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The Berlin Film Festival has completed the lineup of films for its 2019 Generation sidebar of children and youth movies.
Makoto Nagahisa’s feature-film debut We Are Little Zombies will open Generation 14plus section, targeting teen viewers. The film looks at the turbulent inner lives of four Japanese youngsters, aged 13.
Cleo, an adventure story set in Berlin from German director Erik Schmitt, will open the Generation Kplus section for younger viewers.
Among the new Generation titles announced Friday are Reconstructing Utoya, Carl Javer’s documentary reconstruction of the brutal terrorist attack in Norway in 2011, made with four survivors of the killings; and Andre Hormann’s Ringside, a documentary looking at Chicago boxing rivals Kenny Jr. and Destyne Jr.
In total, some 62 short and feature-length productions, picked from nearly 2,500 submissions, will screen in this year’s Generation section.
Highlights of the 2019 lineup include the world premiere of Goldie, from director Sam de Jong, starring model/actress Slick Woods; the Canadian drama A Colony from director Genevieve Dulude-Decelles; Bulbul Can Sing from Indian director Rima Das; Makoto Nagahisa’s debut feature We Are Little Zombies from Japan; and My Extraordinary Summer With Tess, a Dutch literary adaption from first-time director Steven Wouterlood.
The Generation section is one of Berlin’s most popular, and best-attended, sidebars, with most screenings quickly selling out. The section is divided into Generation 14plus, for films targeting a teen audience, and Generation Kplus, for titles suitable for young children.
The 2019 Berlin International Film Festival kicks off Feb. 7 with the New York-set drama The Kindness of Strangers from Danish director Lone Scherfig, starring Zoe Kazan, Tahar Rahim, Andrea Riseborough, Caleb Landry Jones, Jay Baruchel and Bill Nighy.
The 69th Berlinale runs Feb.7-17.
The full lineup of 2019 Generation follows:
Bulbul Can Sing, dir. Rima Das (India)
Better Days, dir. Derek Kwok-Cheung Tsang (Hong Kong / People’s Republic of China)
By the Name of Tania, dir. Benedicte Lienard (Belgium / Netherlands)
Goldie, dir. Sam de Jong (USA)
House of Hummingbird, dir. Bora Kim (Republic of Korea)
Knives and Skin, dir. Jennifer Reeder (USA)
Reconstructing Utoya, dir. Carl Javer (Sweden / Norway / Denmark)
Ringside, dir. Andre Hormann (Germany / USA)
Stupid Young Heart, dir. Selma Vilhunen (Finland/Netherlands/Sweden)
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, dir. Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn (Canada / Norway)
The Crossing, dir. Bai Xue (People’s Republic of China)
The Magic Life of V, dir. Tonislav Hristov (Finland / Denmark / Bulgaria)
The Red Phallus, dir. Tashi Gyeltshen (Bhutan / Germany / Nepal)
We Are Little Zombies, dir. Makoto Nagahisa (Japan)
Your Turndir, dir. Eliza Capai (Brazil)
2040, dir. Damon Gameau (Australia)
A Colony, dir. Genevieve Dulude-De Celles (Canada)
A First Farewell, dir. Wang Lina (People’s Republic of China)
Anbessa, dir. Mo Scarpelli (USA)
Baracoa, dir. Pablo Briones and The Moving Picture Boys (Switzerland/USA/Spain)
Cleo, dir. Erik Schmitt (Germany)
Daniel, dir. Marine Atlan (France)
Driveways, dir. Andrew Ahn (USA)
Kinder, dir. Nina Wesemann (Germany)
Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels, dir. Kim Tae Yong (Republic of Korea)
Louis & Luca – Mission to the Moon, dir. Rasmus A. Sivertsen (Norway)
Lotte and the Lost Dragons, dir. Janno Poldma, Heiki Ernits (Estonia/Latvia)
My Extraordinary Summer with Tess, dir. Steven Wouterlood (Netherlands/Germany)
Sune vs Sune, dir. Jon Holmberg (Sweden / Denmark)
Where We Belong, dir. Jacqueline Zund (Switzerland)
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