'Soul Boy,' 'Sabine,' 'Nuremberg' join lineup
BERLIN — The Berlinale’s Generation children and youth sidebar has added three titles to this year’s showcase, including the Tom Tykwer-produced “Soul Boy,” set in Kenya.
Generation is unspooling “Soul Boy” by Ghanaian-Kenyan director Hawa Essuman in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent Campus.
Tykwer was project initiator and producer, developing the film in Kibera — Kenya’s largest slum — with young local filmmakers and non-professional actors. Tykwer and Essuman will present the film on Feb. 19.
To mark the fest’s 60th anniversary, Helmut Dziuba, who directed a number of children’s film classics in East Germany, will get his long-awaited walk up the red carpet for the screening of “Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre.”
The pic unspooled at the Berlinale in 1983 after the East German government entered it in the West Berlin fest without the director’s knowledge. Dziuba and actress Petra Laemmel will attend the screening on Feb. 18.
In addition, the restored version of the 1948 documentary “Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today,” from this year’s Berlinale Special section, will screen for students on Feb. 17. After the film, and in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy, an audience discussion with Stephanie Brancaforte, an expert for war crimes and human rights issues, will take place at the venue.
The Berlin Film Festival runs Feb. 11-21.