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A gem of an opener

Berlin film kidpic lineup features 'Opal'

BERLIN – The impact of worldwide migration on family life is the main theme of the Berlin Film Festival’s children and youth section, Kinderfilmfest, which opens Feb. 9 with Peter Cattaneo’s “Opal Dream.”

Organizers of Kinderfilmfest and its 14plus competition sidebar have completed the lineup, which includes 21 features, among them four world premieres and eight international premieres from 18 countries. In addition 21 short films from 16 countries will unspool.

Ma Li Wen’s “Women liang” (You and Me) kicks off 14plus on Feb. 10. Chinese pic chronicles a fierce clash between two women of vastly different ages.

To make the Berlinale even more accessible to teens, five films from the Competition, Panorama, Forum and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections, to be announced separately, will be shown for young auds in special screenings.

International and world premieres include Teutonic titles “Hansel and Gretel,” by Anne Wild, and Gernot Roll’s “The Robber Hotzenplotz,” as well as Wolfgang Murnberger’s “Lapislazuli: In the Eye of the Bear,” an Austrian-German-Luxembourg co-production.

The only U.S. feature in the bunch is “Quinceanera,” by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer.

Disney-owned Jetix is again partnering with the Kinderfilmfest.

“Cinema experiences are very important to our subscribers,” said Jetix managing director Christophe Erbes. “Support and coverage of the festival on air, online and in the print media by Jetix Movie and by Jetix’s child reporters clearly demonstrates our commitment.”

Tyke journos will report on all the TV station’s platforms about the festival.

The Kinderfilmfest and 14plus section lineups:

Kinderfilmfest

“We Shall Overcome,” Niels Arden Oplev, Denmark/U.K.
“Hansel and Gretel,” Anne Wild, Ger-many
“The Robber Hotzenplotz,” Gernot Roll, Germany
“Opal Dream,” Peter Cattaneo, U.K./Australia (Opening Film)
“Milk & Opium,” Joel Palombo, India
“Water Flower,” Yusuke Kinoshita, Ja-pan
“Winky’s Horse,” Mischa Kamp, Netherlands/Belgium
“Lapislazuli: In the Eye of the Bear,” Wolf-gang Murnberger, Austria/Germany/Luxembourg
“The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros,” Auraeus Solito, Philippines
“I Am,” Dorota Kedzierzawska, Poland
“Percy, Buffalo Bill & I,” Anders Gustafsson, Swe-den/Denmark
“A Dios Momo,” Leonardo Ricagni, Uruguay

14plus

“Women liang (You and Me), Ma Li-Wen, China
“Beauty and the Bastard,” Dome Karukoski, Finland
“Marock,” Laila Marrakchi, France
“Kamataki,” Claude Gagnon, Canada/Japan
“Schnitzel Paradise,” Martin Koolhoven, Netherlands
“The Aggressives,” Jeong Jae-eun, South Korea
“Lovitor,” Farkhot Abdullaev, Russia
“Four Weeks in June,” Henry Meyer, Sweden
“Quinceanera,” Wash West-moreland, Richard Glatzer, U.S.

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