Back in December, the Berlin International Film Festival (February 7 through 17) announced the first round of titles for its two Generation programs devoted to younger viewers. Today, the Berlinale‘s added ten features and two sets of shorts. The complete Generation lineup, with descriptions from the festival:
Jîn, by Reha Erdem (Turkey). For over 30 years, a war has been raging between guerrillas and the army in Kurdish areas in Turkey. Like an animal on the run Jîn, a young fighter, moves instinctively from one danger to another, across the formidable landscapes. World Premiere.
Princesas Rojas (Red Princesses), by Laura Astorga Carrera (Costa Rica / Venezuela). Claudia and her sister flee with their parents, Sandinista activists, from the uprisings in Nicaragua to neighbouring Costa Rica. Always on the move, the girls have an unstable life. And their family finds no peace. World Premiere.
Tang Wong, by Kongdej Jaturanrasmee (Thailand). In Bangkok four teenagers have half-heartedly sworn an oath at an altar. They promise that if all goes well, they will publicly perform a traditional tang wong dance. For them, nothing would be more embarrassing. World Premiere.
Um Fim do Mundo (The End of the World), by Pedro Pinho (Portugal). A day in the life of teenagers in a suburb of Lisbon. After dark they often meet each other at the bumper cars, at other times they are drawn to the sunlit beach. This sharply contrasting black-and-white film was generated as a collective project. World Premiere.
As previously announced, the program also includes:
Baby Blues (Poland, by Kasia Rosłaniec) – European Premiere
Capturing Dad (Japan, by Ryota Nakano) – International Premiere
Hide Your Smiling Faces (USA, by Daniel Patrick Carbone) – World Premiere
Pluto (Republic of Korea, by Shin Su-won) – IP
Shopping (New Zealand, by Louis Sutherland, Mark Albiston) – EP
The Cold Lands (USA, by Tom Gilroy) – WP
Touch of the Light (Taiwan/ Hong Kong, China, by Chang Jung-Chi) – EP
Tough Bond (USA, by Austin Peck and Anneliese Vandenberg) – WP
Anina, by Alfredo Sordeguit (Columbia / Uruguay). As punishment for a schoolyard fight, Anina gets a mysterious letter. This opulently animated film tells of friendship, children’s fears and the first twinges of love. World Premiere.
Don’t Expect Praises, by Yang Jin (People’s Republic of China / Republic of Korea). Xiaobo and Yang spend their holidays in the country. Charmingly funny, the film evolves into a seemingly never-ending odyssey of two dissimilar but inseparable friends. European Premiere.
Eskil & Trinidad, by Stephan Apelgren (Sweden). In far northern Sweden, Eskil is always moving with his father from place to place. He longs for his mother in Denmark, where it’s also warmer. Great that the eccentric Trinidad is building a boat to set off for more southern regions. World Premiere.
La Eterna Noche de las Doce Lunas (The Eternal Night of Twelve Moons), by Priscila Padilla Farfan (Columbia). In the tradition of the indigenous Wayuu community, girls on the eve of puberty should live in isolation for a period of twelve moons. Using documentary imagery, this film shows young Pili as she prepares for her role as a woman. World Premiere.
MARUSSIA, by Eva Pervolovici (France / Russian Federation). Little Marussia and her mother are constantly searching for a place to stay for the next night. It’s not easy to find a home when they aren’t even sure if they belong in Russia or France. World Premiere.
Cita – Citaku Setinggi Tanah (Stepping on the Flying Grass), by Eugene Panji (Indonesia). Little Agus dreams of no less than eating at a fine Padang restaurant. It’s a simple dream but Agus realises he has to do more than want it, he has to make it happen. International Premiere.
And as previously announced, the program also includes:
Kopfüber (UPSIDEdown, Germany, by Bernd Sahling) – WP
Mammu, es Tevi mīlu (Mother, I Love You, Latvia, by Jānis Nords) – WP
Nono, Het Zigzag Kind (The Zigzag Kid, Netherlands/Belgium, by Vincent Bal) – EP
ÖDLAND – Damit keiner das so mitbemerkt (WASTELAND – So that No One Becomes Aware of It, Germany, by Anne Kodura) – WP
Satellite Boy (Australia, by Catriona McKenzie) – EP
The Rocket (Australia, by Kim Mordaunt) – WP
Twa Timoun (Three Kids, Belgium, by Jonas d’Adesky) – EP
Short Films – Generation 14plus
Äta lunch (Eating Lunch, Sweden, by Sanna Lenken) – IP
Barefoot (Canada, by Danis Goulet; Berlinale Generation 14plus 2011: Wapawekka) – IP
The Chair (USA, by Grainger David) – GP
Destimação (Pet Bird, Brazil, by Ricardo de Podestá) – EP
Dina and Noel (Israel, by Sivan Levy, Natalie Melamed) – WP
Djur jag dödade förra sommaren (Animals I Killed Last Summer, Sweden, by Gustav Danielsson) – IP
Flight of the Pompadour (Great Britain, by Karan Kandhari) – IP
The Fox Who Followed the Sound (Iran, by Fatemeh Goudarzi) – out of competition
Första gången (First Time, Sweden, by Anders Hazelius) – WP
Nashorn im Galopp (Germany, by Erik Schmitt) – WP
Ninja & Soldier (Japan, by Isamu Hirabayashi, Berlinale Generation 14plus 2012: 663114) – WP
O Pacote (The Package, Brazil, by Rafael Aidar) – WP
Rabbitland (Serbia, by Nikola Majdak and Ana Nedeljkovic) – WP
Treffit (The Date, Finland, by Jenni Toivoniemi) – GP
Yardbird (Australia, by Michael Spiccia) – GP
The Yearning Room (Sweden, by Minka Jakerson) – WP
You Like It, I Love It (Australia, by James Vaughan) – GP
Short Films – Generation Kplus
The Amber Amulet (Australia, by Matthew Moore; Berlinale Generation Kplus 2012: Julian, winner of the Crystal Bear) – WP
Black Horn Night Heron (Singapore, by Miriam Ditchfield) – WP
The Blue Umbrella (USA, by Saschka Unseld) – WP
Cahaya (USA / Singapore, by Jean Lee) – EP
Cheong (Republic of Korea, by Jung-in KIM) – WP
Ezi un lielpilseta (Hedgehogs and the City, Latvia, by Ēvalds Lācis; Berlinale Generation Kplus 2008: Jauna Suga) – WP
Hannah and the Moon (Great Britain, by Kate Charter) – IP
Happy Birthday (Great Britain, by Muhand Heayl Al Taey) – WP
I’m Going to Mum’s (New Zealand, by Lauren Jackson) – WP
Köttbullarna och mobbångrarna (The Meatballs and Sorry Bullies, Sweden, by Johan Hagelbäck, Berlinale Generation Kplus 2007: Pilgiftsgrodorna) – IP
Krot na more (The Mole at the Sea, Russian Federation, by Anna Kadykova) – IP
Matilde (Italy, by Vito Palmieri) – IP
Niño Arbol (Chile, by Waldo Salgado) – WP
Rosa, Anna’s Lil’ Sis (Belgium, by Janet van den Brand) – IP
Sonyacha Aamba (Golden Mango, India, by Govinda Raju) – EP
Summer Suit (Australia, by Rebecca Peniston-Bird) – EP
Xe tải của bố (My Father’s Truck, Barzil/Vietnam, by Mauricio Osaki) – WP
Zima prishla (Winter Has Come, Russian Federation, Vassiliy Shlychkov) – IP
More on the 2013 lineups: Sundance (rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and Slamdance, Rotterdam (rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and Berlin (rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
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