“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) […]
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“La Llorona” is a surrealistic film about a group of children living in a house without adult supervision who feel haunted by the ghost of the Llorona -the legendary Mexican ghost of a woman who murdered her children, and whom they hear sighing at night. Their powerful fantasy guided by their fear, unleashes a chain […]
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 […]
DAY RELEASE Single mother Kathi receives day release from prison and finds her three-year-old son, who is living with her unstable mother, in bad circumstances. She is forced to find a way to enable a better future for him, while time is against her, she has to be back in prison at six pm.
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 […]
DISREPUTE Last class of the week. Niklas is about to change school after years of bullying but he refuses to leave the classroom without restitution. Cleo hesitates to intervene but finds herself in a dilemma that forces her to make a choice.
I remember the moment quite well when Isi called me the first time. I was 14 years old and just signed up for the Hockey-club. He has taken me into his heart straight away and showed me his lovely, exciting world, which seemed to offer so much. I looked up to him. He had a […]
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.
FEBRUARY 27th For 42 years, around 210.000 Saharawi have been living in camps in the Algerian desert due to the occupation of the Western Sahara by Morocco. The Saharawi are waiting for a promised referendum, which should enable them to decide on their future and the usage of their homeland. “February 27th“ is a national […]
In the dawn of the Cold War, a young Soviet telegraphist makes a desperate attempt to save her American lover from being stranded in the Russian side of the Bering Strait after receiving a border closure message.
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 […]
HEARING AID The film is about Elaheh and Hooshang who want to immigrate to live with their daughter. The night before, Hooshang notices thieves in the building, but he conceals this from his wife to avoid trouble.
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 […]
ALL I NEVER WANTED tells a story of four women fighting for their place in modern media society. Fashion model Nina (17) quits school pursuing a modeling career in Milan, but the fashion world pushes her to the limits of her values. Television star Mareile (42) gets replaced by a younger colleague in a television […]
A family dinner at a Chinese restaurant. MOTHER : « I have Alzheimer. I am going to kill myself. Tonight. » The last meal of a family ready to blow and freaking out.
Вічність 2058. Humanity has conquered death. Corporations can digitize the souls of the dying and place them in the digital world beyond the grave forever. The digital worlds are very expensive. But there are also simple social worlds guaranteed by the state, where everyone is afraid to be. That’s why people put all their efforts […]
ACTUALLY SHE IS MY LITTLE BROTHER “Actually she is my little brother” tells the journey of the young film student Lena. Because of her transsexual sister she meets three young people who are already on their way into the right body. The question of how Lena is able to support her eleven-year-old sister is omnipresent.
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 […]
Can you consume your human nature in a meal? When hidden instinct is transformed into morbid obsession, then self-preservation turns into a meaningless ritual of imitation, an act of empty logic.
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 […]
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 […]
молоко. In this family drama, a Russian immigrant couple do all they can to provide help to their daughter while facing their differences.
GOLD LEAF. Owen, a twenty-something couch surfer, is forced to stay at his sister’s home for a few days. His growing deceptions begin to tarnish the image that he is presenting to others. Driven by a growing despair, Owen tries to do everything possible to keep up his appearance and conceal his truth at all […]
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 […]
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 […]
Without understanding why, Irna senses that the relationship with her son Jago is getting more and more hopeless. She seeks refuge in her own world, whose center is Elias, a rubber doll. While Irna holds on to her own reality with all her might, Jago is desperately trying to make his mother understand.
INCURABLE. The 40-year-old Nurse Theresa helps out patients with euthanasia. She is convinced that she’s helping a lot of people with it. When her terminally ill son expresses his wish to die she is to make a painful decision that makes her think.
꽃 ‘At Kindergarten I thought I could grow a penis from my vagina, just like the other boys.’ Although Chaerin Im was born as a woman, she never had affection or interest in objects or properties that corresponded to the category of ‘feminine’. At the same time, she never had the feeling that she should […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
1979. Aurora, a small girl in the Bavarian Alps, undertakes a mountain trip with her beloved father Valentin to watch a shooting stars spectacle. Aurora wants to photograph the spectacle to show it to her distanced mother Sylvia, but up in the Alps, something unexpected happens that challenges Aurora’s inner world… Aurora is the psychological […]
I DON’T BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS. A single mum is very sad as she isn’t able to afford to hire a Father Christmas on Christmas Eve for her children this year – a typical tradition in this family and parts of Germany. The brothers just notice that mum is unhappy as Father Christmas won’t be […]
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 […]
Gabriel is a 19-year-old Mexican-American valet parking attendant who works at a high-end restaurant in Los Angeles. When he finds out that his undocumented mother, Inez, needs medical care he tries to help her in any possible way. How far will Gabriel go in order to prove to his mother, and to himself, that he […]
Twenty-year-old Wolf is living in the boxing village of the Netherlands. When he has to fight against his best friend Alexander during a weekly match, he refuses. A rematch is confirmed, which brings Wolf’s feelings and emotions to a boiling point. He tries to convince Alexander to join him leaving the village, but his overly […]
HARD tells the story of the raise of an ‘up-coming’ DJ Jason Weird. Jason is a young, attractive and ambitious DJ and considered to be the new talent in the Dutch house scene. When offered a chance to a global breakthrough, Jason pushes himself and his music beyond limits with dramatic consequences for his life […]
An underage girl in need of emergency contraception is forced to discuss losing her virginity with her furious mother. Jessica is a tender coming-of-age story that questions gendered attitudes to teen sex, first love and parental control.
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.
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 […]
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.
After a few years of war in their country, a group of young Syrian friends decide to leave the Middle East and hit the road together to come to Europe. Through every step, their music and their friendship help them hold on.
COWS CAN’T SWIM. Two lonely Souls meet at a hotel bar. Hotshot TV-Host Nick and blind musician Klara get into each other’s hair immediately. They prey on their counterpart’s weaknesses with precision and persistence, but seemingly just can’t get off each other’s backs.
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 […]
FROM ABOVE. Every night Irene is hearing strange water noises from above. When the tenants who cause them finally move out, the sounds keep on coming back … A short entirely set in an old Viennese apartment.
NIČIJI DOM. A house on the countryside in Bosnia, window shutters closed. Smoke rises from the chimney. It is no one’s home, a place, where since decades no one has been welcome. Ivica, a man in the end of his 70s, lives alone and isolated in this house and falls gradually into decay. In the […]
Stand Up comedian Tomi hears news that rattles his world just before going on stage. In the next one minute, he manages to destroy his relationship, maybe for good. Can Tomi bounce back from the mistakes he’s made?
WALL CALLS. A park in summer. Every day a woman comes with her children to call her husband. In the park she is well, for one or two hours. She may not be able to see her husband, but she can hear him. A wall separates the two.
Desperate to make money, Léo accepts a job smuggling a refugee couple through France. However, Léo and the couple have separate expectations concerning their destination. He’s forced to confront the couple, his boss, and himself in order to understand how far he is really willing to go for these people he never intended to help.
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 […]
Dan Dailey lives in the middle of the Texas desert, one of the least populated, and darkest places in the U.S. Dan chose this place for a reason; in 2009 he started a retreat for juvenile parricides, or kids who have killed their parents. WANDERVOGEL begins when two documentary filmmakers arrive at Dan Dailey’s residence […]
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.
VAN MARS EN VENUS. Gijs (17) sails together with his father, as an internship, from the Netherlands to Wallonia. It was a long time ago that father and son were dependent on each other. On the deck, their communication flows naturally, but words are not as easily found in their personal conversations. Sometimes Gijs feels […]
The old lady excitedly awaited her little girl at the train station. As time ticked by, there was still no sign of her daughter. Turned out she had got onto the wrong platform! To rescue her little girl, the old lady would have to get through the sea-like crowds and the mountain-high stairs— but her […]
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.
SHATTERED. A routine duty turns into a life-threatening act of self-defense for police officer Kappler (49) when, after 30 years in service, he has to use his gun against a person for the first time. While doctors are fighting for the life of the severely injured perpetrator, Kappler finds himself stuck in an eerie and […]
A letter, a broken heart. The sound of the rain. A black cat, a plan.
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.
HOLY SPIRIT. Giovanni, seventeen going on eighteen, has a small scar on his left cheekbone and his nails are always dirty. His father dead, his mother in a nursing home, living with a borderline personality disorder, he has been entrusted to social services. He is taken care of by the local priest and the social […]
THE LAST OF HIS KIND. This is the story of Paul, a broken man. A man who has lost everything. A man whose home is now like a ghost town, attracting rubberneckers every day, from all over the world. Since his birth, Paul himself has never gone farther than a few kilometres from this place, […]
Through a metaphorical narrative about love, Dahlia explores a relationship between two people which is burdened by mental illness. Journey through a colorful and ever- changing world; a hand painted realm that shifts and morphs to portray a darkened state of mind. Based on the ups and down of my parents’ relationship, this illustrative and […]
EXCUSE ME, I’M LOOKING FOR THE PING-PONG ROOM AND MY GIRLFRIEND. A Swedish couple is on a wellness trip in the Austrian mountains, but after an argument, Aron’s girlfriend leaves, and slams the door behind her. Now, Aron is looking for his girlfriend but can’t find her anywhere. He dives into the bizarre world of […]
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 young man questions his sense of reality as he tries to free himself from his own shadow.
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 […]
Kai and Thomas, two 12-year old friends, are inseparable. Together they’re everything, alone they’re nothing. Their bond is strong until a new girl steps into their classroom and catches Thomas’ eye. This is a short narrative about Kai who is desperately trying to win back his best friend. He slowly loses control and makes a […]
Sayid, a refugee doctor from Syria, has just received a Danish residence permit, and is about to embark on establishing a new life in rural Denmark together with his son Adnan. At the same time as having to learn a new language, he faces the challenge of maintaining his boy’s respect, in a situation where […]
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
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 […]
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.
13 year old Aamir has fled his home and been separated from his family only to be stranded alone in the largest unofficial refugee camp in Europe. When he is befriended by Katlyn, a well meaning but thinly stretched British volunteer, she becomes Aamir’s last hope for salvation.
As a young and talented musician, sensitive and introverted Florence is facing an important day. But, her mind is in her way – she knows that only she by herself can stand up for what she really wants.
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.
NEVERMIND. Charlie is a 35-year-old small-time crook. His adult life has been a failure. He returns to the Ex-Capital, to Bonn. Charlie meets his old friends, his first love. He wants to find back his former glory, the old hope. The joys of being alive. It will cost him the job his father found for […]
Sometime in the late Cretaceous, a fierce Tyrannosaurus Rex dreams about a cute little kitten. It is a dream that ushers in a new phase of his life. Determined to recover the kitten, he abandons his daily routine of hunting, eating and sleeping and sets out to explore the world around him. The story is […]
An Indian immigrant girl accompanies her father to a casting for a Mexican television commercial looking for an ‘exotic’ man.
MimiCry follows the young student Mimi on her quest to find life, love and herself. As a sexual and spiritual road-movie without cars, MimiCry is the first movie ever made about the still unknown phenomenon of the Girlfags in today’s queer spectrum. MIMICRY tells the story of the protagonist Mimi who identifies as a Girlfag […]
A short film dealing with the energy generated through human confrontations with walls. The urge for freedom and fulfilment is just as human as the urge to build walls for everyday order. Three individuals in different countries are struggling under this tension – and finally decide to go all in.
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.
The Last Party holds the desires and fears of a young man that has to face his own nature in the last chance he has to come clear with himself and the people he loves. But discovering your most intimate nature it’s a long, tortuous journey, where dreams turn into nightmares and temptations are hard […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Five deities of power gather in an Underground Secret Society to discuss major themes about world domination and status-quo. Mr. Visionarius has machiavellian prospects for the future of mankind, but he is warned by the Angel Auditivus about the spiritual awakening present in some avenues of Western society.
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.
A middle-aged programmer (Noel) stands in front of the ruins of his marriage. With the help of a new intelligent language assistant, Noel tries to redirect his professional and private life into the right path. The artificial intelligence not only assists him in coping with everyday life, but also arranges an appointment with the much […]
Escape, and two sisters from Afghanistan. To reach the border quickly, Wajma und Hana follow three men who know a short cut. To keep little Hana motivated, Wajma acts out a fairytale, even “pizza” is being made in the woods…
Nadav, 29, is a young Israeli man who’s come to New York to pursue his dreams. By day, he plays the trumpet, and by night he works as a “Professional Cuddler” in order to finance his first album. He’s so successful at his night job, he stops renting an apartment of his own, and spends […]
As a 12-year-old girl prepares for her final test trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team, she makes an unlikely connection with the gym’s reclusive groundskeeper.
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.
Angie lives with her mom and struggles to manage a heavy dosage of medication for a neurological disorder. Reeling from the death of her brother and oppressed by the very medication meant to cure her, Angie yearns for the strange, otherworldly seizures that at once haunted her and made her feel alive. Nicole, a mysterious […]
In the sleepless city of Melbourne, a young woman finds refuge inside an empty concert hall late at night, and reckons with an unspoken past.
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 […]
For a few years the violinists Ari and Ron have been a couple. When they both get invited to audition for the solo part of an orchestra they suddenly become competitors and their mutual trust is put through a hard test when Ron receives a tempting offer from the orchestra’s conductor.
In some provinces in the Philippines, to this day, boys around the age of 10 are circumcised. But they aren’t cut in hospitals, like in the city, they are cut in a stream. The boys strip, jump into the water, line up, chew guava leaves, and then face the moment of truth: Will they be […]
DARK BLUE GIRL After Jimmy and Hannah finally find a buyer for their holiday home on the Greek volcano island Santorini, the ex-couple returns to the place where they broke up two years ago. In tow: Their seven-year-old daughter Luca, for whose love the parents compete. Hardly arrived on the island, old tensions and conflicts […]
„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.
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.
PAYDAY In order to manage his debts, paramedic Mike decides to provide his ambulance for “just an hour” to two thugs. But things don’t go quite as planned, and Mike is suddenly caught up in a clever robbery…
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 […]
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.
WINTER SOLSTICE tells the story of a liberation. A sister and brother meet up at a place significant to their childhood. The brother has turned his back on his father’s farm whereas the younger sister still lives there. Over the course of the conversation, the image of a strong young woman in the midst of […]
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 […]
A small dinosaur called “Citipati” falls prey to a global extinction event caused by a meteorite impact. Despite the struggling attempts, the body soon succumbs to its wounds and collapses. In its mind, though, the fight against the traumatic experience continues, nearly trapping the fearful dinosaur in its own nightmare. But after overcoming its instincts […]
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 […]
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.
A past childhood period that was long tucked away in denial comes back alive within the intimate and uterine space of a bathtub.
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 […]
Strange things happen in their new home after a young couple finally decided to move in together and make the nights a literal nightmare that puts their trust in each other to the test.
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 […]
IN BETWEEN SEELENWELTEN means „spaces of our souls/subconscious“ in German. Two women fight about love and right. The end is the beginning. Everything repeats itself. But there is an adventure waiting for them. A space, so close to us, that we forget about it. But not this time! This time, we go right through it, […]
NOT MAKING EASY IS MOVIES In this mazy filmplay Joggeli tries screening old film spools which leads to a nostalgic journey in the traces of his great-grandfather that bears astonishing resemblance to film history and a well-known black-and-white- comedian.
After his brother committed a terrible crime, David was forced to leave his hometown with his family. Four years later, he comes back for the first time and runs into Mira, the love of his youth. To find himself, he unites with her as they try to win back a slice of their adolescence.
Jenny Loves Satan is a retro-inspired, horror-comedy about a 12-year old girl who rebels by becoming a Satanist… only to discover that Satan is real!
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 […]
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. […]
We witness the rivalries between three gangsters and the growing panic of their hostage in the trunk.
After a one year Job on a far away planet space traveller Jo experiences a bumby incident during his flight back to Earth. His board computer Deborah claims she has everything under control. But is that true?
“The Moon Is Essentially Gray” is a 3-minute CG animated short about a young child, her makeshift rocket, and her fantastic flight to the moon. The film explores the role escapism plays in the lives of children who suffer some form of neglect or abandonment by their caregivers, and is ultimately about the struggle to […]
Sophie and Manuel take a trip to the Austrian countryside to stay in Manuel’s deceased grandparents house. The house’s strong family tradition becomes a player in their relationship. Long existing conflicts about being a modern couple surface to climax at the annual festival of the local fire brigade.
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 […]
Maike, Nina and Frank. Two best girlfriends and a man, engulfed in a triangle relationship, are going on a, for one of them deadly search for trust, love and their profile in the real and also virtual life of an online partner-exchange.
HARD WAY combines Action and Musical. A story of hard men with hard feelings. Jake loses his best friend Zach in a S.W.A.T. operation near Detroit. Eight months later Jake and his team are trying to get „The Mother“ – the terrorist responsible for Zach’s death. While singing and dancing they fight their way through […]
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 […]
The director is searching for his own rebellion. He wants to have an adventure, break out, go wild. But… how can he be a rebel if his parents were punks, heavily involved in the scene back then, creating havoc with their bands? When he and his parents go on a journey to Italy, he is […]
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 […]
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…
These are uncertain times. For empathetic and inquisitive seven-year old Lotte, a bubble of “childhood bliss” is not her reality. With her parents’ constant arguing, Lotte struggles to understand the source of the stress. One evening, Lotte sees her mother frantically stashing away cubes of bread and mutters in passing they are *for harder times*. […]
Individualistic Alexander and career focused Miriam split up. Suddenly the news of Miriam’s pregnancy. Alexander is up for a future together with her and the baby, Miriam is afflicted by doubts whether they´d be good parents or not. Can they become a couple again?
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 […]
Reborn Babies are lifelike dolls, that are nearly indistinguishable from real infants. Although Sabine Buncak’s sons are almost grown ups, yet she still holds on to their infancy and creates a dream reality with her own nursery and four Reborn Babies.
Another night, another naked body in her bed. She feels no love, just passion. A sharp lancet in her hands and a hidden box with her secrets. Only she knows how it all will end and who will be her next victim.
Using a poetically lyrical dialogue, “Lost In Hope” tells the story of the Israeli Rachel and the Palestinian Yasser. Yasser yearns to live in freedom, away from the hopelessness and violence in his country. Rachel dreams of studying music, but must complete her military service beforehand. Both are ready to leave their home country for […]
Arne loves Birte, Birte loves Fritz, Fritz loves Elisabeth, Elisabeth loves Arne and everyone loves music. „Speaking Of Love“ deals with the longing for love and its failure.
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.
Every man is an abyss, with the exception of Dieter (55). When his wife Tamara unexpectedly escapes their ceaseless repetition of a life together to elope to Mont Saint Michel, Dieter is forced to leave the security of his row house cocoon for the first time. Aided by congenial vagabond and street philosopher Ronen (38) […]
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 […]
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 […]
Murders of drug dealers are piling up in the city. Thanks to exclusive information, the 34-year-old journalist Franziska is able to move quickly between the crime scenes. When she discovers the murder weapon at her place, she comes to realisation that she is the one responsible for the killings. Inspector Michael (37), whom she is […]
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.
The story of an encounter, the fulfillment and the fail of wishes and phantasies. Mishka and Fox – a white dot, a red line and the infinite darkness of the universe.
Maria is unsatisfied with her marriage. She looks for a solution: The renowned erotic and fashion photographer Florian Jahnelt…
Journalist Georg and his girlfriend Vera meet DJ and bon vivant Dave Zuma at an open-air festival. When the three board the hippie bus, the trip of their lifetime begins, through the Balkans heading south. Side-by-side, under the sun of the ancient continent a passionate amour fou unfolds between the three and shows them what […]
An audio visualization through manipulation and animation of video recordings in the city of Berlin.
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 […]
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 […]
THE TRANSFER Erez, an Israeli commissioned officer, and two other soldiers have been ordered to transfer a prisoner to Megiddo prison. Along the way, a conflict arises that forces the young officer to surpass himself in order to solve the situation.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
A cruel war has taken two brothers’ home. Their mother protects them under her arms and fosters the seed of their new life. Anxious her sons could come in danger if they leave the house. But the boys chase their dream to play a music instrument they’ve fallen in love with. A beautiful Oud. They […]
Henry, a talented but socially inept student, arrives at a boarding school dedicated to teaching music. His fascination for the organ turns to passion and a means of escaping his fellow students’ bullying. Yet the growing interest of his teacher, who sees how talented he is, does not go unnoticed by his peers, worsening interactions […]
Alan Brown uses divine powers of precognition to foresee the fate of mankind… and breakfast. Meanwhile, Wendy has had enough of being married to ‘the next step in cognitive evolution’.
An old man contemplates life and remembers his most important relationship with an enigmatic young woman. “Sammlerin” is a short drama film that tells of an old man through a series of dream-like and symbolic images.
BUCK. Michael is 18 years old and at age where he prefers listening to loud music rather than thinking about future responsibilities. His father, however, is a hunter and at an age where he likes to savour the peace and quiet of the woods while contemplating his son’s future. On a morning after a night […]
“Do you want me to tell a story?“, Valentina asks. She is wearing army pants and a track-suit top. Her hair is wild with a tiny clip. She entrusts us with why she wasn’t born a boy, as it should have been. Nevertheless Valentina knows every detail of her family history: how her father won […]
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.
“My wife doesn’t like my movies. She says they are a waste of time. But she is an ignorant and hateful person. Don’t be like my wife.”
A terrible job, an awful home – call center agent Jana seems to be resigned to her pitiful life. Then the elevator gets stuck…
THE PARCEL. In a world, in which hardly anyone ever leaves their flat, Simon receives a parcel for his supposedly dead neighbour. But who sent that supernatural object to drive him insane? As the neighbours start stalking him, Simon soon comes to realize there’s a secret organization trying to destroy his life. He is forced […]
After a hard night shift at the hospital tired HILDE (40) hurries home – today is her daughter MELLY’s 11th birthday! Melly would rather like to celebrate with her best friend Franzi, however disappointed Hilde talks her into a trip to the lake. Melly is excited about her birthday present: a „Mono fin“! With it […]
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 […]
LITTLE SHOP. Alex, a young bailiff, is confronted with the seizure of his father’s bankrupt antique shop. Instead of carrying out the objectionable task, they put their differences aside and join forces to give a boost to the ailing business. A race against the clock begins…
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.
PALEONTOLOGY. Tired of boring students-sex, rafi and alex decide to explore a new science: Paleontology. Which means, from now on, „she“ must be at least 10 years older.
An adolescent Ida, who awaits a kidney transplant, is einvigorated by the sudden and mysterious arrival of a schizophrenic young man. The two spend an unforgettable night together and push outside the boundaries of their illnesses. All the while a deal has been made to kill the boy, so that Ida may live.
STRAIGHT OUTTA NORDSTADT Melli (19) is getting out of juvenile hall after a good 5 months. She promised herself: no more trouble. But first she realizes that someone specific is not there to pick her up – her boyfriend Yuri, the one being responsible for all that trouble. He’s not even answering her calls. Fortunately […]
We all do terrible things when we think that no one is watching. When her distant husband cannot give her the love she desires, the lonely and insecure Hui will do anything to feel loved. Caught in an unusual love triangle with her autistic brother, Hui has found a constant source of comfort.
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.
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.
The hopelessly romantic Lisa takes desperate measures to win her former lover back. But the fact that he already has a new girl at his side and that Lisa needs to bring her alcoholic father to an anti-varicose-campaign photo shooting without letting him know, is not particularly helping. The tragedy takes its course.
RHYTHM An old man heard about an african tribe which does not grief for their dead elders, but celebrates their life at the moment they leave this world. This thought keeps spinning in his head. He has a big family but the only connection between them is hate. The man feels trapped in a world […]
STILL. Astrid is a 24-year old ballerina that has just made an irreversible decision. But no one knows it. The effects are invisible to the naked eye, but slowly seep into Astrid’s world nonetheless. Confronted with the seemingly unanswerable question, “how do you part from something that never existed?”, Astrid slowly descends into a vicious […]
HOW I WANTED TO BECOME FAMOUS Andreas has a problem. He wants to be a stuntman. Most of all as his idol Arnold Schwarzenegger. But after he discovered the new Internet platform Youtube everything changed.
David (41) tries to cheat the death of his wife Evelyn (37) through the help of cryonics. When they wake up from cryo sleep in the far future, they find themselves to be alone and trapped inside a deserted cryo facility. But even after hundreds of years David has to learn the hard way that […]
AFTERMATH LOGLINE: Germany 1916. The war has also left graves in interpersonal relationships. The friendship of two dissimilar outsiders allows hope to emerge. But is blood thicker than water? BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Germany 1916. In a little village the outsider Marga (45) is fighting for everyday survival. Hans (12) is fascinated by the lady and literally […]
„The dream is the best proof of the fact that we are not enclosed so firmly in our skins as it seems.“ Christian Friedrich Hebbel Jo is working as a trainer at the Fitness Company MIND YOUR BODY. His conciousness is slipping into the body of a customer and he is doing their sportsprogram for […]
WHERE THE GRASS GROWS HIGHEST Begzuren lives in the ger district of Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Due to a lack of space, survival is very difficult. Still tourists from all over the world come into his modest ger to exchange life experiences. Dalai’s lives in Bayangol Sum, a two hours drive from Ulan Bator. Instead of […]
The Lost Ones is a grim Thriller full of suspense about the desire for appreciation, trust and betrayal. A short film which shows the depths of human nature and social evil. A shy, young Danish woman cuts herself off from the rest of society and spends her time as a night watchman on the industrial […]
THROUGH THE CURTAIN. Tom is looking forward to a carefree school trip to Israel. Neither his teacher nor the tight schedule can spoil his mood. But soon after his arrival, he finds himself in hospital – injured and ill-tempered. How did he end up here? Looking back on the past few hours, his anger mounts […]
CARRY ON It is wintertime. The landscape is bare and grey. An isolated farm is located next to the woods. An old married couple lives there. Their life consists of every day activities which they are not capable of coping with any more and, furthermore, mostly of boredom. For his daily work the farmer has […]
Germany 1944 during World War II: The ukrainian forced labor Valentina escapes out of the labor education Camp next to the small german village Langenzenn. Rescued by Martin and his parents she is hidden in their barn. An acid test for Martin, his family and the solidarity of the whole village.
THE SKY IS BLUE EVERYWHERE When Marc is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, he doesn’t know how and when to tell his girlfriend Sophie about it.
On his journey from Somalia to Europe, shipwrecked Moussa is picked up by a wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran. The athletic young man is the only survivor of a disaster in the Mediterranean Sea and asks Hannes and Gerlinde to smuggle him across the border. Questioning Moussa’s true intentions, the yacht owners are torn […]
“Insel” is told through fragments of the life of a frustrated single-woman, in her early thirties. Eva is looking for Mr. Right. Better today, then tomorrow. Besides her four failed affairs, with her classmate Dominic, her bestie Lorenz, the swimmer Yves and with the DJ Luca. Eva is also searching for the answer, why she […]
HOUSE ARREST tells the story of Max, who was sentenced to six months of house arrest. An electronic ankle bracelet called Percy helps him trough his new daily life. One day Max is shocked to discover how far Percy is willing to go to assist him in his needs.
ZERO-G. Originating in the Parisian suburbs, Parkour is a “kinetic” art form that involves jumping walls and other obstacles in urban environments. It also evokes the feeling of weightlessness inherent to big cities but which is gradually disappearing. Schwerelos follows a group of Parkour “tracers” from Vienna and slam artist Fatima Moumouni, who pens a […]
Guy is a talented musician who dreams of becoming a rockstar, like many others who joined the club of 27. He has to decide between his existence in the shadow of anonymity and an intense life in the buzz of success or to find happiness in the little things with his young family.
DEADLOCK The elderly couple Berger is on the way to their holiday. Due to some tensions, their trip ends abruptly in a little village somewhere in Austria. They reached the dead end of their relationship. Two days they spend in their car. What happens to a marriage if no one retreats?
What’s further? There or back again? Or maybe just standing still? These are questions that Neil Goldman, an aging travel book author from the USA, and Janek, a young Estonian emigrant, have to face the night before Christmas at Tallinn Airport. Their flight to New York gets bumped to the next morning due to a […]
The 70 year old “Djado Ivan” lives in Grivitsa, a small bulgarian town close to the romanian border. In close communion with nature and his many animals, he spends his life on his small farm and thereby maintains his very own rhythm of life. In order to portray his life, Silke Meya (Director) and Laura […]
Frederick Baer spent over a decade on death row in Indiana State Prison. He is still waiting for his death penalty to be executed. Hand-drawn animated Documentary about a murderers time on death row and the conflicts about his guilt and destiny.
A small village is haunted by strange and awful murders. The scared villagers turn to two officials in search for help to solve the crimes. The investigations point to a very perfidious kind of murders: All victims were nibbled off shortly before or after their death. Could an animal be the cause of the strange […]
LOOKS tells the story of a gray lynx that doesn’t quite fit into a world of colourful animals. He’s being excluded and bullied by the coloured animals. On his search for acceptance and belonging he finds himself resorting to drastic measures… The film deals with social exlusion and bullying and aims at children from 4 […]
RAT KING Fearing the anger of his boss Erik, the mad shorty Rene tries to keep a low profile at a campground near Lake Constance where he has to deal with small-town bureaucracy and bizarre campground residents.
TWO WINDOWS Two neighbors jump into an unexpected friendship outside their windows. In order to reconnect his TV connection, Helmut decides to climb out of his window in a resolute manner. His neighbor Walter misinterprets this action as an attempted suicide, which Walter would love to join as well. While trying to clarify this misunderstanding, […]
DARLING Tamara’s decision to separate from her life partner threatens the quality of life of the people around her. Hans won’t be able to keep the house and her beloved father-in-law will have to move to a retirement home. Isolated from the outside world, they spend a last emotion-ridden weekend together.
Peter is being followed by killer bees, Elsa collects exotic flowers from all over the world. To be together, they both have to overcome their fantasies. But what if love itself is nothing but fantasy?
SPARROWS AND SNORKELS Ivan meets Paolo, little Jonas meets Ida, another Jonas meets Sandra and Annina meets Jonas – in july, at a campsite by a river.
ARLETTE. COURAGE IS A MUSCLE. A journey from Africa to Berlin turns into an unexpected journey from childhood to adulthood. The film centers around Arlette, a 15-year old girl from the Central African Republic who suffered severe injuries during the last war. In Berlin a surgery frees her from her year-long pain. This changes her […]
NATURAL ATTRACTION shows a natural spectacle, turning a sparse, dry landscape into a fruitful place bearing new life. The interplay between sky and earth reminds of a sensual love act to express the dependency and perfect correlation of both elements.
The short film “Circle” depicts a young woman in despair, who after experiencing a tragic loss escapes into the seemingly perfect past. She loses herself in vivid memories and starts to neglect her real life. A constant inner struggle emerges between past and present, distorting her perception of reality. Ahmad Saleh, a Student Academy Award […]
What happens if you really need to decide once in life? If this decision changes everything forever? The clock is ticking in her stomach. Nobody knows about it. Maybe it’s better like that, because we don’t want to remember mistakes. Carmen is pregnant. Carmen is afraid. Carmen would like to abort. Her subconscious responds – […]
MADAMA BUTTERFLY is a string puppet movie about a fiery opera performance with tragic consequences.
SHADOWBOXER Shadow boxing is a training exercise where the boxer trades blows with their reflection. In other words, a shadow boxer is someone who fights themself. After committing a violent felony, passing an anti- violence training is Ahmets last chance to take his personal and occupational future into his own hands. A challenging test that […]
THE CABINET DECISION Israel and Palestine, two entities competing over their one beating heart. Will they both survive?
CHERRY CAKE Don’t fill life with days, fill days with life. After her husband’s death, Käthe doesn’t want to impose on anybody. She already ordered old people’s home brochures. But an accidential meeting with the love of her youth Hannes arises old contending feelings. Heartache and disappointment are mixed with desire and intimacy. Is it […]
Would you want to live another life? A rich old man uses all his money to get his mind and soul transferred to an artificial young and healthy body that he may use for eleven years, while his old body is kept safely in a cryogenic vessel. He meets a young woman and falls in […]
The young Afghan woman „Nabilah“ is injured in an accident. German soldiers take her to a military base. Since the residents of Nabilah´s home town must not find out about her physical contact with foreign men, a race for her life begins.
FOREIGN BODY For weeks there has been a foreign kidney inside the body of the fifty-five-year-old carrier WOLFGANG KRUBER. The illegally bought “new life“ begins to totter when a ransom note from his supposed donor calls Wolfgang back to Istanbul – the place which he would have loved to erase from memory. After his arrival […]
Hip hop, heroin and living on the streets – for over three years, this was the life of young rapper Chris, a.k.a. KoolKasai. A subway rapper, searching for a way back into society. Drugs, parties and jail were the stations on his journey. Diverted from the question of his own self-worth, on the search for […]
Sry bsy – no time for nothing. Not even for spelling in full the words “sorry” and “busy”… This digital 2D animation is about obsessions, compulsions and the pressure of keeping up with the challenges of modern working life. By combining a dark sense of humor with absurd elements, sry bsy is amusing and disturbing […]
With her reckless behavior art student Kalina (21) provokes her fellow students, her teachers and sometimes even her only friend Ruth (24). Kalina convinces Ruth take a spontaneous trip to Portugal the next day and they euphorically head out to celebrate their plan. After a half-hearted attempt to steal a car they end up on […]
“In summer everyone goes on vacation, to the beach I guess. There they don’t even realize that nothing ever happens at all.” – Before summerbreak Maria quit talking. Far away from vacation activities and swimming pools, she hides in a world where the living visit rarely.
ABOUT ART, MY FAMILY AND ME. I’ve made an essay film! I tried to answer the questions I have as a young adult. What does art mean to me? How is art connected to my family? And who am I in between? Using only home videos from my family, adding my improvised comment to it, […]
A woman, in a car, in the woods, at night. She’s driven by something. She’s scared. She hits something with her car. She flees, not knowing from what. She’s driven by fear.
FRAGILE Instead of letting herself time to coming to terms with her lost relationship, NATALIE (35) has a first date with SASCHA (40), a guy from a dating website, that triggers exactly what she wanted to suppress: her lovesickness – all the pain and anger. It needs one night and some more or less self-destructive […]
PULSE Acclaimed Berlin theater actress Luise Berger is forced to confront her deep-rooted vulnerabilities while waiting to undergo a life-changing surgery at a city hospital. Exposed to the hospital’s blunt routines, Luise’s carefully crafted glass world slowly but steadily is forming fissures.
A PHOTO OF US Autumn 1989. A psychiatry in West Germany. Johanna wants to take care of her brother Robert. She fears that he might hurt himself. But why do the doctors stand in her way, and whom can she trust after the escape from the GDR? A PHOTO OF US is a film about […]
THE BALLAD OF ELLA PLUMMHOFF While the 8th grader Ella faces a decisive math exam, which determines if she will be promoted to next grade, she dreams of last summer: love lessons of her grotesque ballet teacher, private tutoring by a know-it-all 7th grader, her first kiss and permanently annoying parents. An entertaining insight into […]
IN SEVEN DAYS IN SEVEN DAYS tells the story of a male friendship: Within a few days Adrian has to make a decision to either put his criminal life in the past or to help is childhood friend Aysun one last time.
I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE It is the story of Jan whose world has changed and with it also his perception as he has only got a vision of 5% left. Bit by bit he is developing a seeing with the whole body where all senses are used.
KEEPING BALANCE Denise, a 20-year-old girl, visits nearly every day the Viennese ‘Prater’ amusement park to take some rides with the electronic ‘Tagada’ carousel because it helps her to get over her difficult past.
THE UNIVERSE IN US A strange biological malformation is detected inside the body of young dancer Li – a second, fully developed heart has grown in her chest. Doctors are mystified. Their search for possible causes remains inconclusive. While specialists encroach upon her body trying to examine the smallest molecule, Li refuses to see her […]
ASTRONAUTS ASTRONAUTS is a film about two human beings. A tale of attraction and rejection. A parable of chaos and cosmos. A love story between destruction and self-destruction. An attempt at love.
HER SON Gregor is a musician and dreamer. He likes his life – as long as he doesn’t have to explain himself to his mother Irène. Long ago he gave up hope of being more than a less well-off son for the successful gallerist one day. A radical deterioration of Irène’s health status is forcing […]
“Warm snow” is an animation short about the relationship between a father and his grown up daughter. It starts out in an ordinary situation with the father and daughter sitting at the kitchen table. The daughter is waiting for her food to get warm and is annoyed by her father’s questions and suggestions. The situation […]
WHAT IF… Every day life presents us with new options. Every moment we are making new choices that we are often unaware of. We have learned to be the creators of our own lives in the decisions that we make, and often we take this for granted. The human mind bares the ability to think […]
THE TREATMENT „The Treatment“ tells the story of isolated patient Linus. More and more a rigid routine consisting of meals, exercise, lulling music, irritating smoke and examinations by his only attachment figure Dr. Frei causes him suffering. One day Linus notices the massive door to his room has been left ajar and he takes the […]
Martin is a teacher at a local high school. He thinks of himself as a good educator, but his own son begins to rebel against him. One day both drive to school together and get into a bad row over Bastian going on a camping vacation with his buddies. Soon after, Bastian’s classmate Tom starts […]
A male prostitute (David Schütter) is trying to escape his long forgotten feelings. The unexpected tender encounter with a young woman (Nadja Bobyleva) confronts him with his real desires and puts his whole life to the test.
From the scenic area of eastern Bavaria to the Czech border six young people are on their journey. In this area, where all boundaries are supposed to be open, they are surrounded by a landscape in decay. Here they reach their own limits – who will leave them behind, who will arrange with them, who […]
Six-year-old Nele has to cope with her mothers cancer. When her big sister Josi describes cancer as a “stupid disgusting thing that they have to remove”, Nele has a hopeful thought: Cancer is like a little rat and a rat can be killed…
A boy meets a girl. It could be love. But there is this jacket, too. And the jacket will change everything…
*** ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE 2016 *** *** WINNER AUSTRIAN FILM AWARD 2016 *** A divorced father picks up his eight year-old daughter Lea. It seems pretty much like every second weekend, but after a while Lea can‘t help feeling that something isn’t right. So begins a fateful journey.
Inspired by true events which took place in Southern Germany in the winter of 1945, “Das Problem des Schnellstfluges“ (The Problem of the Fastest Flight) tells the story of an engineer’s harebrained scheme to build a manned rocket made of wood. Humorless scientist Erich Bachem meets young pilot Lothar Sieber when he is ordered to […]
A Man wakes up in the middle of a crossing. He has no memory how he got there. His only clue is a small note in his hand with an address on it. He is searching for explanations. Throughout his grueling search, he is loosing his only confidant. The search is more and more dragging […]
Social systems come and go, but people remain. Since Soviet times an old Ukrainian bus has been running along the outermost EU border. At the junction of this geo-political construct this old bus appears as fragile as the past itself. Will the bus come? Or not? Passengers wait patiently at the bus stop: and they […]
“Apricot Trees” plays in Anatolia. Due to the traditional family structures only the son can come into an inheritance. Thus the wish for a son is great. For this, Ibrahim accepted a lot. Every action seemed reasonable. With this he enormously changed the life of his family.
Sun Sun Sun shows humans in their real surroundings. An attempt to preserve and condense their fleeting everyday life. Impressions of a day of an addict’s monotonous life, always with the same cycle of running, finding money, gambling and taking drugs. A restless person, who can’t access himself anymore and who is trapped in his […]
The people of this remote village in the Black Forest don’t talk much, but when they do, it’s in the Alemannic dialect. Hanna (21) has travelled far to work here. She shovels manure, milks cows and tries to cope with the farmer, Uwe Kiefer (39). Rather than sell his milk, he pours it down the […]
Toni is a fisherman in Lampedusa. He sees men, women and children traveling from another continent. Who are these migrants arriving by sea on an island at the entry door of Europe, leaving it as soon as they can if they didn’t die before on their paths? Through Toni’s testimony, intercut by animation that underlines […]
On their last night together, Clara, a young Austrian tourist, and Tomer, an Israeli student, find themselves on an unexpected search for the “morning-after pill”. Cultural and personal gaps create distance between them. Tomer and Clara try to open up to each other, but every opportunity for closeness is interrupted by the outside world. With […]
Felix has hit rock bottom. Unable to connect with his comatose wife, the organ builder has taken to numbing his senses and seeks refuge in self-destruction. But before completely going to the dogs, he decides to leave the country. He sets out on a journey that ends up bringing him closer to his wife.
In the thirst for adventure young teacher Daniel heads off to his first big journey around the world. But on his first stop in the Indonesian megacity Jakarta, Daniel is totally over challenged by the foreign culture. He loses sight of his goals and finally of himself. When he meets young Clara, Daniel believes to […]
Emmy works at Paper Plane Airline, a really tiny airline company. Her big hope and dream is to one day become a flight attendant. Even though she and her always-moody best friend Angela face an everyday boring ground-crew-job with an unbearable hyper-correct boss, they manage their tasks one way or the other. Emmys goal, an […]
A snail invents the wheel and goes through a rapid cultural evolution, to finally get back to its origin.
Din and his family live in a small village several hours from the port city of Chittagong away. To feed his family, he and his close friend Amin head off to search around the city for work. After a long and disappointing day at work they stroll around the darker parts of the city. Looking […]
When he makes a special discovery on his way to the soccer field, a boy has no clue what he’ll face next.
Over night Gadaffi´s hotel in Central Africa lost its patron. The gardener still waters the forecourt for the absent guests. The security guard leaves his uniform in the wardrobe for now. And the Tunisian manager of the hotel takes care of a ghost hotel. Together we wait for a message from the new owners.
Christian Bender is a a young and ambitious boxer who has an upcoming decisive boxing match. At home, he takes care of his father, who, after a second stroke, has become a complete invalid. When Christians older brother Michael returns home, he isn’t the help Christian would have hoped for.
A railway station in the middle of nowhere. David is looking for his girlfriend: Willa. They were on their way to their own wedding, when an accident made them stuck at a small railway station. Now Willa is missing and none of the other fellow passengers know where she is. Although the next train is […]
Rob, a worn out robot with a corrupt memory, drowns the sorrows of his ‘screwed’ existence in alcohol and asks himself the essential question: what did he do wrong? He needs to remember…
“Spring” gives us a glimpse of the daily life of an elderly woman: Accompanied by opera music, playing on the record player, she prepares to leave her apartment. The pictures on the wall give us an insight into her younger days.
Late at night in a recording studio: Singer Lori is struggling with her own perfectionism while having to stand her ground against her colleagues. In the studio next door Sam, the cleaner, is talking to a man on the phone and gets herself tangled-up in creative lies. „Malibu“ focuses on the little personal tragedies of […]
An old-school theatre critic is going berserk when he watches an ironic reinterpretation of Goethe´s FAUST in a little off-theatre. Surrounded by hipsters, fiction and reality collides…
The Italian Marco attacks a rich business man with a suitcase full of money. When he becomes aware what the business plans with the money, the two start talking. In the end both seem to separate in the good – if money wouldn’t be that insidious.
My grandpa’s past was always very present. It would break through in something he’d say or do, but he’d never talk about it. Only now, by revisiting his life and personality as I knew him, do I feel the weight of his inheritance.
Max has been studying in Frankfurt for some time when a family event brings him back home to Vienna’s outskirts. A short meeting with old freinds turns into an all-nighter, just like in the old days: drinking beer in the skate park, secretly breaking into the outdoor pool with young women, hanging out at the […]
1960. Night. A train on its way to the Iron Curtain. In it Sebastian (Andreas Thiele) – a guy like you and me. His actual mission was to escort an important painting to Prague. But after finding one of the guards murdered on the toilet, he is already in the middle of a bizarre 1960ies […]
More success. More Money. More power. More partying. More, and more, and more. Until finally we are out of breath, and then someone misses the turn. Chris searches for a kick through motocross races on ice. Rea and Bea party to excess all night long. Melitta never stops running. All trying to get out of […]
The short film INTRUSION does not tell a classical story. The main focus lies on the visual design, which has the intention to convey a mood. The motives and the associative dramatic composition are reminding of dream sequences, nightmares or hallucinations in which the uncanny and the curious are staged; Unrealistic, seemingly disparate, yet interrelated […]
Julius can’t sleep. To get his head empty he decides to go on a roadtrip, but somehow he can’t manage to leave. A hand drawn film about failure, insomnia, a red motorbike, pretty bargirls, the desolateness of Berlin (even in summer) and waterproof socks.
This film tells the story of Mr. X, but his identity, and his face, are never revealed in it. Mr. X is a West-African asylum seeker living in Berlin without a work permit. As his exposure might put him in danger, he is the one holding the camera instead of appearing in front of it. […]
At the end of Washington Boulevard, where Los Angeles’ streets merge into the ocean, the Venice Pier begins. The rough concrete pier braves Pacific storms and provides stillness and stablity to its visitors. Here, we meet two immigrants who take us on their journey through history.
“Sisters in Crime” tells the story of the two sisters Hanna and Lena who are trying to realize their dream of emigrating. Hanna seduces rich men, goes home with them, sleeps with them and copies the house key. The next day the two sisters then break into the houses and loot cash and jewelery. This […]
Helmut (70) has convinced himself that he is the literal king of the housing project where he spends the last and lonely days of his live. Clara (16) just moved into the appartment next door after being kicked out by her mom. She is not exactly enthusiastic about either her dead-end job at the cash […]
After running away from an orphanage, 8-year old Emma believes to have found the perfect hiding place in the apartment of a blind woman named Evelyn then to her, Emma is invisible. But Evelyn is not oblivious to the strange noises in her apartment. She plays along with her little roommate’s silent game of hideand- […]
Forced to be alone: Whenever Lothar sneezes, nearby objects explode. To protect the world he locks himself into a subterranean home, isolated from the outer world. One day, an accident happens. Despite of all the care taken, he breaks his beloved toaster, an early gift from his mother. The broken toaster compels him to […]
Berlin. Grisha, a Russian-German boy, fools around with a wooden stick toygun. The longer he plays, the further he is thrust into an altered reality. The boundaries between the past and the present, the real and the surreal, start to blur. Images from bygone Berlin appear; streets and buildings still carry the memories of war. […]
STAVANGER tells the story of the farmer Marta who, after the sudden death of her husband, gets sucked into a mix of sadness, loneliness and suppression. Unable to acknowledge her loss, she is in denial about reality and grasps at the last of what is left of her husband: his lover.
Homophobia is not funny, everything else is!
Monika is raging. Monika is on the run. Monika is trying to escape from husband Richard. Her destination is Venice. Her partner in crime is Nema, a mute hitchhiker. Nema pushes Monika to follow her path relentlessly. Until Richard catches up and Monika has to fight for her freedom. Who is the man, whom Monika […]
“Boy” finds himself in an absurd situation. He wakes up on a little island in the middle of an open-air swimming pool, unable to remember anything. A strange sailor is his only companion. And although the edge of the pool is just a few metres away, it seems out of reach: a shark is patrolling […]
ANDREAS loves filming anything that will come in front of his camera lens. He especially takes joy in shooting videos, in which he and his friends CLEMENS and DINA pretend to kill themselves. When ANDREAS massively exaggerates and carelessly throws himself on some subway tracks just to shock his best friend, CLEMENS has had enough […]
To fulfill the last will of his mother, the young JAKOB ADLER needs to meet his biological father, who is inmate of a forensic psychiatric hospital for murdering his own brother for over 25 years. Jakob wants to talk to the doctor in charge DR WEISS before and unfolds the true scale of the tragedy […]
Meat was his life and exactly this is what Klaus left piled behind. Klaus is a butcher and on the journey to his personal fortune he discovers the previously unknown succulent appetite. A short film about a man who follows his desire to travel and embarks on a quest to find himself while overlooking the […]
Lukasz (24) wants to get out of the socially deprived. He longs for social Recognition and wants what he misses his life: loyalty. As a racket for the Hamburg milieu Size ‘Milan’ he believes to have found all this. While Lukasz ‘social advancement begins to take shape, bringing the death of the common parent after years […]
Tim is 38 and works as a taxi driver, which gives him enough flexibility to take care of his father who suffers from Alzheimer. Lee, a Chinese student, is 25 and Tim’s boyfriend – although he wants more than occasional sex in Tim’s taxi. The problem is that the father takes all the attention he […]
Bintou is from Burkina Faso and loves to lead a modern lifestyle. She dreams of becoming a famous dressmaker. Suddenly her life is turned upside-down when she has to take responsibility for her own daughter again who has been living in a children’s home so far. A film about dreams, responsibilities and the search for […]
At the cost of each other two Vietnamese couples in Berlin are searching for support, comfort and above all, a home. The Vietnamese Bien and Thien have illegally come to Berlin and have come into hiding at their older relatives Nga and Nam. They are willing to live in total submissiveness for work and apparent […]
Eight-year-old Jakub lives alone with his mother, Helena. Recently, Helena has met a man, Milan, who happens to be a small time drug dealer. After his arrest she regularly visits him in prison and occasionally works for him as a courier. Following his release, she imagines that she might just be a little closer to […]
“Goodbye Papa” is a touching drama about a boy coping with the death of his father and the grief that comes with it. Young Benedict is very attached to his father’s old set of medieval armor and it is the only thing that gives him any comfort. Trying to be a knight, he ends up […]
Ten year old Jonas lives with his ill mother in a small two bedroom apartment. One day he watches from his window as a circus troupe passes by. Later he comes across the troupe again. This time he follows them through the suburbs and is lead into a strange and fascinating world.
Elisabeth is a writer. Since her mother was sent to a nursing home, she lives completely isolated, spending her days writing. One day when Elisabeth takes a stroll through the park, she walks past seventeen year old Malek. When the young boy sees her, he is compelled to follow her home. He comes back to […]
These days, everything starts earlier… Friendships, fights, the period, first love, sex and, above all, dreams. Six girls from three different backgrounds allow us to dive into their worlds for one summer. An episodic film about the synchronicity of life and the end of childhood.
A young couple gets themselves into a role play for the course of a night. But soon enough the borders between reality and game, between role and identity begin to melt. Parts of their personality come to the surface which will destroy their assumed intimacy.
The ambitious scientist MARTIN RAUH feels pretty close to find a cure for Malaria. But the subsidies get canceled and his last chance is his former lover CORNELIA SCHILLING, who is now in charge of the budget at one of the world leading pharmaceutical companies. Schilling makes Rauh an offer he can’t refuse, but the […]
You really look alike! Especially nose and mouth.“ This is all Teresa can say about her half-brother Ruben and her recently deceased father. Without prior notice she is suddenly standing in front of the foreigner’s house, who is living in seclusion on a northern German island and who’s existence she did not know of until lately. […]
Carl, a young eager border cop is anxious to finish work so he can watch the big football match against Austria. Getting annoyed with his partner, Franz (who’s nearing retirement and likes to take his time), his plans are thwarted by the discovery of a suicide victim in the woods just near the Austrian border. […]
Where do you hide from danger, when you can´t hide anywhere? The kurdish girl Bahar believes she has found a way. „Bahar in Wonderland“ is the story of Bahar, a little girl, who given the circumstances she is in, is not able to be a child. She is escaping with her father from Syria to […]
A man comes to pick up his son at his ex-wife’s house, just like every weekend. As always, he waits at the entrance of her apartment building for his son to come down stairs. But this Saturday, it takes a little longer. Their son wants to finish watching a TV show. And so it happens […]
A story about the ups and downs in a relationship of a young couple and jealousy that longs for everything and owns nothing.
Freedom of the press is one of our greatest assets. We just need to make journalists aware of abuses and defend this fundamental right. But we must also focus on self-critical on the way we work. Freedom of the press is regularly put to the test. The short film “20zwoelf” – the video essay www.20zwoelf.de […]
The idea for the video essay “Neue Nähe” was created in autumn 2010. As a volunteer at the Axel Springer Academy and following the success of their teams with the cross-media project “Little Berlin” written and produced Sonja Vukovic in collaboration with moderation and video coach Christian Stahl and with the support of cross-media director […]
Juri is growing up under deprived circumstances in a small village in the former CCCP. When his father moves to Germany to earn money for his family he hast to come to grips with a life without a father.
A photo shoot. The model Helen is unnerved. Back in the changing room she makes a surprising discovery. Everything around her is edible – the chair, the TV, the walls…