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Press Releases 2009


Jan 13, 2009:
Children and Young Adults Reflect On Their Worlds - Generation Programme and Opening Films

“These days, growing up can be dangerous”, says section director Maryanne Redpath when she looks at this year’s Generation programme. “By no means are all the adventures here of an external nature. Conflicts occur ever more frequently in the mind and are capable of causing just as much trouble there.” 27 features from 25 countries have been selected for Kplus and 14plus, ten of which are world premieres. In addition, 30 short films are vying for Crystal Bears in the two competitions.

The Generation Kplus competition will open in the Zoo Palast on February 6th with Lippels Traum (Lippel’s Dream) by Lars Büchel. Another German feature will also celebrate its world premiere at Kplus: the German-Swedish- production Die Stimme des Adlers (The Eagle Hunter’s Son) by René Bo Hansen transports you away to the Mongolian steppe where an extraordinary coming-of-age story is told to the backdrop of breathtaking panoramas.

Generation 14plus will open with the British film Unmade Beds on February 6th. The audience at the premiere in Babylon Cinema can look forward to an intimate look inside a warehouse squat in London’s East End, where creative artists and other free spirits dwell. Director Alexis Dos Santos (Glue) gets so close to his characters, it’s as if he has a room in this community himself.

The powerful imagery of three animated films span both competitions and all age brackets. Igor Veyshtagin’s Mamma Mu & Kråkan (Mamma Moo & Crow) invites young viewers to follow the zany escapades of a daring cow, who is not satisfied with her pasture. The adventures of an adolescent monk are superbly illustrated in Brendan and the Secret of Kells (Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey). After seven years of concerted effort by European animation companies The Cartoon Saloon, Les Armateurs and Vivi Film, Kplus will screen the world premiere of this cinematic kaleidoscope. Adam Elliot (who won an Oscar for his claymation Harvie Krumpet in 2003) draws Melbourne and New York together via airmail in the 14plus competition: pen pals for over twenty years, Mary and Max (spoken by Toni Collette and Phillip Seymour Hoffman) leave no topic untouched.

A documentary film will once again be competing in 14plus for a Crystal Bear. Teenage Response (Eleni Ampelakiotou), a production from Berlin, gives 13 teenagers the space they need to talk intimately about their bodies, their relationships, and their futures – for a total of 156 minutes! “Young people constantly grapple with their lives and the world. The films in Generation invite audiences to share these reflections,” states co-director Florian Weghorn.

Generation Kplus – feature films

Brendan and the Secret of Kells by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey, Ireland/France/Belgium2008, WP

C’est pas moi, je le jure! (It’s Not Me, I Swear!) by Philippe Falardeau, Canada 2008

Die Stimme des Adlers (The Eagle Hunter’s Son) by René Bo Hansen, Germany/Sweden 2009, WP

Flickan (The Girl) by Fredrik Edfeldt, Sweden 2008, WP

Gagma Napiri (The Other Bank) by George Ovashvili, Georgia/Kazakhstan 2009, WP

Kdopak by se vlka bál (Who is Afraid of the Wolf) by Maria Procházková, Czech Republic 2008

Lippels Traum (Lippel’s Dream) by Lars Büchel, Germany 2008, WP

Los herederos (The Inheritors) by Eugenio Polgovsky, Mexico 2008

Mamma Mu & Kråkan (Mamma Moo & Crow) by Igor Veyshtagin, Sweden/Germany/Hungary 2008

Max Pinlig (Max Embarrassing) by Lotte Svendsen, Denmark 2008

Mommo (The Bogeyman) by Atalay Tasdiken, Turkey 2009, WP

Niloofar by Sabine El Gemayel, France/Iran/Lebanon 2008

The Strength of Water by Armagan Ballantyne, New Zealand/Germany 2008

Generation Kplus – short films

Ali & the Ball by Alex Holmes, Australia 2008

Cocoon Child by Sonja Rohleder, Germany 2009

De kleine Kraai met blote billen (The Little Crow With The Naked Bottom) by Raimke Groothuizen, The Netherlands 2008

Five Miles Out by Andrew Haigh, UK 2008

Hokus-Pokus (Hocus-Pocus) by Anna Samoylovich, Germany 2008

Invisible Loneliness by Lin Jung-Hsien, Taiwan 2009

Jerrycan by Julius Avery, Australia 2008

Kad aboli ripo (When apples roll) by Reinis Kalnaellis, Latvia 2009

Kehua by Wiremu Grace, New Zealand 2008

Maggie and Mildred by Holly Klein, USA 2008

Maima dolgozhdanniy (Maima Long-awaited) by Inga Korzhneva, Russian Federation 2008

Meine erste Hochzeit (My Very First Wedding) by Ralf Kukula, Germany 2008

Musen (The Mouse) by Pil Maria Gunnarsson, Denmark 2008

Netherland Dwarf by David Michôd, Australia 2008

Oh, My God! by Anne Sewitsky, Norway 2008

Prick och Fläck snöar in (Spot and Splodge in Snowstorm) by Lotta Geffenblad and Uzi Geffenblad, Sweden 2009

Ulybka Buddy (Buddha’s smile) by Bair Dyshenov, Russian Federation 2008

Varmints by Marc Craste, UK 2008

Generation 14plus – feature films

Afterschool by Antonio Campos, USA 2008

Cherrybomb by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa, UK 2008, WP

Gunlala de qiang (Lala’s Gun) by Ning Jingwu, People’s Republik of China 2008, WP

Het zusje van Katia (Katia’s Sister) by Mijke de Jong, The Netherlands 2008

I Know You Know by Justin Kerrigan, UK/Germany 2008

I taket lyser stjärnorna (Glowing Stars) by Lisa Siwe, Sweden 2008

Mary and Max by Adam Elliot, Australia 2008

Miao Miao by Cheng Hsiao-Tse, Hongkong/Taiwan 2008

My Suicide by David Lee Miller, USA 2009, WP

Snijeg (Snow) by Aida Begic, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Germany/France/Iran 2008

Sorasoi by Katsuhito Ishii, Shunichiro Miki und Yuuuka Ooosumi, Japan 2008

Teenage Response by Eleni Ampelakiotou, Germany 2009, WP

Unmade Beds by Alexis Dos Santos, UK 2008

Voy a explotar (I’m Gonna Explode) by Gerardo Naranjo, Mexico 2008

Generation 14plus – short films

Akbulak by Tatiana Korol, UK 2008

Aphrodite’s Farm by Adam Strange, New Zealand 2008

Bom-e Pi-eo-na-da (Blooming In Spring) by Jung Ji-yeon, Republic of Korea 2008

Bronx Princess by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed, USA 2008

Cathrine by Mads Matthiesen, Denmark 2008

Eynayim Sheli (Point of View) by Avishag Leibovich, Israel 2008

Ralph by Alex Winckler, UK 2008

Slavar (Slaves) by David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn, Sweden/Norway/Denmark 2008

Summer Breaks by Sean Kruck, Australia 2008

Tomorrow by Simon Portus, Australia 2008

Top Girl by Rebecca Johnson, UK 2008

Yalda Gdola (Grown Up) by Dana Neuberg, Israel 2008

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January 13, 2009