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For Charlotte (Senta Berger) it is like any other Sunday, until the doorbell rings and a stranger (Thomas Thieme) surprises her with an exceptional demand.
Two people sleeping, the hand of one lying on the waist of the other. Eyes looking outwards and inwards, both questioning and revealing thoughts. The film asks questions of time, wanting to know how much can be in a single moment, how many nuances in a relationship, how many morning thoughts.
UNE JOURNÉE À LA MER After years of absence, Agatha returns to the sea resort of her childhood, in Normandy, with her six years old son, Honoré. On edge, loaded with memories, she paces along the boardwalks of Deauville, while her son stays alone in the car. To his few questions, she gives no answers. […]
After her recent move to Vienna as a negotiator with the IAEA, Rachel is overcome by the inherited trauma of her family’s Holocaust past when her life unintentionally intersects with a displaced Syrian refugee family. With guidance from a former refugee, she searches for understanding which could alter her life and destiny.
Young ballet dancers – not necessarily the typical poster children of ballet school – comment their training with quotes from known personalities ranging from Kim Kardashian or Therese of Avila to Mikhail Baryschnikov. Taking the body politics and the fate of children in ballet as a starting point, the film raises issues going beyond the […]
EIVISSA is about life’s unexpected twists and turns and the magic which happens when you simply let go, especially on Ibiza. In parallel the film paints a vivid portrait of the island and its many colorful characters.
Who dares to go unfamiliar ways and to visit unfamiliar places can find treasures that point to the future. „Like shells on the beach“ John Cage has found his sounds. For his work „Sonatas and Interludes“ he fixed bolts, screws and rubber between the strings of his grand piano. This is how he created the […]
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.
FRELSUN. Katrin wakes up in the hospital after a serious car accident to find that she has received a life-saving blood transfusion. However, the religious cult she belongs to forbids such things. As Katrin struggles to reconcile this conflict with her church and family, she begins to become obsessed with the stranger whose blood is […]
On an ordinary, hot summer day, Bai and Zhao decide to escape their high school’s mandatory event “Sports Day” to spend some private time. But at the moment Bai walks into an 80s-style rented room that Zhao found, she knows that this room’s got something bizarre and unexplainable going on. As Zhao gets too excited […]
A young woman remembers the tragic story of the woman that was her nanny.
ULTIMO ACTO. Penelope departs the dance world by interpreting “Vicky” the main character of “The Red Shoes”. The departure process takes on a feel of nostalgia and doubt over the choice to embark on this new phase in her life or to remain at the dance company as prima ballerina.
In order to heal her grieving mother, Ana, a devout 9-year-old girl, pushes her faith to its limit in hopes of divine intervention.
Linda was born in L’Aquila but has been living in Madrid for many years. After the earthquake on April 6th, 2009 in L’Aquila, Linda decides to stay in her hometown with her family to try and help the city’s rebirth. Not only did the earthquake affect the buildings, it also changed the relationships between people […]
‘Circus’ is a film set in present day urban India – a concrete jungle of glaring class divisions and contrasting lifestyles under the same roof. An Indian woman working in the corporate world struggles to be included in an office filled with men. Another Indian man employed as a domestic helper in a wealthy home […]
ELI – A PORTRAIT “In the end your soul wants to follow your body. Your body wants to follow your soul.” Balian Buschbaum My short documentary-portrait is a thought-provoking impulse. Known TV documentaries dealing with the topic transgender, always have this voyeuristic character, though they actually try to be illuminating in a way. ELI shows […]
A girl goes online at night and speaks to strangers on her webcam.
LES TROMPES DE MA MERE. In a small Florida town, a young French woman goes with her mother to a routine medical check-up to act as her interpreter. However, she is taken by surprise when she learns that it is actually a gynecological examination she is attending. But, the biggest revelations are yet to come…
Charlotte has got a new job as a second-grade teacher. One night she is attacked by a nazi and is severely injured. When she comes back to her students she discovers that one of her students is the son of that nazi.
EN MORCEAUX. Wounded by the death of her mother, Yasmine, an introverted teenager, takes refuge in silence and depression. Her aunt, who suddenly takes on the role of the new mother for her and her little sister Sonia, can’t channel her hanger.
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.
BRUISES. Ella and Dahlia dream of a career as rappers. But while Ella wants to push the work on the first album, Dahlia thinks more about party and fun.
Farzana, a young Afghan woman, runs away from her oppressive village toward the city. Meanwhile in the city, Mahal, a college student, is accused of a ‘moral crime’. Soon they must choose between a life in prison or a life on the run.
A woman finds herself sitting on the cold floor in the basement, sensing that someone, who looks like her evil twin, is coming for her. But then she wakes up… or does she still sleep?
During a professional meeting, two young women lose their chance to realize a dream project against an arrogant boss. Their frustration bursts into a mocking song with provocative gestures against the boss who has become helpless.
Things Break In is an intimate portrait of independence and love. Ida and Rosa work on a farm to support their families during wartime. Things Break In drops us into a unique circumstance that invites us to see what might happen when two women in 1940 are required to work together in privacy.
Late blooming Sam Rains finally gets her first period at the annual all-night skate. At first a triumph, her new condition brings strange side effects. An erie electrical problem has the kids teasing about “the Boogeywoman,” a local legend, a sorceress who feeds on men’s souls and eats little girls. When a friend leaks about […]
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 […]
QUINCE. Private video of Maria goes viral during a volleyball class in a school in Lima, in the country that cyberbullying is becoming more common and bullies abuse fellow students without fear of retribution as students are hesitant to admit they have been bullied because teachers may blame the victim. Most bullying occurs between the […]
TAKE A BREATH. After taking care of her mentally ill mother for a year, a tragic event forces Sara to reconnect with her brother Jan who has left the family and society behind to focus on an eccentric theater project.
While driving to the reading of her father’s will, Catherine is faced with an anomaly on the side of the road.
THE CHAIRS GAME. “Reise nach Jerusalem” (the Chairs Game) is a children’s game in which you need luck: you need to be in the right place at the right time – otherwise you won’t get a chair. Alice, 39 years old, single and unemployed can no longer win at this silly game. The unemployment office […]
ZERSCHLAG MEIN HERZ. Somewhere in the outskirts of Vienna, gypsy mafia man Rocky rules his “family” with an iron fist. Among the members is teenage street beggar Pepe, who is forced to surrender his daily proceeds. One day, young Marcela arrives from East Slovakia, home of the family boss, to work off her father’s debt. […]
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.
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 […]
ACTRESS. She was a successful actress in die 80s. After a long break, she once again tries to get back into acting and receives an attractive offer – a movie role that is perfect for her. But she is getting rejected soon after. She is falling into a major depression but makes her surroundings believe […]
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.
When Ella visits a museum together with her daughter and the child of a colleague, she suddenly becomes aware of a hidden side of herself.
STRETCH OF LAND. A story about silence, remembrance and the power of narratives. The half-hour-long short film Stretch of Land, based upon hundreds of drawings, tells of a German family’s fate between the end of World War II and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The film begins with these sentences: “After the war my […]
Theatre director Martin wants to put “The Investigation” by Peter Weiss on stage, a piece about the Holocaust. In order to live up to the big topic he goes on a trip to Auschwitz with some members of the ensemble. Besides he wants to take the opportunity to get closer to his favourite actress. Sabine, […]
Raising a child on her own, Faryl doesn’t miss a beat. She balances the status quo of working and parenting, her days revolving around her swelling breasts that she must empty every few hours. When a male co-worker nags her about her breaks, a tired and frustrated Faryl explains to him that she must “pump […]
Hanging out after school one day, a teenage girl decides to let her best friend in on a secret.
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.
A normal day for a nanny and her child carries a sense of unease, the hours unveiling a story of obsession and desperation.
I am half-Tunisian and grew up in Austria. I would like to get to know Tunisia more closely in order to find out more about my identity, which always leaves me in a state of conflict between my Austrian and Tunisian families. In the course of the journey, I want to discover various perspectives and […]
A couple goes for a hike, though their intentions differ.
Alice is happily married, the only thing out of sorts is that she has one foot bigger than the other. After placing an ad, she finds an opposite foot partner, Hayley, and they start a rather uneasy shoe shopping friendship. One day Alice comes home to find that her husband is in fact leaving her […]
The artist Loudo should have submitted a commissioned work some time ago, but he is in a blockade. When he finally – inspired by his muse – creates a masterpiece, his manager and his muse get into a violent argument over the sale of the work. Only too late Loudo realizes what role he was […]
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 […]
A cult member’s sense of reality falls apart as her need for human connection overpowers her role as mother to the next saint.
A young man from Hong Kong comes to America to look for his long-lost sister, without learning her fatal accident. In Utah, instead of finding her, he finds a special landscape where echoes her soul.
A story of love and reincarnation told through the voyage of an elderly woman travelling through her previous lives. Dreamlike atmospheres, on the border between life and death, intermingle with the colours of the far East, of African lands and the rhythms of bohemian dances, visions that reveal sexuality, secrets and torments of a timeless […]
Three years after the breakup. It is time for Hannah to get even with her ex-boyfriend by telling him all the things that never have been said. ￼ During her birthday Hannah is recording video messages for her ex-boyfriend to whom she has no contact since the breakup years ago. She finally wants to tell […]
THIN ICE. The short film “Thin Ice” shows the story of a person in the tension between longing for a ordinary live and the inability to integrate socially. A woman in her late 50s starts watching a family from a hiding place in the front yard at night. In the further course of the plot […]
Veronika is a young, professional, beautiful assassin. This is her first time on the job. She hopes that everything will go smoothly. Unfortunately, the plan backfires. So many different things are entering her mind, that she can’t think straight anymore. Who knows what the future will bring.
During a party in an opulent sea-side villa in Acapulco, Bea, an upper-class teenage girl, discovers that her boyfriend has been cheating on her. As the night carries on with excess and luxury, rumors say that a local working class protest is approaching the port city. Within the moral decay of her friends and the […]
Twelve-year-old Adeline Tang struggles to navigate America’s adult playground and keep her mother’s gambling under control, all for the promise of that perfect family Christmas holiday once her father arrives. But as the days unfold, Adeline realizes that growing up might not hold all the excitement she’d been hoping for.
Two days before her retirement Anja makes a decision: She will not leave her work in a rental cars parking hall deep under the ground, a place where she has worked for 45 years like a queen bee, nursing cars and the mechanics around her. But when the boss upstairs sends a young trainee down […]
Jululu – a musical journey into a corner of Africa in southern Italy covering the vast plantations of tomatoes in the province of Foggia. Badara Seck, a Senegalese griot, passes through the area like a shaman guide in search of Jululu, the soul of Africa, towards one of the ghettos where the immigrant labourers throng […]
When Nancy suffers from a sudden cardiac arrest in a morning, her only chance of survival lies in the hands of her oblivious five years old son Asser.
In a small nook of heat-drenched coastal Australia, a traveling Knife Salesman, Tom, visits Mary, a frustrated house wife. As blades grind on stone, tensions build as Mary’s two boisterous children observe the couple playing out their all too familiar roles.
The story takes place in the not too distant future, when heart extraction is an everyday surgical operation. A cynical post-op rehab doctor enjoys his life while ridiculing those who choose to undergo such a surgery. His idyllic lifestyle comes to a close when he discovers that his ex-wife had her heart extracted in order […]
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.
Irina, a hard-working single mom, lives with her only son Ivan, 19 years old, in a modest apartment, and tries to keep educating him despite he’s a young adult. One day, she sees a video showing a gang rape, and finds out her son is involved in it.
THE NEW CHILDREN OF GOLZOW. Golzow is an eastern German village, running out of inhabitants. The mayor has an idea: Refugee families should bring new people to Golzow. That is why Fadi, Halima and their children now found shelter in the village. A film about an ambivalent integration experiment on the German countryside.
The main character is a woman around her 40s. She lives in Vienna, is married and has two kids. One evening she leaves her apartment to go to do her usual shopping. When she arrives at supermarket something inside of her stops her from coming in. Instead she turns away and begins a journey through […]
FAMILY LIFE. Biggi and Alfred used to be a couple, but life’s tough if you don’t have gainful employment and so they are still living together on a run-down farm in Saxony-Anhalt. Biggi’s daughters Denise (17) and Saskia (14) are trying to make their way in life but are hindered, both by the emotional roller-coaster […]
Separated by the fear of prosecution in the Nazi Germany of 1933, a young Jewish couple in Berlin make loose plans to reunite on the safe tropical shores of Brazil. Inspired by the actual correspondence recovered by the couple’s grandsons 80 years later in São Paulo, A Thousand Kisses presents a peculiar love story tainted […]
After immigrating to the US from Tijuana when she was only 15 years old, Alma is now facing an identity crisis. Lost in limbo, she decides to visit her family, with the hope of finding herself again.
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.
THE LIFE INSIDE. Nature is truly beautiful. It gifts us with life. It lets us breathe, love and laugh. And yet it can also be cruel. It takes our lives and tears to pieces. What remains is darkness, pain and death. Ben and Hannah are expecting a child. During a preliminary examination, Hannah is diagnosed […]
A Step Without Feet is a documentary about connecting and sharing each others’ cultures through universal themes like music, art, family, and friends. Within the backdrop of Berlins beautiful, winter landscape, we captured the daily lives of seven extraordinary Syrians exiled from their home country. Due to misguided stereotypes perpetuated by the media; being labelled […]
STRANDED. Samira who fled from Syria, is known as impatient. She wants to leave her refugee hostel and probably even Munich to rebuild her life and find her place. She simply wants to be in charge of her own life. Why else did she move from the ruins of her native country? However, police officer […]
Inga unexpectedly arrives home early to her posh apartment late at night. “Backyard-Love” is a cheezy-humorous short film about three people who are unclear about their feelings for each other as lovers. Attempting to regain control of an increasingly absurd situation the characters reveal more of themselves than they would care to.
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 […]
Calais, refugee camp. Nadim, an afghan boy, is living in the camp with his family and helping his father at the shop held in the center of the jungle. But Nadim has a secret : he is a bacha posh (girl raised as a boy in Afghan culture). Nadim dreams to flee and fight for […]
WITHOUT THIS WORLD. Argentina, 2016: in a remote desert 700 Mennonites of German origin lead 18th- century lives without electricity, music, or any of the amenities modern life affords. But is it really conceivable to reject modernity altogether? Without This World captures the portrait of a tranquil, contemplative society caught between tradition and change.
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.
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 […]
In Edge of Alchemy the silent-era actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from their early films of the 1920’s and cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and an undercurrent of hive collapse. Comprised of over 6000 handmade collages, Edge of Alchemy is the third in a […]
The film shares the stories of Bernice from Kongo, Emmanuel from Ghana, Ivan from Ukraine, Nana from Georgia and Pantea from Iran on their journeys to landscapes and cities in Westphalia, Germany. They talk about their descent, being on the move and coming home. ORTEN watches and listens very closely, offering surprising insights.
VLEES VAN MY VLEES Flesh of my Flesh tells the story of how a married couple’s relationship and household are changed after a car accident claims their little daughter’s life and leaves the wife quadriplegic. Twelve years after the accident Magnus helps Annelie to prepare for their wedding anniversary. Both have seemingly dealt with the […]
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…
Eliza and her brother Damian live in Toronto with their mother. After she suffers an accident, they must travel to Montreal to join their father. The story is centered on Eliza, a young teenager. Having to take care of her brother and their wellbeing, this trip represents her first outing into the world as an […]
MY BAKERY BLOSSOM An extremely shy young man is in love with the girl at his local bakery, but he doesn’t have the courage to tell her how he feels. On the morning of her last day at work, he realizes it’s now or never. A tragicomedy based on the German tweets of @Naum_Burger.
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…
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.
Santa Inocencia is a journey into the inner self. In the frame of a small Italian village, eight characters atone themselves through the structure of the station drama. The film investigates in the spirit of the absurd the neurosis and fears of the everyday life, it’s constant projections into the past or the future and […]
The 31 year old NEELE can’t make up her mind when it comes to the most simple decisions. Up until now she has had her controlling boyfriend PASCAL to take care of that. But for a while now she has been feeling that it is evident to walk in her own shoes. All her efforts […]
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 […]
Veras Mantel is about a successful writer who is prevented from leaving her house by agoraphobia. Sinister threats from a fan eventually lead to her uncovering the secret of her illness.
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.
TOUCH THE SKY A Catalan who lives in Germany since 20 years and her daughter belong to the first catalan human-tower-group in Hamburg. She rediscovers her cultural identity and pass her roots on to her daughter. The events of Catalonia independence movement has been having a great effect on the human-tower-group in Hamburg.
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 […]
SHOP OF LITTLE PLEASURES When faced with the breakdown of her marriage, 50 year old housewife Emma begins work as a store manager in a sexshop. She soon realises the shop is in desperate need of improvement, not only for economic reasons, but also for her own wellbeing. So she transforms it into an erotic […]
SOMEONE Germany, at the end of WWII. The Red Army fight for every inch of ground in the streets of the city. Greta and her family are hiding in a cellar hoping for mercy. Greta’s father, however, intuits for a very good reason that the Soviets will take brutal revenge. The short film “Irgendwer” (“Someone”) […]
A woman hunts down the psychopath who tortured her.
Netta, a young Israeli woman wishes to immigrate to Berlin. Her father, the son of Holocaust survivors, is horrified by her decision to live in the land that killed her ancestors. He refuses to speak to her again if she leaves. Based on Daniella Koffler’s personal story, “Compartments” is the first German-Israeli animation co-production that […]
LOOK While Emma finds the sight by the creation of a new scientific invention, her confrontation with the world of the clairvoyants does not take place as seen meadow.
The Girls Were Doing Nothing is a study into the conflicting nature of love and the human soul – our basic needs for stability, comfort and routine which clash with equally strong desires for novelty, variety and freedom. It subtly discusses gender roles, female oppression, the collapse of masculinity in modern society, the role of […]
Fanny is in her mid-twenties and has just moved back to her hometown to start at the local University. During student orientation week she struggles to bond with the other students, and decides to seek out an old friendship.
The young girl Mila wakes up in an unknown world full of mysteries. On her journey through ever changing surreal landscapes she meets her lover Theo. Mila has to learn that love also means to let go.
THE DINNER Logline: A young Dutch girl, decides to prepare a dinner for her future Moroccan family-in-law by searching information about their habits on the internet. Synopsis: A dynamic Dutch girl discovers her boyfriend (Malik, 26) has completely forgotten to tell her, his parents will come to dine at their small apartment that evening. His […]
A turntable springs out a woman named Avocado, out of Avocado’s instinct creates a man called Soul. A sudden passion joins and swings them in a trumpet mood. An uncertainty madness strikes Soul heavily. Seed of passion continue to breed conflict amongst five men without control, which eventually leads Soul to the fact of life.
Meet Euna, a young woman, working in a factory, seeing friends, trying to come to grips with her life. But why is it that she seems to struggle so much and why do some folks behave so oddly, when she is around?
FRAGMENTS A young woman awakens next to a man, who, while not unfamiliar, seems oddly strange to her. She roams drowsily through his apartment, being awash with shreds of memories. Fragments of what happened last night, which don’t add up to a coherent whole. In her head her own voice utters words to the man, […]
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.
ONCE UPON A TRUTH We all grew up with the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers. And we all know that fairy tales are not true. Or are they? When the two children of an ambitious journalist push their teacher into an oven because their mother called her a “witch, a storm of media indignation […]
WOLF Charlie and her dad keep sheep. Wolf kill sheep. Charlie needs to act.
A past childhood period that was long tucked away in denial comes back alive within the intimate and uterine space of a bathtub.
After a solar flare powers down her remote community, Alma discovers her husband Terry comatose. Suspecting he is having an out-of-body affair with an ex-lover, Alma attempts to bring him back to reality with help from Terry’s estranged, drug-addled son and the leader of a new-age religion that specializes in astral travel.
Awa, 18 years old, goes to class in the military high school of Natitingou. One day, she learns that her father has just been murdered. Has she just joined her family in Cotonou than a popular prosecution is put together in order to avenge the memory of the deceased. Facing the helplessness of the police, […]
Natalie Dupont suffers from crippling insomnia. She decides to seek professional help and sees psychoanalyst Dr. Mannick. She hopes for improvement of her symptoms with the help of psychoanalyses. When asked about the origin of her insomnia, Natalie claims to have committed a crime. Dr. Mannick is fazed by this confession, yet able to continue […]
Margaux and Bruno are on the road in Portugal and about to meet the young woman’s family. Along the way, Bruno behave strangely. Margaux will have to oppose the man she loves and faces a reality she didn’t want to see.
The non-narrative animated film is a poetic debate with the issue of “HOME” and the experience of the outland as a new home. A collage of fragments of Hilde Domin´s poems and a concentration and overlay of sketchy drawings and sound elements – always incomplete, always close to disappearance. It describes the search for an […]
Fueled by coke, a desperate couple attempts to capitalize on an unlikely opportunity.
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 […]
Marie is in her mid-thirties and has been with Sascha for a very long time, sometimes she does not even know for how long exactly. The next phase in their relationship is initiated as they only get naked on her fertile days. But does she really want it? The big picture? Or rather be wild […]
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, […]
Egomorphosis is a short film set in the nothingness of thought, sense and self-identification. The characters of the film represent refracted unity of one person and its inner struggle.
A pair of thirtysomethings picks up a young, attractive black man for a threesome. As they review the experience, they probe each other, masking their own insecurities with hipster irony and provocation, including homophobic and racist jokes. Soon the situation turns very embarrassing for them.
Kurt (35) is a stage actor in Munich theatres. He has a critical view at our society. Relationships become too close very fast. Often his attitude is upsetting his fellow men. „To change the world – start with yourself!“ Kurt hires a camerawoman. Do videos of his everyday life enable him to solve his problems?
Elina Maligina’s film soulcash gives an insight into emotionally charged and climactic, but brief moment in the life of a woman who is going through menopause. The story is about the purification through psychological change that happens at this point rather than the physiological one.
A chamber piece in which a young couple are about to meet two strangers for group sex. An intense observation of something extraordinary in an ordinary couple’s life. Philip and Jelena are getting ready for a night in: having a quick shower, arranging some snacks on the table and making the odd snide remark. Both […]
There are only a few days left till Cata’s 15th birthday party. It’s now her time to celebrate this great, traditional event. She divides her time between dancing, hanging out wither friends after school and one upsettingly tight dress. Only a few days before her party, out of the blue, arrives a different and liberal […]
Surrounded by the solitude of life in the countryside, teenage girl Jana wants to be photographed as a femme fatale, hoping to seduce a man many years her senior. Her friend, Andy, agrees to help her out with his analog camera. While Jana struggles with being fatale, Andy finds himself longing to be closer to […]
Two sisters come to their grandfather’s house to bring him parcel. But he is not at home and door is unlocked. He has already been gone like this before and at that time he could not remember the way home. Two girls have to decide what to do, considering that their family members used to […]
In rural villages in Ghana, Clara faces the challenges of teaching, as her students discover the happiness of having wheels. This playful animated documentary shows how bicycling brings joy to a new teacher and independence to her students.
Another Sunday and once again Renate is waiting for some guests for her restaurant. Eventually the two regular guests Charlie and Hoppi drop in and confront her with serious accusations. They wanna have a word with her son Lukas.
Sternenkind is a short film about a couple (Julia and Hannes) that is awaiting their first child. In the last third of the pregnancy a lethal illness is diagnosed to the child which means that it will die before birth. The couple leaves the city for the countryside. Julia wants to get away from the […]
‘JESSICA’ is about two women who share a name and appearances and meet when one hires the other to clean her home through an app.
Sarah, a 33-year old, tormented by fate woman, has a surprising encounter with her father at the cemetery, whom she didn´t see for the last 20 years. She decides to take fate in the hand to face her past and close old wounds.
In Germany you need the so-called ‘Missio Canonica’ to teach Catholic Religion in any public school. This legal teaching authorization is only granted by the Catholic Church itself to those who pledge to lead a life according to the moral ethics of the church. The document can easily be taken away again for certain violations […]
As a young woman attempts to shoot a film about „Orpheus in the Underworld“, she falls into a well and dies. But instead of finding peace in the beyond, her fantasy remains stuck on earth. The reason for this is a lively carpenter from Berlin whom she had met a few minutes before her death…
While everyone else is apparently having the time of their lives, Emily has the worst night ever. Her car breaks down on the way to a job interview, her bank account is blocked and the strange guy on the next gas station won’t help her either. Stranded and desperate, she stumbles into her doppelganger. A […]
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*. […]
A woman suffering from depression visits her therapist for the usual session. The psychologist guides her through a meditation meant to make her feel better. But a melon and a woodcutter who happen to be near by, lead the patient into her thrilling inconscious world, changing her for ever.
Two students from different countries meet on the last night of their school trips to Italy. Sharing dislike for their respective farewell parties, initial distance and reservations between them quickly turn into bonding and rapport.
A beautiful summer day, perfect for a family garden party. Not for Thomas, whose mother convinced him to celebrate his 25th birthday in a closed circle with his family. Thomas is in a difficult life phase; his long-term girlfriend left him and his degree appears useless. The last thing he was missing was his father […]
Another night, another naked body in her bed. She feels no love, just passion. A sharp lancet in her hands and a hidden box with her secrets. Only she knows how it all will end and who will be her next victim.
Little Ami finds out her mother must leave on a business trip. Mom tells her a white lie to appease her mind while she is away. Find out what happens when the innocent lie turns true in a way neither of them expected.
Pee. Wait. Panic. Steph is in a happy, long-term relationship, but now she might be pregnant she has no idea what she wants.
A single woman lives with a life like newborn doll. Her feelings of motherhood appear to be as real as the baby is lifeless while the anonymous public sets the stage for this act of deception. Oxytocin – the “cuddle hormone”.
Mimi (18) reconstructs her immigration story. Her memories from the past mix with the present and future through a stream of consciousness. Her identity dissolves and lost between Ethiopia and Israel.
A sled brings together two boys from different countries and cultures and carries them through the winter woods of the Italian mountains, far away from their parents’ prejudices and isolation. Two children, one sled and a lasting friendship.
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 […]
It’s quite plain to 7 year old Nori: She is a girl, because she has a girl’s heart. But her body is that of a boy … Five years ago: Each and every day mother and son argue about what appears trivial: the colours of pants and shirts suddenly matter, soon all he agrees to […]
Life as an artist is tough in Sudans buzzing capital Khartoum, esp. for women. Inside the safe boundaries of an intercultural exchange program, the participants develop concepts to overcome the archaic norms of society. A film about the power of creative expression that aims to serve as a peaceful catalyst for emancipation & social change.
Athens, Greece. A heatwave. Stephanos is working out listening to rap, while his mother is planning a day out. After another fight between them, he is left alone to take care of his two younger siblings and Lucy, their family dog. Lucy is sick. Summery laziness among pizza boxes, adolescent flirt and a phone that […]
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 […]
Vida wakes in a barn. Disorientated she looks around and slowly comprehends her situation. She is gagged and her hands and feet are tied. Panic sets in, she tries to free herself. But the cords do not give way. When she slips in her attempts and makes a loud noise an armed man enters the […]
A sensuous portrait of a young musician who begins to tackle the fragility of her own identity when her hearing starts to fade into a seemingly muted existence.
A business woman risks due to work pressure physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. A saleslady is bubbling over with magical vitality. A beautiful fairy is chased through the woods … Three sides of the same woman in inner conflict. This modern parable is looking for priorities in life and is a plea to vitality.
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 […]
WOLF’S SKIN. Soo Min, a young South Korean woman, is struggling to find a balance between her family and her career as a cellist. After a long absence, it is hard for her to resume her place in the family and she feels she has to compete with her six-year-old daughter for her husband’s love.
A drama-comedy about love, loneliness and jumping into conclusions. VALENTIN tells the story of photographer Claudia who has lost faith in love. Claudia focuses on building up her photo studio together with her clumsy assistant Kaspar. Around Valentine’s Day there is no escape from the seasonal misery for singles: endless love songs play on the […]
Everyday routine on an ordinary working day. Then things turn in a different direction – or was it just a dream?
ANNA and HANS belong together; all their friends simply call them the HANNAS: a long-term couple in their sleepy thirties. One day, they meet ADHD sisters KIM and NICOLA and each begin love affairs with the sisters, but ultimately wind up emotionally put through the wringer: A story about thirty-ish bodies, food and love.
For sixteen years Iris Kadosh has been the keeper of the museum’s exhibits, with much dedication and no complaints. One day she arrives to work to find out that the museum’s operational manager has left and she will be taking her place. The good news is tainted by Iris’ involvement in an accident, one that […]
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.
Moldova. One winter day, Raisa travels into the city hoping to get something that could change her life.
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 […]
BLANK is a story about running away. The two women Mila and Charly use this way of escapism to avoid facing their respective crises. Hoping to find new ways of coping with their inner dead ends, they decide to take a trip to the sea but not take into account that they are taking themselves […]
The women’s shelter in Stuttgart: 50 rooms, 50 residents, 50 destinies – and in the background the rattle of the trains. Sylvia wants to get out of the shelter and back to her own apartment. Carola loves the place like her home, especially her view from the window. Gabi has come to terms with the […]
THE DESTRUCTION OF ORDER. One morning a young women suffers a fit. An event that questions habits and privileges, but it also marks the beginning of a quest to find a new way to look at the world.
INSIDE LAND Marta always lived in the same house in complete isolation. Maya, a young traveler, settles nearby. Once the boundaries between them are dissolved, an unexpected ritual triggers Marta’s confrontation with her deepest fear.