Topics include suicide, sexuality, child labor

BERLIN — Some very grown up themes will pervade the Berlin Film Festival’s youth-oriented Generation sidebar next year, including suicide, sexuality and child labor.

Fest organizers on Wednesday announced the first 13 films selected for the section, which includes the children’s segment Kplus and the teen-oriented 14plus.

They include the world preem of “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint’s “Cherrybomb” about three teens on a wild weekend of drink, drugs, shop-lifting and stealing cars.

Among the screeners is the first ever documentary to unspool in Generation, Eugenio Polgovsky’s “Los Herederos” (The Inheritors).

Pic,which screened at this year’s Viennale, looks at the plight of generations of children in Mexico who are born into poverty and forced to work in the countryside without hope of escaping an ancestral legacy.

“We cannot ignore documentary material that has such an enormous impact on the screen,” said Generation director Maryanne Redpath. “We are eager to engage in the controversial discussions that this work will provoke across the generations.”

In David Lee Miller’s U.S. drama “My Suicide,” an obsessive high school student announces his plan to kill himself on camera. Pic will have its world premiere in 14plus.

First love and budding sexuality are the focus of two Taipei schoolgirls in Cheng Hsiao-Tse’s Taiwanese-Hong Kong co-production “Miao Miao,” which also screens in 14plus, as does Ning Jingwu’s Chinese drama “Gun Lala de qiang” (Lala’s Gun), which follows a 15-year-old boy as he searches for the father he has never known in China’s remote provinces. Pic will also unspool as a world premiere.

The only German film announced so far, Lars Buechel’s “Lippels Traum,” starring Moritz Bleibtreu (“The Baader Meinhof Complex”), Anke Engelke and Christiane Paul, will have its world premiere in Kplus.

Generation is continuing its Berlinale school project, partnering with Vision Kino, the film and media educational network. The initiative gives teachers and their students in the Berlin and Brandenburg region the opportunity to see selected films as part of a topic of a class discussion.

Additional Generation Kplus screeners:

  • “C’est pas moi, je le jure!” (It’s Not Me, I Swear!) by Philippe Falardeau, Canada
  • “Flickan” (The Girl) by Fredrik Edfeldt, Sweden (World Premiere)
  • “Mamma Mu & Krakan” (Mamma Moo & Crow) by Igor Veyshtagin, Sweden/Germany/Hungary
  • “Max Pinlig” (Max Embarrassing) by Lotte Svendsen, Denmark (International Premiere)
  • “Mommo” (The Bogeyman) by Atalay Tasdiken, Turkey (World Premiere)

Additional Generation 14plus screeners:

  • “Cherrybomb” by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa, U.K. (World premiere)
  • “Het zusje van Katia” (Katia’s Sister) by Mijke de Jong, Netherlands
  • “Snijeg” (Snow) by Aida Begic, Bosnia & Herzegovina/Germany/France/Iran
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