Art Comes From The Beak The Way It Has Grown

16 gifted artists work side by side at an extraordinary studio in Berlin. All of them have mental and cognitive disabilities, but it is their talent that got them here, as paid employees, not patients. Their work shows art’s incredible power to express and refine the hidden desires of the soul. Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

The patrons of the Roaring 20s say goodbye to their beloved dive bar in the hours before its final last call. Now is the time to say all the things they left unsaid, to do one final deed that would guarantee they are never forgotten. However, much like this film, nostalgia is just another illusion, an American dream never meant to come true.

Coda For a Captain

At the age of 80, Captain Meirson embarks on his last voyage at sea on his hand-made boat. Surrounded by breaking waves and sounds of depths, he refuses to accept what is more frightening than the winds - growing old.

Elsewhere, Everywhere

20-year-old Shahin fled Tehran in hopes of finding a better life in Europe. His journey—depicted in an impressionistic stream of powerful imagery, text messages, phone calls, and interrogations—sweeps viewers into a deep multi-sensory experience.

Felix in Wonderland

The world of Felix Kubin’s music is playful, bold, and humorous. In this unconventional, funny, and inspiring film, esteemed filmmaker Marie Losier follows the musical genius’ attempts to realize the sounds he hears in his dreams.

Film About a Father Who

The father of filmmaker Lynne Sachs was a chatty, colorful bon vivant, but the important parts of his life were always a secret. In her attempt to solve the mystery of this man, Sachs talks to his nine children, three wives, and mother, and delves into 35 years of footage.

Home

Two women are trying to clean the apartment where one of them lives with 12 cats. The attempt to help encounters resistance, and as the dirt clears, so does a new consciousness.

Horst

A long view of a schoolyard. The distance and the silence of the camera captures a frame in which a volleyball net is spread. Around the net the movement never ceases.

If It Were Love

Gisèle Vienne’s epic dance piece, “Crowd,” demands a deep physical and mental commitment from the dancers. As they tour internationally, the boundaries between their characters and personal lives begin to blur, merging life and art into an intoxicating celebration of movement, music, and intimacy.

Me VS The Pigeons

Everybody says I don't care about anything, but that's not true. I care about the pigeons.

Safety123

Researchers, engineers, and activists scour the breathtaking Alps to identify dangers to skiers and vacationers. Shot from unexpected angles, the film follows their extraordinary efforts to deploy an invisible safety net without spoiling the view.

State Funeral

Rare, carefully reconstructed archive footage gathered from hundreds of sources captures the bizarre happenings that surrounded the death and state funeral of Joseph Stalin. Director Sergey Loznitsa (Austerlitz) stitches these details together into a horrifyingly clear image of life in the Soviet Union.

Strike or Die

The great strike that halted the entire French economy in 1995 left a lasting mark on a small mining town. The interconnected stories of people living there today slowly emerge from the mists of a town still haunted by the ghosts of its past.

The American Sector

Giant graffiti-covered concrete slabs, once part of the Berlin Wall, now stand at 75 sites throughout the United States, including a hotel in Dallas, a casino in Las Vegas, and a church in Arkansas. How did they get there? And why are the Americans so fond of these monuments, when they are busy building a wall of their own?

Tokyo Ride

The filmmakers of Moriyama San and ButoHouse return to Tokyo and embark upon an adventurous journey with Ryūe Nishizawa, one of Japan’s most influential architects. As he leads them around Tokyo, stopping for occasional meals and conversations, the two paint a portrait of the artist, his city, and his dreams of things that lie beyond it.