika catches his […]
After many years, a convict who spends his days sketching charcoal art in his prison cell, receives a surprise visit from his estranged father. This encounter forces him to contemplate his own existence and place in the world. As he begins to remember the past, his memories cause him to lose grasp, blurring the lines […]
THE ART TO SURVIVE. „The art to survive“ portraits four People who made art to their purpose of live. They tell story’s about about their art, their everyday life, and the difference between the life as an artist and daily requirements. If you want to be an artist, you need courage, because on the way […]
Der Junge am Bahnsteig 3. A boy. No friends. Disturbing family conditions. The mainstation of the big town nearby becomes his place of longing for his daily getaways. Lost and comforted by his fantasies he spends most of his spare time watching trains. One day …
Fridi has set herself an ambitious goal: She wants to become Federal Chancellor of Germany with her own election campaign. After being divested of her daughter by the Youth Welfare office she starts to believe more and more in a conspiracy of freemasons, Scientology, the Lions club and many others. She gained prominence beyond Swabia […]
THE GREAT PRESIDENT In a sumptuous living-room, PRIMO, a thirty-five year-old politician, and his twin brother ADAMO, seat at a table with their parents. They are waiting for a phone call that will communicate whether Primo has been chosen by the President of the Republic to be the new Prime Minister. Between the two brothers, […]
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” […]
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 […]
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.)
In a hybrid film, both documentary and fiction, five young women describe the feeling of grief when losing a parent at a young age. Anna returns to her father’s home, a year after his death. When reunited with his belongings, both his life and death seem present. When Anna loses herself in the music of […]
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 […]
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 […]
Christine is a working actress fading into obscurity. Day by day, she works tirelessly with the futile hope of her career getting a second wind. As countless others in Los Angeles, she blindly follows her dream like a moth to flame, taking a toll on her family and herself. We observe the banality of Christine’s […]
LO QUE MÁS AMAS. I had travelled a long way. Finally, I arrived at the hills, to you, the Magical Town. I wanted to ask what you love the most. The Finnish filmmaker Antti Seppänen arrives in the old mining town of Real del Monte in Mexico. His two simple yet difficult questions for the […]
DANS NOS VEINES. Inside the cockfighting pits in Thailand, in Philippines and the ones in Guadeloupe, Aod, Edgar and Dolores are preparing their roosters for an upcoming fight in front of a public of bettors and aficionados. For the Thais, the Filipinos and the Guadeloupeans, this sport runs through their veins meanwhile it is a […]
Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s in the largest affordable housing cooperative in Brooklyn, Cassandra Bromfield’s world was artfully framed by her mother’s Super-8. A schoolteacher with many creative talents, Cassandra’s mom documented the exuberance of her neighborhood’s public spaces, showcasing the lively pool, the packed playground, and the graffitied handball court. Passion to […]
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 […]
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.
In Kuchenhimmel, a bakery, two love stories are in focus: Aurealia and Isidor’s – longtime friends – and Emilia and Rami’s – primary school teachers. The spectator will witness how their relationships reach the next stage. A love cookie serves as a catalyst here. Maria, Aurelia’s co-worker, embodies a kind of love goddes, who gives […]
TOT HET EINDE VAN DE WERELD. The eight-year-old Marie lives with her father Boudewijn in a small house at the edge of the city. Their world is full of play and imagination, and Boudwijn teaches her to dream. However, Marie has become aware of an unpredictability in her father. Because of his addiction, the warm, […]
LE POINT DE PRESSION. Jacob Coultard, an interrogator in the local police force, lives the life of an introverted recluse, never willing to disclose any of his personal details or bond with his fellow workers. Thanks to the ongoing interrogation of a seemingly innocent woman and evening visits from a friendly neighbor, his inner life […]
Blažej is a troubled man working for Gestapo in 1940’s Czechoslovakia. He is tasked to translate and oversee Nazi documents, especially the ones dealing with public announcements and executions. Repeating this task over and over again fills him with guilt. That guilt embodies itself in a grotesque sculpture he creates. Over time, he starts to […]
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, […]
A former luxury hotel in the middle of nowhere, close to the Serbian Bulgarian border. Here those who are not wanted anymore in Germany find shelter after they have been deported. Bela Palanka takes the stranded and the lost. Amongst them is Emrah, a 28-year-old Rom. After committing several crimes, he was deported to his […]
Three little stories about the evolution of our sensual behaviour influenced by technological advances. A young woman passes a short time, feeding playfully the male attention she gets in a boarding room. The plot development of each story changes with the zeitgeist of each generation.
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 […]
XIAO YU. It’s not always easy to come home and face your family on New Year’s Eve, especially for 19-year- old XIAOYU, who returns to his childhood home in rural Gansu, China with a medal he won at his kung fu school and mixed feelings about whether to show it to his mother, JUAN, who […]
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?
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 […]
Camilo, from the projects outside of Stockholm, sees Amina on her way to a party. He borrows his friend’s expensive jacket and approaches her, offering to show her the way. They connect, and Amina invites Camilo to the party. Eventually a guy at the party mistakes Camilo’s jacket for his own…
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.
THE DAY OF DUTY. During a ritual ceremony in a multi grade school, Pardis, a high school student, is obligated to accompany an elementary student called Naghmeh. To maintain the order of the ceremony in front of the higher officials, the head master of the school is forced to put Pardis in charge and by […]
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 […]
GELATO – DIE SIEBEN SOMMER DER EISLIEBE. The 20th Century was still young when Italian mountaineers conquered Germany with a sensation: gelato! Tiny stalls developed into beautiful ice cream shops. But suddenly sunny days of childhood turned into dark years of war. The love story between Rosa and Paolo ended before the seventh summer had […]
Greed, revenge and death all impact one another in this taught crime drama. Nothing is what is seems in this film written and produced by Maximiliano Hernández and directed by newcomer Jhosimar Vasquez. The Scorpion’s Tale is a story of death, revenge, jealously and greed. The perfect killer sits on death row awaiting his fate. […]
An intense, intimate and beautiful journey into the mind of Alba, a 16-year-old ballet dancer at the acclaimed Corella Dance Academy in Barcelona. Her inner thoughts start to question the life she is leading, her lost adolescence, and her place in the world.
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 […]
“Black China” is a documentary journey to the Eldorado of today – to China. The times of the “American Dream”, a key concept of the 20th century, are over. New powers come into play. Economic miracle China moves into the fast lane and represents a ‘Chinese Dream’. What kind of dream is it? What does […]
CHINESE DREAM is an episodic documentary, set in an African milieu in Guangzhou, China. For the first time in its history China becomes an immigration goal. At the moment more than 300.000 Africans live permanently in China. The protagonists of CHINESE DREAM are Chinese who interact with Africans on a daily basis: They come from […]
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 […]
MY RUSSIAN SPRING. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the parents of filmmaker Xenia Sigalova fled with her to Germany. 20 years later she returns to her homeland to explore what became of her former three best friends. Roman, Vladimir and Alexander grew up in the Soviet Union and had to find their way […]
Booted from the limelight, Max Headroom now roves the video signal on the search for meaning. Once summoned to the screen, he talks to the audience in hopes of remembering his past life. As we watch Max, (and as he continues to watch us), he begins to understand what it will take to escape from […]
What if your smartphone turns against you. What if all your digital informations, thoughts, fears, doubts, little and big secrets are used by an intelligent operating system. Either to serve you or to destroy you. What if … ATHENA.
Elias, Sammy and Luca, three young men on their way to adulthood, belong to the YouTube-generation. They shoot and stream videos, and soon, one of the friends gets into an ominous circle of ambition, exaggeration and the thirst for “likes” – causing fatal consequences.
An intellectual dress style man is shopping at the supermarket. After he bought the essential goods, he moves toward the refrigerated section to choose the yogurt to buy. The man realizes with amazement that each one of the yogurt cups has stamped on it the name of a religion instead of the yogurt brand…
PAJU – THE INNER DIVISION. A German-Korean filmmaker travels to the border between North and South Korea, to the town of Paju, where she encounters its residents, and their various attitudes toward the division of their country. In these meetings, an inner division also emerges – between the generations, their experiences and wishes for the […]
It’s been several days of cross-country for Miguel and his father. Despite of them walking deep into the wild, they can’t find any animals to hunt. Exhausted by the boorish demands of his traveling companion, Miguel enters the forest during the night, finding a strange monster that dwells there. The boy decides not to reveal […]
Perfect pictures are given to us every day: The optimal body, the optimal nutrition, the optimal life – everything within reach. All we have to do is make an effort and show some discipline – so the message. Self-tuning is necessary to belong to. And caution: don’t show any weakness.
Ridden by thoughts of death and failing his life, a young man tries out what happens if he assumes that everything was possible … and goes far beyond anything he ever imagined.
A city tour through the architecture of an Online-Shooter Operation Jane Walk is based on the dystopian multiplayer shooter Tom Clancy’s: The Division. The game’s digital war zone is appropriated with the help of an artistic operation: Within the rules of the game’s software, the militaristic environment is being re-used for a pacifistic city tour. […]
When Wolf refuses to fight his best friend Alexander during a weekly boxing match, the whole village turns against him. He tries to convince Alexander to join him leaving the village, but his overly romantic message runs into a wall.
UNE JOURNÉE À LA MER After years of absence, Agatha returns to the sea resort of her childhood, in Normandy, with her six years old son, Honoré. On edge, loaded with memories, she paces along the boardwalks of Deauville, while her son stays alone in the car. To his few questions, she gives no answers. […]
Young ballet dancers – not necessarily the typical poster children of ballet school – comment their training with quotes from known personalities ranging from Kim Kardashian or Therese of Avila to Mikhail Baryschnikov. Taking the body politics and the fate of children in ballet as a starting point, the film raises issues going beyond the […]
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.
A young woman remembers the tragic story of the woman that was her nanny.
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.
Linda was born in L’Aquila but has been living in Madrid for many years. After the earthquake on April 6th, 2009 in L’Aquila, Linda decides to stay in her hometown with her family to try and help the city’s rebirth. Not only did the earthquake affect the buildings, it also changed the relationships between people […]
‘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 […]
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 […]
ELI – A PORTRAIT “In the end your soul wants to follow your body. Your body wants to follow your soul.” Balian Buschbaum My short documentary-portrait is a thought-provoking impulse. Known TV documentaries dealing with the topic transgender, always have this voyeuristic character, though they actually try to be illuminating in a way. ELI shows […]
A girl goes online at night and speaks to strangers on her webcam.
Charlotte has got a new job as a second-grade teacher. One night she is attacked by a nazi and is severely injured. When she comes back to her students she discovers that one of her students is the son of that nazi.
“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.
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, […]
EN MORCEAUX. Wounded by the death of her mother, Yasmine, an introverted teenager, takes refuge in silence and depression. Her aunt, who suddenly takes on the role of the new mother for her and her little sister Sonia, can’t channel her hanger.
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 […]
Mia, a former trapeze artist from Florida finds herself at the head of a small circus with her husband in German-speaking Switzerland. Despite an exhausting nomadic lifestyle, Mia has faith in the circus tradition and patience while passing on this cultural heritage to her daughter Simone.
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 […]
Mahal, a young Afghan woman, jailed for “moral crime” in a women’s prison, plots a daring escape in order to meet with her lover before he departs for war.
SPÅRVIDDSHINDER. A traffic separating device is installed in the middle of Stockholm. It is supposed to keep normal cars away and only let buses pass. It turns into a disaster as normal cars continue to go there and hundreds of cars get destroyed every week. Tragic and funny situations occur and we follow the whole […]
The 14-year-old Céline sits in a designer dress, with high hair and perfect make-up in front of her father’s camera. It should be the perfect photo today, never before has so much time been invested in preparation. She looks beautiful, but how long can the outer shine obscure her emotional world? Is this really herself […]
QUINCE. Private video of Maria goes viral during a volleyball class in a school in Lima, in the country that cyberbullying is becoming more common and bullies abuse fellow students without fear of retribution as students are hesitant to admit they have been bullied because teachers may blame the victim. Most bullying occurs between the […]
WE BUILT THIS CITY. “We built this city” tells the almost biblical story about search, finding and the flood. Living in a small country town young people of the 90s fight for a place to fulfill their dreams. Meet Austrian’s underground music scene of the 90s!
The Hacked Mind blurs the lines between art, spirituality, science and technology. It is a story that challenges and encourages the audience to go on an inner journey through image experience and consciousness movement. This experimental film is pointing out inevitable challenges we will face on our life’s journey. It is a journey into inner […]
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 […]
THE SAVAGES. An artist wants to part with her agent and the previous artistic partner and invites her along with her boyfriend for a last meal. After the two have learned the news, a tug begins and draws around their person. This long-hidden injured vanity, artistry and intricate love relationships come to light.
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.
CAT DAYS. Jiro, a little boy, feels sick. His father takes him to see the doctor. She diagnoses a harmless condition. But it shakes the core of the boy’s identity.
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 […]
Andrei and his father Vasile live in the communist Romania. Unexpectedly, they receive news from Petrus, Vasile´s brother who was assumed dead after an escape attempt years before. Petrus was living in Hawaii all this time and on his death has left Andrei and Vasile a large legacy. They cannot inherit it, however, as the […]
STATION. A tired worker, clenching a plastic bag, waiting for the late bus at a bus stop. Others arrive, waiting for the bus. The bus arrives. Passengers get on the bus but…
Carlos’ crisis seems to get worse when he gets home and finds out that his dog, Rocco, bit the neighbors’ son. Although his son, Luis, tries to prove his dog is not guilty, Carlos’ neighbors threaten him by the possibility of expelling the dog out of the building. It seems that Luis is the only […]
THE CAMPING TRIP. A weekend together out in nature — father and son alone, with a tent and beer, talking about men’s business. What at first seems to be a harmless trip that Max undertakes with his father slowly turns into an unexpected horror trip in which the regained bond between the two is truly […]
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 …
च्यान्टी In the midst of the Maoist revolution, Ram, a guerrilla fighter, returns home to celebrate the festival of Dashain, only to realise that if he is to feed his family and send his daughter to school, he must sell Chyanti, the family goat, so beloved by his daughter, Sani.
Inês has to move out of her apartment, but from the moment she steps in, memories of her relationship with Ed resurface and the task at hand becomes difficult.
STRETCH OF LAND. A story about silence, remembrance and the power of narratives. The half-hour-long short film Stretch of Land, based upon hundreds of drawings, tells of a German family’s fate between the end of World War II and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The film begins with these sentences: “After the war my […]
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.
EXODUS – Reports of four unaccompanied minor refugees. Every year ten thousands of unaccompanied minors are heading for Europe. The children are sent by their parents to get away from their war-torn homelands. In search of a better future they go on a journey into the unknown. In EXODUS Raman, Zana, Khalid and Ruholla are […]
Raising a child on her own, Faryl doesn’t miss a beat. She balances the status quo of working and parenting, her days revolving around her swelling breasts that she must empty every few hours. When a male co-worker nags her about her breaks, a tired and frustrated Faryl explains to him that she must “pump […]
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 […]
MONDAY. 7am, Joanne rejects Alex’s affection as it has become oppressive for her and sneaks in her son’s bedroom. She calls the school pretending Leo is sick. Alex overhear the conversation. They argue, the fight spins, it’s not anymore about Leo but a couple imploding.
In a final attempt to re-connect after years of falling out, Alex – encouraged by his mother – embarks on a road trip with his father in their old family Beetle. The car that Alex hates and his father loves, becomes an intimate setting for two stubborn men, who are forced to deal with their […]
I am half-Tunisian and grew up in Austria. I would like to get to know Tunisia more closely in order to find out more about my identity, which always leaves me in a state of conflict between my Austrian and Tunisian families. In the course of the journey, I want to discover various perspectives and […]
NOTHING BUT SUN. A film that discovers the souls of the last four survivors of a small abandoned village in the middle of nowhere in Spain. A life outside of civilization give them personal freedom but also brings loneliness. A blues festival among the ruins should collect donations for the village’s survival.
In a French non-western setting, Jesse James is preparing a new bank robbery, after many months of inactivity. But his lifelong partner Bob Ford has more stable projects with his fiancée Cynthia. A weak man more than a coward, Bob just can’t tell Jesse. But will he go as far as killing him? What if […]
In 2028 a molecular biologist unveils a hidden layer of the genome, proving that all human life and choices are pre-designed. Years after receiving his own genetic prediction, 28-year-old Joseph struggles to come to terms with his expected death. Seven days before the end, a surprising encounter with a young woman will reveal to him […]
*** SHORTLISTED FOR ACADEMY AWARD 2019 *** SUSOTÁZS. During a professional conference in Prague, two simultanous interpreters in the Hungarian booth realize that only one person is listening to them.
‘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 […]
A couple goes for a hike, though their intentions differ.
BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW. The story of a man who came 17 years ago to Germany. It’s the 31.12.2016, a day in the life of Niaz Ahmadzai from Afghanistan. A never-ending story of work, existence, love, familiy and an unfulfilled personality. The perfect integration of a fully functioning machine.
Marvin Rees grew up as a mixed-race child in Bristol’s ghettos in the UK, which meant living with prostitution, violence and poverty around him. For a long time, Marvin has wanted to fight the injustices he experienced and so he decides to run for mayor of his city. As an amateur, he steps into the […]
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, […]
MAKE IT SHORT! With almost everyone carrying their own personal telephone boxes with them these days, what’s happening to those iconic yellow objects that adorned our pavements? “Make it short!” – is the final part of a trilogy, shining the spotlight on the disappearing phone booths of the Ruhr region and giving a voice to […]
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.
A young man from Hong Kong comes to America to look for his long-lost sister, without learning her fatal accident. In Utah, instead of finding her, he finds a special landscape where echoes her soul.
A story of love and reincarnation told through the voyage of an elderly woman travelling through her previous lives. Dreamlike atmospheres, on the border between life and death, intermingle with the colours of the far East, of African lands and the rhythms of bohemian dances, visions that reveal sexuality, secrets and torments of a timeless […]
AJÁNDÉK. Modern ballad of an old man and his grandson. In a distant corner of Transylvania, at the far end of an almost empty village, in a tiny little house, a lonely old widower has given up on life. A bus winds its way through the snowy landscape, bringing a surprise Christmas visitor. The unexpected […]
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 […]
For Kevin, a shy teenager, being bullied is part of everyday life. But one day an older guy, Benny, comes to his aid. Impressed by Benny’s self-assured appearance, Kevin seeks his company from then on, and increasingly idolizes him. But Benny’s intention is not to protect the younger boy, quite the contrary. BESTER MANN is […]
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 […]
During a party in an opulent sea-side villa in Acapulco, Bea, an upper-class teenage girl, discovers that her boyfriend has been cheating on her. As the night carries on with excess and luxury, rumors say that a local working class protest is approaching the port city. Within the moral decay of her friends and the […]
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.
What has Bondi done to my brother? is a documentary about two estranged brothers, Joe and Tom. Growing up, older brother Joe had no time for Tom and cared only for money and success; inevitably landing his dream finance job in Sydney. But then Joe moved to Bondi Beach, quit his job, grew his hair […]
Jululu – a musical journey into a corner of Africa in southern Italy covering the vast plantations of tomatoes in the province of Foggia. Badara Seck, a Senegalese griot, passes through the area like a shaman guide in search of Jululu, the soul of Africa, towards one of the ghettos where the immigrant labourers throng […]
SHATTERED During a train ride, Theo remembers how he and his dad played chess for the first time and went on a sailing trip. Happy memories, until they speak about Theo’s dead mom. Theo feels responsible for her death. Then destiny strikes again.
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.
When Nancy suffers from a sudden cardiac arrest in a morning, her only chance of survival lies in the hands of her oblivious five years old son Asser.
Tales of Us: “The little Fish and the Crocodile” is a fable from the rainforest in the Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo told by the children of the Sanza Mobimba Kindergarden. In cooperation with the SPAC foundation and their teaching methodology, Tales of Us has journeyed to the Congo several times over […]
West Berlin, 1989. Manny Jumpcannon prowls his dingy apartment, phoning various degenerates from his past. He’s hoping for some uncertain vindication but the ensuing conversations only reveal his own sordid history of deceit.
The story takes place in the not too distant future, when heart extraction is an everyday surgical operation. A cynical post-op rehab doctor enjoys his life while ridiculing those who choose to undergo such a surgery. His idyllic lifestyle comes to a close when he discovers that his ex-wife had her heart extracted in order […]
Gillingham, UK, 2018. Mike, a music producer in free fall, Dan, a sound engineer who is tired of his job, Murphy, the autistic brother with his headphones fixed to his ears, and, Lilli, the mother, are going through a rough time in their lives. Mazzy, the youngest sibling, a singer with a superb voice, has […]
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 […]
For three weeks Joy has been on her own when her mother Martina, who had not come home after a date, suddenly shows up. When Martina falls for a new lover, Joys anger is unleashed. Out of resentment a fight for each other’s love begins.
VERA (ВЕРА) An old widower, former radio operator, perceives flashing bulb as his late wife’s messages from Heavens
Irina, a hard-working single mom, lives with her only son Ivan, 19 years old, in a modest apartment, and tries to keep educating him despite he’s a young adult. One day, she sees a video showing a gang rape, and finds out her son is involved in it.
THE NEW CHILDREN OF GOLZOW. Golzow is an eastern German village, running out of inhabitants. The mayor has an idea: Refugee families should bring new people to Golzow. That is why Fadi, Halima and their children now found shelter in the village. A film about an ambivalent integration experiment on the German countryside.
22-year-old Kei refuses to conform to the Japanese achievement-oriented society. He is homeless by choice, living on the streets and under the bridges of Kyoto. His love for nature and music keeps him afloat in his dream world. However, when he runs out of money, he is forced to face reality.
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 […]
An aging tow truck driver, Douggy is lonely and neglected, like the stray dog that haunts him at night. Deep wrinkles hide his emotions, his movements are mechanical, his speech consists of abrupt exclamations and an impersonal female voice on the answer machine is his only companion. Douggy is sick with diabetes and hasn’t been […]
A day in the life of Giovanni Granati, an Italian falconer and wild animal trainer who lives in the unspoiled countryside of Abruzzo, alongside his hawks, eagles, wolves and other incredible creatures.
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 […]
After immigrating to the US from Tijuana when she was only 15 years old, Alma is now facing an identity crisis. Lost in limbo, she decides to visit her family, with the hope of finding herself again.
METASTASISES. Paul is 8 years old and his mom is ill. Nobody tells him that, but he knows for sure. In the forest, he has built his own world, through which he can escape the gloomy mood at home, at least for a short period of his spare time.
Final Review is a short metaphysical drama about the successful creative director of an advertising agency who when he dies finds out the afterlife consists only of one last performance review. When he hears he has scored a disappointing 43% on his life, he has to accept his insignificance before vanishing into nothingness.
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.
ELSEWHERE. The film portrays eight men who are serving long prison sentences and attempts to show a differentiated image of the inmates. Centered on full frontal views and direct eye contact with the camera, the men talk about their lives in physical and visual isolation. Animations, conceived of by the inmates themselves, form a second […]
THE SCAR OF DAWN One night, a violent man almost killed his wife in front of their son. 8 months after his detention, he now lives confined in a caravan, alone with his guilt. For their part, his wife and their son decide to leave the city. On the day of the departure, the son […]
An Indian immigrant girl accompanies her father to a casting for a Mexican television commercial looking for an ‘exotic’ man.
Calais, refugee camp. Nadim, an afghan boy, is living in the camp with his family and helping his father at the shop held in the center of the jungle. But Nadim has a secret : he is a bacha posh (girl raised as a boy in Afghan culture). Nadim dreams to flee and fight for […]
WITHOUT THIS WORLD. Argentina, 2016: in a remote desert 700 Mennonites of German origin lead 18th- century lives without electricity, music, or any of the amenities modern life affords. But is it really conceivable to reject modernity altogether? Without This World captures the portrait of a tranquil, contemplative society caught between tradition and change.
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.
WE’RE BACK AGAIN The current generation is trying to live life surrounded by ruins of the past. WE’RE BACK AGAIN depicts one exemplary situation the new generation of Jews experience when trying to build new life in Germany.
IT HAPPENED AND TOOK PLACE RIGHT HERE. VOLKHARD KNIGGE AND BUCHENWALD. What kind of societal relevance does a memorial place of a former concentration camp have 72 years after the end of the war? The historian Volkhard Knigge has been the director of the Buchenwald memorial foundation for the past 20 years. Time and again […]
Illegal, stripper, single mother, Isabela Flores is trying to raise her kid in America when the FBI makes an indecent offer to her. A dark thriller about corruption, immigration and the American Dream.
The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.
MESLE BACHE ADAM. Sara (a 24-year-old girl) is supposed to babysit Matin (a 6-year-old boy) for the day, while his mother is at work. In the morning Matin tells Sara a story of a fight with his mother from the night before, this leads to a series of events through the day which will change […]
SE MURIÓ JUAN GABRIEL. On the day famous mexican singer JUAN GABRIEL dies, best friends Beto and Daniel will redefine their friendship. Daniel imagines how his day would be if he were a girl. Maybe this way his feelings toward Beto would be seen as normal.
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.
In Edge of Alchemy the silent-era actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from their early films of the 1920’s and cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and an undercurrent of hive collapse. Comprised of over 6000 handmade collages, Edge of Alchemy is the third in a […]
The film shares the stories of Bernice from Kongo, Emmanuel from Ghana, Ivan from Ukraine, Nana from Georgia and Pantea from Iran on their journeys to landscapes and cities in Westphalia, Germany. They talk about their descent, being on the move and coming home. ORTEN watches and listens very closely, offering surprising insights.
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.
SCHMIDT – DAS GEHEIMNIS VON MOGADISCHU 1992. A freshman demands political engagement from his conservative parents. He accidentally travels through time and meets his role model, former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, in 1977. But Schmidt misunderstands everything and after a fierce discussion the freshman has to make a very tough decision. He makes the wrong […]
KRZYSIA’S IMAGO. KRZYSIA’S IMAGO is a film portrait of the polish performer, painter and educator Krzysztof Jung (1951-1998). The authors of the film – his godchildren – are trying to capture the phenomenon of Jung’s personality, who fascinated people in his environment, through the passion he had for everything he did. What emerges is the […]
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 […]
JE SUIS DIFFÉRENT.E I came out as a transgender to my parents months ago. Before talking to them I was hopeful. I was terrified, but I was hopeful. Too much hopeful.
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 […]
MODERN FAMILY “Modern Family”, tells the story of Manni and Renate, a middle aged German couple, living in the Hessian countryside. Their life is turned upside down, when a family of refugees from Syria is moving in with them.
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 […]
EL MÁS FUERTE DE LOS SILENCIOS Mara, who lives with her grandmother, is initially excited when her mother comes to pick her up from school and take her to an appointment. But as the day goes on and the two spend more time together, Mara is reminded that her mother isn’t necessarily who she wants […]
Eliza and her brother Damian live in Toronto with their mother. After she suffers an accident, they must travel to Montreal to join their father. The story is centered on Eliza, a young teenager. Having to take care of her brother and their wellbeing, this trip represents her first outing into the world as an […]
MY BAKERY BLOSSOM An extremely shy young man is in love with the girl at his local bakery, but he doesn’t have the courage to tell her how he feels. On the morning of her last day at work, he realizes it’s now or never. A tragicomedy based on the German tweets of @Naum_Burger.
”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.
Luana and Wagner’s father sends them a letter after years of abandonment. Wagner believes his father may have changed. Luana does not.
A stubborn teenage girl on the verge of becoming a woman suspects her father of betraying the family, spies on him, and has to decide if being truthful is the best solution.
Carvalho, a bus driver in the outskirts of São Paulo, just bought his grandson a very special gift for their first Christmas together. In order to join the family’s celebration, he now must hope for his night shift replacement to turn up on time.
TOUCH THE SKY A Catalan who lives in Germany since 20 years and her daughter belong to the first catalan human-tower-group in Hamburg. She rediscovers her cultural identity and pass her roots on to her daughter. The events of Catalonia independence movement has been having a great effect on the human-tower-group in Hamburg.
After a flood, some fish got stuck in old trees. In danger of drying-out they scream sharply. Woken up by the noise, the inhabitants of a nearby cave don’t feel happy about the unintended gathering.
Sacrifice, a love story, longing and a difficult life far away from home: Carmen is a poignant and heartfelt portrait of a woman who follows her heart from Venezuela to Madrid, but finds a hard reality. The man she followed is gone and her days are long, lonely and hard. She earns her living singing […]
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.
TAVUSKUŞU/ PEACOCK 23 international artists, One master shot, An experimental & surreal movie. “There is nothing to lose except your MASKS!” The experimental and surreal film PEACOCK focuses on the search for meaning of human who is alienated, by carrying traces of more than twenty characters from diverse cultures and history. The film is aimed […]
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 […]
„What is the taste of love?“ Could it be sweet, sour, bitter or even salty? A girl embarks on an aromatic journey of love, stimulating her taste buds to the point of climax. With all senses, she explores the various forms love can take on.
Fanny is in her mid-twenties and has just moved back to her hometown to start at the local University. During student orientation week she struggles to bond with the other students, and decides to seek out an old friendship.
STATE OF EMERGENCY A movie about a society in fear. It is the story of two soldiers in the everyday life of Paris guarding an official building. An abandoned bag, curious passants and a crazy tramp move the situation into its climax. The lines between normality and real danger disappears.
When gang leader Ole (11) and his buddies Marco (10) and Milan (12) nicked twelve year old Davie’s school bag, Ole would never in his wildest dreams have imagined that a short time later he would appear on stage with Davie at a school karaoke contest dressed as a princess with makeup on… neither could […]
CLOUD KUMO is an experimental film that recounts the devastation of Hiroshima atomic bombing when Satoko Ishii, a real atomic bomb survivor revisit the darkest days of her life. Reiko, her granddaughter who suffers from the genetic radiation poisoning draws strength from Satoko to choreograph dance performance based on her life story. Together they face […]
Dave Groh, a cab driver who dresses like Elvis, finds himself not only in a battle with the city of Seattle but also the dark side of Elvis.
A Greek island. The unemployed Tassos and his girlfriend Niki have to move out of their house. It will be torn down to build a new road. They decide to emigrate to Niki’s homeland Bulgaria. But both fear what is to come and cannot part from what they leave behind. Tassos starts to fight a […]
HOMELAND Right-wing populism is spreading through Western Europe like wildfire. It is most popular in quiet, white neighbourhoods where people are shielded from different cultures and lifestyles. In this unscripted documentary, Sam Peeters portrays an ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs, which reflects the current European zeitgeist.
THE DINNER Logline: A young Dutch girl, decides to prepare a dinner for her future Moroccan family-in-law by searching information about their habits on the internet. Synopsis: A dynamic Dutch girl discovers her boyfriend (Malik, 26) has completely forgotten to tell her, his parents will come to dine at their small apartment that evening. His […]
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.
A turntable springs out a woman named Avocado, out of Avocado’s instinct creates a man called Soul. A sudden passion joins and swings them in a trumpet mood. An uncertainty madness strikes Soul heavily. Seed of passion continue to breed conflict amongst five men without control, which eventually leads Soul to the fact of life.
Meet Euna, a young woman, working in a factory, seeing friends, trying to come to grips with her life. But why is it that she seems to struggle so much and why do some folks behave so oddly, when she is around?
THE NEW CITY – THE OTHER SIDE OF DRESDEN In the last few years, Dresden (Germany) has got the reputation of a right wing extremists and conservative city, where PEGIDA demonstrates every Monday evening and refugees and foreigners feel sometimes “not welcome”. But there is another Dresden. The colourful one.
A child has to leave its cozy hut to collect wood for the fire that went out. Growing into a teenager, he encounters a singular tree that he wants to turn into fire wood. He tears the tree out and thus becomes a man who is drawn to the woods that emerge around him. Overwhelmed […]
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 […]
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, […]
Frustrated by their lack of connection, Patrick resorts to desperate measures to spend more time with his six-year-old son, but in a moment of truth he must make a decision that will determine their future together.
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 […]
RUSSIAN SALAD Between melancholia and fights, between laughter and anger, six members of former USSR share a dinner. They are trying to remember the good days of the Soviet Union, a lost universe. They used to be unified with a common education but today they are from six different countries with six different languages.
OUR SEA In Havana, Emilio watches the prima ballerina dancing. He repairs her ballet shoes but doesn’t dare talk to her. He’s too shy. At home, he takes care of his elderly mother and spends some time with his neighbour, the singer Omara Portuondo. Together they watch the sea changing colour. A storm is brewing.
Set in Scotland during the summer of the ‘Brexit’ referendum, British by the Grace of God follows Irene as she struggles to find her place in the world as a mother and wife.
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.
ONCE UPON A TRUTH We all grew up with the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers. And we all know that fairy tales are not true. Or are they? When the two children of an ambitious journalist push their teacher into an oven because their mother called her a “witch, a storm of media indignation […]
ХАЙМ – HOME – HEIMAT A Russian-Jewish immigrant is searching for his Germaneness and wonders about why his family is celebrating Christmas with a stolen Christmas tree. An autobiographical soul-searching through suburban Germany.
WOLF Charlie and her dad keep sheep. Wolf kill sheep. Charlie needs to act.
A past childhood period that was long tucked away in denial comes back alive within the intimate and uterine space of a bathtub.
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.
Elani has grown up in violence. It surrounds her. It inhabits her father and lives on every face in her neighborhood. But Elani has learned a trick: watching people’s hands. If she carefully observes how someone carries a mug or a phone or a bottle, she can spot that subtle difference between holding and wielding. […]
Didier’s daughter found shelter in a cult. Scared by the situation, he decides to take her back home by force. But can he really make her happy?
Awa, 18 years old, goes to class in the military high school of Natitingou. One day, she learns that her father has just been murdered. Has she just joined her family in Cotonou than a popular prosecution is put together in order to avenge the memory of the deceased. Facing the helplessness of the police, […]
Fueled by coke, a desperate couple attempts to capitalize on an unlikely opportunity.
Son of a Beninese immigrant, Solomon, 35 years old works as taxi driver in Strasbourg. Cut off from his family roots, Solomon is about to donate to a museum his Voodoo costume inherited from his dead father. But a young street-dancer is going to remind him that the ancestor soul still remains…
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 […]
INTACT Bruno has a monotonous everyday life as a factory worker who suddenly gets out of line when his son appears in the factory to work there. Bruno works in a factory on a machine that repeats its sequence every four seconds. His monotonous everyday life suddenly gets out of line when his son appears […]
Nineteen-year-old Eritrean refugee Teklebrhan has survived his arduous journey through the Libyan desert. However after arriving in Germany he has a hard time adapting to his new life. Adding to his woes, his family is experiencing financial problems because of him. In order to help them Tekle decides to become the next Jerome Boateng. He […]
Based on true events that shook California’s system of foster care. An atypical story of a defeatist suicidal teen who finds a friend in an oversexed 9 year old. Together, they go AWOL from the restrains of a group home facility. What emerges is a study of the sensibility of at-risk kids confined in a […]
Coco is 17 and feels a desperate need to become famous even though she seems to lack the necessary talent. She is willing to do anything for recognition and avoid becoming an everyday “loser”. She skips school to attend castings, music videos shoots, and to film YouTube clips but faces one humiliation after another and […]
Four young people unknowingly walk toward a moment in their lives when a fever overtakes them, bringing out their most basic instincts.
A pair of thirtysomethings picks up a young, attractive black man for a threesome. As they review the experience, they probe each other, masking their own insecurities with hipster irony and provocation, including homophobic and racist jokes. Soon the situation turns very embarrassing for them.
Kurt (35) is a stage actor in Munich theatres. He has a critical view at our society. Relationships become too close very fast. Often his attitude is upsetting his fellow men. „To change the world – start with yourself!“ Kurt hires a camerawoman. Do videos of his everyday life enable him to solve his problems?
Nani Kama Mama (No one like mother) is a movie about poverty, self responsibility and street justice in Tanzania. The young man Pesambili lives with his mother in poverty. When his mother becomes seriously ill, Pesambili leaves his village to seek for money for the life save medicine. On his Journey to a little harbor […]
Reconstructing Reality is an 11-min film about how information shapes our minds and perception of reality. I investigated how different ways of storytelling contribute to our constantly changing perception of reality. The red thread is based on a personal story. It is edited with found footage, a collage of different ‘voices’ captivates the viewer to […]
Experimental Animation based on Urban Exploring in Paris. The Idea was to feel inspired by this beautiful but also terrifying City & its Urban Landscapes. The focus was laid on Faces in this City that are on the darker side of the spectrum. These faces were collaged and animated in various Techniques.
The daily light is often too bright and unbearable. But the sun disappears quite quickly. And then a blue darkness caresses your tired eyes,while the restless memory of ancient stones makes the silence sound even louder. Are you sure that you really want to go back?
Whilst we remain safe and sound, watching the highest grossing cat fail compilation – all that is kept out of sight gets back to us in this consumerist nightmare. On a global playground, without bounds, the cat’s body is devoured, exploited and controlled – its fear of pain being stronger than its longing for freedom. […]
Somewhere in the early 20th last century. A father with his son visits a photographer in his studio. He wants the first picture taken of his son. During the session the struggle between the old fashioned father and his son, who ist much further in emotional issues, goes on. The son reflects during the session […]
1896. In a small French village, Jules Chaumier, professional magician, runs into Marcel Serval, his former disciple who left 10 years ago with his wife Jacqueline. They get into a fight, which should lead them to know who actually is the true “Master of Shadows”…
After a long journey through space the last two believers are about to reach their destination. Ananda, the space archaeologist, hopes to prove that Earth is not a myth and that all mankind did originated from the same tiny blue planet – but mostly he wants to prove his colleagues and his father wrong and […]
Just like every morning a man unlocks the school gates. Just like every morning he starts his day with a strong tea. But today Khalid the school janitor experiences everything differently. On his walk through the empty school grounds he learns more about the student’s dreams, fears and memories than ever before. This documentary draws […]
Commodity City is an observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China. The film explores moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.
In the darkness of a nightclub, hairdresser Porck and firefighter Dayana try their luck as Brega singers while plotting their course from studio to stage. Gestures are followed by melodies about love, betrayal, luxury and power in an experimental documentary about how pop music is experienced as a new form of labour in the Northeast […]
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, […]
Two sisters come to their grandfather’s house to bring him parcel. But he is not at home and door is unlocked. He has already been gone like this before and at that time he could not remember the way home. Two girls have to decide what to do, considering that their family members used to […]
In rural villages in Ghana, Clara faces the challenges of teaching, as her students discover the happiness of having wheels. This playful animated documentary shows how bicycling brings joy to a new teacher and independence to her students.
Another Sunday and once again Renate is waiting for some guests for her restaurant. Eventually the two regular guests Charlie and Hoppi drop in and confront her with serious accusations. They wanna have a word with her son Lukas.
Sternenkind is a short film about a couple (Julia and Hannes) that is awaiting their first child. In the last third of the pregnancy a lethal illness is diagnosed to the child which means that it will die before birth. The couple leaves the city for the countryside. Julia wants to get away from the […]
Outside a maternity ward, a Roma family is announced their underage daughter has just had a baby girl. Pardică (50) doesn’t seem to celebrate the moment; he is very displeased with this early pregnancy, for which he blames his wife. However, things become even tenser when a hospital employee asks them to sign some papers […]
‘JESSICA’ is about two women who share a name and appearances and meet when one hires the other to clean her home through an app.
Sarah, a 33-year old, tormented by fate woman, has a surprising encounter with her father at the cemetery, whom she didn´t see for the last 20 years. She decides to take fate in the hand to face her past and close old wounds.
Brightly colored business parks flourish at the connection points of German autobahns, to make life easier and nicer. This film screens a lightly satirical study about the change of our landscape.
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.
When Natalie finds an Islamic book under the bed of her fosterling -the refugee Tarik- she gets sucked into a spiral of terror: More and more evidence points to the fact that the boy is a dangerous fanatic. But what if she’s wrong… and what if she isn’t?
On his way to a construction site a young German businessman gets lost in the African no man’s land. Without connection and orientation he has to find a way back to »civilisation«. Three days filled with absurd events and encounters in an alien world lay ahead of him.
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 […]
FLYING REVOLUTION tells the extraordinary, inspiring, and above all, moving success story of the Berlin Breakdance Group FLYING STEPS. The desire to survive as B-Boys (Breakdancers) while supporting their own families drives the group, whose lives are characterized by a two-decade long struggle for existence.
The exhausted architect Leon longs for a shoulder to lean on. His confident girlfriend Jenni, however, feels neglected by her always-working boyfriend. It gets tricky when there emerges a digital copy of Jenni, who’s caring and not judgmental at all…
Having come from the sea, two young sportswomen are paddling their canoe with all their strength on a vast plain. They meet some of the inhabitants, whose activities and narratives evoke a human story of its own. A committed film, like an on-sight navigation in quest of a realistic fable.
A formerly wealthy cleaning woman comes face to face with the school girl that derailed her life. They are each forced to face the difficult events that first brought them together.
Phil is too small for his age. This makes him the target of provocations by Samuel and his friends. When Phil unexpectedly receives support from lesbian girl Jo, Samuel isn’t happy. Phil is impressed by the somehow different Jo. However, they are not the only outsiders.
oo-nye-doo? follows several threads which are linked in varying ways: Why I didn’t get a Furby and what the NSA’s got to do with it, how fears and fetishes overlap and how the hole in us is always exactly the same size as the product we desire. Starting with one’s own wish for a Furby, […]
Choi found his mother with advanced Dementia was missing one day. He asked around to search for her, but to no avail. He then put a post in the social networking site. In just one night, his post had attracted attention from many Internet users. In order to retain his popularity in the online world, […]
Don Ruperto is an old cynical man who does not care about other people’s feelings. Ruthlessly he cares just on his own interests. When he gets himself into trouble nevertheless he is helped by those he hurt.
An innocent young man from China is anxiously memorizing “his hope” in the middle of the noisy crowd in Shibuya (Tokyo, Japan). Something that might change his destiny awaits him.
After two years of waiting, Adam and Ellas first part of the application for a „licence to procreate“ has been successfully reviewed. To complete the process, the request is followed up with an obligatory and final interview in the intimacy of their home. Their fate is now in the hands of the government clerk Gudrun […]
Burkina Faso refugee Rachid tries to hide in Brigitte’s flat in the outskirts of Zurich. Thought to have found her true calling, she decides to accommodate him. Even though the unequal power relation leads to tension between Rachid, Brigitte and her ex-husband, she suggests marrying him and giving him the chance to stay legally in […]
A farmer woman from Kenya and a shepherd boy want to run their way out of poverty. Their hope is to be able to join highly paid marathons in Europe with the help of a German athletics manager. A journey into presumed luck unexpectedly leads to the limits of human capacity. How much can hope […]
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 beautiful summer day, perfect for a family garden party. Not for Thomas, whose mother convinced him to celebrate his 25th birthday in a closed circle with his family. Thomas is in a difficult life phase; his long-term girlfriend left him and his degree appears useless. The last thing he was missing was his father […]
Reborn Babies are lifelike dolls, that are nearly indistinguishable from real infants. Although Sabine Buncak’s sons are almost grown ups, yet she still holds on to their infancy and creates a dream reality with her own nursery and four Reborn Babies.
Another night, another naked body in her bed. She feels no love, just passion. A sharp lancet in her hands and a hidden box with her secrets. Only she knows how it all will end and who will be her next victim.
Little Ami finds out her mother must leave on a business trip. Mom tells her a white lie to appease her mind while she is away. Find out what happens when the innocent lie turns true in a way neither of them expected.
Set against the backdrop of post-war Germany, the screen adaptation of Siegfried Lenz’ short story released in 1949 shows a snapshot in time of Mr. Schwamm, an indulgent husband and caring father, who wants so save his depressed son. During the pivotal night of this mission, he has an odd encounter: Paired up by destiny, […]
A short film about the work ritual of a tyrolean farm boy and his grandfather.
This cinematic parable tells the story of five people in a diner who spin a yarn about potato dishes. In the next scene, funny animated potatoes appear. The audience cheerfully follows the film but understands that a highly topical issue is served with the potatoes on the plate.
In a small town in the north of Senegal, two young avid cinephiles Baba and Sembene are desperate to see a movie on the big screen of their local cinema before it closes its door forever.
A teen living in rural Indonesia struggles between the traditions of his upbringing and his romantic idealization of the freedom of the west.
A male nude model with a God complex poses for a group of painters and ponders his relation to art, artists and the known universe. From award-winning filmmaker Brian “Brier” Zahm and starring Chicago Fire’s own Ryan Czerwonko, LE NU is a symphonic satire, a swirl of beauty and creation culminating in one man’s confrontation […]
TO THE DEAD is a cinematic essay made up by personal digressions that cumulatively weave a portrait of Colombia’s political and social strife. The film is narrated in the first-person by a character walking through a cemetery where fragments of his own memories and country’s history come afloat, spawning a puzzling view on his country’s […]
A long time ago in Eastern Europe the turmoil following a revolt against Soviet occupation leads to the separation of a small child and her mother. While the mother is forced to flee the country, her daughter is raised by a bunch of precocious geese. After 5 years of separation the child gets on its […]
The big wheel in the most exciting area of the city is the perfect real estate for Jakob and Nicole, a young, ambitious and firmly in the event culture anchored couple. When one of the popular gondolas becomes free, they do not hesitate to move into their first common flat. Unfortunately none of them both […]
Mark, an unemployed photographer around 30 living in Vienna, comes back home to the countryside for his sister’s wedding. While his older brothers are both married, have steady jobs and children, Mark is still working as a waiter, waiting for his big breakthrough. As usual on family events, everybody keeps asking uncomfortable questions, Mark answers […]
Yoann is a talented young boxer from Lausanne’s working-class Bourdonnette neighbourhood. With the support of his family and his coach, he travels to Copenhagen to pursue the world championship title belt.
Jamie, a shy and quiet loner, spends the afternoon with Ben after meeting him on a dating app.
Andy is in debt and mourning. Pressure goes up when a loan shark wants in to his vintage shop. The moment he decides to take vigilante action, things get ridiculously out of hand.
A sled brings together two boys from different countries and cultures and carries them through the winter woods of the Italian mountains, far away from their parents’ prejudices and isolation. Two children, one sled and a lasting friendship.
Completed just a few weeks before Sciola’s recent passing, Born of Stone is an immersion inside the sights and sound of remarkable artists, and inside his belief that stones are not just the material that gives shape to the universe, but that they are alive, plastic, a fundamental way to communicate with nature
A piggy pursuing dream in the big factory but in reality all efforts seemed powerless and even kill himself. The concept is inspired by the classic movies of the silent era, Metropolis and Modern Times. The title is coming from the song ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’. Original song uses the disappearing flowers, telling […]
Based on a Colm Tóibín short story, `3 Friends` follows Fergus, a pensive, young Irishman, who is propelled on a powerful journey that begins at his mother’s funeral and wake. There, Fergus confronts how his family shapes and defines him only to continue this journey at a beach rave where he becomes aware of the […]
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 […]
“Audition for Death” is an experimental documentary that explores the subject of death as portrayed on screen. Featuring ten Chicago-based actors, portions of their improvised performances were sculpted into an energy narrative that explores dying and grief in a world swallowed by darkness.
Awesome Beetle’s Colors” is a 3.13 minutes long, fun and educative plasticine animation. The story goes: Awesome Beetles Color Dirty Elephant. Five Gorgeous Hippopotamuses Inspire the Jaguar. Kangaroos Like Marmelade. Naughty Octopuses Photograph the Queen. The Royal Spider Teaches an Unhappy Vampire. Wariors X-ray a Yellow Zebra. A nearly impossible story, supported by a catchy […]
Exit is a film about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sara Murray became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband. She lived a strong religious and dedicated life before she couldn´t handle the rigidness of her faith any more. Leaving the […]
Elias is a shy boy who likes to talk to his bird rather than playing with other kids. When he meets the quirky artist Halim, a tender friendship develops between them but Elias’ mother does not approve. The unusual relationship comes to an abrupt end as Halim suddenly has to flee and it seems as […]
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.
Nicolas is madly in love with Charlotte, a girl he barely knows yet fantasizes about through the pictures she posts on Facebook. With a friend, he decides to prove his love for her by accomplishing an exploit.
THE PECULIAR ABILITIES OF MR MAHLER East Germany, 1987: The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. But then he brings something to light […]
Ali, a sensitive teenage boy is the sole Palestinian-Israeli in a radical activist youth group. He is in love with Yael and plans on revealing his feelings towards her at the upcoming group meeting. When a series of political outbursts in the west bank occur, the group is lead towards a violent act. Ali, struggling […]
Submerged by his dark thoughts, Lulu, 20, tries to kill himself. His meeting with a shrink sparks the unexpected discovery of his inner creative force: rap.
A man on a bridge, separated from the love of his life. Wanting to be with her one last time, he decides to go and seek her in the hereafter.
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 […]
Gay and guilty? In 1961, Heinz stroked another man’s knee. As a result, he was convicted to two years on probation and three weekends in juvenile detention, a conviction that still stands to this day. But he is gay and #NotGuilty. More than 50,000 men were convicted under Section 175 of the German Penal Code […]
A business woman risks due to work pressure physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. A saleslady is bubbling over with magical vitality. A beautiful fairy is chased through the woods … Three sides of the same woman in inner conflict. This modern parable is looking for priorities in life and is a plea to vitality.
The potter of a secluded village comes under pressure when he fathers another daughter instead of a son. The community Chief then calls for a “manlier man” to replace the potter and give the family a son – only to drag himself into an impossible spot.
TANGO ON THE BALCONY is a narrative short film about Johnny, an Iraq war veteran who wrestles with post traumatic stress and the transition to civilian life. Johnny is tormented by an incessant hyper vigilance and insomnia, and the lingering questions of his past actions in combat.
A child is chased through the streets by a policeman after committing a robbery in an attempt to make ends meet for themselves and their mother. But what is the child really running from?
A subversive art performance, the attack by an Arab, two former lovers and a world, where no one is what they seem to be. The self confident artist Ben creates a provocative installation, in which a man eats another man‘s heart. It is dedicated to his one true love, the eco anarchist Anne, whom he […]
E is for Evolution is an animated short. It consists out of 26 short episodes about evolution. Each Episode has its own point of view and interpretation due to evolution. The film deals with several topics and questions. For example the development from reptiles to mammels and the instinct of procreation. Was all life on […]
WOOD FOR TREES is the story of Manuel, who like many others of his generation, despite the best circumstances and bright prospects for a fulfilled life, struggles to overcome what are supposed to be the best years of his life.
WOLF’S SKIN. Soo Min, a young South Korean woman, is struggling to find a balance between her family and her career as a cellist. After a long absence, it is hard for her to resume her place in the family and she feels she has to compete with her six-year-old daughter for her husband’s love.
In the summer of 2015 thousands of refugees arrive in Berlin. Amongst them are many children. Behind them lie long and, in some cases, difficult journeys. Friends and family are gone, everything is different, everything foreign. For Berlin based child and youth circus Cabuwazi it is immediately clear that something must be done. An independent […]
For sixteen years Iris Kadosh has been the keeper of the museum’s exhibits, with much dedication and no complaints. One day she arrives to work to find out that the museum’s operational manager has left and she will be taking her place. The good news is tainted by Iris’ involvement in an accident, one that […]
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 a continuous scenery, his physical movement stays in the same position. The speed of the continuity and his movement have accelerated and gradually cause a distortion.
A group of young Ethiopians is gathering in a hall. Some of them instruct the others what to do by calling them by their names. Each student faces the camera for a moment. Later, other formations inside the hall are taken, which happens through performative actions: new shoes are put on, a starting line is […]
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”…
You should be strong, you must be hard, cause hard it is, and that’s the only way to rise above, above! A consideration of modern recreational sports.
UNCLE VASSYA. Leaving behind Saint Petersburg Wasilij drives to the north of Russia to see his grandma’s house where he spent his childhood days. A bitter sweet poem about youth.
A terrible job, an awful home – call center agent Jana seems to be resigned to her pitiful life. Then the elevator gets stuck…
The Russian expat Mikail lives happily in a civil partnership with his husband in Berlin, when chief inspector Böhnenkamp accuses him of not being gay and leading a green-card marriage. A witness saw him kissing a woman! But as it turns out, things are not always what they seem.
Robbe (29), Ana (18) and Konstantin (53) are about to become bodyguards. They are learning psychologic armamentarium as well as dealing with a sniper rifle in their security school. But no one knows what reality holds for them once they passed their final exam. As individually as their journey through life is, they all have […]
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 […]
OVER PRESSURE. Everyone knows it, everyone has it. No pressure in the kettle means deadlock. Nevertheless it always seems to strong. Pressure is not tangible, pressure is mostly transparent. But if it is high enough it is noticeable. OVER PRESSURE (ÜBER DRUCK) cinematically searches for its manners in our everyday life. It shows truth, personality […]
Two young women making videos for their Youtube channel, stuck in beauty-industry and product placement. A tyranny of clicks, likes and follower, a gamble with truths and authenticities.
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.
CHILDREN’S GAMES. Melanie is a teenager and a digital native. A cell phone conversation, then another – communication is omnipresent. When she hangs out in the woods, she touches herself, even though it’s just another mise-en-scène. “Sexties” are quickly sent and the internet does not forget. On the internet, Melanie calls herself „GRRRL“ and GRRRL […]
Set against the backdrop of Late-Nineties Belgrade, TATA tells the story of Marko, a widower and single father, who is struggling to survive in the post war economic crisis. His main goal is to secure his daughter Azra’s future and to buy her a dress for prom, so far the most important day of her […]
A musician, a clown and a performer share the same dream – to escape the comformistic lifestyle by following their vision of life. Their stories form a symbolic path of idealism, self doubt and struggle as they balance between dreams and reality in Croatia, a country plagued by existential angst.
Accommodating a refugee in your own apartment? Maxim is against the idea from the outset. What he does not know is that Julian, his flatmate, has already done it. This personal journey of responsibility, acceptance and dealing with the expectations of his socially committed girlfriend ends with a situation, in which Maxim must reveal his […]
An animated adaptation of the famous Shakespeare poem “All The World’s A Stage” narrated by the renowned Shakespeare actor and director Samuel West (Royal Shakespeare Company). Directed by Hannes Rall.
Cape Town. Three men from Zimbabwe who came to South Africa in search of work and a better life, now spend their days on the side of a street, hoping for a job. An intimate look at what it is like to be a homeless refugee living on the streets of an afrophobic country and […]
Logline: A grotesque clash of unemployment, bureaucracy and private dramas. An “integrative holistic measure” of the Employment Agency in a classroom full retrainees gets out of hand, while the private dreams of a young woman to be flushed down the toilet. In sober images of this 20minute short film tells a story from Rostock. A […]
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.
A middle-aged couple from China arrives in the United States for the first time to organize the funeral rites of their only daughter. In the midst of dealing with the logistics of the funeral and their overwhelming grief, they begin to unravel the escalating fractures in their relationship and the uncertain futures that lie ahead […]
Erkin gets out of prison and wants to return to his former life. But everything has changed and he does not know if he can live as a free man.
LONGING FOR A KISS Logline: Four women, three generations, two pregnancies, one family. In love united, as they search for love. At the heart of the film are three strong female characters from three generations, teetering on the edge of a nervous breakdown. DORIS still wants to continue controlling the lives of her two daughters, […]
In a dry, barren landscape, a herd of cattle is grazing, accompanied by dogs, looked after by cowboys. Step by step the seemingly peaceful place starts to prove fallacious to the viewer – while the cows end their day as it begun.
YESTERDAY IT WASN’T TOO BAD, MR. SCHÜRMANN. “This is the third and most interesting part of my life“, said Mr Schürmann. He is wandering through the corridors, searching for new tasks. In former times, Mr Schürmann read, he enjoyed taking pictures and filming. His new world is rather clean and cold – the atmosphere of […]