Dennstein & Schwarz - Pro Bono Attorney
The time is ripe: Lawyers Paula Dennstein and Therese Schwarz are opening a law firm together! But their first case is quite a challenge. Their job is to protect a single widower from the fraudulent machinations of a prefabricated home company - of course, pro bono! But things are also going haywire in their private lives. While Paula's marriage is about to fall apart, Therese meets Thomas and is completely enthralled by him. The attraction seems to be mutual, until Therese realizes who Thomas really is.
Dennstein & Schwarz - #MeNot
Paula Dennstein and Therese Schwarz take on a spectacular case that promises great publicity for their law firm. The politician Konrad Wagner is seeking legal defense against a speculative press story denouncing him as a «groper». For Paula, the innocence of her long-time friend is beyond doubt. She hands over the delicate assignment to Therese to clarify where the allegations come from and to discredit them. Meanwhile, Paula is handling a drugs violation by Therese's younger sister Marita - of course "pro bono" - because her son Ferdinand is not completely uninvolved.
Former cello star Karl Michaeli is the very epitome of a grouch and the refugees being housed by his neighbour Esther are a particular thorn in his side. Until Hamid, a 16 year old Syrian boy, breaks in to his house. The alleged criminal proves to have great musical talent. Karl senses that he has an opportunity to make up for what he failed to do for his own son.
Day of Anger
Ella, a young waitress, is being held hostage at the 'South Pole', a pub in the Bohemian Prater amusement park in Vienna. Her captor makes no demands of the police. Ella's friend Mario tries to get to her at the pub but police and emergency services bar won't let him. The police find a digital camera in front of the pub, and recognize Ella amongst others in the photos. The hostage taker lost the camera and has clearly been observing Ella for a while. Suddenly a shot is heard from the 'South Pole'. The hostage taker appears at the door but at the last minute, Ella pulls him back into the pub. Why?
You Always Meet Twice
Three friends, who haven't met for forty years and whose lives couldn't be more different, meet up on an evening that will change their paths forever. Gerti B. is a detective and has given up almost everything for her career but hasn't got much in return. Franz A. intended to be an undertaker, but decided on another, presumably more glamorous, career: prostitution, but as the manager of a brothel, he's seen better days. Jonas L. is a passionate watchmaker and also, a hit-man who comes under pressure from his client when he's contracted to liquidate an old friend. The story is multi-layered and actually begins with two corpses in a coffin that was only meant for one.
In the Shadow of Fear
Karla Eckhardt is a forensic psychiatrist who serves as an expert witness in criminal proceedings. She must assess whether the defendant, Carsten Spanger, is criminally liable. The famous architect has kidnapped a young woman. Karla diagnoses him as suffering from a serious personality disorder, and soon begins to suspect that she is dealing with a serial killer. As suspicion grows that a further victim may still be alive in some hideaway, she needs to gain Spanger's trust. But Spanger forces Karla to face her own demons.
The Final Problem
A holiday hotel is snowed in. A corpse is in a room that has been locked from the inside. The hotel manager wants to keep this predicament quiet but before long, the whole hotel knows about it. Amongst the guests is a police inspector - or at least someone who makes a plausible claim to be one - who begins an extensive investigation, helped by his assistant, who is travelling with him. Then, there's a second murder. The inspector seems to be close to solving the case, but he doesn't have any proof.
The murder of an elite escort in a top quality hotel in Zell am See is especially worrying for Commander Franziska Heilmayr - the main suspect is her friend Annie's brother. At Annie's request and very much to the chagrin of senior detective Martin Merana, Franziska gets involved with the investigation. The two crimefighters soon identify a suspect. Oddly, while seemingly protesting his innocence, Roland suddenly confesses in full. All the while, Merana and Heilmayr have no idea that they are on the trail of a crime that reaches into the highest echelons of politics.
Dennstein & Schwarz - The Heirs
Attorney Dr. Therese Schwarz takes over a highly explosive case: her once big love Fritz, organic farmer and now married is an illegitimate son of the deceased Count Florentin Dennstein, considered with one third of the entire property.
Until now, the Dennstein family were completely unaware of this situation and will challenge the will.
Therese represents Fritz in court and Paula Dennstein, daughter of the deceased Count, the Dennstein family.
While both of them starting to fight each other with all tricks in court, the Countess Alexandra starts an intrigue behind the scenes. Therese uncovers some family secrets and the tide turns.
Backwoods Crimes - Death on Ice
The retired policeman Sepp Ahorner discovers a dead body on a frozen lake. Since the two female investigators, who had travelled all the way to uncover this murder, are then rejected by all the village people, starts his own investigations.
During his morning walk the retired policemanSepp Ahorner suddenly discovers a dead body on afrozen lake. Since the two female investigators, whohad travelled all the way to uncover this murder, arethen rejected by all the village people, Sepp forceshimself to start his own investigations. But when hisown family members become suspects in the case he must choose between family and justice.
Martin and Maria, both burnt children when itcomes to relationships and marriages, meet at a vernissage. Unlike Andreas, Martin's best friend, who also is in a woman-abstinent phase of his life, Martin throws all his concerns and resolutions to the wind and dares to step out of his «comfort zone» into the free fall of love. This time, however, there supposedly won't be a crash landing at the divorce lawyer; all the weak points of the relationship will be considered before the wedding and have the relevant therapies successfully applied just in time. Why shouldn't it be possible to once in a lifetime have a relationship that from the beginning is based on a partnership of equals?
INSIDE AMERICA is a portrait of six High School kids in a small border town in Texas. The American flag is proudly raised at school every morning and the dream of prosperity and freedom is invested in their mind, but the reality is tough; drugs, violence and security at the school gate are a part of the daily routine. The six teenagers fight for their future in between ROTC Class and Home Economics, somehow managing to retain their vitality and dreams.
At 19 years old, Niko is still a proper «mummy's boy» and is desperate to experience his «first time». When his parents go to a party out of town, he decides to make the most of being «home alone» and invites the attractive Angelina to join him. But she doesn't come on her own, and what's more, Niko's friend Luke plans to throw
the party to end all parties at his house. He tries to avert the worst, but then someone else pulls «his» Angelina. The initially unprepossessing Sophie, who turns out to have hidden depths, tries to distract Niko, and suddenly he is caught between two women. Just as the bash reaches its excessive highpoint Niko's parents burst in.
Franz Fuchs - The Mail-Bomber
From 1993 to 1997, Franz Fuchs, who described himself as an «Austrian terrorist», rocked Austria by committing a series of letter bomb attacks which killed four people and left 15 seriously injured. Ten years after his arrest on October 1st, 1997, the film looks back on the affair, raising questions which no one wanted to answer after Fuchs's suicide in prison in 2000. Divided into three parts and interweaving fictional reconstitutions and documentary techniques, the film begins with Fuch's preventive detention and the preparations for the trial, then moves on to the trial itself, before examining the consequences of the affair.
In times of globalisation and ecological crises a small fish store holds a surprisingly big potential of self-fulfillment for the 25 year old Martin. Now, after his father passed away, he will be able to do everything different and better - even if the small shop has to compete with the discount store over the road and his brother Kurt, out of the blue, returns from oblivion and aggrandizes himself - first in the store and then with Karin, a student. It was Martin though who wanted to impress Karin by his transformation into a modern, anti-globalisation entrepreneur. Martin and Kurt above all have the non-changeable fact in common, that they are brothers. But it is Kurt's presence that provokes conflicts. Though Martin and Kurt would actually be not that different, they both live in illusory worlds and shut themselves off to the unpleasant reality. With décor and big talks Martin tries to save the family business and the whole area, Kurt acts the successful careerist, his life goal, though in reality he is a million miles away from that.
The Camera Murderer
Easter at Lake Neusiedl: Thomas has a designer house hidden in the reeds on the Hungarian side
of the lake. He and his new girlfriend Sonja invite another couple to visit: Heinrich, an old friend
and notorious cynic and his wife Eva, who seems to have a more complicated past with Thomas
than a simple long-lasting friendship. Small irritations even before the guests arrive suggest that
the idyll is not to be trusted.