‘Utopia’ to open Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Lineup includes 'The Prize,' 'Battle of the Queens'

The Berlin Film Festival’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino German sidebar opens this year with a documentary about a Hamburg punk band and artistic independence.

Sandra Trostel’s directorial debut, “Utopia Ltd.,” follows the three young members of the group 1000 Robota as they try to find their place in a highly commercialized music world.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, will present 11 works, including docs, features and shorts.

In addition to the previously announced films, the sidebar will unspool Elke Hauck’s “Der Preis” (The Prize), about an architect who lands a contract to remodel a prefabricated housing estate in the former East German town where he grew up.

Also screening are three other docs: Nicolas Steiner’s “Kampf der Koeniginnen” (Battle of the Queens), about the curious tradition of Alpine cow fighting in the Swiss mountain village of Aproz; Anna Hepp’s “Rotkohl und Blaukraut” (Turkish Kraut); and “Kamakia — Die Helden der Insel” (Kamakia — Heroes of the Island), by Jasin Challah.

All the films in the section compete for the Dialogue en Perspektive award.

The Berlinale runs Feb. 10-20.

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