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Berlin fest’s sidebar adds local flavor

'Dancing With Myself' to world preem at fest

BERLIN — The Berlin Intl. Film Festival’s all-German sidebar Perspektive Deutsches Kino has completed this year’s lineup with six features and three documentaries.

Judith Keil and Antje Kruska’s doc “Dancing With Myself” will world premiere at the fest. Pic illustrates the joys and sorrows of three young Berliners who come to terms with themselves through dancing.

Keil and Kruska took part in the first Perspektive in 2002 with their pic “Der Glanz von Berlin” (Queens of Dust).

Joern Hintzer and Jakob Huefner play with documentary forms in their faux doc “Weltverbesserungsmassnahmen” (Measures to Better the World). The episodic pic presents seven bizarre yet plausible methods for solving everyday problems, including euro banknotes with expiration dates that compel people to invest quickly to stimulate the economy.

Director Florian Schwarz illuminates the zone between longing and despair in “Katze im Sack” (Let the Cat out of the Bag), in which the pic’s characters grapple with life’s surprises.

Sebastian Strasser’s 30-minute feature debut, “Happy End,” tells the tale of a young loner (Matthias Schweighoefer) who creates a world of his own and finds the answers to life in numbers.

Other pics in the section are: “Blackout,” Maximilian Erlenwein; “Das Laecheln der Tiefseefische” (Do Fish Smile?), Till Endemann; “Janine F.” (doc), Teresa Renn; “Netto” (Net), Robert Thalheim; “Was lebst Du?” (Whatz Up?) (doc), Bettina Braun.

German film will also have a new platform on the http://www.filmportal.de Web site, which launches Feb. 11. With data on 30,000 German films and 100,000 personalities, the free Internet site will be the largest online platform for German cinema worldwide.

The Berlinale runs Feb. 10-20.

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