Sixteen-year-old Clément spends a hot summer evening home alone by the pool. Determined to lose his virginity, he swipes through guys’ profiles on Grindr.
The Mediateca Onshore in Malafo, a village in Guinea-Bissau, is an archive and a club for agropoetic practices. As Amílcar Cabral talks feminism on tape, the directors speak in the mangroves about the contradictions of depicting the community.
The Invisible Zoo
Across the seasons, the film gives an account of life and work and the animals and visitors at Zurich Zoo, an institution that is one of the leading zoological gardens in Europe. Animals in their cages, humans in the cinema. What lies between them?
A 16mm film performance draws inspiration from the Nanacatepec, a rock traversed by a network that extends without a defined shape. Its fruits, in the form of mushrooms, serve as creators and transformers of everything in the world.
Two Refusals (Would We Recognize Ourselves Unbroken?)
A two-channel experimental film explores interwoven narratives of struggle against Portuguese colonialism, uncovering the intercontinental network of relations that developed between historical figures in Goa, Mozambique, Angola, and Guinea-Bissau.
City of Poets
In a small, semi-utopian city, all the streets are named after poets. When war begins, new neighbourhoods emerge to accommodate the refugees. Now, the streets are named after soldiers.
Bye Bye Turtle
Five-year-old Inci wanders alone through the vast hilly landscape by the Black Sea. Her mother has just died. When she meets the adult Zeynep, she decides to follow her.
Cu Li Never Cries
A woman tries to cling onto dimming links to her past after inheriting a pygmy slow loris from her long-estranged husband; meanwhile, her niece prepares for marriage as the young couple ponders their gloomy future together. The present and the complex echoes of Vietnamese history are entwined before a contemplative and poetic perspective.
Rising Up at Night
Kinshasa and its inhabitants are in darkness. They wait and struggle to get access to light. Between hope, disappointment and religious faith, Tongo Saa is a subtle and fragmented portrait of a population that, despite the challenges, is sublimated by the beauty of Kinshasa's nights.
A Bit of a Stranger
Svitlana, a Russian-speaking Ukrainian, examines the colonised part of her consciousness and tries to find answers to the question of how Soviet totalitarianism and Russification influenced the relationships within her family.
A voice that claims to be from a hippopotamus. A voice that doesn’t understand the perception of time. Pepe, the first and last hippo killed in the Americas, tells his story with the overwhelming orality of these towns.
In 2019, a nationwide movement forms in Chile to create a new constitution. For three years, the film accompanies indigenous, feminist, militant, legalistic, anarchist and conservative activists. A timely large-scale canvas of democratic protest.
On the Battlefield
The first release by Little Egypt Collective stages a sound recordist reconnecting with the flat fields where once stood Pyramid Courts – the housing projects that formed the heart of the Black community of the Little Egypt region of southern Illinois.
A little girl who lives with her mother in Tehran discovers that the sheep in her neighbours’ backyard are being sacrificed in a traditional ritual. She decides to save as many sheep as she can.
Songs of Love and Hate
The sudden disappearance of the popular host of a relationship advice radio show leaves a vacuum. Listeners are uncertain about the direction their romantic endeavours should take.
Sojourn to Shangri-La
An elaborate fashion shoot is planned on the beach, but the backdrop built in advance has been swallowed by the sea overnight. While the young assistant tries every means possible to find it again, the film almost imperceptibly slips into the magical.
The endless tracking shot through a picturesque US panorama allows the American Dream to slide into ghostly auto-suggestion while Assange and Bezos ponder life.
A girl draws a circle on the ground. Passers-by step into it, one by one. Soon the circle is full of people.
The Moon Also Rises
Just before the launch of artificial moons, a retired couple finds their harbor in the fading darkness. Trying to catch up with the pace of modernity, their daily life traces this forthcoming brightness back to its earthly origins.
A day and night in the life of a young British-Iranian Londoner as she awaits results for key exams, while grappling with the consequences of a life-changing diagnosis.
The Phantom Warrior
The origin story of the masked vigilante, Nemesis Knight. A new breed of superhero for a changing world. From young feral orphan to deadly crusader, balancing the equilibrium between good and evil. She wears the Mask of Dionysus, given to her as a gift by The God of The Underworld, Hades as she rides her black horse named Zeus, armed with her trusted rifle and sidearm strapped to her leg, ferociously sending criminals to the other side!
Goodbye First Love
He pays him a visit in Frankfurt during his work trip in Europe. He talks about their time in Beijing, back in 2015. He listens and, sometimes, answers, unblurring those seemingly important details, which do not matter any longer. Worn-out joy and fresh weariness. This could be the last time he sees him.
L' homme-vertige: Tales of a City
Apartment blocks with no future are being torn down in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. Malaury Eloi-Paisley follows those lost in the city through the empty streets. Their accounts form a valuable commodity, circulating in carefully developed relationships.
CERTAIN WINDS FROM THE SOUTH
Issah visits his mother-in-law to inform her of his plan to go to the south of Ghana in search of a better life. A new day dawns, and the village awakens as we witness the socio-political and economic engagements driving his desire to migrate.
A Bird Flew
Boloy, a player on the Cuban national volleyball team, is tormented by the memory of a friend who is no longer around. Despite his pain, he tries to return to morning training.
Rafaela accompanies her older sister on a visit to a boy. As the two older ones retreat, Rafa begins to explore the house. She meets queer girl Uli and her pet and has the opportunity to find freedom in an unfamiliar place.
An Odd Turn
Buenos Aires, 2019. Lucrecia, who jobs as a museum security guard, foresees a sharp rise in the dollar’s value with her pendulum and falls in love with a currency exchange house employee.
Towards the Sun, Far From the Center
In sweltering Santiago, two women seek refuge for their blossoming romance amid the rhythms of daily urban life.
Alec, Matt, and Cole's friendship is offset when Alec, the oldest, goes off to college while Matt and Cole stay back home.
A B-52 bomber crashes and burns, killing one crew member, and destroying the four weapons the bomber carried, leading to some radioactive contamination that required a cleanup operation monitored by the Danish government.
In Praise of Slowness
Due to economic and technological forces reshaping the city of Tangier, the profession of the bleach street salesmen, along with their insistent chanting, is disappearing. The film explores modes of resistance against the relentless pace of capitalism.
A collage of voices from activists forced to flee the country offers glimpses into Myanmar’s history through three locations: Yangon Zoological Gardens, Yangon Circle Railway, and the Drug Elimination Museum.
A man swims in the sea. This brings back memories. They are all connected to water, from his early childhood to his adult life. This will be the story of his last swim.
We Will Not Be the Last of Our Kind
What if the famous biblical ark, the last refuge of humankind and the animal kingdom during the great flood, was not merely an act of divine intervention but, instead, a meticulously planned programme for professional reintegration?
City Museum / My Paradise
An essay film that describes the city as a subjective paradise in which systems of order and chaos constantly override each other. An ode to chaos, hidden signs and the city as an eternal palimpsest.
Remains of the Hot Day
China at the end of the 1990s, lunch in an extended family. The father works in distant Shenzhen and is rarely home. The grandmother cooks and keeps an eye on the children. The air is filled with levity, longing and exhaustion.
The walker with the shaved head and dressed in a red robe is barefoot. He walks slowly but determinedly through the forest, over stones and grassland. He also makes his way through the shadows of trees and houses. He sets foot in the train station, the church and the museum. The sun rises and sets again. The walker passes through Washington, D.C. Another stranger is also on the move in the city. We are unsure whether or not he is following the walker.
Three years have passed, Antonio and Luca are seeing each other for the first time since Denis's death. Luca, who has hit rock bottom after the death of his friend, was lucky enough to meet Tancredi, his current boyfriend, ...while Antonio has focused on his work, so much so that he is now a well-known chef in a pastry shop. It is clear that there is still a special relationship between the two, but Antonio mistakes Luca's affection for something more and does everything he can to ruin his relationship with Tancredi, even though Cristina does not approve of his behavior. Will Antonio learn to leave the past behind in order to fully experience what the future has to offer him?
Traces of Movement Before the Ice
Twenty years after Swiss publishing house Pendo closed its doors, the descendants of its founders repeatedly circle, examine and lose sight of its legacy. Frölke’s film gives structure to this archive via media experimentation.
Romeo and Juliet and the collapse of Fundamental Society
Romeo and Juliet are two teens from rival families and then some other stuff happens.
Well Ordered Nature
Free-floating yet rigorously structured, this essay film presents botanist and educationalist Catharina Helena Dörrien and her time in Orange-Nassau in the 18th century. Via regulations and floral formulas, nature philosophy and social policy converge.