Berlin: Bollywood, 'Paper Planes' and Luke Perry in Generations Sidebar

Paper Planes Still - H 2014
Courtesy of Melbourne Film Festival

Paper Planes Still - H 2014

Berlin unveils the first titles in its youth cinema section

Berlin has picked the first lucky 13 titles for its Generations section, the sidebar of children and youth films.

Among the initial stand outs are the world premieres of Irish comedy You're Ugly Too from director Mark Noonan starring Game of Thrones actor Aiden Gillen; the Bollywood feature Dhanak (Rainbow) from director Nagesh Kukunoor (Iqbal) and Golden Kingdom, the debut film from U.S. director Brian Perkins in which the serene life of novice monks living in Myanmar is shattered by the sound of a gunshot from the valley below.

Robert Connolly's Australian kids film Paper Planes starring Sam Worthington, which screened in Toronto to strong reviews, will have its European premiere in Berlin in Generations, as will Corbo, a 1960s biopic from Quebecois director Mathieu Denis, which also bowed in Toronto this year.

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Other Generation titles include John Williams' The Beat Beneath My Feet starring Luke Perry; Duccio Chiarini's Italian coming-of-age tale Short Skin; Turkish drama Snow Pirates; and a pair of features from both Sweden – Beata Gardeler's Flocking and Sanna Lenken's My Skinny Sister – and the Netherlands, in the form of Tallulah Schwab's Confetti Harvest and Nena from Dutch director Saskia Diesing. Denmark will be sending the only animated feature so far selected for the Generations sidebar, the animal adventure Mini and the Mozzies.

The remaining Generations films will be announced mid-January.

The 2015 Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 5-15.

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