Forty five years of marriage is an impressive anniversary. Barbara and Zdzisław could be proud of themselves if not for the fact that the husband left the wife for his lover eight years ago. But now they are together again, although Barbara claims that if it were not for his infirm legs, Zdzisław would still be chasing skirts around Kraków. Despite the past resentment, everyday problems with paying bills, an occupied bathroom and rearranging furniture, they have a hard to define bond.
The hospital calls Fareed; his wife's cancer has reached its terminal stage. Swiss pensioner Roli comes to his help and takes him to the hospital but the wife passes away shortly after leaving the Syrian refugee alone with two daughters. Fareed wants to see his wife buried in accordance with Muslim rites but problems quickly arise: the graves in the local cemetery have not been aligned to face Mecca; the council is unable or unwilling to carry out the burial within 24 hours after death. They stumble into a bewildering forest of Swiss bureaucracy to which Roli finds a beautifully simple answer…
And that moment will become crucial for him…
A teenager, Christina, loses her friends in the forest. Looking for them, she finds the bodies of three drowned kids on the shore of a lagoon. On summer holiday, deep in the woods, three kids, cousins, are playing around a lake when they find a drowned young woman drifting in the water. Games, lies and rituals unfolding into a circular time in which death loses its ultimacy. What is real and what is a mirage? Who is dreaming and who is being dreamed?
Hyun-jung, a nurse in a university hospital, accidentally gets pregnant although it is not her pregnancy turn. From the day she announces her pregnancy, nobody congratulates her even though it was her fault, and her coworkers start to criticize her. Thus, Hyun-jung has a decision to make between an abortion and abandoning her job.
Bosnia, a summer’s day at the countryside 20 years after the latest war. Being the only witness of the secret plan of her favorite aunt Ljilja, little Maja takes a major new step in her life.
An intimate conversation between friends about women. It’s cold on the coast, and one of them warms the other’s hands. They start scuffling. A woman joins them; the attraction between the two young men is obvious. This is a Spartan, composed cinematic miniature about the difficulty of admitting your feelings to yourself and letting them take their course.
Telma decides to travel to Galicia with the intention to give back Desiderio, her father's dog that she inherited after the recent death of her father.
Nine knots, a prayer for each one, and then, nine wishes for the soul that no longer inhabits the earth. María knew about the cult thanks to her mother and knew how to tie them thanks to her father. But now she and her brother José are alone.
Paul is here. Like a step backwards, like a ghost knocking at the door. He is here, and his annoying presence will disrupt Jeanne's everyday life.
On Christmas Eve, 1968, in a Scottish coastal town, a debt collector goes to work to avoid confronting his wife’s worsening psychosis at home.
In the severe landscape of northern Russia, there is a huge lake and two people in mourning. The Filippovy are a middle-aged married couple who spend most of the time close to the beautiful, yet dangerous, nature. Their life, far away from the civilization, is accompanied by a camera registering their tedious everyday reality. The lake is the center of their existence: it provides them with food, but takes away life. The water claimed the life of their beloved son. He is shown in the photos and mentioned in his parents’ short conversations, filled with grief and mutual grievances.
It’s summer, a boy and his friends go to the river. On the ride there, a story is told about a man and his pet snake that tried to eat him. The boy falls from a tree trunk and gets hurt. A girl follows him. A couple kiss each other, another boy explores the woods and a third one just lays by a tree eating a peach. In four chapters, the heat and the humidity of the forest unravel desires among them.
This is an existential, dark comedy consisting of 14 short vignettes, ranging from the mundane to the absurd. Each vignette reveals the “tip of the iceberg”, while what lies beneath is left unknown.
Lammert wouldn’t hurt a fly. He lives with his fancy pigeons and his best friend Frieda in the small Groningen village of Kropsdam. His tranquil life is disrupted when he is suspected of making a deal with the energy company GreenNow, in order to have a wind turbine built on his land. Lammert is oblivious to this: he doesn’t want anything to do with wind turbines. Yet he notices that the village starts treating him differently. Because everyone is happy in Kropsdam, unless you’re out of luck.