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BERLINALE 2017 Generation

Berlin’s youth-orientated Generation section turns 40

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- The programme of the 2017 Generation section now has a full complement

Berlin’s youth-orientated Generation section turns 40
The Erlprince by Kuba Czekaj

This year, for its 40th edition, Generation, the section of the Berlin Film Festival aimed at young cineastes, is set to host 65 shorts and features representing 41 countries. Since it was created in 1978, this section (which is split into two sub-sections: Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus) has done such a fantastic job of winning the hearts of its young target audiences, enabling them to discuss not only the films, but cinema in general, that it has been expanded to cater to teenagers as well. At present, it welcomes over 65,000 viewers into five movie theatres every year.

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As for the themes addressed as well as the aesthetic approaches, diversity is the order of the day. The programme, which offers animated films rich in contrast alongside sensitive dramas, reflects the desires and dreams of young people, but also their real lives and, occasionally, the scars they bear.

“Our world is not in great shape,” stresses the section’s director, Maryanne Redpath. “Often, this means children and adolescents are left on their own and have to search for solutions and ways out of their predicaments. Generation shows young people on the move, crossing boundaries and tearing down walls, erecting barricades and overcoming them. Everything is in motion.”

Here is the complete list of features selected for the Generation section of Berlin 2017:

Generation 14plus

On The Road - Michael Winterbottom (UK) (opening film, out of competition)
Loving Lorna [+see also:
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- Annika, Jessica Karlsson (Sweden)
Almost Heaven [+see also:
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film profile
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- Carol Salter (UK)
Butterfly Kisses [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rafael Kapelinski
film profile
]
- Rafael Kapelinski (UK)
School Number 3 [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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- Yelizaveta Smith and Georg Genoux (Ukraine/Germany)
The Erlprince [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Kuba Czekaj
film profile
]
- Kuba Czekaj (Poland)
Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl! [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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- Felipe Bragança (Brazil/Netherlands/France)
The Foolish Bird (Ben Niao) - Huang Ji, Ryuji Otsuka (China)
Freak Show - Trudie Styler (USA)
Poi E: The Story of Our Song - Tearepa Kahi (New Zealand)
The Inland Road - Jackie van Beek (New Zealand)
Soldier - Manuel Abramovich (Argentina)
Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves - Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie (Canada)
Emo the Musical - Neil Triffett (Australia)
Nalu on the Border (Mulher do pai) - Cristiane Oliveira (Brazil/Uruguay)
My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea - Dash Shaw (USA)
Weirdos - Bruce McDonald (Canada) 

Generation Kplus

Red Dog: True Blue - Kriv Stenders (Australia) (opening film)
Mountain Miracle – An Unexpected Friendship [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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- Tobias Wiemann (Germany/Italy)
Summer 1993 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carla Simón
film profile
]
- Carla Simón (Spain/France)
Oskar’s America [+see also:
trailer
interview: Torfinn Iversen
film profile
]
- Torfinn Iversen (Norway/Sweden)
Little Harbour [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Iveta Grófová
film profile
]
- Iveta Grófová (Czech Republic/Slovakia/Hungary)
Owls & Mice [+see also:
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- Simone van Dusseldorp (Netherlands)
Up in the Sky [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Petter Lennstrand (Sweden)
Richard the Stork [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Toby Genkel, Reza Memar (Germany/Belgium/Luxembourg/Norway)
Rabbit School - Guardians of the Golden Egg [+see also:
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film profile
]
- Ute von Münchow-Pohl (Germany)
Wallay [+see also:
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- Berni Goldblat (Switzerland/France/Burkina Faso/Qatar)
Becoming Who I Was - Moon Chang-Yong, Jeon Jin (South Korea)
Two Irenes - Fabio Meira (Brazil)
January - Darío Mascambroni (Argentina)
Tesoros - María Novaro (Mexico)
Stonehead (Shi Tou) - Zhao Xiang (China)

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(Translated from French)

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