Berlin: Festival's Youth Sidebar Picks Jury, Adds Cross-Section Films

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Trudie Styler's directorial debut 'Freak Show' will have its world premiere in Berlin's Generation section.

The Generation sidebar celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The Berlin International Film Festival, putting the final touches on this year's program, on Thursday announced the juries for its Generation sidebar, the section devoted to children's and youth films.

Chilean director Roberto Doveris will oversee the jury this year for the Generation 14plus section, for films targeting teen audiences. Doveris' drama Plants won the jury grand prize in Generation 14plus last year. He is joined by American director Jennifer Reeder, whose short film Crystal Lake premiered in Generation last year, and German-Hungarian filmmaker Benjamin Cantu, who made his feature debut with Harvest in Generation in 2011.

The jury for the Generation Kplus section, for children's films will consist of Korean director Yoon Ga-eun, a Generation winner for her short Sprout in 2014; Aneta Ozorek, programmer for the kid-focused Cinema in Sneakers theater in Warsaw; and German producer Fabian Gasmia, whose credits include last year's Silver Bear winner, Mia Hansen's Things to Come starring Isabelle Huppert.

The two juries will hand out the Generation honors, called the Crystal Bears, for full-length and short films. In addition, two juries made of local teenagers (between the ages of 12 and 14 for one group and between the ages of 16 and 18 for another group) will independently select their own Generation winners.

Programmers on Thursday also announced the two titles that will screen as part of the Generation's cross-section program, which allows festivalgoers under the age of 18 to watch movies from Berlin's “adult” sidebars. This year's cross-section selections are: Amman Abbasi's Dayveon, a drama about a 13-year-old boy struggling with the death of his brother, and Close-Knit, a transgender tale from Japan's Naoko Ogigami.

Dayveon is screening in Berlin's Forum sidebar; Close-Knit is part of the Panorama program.

The 2017 Berlin International Film Festival is set to run Feb. 9-19.