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BERLIN – The search for identity and women’s issues are the themes behind many of the pics selected for the Panorama and Forum sections of the 47th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 13-24).

Three movies from U.S. directors deal with women’s issues. Alex Sichel’s “All Over Me” is the coming-of-age story of two friends, while Hannah Weyer’s “Arresting Gina” stars Summer Phoenix as a doomed rebel. Su Friedrich’s “Hide and Seek” is the autobiographical account of a tomboy growing up in the ’60s.

Nick Gomez’s “Illtown” and Todd Verow’s “Little Shots of Happiness” also rep the U.S.

European films in the Panorama include acclaimed German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl’s directorial debut, “Conversation With the Beast,” in which he plays Hitler as an elderly man; Alexander Rosler’s “Mendel”; Lothar Lambert’s “Blond bis aufs Blut” (Blond to the Bone); and Austrian Robert Dornhelm’s “Der Unfisch.” Also, Ela Troyano’s “Latin Boys Go to Hell” and “Naar de klote!” (Wasted) from Dutch helmer Ian Kerkhof.

The International Forum of Young Film, which showcases the work of less-established filmmakers, has chosen “Nach Saison” (Off Season) from German directors Pepe Danquart and Mirjam Quinte; “Calling the Ghosts,” by the U.S.-Croatian directing team Mandy Jacobson and Karmen Jelincic; and “Black Kites,” from American helmer Jo Andres.

Rounding out the lineup are German director Ulrike Ottinger’s “Exile Shanghai” and French helmer Herve Le Roux’s “Reprise.”

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