Berlin's Generation lineup complete

5:35 AM PST 01/13/2010 by Scott Roxborough, AP

Festival's youth cinema sidebar gears up for 33rd edition

COLOGNE, Germany -- "Youth in Revolt," Miguel Arteta's romantic comedy starring Michael Cera and Portia Doubleday, is one of the higher profile titles screening at Generation -- the Berlin Film Festival's youth cinema sidebar -- but the title could be used for the 2010 lineup as a whole. For its 33rd edition, Generation has decided to stir things up, mixing genres and styles, big names and unknowns.

Acclaimed Indian filmmaker Dev Benegal will open Generation's main 14plus competition with his latest off-Bollywood production "Road Movie." "Alamar," a docu-drama from Mexican director Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio kicks off the Generation Kplus section of younger-skewing titles.

No longer a ghetto for kid flicks, Generation has established itself as a strong brand and platform for launching films in its own right -- a fact illustrated by the ten world premieres this year. These range from "Last of the Line" from Finnish directors Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lehmuskallio, set among the indigenous Nenet people of the far North to the Columbian drama "Portraits In A Sea Of Lies" from Carlos Gaviria.

Two Chinese features will premiere in the Generation lineup: "Echoes of the Rainbow" from famed Hong Kong screenwriter Alex Law and "Dooman River," by Zhang Lu, which looks at a friendship between two boys -- one Chinese, one North Korean -- living on the Dooman River, the border between the two countries.

Fans of Japanese Anime can get their fix from two Generation titles: Koji Masunari's "Welcome to the Space Show," which will have its world premiere in Berlin; and "Summer Wars" from director Marmoru Hosada ("The Girl Who Leapt Through Time").

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Even Generation's 28-strong lineup of short films includes a can't miss title: "I'm Here," a half-hour short about robot love from "Where the Wild Things Are" director Spike Jonze.

"Generation is marking the anniversary of the Berlinale with a program full of contrasts," said section head Maryanne Redpath. "We want to celebrate this difference."

The 60th Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 11-21.

The 2010 Generation lineup:

Generation Kplus -- Feature films

"Alamar," Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, Mexico
"Rafiki," Christian Lo, Norway
"Boy," Taika Waititi, New Zealand
"Eep!," Ellen Smit, The Netherlands /Belgium
"Knerten," Asleik Engmark, Norway
"La Pivellina," Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel, Austria /Italy
"Echoes of the Rainbow," Alex Law, Hong Kong /China
"Last of the Line," Anastasia Lapsui & Markku Lehmuskallio, Finland
"Superbrother," Birger Larsen, Denmark
"Susa," Rusudan Pirveli, Georgia
"This Way of Life," Thomas Burstyn, New Zealand /Canada
"Welcome to the Space Show," Koji Masunari, Japan
"A Brand New Life," Ounie Lecomte, Republic of Korea /France
"Yuki & Nina," Nobuhiro Suwa & Hippolyte Girardot, France /Japan

Generation 14plus -- Feature Films

"Bran Nue Dae," Rachel Perkins, Australia
"Dooman River," Zhang Lu, Republic of Korea /France
"Gentlemen Broncos," Jared Hess, USA
"Joy," Mijke de Jong, The Netherlands
"Sister Welsh's Nights," Jean-Claude Janer, France
"Neukolln Unlimited," Agostino Imondi & Dietmar Ratsch, Germany
"The Famous And The Dead," Esmir Filho, Brazil /France
"Portraits In A Sea Of Lies," Carlos Gaviria, Colombia
"Road, Movie," Dev Benegal, India /USA
"Sebbe," Babak Najafi, Sweden
"Summer Wars," Mamoru Hosoda, Japan
"I Miss You," Fabian Hofman , Mexico /Argentina
"The Well," Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, India
"Youth in Revolt," Miguel Arteta, USA
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