Insurance agent VINCENT BAUMANN is a cold-hearted careerist and slave to a relentless system set in the future who falls victim to the corporations for whom he works. He is demoted to henchman and tries stubbornly to re-enter the job world and fight his way back up the corporate ladder.
On a Friday morning, as he climbs up the stairs home, Patrascu hears from inside one of the apartments on the second floor a violent conflict between a woman and a man. The noise in the apartment suddenly stops, and out comes Vali, his neighbor from the second floor. Patrascu gives an automatic nod and wordlessly walks up the stairs to his apartment.
In a small and poor village in Bulgaria, located close to the border with Turkey and Greece, Mityo loses his job and is forced to accept to work for his former commander in order to keep his house and pay his loans. His job is to smuggle illegal immigrants from Syria through the Bulgarian-Turkish border into the EU.
Were Dengé Min (Come To My Voice)
In a snowy Kurdish mountain village, in the east of Turkey, an old woman Berfé and her young granddaughter Jiyan are troubled when the only in the household, Temo, the son of one and the father of the other, is arrested and taken into custody by the local gendarmerie. The Commanding Officer has got the information that the villagers are hiding guns from them.
In the midst of the Bosnian war, Marko a Serbian soldier witnesses the brutal aggression of Haris, a Muslim civilian, by three fellow soldiers. Marko interferes and saves Haris, but is beaten to death by the infuriated soldiers.
Twelve years after, the war is over but the wounds of the conflict are still open.
More than anything, 10-year-old Sascha likes to go on bike rides with the neighbour girl Elli and collect sounds. He also has a passion for fixing up his bike in his improvised workshop. What he doesn`t like is the new school he has been sent to in order to learn how to read and write. One day Sascha is caught stealing and his mother decides to seek help at the youth welfare office.
A young woman with a baby and a freshly broken nose steps out of a taxi caught in a traffic jam on the Belgrade Bridge, leaving her baby behind in the car and throws herself off the bridge. What starts with a suicide attempt will connect the lives of the three witnesses: Gavrilo, the taxi driver, a hard-boiled Bosnian refugee, is stuck with the baby.
Alexandra is a 23-year-old student of English language in Ljubljana. She seems rather uninspired at learning and way more willing to raise money for a better living. Nobody knows that Alexandra runs personal ads under the nickname “The Slovenian Girl” and that prostitution is her secret source of income.
Martin, a nu-jazz trumpet player with a unique style, is fighting against convention and mediocrity. He will not accept any compromise, neither in his music, nor in love. When he gets the feeling that Kristina, the love of his life, only loves him for his musical talents, he is deeply hurt.
They were heroes of a special kind. They came from the steppes, the sons of farmers, of factory floor women. Salt-of-the-earth, strapping young men, model husbands, who believed in communism with all their hearts. They were perfect identification-figures for the economically and ideologically damages socialist community. Bright futures lay ahead of them.
The two brothers Volker and Bernd have to await an event, which is not part of everyday life: Bernds release from prison. However, this situation is nothing unusual for both and primarily Volker a more straight-forward guy recalls unpleasant and long suppressed memories, which contributed to long-lasting ups and downs within their relationship.