Berlin Film Festival Selects 12 Films

Section to return to recently reopened Zoo Palast cinema

LONDON — The Berlin Film Festival has selected 12 films for its Generation section, which shows pics for kids and teens.

Two films make their world premieres in the section: Ines Maria Barrionuevo’s “Atlantida” and Matias Lucchesi’s “Ciencias Naturales” (Natural Sciences), both from Argentina.

The international premieres are Rhys Graham’s “Galore,” Sofia Norlin’s “Omheten” (Broken Hill Blues), Gregoire Solotareff and Eric Omond’s “Loulou, l’incroyable secret” (Wolfy, the Incredible Secret), and Martin Miehe Renard’s “MGP Missionen” (The Contest) (pictured).

The complete Generation program, whose chief programmer is Maryanne Redpath, will be announced in mid-January.

The program is divided into two parts: one for audiences under 14 (Generation Kplus), and the other for older teens (Generation 14plus). The winner of each competition lineup receives a Crystal Bear.

The program will return to the recently reopened Zoo Palast cinema. Films will also be shown at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The section’s short film competition has a new home in the CinemaxX on Potsdamer Platz.

Generation 14plus
“52 Tuesdays,” Sophie Hyde (Australia). European premiere.
Billie spends every Tuesday with her mother. who is undergoing gender transition and is now called James. As a result, everything is changing. Though actually, Billie has enough on her hands trying to cope with her own problems.

“Atlantida,” Ines Maria Barrionuevo (Argentina/France). World premiere.
A hot summer day in a village in Argentina. Adults are nowhere in sight and time has come to a stop. Yet for two teen sisters everything is in motion. It is their feelings and desires that propel the film onward.

“Einstein and Einstein,” Cao Baoping (China). European premiere.
China’s one-child policy has had a profound impact on Li Wan’s family. When she is 13 years old, she is given a dog named Einstein to console her for her father’s disinterest. But Li Wan is more interested in astrophysics and rebelling against social norms.

“Galore,” Rhys Graham (Australia). International premiere.
A dramatic love triangle set against the backdrop of raging bush fires. The summer nights hardly cool off, and the parties keep getting wilder. Falling in love for the first time is a mysterious thing and here lies the danger for Billie, Danny and Laura.

“God Help the Girl,” Stuart Murdoch (U.K.). European premiere.
Music is like medicine for Eve. In the underground scene in Glasgow, she finds a sense of security and friends, and discovers her own talent. Helmed by the lead singer of Belle and Sebastian.

“Il Sud e Niente” (South Is Nothing), Fabio Mollo (Italy/France). European premiere.
It seems as if everything around Grazia has come to a halt. Her father obeys the code of silence prevailing in this southern Italian village. In her family it is even off limits to mention her brother, who has disappeared.

“Omheten” (Broken Hill Blues), Sofia Norlin (Sweden). International premiere.
In Kiruna, a small Nordic mining community, the earth trembles day and night. Sparse in dialogue and with a gentle empathy for its protagonists, this directorial debut tells of growing up on very unstable ground.

“Somos Mari Pepa” (We Are Mari Pepa), Samuel Kishi Leopo (Mexico). European premiere.
The four boys in the band Mari Pepa have only one song in their repertoire. Yet music is their big hope. Friendships and dreams are suffering from the constraints of everyday life. A film as poetic as punk rock.

Generation Kplus
“Ciencias Naturales” (Natural Sciences), Matias Lucchesi (Argentina). World premiere.
There’s nothing to keep Lila at her boarding school high up in the cold and foggy mountains. This 12-year-old girl does not know who her father is, but wants to find him. She sets out on a complicated quest for the truth.

“Loulou, l’incroyable secret” (Wolfy, the Incredible Secret), Gregoire Solotareff and Eric Omond (France). International premiere.
Loulou is off on another adventure. He fights against the dark dynasty of the Wolfenberg, to whom he is related in some mysterious way. Artistically animated, this work is about the most courageous wolf in the world, and a valiant but timid rabbit named Tom.

“MGP Missionen” (The Contest), Martin Miehe Renard (Denmark). International premiere.
For Karl, a boy from the country, moving to Copenhagen is like a voyage into a completely new world. A girl named Sawsan tries to help him. Yet it is not long before all of Denmark is searching not only for a superstar, but for the two children who have vanished without a trace.

“Tante Hilda!” (Aunt Hilda!) Jacques-Remy Girerd and Benoît Chieux (France/Luxembourg). European premiere.
The genetically-engineered grain called Attilem is supposedly the new wonder weapon against global hunger. Only environmentally minded Hilda has her doubts. A masterpiece from the famous animation studios Folimage and Melusine — and an unconventional plea for more flower power.

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