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Berlinale German sidebar announces lineup

'Free Fall,' 'Two Mothers' among Perspektive titles

BERLIN — The Berlinale’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar has unveiled its 11-pic slate from up-and-coming German filmmakers.

Exploring themes of separation, sexuality, family and natural catastrophes, the section opens with Stephan Lacant’s “Free Fall” from Kurhaus Prods. in Baden-Baden. Pic stars Max Riemelt, Katharina Schuettler and Hanno Koffler in a story of a couple expecting a child at the same time that the husband falls in love with a male colleague.

Sebastian Fritzsch’s “End of Time” offers a survival tale about a woman forced to hunt to stay alive following a catastrophe, while Sven Halfar’s “DeAD” follows a young man who shows up at his unknown father’s home, looking to shake things up following his mother’s suicide, in a film described as “pulp fiction” from Hamburg.

In Nico Sommer’s “Silvi,” a Berlin woman starts a new life after separating from her longtime partner.

Some selections blur the boundaries between fiction and documentary film, including Anne Zohra Berrached’s “Zwei Muetter” (Two Mothers), which follows a lesbian couple looking for a sperm bank that offers services to same-sex couples.

Similarly, Andreas Bolm’s “The Revenants” bridges reality and fiction in a work about loss and return.

Among documentaries, Sebastian Mez’s “Metamorphosen” examines the largely forgotten but still highly radioactive area around the Mayak nuclear facility in the southern Urals; in “Dancing With Bellies,” Carolin Genreith offers a look at belly dancing as an antidote to growing old; and Sandra Kaudelka, once a competitive East German athlete, focuses on former top GDR athletes in “I Will Not Lose.”

Additional selections include Santiago Gil’s “Chiralia” and Laura Mahlberg’s “Kalifornia.”

The Perspektive will also unspool the winner of this year’s Max Ophuels Award, presented at the Max Ophuels Film Festival, which focuses on work from young filmmakers and runs Jan. 21-27 in Saarbruecken.

The Berlin Film Festival runs Feb. 1-17.

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