Berlin’s Forum lines up 16 debuts

Pics drawn from 33 countries

BERLIN — Films from 33 countries with 16 directorial debuts feature in the lineup for the Berlinale’s Forum section, which will again focus on experimental and unconventional work from young filmmakers.

The 38th edition of the sidebar screens 36 films in its main program, as well as a three-film tribute to Japan’s Wakamatsu Koji.

Migration and its impact on children is a recurring theme in Forum. Mexico’s “La Frontera infinita” (The Infinite Border) by Juan Manuel Sepulveda is set against the streams of migrants from Central America to the U.S., while Ireland’s “Seaview,” by Paul Rowley and Nicky Gogan, explores the struggles of migrants who reach their destination in Europe, but find themselves stranded in a no-man’s land, North of Dublin, where they are forced to wait for years for their asylum hearings.

Australia’s “Son of a Lion,” by Benjamin Gilmour, is set in Pakistan and tracks a boy who wants to escape a world characterized by violence and archaic traditions. On a related topic, Germany’s Brigitte Bertele, “Nacht vor Augen” (Night Before Eyes), by Brigitte Bertele, is about a German soldier returning from Afghanistan who takes out his trauma from combat on his little brother.

Children are the central figures in three Philippine entries: “Tirador” (Slingshot) by Brillante Ma Mendoza, “Balikbayan Box,” by Mes De Guzman, and “Tribu” (Tribe) by Jim Libiran.

“Divizionz” from Uganda, “Regarde-moi” (Ain’t Scared) and “Le premier venu” (Just Anybody) from France, “Asyl-Park and Love Hotel” from Japan are some of the other highlights of Forum.

FORUM LINEUP
“Asyl — Park and Love Hotel” (Asyl), Kumasaka Izuru (Japan)
“Balikbayan Box,” Mes De Guzman (Philippines/Netherlands/Switzerland)
“Be Like Others,” Tanaz Eshaghian (U.S./Canada/Iran)
“El Camino” (The Path), Ishtar Yasin GutiErrez (Costa Rica/France)
“Corridor #8,” Boris Despodov (Bulgaria)
“Corroboree” Ben Hackworth (Australia)
“Diorthosi (Correction)” by Thanos Anastopoulos (Greece)
“Divizionz” Yes! That’s Us, (Uganda/South Africa)
“Flipping Out,” Yoav Shamir (Israel/Canada)
“La Frontera infinita” (The Infinite Border), Juan Manuel Sepulveda (Mexico)
“God Man Dog,” Singing Chen (Taiwan)
“Grandmother’s Flower,” Mun Jeong-hyun (South Korea)
“Green Porno,” Isabella Rossellini, Jody Shapiro (U.S.)
“Higurashi,” Hirosue Hiromasa (Japan)
“Invisible City,” Tan Pin Pin (Singapore)
“Leo,” Josef Fares (Sweden)
“Loos ornamental,” Heinz Emigholz (Austria/Germany)
“Mafrouza/Coeur” (Mafrouza/Heart), Emmanuelle Demoris (France/Egypt)
“Musunde-hiraite,” (What the Heart Craves), Takahashi Izumi (Japan)
“My Winnipeg,” Guy Maddin (Canada)
“Nacht vor Augen” (Night Before Eyes), Brigitte Bertele (Germany)
“Nirvana,” Igor Voloshin, (Russia)
“Paruthiveeran,” Ameer Sulthan (India)
“Le premier venu” (Just Anybody), Jacques Doillon (France/Belgium)
“Regarde-moi” (Ain’t Scared), Audrey Estrougo (France)
“Seaview,” Paul Rowley, Nicky Gogan (Ireland)
“Shahida — Brides of Allah” (Brides of Allah), Natalie Assouline (Israel)
“Son of a Lion,” Benjamin Gilmour (Australia/Pakistan)
“South Main,” Kelly Parker (U.S.)
“Sweet Food City,” Gao Wendong (China)
“Tatil Kitabi” (Summer Book), Seyfi Teoman (Turkey)
“La Terramadre” (Motherland), Nello La Marca (Italy)
“Tirador” (Slingshot), Brillante Ma Mendoza (Philippines)
“Tribu,” Jim Libiran (Philippines)
“United Red Army,” Wakamatsu Koji (Japan)
“Victoire Terminus, Kinshasa,” Florent de la Tullaye, Renaud Barret (France/Congo)
“Yasukuni,” Li Ying (Japan/China)

TRIBUTE TO WAKAMATSU KOJI
“Ecstasy of the Angels,” 1972 (Japan)
“Go, Go Second Time Virgin,” 1969 (Japan)
“Secrets Behind the Wall,” 1965 (Japan)

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