Young German librarian Jan travels to Italy in order to merry his German-Italian bride Sara. Jan's first encounter with her lively south Italian family turns into a nightmare. Saras father Antonio gives Jan a hard time with his odd way of life although he should know better. Antonio himself is a stranger in a foreign country since he immigrated to Germany in the sixties.
A Town Called Panic
Animated plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems, too. Cowboy and Indian's plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they destroy his house instead. Surreal adventures take over as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe where pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures live. Each speedy character is voiced -- and animated -- as if their very air contains both amphetamines and laughing gas. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier mâché town, will Horse and his girlfriend ever be alone?
Christine has been confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. In order to escape her isolation, she makes a journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees mountains. She wakes up one morning seemingly cured by a miracle. The leader of the pilgrimage group, a seductive 40- year-old volunteer from the Order of Malta, begins to take an interest in her. She tries to hold on to this newfound chance for happiness, while her cure provokes envy and admiration.
Snow White the Sequel
Belgium|France|Great Britain|Poland 2006
An irreverent look at what happened the morning after Snow White married Prince Charming. Did they find marital bliss? Or was the Prince a bounder who would jump into bed with the first girl who came along? Picha's fourth animated movie is definitely not for children or nostalgic adults, but teenagers and young adults will love it. The film starts where the Brothers Grimm and everyone else left off. Snow White married Prince Charming... but that´s when the Good Fairy decided she wanted the Prince for herself, and it was all DOWNHILL from there.
How could poor Prince Charming cope with Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, when he was already married to the most beautiful, innocent woman in the Kingdom? And how would Snow White survive the scurrilous attention of her´dear little friends´ the Seven Dwarves, while her husband was off doing his princely duty? A new take on a dozen fairy-tales featuring characters we have all known and loved ... until now.
Austria|Great Britain|Latvia 2009
Janu Nakts (St. John's Night) is a traditional Latvian celebration during which family and friends gather to build bonfires, barbecue, drink and generally have a good time. According to legend, lovers and those who would like to fall in love, can search the woods for the "magic fern" on this night. This magic fern serves as the focus and pivotal point of the six stories in "Midsummer Madness" It is also a metaphor for the film's underlying theme - finding love. "MIDSUMMER MADNESS " is reflected in the recurring element of the magic fern, a metaphor (both in the film and in real life) for love. The question posed by the film is: can a search for love ever be successful? Each story deals with this question. An answer is provided at the film's conclusion in a humorous and unforgettable way: we see the legendary fern, glowing magically in a meadow. It exists after all! Then a cow ambles along and eats it.