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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?
THE SWING An elderly and honest Bolot works as a heating man at a village school. When the coal in his house finishes, his wife persuades him to steal coal from the school, despite the school’s small supply.
BORN TO BE follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting at the groundbreaking Center for Trans-gender Medicine and Surgery in NYC—where, for the first time, all transgender and non-binary people have access to quality healthcare and surgery. With extraordinary access, this feature-length documentary takes an intimate look at how one doctor’s work impacts the lives […]
Athens 2019. 44% of youth is unemployed, wandering outside of the classroom and the labor market. Five youngsters seek entertainment in the luxurious Airbnb’s that one of them is cleaning for a meager fee. They look out over a city in turmoil, daydreaming about a world of possibilities.
SLANTED GIRL In a high mountain village, a storm breaks out. Aude, 30, discovers a mysterious bird, which will inevitably lead her to the witch.
Caramel is a coming-of-age story about an 18-year-old teenager, Eric, who inadvertently discovers his mom’s immoral past — that she was a 90s adult film star — on the day before his grandfather’s funeral. Shocked and embarrassed, he does not know how to process the news, both internally with his own feelings, and externally as […]
What happens when a baby is born? What if there is no milk? Or just a drop too much? When a baby is born, the fresh parents are drowning in mother’s milk and nothing is the as it used to be. The film describes the difficulties of breastfeeding and parenting in a hilarious and heartwarming […]
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 […]
MARELD is the product where documentary and film is mixed in a dark synergy, where reality and fiction can be difficult to distinguish. A film team went out into the Stockholm archipelago. The plan was to record a thriller where the scenes were improvised in chronological order. The actors got to know their characters and […]
BATHTUB BY THE SEA Day in, and day out Gunnar is doing the same things. He drinks his coffee, fishes with his boat, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays he is having his out door bath. But one day a mermaid comes in with the tides, and he must use his bathtub for her. When the […]
YEAR Film is dedicated to the memory of Marek Serafinski, a filmmaker and producer, privately the director’s husband. It is a graphic and sound diary created from everyday life paper waste: labels, tickets etc. and cigarette packages of one chain smoker, accumulated by one collector within six years.
What does it take to stay awake when the reality is tough and home is far away? Using archival footage of the Sunflower Movement that took place in Taipei, Taiwan in 2014 as a starting point, the filmmaker reflects on her ideas of home, politics, and the importance of being present.
PALERMO is the story of an unconditional love of a young father for his son and his desperate struggle in life. Alex lives in the outskirts of small town in Austria. His son, Paul, he sees only every other week and only when he is on the good side of his unpredictable ex-girlfriend. Alex has […]
AND, CUT! Tom is an actor and the only thing he really wants on the filmset is a still water. The big Problem is, that his colleagues are too incompetent to organise one.
TOPRAK – SOIL Since the death of his parents, the teenage Burak lives with his uncle Cemil and grandmother in a remote Turkish village town. They try to make a living by selling pomegranates but while the religious Cemil is satisfied to live his life in poverty, Burak struggles to leave for the city […]
LAST CALL Life in a ordinary café is disrupted by the intrusion of a weird and authoritative woman who starts manipulating the customers as if they were puppets. In spite of themselves, they become both spectators and actors in a somewhat macabre drama. In this café turned into a stage, the life of a man […]
What happens in a cinema when you film it at a resolution of 10K with a 360° camera and then reverse the spatial and temporal axes? It is not surprising that cinema-in-the-cinema scenes are often used in horror films. For they irritate and unsettle by reminding us – the immobile viewers hidden in the cosy […]
Alone in New York, Somali rideshare driver Abdi begins his nightshift with the news of a tragedy back home. The faces in the backseat change as he wrestles, unable to connect, with whether the unthinkable can be true—until a vision provides the clarity he seeks. Poetic and lyrical, BROOKLYN PARK is a modern-day immigrant tale […]
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.
NO PLACE When Nego discovers that the cacau farm he lives and works on is going to be sold, he must face not only the loss of his home and job, but also the daily contact he has with the land he cherishes so much.
Inspired by true events. Cabarete follows the story of Somalia, a good-hearted teenage kitesurfer from the Dominican Republic who convinces his idol to train him for an upcoming tournament in Cabarete. However, once in Cabarete, the town’s hedonistic nightlife quickly catches Somalia’s attention, and he finds himself having to choose between a life of pleasure […]
A young deaf girl comes to live on a boat owned by a big talker. She makes contact with the people – and the gerbil – which inhabit this world via written notes, gesture, and dance before a small but significant death pushes her to make judgments about these relationships.
AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK 4 priests in 3 countries at different points of their biography – these are the protagonists of the film ” An impossible task”. In the centre: Martin, who wants to be a priest – actually. The film accompanies him for 4 years. An “intimate road movie” with a spiritual dimension.
I DREAM OF A FOREIGN WORLD “I dream with you, chase your monsters away…” Two newly formed welcome classes, with children from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon meet a German primary school class, in Berlin. Together with the theatre group ‘Drehbühne Berlin’ a play is created, about their own dreams and nightmares.
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 […]
IKUINEN LIIKE Rooted with Wings explores the work of internationally acclaimed choreographer Tero Saarinen, granting a unique impression of his creative process. In a turbulent world fetishizing technology and change, Saarinen embraces a philosophy of awareness, presence in the moment and centered physicality.
Emil is auditioning for a main part in a huge international film production. Playing a homosexual, drug-addicted SS-Officer he needs to break up from his lover shortly before the battle of Stalingrad. But of all people Oskar, his Ex-Girlfriend’s new boyfriend, happens to read the counterpart and threatens Emil’s chances of getting the part.
Oskar is having an affair with the artist Hermione. Out of love and devotion he decided to build a perfect replica dummy of her. He works himself into a trance in which the line between reality and fantasy slowly blurs: Is it possible, that the dummy becomes more and more alive and Oskar confuses her […]
Mekon had been making music as long as he could think. But in 2014, he has to flee Nigeria after his parents were murdered. He starts to work in Libya. But instead of making music, Mekon has to fight for his survival. In summer 2018, he decides to flee to Europe. He is saved from […]
‘How I Live’ follows the journey of four children with cancer in Guatemala, El Salvador, Myanmar and Egypt. Moving between diagnosis and treatment, the complex issues facing the children, families and healthcare providers emerge. The film documents the difficulties not only of cancer treatment but also the physical and geographic obstacles to accessing care and […]
Emma is the successful head of a film production company in Vienna. Together with her daughter Luna, she lives in the independent Viennese cultural society. Blanka enters her life, an Eastern European who comes to Vienna to work as an assistant in Emma’s office. Blanka leaves her hometown Bratislava and thus the monotonous life she […]
YOUR COLOR Hailing from disparate backgrounds, Karl and Albert bond over their desire to escape their small town existence and move to Barcelona, in search of a happier life. With their mutual sense of humor and provocative ideas, they decide to document their youthful adventures with the dream of sharing their passions publicly. Upon settling […]
‘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 […]
TERROR Dan, who suffers from PTSD after being wounded in a terrorist attack, finds himself thrown together with his Arab co-workers when multiple terror attacks hit Jerusalem again.
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 […]
We become the reflection of our dominant thoughts. Live your dreams rather than dreaming your life is the choice of these women that take their destiny into their own hands in order to transcend their existence and rise above the monotony of daily life.
Oliver Helfrich and his wife Rea lead a family life dominated by violence and psycho terror – in the middle is their baby son Jonas. Oliver works on a promising project at his job, while Rea is in nostalgia and depression at home. Oliver decides to take their baby to his office. From then on, […]
Nicolás, a Mexican immigrant, is a dishwasher at a fine dining restaurant in New York. When his head chef challenges him to find handmade tortillas for a surprise addition to their menu, Nicolás jumps at the opportunity to prove himself, embarking on a quest that ultimately tests the very limits of his ambition.
COVER UP In the name of faith and good morals, conservative head censor Ibrahim dutifully blackens naked female bodies on magazines with a pen. A tough job he despises with a passion. His joyful colleague Waleed however, couldn’t have asked for a better occupation. When Waleed comes in with the newest batch of magazines, chaos […]
THE VILLAGE AND THE WILDFIRE If everybody works together, great things can be achieved!” – 37 inhabitants of Ferraria de São João follow this principle. The small Portuguese village lies hidden amidst an enormous expanse of eucalyptus forest. Eucalyptus, although lucrative for the booming paper industry, is easily inflammable and is therefore an uncontrollable threat […]
The German theatre landscape became a world heritage in 2014 due to its extensive spread throughout the country. At the same time, in the small town Neustrelitz, Frank Mösel casts his fishing rod but takes no bait: “At the grand duke’s we had a theatre. At the Nazi’s we had a theatre. At the communist’s we also had a […]
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 […]
HOME CARE During Christmas time in Stockholm, Alex, a carer for the elderly, has struck a partnership with the charming Leon, one of his patients. Leon has become a mentor to him and enlists Alex to carry out petty crimes on his behalf, stealing from other elderly clients. Things change when Alex starts to question […]
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.
THE BIG QUESTIONS IN LIFE A little girl waits at a cafe whilst her mother has gone to run errands. She enjoys the best cake in the world and the fact that she is big enough to be out on her own. But time drags on when you’re waiting and as she becomes bored, she […]
IMENS Sofie has dropped out of university and later ended up in an existential vacuum in which everyday life is marked by discouragement, stagnation and despair over how she must reinvent herself. With glimpses we are invited into Sofie’s monotonous everyday life, consisting of long mornings, TV shows under the sheet, bowling when the girlfriends […]
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, […]
无言之城 GAO Xing, a hearing-disabled and vocally impaired person from a small town China, an ordinary house keeper at a Las Vegas casino hotel, always rummage through the guests’ luggages secretly while cleaning the room to search for clues about his sister who was adopted by an American family long ago. Hotel work is only […]
WHAT’S IMPORTANT NOW IS TO FEEL BAD During a compulsory information meeting for unemployed people, the friendly face of a ridiculous, Kafkaesque bureaucracy exposes the truth behind unemployment. (Unemployed people act as a deterrent to the rest of the population: to remain in their poorly paid jobs and to continue consuming).
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 […]
Even at 80 Brian Auger is always on tour playing the stages of the world. He travels either with his own band, THE OBLIVION EXPRESS ( Alex Ligertwood, voc/git, Travis Carlton, bass, Karma Auger, drums) or joins musicians like Italian superstar ZUCCHERO on their world tours. His answer to the question , why he still […]
THE PATRIOT At the age of 21, Vasily Vlasov became the youngest parliamentarian in the Russian Duma. Given his abundant confidence and self-assured manner, he could have been a refreshing new voice. But Vasily is the assistant and protégé of the ultra-nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Strikingly, his deeply conservative party LDPR, which is viewed by […]
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 […]
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 […]
THE VISIT Klaus (60) works voluntary as a Santa Claus in a shopping mall. After an exhausting day, he considers to hang up his job. But then, he gets a call from the children’s intensive care unit.
An immigrant single mother has recently fled to London to build a better future for her daughter. She’s found a job and place to live, but the landlord has a strict “no children allowed” policy. Trapped in an impossible situation, she has to find a way to hide her daughter being in the flat.
DOORS Henning has been working as a bouncer in St. Pauli for more than 15 years. Some people think that all bouncers are stupid and violent, but Henning went to University and writes satirical short stories. His humour and his empathy are a big help to solve conflicts without escalation. Standing at club doors he […]
THE OLDEN HERALDS At almost 90 years old, Tatá and Esperanza witness the election of the first Cuban president in more than half a century without the Castro surname. Secluded on an islet of vegetation, they watch on their television the speeches about firmness and the applause of political fervor. During the elections, a storm […]
This film features five charismatic taxi drivers and their passengers from five different cities: Bangkok, Pristina, Dakar, El Paso and Berlin. For 24 hours, we follow them through their city, their daily routine, their private life, listening to their thoughts. A parallel montage of the different time zones, based on Central European Time, creates a […]
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.
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, […]
Right at the interface of painting and film Berthold Bock tells the story of the reclusive art-historian Colonna. One day he stumbles upon a mysterious woman and a landscape paintings washed up on the beach. The shipwrecked woman eerily resembles his late wife, but her attire and face seem to stem from the 19th century. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Guenther is a greenkeeper with body and soul. Unfortunately his soccer club stays far behind his own ambitions. Since they are about to relegate again, it is on him to save the honor of his team. Before the final match Günther is putting together a plan to beat the opponents and to give his team […]
“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…
A CLOWN’S TALE. MARKO & HARALD are two struggling artists who work a variety of jobs in order to survive. And even though their engagements as clown doctors in a hospice for children are getting under Marko’s skin, the two of them really get going once they transform into their red-nosed alter egos and are […]
Christine is a working actress fading into obscurity. Day by day, she works tirelessly with the futile hope of her career getting a second wind. As countless others in Los Angeles, she blindly follows her dream like a moth to flame, taking a toll on her family and herself. We observe the banality of Christine’s […]
FOR A SMILE… The short-documentary „For a smile…” is a movie about the consequences of war traumas for children. For the documentary, the filmmakers accompanied four so called Clown Doctors of the organization Red Noses International on their trip to Kyiv. They worked there with traumatized children from the eastern parts of Ukraine. The movie […]
Lilli’s misfortune begins during a one-night stand when she causes the man she’s with to die from a heart attack. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the stiff in her bed is a Cop. In a panic Lilli calls her two friends for help. Unsure what to do but fearful of Police involvement they take […]
LE POINT DE PRESSION. Jacob Coultard, an interrogator in the local police force, lives the life of an introverted recluse, never willing to disclose any of his personal details or bond with his fellow workers. Thanks to the ongoing interrogation of a seemingly innocent woman and evening visits from a friendly neighbor, his inner life […]
Blažej is a troubled man working for Gestapo in 1940’s Czechoslovakia. He is tasked to translate and oversee Nazi documents, especially the ones dealing with public announcements and executions. Repeating this task over and over again fills him with guilt. That guilt embodies itself in a grotesque sculpture he creates. Over time, he starts to […]
The Quiet Rebel, a documentary film by Carole Cassier, tells the extraordinary, controversial story of radical feminist Australian performance artist Casey Jenkins: her rise to internet fame – and shame. Casey Jenkins did not expect to become an internet phenomenon in 2013 when she first performed Casting off my Womb. As a meditation on fertility, […]
A former luxury hotel in the middle of nowhere, close to the Serbian Bulgarian border. Here those who are not wanted anymore in Germany find shelter after they have been deported. Bela Palanka takes the stranded and the lost. Amongst them is Emrah, a 28-year-old Rom. After committing several crimes, he was deported to his […]
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 […]
Kara works in the «Goldfish» eatery all day long washing dishes. Her life has become a closed circle of grey days far from the colors of the big city. Every day she walks home alone at night. She saves money for family. But one night an unexpected incident changes her daily routine.
An intense, intimate and beautiful journey into the mind of Alba, a 16-year-old ballet dancer at the acclaimed Corella Dance Academy in Barcelona. Her inner thoughts start to question the life she is leading, her lost adolescence, and her place in the world.
“Black China” is a documentary journey to the Eldorado of today – to China. The times of the “American Dream”, a key concept of the 20th century, are over. New powers come into play. Economic miracle China moves into the fast lane and represents a ‘Chinese Dream’. What kind of dream is it? What does […]
CHINESE DREAM is an episodic documentary, set in an African milieu in Guangzhou, China. For the first time in its history China becomes an immigration goal. At the moment more than 300.000 Africans live permanently in China. The protagonists of CHINESE DREAM are Chinese who interact with Africans on a daily basis: They come from […]
Rous is a determined 25-year-old woman from Mexico who signed up with a U.S. placement agency to work as an au pair for a year. Attracted by the agency’s focus on “cultural exchange,” she imagined growing her English skills, making American friends, and getting to share her culture with her host family. As she lives […]
MY RUSSIAN SPRING. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the parents of filmmaker Xenia Sigalova fled with her to Germany. 20 years later she returns to her homeland to explore what became of her former three best friends. Roman, Vladimir and Alexander grew up in the Soviet Union and had to find their way […]
Elias, Sammy and Luca, three young men on their way to adulthood, belong to the YouTube-generation. They shoot and stream videos, and soon, one of the friends gets into an ominous circle of ambition, exaggeration and the thirst for “likes” – causing fatal consequences.
TELL THE WIND I’LL SOON BE THERE. “Next year we go into the water,” says Per inside the cabin of his life’s dream: a self-made sailing ship. With the “Bonavera” he wants to sail and proselytise. Bring seagrass insulation to where it is needed, to the Shetlands and through the Northwest Passage into the Bering […]
THE MISSING PIECE. Baptiste, a lonely outsider, is in love with Mina, the girl from the sex hotline. One day, Baptiste gathers his courage and succeeds in convincing the young woman to accept a rendez-vous at a café in town…
Ridden by thoughts of death and failing his life, a young man tries out what happens if he assumes that everything was possible … and goes far beyond anything he ever imagined.
HAPLESS HANS. The grumpy factory employee Hans Himmelreich has to travel behind the Iron Curtain into a profoundly communist Czechoslovakia of the sixties to have his deceased grandmother buried. Despite prejudice he unexpectedly finds happiness in this Sudeten German province.
MANONG NG PA-ALING After 65 years as a fisherman, Manong decides what to do with the rest of his life.
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.
DER RESOZIALISIERUNGSBEAUFTRAGTE. A dedicated young employment advisor attempts to help a convicted offender find work in care once he is released from prison.
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.
When the chairman of a Greek corporation vows to foster creativity and collaboration in his employees, he initiates a policy requiring them to ‘play’ for an hour daily. Five employees quickly become addicted, finding a release from the daily pressures of their careers, their families and their chaotic society. It brings out their true selves, […]
Beyond Pain is a documentary with fictional scenes, describing pain in some of its forms. Xenia is one of the Berlin Staatsballett dancers. Jan is a psychoanalyst and photographer. John, twenty years ago, due to his HIV infection, went into a coma and lived a Near Death Experience. The three stories cross each other throughout […]
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.
THE CHAIRS GAME. “Reise nach Jerusalem” (the Chairs Game) is a children’s game in which you need luck: you need to be in the right place at the right time – otherwise you won’t get a chair. Alice, 39 years old, single and unemployed can no longer win at this silly game. The unemployment office […]
THE SAVAGES. An artist wants to part with her agent and the previous artistic partner and invites her along with her boyfriend for a last meal. After the two have learned the news, a tug begins and draws around their person. This long-hidden injured vanity, artistry and intricate love relationships come to light.
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. […]
TEARS OF THE OLIVE. Tears of the Olive takes the viewer on a magical journey into the ancient culture of olive oil production. What is the secret of olive oil and how is it won? What distinguishes the olive tree? And what significance does the olive have for human culture? On the Podere Usignolo, in […]
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 …
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 […]
Raising a child on her own, Faryl doesn’t miss a beat. She balances the status quo of working and parenting, her days revolving around her swelling breasts that she must empty every few hours. When a male co-worker nags her about her breaks, a tired and frustrated Faryl explains to him that she must “pump […]
Until recently Myanmar (also known as Burma) was shut off from the rest of the world by a military dictatorship. Ever since a democratisation process started, the country opened up, not only politically but also economically. Investors and multinational companies view Myanmar today as the “last frontier” of globalization: 53 million new customers may be […]
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 normal day for a nanny and her child carries a sense of unease, the hours unveiling a story of obsession and desperation.
NOTHING BUT SUN. A film that discovers the souls of the last four survivors of a small abandoned village in the middle of nowhere in Spain. A life outside of civilization give them personal freedom but also brings loneliness. A blues festival among the ruins should collect donations for the village’s survival.
In a French non-western setting, Jesse James is preparing a new bank robbery, after many months of inactivity. But his lifelong partner Bob Ford has more stable projects with his fiancée Cynthia. A weak man more than a coward, Bob just can’t tell Jesse. But will he go as far as killing him? What if […]
*** SHORTLISTED FOR ACADEMY AWARD 2019 *** SUSOTÁZS. During a professional conference in Prague, two simultanous interpreters in the Hungarian booth realize that only one person is listening to them.
‘Too-Tash’ is a short documentary from the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan. An old Kirghiz nomad tells a tale about past times, when people and ghosts used to live together. Adun Mergen was a famous hunter, who travelled alone and always shared his prize with those in need. Once, when sleeping in a cave, he was […]
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 GATEKEEPERS. A Man in a building. In the search for room 990 for his job interview as a gatekeeper he finds himself struggling. No matter how hard he tries the building leads his way. A quest that will prove him a worthy candidate as gatekeeper.
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, […]
NO PROBLEM. Copenhagen, late 1990s. When the lead singer of Denmark’s second-best cover band calls in sick, the band’s two insecure backup singers start backstabbing each other over the role as lead singer for the night. Who knew that jambands could be the scene of a life-or-death drama? May the best man in denim shorts […]
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 […]
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 […]
You want to drink your coffee peacefully but instead you end up in a situation where people start to stir up hatred against refugees – what do you do? While waiting for her train in a café a young woman (Olivia) suddenly ends up in a situation where the barista chases away a begging girl […]
What has Bondi done to my brother? is a documentary about two estranged brothers, Joe and Tom. Growing up, older brother Joe had no time for Tom and cared only for money and success; inevitably landing his dream finance job in Sydney. But then Joe moved to Bondi Beach, quit his job, grew his hair […]
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.
22-year-old Kei refuses to conform to the Japanese achievement-oriented society. He is homeless by choice, living on the streets and under the bridges of Kyoto. His love for nature and music keeps him afloat in his dream world. However, when he runs out of money, he is forced to face reality.
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 […]
In the middle of Roger’s dentist appointment, his dentist has a heart attack. Will Roger save his life?
Rick pretends to be sick and decides to skip work so he can stay in bed all day…
Final Review is a short metaphysical drama about the successful creative director of an advertising agency who when he dies finds out the afterlife consists only of one last performance review. When he hears he has scored a disappointing 43% on his life, he has to accept his insignificance before vanishing into nothingness.
The story focuses on Dr Morris and his increasingly awkward attempts to conceal a painful truth from his wife.
Young writer Ingrid St. Clair has just finished writing her debut novel, detailing her struggle with depression – but instead of a sense of relief, she is left with suffocating anxiety. The film follows her desperate quest for peace of mind.
ELSEWHERE. The film portrays eight men who are serving long prison sentences and attempts to show a differentiated image of the inmates. Centered on full frontal views and direct eye contact with the camera, the men talk about their lives in physical and visual isolation. Animations, conceived of by the inmates themselves, form a second […]
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 […]
An Indian immigrant girl accompanies her father to a casting for a Mexican television commercial looking for an ‘exotic’ man.
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.
Donkey has got a plan to get his life back on track. When he wins the jackpot of a radio quiz game it seems as if he has finally arrived on the bright side of life. Even though he has never won before…
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.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH Two actors in four roles play and reflect upon the underlying focus of the film, namely: routine. In the process of modernity, people are involved less as individuals in conflicts, and more as representatives of a system. Using improvisation, this mockumentary develops its narrative through role-switching, interviews and an abstracted world […]
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 […]
Dave Groh, a cab driver who dresses like Elvis, finds himself not only in a battle with the city of Seattle but also the dark side of Elvis.
A Greek island. The unemployed Tassos and his girlfriend Niki have to move out of their house. It will be torn down to build a new road. They decide to emigrate to Niki’s homeland Bulgaria. But both fear what is to come and cannot part from what they leave behind. Tassos starts to fight a […]
Meet Euna, a young woman, working in a factory, seeing friends, trying to come to grips with her life. But why is it that she seems to struggle so much and why do some folks behave so oddly, when she is around?
THE BURDEN The script follows the emotional and spiritual downward spiral of a modern man breaking down under the pressures of everyday life; we can all identify with this man. His personal conflicts and pressures are illustrated through hallucinatory slips from reality (his imagination), where we can see how he processes the events and the […]
A group of door-to-door salesmen get a train to a mysterious suburb, one of which suddenly finds himself in what seems to be an infinite loop, as he continuously returns to the same train station over and over again. 8:30 is a satirical gag about urban dislocation, capitalism, and Google Street View, the weirdness of […]
INTACT Bruno has a monotonous everyday life as a factory worker who suddenly gets out of line when his son appears in the factory to work there. Bruno works in a factory on a machine that repeats its sequence every four seconds. His monotonous everyday life suddenly gets out of line when his son appears […]
1896. In a small French village, Jules Chaumier, professional magician, runs into Marcel Serval, his former disciple who left 10 years ago with his wife Jacqueline. They get into a fight, which should lead them to know who actually is the true “Master of Shadows”…
Commodity City is an observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China. The film explores moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.
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.
‘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.
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.
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…
Choi found his mother with advanced Dementia was missing one day. He asked around to search for her, but to no avail. He then put a post in the social networking site. In just one night, his post had attracted attention from many Internet users. In order to retain his popularity in the online world, […]
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.
A farmer woman from Kenya and a shepherd boy want to run their way out of poverty. Their hope is to be able to join highly paid marathons in Europe with the help of a German athletics manager. A journey into presumed luck unexpectedly leads to the limits of human capacity. How much can hope […]
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.
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.
Everyday routine on an ordinary working day. Then things turn in a different direction – or was it just a dream?
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 […]
“Leaving home, ‘I’ got a phone call. As ‘I’ answered it, the house exploded. ‘I’ went to work and continued as normal”…
You should be strong, you must be hard, cause hard it is, and that’s the only way to rise above, above! A consideration of modern recreational sports.
A terrible job, an awful home – call center agent Jana seems to be resigned to her pitiful life. Then the elevator gets stuck…
Robbe (29), Ana (18) and Konstantin (53) are about to become bodyguards. They are learning psychologic armamentarium as well as dealing with a sniper rifle in their security school. But no one knows what reality holds for them once they passed their final exam. As individually as their journey through life is, they all have […]
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.
Cape Town. Three men from Zimbabwe who came to South Africa in search of work and a better life, now spend their days on the side of a street, hoping for a job. An intimate look at what it is like to be a homeless refugee living on the streets of an afrophobic country and […]
Logline: A grotesque clash of unemployment, bureaucracy and private dramas. An “integrative holistic measure” of the Employment Agency in a classroom full retrainees gets out of hand, while the private dreams of a young woman to be flushed down the toilet. In sober images of this 20minute short film tells a story from Rostock. A […]
In the vertiginous Bolivian highland, Cerro Rico, a mountain of long tradition and of great significance rises. Since over 400 years people there are mining for silver. The movie offers an impressive insight into the hard and dangerous daily routine of Cerro Rico’s miners. Dust, hollow hammering and the headlights generate a unique and bizarr […]
MURL is a short portrait of an artist of life from Linz. For over ten years he has been pursuing the dream of turning his passion into a profession, which has often led him into existential difficulties. To continue to pursue his goal nevertheless, he has been forced to develop strategies that secure him financially.
THE TROLLEYBUS-MAN is an absurd superhero comedy about the mechanic turned superhero who is fighting to preserve thing he loves the most – the trolleybuses. Vilnius Trolleybus Park (no one really knows why the place where trolleybuses are docked is called “park”) is sold to a young investor, who wants to change trolleybuses to more […]