In December, we saw the first 13 features slated to screen in the Berlinale’s Generation programs aimed at younger viewers. Today, the festival’s completed those lineups: “In total, 65 short and full-length films from 35 countries were selected for the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competitions.” Straight from the festival, whose 65th edition runs from February 5 through 15:
14+ – Russian Federation
By Andrey Zaytsev
For Alex, beautiful Vika is out of reach. The block where she lives is enemy territory, where nothing is off limits when it comes to fighting. Amid the high-rise buildings of the suburbs, a story of first love as turbulent as it is moving unfolds.
Cloro (Chlorine) – Italy
By Lamberto Sanfelice
Jenny’s dream of attending the synchronised swimming championships recedes into the distance when her dysfunctional family has to move from the warm seaside to the gloomy mountains. Dream-like underwater images of bodies moving rhythmically to music lend this debut feature its special atmosphere.
Coming of Age – South Africa / Germany
By Teboho Edkins
Two years in the lives of four teenagers in the isolation of a mountain village in Lesotho. This documentary film accompanies them close-up, between the village school and the arduous task of herding sheep. The teens grow up fast and have to decide whether to follow in the tradition.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl – USA
By Marielle Heller
With great curiosity 15-year-old Minnie begins to discover her sexuality. She tries out a lot, including things that she later regrets. Integrated animated sequences, woven together with a cool soundtrack, transport back to the San Francisco of the wild 1970’s. With Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård and Bel Powley.
El Gurí (The Kid) – Argentina
By Sergio Mazza
Gonzalo is just ten years old, but he has to take on a lot of responsibility. He doesn’t know whether his mother is coming back. Muted colours and haunting cinematography capture the boy’s uncertain situation in fascinating and compelling fashion.
Mina Walking – Canada / Afghanistan
By Yosef Baraki
Mina’s father is a useless junkie, her grandfather is senile and helpless and her mother was killed by the Taliban. Every day the twelve-year-old hits the streets of Kabul and takes care of everything. An impressive debut about a strong young female protagonist in present-day Afghanistan.
One & Two – USA
By Andrew Droz Palermo
Lush, green meadows and vast forests. Eva and her brother Zac live in an idyllic setting but in complete isolation. Under their father’s fierce control and their mother’s illness, a mysterious wall encircles the world of the two siblings longing for freedom.
Prins (Prince) – Netherlands
Sam de Jong
Tropical synthesizer sounds, a handful of sunflower seeds and a pastel magenta Lamborghini. 17-year-old Ayoub stares at his reflection in the glossy paintjob and considers what he needs in order to win over Laura. She likes the bad guys. The dealer Kalpa just might be able to give Ayoub the purple key to happiness.
Wonderful World End – Japan
By Daigo Matsui
As Gothic Lolita, 17-year-old Shiori has lots of fans hooked on her live video blog, including shy Ayumi. This story of a twisted but tender friendship between two girls is also a colourfully shrill trip through the artificial worlds of Japanese teenagers.
As announced in the previous press release, the programme also includes:
The Beat Beneath My Feet, Great Britain, by John Williams – IP
Corbo, Canada, by Mathieu Denis – EP
Flocken (Flocking), Sweden, by Beata Gårdeler – WP
Nena (Viel mehr geht nicht), Netherlands / Germany, by Saskia Diesing – IP
Short Skin, Italy, by Duccio Chiarini – IP
A-wang (So Be It) – Thailand
By Kongdej Jaturanrasmee
Two different childhoods in a country shaped by Buddhism. Kongdej Jaturanrasmee (Tang Wong,Generation 14plus 2014) shares a documentary take on the complex relationship between contemporary youth and spiritual tradition in Thailand.
Antboy: Den Røde Furies Hævn (Antboy: Revenge of the Red Fury) – Denmark / Germany
By Ask Hasselbalch
Antboy is back. Arrayed against him this time are his powerful arch-rival Flea, the Terror Twins and a new, invisible opponent. But his superpowers turn out to be of no use when it comes to love. An invigorating and witty sequel in the best time-honoured superhero tradition.
Jia Zai Shui Cao Feng Mao De Di Fang (River Road) – People’s Republic of China
By Li Ruijun
The relationship between the two young brothers is as edgy as the landscape is dusty and dry. A journey on the backs of two camels through the Gobi Desert in a land scarred by the grave consequences of modern civilization.
La casa más grande del mundo (The Greatest House in the World) – Guatemala / Mexico
By Ana V. Bojórquez and Lucía Carreras
Entrusted with a major task, the Mayan girl Rocío grows beyond her own limits. In sublime shots, the camera follows Rocío’s journey through the breath-taking mountain scenery of Guatemala.
Nebesnyj Verbljud (Celestial Camel) – Russian Federation
By Yury Feting
The 12-year-old shepherd boy Bair has to find an angry run-away mother camel. On the back of an old motorcycle, he sets out on a magical and dangerous journey through the endless vastness of the Mongolian steppes.
As announced in the previous press release, the program also includes:
Cykelmyggen og Minibillen (Mini and the Mozzies), Denmark, by Jannik Hastrup and Flemming Quist Møller – EP
Dhanak (Rainbow), India, by Nagesh Kukunoor – WP
Dorsvloer vol Confetti (Confetti Harvest), Netherlands / Belgium, by Tallulah Hazekamp Schwab – IP
Golden Kingdom, USA, by Brian Perkins – WP
Kar Korsanları (Snow Pirates), Turkey, by Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu – WP
Min lilla syster (My Skinny Sister), Sweden / Germany, by Sanna Lenken – IP
Paper Planes, Australia, by Robert Connolly – EP
You’re Ugly Too, Ireland, by Mark Noonan – WP
Short films Generation 14plus
#Ya (#Rise), Argentina, by Ygor Gama and Florencia Rovlich – WP
A Confession, Great Britain, by Petros Silvestros (Berlinale Generation 14plus 2014: Mike) – WP
Bloodlines, USA, by Christopher Nataanii Cegielski – EP
Coach, France, by Ben Adler – WP
Driftwood Dustmites, Australia, by Malina Maria Mackiewicz – WP
Gri Bölge (Mother Virgin No More), Turkey, by Derya Durmaz – WP
Leka Färdigt (Play Time), Sweden, by Nanna Huolman – WP
Let’s Dance: Bowie Down Under, Australia / Großbritannien, by Rubika Shah – WP
Nelly, Austria, by Chris Raiber – WP
Nulla Nulla, Australia, by Dylan River – WP
The Old Man and the Bird, Germany, by Dennis Stein-Schomburg – WP
Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose, Australia, by Brendan Fletcher and Del Kathryn Barton – WP
Piknik (Picnic), Croatia, by Jure Pavlovic – WP
Pochemu banan ogryzayetsya (Why Banana Snarls), Russian Federation, by Svetlana Razgulyayeva – IP
Stay Awake, USA, by Jamie Sisley – IP
Squirrel, Greece / USA, by Tomas Vengris – WP
Tuolla puolen (Reunion), Finland, by Iddo Soskolne and Janne Reinikainen – WP
Un Creux Dans Mon Cœur (A Hole In My Heart), Netherlands, by Mees Peijnenburg (BerlinaleGeneration 14plus 2014: Cowboys Janken Ook) – WP
Wawi, Australia, von Michael Portway – IP
Short films Generation Kplus
Agnes, Sweden, by Anja Lind – IP
Boogaloo and Graham, Great Britain, by Michael Lennox – EP
Camino del agua (Water Path), Colombia, by Carlos Felipe Montoya – WP
Catalina y el Sol (Catalina and the Sun), Germany / France / Argentina, by Anna Paula Hönig – WP
Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul, Australia, by Kitty Green – EP
Giovanni en het waterballet (Giovanni and the Water Ballet), Netherlands, by Astrid Bussink – IP
Hadiatt Abi (Gift of My Father), Iraq / Great Britain / Netherlands/ USA, by Salam Salman – WP
Der kleine Vogel und das Eichhörnchen (The Little Bird and the Squirrel), Switzerland, by Lena von Döhren (Berlinale Generation Kplus 2012: Der kleine Vogel und das Blatt) – DP
Kumu Hina (A Place in the Middle), USA, by Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson – IP
Mahiye sorkh shodeh (The Fried Fish), Iran, by Leila Khalilzadeh – EP
Maja, Poland, by Jakub Michnikowski – WP
Messages dans l’air (Air-Mail), Switzerland / France, by Isabelle Favez (Berlinale Kinderfilmfest 14plus2004: Circuit Marine) – IP
Onomastika (Onomastics), Indonesia, by Loeloe Hendra – EP
Primavera (Spring), Bolivia, by Joaquín Tapia Guerra – IP
Rosso Papavero, Slowak Republic, by Martin Smatana – IP
Si la mer se meurt (The Wanderings of the Fisherman’s Son), France, by Lorris Coulon, out of competition – IP
The Tie, Belgium, by An Vrombaut – WP
Kacey Mottet Klein, Naissance d’un acteur (Kacey Mottet Klein, Birth of an Actor), Switzerland, by Ursula Meier – WP
Videojuegos (Videogames), Argentina, by Cecilia Kang – WP