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Eighteen Pix Vie for Debut Helmer Prize at Berlin Film Festival

Jury members are Valeria Golino, Nancy Buirski, Hernan Musaluppi

LONDON — Eighteen films will compete for the best first feature award at the Berlin Film Festival, which comes with a Euros 50,000 ($68,500) prize, shared by the director and the producer.

Entries of note include hotly tipped competish title “’71,” helmed by Yann Demange, Wes Bentley-starrer “Things People Do,” whose helmer Saar Klein earned Oscar noms as one of the editors on “Almost Famous” and “The Thin Red Line,” and Germany-based American helmer Damian John Harper’s “Los Angeles,” which is about a Mexican villager fighting the local gangsters.

The jury members are Italian actress and director Valeria Golino, U.S. director Nancy Buirski and Argentine producer Hernan Musaluppi.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 15.

COMPETITION
“’71” (U.K.) Dir: Yann Demange. With Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer.
“Historia del miedo” (History of Fear) (Argentina/Uruguay/Germany/France) Dir: Benjamin Naishtat. With Jonathan Da Rosa, Cesar Bordon, Mara Bestelli, Claudia Cantero, Mirella Pascual.
“Macondo” (Austria) Dir: Sudabeh Mortezai. Dir: Ramasan Minkailova, Aslan Elbiev, Kheda Gazieva.

PANORAMA
“Gueros” (Mexico) Dir: Alonso Ruizpalacios. With Tenoch Huerta, Sebastian Aguirre, Leonardo Ortizgris, Ilse Salas.
“Patardzlebi” (Brides) (Georgia/France) Dir: Tinatin Kajrishvili. With Mari Kitia, Giorgi Maskharashvili.
“Things People Do” (U.S.) Dir: Saar Klein. With Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett.
“Viharsarok” (Land of Storms) (Hungary/Germany) Dir: Adam Czaszi. With Andras Suto, Adam Varga, Sebastian Urzendowsky.
“Ye” (The Night) (China) Dir: Zhou Hao. With Zhou Hao, Liu Xiao Xiao, Li Jin Kang, Zhou Feng Qi.

FORUM
“Chilla” (40 Days of Silence) (Uzbekistan/Tajikistan/Netherlands/Germany/France) Dir: Saodat Ismailova. With Rushana Sadikova, Saodat Rahimova, Farida Olimovava.
“Ich will mich nicht kuenstlich aufregen” (Asta Upset) (Germany) Dir: Max Linz. With Sarah Ralfs, Pushpendra Singh, Barbara Heynen, Hannelore Hoger, Rene Schappach.
“Los Angeles” (Mexico/Germany) Dir: Damian John Harper. With Mateo Bautista Matias, Lidia Garcia Garcia, Marcos Rodriguez Ruiz, Daniel Bautista Gutierrez.
“She’s Lost Control” (U.S.) Dir: Anja Marquardt. With Brooke Bloom, Marc Menchaca.

GENERATION
“Atlantida” (Argentina/France). Dir: Ines Maria Barrionuevo. With Melissa Romero, Sol Zavala, Florencia Decall, Guillermo Pfening.
“Ciencias Naturales” (Argentina/France) Dir: Matias Lucchesi. With Paula Hertzog, Paola Barrientos, Alvin Astorga, Sergio Boris, Arturo Goetz.
“Hitono Nozomino Yorokobiyo” (Joy of Man’s Desiring) (Japan) Dir: Masakazu Sugita. With Ayane Ohmori, Riku Ohishi, Naoko Yoshimoto, Koichiro Nishi.
“Violet” (Belgium/Netherlands) Dir: Bas Devos. With Cesar De Sutter, Raf Walschaerts, Koen De Sutter.

PERSPEKTIVE DEUTSCHES KINO
“Hueter meines Bruders” (Germany) Dir: Maximilian Leo. With Sebastian Zimmler, Nadja Bobyleva, Robert Finster.
“Lamento” (Germany). Dir: Jons Jonsson. With Gunilla Roor, Hendrik Kraft, Bjorn Andersson, Elin Soderquist, Sandra Huldt, William Bjorklund, Andreas Kundler, Ebba Lindgren, Simon J. Berger, Inga Landgre.

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