Stiina (28) is a single mother raising her 9-year-old daughter, Emma, who is often left home alone while the mother is working. What Stiina doesn’t know is that Emma has manifested an imaginary friend to keep her company and comfort her when bad things happen to her. What neither of them realize is that Emma’s imaginary friend is actually a younger version of Stiina herself.
A concert pianist picks up a stray cat from the street and makes it his pet, pleased that he has found a docile companion. However, the cat soon starts misbehaving. As his bad behavior keeps elevating, even his looks seem to be changing. The pianist´s attempts to discipline the cat fail miserably. The situation becomes rather violent, driving the pianist to the very edge. The film is an allegorical story about internal conflict, a confrontation of destructive and creative beginnings in a person as shown through the characters of the musician and the cat, its owner’s alter ego.
Mari (29) has a unique problem – whenever she experiences shame about her body, water magically appears around her. As Mari’s psychologist prods into what may be causing her to bend the laws of nature with her brain, she resists. Mari diminishes her past experiences of getting horrifically bullied in swimming class as a child, not knowing that jumping head-first into the trauma is what is going to help her the most. In a surreal turn of events, Mari meets herself as a twelve-year-old, and they stand up to the bullies together. They’re never quite the same, but they are together and safe.
The short film “Ainas” is a road trip dramedy. Herta (25) seeks her fulfillment in other people’s recognition and love. That’s why she has jumped head-first into a relationship with a seemingly loving guy, Hermanis (29). The name day of the grandmother of Hermanis has arrived. The couple, together with Hermanis’ grandmother Aina (81) and mother Dzidra (56), are going on a weekend trip, and it is the first time they meet. The journey starts cheerfully, but all activities on it involve large amounts of alcohol. It leads the company to various amusing and questionable situations that make Herta ask herself again and again – what is she ready for, just to be liked by her boyfriend and his family.
‘’In Her Locket’’ follows the lesbian couple Emily and Paula as they unravel family secrets after Emily’s grandmother’s death. Discovering a locket with hidden connections, they learn about her grandmother’s past and her relationship with Lolita. Amidst conflicting emotions and disapproval from Emily’s mother, the couple navigates their love and seeks acceptance.
“Thank You for Your Review” is a 10-15 minute live action episodic satire about people who leave reviews of public spaces. The short film celebrates outspoken individuals and comically points out how people can be the source of their own misfortune. It depicts 12 different views, from confused customers to self-centred narcissists who enjoy writing about their experiences. These vignettes create a mosaic of a connected universe and give the narrative its unique form. Even though there isn’t a main character per se, each of them returns from time to time, gradually developing the story.
A couple journeys out together for a stay by the river, they have drifted apart. Listening to the rustling of trees and feeling the summer wind, long-forgotten memories resurface, and they discover themselves anew.
In an old Vilnius neighbourhood next to the railway, a young woman has returned after years in far away places. She wanders the streets full of decaying architecture and bumps into colorful local characters. As day turns into night and trains pass in the distance, a poetic meditation on constant movement and a longing to belong emerges.
A dark yet funny Christmas tale about a closeted gay man, who becomes invisible during a family dinner. He wanders as a ghost in the world where he never existed and encounters his homophobic double – the only person who can see him.
Two teens, Melina and Iasonas, find a screenplay by Ioanna Digenaki at a house party. It narrates their day so far until the very moment they found it. The two friends immediately realize that they are movie characters. The script cuts off at: ‘Melina and Iasonas start searching for Digenaki’. While looking for the screenplay’s author, they will have to deal with their families, their relationship, and eventually start wondering what the ending of their own movie might look like, until they fall asleep.
A middle-aged Athenian woman faces the overwhelming challenges of her personal life, her country, and the world. She expresses her deepest thoughts with biting wit, from her loveless marriage to the climate crisis. Amidst her struggle, she confronts the traumatic experiences that defined her. The narrative unfolds in two fronts: the woman’s introspection portrayed through static, wide-angle scenes, and fragmented glimpses into the life of a female sheep in a mountainous setting. This film draws a parallel between the woman’s unraveling existence, a product of modern civilization, and the innocent existence of a female sheep, a pure product of nature.
An eighteen-year-old boy in a small village in Crete prepares for the start of his military service, while his white python changes its skin. A childhood friend returns to the village after some years. Between the last summer outings of the friend group and the revelry that accompanies the parting, dreaming gives birth to their new skin at any cost.