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BERLIN 2013: 'Free Fall' to Open Perspectives on German Cinema Section

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The Perspectives line-up this year includes six feature-length films, three documentaries and two shorts from German film students.

COLOGNE, Germany - Free Fall from German director Stephan Lacant will open the Perspectives on German Cinema section of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, organizers said on Monday.

The drama, Lacant's first full-length feature, stars Max Riemelt (The Wave), Katharina Schuttler (Oh Boy) and Hanno Koffler (Krabat) as people in an unhappy love triangle.

Other titles in this year's Perspectives line-up, the Berlin Festival's showcase of young German cinema, include the drama Silvi, directed by Nico Sommer, the pulp fiction film DeAD from Sven Halfar; Anne Zohra Berrached's gay adoption drama Two Mothers; Sebastian Fritzsch's End of Time and Andreas Bolm's The Revenants.

Three documentaries made the Perspectives cut this year. The Sebastian Mez-directed Metamorphosen looks at the toxically radioactive region surrounding Russia's Mayak nuclear facility, while the lighter Dancing with Bellies from Carolin Genreith examines the appeal of belly dancing for older people. Sandra Kaudelka's doc I Will Not Lose is a look at former athletes from communist East Germany.

In addition, two short films - Santiago Gil's Chiralia and Kalifornia from director Laura Mahlberg - will screen as part of the Perspectives program.

The Berlin festival runs Feb. 7-17.