Films from the US, Italy, Iran and Spain are understood to be joining titles from the UK and Scandinavia in next month’s Children’s Film Festival sidebar at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Italy’s RAI Trade is representing Il Cielo Cade, which won the Giffoni Film Festival in July. Camera d’Or winning Iranian-Kurdish title A Time For Drunken Horses, handled internationally by France’s MK2, is also expected to be heading to Potsdamer Platz this year.
From Spain, Bausan Films’ Lalia and Maitexu Films’ La Nota Final are also expected. The US is likely to be represented by Greg Dunigan’s A Little Insider, while Canada has Janet Perlman’s short film Bully Dance.
At least four UK titles are understood to have been chosen including Pathe’s There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble and IAC Films’ The Testimony Of Taliesin Jones. Also expected are Losing Touch, by National Film And Television School graduate Sarah Gavron, and animation film Hooves Of Fire, by Richard Goleszowski, a former collaborator of Aardman Animations’ Nick Park and Peter Lord.
Scandinavian titles selected by Children’s festival director Renate Zylla appear to include Danish director Natasha Arthy’s feature debut Miracle, which Nimbus Film is handling. Crone Film’s Susanne Sillemann is a Danish short, while Cirkeline - Ost & Kaerighed is a Danish animation film.
Selections from further afield include veteran Indian director Tapan Sinha’s 42nd film, Anokha Moti, and Nabil Ayouch’s Ali Zaoua, a Moroccan drama about Casablanca street children which is being handled by France’s TF1.
Belgium short Joyeux Noel, Rachid is also expected, as is Andre van Duren’s Dutch adaptation of children’s novel Mariken, which Edmond Films is representing.
The Berlin International Film Festival runs February 7 to 18.