A group of school kids gather in a bathhouse to have a party, during witch they drink alcohol and start discussing modern day politics. Ukraine crisis in particulary. They choose one kid with a Russian name to bully and accuse him of being a “Putin lover”. During the whole night things happening around them get overshadowed by this bogus discussion. Morning comes and everybody leaves, with no resolution to their political debate. Bathhouse owners come and start tidying the place up only to find an unconscious half-naked girl in the sauna. What happened to this girl? How did everyone miss her? Was there someone else in the party, whom nobody noticed?
This project was awarded with the participant rights in the European Short Pitch 2016 by NISI MASA.
An aspiring cook Rimas is obsessed with carving beetroots into big cubes. He dreams of becoming the best cook in town. Unfortunately, no-one likes his work, so he has to find a way how to scale down his ambitions and accept that not everyone is cut out for fame.
TADAS, while waiting for his wife GINTARĖ to return, is visited by a beautiful STRANGER who kisses him and disappears into the woods. The next evening the stranger returns. Tadas’ daughter SAULĖ believing that the stranger is Laumė – a mythical creature from her books, decides to talk to her. The next day Gintarė leaves in anger due to Saulė’s mentioned stranger. Tadas spends the rest of the day with whiskey and cigarettes till the stranger returns. They both end up in bed, however Saulė observes them through the door. Gintarė returns and learns about Tadas’ infidelity meanwhile unnoticed Saulė follows the stranger into the woods. After intense arguing Gintarė accepts that the fall out is her fault as well. They decide to make up. Saulė’s hand slips out of the stranger’s palm and the girl returns home. The stranger disappears into the lake from where she might have come.
Anna (9) is eager to go sledging with her father, an artist and alcoholic. They meet and walk through a dark city. Passing by an artist shop her father decides to buy some paints but the shop is closed. Furious he grabs the sledge and throws it through the shop window, then sinks to the ground. Anna manages to lift the sledge out of the broken window and to put her father back on his feet before the police arrive.
Later, Anna waits outside a bar. An intoxicated couple comes by and gets into an argument with her father exiting the bar. He reaches a beer bottle to Anna but his opponent pulls his knife on him. Anna hits the bottle over her fathers’ head. The couple run off; Anna is left alone with her mumbling father. Anna valiantly gets her father onto the sledge and pulls him from the scene.
After the tragic loss of their son in the Boeing air crash over Eastern Ukraine in July 2014, Lucas spends all day long in her son’s room never going out. Her husband Jos, in an off guard moment, collects all their son’s belongings and donates them to a humanitarian organisation helping Ukrainian children. Jos is asked to join a delegation to deliver the humanitarian aid to the Ukraine. Well in place at the orphanage Jos meets a boy resembling his dead son. Jos can’t take his eyes off the boy and joins him playing football in the yard. With every minute that follows Jos gets more attached to the boy. While nobody is looking Jos takes the boy, OK with this, and they drive away.
Ruth is finding herself strangely attracted to her twin sister Rita, upon psychotherapist’s suggestion she decides to spend some time away from her. As the separation goes on, she starts feeling a troubling urge to return to her sister and restore their bond. Turns out Rita has already moved on.
Middle-aged Helen, who still hasn’t gotten over the end of her marriage, is dragged to the night club by her girlfriends on the evening of her birthday. Unable to grant the life a new chance, she ends the night as an intruder in her old home.
THE KINDNESS OF A STRANGER tells a story of two strangers, a young Estonian mother, INGA and Russian taxi driver ALEKSANDR making a life-changing journey on a spring day of the violent riots of the Russian communities on the streets of Tallinn. They experience the rare moment when enemies save each other‘s lives and become friends. Arriving home with a newborn child, INGA finds her Estonian husband in bed with another woman. The betrayal turns her life upside down and pushes her to the brink of suicide. At the last moment fate brings an older man, in her way the Russian alcoholic ALEKSANDR who’s just been thrown out of his home on account of being violent. The two drive through the riotous city and reach a cliff on the seashore. Suddenly, INGA makes a decision, gets out and disappears. ALEKSANDR gets panicky and decides to keep the BABY. But, by the time he really makes piece with the life changing decision INGA reappears. The ensuing fight brings them close to each other. They share their tragic life stories with each other and soon recognize, that the spark of love they discovered turned them from enemies into friends.
In a hidden corner of the world there is a place where all impossible dreams come true. In a rainforest amidst lush nature fragile porcelain animals can be found. Strange white stony creatures are born in wild river streams, birds with feet like human fingers hunt for flying fish, vicious spiders catch miniature dancers into their traps…
This is a surreal world inhabited by creatures never seen before. Time here passes in a strange way moving in an unexpected paste. As the film is shot in nature the changes of light create a strange shift between the passing of time and the movement of the characters. Tropical nature, ceramic creatures, Estonian music and sounds of northern nature form a surreal world with bizarre sensation of seeing something unknown but familiar at the same time.
This project was awarded with the participant rights in the European Short Film Co-production Forum EURO CONNECTION 2016.