Berlin International Film Festival 2009

Aimed at younger audiences, Generation is split into Kplus, for the very youngest cinemagoers and 14plus for teenagers.

View other Berlin International Film Festival Films by strand: Berlinale Shorts, Berlinale Special, Competition, German Cinema, International Forum of New Cinema, Out Of Competition, Panorama, Perspektive Deutches Kino, Retrospective: 70mm - Bigger Than Life

The Secret Of Kells The Secret Of Kells
The Secret Of Kells and The Bogeyman
2001: A Space Odyssey (2001) (Country: UK, US; Year: 1968; Director: Stanley Kubrick; Writer: Stanley Kubrick. Based on the book by Arthur C Clarke; Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Douglas Rain)
Kubrick and Clarke's quest to the stars.
14plus - also screening as part of Retrospective.
Afterschool (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Antonio Campos; Writer: Antonio Campos; Stars: Ezra Miller, Addison Timlin, Jeremy Allen White, Emory Cohen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rosemarie Dewitt, Lee Wilkof, Paul Sparks, Bill Raymond, Gary Wilmes Christopher Mccann)
A boy at an exclusive American private school becomes increasingly obsessed with watching video clips on his computer.
The Bogeyman (Mommo, Kiz Kardesim) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2009; Director: Atalay Tasdiken; Writer: Atalay Tasdiken; Stars: Elif Bülbül, Mehmet Bülbül, Mete Dönmezer, Mustafa Uzunyilmaz, Mehmet Usta), Official Site
Rejected by their stepmother and cast out of their father's home, two children face an uncertain future.
Kplus. World Premiere
Cherrybomb (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn; Writer: Daragh Carville; Stars: Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan, Kimberley Nixon, James Nesbitt, Conor MacNeill, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Lalor Roddy, Kat Kirk, Paul Kennedy, Niamh Quinn)
Three teenagers find a wild weekend of drink, drugs and stealing quickly spirals out of control.
14plus. World Premiere
Eagle Hunter's Son (Die Stimme des Adlers) (Country: Sweden, Germany; Year: 2009; Director: René Bo Hansen; Writer: René Bo Hansen, Staffan Julén, Stefan Karlsson; Stars: Bazarbai Matyei, Serikbai Khulan, Matei Mardan, Asilbek Badelkhan)
The son of a Kazakh eagle hunter longs to shake of his heritage and embrace life in the city... but will an adventure change his mind?
Mary And Max Mary And Max
Mary And Max and Skirt Day
The Exploding Girl (Country: US; Year: 2009; Director: Bradley Rust Gray; Writer: Bradley Rust Gray; Stars: Zoe Kazan, Mark Rendall, Franklin Pipp, Maryann Urbano)
Two long-time confidants negotiate feelings and friendships during their college break.
14plus. Also part of Forum
The Girl (Flickan) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2009; Director: Fredrik Edfeldt; Writer: Karin Arrhenius; Stars: Shanti Roney, Annika Hallin, Leif Andrée, Maria Langhammer, Tova Magnusson-Norling)
A young girl who is left home alone one summer.
Kplus. World Premiere
Glowing Stars (I Taket Lyser Stjärnorna) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2009; Director: Lisa Siwe; Writer: Linn Gottfridsson, Lisa Siwe, Johanna Thydell; Stars: Annika Hallin, Samuel Haus, Anki Lidén, Josephine Mattsson)
A girl struggles to come to terms with her mum's cancer.
I'm Gonna Explode (Voy A Explotar, I'm Going To Explode) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2008; Director: Gerardo Naranjo; Writer: Gerardo Naranjo; Stars: Maria Deschamps, Juan Pablo de Santiago, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Rebecca Jones, Martha Claudia Moreno), Official Site
A romance develops between two rebels without a cause.
The Inheritors (Los Herederos) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2008; Director: Eugenio Polgovsky)
Documentary observes how hard work defines the lives and existence of children and their families.
I'm Gonna Explode I'm Gonna Explode
I'm Gonna Explode and The Exploding Girl
It’s Not Me, I Swear! (C'est pas moi, je le jure!) (Country: Canada; Year: 2008; Director: Philippe Falardeau; Writer: Philippe Falardeau, Bruno Hébert; Stars: Antoine L'Écuyer, Suzanne Clément, Daniel Brière, Catherine Faucher, Gabriel Maillé, Jules Philip, Micheline Bernard, Jean Maheux, Denis Gravereaux, Evelyne Rompré)
Comedy drama about a troubled youngster growing up in a dysfunctional family.
Katia's Sister (Het Zusje van Katia) (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2008; Director: Mijke de Jong; Writer: Andrés Barba, Jan Eilander, Jolein Laarman; Stars: Ian Bok, Fred Goessens, Jennifer Jago, Chico Kenzari, Olga Louzgina, Betty Qizmolli, Rogier Schippers, Julia Seijkens, Tatiana Sharkova, Tara van den Kerkhof)
Story of a young girl, trying to cope with the fact that her mother and sister are prostitutes.
Lala's Gun (Gun Lala De Qiang) (Country: China; Year: 2009; Director: Ning Jingwu)
A boy comes of age as he tries to searches for his dad to give him his gun.
14plus. World Premiere
Lippel's Dream (Lippels Traum) (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Lars Büchel; Writer: Ulrich Limmer, Paul Maar; Stars: Karl Alexander Seidel, Anke Engelke, Christiane Paul, Amrita Cheema, Steve-Marvin Dwumah, Moritz Bleibtreu, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Eva Mattes, Edgar Selge, Marius Weingarten)
A 10-year-old's imagination runs wild after he is left alone with a copy of 1001 Nights.
Kplus. World Premiere
Mamma Moo & Crow (Mamma Mu & Kråkan) (Country: Sweden, Germany, Hungary; Year: 2009; Director: Igor Veichtaguin; Writer: Jujja Wieslander)
Mamma Moo is an adventurous and off-the-wall cow, who thinks it would be great fun to be pals with Crow, the only problem is, Crow doesn't share her enthusiasm for friendship.
Afterschool Afterschool
Afterschool and Unmade Beds
Max Embarrassing (Max Pinlig) (Country: Denmark; Year: 2008; Director: Lotte Svendsen; Stars: Samuel Heller-Seiffert, Mette Agnete Horn, Lars Bom, Reimer Bo Christensen, Anna Agafia Svideniouk Egholm, Rasmus Bjerg, Louise Mieritz, Faysal Mobahriz)
How do you win over the girl you fancy in class when your mum is MAX embarassing?
Kplus. International Premiere
Miao Miao (Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan; Year: 2008; Director: Cheng Hsiao-tse; Writer: Cheng Hsiao-tse, Tsai Yi-fen; Stars: Chang Yung-yung, Fan Wing, Ke Jia-yan)
The burgeoning love lives of two shool pals.
Mary And Max (Mary & Max) (Country: Australia; Year: 2009; Director: Adam Elliot; Writer: Adam Elliot; Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries, Bethany Whitmore, Renée Geyer, Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, John Flaus, Julie Forsyth), Official Site
Claymation about the friendship between an eight-year-old Aussie and a 44-year-old New Yorker.
My Suicide (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: David Lee Miller; Writer: Eric J Adams, David Lee Miller, David Lee Miller, Jordan J Miller, Gabriel Sunday; Stars: Gabriel Sunday, David Carradine, Mariel Hemingway, Brooke Nevin, Nora Dunn, Michael Welch, Zachary Ray Sherman, Vanessa Lengies, Harry Shearer, Tony Hale)
The obsessive multimedia-wanderings of a youth who declares he will top himself on camera.
14plus World Premiere
Niloofar (Country: France; Year: 2008; Director: Sabine El Gemayel; Writer: Sabine El Gemayel; Stars: Amir Aghai, Mobina Aynehdar, Nayereh Farahani, Tooraj Faramarzian, Hengameh Ghaziani, Shahab Hosseini, Fatemah Motamed-Aria, Roya Nonahali, Sadegh Safai)
A young Iraqi girl dreams of learning to read and write... a difficult ambition in a village where only boys are permitted to go to school.
2001: A Space Odyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey and Katia's Sister
The Other Bank (Gagma Napiri) (Country: Georgia, Kazakhstan; Director: George Ovashvili; Stars: Tedo Bekhauri, Galoba Gambaria, Nika Alajajev, Tamara Meskhi, Archil Tabukashvili)
An exiled boy goes on a journey to find his father.
Skirt Day (La Journée de la Jupe) (Country: France; Year: 2008; Director: Jean-Paul Lilienfeld; Writer: Jean-Paul Lilienfeld; Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Denis Podalydès, Yann Collette, Jackie Berroyer, Nathalie Besançon, Marc Citti, Khalid Berkouz, Yann Ebonge, Sonia Amori, Kevin Azaïs, Sarah Douali, Hassan Mezhoud, Karim Zakraoui, Fily Doumbie)
A teacher accidentally takes her class hostage.
Snow (Snijeg) (Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France, Iran; Year: 2008; Director: Aida Begic; Writer: Aida Begic, Aida Begic, Noémie de Lapparent, Franz Rodenkirchen, Faruk Sabanovic, Elma Tataragic; Stars: Zana Marjanovic, Jasna Beri, Sadzida Setic, Vesna Masic, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Irena Mulamuhic, Jelena Kordic, Jasmin Geljo, Dejan Spasic, Alma Terzic)
The women of a Bosnian village - left virtually devoid of men after the war - must decide whether to sell it off to developers.
Sorasoi (Country: Japan; Year: 2008; Director: Katsuhito Ishii, Shunichiro Miki, Yuuuka Ooosumi; Stars: Sohta Aoyama, Sayuri Ichikawa, Ryu Morioka, Fumi Nikaido, Masako Satoh, Ai Makino)
A dance teacher tries to brush up a group of teens' skills... but the kids are keener to get some action away from the classes.
The Secret Of Kells (Brendan And The Secret Of Kells) (Country: Belgium, Ireland, France; Year: 2009; Director: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey; Writer: Tomm Moore, Fabrice Ziolkowski; Stars: Evan McGuire, Mick Lally, Brendan Gleeson, Christen Mooney)
A young monk goes on an adventure as he tries to help complete an illuminated manuscript.
The Strength Of Water (Country: New Zealand, Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Armagan Ballantyne; Writer: Briar Grace Smith; Stars: Jim Moriarty, Nancy Brunning, Hato Paparoa, Melanie Mayall-Nahi, Isaac Barber, Pare Paseka)
Disaster strikes young twins in a remote Maori community.
Teenage Response (Country: Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Eleni Ampelakiotou)
Thirteen youngsters tell "their stories".
Unmade Beds (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Alexis Dos Santos; Writer: Alexis Dos Santos; Stars: Fernando Tielve, Déborah François, Michiel Huisman, Iddo Goldberg, Richard Lintern, Katia Winter, Leonardo Brzezicki, Alexis Dos Santos, Lucy Tillet, Al Weaver), Official Site
Two young foreigners find romance in the vibrant, artistic underground of London's East End.
Who Is Afraid Of The Wolf? (Kdopak by se vlka bál) (Country: Czech Republic; Year: 2008; Director: Mária Procházková; Writer: Mária Procházková; Stars: Dorota Dedková, Jitka Cvancarová, Pavel Reznícek, Martin Hofman, Jana Krausová, Matous Kratina, Marie Boková, Marek Taclík, Eva Leintbergerová)
A girl who dreams of being Little Red Riding Hood, begins to think her mum has been switched with an alien.

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