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German pic ‘Aimee’ to open fest

Films on gender common theme at Berlin

BERLIN — German pics “Nachtgestalten” (Nightshapes) and “Aimee & Jaguar” will be among the films competing for the Golden and Silver Bears at the 49th Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

Andreas Dresen’s “Nachtgestalten” follows a diverse set of characters as they make their way through the labyrinth of the big city.

Officials also confirmed that the festival’s opener will be Max Faerberboeck’s “Aimee & Jaguar,” the story of a doomed love affair between two women — one Jewish and one not — living in World War II Germany.

Wenders pic skedded

The Berlinale has also scheduled special screenings of Wim Wenders’ documentary film “Ry Cooder and Buena Vista Social Club” and Caroline Link’s “Puenktchen und Anton,” an adaptation of the classic children’s book by Erich Kaestner.

Four German productions have also been selected for the festival’s Panorama section. Peter Sempel’s documentary film “Nina Hagen — Punk & Glory” looks at the life and music of underground rock star Nina Hagen.

Monika Treut’s documentary “Gendernauts” examines the physical and emotional conflicts of men who were born as biological women. Feature film “Lola + Bilidikid” from Turkish director Kutlug Ataman explores the world of Turkish transvestites living in Berlin. In Oskar Roehler’s “Gierig” (Avid), a young Berlin couple face a crisis in their relationship when a casual affair turns into something more.