Growing up in the Ukrainian USSR of the 80s, three teenagers learn to stand for their choices and beliefs. Confronted with the Soviet reality, they come to realize that their desires mean nothing in the adult-world. Nevertheless, they cherish their moments together: secretly smoking in the school toilets, talking about their favorite painters, and enjoying their days before the exams.
A giant egg shaped timer counting down till the end of existence washes ashore at the beaches near apartment building The Pink Pearl. While it’s quite a shock for the uptight residents, it ultimately motivates them to finally let loose. But with only six seconds remaining, the clock comes to a halt. Their ecstatic mood turns as the waiting for a new end begins, which could now be at any moment.
When a swarm of unwanted pigeons hear that the mayor is promising homes for all, they spring into action
Yo throws wantonly with tomatoes and hits Lydia, an old, disabled woman. He comes to her aid but Lydia turns out not to be as needy as he thought. The image of perpetrator and victim slowly tilts.
When Grandma’s dog Stella dies, her granddaughter Luna helps with the burial. But what exactly happens when you are dead and six feet under? Grandma evades the answer, so Luna is tempted to see for herself what’s going on down there.
1932. On the day that the Afsluitdijk – a dyke closing the Zuiderzee – will be completed, a fisherman wants to escape through the last gap towards the open sea. When he almost reaches the gap, his son appears. He sneaked on board as a stowaway and wants to stop his father, creating a huge dilemma for him.
Pushed to their limit, the Manta Rays rise up against Man to take control of the Earth; it is the dawning of a new Manta Ray Era and the “flattening” of Mankind.
In a fit of jealousy, Mira does everything to get her love for Doenja returned. After a wild and dangerous climb through the city, she gets her way, but love cannot be forced.
When stung by a nettle, Sarah avoids making it worse by not scratching her itch. As everyday irritations start to accumulate, will she be able to resist the urge?
Margot’s daughter decides what’s best for her old mother. Until Margot herself takes back control of her life. She is going to die anyway, then rather with love and fun.
When fall begins, the strong wind urges the Swallow to go south, along with the other swallows. Alone in his small house, safe from the cold wind, the Squirrel reads books and writes a letter to his friend the Swallow. When he finds an image of the Swallow in one of his books, he sees how a mean griffon threatens his friend, who is unaware of this. In his desperate attempts to save his friend, the Squirrel ends up inside the book, fighting with the word ‘griffon’. As a result of this, the griffon flees from the image, leaving the unsuspecting Swallow unharmed. The Squirrel sits at his table, happy that he could save his distant friend. He gets up, wraps his tail around his neck and goes outside where it is quiet and white. Winter has come.
During the cold winter of hunger in 1944-45 a mother and her daughter hide two Jewish girls in their house. There is little or nothing left to eat and the women look for ways to survive. They decide to unravel a woollen bedspread and knit socks from the wool, 55 in total. On her bicycle without tyres, the mother sets out to barter the socks for food. Oscar-winning director Co Hoedeman (Amsterdam, 1940) reached back into his childhood memories to make this beautiful, poetic film.