“This year, I paid special attention to variety in content and cinematic aesthetics,” said section head Linda Soffker. “Directors who tell familiar stories using new images, with an interesting script, or filmmakers who take trips and find their subjects while travelling, or who explore and play with a genre, these individuals enrich young German film.”
Till Kleinert’s “Der Samurai,” which is a nightmarish thriller, world premieres as a midnight screening. Kleinert’s poetic, dialogue-free “Kokon” won the 2009 German Short Film Award.
Jons Jonsson’s “Lamento” is a quiet, touching film that revolves around survivor’s guilt following a suicide. The film won the First Steps Award, which is presented annually to the best graduation films from German, Austrian and Swiss film schools. Jonsson previously competed in the Berlinale Shorts section in 2009 with “Havet.”
Johannes Naber’s “Zeit der Kannibalen” paints a scathing portrait of the perversions of the global economy with generous helpings of sarcasm and black humor. Naber won the 2011 Max Ophuls Preis for debut film “Der Albaner,” which also screened as part of the Berlinale’s Perspektive program.
Oskar Sulowski’s 36-minute pic “Die Unschuldigen” is a fragmentary look at the problems of adults from the perspective of a six-year-old boy. It premiered at the Grand Off Independent Film Festival in Warsaw.
Docu “Amma & Appa” is a personal film that focuses on the wedding plans of director Franziska Schonenberger and her fiance and co-director Jayakrishnan Subramanian. It portrays the clash of Bavarian and Indian value systems with sensitivity and humor.
Georg Nonnenmacher, who is best known in Germany for his work in cinematic lighting, delivers his second film as a director, the 40-minute documentary “Raumfahrer.” This presents the thoughts of passengers on a prison transport bus. His directorial debut was “Spielverderber” in 2007.
The complete program will be announced in mid-January.