Berlinale Generation names jury

Sidebar also lines up handful of titles

BERLIN -- Berlinale Generation, the Berlin International Film Festival sidebar for family and youth cinema, has picked its first titles and named its jury.

Picking the winners of the Generation Crystal Bears next year will be: Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf ("Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame"), France's Philippe Falardeau ("It's Not Me, I Swear!"), Australian helmer Kylie Du Fresne ("The Djarn Djarns"), along with Irish screenwriter and producer Rowan O'Neill ("The Race") and Margret Albers, the director of German children's media festival the Goldener Spatz.

Among the contenders will be "Boy," from Taika Waititi, aka Taika Cohen, the New Zealand director behind "Eagle vs. Shark" and several episodes of "Flight of the Conchords." The tragicomedy set among the Maori people will premiere in Sundance before heading to Berlin.

The Australian '60s period musical "Bran Nue Dae" from Rachel Perkins and starring Geoffrey Rush, has made the Generation cut, as has Dev Benegal's "Road, Movie" and "To the Sea" from Mexican director Pedro Gonzalez Rubio, both of which premiered in Toronto this year.

Another Toronto entry, Jared Hess' comedy "Gentlemen Broncos," will have its European premiere in the Generation lineup, as well Miguel Arteta's romantic comedy "Youth in Revolt" starring Michael Cera and Portia Doubleday.

"It's nice to see that Generation is receiving recognition from the international market," the section's director Maryanne Redpath said.

The full Generation lineup will be announced in January. The 60th Berlin International Film Festival is set for Feb. 11-21.
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