Pics include 'Cindy,' 'Outside,' 'Scars'

BERLIN — Societal and personal responsibility is a running theme among the newly announced selections for the upcoming Berlinale’s German sidebar.

The Perspektive Deutsches Kino screens a total of 14 features, docs and mid-length works from young filmmakers.

In addition to the six films previously announced, another eight works have been added.

After making her debut in Perspektive three years ago with “Stand Straight,” Hannah Schweier is back with her first full-length feature, “Cindy liebt mich nicht” (Cindy Doesn’t Love Me), a road movie about two men chasing the girl with whom they’re both in love.

Also screening is Florian Schewe’s “Lebendkontrolle” (Outside), about a man who tries to do an ex-convict pal a favor.

In Juliane Engelmann’s “Narben im Beton” (Scars in Concrete), a desperate young mother finds herself unable to care for her children.

Mariejosephin Schneider’s “Jessi” follows a precocious young girl who has no choice be to take care of herself, even though she is much too young to do so.

The wives and girlfriends of soccer players are the focus of Evi Goldbrunner and Joachim Dollhopf’s “WAGs,” while Anna Hoffmann’s “Die Haushaltshilfe” (The Housemaid) examines the life of a Polish maid working for a Swabian family.

Carolin Schmitz looks at boozers in her documentary “Portraets deutscher Alkoholiker” (Portraits of German Alcoholics), while RP Kahl examines filmmaking in Berlin in “Bedways.”

“In its thematic and formal diversity, the program takes a direct look at the future of German film,” said Perspektive head Alfred Holighaus.

The Berlinale runs Feb. 11-21.

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