Macho loudmouth Henri goes to visit his old buddy Toomas in his new home, smack in the middle of nowhere. Henri tries to reconnect with his friend, but it quickly becomes apparent that the evening is not about watching sports and drinking beer. Instead, the mysteriously quiet Toomas has summoned his friend to help him with an important bodily function – he’s about to give birth. Overwhelmed by the situation, Toomas leaves… But at the last moment decides to turn back and help his old friend in this moment of need. During a clumsy, chaotic and humorously bloody childbirth, the two old friends reconnect. And a new life is born.
A cat named Schrödinger leads a carefree life with his human. The only hint that the world extends the safety of their small apartment is the view from the window. Every day, Schrödinger sees a girl in an apartment across doing her chores and waving to the cat when their eyes meet. When Schrödinger sleeps, fantastic visions of mystical jungles and strange creatures visit him. The cat’s realities become shattered when one day he finds himself alone in their home. The friendly apartment becomes a prison, grief and fear overtake the cat. Is there a way out of the box? And if so, where does it lead? At the saddest time, the prospect of a new box may seem very soothing.
When Surya, a teenage rag-picker girl, finds a discarded photo camera in a vast garbage dump yard of Delhi, she tries to secretly document the world of poverty and patriarchy she lives in. Hoping for a better future, Surya’s father Ram Kumar arranges her marriage to a wealthier man, however the groom demands a dowry, which is beyond the father’s financial reach. As he desperately tries to arrange for the dowry, Ram Kumar reaches a solution that forces Surya to turn the photo camera from a tool of self-expression into a weapon of self-defense.
The soviet apartment building, where 16-year-old physics prodigy Christine lives, is sinking. When a large crack appears on its facade, a house meeting is called. Christine’s father attends the meeting; her grandmother next door stays home to watch the Moscow Victory Day Parade on TV. While neighbors are busy arguing about the existence of the crack and Christine is in her room solving physics equations, grandmother’s cats disappear. “A Crack” offers a glimpse into parallel worlds within one building.
A young cheerful woman who enjoys making everyone happy during a music festival meets a sad guy with a big hole in his chest. She’s convinced no one but herself can cheer him up! But all her attempts to fill up his heart are just a waste of her emotions. Trying to help the guy she finds herself completely lost in a dark forest. All alone in the darkness however she discovers new possibilities giving her new perspectives.
Inspired by true events, the story takes place in the 1970s Soviet Union. An engineering student Paulis finds his well-respected professor Kalns in a situation with another man. Struggling with his own sexual identity, Paulis is looking for answers within a society built on codes and double morality.
A spaceship captain gets interrupted with the news that one of her crewmates broke one of taboo laws on an alien planet and is sentenced to death. The only way to get him out is to fight in a ritualistic mortal duel in an alien gladiator arena. However, because the alien planet is conservative matriarchy only female champions can defend the accused. Therefore, the captain reluctantly decides to fight in the arena.
Parked overnight in a remote lay-by, a truck driver gets out of his cab to go for a pee. Suddenly, he hears a beep as the vehicle’s door locks shut behind him. Trapped outside, half naked on a chilly night, he needs to find a way back in, which is only through the window. After numerous failed attempts to break it, he eventually hurls a rock in despair – and to his surprise, the stone flies straight through the glass… and keeps going. Instead of one, it breaks both windows at once.
A retired set designer Juozapas (83) brings his wife Genovaite (83) to an exact recreation of their first flat, where they moved in as a young family in 1964. Genovaite suffers from an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s and her fading memory keeps clinging to that moment from Juozapas has two lethal doses of morphine – one for her, one for himself. As they are living their last moments in the recreated room from the past, the memories blend with the present in Genovaite’s fading mind. The fiction starts to blend with reality, and she reveals a secret kept for decades. Before meeting Juozapas she worked for the KGB and marrying him was part of her mission. As a reward for such commitment, she got this flat to start a beautiful family as an undercover agent.
During the second world war, a pianist is captured by Russian troops. They put him in front of a piano and tells him, he can live for as long as he plays the piano.
Anise Underground is a short film poem about transformation that follows the protagonist, Anise, on a surreal, lucid, dreamlike, journey that jumps between archetypal characters in a series of unnerving, dislocated landscapes. The piece references classic folktales, reveries (daydream narratives) and the compression of time in trauma. The film runs across ten scenes that expose different aspects of Anise’s subconscious as she descends a literal and metaphorical stairway in her family home to arrive at a point of departure. The antagonists and supporting roles are loosely based around cultural archetypes from western folklore: the Popesse, the Queen, The Cook, The Mortician, The Rabbit that each inhabit specific environments that fracture into a series of encounters. The theme: transformation, can be interpreted literally or metaphorically: growth, death, self-realisation: all aspects of the journey we all encounter through life.
Charlotte is a loving wife and mom, although her husband has a bit of a temper, life is pretty good. One day she meets a charming, nice man named John, who she is deeply smitten by, and they start an affair. Only thing is, John looks exactly like her husband.