Marvin Hacks (40) is skateboarding home after more than 20 years in prison in the same Adidas tracksuit he was wearing when he was arrested as a teenager. He quickly finds out that, even after two decades, his small home town has not forgotten the atrocity he committed, but Marvin is prepared to accept the repercussions of his past, whatever the cost...
All Russians Love Birch Trees
MASHA (27) is wild and loud, unapologetic and quick-witted, but deep in her heart she is flighty and directionless. The aspiring translator speaks five languages fluently. Her multicultural group of friends retaliate against the every-day racism they encounter in Germany with wit and sardonic humour. However, Masha never speaks about her experience as a refugee.
CLOUD WHISPERS tells the story of 60-year-old Charlotte, who leaves her husband Paul behind at a pull-in station, and says goodbye to her old life. This decision triggers an astonishing chain of events that send Charlotte, Paul, their daughter Alex, and their granddaughter Jo, on a journey, where they will come to meet one another, and experience love and life anew.
Ely (17) finds out that she is pregnant. Besides going to school, she keeps herself and her depressive mother afloat with a casual job in a veterinary practice. Her boss, the unborn child’s father, is urging her to have an abortion. But Ely’s loneliness and growing inner rage bring up more and more doubts in her. Whatever decision she makes, there will be no turning back.
MY HAPPY FAMILY
Tbilisi, Georgia 2016. A patriarchal society, where three generations of an ordinary Georgian family live together under one roof. Everyone is shocked when 52 year old Manana decides to move out and live alone, leaving her parents, grown-up children and husband behind. A journey into the unknown begins.
ANA, MON AMOUR
ANA, MON AMOUR is a story of extreme love. Ana and Toma decide to fight for their relationship in spite of Ana’s mental illness and the tension inherent in the social differences of their family backgrounds, and they create a union that develops into co-dependency. It is a psychogram of a relationship, whose existence is threatened by its own extreme nature.
This dystopian vision of the near future is about police officer Volt who kills the refugee Hesham during an operation. The deed goes unpunished, but Volt’s feeling of guilt drives him into his victim’s world. During the day a police officer, at night on the other side, he witnesses how the riots caused by his deed escalate. The pressure is rising, both from inside and out, and Volt realizes that his deed is unforgivable.
Viyada, a soap opera actress in her mid-thirties, is married to Jerome, a rich foreign national. But Jerome’s growing obsession with a cult-like religious sect named Buddhakaya and its charismatic leader The Holy One puts Viyada, a non-believer, in an increasingly compromising situation. Just when there seems to be no escape for her, she encounters Guy Spencer, a mysterious man who claims that he can rid her of her problems permanently – for a high price. But things do not go as planned, and Viyada is forced to take drastic measures in order to escape once and for all from the influence of The Holy One.
SCHULE, SCHULE – DIE ZEIT NACH BERG FIDEL
SCHULE, SCHULE – DIE ZEIT NACH BERG FIDEL builds on Hella Wender’s debut BERG FIDEL (2012). We follow David, Jacob, Anita and Lucas on their way through the German school system, however, we don’t remain seated at their school desks – we learn what drives them and which doors are open to them.
Aiman, a 28-year-old correctional officer, is transferred to the territory’s top prison. He strikes up a friendship with Rahim, who is revealed to be the chief executioner of the prison, and one of the world’s most prolific. Can Aiman overcome his conscience and a past that haunts him to become the executioner’s apprentice?
Every day they walk down the same cobblestone streets of the old provincial town without knowing each other. But when they finally meet one day, there is no turning back. Rafael is a nineteen-year-old gypsy, striving to become a great boxer, Cristina is in her mid-thirties, actress at the local theatre – two lives that couldn’t be more different and that aren’t meant to overlap. Nevertheless, in the turmoil between theatre and boxing they find a common rhythm and love.
THE BODA BODA THIEVES
East Africa, Uganda, Kampala: amidst the city’s crowded streets, Abel stands at the threshold of adulthood. Against his will, Abel has to take over his father’s boda boda, a motorcycle taxi. The freedom that this change in circumstances suddenly gives him, puts his idea of life to the test, as the boda boda opens up unforeseen possibilities for the young man. This film holds deep insights into an urbanised African society and its shadow zones.
MY BROTHER'S KEEPER
While trying to find out where his missing brother Pietschi has gone, Gregor immerses himself deeper and deeper into the life of his younger sibling. Eventually, Gregor starts to wear Pietschi’s clothes, listens to his music and begins an affair with his ex-girlfriend. Finally, Gregor gets close to losing his own sense of self…
THE DISOBEDIENT is the story of two young adults sharing a past whose paths cross again in the present. In this road movie, Leni and Lazar embark on a search for their childhood and for a way to a future together. In the countryside of Yugoslavia they encounter the boundaries between expectations and reality.
MONEY - A CONFUSED USER'S GUIDE
MONEY brings light into the density of the economical jungle that surrounds us, and which created the real estate crisis, the banking crisis and not least a fundamental crisis of meaning. During this journey of exploration, the aim is not simply to point an accusatory finger at the ones in power, but to try to get to the root of the problem.