Berlin reveals films for kids, youth

Ten films added to Generation sections

The Berlinale has added 10 more films to Generation, its children and youth sidebar.

Finland’s “Last of the Line” and Koji Masunari’s Japanese sci-fi anime title “Welcome to the Space Show” unspool in the Generation Kplus section for younger kids.

Directed by Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lehmuskallio, “Last of the Line” focuses on the indigenous Nenets people and a young girl who, deeply loyal to her people’s traditions, attempts to resist the pressure of Soviet assimilation.

Also showing in Kplus are “Susa,” by Georgian helmer and Berlinale Talent Campus alumna Rusudan Pirveli; Norway’s “Rafiki,” by Christian Lo; and Alex Law’s “Echoes of the Rainbow,” a Hong Kong-Chinese co-production.

“Generation is marking the anniversary of the Berlinale with a program full of contrasts,” said section head Maryanne Redpath. “We want to celebrate this difference. And because Chinese New Year falls during the Berlinale, the world premieres of Alex Law’s ‘Echoes of the Rainbow’ and Zhang Lu’s ‘Dooman River’ hold great promise for a festive new year.”

“Dooman River,” a Chinese-Korean-French co-prod, screens in the older-skewing Generation 14plus.

Also unspooling in 14plus are “Joy,” from Dutch helmer Mijke de Jong; France’s “Sister Welsh’s Nights,” by Jean-Claude Janer; Babak Najafi’s Swedish entry “Sebbe”; and “The Well,” by Indian director Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni.

The Generation 14plus competition will open with the previously announced off-Bollywood production “Road, Movie,” by Dev Benegal. Pic is described as a tribute to India’s mobile cinema culture.

Also previously announced, Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s Mexican drama “To the Sea,” the story of a father and son set in a nature reserve in the Mexican Caribbean, kicks off the Generation Kplus competition.

Among the section’s short film selections is Spike Jonze’s “I’m Here,” which illustrates that robots are also capable of passionate love.

The Generation program comprises 28 features (among them 10 world premieres and five international preems) and 28 short films from 31 countries.

Meanwhile, the Berlinale’s Culinary Cinema section, which runs Feb. 14-19, has unveiled 11 films revolving around the relationship between food and love, nature and the environment.

Unspooling in the nearby Martin Gropius Bau venue, which houses the European Film Market, Culinary Cinema also includes dinner, with culinary delights by star chefs.

“The concept for the series has proven successful,” said Berlinale topper Dieter Kosslick. “We show films that whet our audiences’ appetites and then we cook for them. Though we also show films that ruin their appetites. For instance, films that open their eyes to the catastrophic global food situation.”

Tilda Swinton, last year’s Berlinale jury prexy, will join director Luca Guadagnino to present the film “Io sono l’amore” (I Am Love), which kicks off this year’s Culinary Cinema.

Other screeners include Fredrik Gertten’s “Bananas!*,” which examines unscrupulous production of this tropical fruit by a large U.S. company; “Iranian Cookbook,” by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Shirvani; and Chris Smith’s “Collapse,” about a former CIA agent who has visions of a world without crude oil.

Pre-sales for the Culinary Cinema begin online on Jan. 18.

The Berlin Film Festival runs Feb. 11-21.

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