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Generation Kplus


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To a rhythmic drumbeat and in vibrant strokes of colour, a lovesick bird-of-paradise prances through the black of the night, flaunting his majestic plumage in an attempt to impress the females. Following her final film school project, Cocoon Child (2009), this playfully orchestrated spectacle of colour and captivation marks the second Generation world premiere for Sonja Rohleder, co-founder of the Berlin-based Talking Animals collective.

Sonja Rohleder

Germany 2019

Without language

4’ · Colour

recommendation: 4 years and up

World premiere


Written and Directed by
Sonja Rohleder
Sonja Rohleder
Sonja Rohleder
Sonja Rohleder
Graphic Design
Inês Gomes Ferreira
Jens Heuler
Sound Mixing
Michał Krajzcok
Sonja Rohleder
Executive Producer
Sonja Rohleder


Sonja Rohleder

Born in Zwickau, Germany in 1982, she initially worked as a freelance illustrator before studying at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, with a period studying abroad at the Communication University of China in Beijing. Her graduation film, Cocoon Child, premiered in Generation in 2009. Together with fellow students, she founded the Talking Animals animation collective in Berlin. Her work has featured in museum installations, video games, films, music videos and theatre productions. She not only directs her own short films but also writes and produces them herself.

Filmography (short films)

2009 Cocoon Child 2012 Kolumbus 2014 Dame mit Hund 2015 Junges Blut 2019 Quiet · Nest

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Sonja Rohleder c/o Talking Animals Animation Studio

World Sales

interfilm Berlin Short Film Sales & Distribution