Berlin has Perspektive on 6 pics


BERLIN -- The first six films have been selected for the Perspektive Deutsches Kino sidebar at next February's 57th annual Berlin International Film Festival.

The festival section, which highlights new German talent, includes the debut feature from Bastian Guenther, winner of this year's First Steps Award for his short "Ende einer Strecke."

Guenther's first feature, "Autopiloten" (Autopilots), tells the story of four men who criss-cross the Autobahn in a search for meaning in their lives.

Pepe Planitzer, whose debut "A Ship Is Coming" (2003) was nominated for a German Camera Award, returns with "Alle Alle" (All Gone), about a gentle giant who turns a small German village upside down.

Other films selected for the 2007 Perspektive include Ben von Grafenstein's "Blindflug" (Blind Flight), in which a love triangle turns ugly, and "Was am Ende zaehlt" (What Counts in the End), a story of two very different heroines from Julia von Heinz.

The Perspektive committee also has selected two half-hour shorts to run at the festival: Illeana Cosmovici's "Aschermittwoch" (Ash Wednesday), about a chance encounter on the last day of Mardi Gras, and Hannah Schweier's "Aufrecht stehen" (Stand up Straight), about an obstinate old couple.

The Perspektive sidebar runs concurrent to the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 8-18). The remaining films in the section will be announced in mid-January, organizers said.