The premieres of the two competitions, Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus, will this year again take place under one roof. What does this consolidation mean for you? And how much are you looking forward to the new screening venues in the (Haus der Kulturen Welt / HKW)?
MR: We’re very happy to have an appropriate center for the section in the HKW. For the Generation 14plus premieres the gain in the number of available seats from 400 to 1,000 is great progress, which will please audiences more than anyone.
FW: The HKW gives us the opportunity to have a total of eight screenings from morning to night. That creates the feeling of having a proper home for Generation which on the one hand will be filled with the typical hustle and bustle of a festival and on the other hand it will be a place where the visitors who want to watch several films in the section will feel at home. They can go to the café between films or eat lunch at the restaurant – without having to brave Berlin’s winter weather.
Let’s talk about the films in this year’s programme: Do the works revolve mostly around the emotional and mental realities of young people, their dreams and fantasies?
FW: Some films do address that, but that idea doesn’t encapsulate all of the films. Imagined fantasy worlds and places to escape to in emergency situations are two poles between which our protagonists move.