Love Hurts Shorts
This collection of lengthy short films deals with the darker, stranger side of that age-old conundrum: l-o-v-e. As the 70s power rock band, Nazareth, put it so eloquently in their mega-hit Love Hurts, “Love is like a stove. It burns you when it’s hot.” OK. This is NOT a good lyric. But these movies ROCK!! Don’t go messin’ with a crazy little thing called love. And don’t blindly worship 70s power rock bands!
Runtime: 38 min.
Director: Arto Sebastian
Producer: Karoline Henkel, Jasper Mielke
Stavanger tells the story of the farmer Marta who, after the sudden death of her husband, gets sucked into a mix of sadness, loneliness and suppression.
Unable to acknowledge her loss, she is in denial about reality and grasps at the last of what is left of her husband: his lover.
Country: Germany, Italy
Runtime: 27 min.
Director: Johanna Thalmann
Producer: Tobias Pollok
Monika is raging. Monika is on the run. Monika is trying to escape from husband Richard. Her destination is Venice. Her partner in crime is Nema, a mute hitchhiker.
Nema pushes Monika to follow her path relentlessly.
Until Richard catches up and Monika has to fight for her freedom. Who is the man, whom Monika is will-lessly following?
Who is the strange hitchhiker?
How can Monika regain control?
Level Of Care (Pflegestufe)
Genre: Social, Drama
Runtime: 20 min.
Director: Julia Peters
Producer: Sebastian-Ed Ehrenberg, Guillermo Ruatolo
Ruth cares for her mother Hilde who is suffering from dementia. Both women are broke because the care devours every last cent.
Only the approval of the a level of care can still save the two women.
But when the case manager from the medical advisory service comes by to evaluate Hildea’s health condition, suddenly the old lady seems not to be sick anymore. Rather Hilde presents herself as a charming, entertaining person with good memory.
The new Level of Care is in danger, Ruth is more and more under pressure until she loses her self-control and with that she degrades not only her mother but rather herself.
NOTE: Synopsis are typically provided directly by the filmmaker themselves. Sometimes English is not their first language. We ask reader’s understanding for less-than-perfect language and grammar