Berlin Festival Completes Generation Lineup

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New films from Iceland, Iran and South Africa are added to the kids and youth sidebar.

The Berlin Film Festival has completed its selection for this year's Generation sidebar of kids and youth films.

Berlin on Wednesday added a handful of new world premieres and a trio of European premieres to the Generation lineup, with titles including Maria Solrun's Icelandic drama Adam, Iranian features Dressage from director Pooya Badkoobeh and Abbas Amini's Hendi & Hormoz, as well as Fortuna, a Swiss feature from director Germinal Roaux, getting their first festival screening at the Berlinale.

What Walaa Wants, a documentary from Canada's Christy Garland, which looks at the fate of the daughter of a Palestinian woman accused of terrorism, will also have its world premiere in the Generation program.

Jenna Bass' South Africa-set High Fantasy, shot entirely on smartphones, will have its European premiere in Berlin in the program, as will Kissing Candice from Irish director Aoife McArdle and Retablo from Peruvian filmmaker Alvaro Delgado Aparicio.

Among the higher-profile titles in this year's Generation lineup are Cobain, the latest from Dutch director Nanouk Leopold (Brownian Movement), which follows a 15-year-old boy on his search for his self-destructive mother; and 303, a road movie from German director Hans Weingartner (The Edukators), which will open the Generation section on Feb. 16. 

The 2018 Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 15-Feb. 25.