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Jan 22, 2016:
Generation 2016: Opening Films, Juries and Special Screening The Diary of Anne Frank

Harrison Feldman and Bethany Whitmore in Girl Asleep by Rosemary Myers

Opening Films: Dreamy Girls and Women Power
The competition Generation 14plus will celebrate its opening with the international premiere of the Australian production Girl Asleep, from Rosemary Myers. The director will present her film on February 12 at 7.30 pm at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), together with the film’s female lead. Bethany Whitmore plays the role of Greta in the film, a young woman who takes a deep dive into a bizarre and dangerous dream world full of odd creatures.
The opening film of Generation Kplus also features dreamlike visions and a good dose of girl power. In Siv sover vilse (Siv Sleeps Astray) from Sweden, little Siv (Astrid Lövgren) discovers a hidden realm full of secrets awaiting her inside the home of her friend Cerisia (Lilly Brown). Directors Catti Edfeldt and Lena Hanno Clyne will be in attendance along with the lead members of their young cast for the world premiere of their film on February 12 at 3.30 pm at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW).

Special Screenings and Cross-Section Films
With its special screening of Life on the Border, Generation is proud to present an exceptional project initiated by Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi (Turtles Can Fly). Together with a group of other film-makers, Ghobadi provided eight children from refugee camps in Kobanê and Singal with cameras to give them the opportunity to tell their own stories. The result is a unique invitation to experience the lives of these young people as seen through their own eyes, an anthology of shorts whose tones range from the documentary to the poetic. Bahman Ghobadi will present Life on the Border together with one of the project’s consulting directors, Shaho Nemati.

In a further special screening, Generation is delighted to present the world premiere of Hans Steinbichler’s Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank). This film adaptation of the eponymous historical testimony that moved the world primarily depicts the period of time that Anne (Lea van Acken) spent in her family’s hiding place in the rear section of a house in Amsterdam, with a look back to the relatively care-free days before their desperate move as well as glimpses of the tragic events that would follow. The film’s cast features Martina Gedeck, Stella Kunkat and Ulrich Noethen.

Two Cross-Section films, Die Reise nach Sundevit (The Journey to Sundevit, GDR, 1965, by Heiner Carow) from the Retrospective and Meteorstrasse (Meteor Street, Germany, by Aline Fischer) from Perspektive Deutsches Kino will also be screened. The Berlinale’s Cross-Section screenings provide festival attendees under the age of 18 with the chance to see a selection of coming-of-age films from other Berlinale sections.

Juries and Awards
The Generation 14plus International Jury awards the Grand Prix for Best Film (7,500 euros) and the Special Prize for Best Short Film (2,500 euros), sponsored by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (the Federal Agency for Civic Education). The three members of the jury are: Sam de Jong, Dutch director of the film Prins (Special Mention Generation 2015); Petros Silvestros, director from Great Britain, who won back-to-back Crystal Bears for his short films Mike (2014) and A Confession (2015); and Liz Watts, Australian film producer (for Lore, among others) and member of the board of the South Australian Film Corporation.

In the competition Generation Kplus, the three members of the International Jury award the Grand Prix for Best Film (7,500 euros) and the Special Prize for Best Short Film (2,500 euros), sponsored by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany). This year’s jury consists of: Anne Kodura from Germany, director, producer and scriptwriter for the film ÖDLAND - Damit keiner das so mitbemerkt (WASTELAND – So That No One Becomes Aware of It, Generation 2013); Nagesh Kukunoor from India, director of the film Dhanak (Grand Prix of the International Jury, Generation 2015); and Kathy Loizou from Great Britain, co-founder and director of the Children’s Media Conference and member of the board of the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA).

Eleven children from Berlin between the ages of 12 and 14 and seven young adults between the ages of 16 and 18 have been invited to participate in the Children’s and Youth Juries. They will award Crystal Bears to the best feature-length and short films from both competitions.

Berlinale School Project
For the tenth year, Generation is co-operating with VISION KINO, a network for film and media competence, to realise the Berlinale School Project with the aim of sustainably promoting the integration of the world of cinema into that of the school classroom. Around 45 teachers from all types of schools will work with the films of the section under the direction of specialists in film education. Results from the previous editions of the project can be found at

Advance Sales for Group Tickets
Discounted tickets for groups of five and up for all of Generation’s films can be ordered daily from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm starting February 1 under the telephone number 0800 724 03 22 (for international calls: 0049 30 259 22 85 73).

Opening films

Generation 14plus
Girl Asleep – Australia
By Rosemary Myers
International premiere

Generation Kplus
Siv sover vilse (Siv Sleeps Astray) - Sweden / Netherlands
By Catti Edfeldt, Lena Hanno Clyne
World premiere

Special Screenings

Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank) – Germany
By Hans Steinbichler
World premiere

Life on the Border – Irak
By Hazem Khodeideh, Basmeh Soleiman, Sami Hossein, Ronahi Ezaddin, Diar Omar, Delovan Kekha, Mahmod Ahmad, Zohour Saeid
European premiere


Die Reise nach Sundevit (The Journey to Sundevit) – Germany (GDR)
By Heiner Carow
Cross-Section Retrospective

Meteorstraße (Meteor Street) – Germany
By Aline Fischer
World premiere
Cross-Section Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Press Office
January 22, 2016

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