Director: Anna Maria Roznowska (Germany 2020)
Sascha roams through Berlin day and night and drinks excessively. She simply wants to forget everything: Her past, her ex, her life. She would love to just drop dead. But then she meets Alex, with whom she shares the same philosophy of life and refusal to participate in the “circus” of the world. What begins as a fast-paced game ends in a trip of self-hate and despair.
With Romina Küper, Michael Thomas, Helena Zengel, Benjamin Lutzke
FORCE OF HABIT
Directors: Miia Tervo, Elli Toivoniemi, Kirsikka Saari, Reetta Aalto, Alli Haapasalo, Jenni Toivoniemi, Anna Paavilainen (Finland 2020)
The film follows the lives of various women for one day. Hilla has a romantic vacation, Emmi throws a party at home, Milja is on her way to school when a stranger approaches her and things take an unexpected turn. The young actress Emppu gets into a conflict as she rehearses for the biggest role of her life. Elsewhere, Aleksi, an inexperienced public prosecutor, is preparing in great haste for his first trial. Niina, the victim of the crime, on the other hand, has been waiting years for her case to be heard. Miia organizes a company party and the mood changes dramatically when her colleague Katja tells her that their boss is hitting on her. Miia and some of her closest colleagues try to solve the situation, but how will the others react?
Director: Angeliki Antoniou (Greece 2020)
Anna has lost her memory, but she hasn’t forgotten how to cook. She finds work in a tavern by the sea, which belongs to a lonely man, Roula. Even Anna’s simplest meal becomes a delicious experience. The story takes an unexpected turn when Roula suddenly stumbles across the “Green Sea” and discovers Anna’s true identity.
With Angeliki Papoulia, Yannis Tsortekis, Tasos Palatzidis, Christos Kontogeorgis
Director: Eylem Kaftan (Turkey 2019)
Ayse returns to her hometown in northeastern Turkey to take care of her seriously ill mother. Before her death, Ayse’s mother leaves her beloved swarms of bees to her. Working together with the local beekeeper soon causes problems, and even a bear becomes a danger to her bees and her life. Can Ayse overcome her fear of bees and the even greater fear of the predatory bear?
With Meryem Uzerli
Director: Farha Khatun (India 2020, Documentary)
Safia, a deeply religious Muslim woman from Bhopal in central India, is driven by her conviction that Sharia law denies Muslim women equality and justice in society. She participates in a program that trains women as kadi, which is traditionally a male domain. Safia enters a territory previously unknown to women.
With Monica Gagliano, Roland Griffiths, Matthieu Ricard, Christof Koch