“County Court” is a short fiction film about ex-husband and ex-wife fighting for their child’s custody and alimony in court. However, the court proceeding is not so much about the child and his rights, but a revenge of two ex-husbands, who are so full of harassment and humiliation that they forget their son completely. This rather conventional court story is presented in a rather unconventional way.
“Encounters” is a short film that brings together five stories inspired by real life events of different times and places of the Estonian past. They all depict certain – sometimes fearful – moments of encounters with love interests, or even beloved-ones in historically difficult, rapidly changing times. These tales – life changing moments from the past – are fragmental, delicate episodes of human relationships that later evolved into lives lived together. Each story consists of two or three scenes only forming sort of a “postcard” sent to us from the past. They are tiny, gentle events from many years ago, of people who are presently living their last years or – in some cases – are not among us anymore.
Albrecht is a detective with sensitive powers. His sense of the world is extraordinary – a smell, sound or touch can ignite vivid images of different places and worlds. But this comes at a price – Albrecht is constantly looking for new ways to escape the dystopian routine of police work. One day Albrecht starts investigating a strange suicide case and comes to contact with a bottle of mysterious substance. The substance gives him very clear visions and he starts unraveling the origins of this dark bottle and a new drug epidemic that is about to begin. Albrecht must use his supernatural talent and skills as detective to find who is responsible. In the end, he is able to destroy the evil character behind the substance but finds himself trapped between worlds.
After a stroke, elderly orchestra conductor – Janis, loses ability to walk. Janis’ doctor suggests avoiding the stress of his job. Otherwise, he can get fully paralyzed. Janis’ condition tortures his mental stability. Janis does not submit to the recovery plan by his nurse – Eva, nor does he speak about the upcoming concert. When the anger fades out, Janis experiences the moments of solitude. He imagines how ambient sounds transform into the orchestral playing. Unable to fulfil simple tasks, Janis notices his dependence on Eva. He challenges her with sharp comments, but Eva proves her professionalism and gains Janis’s trust. Step by step, Janis understands that people are not instruments to play on. Consequently, inspiration returns to Janis – he hears music everywhere and secretly starts conducting. Janis exercises to fight his condition. He must defeat his fate and give his final performance – the symphony of life.
Breaking the Circle is a social drama about 16 year-old Maria who looks for a way to disconnect from her dysfunctional mother. Her mother lives in a suburb and lately has been closely involved in a local religious cult. Maria wants to break out of this ill culture that surrounds her. The decision is even harder because the mother – the only family she has. Things change after Maria’s curious visit to a contemporary dance class. During a simple warm up exercise Maria realizes that there is a way out of her current situation. This impulse inspires her to make a crucial step – she looks for a help among her friends and gains the courage to begin an independent life.
Evia arrives to visit her old friend in her country house. Both ladies are spending a sunny day together drinking tea and taking a walk as they used to many times before. However there are suspicion peculiarities happening around them in a form of as if personalized, false or augmented nature. They all may be explainable – it is worth a try maybe… Or though it isn’t?
While preparing for the First Communion, a ten-year-old Ula gets her first period, which takes her on a mission to find out what death really means.
Mora is an impassive woman. She lives in a fantastical world where each individual area corresponds to her inner state. She transforms into a little girl and starts travelling in this world. Little Mora dives through dark caves and deep oceans, survives a deadly storm floating on a huge grand piano. She finds her secret superpower – a wind rises when she is playing music. Mora continues her journey using this newly found power and finds another person – the Man with a Hole in His Head. Paying no attention to him, the girl makes her way deeper into the forest, following a mysterious light hovering way above the tree line. Winter comes. The Man gets freezing cold. Only upon finding it she understands that the goal of her journey was not what she thought it was. She builds a complex mechanical/musical piece of equipment and saves the Man.
Juste (20) is spending her free-time at the music festival in the middle of the forest. It’s getting late, Juste takes her backpack and goes on the road to hitchhike a car home. Suddenly, there stops the aggressive gang, which Juste saw in the festival. The gang starts insulting Juste, she tries to ignore them and hitchhike another car. No one stops. The girl goes to the nearest village, hoping that someone will help her. She knocks to one house doors, but the owners just turns the lights off – no one wants to open doors for strangers so late. The gang keeps following Juste in the village streets. It’s dark, Juste is angry and tired of brutal gang behavior. Juste cannot stand them anymore, she turns into savage to get rid of them.