BERLIN — “Lost and Found,” an anthology of six short films by young directors from Central and Eastern Europe, will open the Berlinale’s Intl. Forum of New Cinema Feb. 11.
Produced by Cologne-based Icon Film, “Lost and Found’s” directors include five participants from last year’s Berlinale Talent Campus educational program as well as a winner of the Golden Bear — Slovenian director Stefan Arsenijevic won for his short “(A)Torsion” in 2003.
The stories in “Lost and Found” are tied together by Estonian filmmaker Mait Laas’ animated film “Gene-Ration,” about the fantastic journey of a matchstick man who helps give birth to a new generation.
Arsenijevic’s “Fabulous Vera” from Serbia-Montenegro focuses on a streetcar conductor who exceeds her authority and finally finds happiness.
In “The Ritual,” by Bulgarian helmer Nadejda Koseva, a wedding party waits in suspense for the bride and groom, while Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s “Turkey-Girl” follows a young girl who goes to the capital for the first time.
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In “Birthday,” from Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Jasmila Zbanich, two children in the same city are born on the same day, but have no possibility of ever getting to know each other.
Hungarian helmer Kornel Mundruczo’s “Shortlasting Silence” looks at a suicide counselor who finds himself in an existential conflict following the death of his mother.
Pic was backed by the German Federal Cultural Foundation’s Berlin-based org Relations, which fosters art and culture projects in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Berlinale runs Feb. 10-20.