Maureen, mid-20s, has a job she hates: seeing to the wardrobe of a media celebrity. She couldn’t find anything better to pay for her stay in Paris. And wait. Wait for a sign from the spirit of her twin brother, who died a few months earlier. Until then, her life will stay on hold.
Philosophy teachers Nathalie and Heinz have been married for many years and have two grownup children. Nathalie devotes her time to the books she publishes as a sideline, to former students who have become friends and, above all, to her mother, a very possessive woman.
One day, Heinz tells Nathalie that he has fallen in love with another woman and is moving in with her. It’s the start of a whole new life. Nathalie is alone and summer is just beginning.
Meanwhile Kore has a completely different problem. The shadows of her past are haunting her – shadows she cannot get rid of. There is simply no way out: she needs to face her most grueling fear.
A group of solitary elderly individuals from Armenia, who have been neglected by the society, unify in an amateur dance troupe and prove during each performance that they still can dream, fall in love, amaze and wonder.
Maja is in debt, has just lost her new job and the custody of her son. Only her self-confidence and street smartness keep her from loosing faith and going crazy. Taking part in a micro-loan program is supposed to bring her back on track. It‘s a curvy road to riches but driving without a license can be the best remedy against insomnia.
Bride and groom on an endless journey to love…
Mia and Tim have been together forever, or at least it feels that way. Seeking excitement, they invent a game – they each have to help one another fulfill their deepest desires, no matter what it may be.
29 year old Enea is looking for love – phsyical love that is. But as the autist he is, living in Italy, this is anything but easy. So him and his two best friends Carlo and Alex set out on a journey through Europe and eventually find a lot more than they were looking for…
While her middle class, socialist family is falling apart around her, Berina, a young artist, tries to cope with her awakening sexuality and her mother’s imminent death. For her and her family’s sake, Berina wants to save her mother’s life the only way she can – through art, magic, religion.
The city of Ordos, in the middle of China, was build for two milion people yet remains completely empty. Ordos is not so much a place but a symbol of babylonic hype. But nothing will change – as long as people believe.
Bruno roams the streets of Berlin with his head full of questions, gazing behind the many facades and surfaces. He is seeking the soul of the city, that certain something that others might never notice. He unexpectedly meets an ally who immediately understands his way of thinking. Bruno falls in love. Everything would be fine if only his newly found soulmate did not have to move on so soon. Bruno does not have much time to express his feelings.
Nobody really respects Kamel Najer, the young Bedouin who works as a security guard at the central bus station. Neither his family, nor his colleagues. When the Israeli government threatens to tear down his settlement, he decides to act. Kamel comes up with the plan to stage a bomb attack, which he will then prevent from happening, making him the hero of the day, hopefully saving his settlement and earning him the respect he‘s so desperately yearning for.
Vele is 17 years old and all she wants is to learn how to read and write – to keep up with her seven year old daughter. After endless years of the Liberian civil war her ability to sign in her own name means the next big step towards independence – away from the painful past, into a brighter future.
Bogdan has recently lost his wife. Full of grief he retreats to his mother‘s farm. When one of his cows begins to act strangely, Bogdan believes, his missed love has come back. What follows is a colourful dance full of emotions that ends with just another „Good Bye“ – but also with a „Very Welcome“.
Three young people from three different continents are fighting for one thing – winning the world‘s most acclaimed violin competition. What they have in common, is their exceptional talent, their ambition, their disciplin and the insight, that there are more fulfilling things than ending up on top.
All Fis wants is to get out of the Kosovo. He has found a fake German bride so his application for a German Greencard should be a formality – or so he thinks. But one essential document is missing, the wedding tape. Fis has three days to shoot 30 minute sof the happiest day of his life. Against all odds he succeeds but it doesn‘t lead him to where he thought he would go….
A little boy learns how to play the piano.
Girl, mother, lover – all in the body of a teenager. Maja has to face the responsibility of early motherhood. Being a child herself she can‘t stand the pressure. Running away from her beloved baby turns out to be her first mature decision.
Each night the only bordercrossing between India and Pakistan on a 3000km stretch becomes the sight of an extraordinary event. Thousands of people gather to witness the ritual closing of the border, after which the masses get as close as possible to the gate to greet their former neighbours. This “festival“ is therefore on the one hand a celebration of the partition, but on the other hand also the only connecting element. What do the terms separation, home and proximity mean to the people on both sides?
Two watershrews getting it on…realtime vs. slo-mo reveals some mighty surprise. An award winning audience hit at many, many festivals.
Lena loses her job as a conductor after many years of working for the Berlin underground. Her job is what meant most to her. Apart from work, Lena is a very lonely person and the loss of her job means losing everything for her. Day after day she starts missing her job more. One day she decides to keep on working illegally. Shortly after that, she bumps into her old colleague Micha whom she fancies secretly… What will he think about her working illegally and how can she hide her secret love?
Numbers are abstract like principles or doubts. Kathrin, manager in a huge company is standing in front of a predetermined dilemma. Within a new reform she ought to dismiss 20% of the company’s staff. Not an easy task for someone who always managed to keep up to his social principles. During a weekend workshop Kathrin is supposed to get the basics of „fair firing“.