Berlin International Film Festival 2017

Selection of films for younger audiences. The Kplus films will be judged by a jury of 11 to 14-year-olds and the 14plus films by a jury of 14-18-year-olds. A selection of short films also plays in this section.

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My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea
My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea and Emo The Musical
Almost Heaven (Country: UK; Year: 2017; Director: Carol Salter)
Documentary. Far from home, 17-year-old Ying Ling practices for her examination to become a mortician at one of China’s largest funeral homes.
World premiere. 14plus
Butterfly Kisses (Country: UK; Year: 2017; Director: Rafael Kapelinski; Writer: Greer Ellison, Merlin Merton; Stars: Theo Stevenson, Elliot Cowan, Rosie Day, Thomas Turgoose, Charlotte Beaumont, Honor Kneafsey, Luke McKenzie, Leigh Gill, Lee Nicholas Harris, Anastasia Drew, David Neville, Taniel Yusef, Ella-Rae Smith, Paul A Munday, Leslie Hall)
Jake and his friends pass their time hanging out in the courtyards of their high-rise development or in pool halls, talking about girls, watching pornos and getting drunk. But Jake has a dark secret.
World premiere. 14plus
Emo The Musical (Country: Australia; Year: 2016; Director: Neil Triffett; Writer: Neil Triffett; Stars: Benson Jack Anthony, Jordan Hare, Rahart Adams, Jon Prasida, Lucy Barrett, Ben Bennett, Craig Hyde-Smith, Geraldine Viswanathan, Kevin Clayette, Bridie Carter, Natasha Herbert, Dylan Lewis, Adam Zwar, Heidi Arena, Brianna Bishop)
Ethan embarks on a new journey as he tries to fit in at his new school.
International premiere. 14plus
My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea (Year: 2016; Director: Dash Shaw; Writer: Dash Shaw; Stars: Susan Sarandon, Lena Dunham, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, John Cameron Mitchell, Reggie Watts, Alex Karpovsky)
A high school newspaper team try to escape their school as it sinks into the Pacific Ocean.
European premiere. 14plus
Nalu On The Border (Mulher do pai) (Country: Brazil, Uruguay; Year: 2016; Director: Cristiane Oliveira; Writer: Cristiane Oliveira, Michele Frantz; Stars: Maria Galant, Marat Descartes, Verónica Perrotta, Áurea Baptista, Amélia Bittencourt, Jorge Esmoris, Fabiana Amorim, Liane Venturella, Diego Trinidad, Renan Goulart)
After the death of her grandmother, 16-year-old Nalu is left to care for her father alone.
International premiere. 14plus
On The Road (Love Song: Wolf Alice) (Country: UK; Year: 2016; Director: Michael Winterbottom; Stars: Shirley Henderson, Paul Popplewell, James McArdle, Jamie Quinn, Ellie Rowsell, Leah Harvey, Joel Amey, Theo Ellis, Joff Oddie)
Documenting the London band on and off stage.
14plus
Primero Enero (Country: Argentina; Year: 2016; Director: Darío Mascambroni; Writer: Darío Mascambroni; Stars: Jorge Rossi, Valentino Rossi, Eva Torres)
Eleven-year-old Valentino’s life goes off the rails when his parents get divorced, challenging him to see the world from a different angle.
European premiere. Kplus
Rabbit School - Guardians Of The Golden Egg (Die Häschenschule - Jagd nach dem Goldenen Ei) (Year: 2017; Director: Ute von Münchow-Pohl)
Scrappy city rabbit Max finds shelter in a hidden Easter bunny school after a misadventure with a model plane leaves him stranded far beyond the city limits.
World premiere. Kplus
Red Dog: True Blue (Country: Australia; Year: 2016; Director: Kriv Stenders; Writer: Daniel Taplitz; Stars: Jason Isaacs, Levi Miller, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Bryan Brown, Thomas Cocquerel, Justine Clarke, Steve Le Marquand, Winta McGrath, Zen McGrath, Kee Chan, Syd Brisbane, Kelton Pell, Calen Tassone, Igor Sas, Caitlin Berestford-Ord)
When 11-year-old Mick is shipped off to his grandfather's cattle station in Australia’s remote Pilbara, he prepares himself for a life of dull hardship but instead finds myth, adventure and a friendship with a scrappy, one-of-a-kind pup that will change his life forever.
European premiere. Kplus
Richard The Stork (Country: Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Norway, US; Year: 2017; Director: Toby Genkel, Reza Memari; Writer: Reza Memari)
Even though everybody else thinks he’s a sparrow – Richard himself holds tight to the conviction that he is in fact a stork. In this fast-paced adventure.
World premiere. Kplus
Stonehead (Shi Tou) (Country: China; Year: 2016; Director: Xiang Zhao)
Ten-year-old Shi Tou, the son of a migrant labourer, grows up alone with his grandmother. It’s so hard to tell right from wrong! Sharing a reward with a classmate or waiting until his father returns, obeying his teacher or protecting his friend – which one should he choose?
World premiere. Kplus
Tesoros (Country: Mexico; Year: 2017; Director: María Novaro)
Siblings Dylan and Andrea set off with their new friends on a marvellous journey of discovery in search of long lost pirate loot.
World premiere. Kplus
Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau) (Country: Canada; Year: 2016; Director: Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie; Writer: Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie; Stars: Charlotte Aubin, Laurent Bélanger, Emmanuelle Lussier Martinez, Gabrielle Tremblay, Léa Aubin, Joseph Bellerose, Louis-Philippe Berthiaume, Marc-André Brunet, Myreille Bédard, Youssef Camara, Sylvain Castonguay, Sarah Chouinard-Poirier, Saskya Eikeness, Solo Fugère, Gabrielle Gilbert)
A group of young people in Québec who resolve to form a revolutionary cell together in the aftermath of student protests.
European premiere. 14plus
Two Irenes (As Duas Irenes) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2017; Director: Fabio Meira; Writer: Fabio Meira; Stars: Priscila Bittencourt, Isabela Torres, Marco Ricca, Suzana Ribeiro, Inês Peixoto, Teuda Bara, Priscila Bittencourt, Marcela Moura, Ana Reston, Maju Souza)
In the shimmering heat of Brazil, 13-year-old Irene discovers a dark secret her father’s been hiding: he has another family and even another daughter with the same name.
World premiere. Kplus
Weirdos (Country: Canada; Year: 2016; Director: Bruce McDonald; Writer: Daniel MacIvor, Daniel MacIvor; Stars: Dylan Authors, Rhys Bevan-John, Francine Deschepper, Mateo Giovannetti, Allan Hawco, Max Humphreys, Gary Levert, Matthew Lumley, Molly Parker, Julia Sarah Stone)
Just after the end of the Vietnam War and in the midst of the American bicentennial celebrations of 1976, runaway Kit and his girlfriend Alice hitchhike their way along the east coast of Canada.
European premiere. 14plus
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