Berlin Generation premieres include Comes A Bright Day, Arcadia
The Berlinale has finished the programme for its Generation section for children and teens.
There are a total of 58 shorts and features from 32 countries across the Kplus and 14plus competitions. The programme includes 12 debut features.
Highlights in 14plus include world premieres of Simon Aboud’s UK feature Comes A Bright Day, set against a jewellery heist and starring Craig Roberts [pictured], Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd, and Timothy Spall; documentary Maori Boy Genius by Pietra Brettkelly; and Robert Sarkies’ friendship story Two Little Boys with a cast including Bret McKenzie.
In Kplus, world premieres include Arcadia, a US road trip family starring Ryan Simpkins and John Hawkes; and Martin Hogdahl’s The Ice Dragon, about a boy sent to a youth home in northern Sweden.
Eleven children from Berlin between the ages of eleven and 14 as well as seven young adults have been invited to be on the Children’s and Youth Juries. They will award Crystal Bears for the best short and feature-length films.
The five members of the Generation International Jury are Scottish filmmaker Mark Cousins, Rasmus Horskjær from the Danish Film Institute, German filmmaker and distributor Frieder Schlaich, Peruvian filmmaker Marite Ugas, and Asia Pacific Screen Academy artistic director Maxine Williamson.
Generation 14plus lineup
Comes A Bright Day by Simon Aboud (UK) [world premiere]
Night of Silence (Lal Gece) by by Reis Çelik (Turkey) [WP]
Maori Boy Genius by Pietra Brettkelly (New Zealand) [WP]
Beauty (Nosilatiaj. La Belleza) by Daniela Seggiaro (Argentina) [WP]
Snackbar by Meral Uslu (Netherlands) [WP]
Two Little Boys by Robert Sarkies (New Zealand) [WP]
One Night (Una Noche) by Lucy Mulloy (US/Cuba/UK) [WP]
Electrick Children by Rebecca Thomas (US) [WP]
Young & Wild (Joven & Alocada) by Marialy Rivas (Chile)
The Crown Jewels (Kronjuvelerna) by Ella Lemhagen (Sweden)
Love Is In The Air (Magi I Luften) by Simon Staho (Denmark/Sweden)
Mustafa’s Sweet Dreams by Angelos Abazoglou (Greece/UK) [WP]
Off White Lies (ORCHIM LeREGA) by Maya Kenig (Israel/France)
A Secret World (Un Mundo Secreto) by Gabriel Marino (Mexico) [WP]
Punch (Wandeukyi) by Han Lee (Republic of Korea)
ARCADIA by Olivia Silver (US) [WP]
Gattu by Rajan Khosa (India)
The Ice Dragon (Isdraken) by Martin Hogdahl (Sweden)
Just Pretended To Hear (Kikoeteru, furi wo sita dake) by Kaori Imaizumi (Japan)
Pacha by Hector Ferreiro (Bolivia/Mexico) [WP]
Zarafaby Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Li(France/Belgium)
Kauwboy by Boudewijn Koole (Netherlands) [WP]
The Children From The Napf (Die Kinder vom Napf) by Alice Schmid (Switzerland)
Lotte And The Moonstone Secret (Lotte ja kuukivi saladus) by Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits (Estonia/Latvia)
The Mirror Never Lies by Kamila Andini (Indonesia)
Nono by Rommel Tolentino (Philippines)
Taking Chances (Patatje Oorlog) by Nicole van Kilsdonk (Netherlands)
Out of Competition
Fourteen (Vierzehn) by Cornial Grunberg (Germany)[WP]
The Monkey King - Uproar in Heaven 3D by Da Su (People’s Republic of China [restored classic now in 3D] [WP]