Fest young at heart

Berlin sets diverse kid, teen sidebar

The Berlinale’s Generation children’s and youth sidebar has selected 59 features, documentaries and shorts from 32 countries for this year’s lineup, including upcoming Sundance screeners “On the Ice” and “Jess + Moss.”

Generation will screen 26 features in its main sections, Kplus and the older-skewing 14plus, in addition to a separate special screening of Tim Pritchard’s doc “Street Kids United,” about the first Street Child Football World Cup, which took place last year in Durban, South Africa, before the World Cup soccer tournament.

“On the Ice,” directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, centers on two teenage boys in an Alaskan town who are forced to deal with a tragic accident.

Clay Jeter’s “Jess + Moss” is a coming-of-age tale about two lonely cousins and their life on a Kentucky tobacco farm. Both pics unspool in 14plus.

Also screening in 14plus are Lisa Aschan’s Swedish title “She Monkeys”; Marite Ugas’ Venezuelan-Peruvian co-production “The Kid Who Lies”; Anka Schmid’s Swiss doc “Against All Odds”; from Australia, “Red Dog,” by Kriv Stenders; and Benjamin Cantu’s German feature “Harvest.”

The Kplus lineup includes Mohammad Ali Talebi’s Iranian film “Wind and Fog”; Danish toon “The Great Bear,” by Esben Toft Jacobsen; Dutch entry “The Strongest Man in Holland,” by Mark de Cloe; and, from Israel, Nir Bergman’s “Intimate Grammar.”

Additional screeners include Norwegian productions “Jorgen + Anne,” by Anne Sewitsky, and Martin Lund’s “Twigson Ties the Knot”; and Peruvian director Rosario Garcia-Montero’s “The Bad Intentions.”

Serving on Generation’s international jury are Hong Kong’s Mabel Cheung, who produced last year’s Generation Crystal Bear winner “Echoes of the Rainbow”; New Zealand director Taika Waititi, also a 2010 winner for “Boy”; German animated film helmer Felix Goennert; Aussie filmmaker Rachel Perkins and film consultant Jonathan Davis.

In related news, three of Ingmar Bergman’s leading actresses will be on hand for the retrospective on the late Swedish helmer.

Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom and Liv Ullmann will present their films at the fest and also take part in panel discussions at the Deutsche Kinemathek about their life and work with the filmmaker.

Andersson appeared in such Bergman films as 1953’s “Summer With Monika,” Lindblom in 1963’s “The Silence” and Ullmann in 1973’s “Scenes From a Marriage,” among others.

Fest runs Feb. 10-20.

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