The spirits of a cranky 97-year-old man are lifted when he plays the piano for memory care patients. His music eases their angst and elicits indelible memories, momentarily freeing them from the trap of dementia.
Producer: Pete Schilling, Jeannine Thalmann, Matt Pittman, Tim Ohly
Country of Origin: Germany
Runtime: 16 minutes 20 seconds
While two brothers are on a journey towards a mountain lake, they meet a stranger who helps them rediscover their desire to live.
NOAH HUNT, and his brother TOM, are hiking through the mountains. Their destination is a breathtaking mountain lake. Noah is not a fan of hiking and overall not really thrilled to be on this journey with his brother. On the next day, they get up early to watch the sunrise. Unfortunately, they are surprised by rain and manage to find shelter in a cave. Tom starts making a small fire. Noah takes off his wet coat and reveals bandages on his wrists, he keeps on complaining about the trip. Tom loses it and asks his brother why he had to do this to himself? Noah finally opens up. We learn that he tried to kill himself just before they left and that this is the reason they are on this journey. Tom is trying to save him, he doesn’t want to leave his brother’s site because he is scared, that he’ll do it again.
A benefits claim appointment spins out of control when Candide, 23, borrows her sister’s baby and strangely pretends like it’s her own child. A suspicious Martijn, the caseworker, attempts to unravel her lies accusing Candide of fraud. But behind her charade lies an unexpected secret.
Violence in marriage, physically or psychologically – unnoticed by outsiders – regardless of nationality, culture, social class and gender: for many people it is part of their everyday lives. For various reasons, separating victims is difficult or impossible, whether it’s financial dependence or fear of the unknown.
Original Film Title: Take Me to the Sea Across the Grasslands
Director’s Name: Huibo Bai
Writer’s Name: Huibo Bai
Producer: Gong Li, Chen Shi
Country of Origin: China
Country of Filming: China
Runtime: 19 minutes 18 seconds
Fei Fei unknowingly took on a huge debt for her parents and was unable to repay it. Private loan is tightening and they can’t continue to borrow any money. The father was obsessed with the lottery but never won, their only takeaway store which makes ends meet was shut down, and the loan sharks threaten them with force, so the desperate family decided to commit suicide. Before committing suicide, Fei Fei left a suicide note online, which attracted the attention of netizens, who saved them with their help. Fei Fei’s followers also skyrocketed, and her online posts before the debt was discovered.
Alma, a young black teenager recovering from Bulemia meets Noa, new roommate at an eating disorder treatment center. Seemingly, the two could not be more different, yet they will soon find they have more in common than they realize.
Meng Liu, a victim of school bullying, has finally left campus. But these traumatizing experiences have built a wall in her heart that prevents her from studying and working normally. What’s more, those who bullied her has – by connections – managed to get into college and secure a job in a government organization, which only added to her anxiety and feeling of inequality. Then, taking her mother’s suggestion, Meng decided to go study in the library to find a way out for her future.