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Berlin unveils youth, kids’ lineup

Kinderfilmfest/14plus renamed Generations

The Berlin Film Festival’s children and youth section, renamed Generations, has announced its first films for next year’s event.

Previously known as the Kinderfilmfest/14plus, the sidebar will still be divided into two competitions aimed at tykes and teens: Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus.

Seven films have so far been selected for Generation Kplus. They are Heiki Ernits’ and Janno Poldma’s animated pic “Leiutajatekula Lotte” (Lotte From Gadgetville) from Estonia and Latvia, about a village of eccentric inventors; “U” from French directors Gregoire Solotareff and Serge Elissalde, an animated fairy tale about a princess and a talking unicorn; Swedish musical “Foerortsungar” (Kidz in da Hood) from Ylva Gustavsson and Catti Edfeldt, about a young illegal immigrant who finds an unconventional foster father in a musician; Songyos Sugmakanan’s “Dek hor” (Dorm), a thriller from Thailand about a ghost at a boarding school; Israeli dance film “Sipur hatzi russi” (Love & Dance) by Eitan Anner, which examines the life of Russian immigrants; Norwegian-Swedish-Danish co-production “Trigger” by Gunnar Vikene, a cross-generational adventure centering around a racehorse; and, from Germany, “Bloede Muetze!,” Johannes Schmid’s feature debut.

In the early lineup of the older-skewing Generation 14plus, pics from around the world share a common theme — namely, how young people tackle the challenges of their daily lives through art.

Pics are Rajnesh Domalpalli’s “Vanaja,” an Indian-U.S. dance film examining the life and caste problems of a 14-year-old girl; “Antonia,” from Brazilian director Tata Amaral, about four femme singers; South Korean film “Cheonhajangsa Madonna” (Like a Virgin), from directors Hae-young Lee and Hae-jun Lee, about a young man who wants to dance and sing, but preferably as a woman; Romanian director Catalin Mitulescu’s “Cum mi-am petrecut sfarsitul lumii” (The Way I Spent the End of the World), which sees the country’s 1989 revolution through the eyes of a 17-year-old; Shane Meadows’ “This Is England,” about the beginnings of the skinhead movement in Britain; and “Man in the Chair,” by U.S. director Michael Schroeder, about an aspiring filmmaker who meets a Hollywood veteran played by Christopher Plummer.

The Generation sidebar’s complete program will be published in January.

The members of the international jury for Generation Kplus will be Andreas Steinhoefel, German author of children’s and young-adult books; Russian Sitora Alieva, director of the Kinotavr festival in Sochi; Justin Johnson, children’s film programmer at the London Film Festival; Dutch film producer Leontine Petit; and Swedish director Reza Bagher.

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