14 and Under (1973)
Frühreifen-Report (original title)
1h 27min | Comedy | 17 August 1973 (West Germany)
This episodic film is a close relative of Wolf Hartwig’s schoolgirl report movies, made by the same people, in a similar style, around similar topics. However, this one specifically focuses on the coming-of-age aspects, to an extent that it also touches on delicate issues such as pedophilia.
The Boy Below 2003
Dykkerdrengen (original title)
30min | Short, Drama | 28 January 2003 (Denmark)
The ten-year-old Anders, who is obsessed with diving, lives in an apartment with his alcoholic father, who himself has a past as a scuba diver. Although they are under the strict supervision of the social authorities due to their father’s abuse, Anders is 100% loyal. For it is envisaged that if the father stays away from the bottle, they can travel to the south together and have a diving holiday. Anders buys in, cooks and keeps the façade facing the outsiders, but when they reach down to the heat and the cheap booze, the situation becomes unmanageable for Anders.
An old dog has a hard time learning new tricks in this drama set in Turku. Ari, a paramedic, is a chronic womanizer; he makes it a point of pride to never sleep with the same woman twice, and his nights are a long series of brazen one-night stands. But when Ari meets Tiina (Laura Malmivaara), something unexpected happens – he falls in love. For the first time, Ari finds himself pursuing a long-term relationship, and he makes a genuine effort to remain faithful to her. But old habits die hard; Tiina introduces Ari to her circle of friends and temptation arises as he encounters Hanna-Riikka, a theology student, and Ilona, who is soon to be married. Despite Ari’s feelings for Tiina, he begins having affairs with both Hanna-Riikka and Ilona, leading to an unpleasant revelation on the day of Ilona’s nuptials.
From the depths of the sea is born Adam, a young man who searches the world for the place to which he belongs. Walking along the beach, he meets another child like him and they become friends. As an adult, the child becomes a man who tries to find the woman, his counterpart. Harassed by the beings of the world, he sees it through dreams and this helps him to recover from his evil.
Damian, a teenage boy raised by a single mother, believes that his father is a famous footballer playing for the Celtic Glasgow F.C. His dream is to visit him. In his everyday life he has difficulty finding a common language with his mother who is trying to make a new life for herself with a younger man. It is easier for him to get on with his pregnant friend, Monika, who is his senior by a few years. When the time comes, Damian will have to choose between his dreams and common sense, a consequence of his subconscious need to correct somebody else’s mistakes.
My Brother Is A Mermaid 2019
20min | Short, Drama | 20 October 2019 (UK)
My Brother is a Mermaid is magical realism about the experiences of a non-binary teenager, as seen through the eyes of their 7 year old brother. Set in a desolate seaside town, the film fuses social realism with fairytale, as it examines how a child’s innocence and unconditional love can be a powerful and disruptive force for good.
Red Yellow Pink 2020
1h 39min | Drama | 10 October 2020 (Austria)
Red Yellow Pink” tells the story of a son and his mother.
He: homosexual. She: strictly Roman Catholic.
Two different worlds – a conflict is starting.
Can love overcome all prejudices?
A film against discrimination. A movie for acceptance.