Austrian filmmakers Sabine Hiebler and Gerhard Ertl's drama Nogo and Oliver Dommenget's children's film Help I'm A Boy! will be given their market premieres by Munich-based world sales outfit Cinepool at the forthcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
Produced by Dor Film, Nogo stars hot young German acting talent such as Meret Becker, Jurgen Vogel and Jasmin Tabatabait in a drama focusing on three couples who share an overriding obsession for a petrol station at the end of the world.
Dommenget's film, which will be screening in the Berlinale's Kinderfilmfest and competing for the Crystal Bear, was produced by Studio Hamburg and will be distributed theatrically in Germany by MFA in September 2002.
Meanwhile, under its new motto of "accept diversity", this year's Berlinale is planning to break new ground by enabling cinema-related initiatives and groups to stage their own events during the 12 days of the festival.
One of the first of these events to be announced is a special screening on February 9 of the Italian documentary Un Altro Mondo E Possibile (Another World Is Possible) which is being organised by the Peace Screen Award Initiative at a festival cinema provided by the Berlinale management.
The documentary, which could not be accepted for the festival's official programme due to formal reasons, presents the events surrounding the G-8 summit in Genua in July 2001 from footage directed by such Italian filmmakers as Mario Monicelli, Gillo Pontecorvo, Ettore Scola, Ricky Tognazzi, Francesca Comencini, and the Taviani brothers.