The Harringtons, registered in the foster care system, decide to take in a little girl, Grace, after a sudden call from the Child Safety Services. The biological mother and her boyfriend were unfit to raise Grace because of drug addiction and mental diseases they suﬀer from. Grace adapts quickly to become a part of the new family. Yet, the Child Safety Department, driven by the desire to reunite children with their parents, decides to send her live with the biological father, whom she has not seen in years.
A large part of the Earth, the Dark East, becomes unliveable after a climate catastrophe: abandoned buildings, roads, railways and bridges stretch for thousands of square kilometres. Former army pilot, Emir (45) organises trips to the Dark East for the wealthiest of the new world to earn a living. During one of these trips, Emir and the young, enthusiastic Marty (26), discover that the Dark East is not as unliveable as everyone thinks.
Peemot and Azazzello and the Road to Eternity is a surreal post-apocalyptical comedy about two worlds: material and immaterial. It tells the story of two female criminals, Peemot and Azazzello, who live in a poor industrial city, where everyone is selfishly struggling for survival and crimes committed by women are the norm. Yet, they dream obsessively about a paradise island, where life is wonderful and believe that only money can buy them entrance. Amidst the city stands a mysterious castle, where time, money and position do not mater. The creatures that dwell inside exist in another reality. One day, two of the creatures are cast outside as a punishment, to get back in, they hire Peemot and Azazzello. The task turns out to be more complicated than the women imagined, so they end up working on a plan to avoid getting stuck in eternity.
Astapovo is a creative vision of the last days of the great Russian writer and public figure Lev Tolstoy, whose life ended in solitude and disease in the middle of nowhere. Due to his health condition, he was forced to stop his trip and get oﬀ the train at Astapovo Station, which became the last stop of his life. A person, whose life is a testimony of man’s genius and popularity, faces the inevitable. Based on Tolstoy’s book A Confession.
Introduction to Epilogue is a colourful, allegorical animation for children and adults about the journey through diﬀerent life stages searching for the meaning of life. The main character’s life is transforming from the moment he is born until his death – from stars to stars. He understands that death and birth are essential components of life’s cycle. That life will always last lifetime and it will always end in death. And the end will always be a new beginning.
For the first time we reveal that behind the greatest Latvian cultural phenomenon, the Song and Dance Festival, hides a secret fertility ritual of national scale. For 140 years, Latvian amateur singers and dancers meet on the open-air stage of the Song Festival not only to sing and dance, but also to indulge in mass procreation, significantly increasing Latvian population and saving the nation from extinction in hard times. The film follows the history and demographical impact of the so-called “naughty concerts” from their inclusion in the festival’s programme in the 1920s to prohibition during Soviet occupation and underground rebirth that aided the restoration of Latvian independence. Generations upon generations of Latvians have been born thanks to the ritual!
The puppet animation film Elena is a story about choice and its haunting consequences. A young mother, Elena, loses her son after giving in to the satisfaction of her own needs. Plagued by guilt, she tries to get to terms with the consequences of her choice by physically harming herself. It is a journey of a young woman towards forgiveness and reconciliation.
A delicate woman is transported to a Palace surrounded by great beauty, a mixture of Purgatory and Paradise. She enters a room that radiates peace and harmony, where virginal women are lying in beds, giving their menstrual blood through tubes connected to their vaginas. The blood is transported to a contiguous room full of men from The War. The atmosphere is chaotic and hellish. But the blood that is injected into their veins gives them a new opportunity to live. Suddenly, a man awakens from the suﬀering and leaves the room to meet his rescuer. Followed by other couples, they throw themselves into an infinite water in a magical and sensual dance. The water dyes red while they kiss, as if they were inside the womb of Mother Nature. A new consciousness is born between women and men. The story about the everlasting circle of life.
After graduating as a biologist, Fausta, a young successful woman gets a job in a remote bird banding station. Hesitating, she accepts the oﬀer and gives up a romantic relationship with her boyfriend and life in a big city for challenge and uncertainty. The new life, new people, pure nature and all the obstacles she faces open her mind up and show her the meaning and joy of life.