BERLIN — A selection of 14 full-length features and nine short films, all with the theme of friendship, will compete for honors at the Children’s Festival of the 47th Berlin Intl. Film Festival (Feb. 13-24).
In addition, a retrospective of 10 of the best-received films shown at the Children’s Festival in the past 20 years will take place under the heading “Special Choice.”
The kiddie Berlinale kicks off on Feb. 14 with Goeren Carmback’s remake “Kalle Blomkvist — Maesterdetektiven lever farligt,” based on a classic book by Astrid Lindgren. Polish helmer Pavel Lozinski’s “Kratka” is the study of a friendship of two outsiders, while Lars Berg tells the tale of two girls bound by their belief in Indian magic in “Maja Steinansikt.” Peter Flinth’s medieval adventure “Omens Oje” deals with friendship among children from different backgrounds.
Huang Shuqin’s “Wo Ye You Ba Ba” and Ian Mune’s “The Whole of the Moon” address the tragic consequences of cancer.
Grandfathers are main characters in Rumie Hammerich’s “Kann du vissla Johanna” and Steffi Kammermeier’s detective tale “Dizzy, lieber Dizzy.” An old woman and a willful 4-year-old become pals in “Kiseje berendj,” from Iranian filmmaker Mohammed-Ali Talebi.
Cats are the subject of Ivan Popow’s “Kotjonok” and Juergen Brauer’s “Lorenz im Land der Luegner.” “Flug des Albatros,” from Werner Meyer, is set in the mystical world of the Maoris, while Jacques Dubisson’s “Imuhar ‘Une Legende’ ” carries its audience off to a desert populated by nomads. Rosa Verges’ “Tic Tac” relies on fantastic pictures, music and choreography to convey its philosophical message.
Among the films featured in the retrospective are Bille August’s family drama “Busters Verden” (1984), Otakar Kosek’s emotionally charged “Lukas” (1982) and Wang Haowei’s “Oh, Xiang Xue” (1990), set in the mountains of China. Bill Miskelly’s “The End of the World Man” (1985) tells the story of a group of Irish children who become involved in politics, while Dorota Kedzierzawska’s “Wrony” (1994) is about a child’s search for love.