On a beautiful summer day, while the women and children wait for their turn, Hillar and Jaak secretly connect with each other through the ritual of whisking in the smoke sauna. In a society where the stories of the forefathers are ever present, the two men explore their more sensitive sides.
As football crashes into the kitchen window, a man transforms into a football referee. As a referee, he will try to control the menacing teenage dogs. ‘Offside’ is a tango between domination and companionship set on an imaginary football field between the decaying apartment buildings.
Federico, a 5-year-old Colombian boy, moves to a new country where he feels out of place at his new pre-school and home, but does not know how to express it. Language and cultural barriers prevent him from not only connecting with his peers but also figuring out where the pre-school’s toilet is. The story unfolds through Federico’s perspective, as he overcomes his struggles to navigate and understand the new world around him.
In the near future, in a dystopian world, limousine driver Arthur transports various passengers around the center of Riga. His every move is watched by the limousine’s artificial intelligence, MO. The relationship between Arthur and MO is seemingly friendly and playful, but there is a feeling in the air that Arthur is careful not to provoke MO. However, the evening is intense and Arthur has several conflict situations with MO, so that night Arthur decides to use jokes to overwhelm the limousine’s artificial intelligence, so he can avoid activating the emotion control device.
In the years after World War Two, the house of a young woman gets invaded by five soldiers who were travelling home through the rural parts of the country. After many years of war, the men lost their humanity and during one of the nights, they decide to take advantage of the woman. By gathering all her inner power and will, she confronts them through her inner darkness and takes a stand against the violence, saving the only light left in her, to nourish and grow it. Taking in the darkness within her and all the previous trauma she has faced in her life, she is able to find strength in the darkness and with its help save the light and hope inside of her.
A story of young, awkward love in Soviet Latvia. While doing summer labor with his classmates on a collective farm, 15-year-old city boy Karlis falls in love with Aija, one of the girls peeling vegetables at the local canteen. Together with his pals, Karlis arranges a secret get-together with the canteen girls in the local dormitory in hopes of getting drunk and making love. Swindling booze from the sweaty local labor force and turning up the cassette players, the boys create a night that will be a coming-of-age for Karlis whose encounter with Aija will be anything but what he expects.
Four exhausted women, who don’t know each other accidentally meet at the SPA center. There they get into uncomfortable situations, which happens to be the first step to face their personal problems.
The story is about a prison warden in a dystopian city who has broken his instrument. Without him, as he thinks, the whole city will come crashing down. He steals another instrument from the prison, but this does not help to stop the city from collapsing.
Three characters live their childhood times during the Second World War. They experience the brutality and beauty of life while travelling through different places and times. The stories of the characters create a colourful collage where imagination wins against the tragic reality.
For the first time in ten years Felipe meets his old friend Rasmus at the local running track to run intervals: 10 rounds of 400-meter repeats with a two-minute break between each interval. Felipe starts out trailing back Rasmus but catches up as Rasmus enthusiastically teaches him his running tricks. They almost seem to get into the old flow. But when they begin to exchange ideas about life during one of the breaks, Felipe cannot help but feel like with both of them on different sides of the transition from youth to adulthood their friendship might have lost its foundation.
Ayuub is a 16 year old Norwegian somali. He feels trapped between two cultures. All he wants to do is to be accepted by his friends from school and get the girl of his dreams. But when his brother moves away to study, Ayuub becomes “the man of the family”. When his mother asks him to go to the store, he feels, as the new man of the family, that he should take the car and drive to the store. And so he does. There he meets his friends, and Ayuub has to choose between which culture he should be part of.
Odd Gunnar is a monosyllabic Norwegian farmer, weed grower, and misanthropist, who one day wakes to an earth devoid of human life. Slowly, he realizes that not paying attention to the news has its downsides. Earth is to be hit by an asteroid, and everyone has escaped to the moon. But, science is never exact. The asteroid does not to hit the Earth, but the moon. Luckily, Norway has an atomic rocket station nearby Odd Gunnar. Soon the world leaders are trying to contact and convince this proud and shy farmer, who hardly speaks English, that humanity is worth saving.