Backwoods Crimes - Death on Ice
During his morning walk the retired policeman Sepp Ahorner suddenly discovers a dead body on a frozen lake. Since the two female investigators, who had travelled all the way to uncover this murder, are then rejected by all the village people, Sepp forces himself to start his own investigations. But when his own family members become suspects in the case and he must choose between family and justice.
Martin and Maria, both burnt children when itcomes to relationships and marriages, meet at a vernissage. Unlike Andreas, Martin's best friend, who also is in a woman-abstinent phase of his life, Martin throws all his concerns and resolutions to the wind and dares to step out of his «comfort zone» into the free fall of love. This time, however, there supposedly won't be a crash landing at the divorce lawyer; all the weak points of the relationship will be considered before the wedding and have the relevant therapies successfully applied just in time. Why shouldn't it be possible to once in a lifetime have a relationship that from the beginning is based on a partnership of equals?
INSIDE AMERICA is a portrait of six High School kids in a small border town in Texas. The American flag is proudly raised at school every morning and the dream of prosperity and freedom is invested in their mind, but the reality is tough; drugs, violence and security at the school gate are a part of the daily routine. The six teenagers fight for their future in between ROTC Class and Home Economics, somehow managing to retain their vitality and dreams.
At 19 years old, Niko is still a proper «mummy's boy» and is desperate to experience his «first time». When his parents go to a party out of town, he decides to make the most of being «home alone» and invites the attractive Angelina to join him. But she doesn't come on her own, and what's more, Niko's friend Luke plans to throw
the party to end all parties at his house. He tries to avert the worst, but then someone else pulls «his» Angelina. The initially unprepossessing Sophie, who turns out to have hidden depths, tries to distract Niko, and suddenly he is caught between two women. Just as the bash reaches its excessive highpoint Niko's parents burst in.
Franz Fuchs - The Mail-Bomber
From 1993 to 1997, Franz Fuchs, who described himself as an «Austrian terrorist», rocked Austria by committing a series of letter bomb attacks which killed four people and left 15 seriously injured. Ten years after his arrest on October 1st, 1997, the film looks back on the affair, raising questions which no one wanted to answer after Fuchs's suicide in prison in 2000. Divided into three parts and interweaving fictional reconstitutions and documentary techniques, the film begins with Fuch's preventive detention and the preparations for the trial, then moves on to the trial itself, before examining the consequences of the affair.
In times of globalisation and ecological crises a small fish store holds a surprisingly big potential of self-fulfillment for the 25 year old Martin. Now, after his father passed away, he will be able to do everything different and better - even if the small shop has to compete with the discount store over the road and his brother Kurt, out of the blue, returns from oblivion and aggrandizes himself - first in the store and then with Karin, a student. It was Martin though who wanted to impress Karin by his transformation into a modern, anti-globalisation entrepreneur. Martin and Kurt above all have the non-changeable fact in common, that they are brothers. But it is Kurt's presence that provokes conflicts. Though Martin and Kurt would actually be not that different, they both live in illusory worlds and shut themselves off to the unpleasant reality. With décor and big talks Martin tries to save the family business and the whole area, Kurt acts the successful careerist, his life goal, though in reality he is a million miles away from that.
The Camera Murderer
Easter at Lake Neusiedl: Thomas has a designer house hidden in the reeds on the Hungarian side
of the lake. He and his new girlfriend Sonja invite another couple to visit: Heinrich, an old friend
and notorious cynic and his wife Eva, who seems to have a more complicated past with Thomas
than a simple long-lasting friendship. Small irritations even before the guests arrive suggest that
the idyll is not to be trusted.