David lives in the outskirts of Essen, where director Thomas Arslan also grew up, with his single mother in a social housing project. Heavy metal and girls are at the center of his life. He looks forward to the end of his school years and the new phase of his life with more trepidation than hope.
A day in the life of 21-year-old Deniz, who aims to become an actress and makes her living by dubbing movies. After she has split with her old boyfriend she gets to know Diego and spends the evening with him.
Karin is a sales rep for a cosmetics company who one day has to take to the road with Sophie, the new boss’s girlfriend. The two women behave as rivals before joining forces in a flight to freedom.
In the small fishing towns of Ghana the photographer’s studio is the place to go and get “snapped”. Here you can wear the latest fashion or pose in a grand setting with a long lost friend. So everybody will remember you at your best and later the photograph might be used to help create a cement tomb sculpture or a life-size painting on your grave. The studio is an essential part of people’s life and reputation.
Irene, the new receptionist at a hotel in the Austrian Alps, discovers that the girl she is replacing has mysteriously disappeared. Curiosity leads her to ask questions that are met with indifference and hostility from the other employees. At this point she realizes that she is in great danger.
A Greek-American filmmaker, known simply as «A», returns to his hometown in northern Greece for a screening of his latest controversial film. His real reason for coming back, however, is to track down three long-missing reels of film by Greece’s pioneering Manakia brothers who in the early years of cinema traveled through the Balkans, ignoring national and ethnic strife and recording ordinary people, especially craftsmen, on film. Their images, he believes, hold the key to lost innocence and essential truth, to an understanding of Balkan history.
In the winter of 1943 two young Jews, Alek and Fryda, escape, via sewer tunnels, from the atrocities underway in Warsaw ghetto. Alek, entrusted with undeveloped photos of the horrors within, makes his way to a supposedly safe apartment only to find it occupied by Germans. Another tenant, a pole Stephania, abruptly offers to shelter him in her spacious apartment. She comforts him and they make love that very night. Stefania is uncommonly generous and willing to jeopardize her own safety by hiding a Jew. She even goes to a nearby church and rescues Fryda. But Fryda is ungrateful and proceeds to sabotage the trio’s safety in insidious ways.
Jonnie has just started a new band in Berlin but the new capital is suffering racial tension and growing pains since the fall of the wall. Rising prices, housing shortages, and cut-throat speculation threatens the existence of the Rock house where she and other bands rehearse. The community is at stake and her new boyfriends subversive group have a plan to strike back.