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?
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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 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?
BORN TO BE follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting at the groundbreaking Center for Transgender 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 […]
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.
A pianist arrives in her new flat. But as soon as she rehearses, her neighbour tries everything possible to stop her from playing. The reason : she hates classical music. Soon enough, a sound war starts between the two women, very rapidly involving everyone in the building. The pianist, in a moment of madness plays […]
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 […]
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 […]
PEACOCK ISLAND Essayistic narrative about a 1793 garden island in Berlin with a peacock population. The film is a composite of precise observations of the peacock, the transition of spring season and passages of historical literature from its day. The play of manifold elements shifts lyrically and theatrically.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Edward lives alone in LA. He posts a letter to an unknown address every day only to wait for it to be returned. When Edward notices his mail would mysteriously disappear or be delayed, he begins to suspect the Italian exchange student working at his apartment complex, Juliet, who just recently attempts to befriend him. […]
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 […]
‘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 […]
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 […]
Marisol is a young mother striving to make a life for herself and her young daughter, María. She poses as her friend, Luisa, and borrows her car to take fares on a ride-sharing app. But her last passenger of the day, a young white man named Frederick, acts increasingly suspicious. When he accuses Marisol of […]
Monitors occupy the majority of our daily lives. Perhaps unconsciously. CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) is getting more realistic every day. This blurs the boundary between reality and the images generated by our computer. This transition is inevitable. What does this mean for humanity and their perception of reality?
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 […]
The journey unravels in three different hypnotic chapters. Three people from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities come together in a cosmopolitan set up. They nurture a strong desire to have a real connection with each other, but the act of connecting turns out to be a real struggle and a challenge as they start sharing the […]
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.
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 […]
A high-rise roof somewhere in Berlin. From the rooftop you can see the whole city. It is summer. On the roof is a group of refugees from Syria. The depth below reminds them of the depth of the sea. Above them is only sky. On this roof, they feel like they are back on their […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
TRANSMODERNITY The experimental documentary film TRANSMODERNITY raises the question of how reality can be possible in a different way. It is a portrait of our time and its currents, created by a mosaic of twelve different changemakers and their projects across Europe. The film touches upon the need to reinvestigate our education, consumption, relation to […]
CUBAN CANVAS is a story about intense color and textured patterns, ingenious materials and bold vision at the heart of artistic expression in Havana today. A leading artist of the new generation, Roger Toledo Bueno mines the past through the masters who started their careers before him — Afro-Cuban painters Manuel Mendive and Roberto Diago, […]
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 […]
“3” is an intimate portrait of Anna, a young architect who recently moved to Berlin, her roommate Lea and her new friend Laura. Anna is looking for her dream job and faces her new life in wintery Berlin with strength and real zest for life while trying to forget…
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
In the film Standing Nymph and Man, the Fine Arts Building in Chicago is the protagonist rather than the subject. Originally designed by Spencer Beman in 1884 as a soundproof structure for the Studebaker Company (horse carts and automobiles), the building has for many years been home to artists’ studios and services for classical music. […]
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.
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…
A snapshot of a moment in time: Adrian confronts the reality that she must leave her adopted home of Berlin, Germany and return to her native home Toronto, Canada. The director first intended the film to be an observational documentary, but almost immediately became actively engaged in the situation she was documenting. As she spoke […]
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 …
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 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 […]
A letter, a broken heart. The sound of the rain. A black cat, a plan.
“The path to paradise begins in hell” — Dante Alighieri Loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Divine Way takes viewers along on the protagonist’s epic descent through an endless labyrinth of staircases. As the woman journeys deeper, the staircases mutate and she is trapped and pulled into their dangerous landscape, conducting us through more […]
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 […]
NON-SWIMMERS An empty cracked pool, old cabins where the doors are only half-hinged, chairs and waterballs are left behind. The more than 100-year-old swimming pool was once a place of recreation where now traces of the past on the bathers at that time refer. You can still hear people splashing and screaming while you see […]
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.
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.
A BEAUTIFUL VIEW Hannes and Michi spend a party-weekend in Hamburg, when Hannes falls in love with Zoe at first sight. Hannes tries to get her attention, but instead of Zoe her friend Maya reacts…
An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief. Inspired by the internet story ‘Ugly the Cat’.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
James needs to get to the pharmacy by midnight. It’s 11:35. Unfortunately, the only person who can drive him there is his weird neighbour, Steve.
What happens in our heads when we are about to meet someone on the street? Anguish, prejudice, expectation, surprise, disappointment … These few very brief moments are the nest of a real brainstorm!
A young man broods over his father’s legacy. In the middle of the night, a female stranger and a little fish appear in his kitchen, and he gets the opportunity to talk about essential incidents of his past. In the course he discovers some peculiar parallelities and finally finds some clearance about her appearance.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
Sara is a Google Street View Camera and photographs the streets from the top of a Car. But when she listens to the music of driver Larry for the first time, something starts to shake in her. Deeply unsettled by this behavior, she searches for help at the common Google Search. Google instead, just wants […]
An audio visualization through manipulation and animation of video recordings in the city of Berlin.
From the team that brought you “The Lost Tribes of New York City” comes a new animated documentary. “149th and Grand Concourse” captures the diverse voices of the South Bronx against a backdrop of rapidly changing streets. An animated portrait of New York city life in flux.
LINE 9. In a city with constant movement like the subway rides, the paths of Andrés and Miguel are crossing. It seems like the beginning of a new Romance but Andrés doesn’t know which direction to take, because every road leads him to something sexual.
In the – near future- decadent metropolis of Athens suicide is illegal, while citizens have no other desire but to die.
Everyday routine on an ordinary working day. Then things turn in a different direction – or was it just a dream?
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.
“Leaving home, ‘I’ got a phone call. As ‘I’ answered it, the house exploded. ‘I’ went to work and continued as normal”…
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.
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 […]