It’s midsummer in a Finnish small town of Imatra near the Russian border. Matti, a lonely 54-year old man, meets a Russian transwoman Masha. When the glittering night falls, Matti has to face the complex consequences of his fake life.
The film portrays the events of a single day in Cairo of 1954, as they unfold through the personal story of the now 97-years-old Jacques Motola. Through present-day conversations with his granddaughter, his memories of past reveal the story of an aging artist and still somewhat a man of mystery.
Still Lives is an experimental stop motion animation starring traditional figurines from folk art from various times and places. Accompanied by a soundtrack of narrators facing the pressures of modern life, these characters explore the theme of busy stillness from different points of view in seven separate scenes: a couple on an antique bridal box breaks up, turning into tinder; an ancient statue in a glass showcase grows tired of hearing about the dynamic potential of shared workspaces, and the runner on a clay jar is stuck in a never-ending workout session.
The psychoanalyst Helena receives a new patient, Alice. But the story Alice is telling gets uncomfortably close to Helena’s own life.
In a remote Norwegian village the weaving roads have become the subject of controversy. Assuming the role of detective, the documentary investigates the bewildering phenomena of car skid marks and their mysterious appearance. Winding, looping, curving, the hypnotising patterns reveal unexpected frictions in the village. Some brand the skid marks as an irresponsible and dangerous act, while others view the mesmerizing marks as a form of art.