'Dynamiter,' 'Hawthorn Tree' among first titles
Berlin– Matthew Gordon’s U.S. indie “The Dynamiter” and Zhang Yimou’s Chinese drama “Under The Hawthorn Tree,” a love story set against the backdrop of the Cultural Revolution, are among the first 12 titles selected for the Berlinale’s Generation youth and children’s sidebar, which includes the Kplus and 14plus sections.“The Dynamiter” and “Under the Hawthorn Tree” unspool in the older- skewed 14plus, which will also show Heidi Marie Faisst’s “Rebounce” and Rune Schjott’s “Skyscraper,” both from Denmark; Leon Ford’s Australian work “Griff the Invisible”; and U.K. title “West is West,” by Andy De Emmony. Dorota Kedzierzawska’s returns with her third Berlinale premiere, the Polish-Japanes children’s adventure film “Tomorrow Will Be Better,” which screens in Kplus. Likewise screening in Kplus are Olivier Ringer Belgian feature “On the Sly”; Norway’s “The Liverpool Goalie,” by Arild Andresen; Francis Xavier E. Pasion’s Philippine documentary “Sampaguita, National Flower”; and “A Cat In Paris,” by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli. Israeli helmer Guy Nattiv returns to Berlin nearly ten years after winning a Crystal Bear for his short film “Mabul” (The Flood) with his feature of the same name, also in Kplus. Meanwhile, next year’s Generation sidebar will take place in a new main venue, the House of World Cultures. Some 60 feature and short films will unspool in the Generation section.