Berlin: First German Titles Picked for Sidebar

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The 2015 Perspektive Deutsches Kino section promises to be a genre mash up

The Berlin International Film Festival has picked the first seven films for its 2015 German cinema showcase, the Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar.

They include a B-movie style melodrama, an arthouse thriller and a black-and-white fairy tale.

“People are talking about how things are happening in German cinema,” said Linda Soffker, head of the Perspective Deutsches Kino section, “we want to tap this trend and present extraordinary films in which different styles are explored in new ways. Things will be magical, lively, sad, even gory and emotionally hard, but also fun and entertaining: It’s playtime!”

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The first titles picked include the horror film/comedy mash up Der Bunker from first-time director Nikias Chryssos and Jakob M. Erwa’s HomeSick, which combines thriller elements with the style of impressionist art house cinema. Michael Krummenacher’s second full-length film, Sibylle, described as a mix of drama, horror, mystery and psychological thriller, will also screen in the Berlin fest sidebar. All three titles feature plots in which so-called ordinary family life spirals out of control.

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The star of Sibylle, German actress Anne Ratte-Polle, also plays the lead in Wanja from debut director Carolina Hellsgard, another Perspective title. In the latter she plays a 40-year-old woman trying to adjust to life after her release from prison. Another first feature in the section, Spiderweb House from director Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt, takes what could have been a typical social drama about a single mother (Sylvie Testud) and turns it into a black-and-white fairy tale.

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Soffker has also picked two mid-length films to screen in the section: Anatol Schuster’s A Perfect Place and I Remember from musician and filmmaker Janni Ji Wonders.

The complete Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme will be announced in January.