Based on true events, Picco sheds light on the everyday life of youth prison inmates in Germany and shows in a merciless way that the judiciary system is by no means able to re-educate these lost youths. Kevin is new in youth prison. He has to share a cell with Tommy, Andy and Marc. A partnership of convenience in a system where only the strong prevail. It is hard for Kevin to establish himself. He’s afraid of not sticking it out. Only Tommy gives him an amicable advice: In this system, you’re either a victim or a culprit. An advice that will trigger most dire consequences and will lead to a night that will change the lives of the four inmates forever.

A Coffee in Berlin

“Do you ever have the feeling that everybody around you is strange, and then you realise that it’s you that’s the problem?” Berliner Niko packed in his law studies two years ago and is taking each moment as it comes. His place in life evades him and he spends his time “reflecting”. He drifts through the city, alone or with his buddy Matze, curious of people and their activities. On this particular day, Niko experiences the consequences of his passivity: his girlfriend dumps him, his father stops his income, former classmate Julika confronts him with wounds from their past – and the city seems to have run out of coffee. OH BOY is a charmingly self-ironic portrait of a young man and the city he lives in. Shot in vivid black and white, the film alternates between melancholy and humour, and shows the protagonist’s search for his place in a world where everything yet nothing seems possible.


Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four locals outside a Berlin nightclub. Sonne and his friends promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these lads are in hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favor that requires repaying that evening. As Victoria’s flirtation with Sonne deepens into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. And later, when things become more ominous and possibly deadly for Sonne, she insists on coming along. What started out as a good time spirals out of control and as dawn approaches it’s all or nothing for Victoria and Sonne: they abandon themselves to a heart-stopping race into the depths of hell. [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]