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Britspotting returns to Berlin

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After its tenth edition, two years ago, the Britspotting British and Irish Film Festival, which offers young Berliners a chance to discover current Brit films, took a break to revamp itself. It returns with renewed energy to the Babylon cinema, where it will open tomorrow evening with Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go [+see also:
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interview: Domhnall Gleeson
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, an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s best-seller about childhood nostalgia, starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Charlotte Rampling.

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The event, headed by Alex Thiele, will this year present Japanese director Hideo Nakata’s evocatively-titled former Cannes contender Chatroom [+see also:
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. Shot in English and starring Aaron Johnson (the young Lennon in Nowhere Boy [+see also:
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), the film is written by Ireland’s Enda Walsh and adapted from his stage play.

Also in the line-up, satirist Chris Morris’s multiple award-winning, BAFTA-nominated Four Lions [+see also:
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centres on a group of would-be terrorists. Meanwhile, Nick Whitfield’s Skeletons, which won an award at the latest Edinburgh Film Festival, literally and metaphorically hunts down the skeletons hidden in people’s closets.

Tom Harper’s debut feature The Scouting Book for Boys [+see also:
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focuses on the summer of youngsters Emily and David (Thomas Turgoose, the young star of This Is England [+see also:
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). It is scripted by Jack Thorne (writer of cult teen series Skins and the TV version of This Is England).

Youth, in the form of visions of love and sporting dreams, is also at the centre, respectively, of co-productions Womb [+see also:
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by Benedek Fliegauf and Africa United [+see also:
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by Debs Gardner-Paterson.

The programme also includes Conor Horgan’s Irish title One Hundred Mornings [+see also:
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, several documentaries, three series of shorts and a retrospective of Irish director Ken Wardrop’s work. The festival will run until January 30.

(Translated from French)

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