“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 strengt and real zest for life, trying to forget the ghosts of her past… “3” was […]
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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 […]
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 […]