Forty years ago, the Berlinale launched the festival programme for the young cineastes. From the beginning the concept was embraced and celebrated by its target audiences and consequently expanded through the establishment of a further competition programme catering to adolescents. Since 2007, the Generation section has united the Kplus and 14plus competitions together under one roof and provided an opportunity not only for young people to participate in the greater conversation on cinema and culture that the festival represents.

In 2017, a grand total of 62 short and feature-length films hailing from 41 countries of production will take part in the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competitions. Both programmes feature a wide range of thematic concerns and aesthetic approaches. Animated productions rich in contrast, quiet observations, iconoclastic collages and sensitive dramas signalise the programme. Drawn from life, the films demonstrate the experiential horizons of young people – their desires and dreams, those things they wish to leave behind, those things that bind them and of their sense of longing to explore other realms.

“Our world is not in great shape. 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,” comments section head Maryanne Redpath in regard to this year’s programme.

Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau (Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves) by Mathieu Denis & Simon Lavoie

Documentary Forms

The programme is enriched by a great variety of approaches to documentary filmmaking. Diverse methods of presentation are utilised by filmmakers in the observation of their subjects. Ever vigilant but never intrusive, they reflect upon the wider topics of our times by capturing intimate portraits. They provide privileged insight into closed-off spaces and direct our attention to the all too easily overlooked. They are always on the move, in search of images of the world and opportunities to render the invisible visible for all to see.

Short Films at Generation

In the short film competitions, Generation is presenting productions from a total of 28 countries. The three Kplus short film programmes are colourful, sensitive and serious; the young protagonists face the challenges life has set before them with great bravery, staking out new spaces for themselves with growing self-confidence. With strong contrasts and brisk pacing, explosive and soothing moments and no lack of twists and turns, the two 14plus short film programmes also pay tribute to the contradictory nature of our world.

Kplus Opening Film

The Generation Kplus competition will open at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt with a screening of Red Dog: True Blue by Kriv Stenders. Generation looks forward to starting the section’s 40th anniversary edition with a bang in the presence of the Australian director and his cast.

Generation 14plus

In addition to the previously announced selections, including the opening film for 14plus, Michael Winterbottom’s On the Road, the following productions have also been invited to screen at Generation 14plus.

  • Ben Niao (The Foolish Bird) by Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka (The People’s Republic of China)
  • Freak Show by Trudie Styler(USA)
  • Loving Lorna by Annika Karlsson and Jessica Karlsson (Sweden)
  • Não devore meu coração! (Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!) by Felipe Bragança (Brazil / The Netherlands / France)
  • Poi E: The Story of Our Song by Tearepa Kahi (New Zealand)
  • The Inland Road by Jackie van Beek (New Zealand)
  • Shkola nomer 3 (School Number 3) by Yelizaveta Smith and Georg Genoux (Ukraine / Germany)
  • Soldado (Soldier) by Manuel Abramovich (Argentina)
  • Almost Heaven by Carol Salter (United Kingdom)
  • Butterfly Kisses by Rafael Kapelinski (United Kingdom)
  • Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau (Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves) by Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie (Canada)
  • Emo the Musical by Neil Triffett (Australia)
  • Mulher do pai (Nalu on the Border) by Cristiane Oliveira (Brazil / Uruguay)
  • My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea by Dash Shaw (USA)
  • On The Road by Michael Winterbottom (United Kingdom) (screening out of competition, opening film for 14plus
  • Krolewicz Olch (The Erlprince) by Kuba Czekaj (Poland)
  • Weirdos by Bruce McDonald (Canada)

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea by Dash Shaw

Generation Kplus

  • Amelie rennt (Mountain Miracle – An Unexpected Friendship) by Tobias Wiemann (Germany / Italy)
  • Becoming Who I Was by Moon Chang-Yong and Jeon Jin (Republic of Korea)
  • Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993) by Carla Simón (Spain)
  • Oskars Amerika (Oskar’s America) by Torfinn Iversen (Norway / Sweden)
  • Piata Loď (Little Harbour) by Iveta Grófová (Slovak Republic / Czech Republic / Hungary)
  • Uilenbal (Owls & Mice) by Simone van Dusseldorp (The Netherlands)
  • Upp i det blå (Up in the Sky) by Petter Lennstrand (Sweden)
  • Wallay by Berni Goldblat (France / Burkina Faso / Qatar)
  • As duas Irenes (Two Irenes) by Fabio Meira (Brazil)
  • Die Häschenschule – Jagd nach dem Goldenen Ei (Rabbit School – Guardians of the Golden Egg) by Ute von Münchow-Pohl (Germany)
  • Primero enero (January) by Darío Mascambroni (Argentina)
  • Red Dog: True Blue by Kriv Stenders (Australia)
  • Richard the Stork by Toby Genkel, Reza Memari (Germany / Belgium / Luxembourg / Norway)
  • Tesoros by María Novaro (Mexico)
  • Shi Tou (Stonehead) by Zhao Xiang (People’s Republic of China)

Upp i det blå (Up in the Sky) by Petter Lennstrand

Short Films Generation 14plus

  • After the Smoke by Nick Waterman (Australia)
  • In a Nutshell by Fabio Friedli (Switzerland)
  • La prima sueca (Swedish Cousinby Inés María Barrionuevo and Agustina San Martín (Argentina)
  • Libélula (Firefly) by José Pablo Escamilla Gonzáles Aragón (Mexico)
  • Milk by Daria Vlasova (Lithuania)
  • Morning Cowboy by Fernando Pomares (Spain)
  • Sheva Dakot (Seven Minutes) by Assaf Machnes (Israel)
  • Sirens by Emmanuel Trousse (Monaco) (screening out of competition)
  • Smashed by Sean Lahiff (Australia)
  • SNIP by Terril Calder (Canada)
  • The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do by Juanita Onzaga (Columbia / Belgium)
  • U Plavetnilo (Into the Blueby Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic (Croatia / Slovenia / Sweden)
  • White Riot: London by Rubika Shah (United Kingdom)
  • Wolfe by Claire Randall (Australia)

The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do by Juanita Onzaga

Short Films Generation Kplus

  • 1Minuutje natuur (1Minute of Nature) by Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr (Netherlands)
  • Aaba (Grandfather) by Amar Kaushik (India)
  • Der kleine Vogel und die Raupe (The Little Bird and the Caterpillar) by Lena von Döhren (Switzerland)
  • Dziedošais Hugo un viņa neticamie piedzīvojumi (Singing Hugo and His Incredible Adventures) by Reinis Kalnaellis (Latvia)
  • Em busca da terra sem males (In Search of the Land Without Evil) by Anna Azevedo (Brazil)
  • Engiteng‘ Narok Lukunya (Black Head Cow) by Elizabeth Nichols (USA)
  • Hedgehog´s Home by Eva Cvijanovic (Canada / Czech Republic)
  • Jazzoo by Adam Marko-Nord (Sweden)
  • Li.le by Natia Nikolashvili (Georgia)
  • Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister) by Lia Hietala (Sweden / Norway)
  • Odd er et egg (Odd is an Egg) by Kristin Ulseth (Norway / Portugal)
  • Promise by Xie Tian (USA)
  • Sabaku by Marlies van der Wel (Netherlands)
  • Terrain de jeux (Playgroundby Maxence Lemonnier (France)
  • The Catch by Holly Brace-Lavoie (Canada)
  • The Dress on Her by Wen Chih Yi (Taiwan)
  • Vulkánsziget (Volcano Island) by Anna Katalin Lovrity (Hungary)
  • Xalé Bu Rérr (Lost Child) by Abdou Khadir Ndiaye (Senegal)

Vulkánsziget (Volcano Island) by Anna Katalin Lovrity

(Text from Berlinale, pictures from here, here, here, here and here)