Generations completes lineup
BERLIN — Alexis Dos Santos’ quirky U.K. drama “Unmade Beds” will open the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation 14plus section this year.
Pic, which also screens in Sundance, follows a group of young people living in a warehouse squat in London’s East End. “Unmade Beds” is Dos Santos’ second feature after his 2006 festival hit “Glue.”
Generations, which comprises the 14plus youth section and the Kplus children’s sidebar, has completed a lineup that reflects the dangers of growing up and young people grappling with the world around them.
Organizers selected 27 features from around the globe for Kplus and 14plus, 10 of which are world premieres. In addition, 30 short films are vying for Crystal Bears in the two competitions.
Kplus opens with the previously announced “Lippels Traum” (Lippel’s Dream), by Lars Buechel. Another German feature also preeming in Kplus is the German-Swedish production “Die Stimme des Adlers” (The Eagle Hunter’s Son), a coming-of-age story set in the Mongolia steppe by Rene Bo Hansen.
Three animated films spanning both competitions and all age brackets include Adam Elliot’s Australian title “Mary and Max,” about two pen pals, one in Melbourne, the other in New York, and voiced by Toni Collette and Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Igor Veyshtagin’s “Mamma Mu & Krakan” (Mamma Moo & Crow); and “Brendan and the Secret of Kells,” by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey, an Irish-French-Belgian co-production.
Also competing for a Crystal Bear in 14plus is Eleni Ampelakiotou’s documentary “Teenage Response,” a Berlin production in which 13 teenagers discuss their bodies, their relationships and their futures.
The Berlinale runs Feb. 5-15.
The Generation lineup:
“Brendan and the Secret of Kells,” by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey, Ireland/France/Belgium (world premiere)
“C’est pas moi, je le jure!” (It’s Not Me, I Swear!), by Philippe Falardeau, Canada
“Die Stimme des Adlers” (The Eagle Hunter’s Son), by Rene Bo Hansen, Germany/Sweden (world premiere)
“Flickan” (The Girl), by Fredrik Edfeldt, Sweden (world premiere)
“Gagma Napiri” (The Other Bank), by George Ovashvili, Georgia/Kazakhstan (world premiere)
“Kdopak by se vlka bal” (Who is Afraid of the Wolf), by Maria Prochazkova, Czech Republic
“Lippels Traum” (Lippel’s Dream), by Lars Buechel, Germany (world premiere)
“Los herederos” (The Inheritors), by Eugenio Polgovsky, Mexico
“Mamma Mu & Krakan” (Mamma Moo & Crow), by Igor Veyshtagin, Sweden/Germany/Hungary
“Max Pinlig” (Max Embarrassing), by Lotte Svendsen, Denmark
“Mommo” (The Bogeyman), by Atalay Tasdiken, Turkey (world premiere)
“Niloofar,” by Sabine El Gemayel, France/Iran/Lebanon
“The Strength of Water,” by Armagan Ballantyne, New Zealand/Germany
“Afterschool,” by Antonio Campos, U.S.
“Cherrybomb,” by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa, U.K. (world premiere)
“Gunlala de qiang” (Lala’s Gun), by Ning Jingwu, China (world premiere)
“Het zusje van Katia” (Katia’s Sister), by Mijke de Jong, Netherlands
“I Know You Know,” by Justin Kerrigan, U.K./Germany
“I taket lyser stjaernorna” (Glowing Stars), by Lisa Siwe, Sweden
“Mary and Max,” by Adam Elliot, Australia
“Miao Miao,” by Cheng Hsiao-Tse, Hong Kong/Taiwan
“My Suicide,” by David Lee Miller, U.S. (world premiere)
“Snijeg” (Snow), by Aida Begic, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Germany/France/Iran
“Sorasoi,” by Katsuhito Ishii, Shunichiro Miki and Yuuuka Ooosumi, Japan
“Teenage Response,” by Eleni Ampelakiotou, Germany (world premiere)
“Unmade Beds,” by Alexis Dos Santos, U.K.
“Voy a explotar” (I’m Gonna Explode), by Gerardo Naranjo, Mexico