Tap Dancing in a Drowning Pool – Development
Teresa Bruch wanted to return to Berlin in order to die in a place where she grew up before the World War II, met her husband and lived her eccentric lifestyle before the discovery of her Jewish identity and subsequent escape to America with her infant daughter Lily. The Berlin Wall falls and Teresa, with tears of joy in her eyes, dies soon after. To everyone’s surprise her dream can finally come true. In keeping with Teresa’s wishes, Lily brings her mother’s body for burial back to Berlin. There, together with her daughter Zoe, she discovers secrets of her late mother- not only was she Jewish but she also owned a luxurious villa in Berlin. On top of that, there is another person claiming the ownership to the house, whose connection to Lily’s family will leave everyone perplexed…
Writer: Tania Wisbar and Sherry Hormann
Director: Sherry Hormann
Coproducer: Argyle Road Pictures LLC
KASPAR – Decelopment
Kaspar grows up in a dungeon without any human contact. His only contact to the world is a TV that runs day and night. Thus his education is based completely on the behavior and the images his „motherTV“ is delivering. When the door to freedom opens after 20 years, Kaspar has to find his way in the real world, with some emotional problems arising as he has to realize the the real world is quite different from the one shown on television. A heartwarming satire about our daily media.
Writer/Director: Fabian Schmalenbach
Transire – Development
Italy, late 50s; the passionate Paolo leads a love and affectionate relationship with Delia. Delia’s prospect of a happy life and the hope of having a family of her own are dashed abruptly as Paolo drowns tragically in a dive. Due to Delia’s loss, she is plagued by anxiety and nightmares. Shortly afterwards she meets Ettore on a journey, with exactly the same visual appearance as Paolo. It begins a liaison provoked by Delia, in which she dominates Ettore and over again, possibly accidentally, with „Paolo“ addresses. The situation is dramatically increasing. Ettore’s past holds a great danger for Delia.
Wrter: Cristina Binetti
Ritchie Boys – Development
The fact-based story tells the story of a young German-Jewish migrant in the United States who, after the declaration of war by Nazi Germany, volunteered to join the US Army Intelligence Unit, whose members are called „Ritchie Boys.“ They are trained to interrogate captured German soldiers in their native language. He is ready to face this exceptionally high psychological conflict situation, because he is guided by a vague hope of being able to search for his parents and to save them somehow.
Writer: Oliver Rahayel
Abracadreams – Development
Julie, a cheerful nine-year-old girl, is deeply attached to her father and eagerly accompanies him during his vet visits to a dolphinarium nearby their house. When confronted with an unimaginably difficult situation- the accident of her beloved parent and his subsequent coma, she finds it impossible to escape the nightmares haunting her every night. That’s why Julie is assigned an Abracadream, one of the 5-inch tall fairies that belong to the same family as cupids and guardian angels and help children by taking away their nightmares and replacing them with sweet dreams. If an Abracadream manages to help 1000 children, they are born into real children themselves…
Writer: Nancy Stevelinck and Piet Beate
Mao de Senhor (Hand of God) – Development
A small kiosk owner Chico living in a secluded Brazilian village wins the biggest jackpot ever. But instead of keeping all the money for himself, he proclaims that he is a man of god and therefore has to share it with the less fortunate. However, Chico’s decision results in anger and greed from his wife, family, his church, corrupt politicians and all the people who want benefit from his lucky fortune.
Writer/Director: Rene Eller