Berlin International Film Festival 2014

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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What We Do In The Shadows What We Do In The Shadows
What We Do In The Shadows and Supernova
3 Indian Tales (3 Histoires d’Indiens) (Year: 2014; Director: Robert Morin)
Three stories over four seasons. Depicting the life of a new generation of Native Americans who are less resigned and more active than their parents. From the inside out, this fictional feature offers authentic insights into everyday life on a reservation today.
World premiere. 14plus
52 Tuesdays (Country: Australia; Year: 2013; Director: Sophie Hyde; Writer: Matthew Cormack, Matthew Cormack, Sophie Hyde; Stars: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Bert, Beau Travis Williams, Imogen Archer, Mario Spate, Sam Althuizen, Danica Moors, Susan Hyde, Greg Marsh, Audrey Mason-Hyde, Susie Skinner)
Over the course of a year, a teenage girl adjusts to life as a woman while her mother adjusts to life as a man.
European premiere. 14plus
Above Us All (Country: Netherlands, Belgium; Year: 2014; Director: Eugenie Jansen)
After the death of her Indigenous mother in Australia, Shay’s father insists on returning to his old home in Belgium. Grief and leave-taking are dealt with quite differently in these two places.
World premire. 14plus. Out of competition
Arctic (ärtico) (Year: 2014; Director: Gabri Velázquez)
What’s the value of family when everything has lost all rhyme or reason? Gabri Velázquez presents the everyday moods and states of mind of Spanish adolescents during the economic crisis.
World premiere. 14plus
Atlántida (Country: Argentina, France; Year: 2014; Director: Inés María Barrionuevo; Writer: Inés María Barrionuevo; Stars: Guillermo Pfening)
A hot summer day in a village in Argentina. Adults are nowhere in sight and time has come to a stop. Yet for two teen sisters everything is in motion. It is their feelings and desires that propel the film onwards.
World premiere. 14plus
Wolfy, The Incredible Secret Wolfy, The Incredible Secret
Wolfy, The Incredible Secret and God Help The Girl
Aunt Hilda (Tante Hilda!) (Country: France, Luxembourg; Year: 2013; Director: Jacques-Rémy Girerd; Writer: Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Benoît Chieux, Iouri Tcherenkov; Stars: Sabine Azéma, Josiane Balasko, François Morel, Bruno Lochet, Serguei Vladimirov, Gilles Détroit, Bernard Bouillon, Nicolas Demorand, Nathalie Fort, Jean-Paul Racodon, Christian Taponard, Line Wible, Jean-Pierre Yvars)
The genetically-engineered grain called “Attilem” is supposedly the new wonder weapon against global hunger. Only environmentally-minded Hilda has her doubts.
European premiere. Kplus
Beyond Beyond (Resan till Fjäderkungens Rike) (Country: Sweden, Denmark; Year: 2014; Director: Esben Toft Jacobsen; Writer: Jannik Tai Mosholt, Esben Toft Jacobsen; Stars: Edvin Ryding, Tuva Novotny, Gustaf Hammarsten, Lennart Jähkel, Sissela Kyle, Leif Andrée, Pelle Falk Krusbæk, Søs Egelind, Lars Brygmann, Flemming Quist Møller)
In search of his mother, the little rabbit Johan enters the fantastic underworld of the Feather King.
World premiere. Kplus
The Blue Wave (Mavi Dalga) (Country: Turkey, Netherlands, Greece, Germany; Year: 2013; Director: Zeynep Dadak, Merve Kayan; Writer: Zeynep Dadak, Merve Kayan; Stars: Ayris Alptekin, Onur Saylak, Baris Hacihan, Albina Ozden, Nazli Bulum, Begüm Akkaya, Sude Aslantas, Derya Durmaz, Cüneyt Yalaz, Sefa Tokgoz, Fehime Seven, Tülin Özen, Banu Fotocan, Sabahattin Aysavki, Nilufer Akin)
This clique of girls still talks about boys, clothes and the latest music. Yet its carefree days are drawing to a close. A new life is imminent, and this feels both exciting and dangerous.
International premire. 14plus
Broken Hill Blues (Ömheten) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2013; Director: Sofia Norlin; Writer: Sofia Norlin; Stars: Sebastian Hiort af Ornäs, Alfred Juntti, Lina Leandersson, Ella Nordin, Jenny Sandberg, Pär Andersson, Robin Edholm, Alexandra Dahlström, Sven Björklund, Kemal Görgü, Michael Odhag, Sonja Lindblom, Jesper Johansson, Camaron Silverek, Malin Dahl)
In Kiruna, a small Nordic mining community, the earth trembles day and night. Sparse in dialogue and with a gentle empathy for its protagonists, this directorial debut tells of growing up on very unstable ground.
International premiere. 14plus
A Christmoose Story (Midden in de Winternacht) (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2013; Director: Lourens Blok; Writer: Andreas Steinhöfel, Daan Bakker, Marko van Geffen, Daan Bakker, Marco van Geffen; Stars: Arjan Ederveen, Dana Goldberg, Carla Hardy, Brian Herring, Derek de Lint, Dennis Reinsma, Jelka van Houten, Jeroen van Koningsbrugge)
Mr Moose, Santa Claus’s flying elk, has crashed into the barn and urgently needs help from little Max.
International premiere. Kplus
Galore Galore
Galore and 52 Tuesdays
Come to My Voice (Were Dengê Min) (Country: Turkey, France, Germany; Year: 2014; Director: Huseyin Karabey; Writer: Huseyin Karabey, Abidin Parilti; Stars: Emrah Ozdemir, Selim Bulut, Feride Gezer, Nazmi Sinan Mihci, Tuncay Akdemir, Ali Tekbas, Muhsin Tokcu, Kadir Ilter, Melek Ulger, Sabahettin DAG)
Jiyan’s Kurdish father will only be let out of prison if he turns in a weapon. The search for the gun that he has never possessed takes Jiyan and his grandmother on an odyssey.
World premiere. Kplus
The Contest - To The Stars And Back (MGP Missionen) (Country: Denmark; Year: 2013; Director: Martin Miehe-Renard; Writer: Gitte Løkkegaard, Martin Miehe-Renard; Stars: Sylvester Espersen Byder, Laura Christensen, Laura Drasbæk, Ole Dupont, Lado Hadzic, Mian Hussein, Joakim Ingversen, Ali Kazim, Lars Knutzon, Line Kruse, Malika Sia Paul, Meinhard St. John, Natali Vallespir)
For Karl, a boy from the country, moving to Copenhagen is like a voyage into a completely new world. A girl named Sawsan tries to help him. Yet it is not long before all of Denmark is searching not only for a superstar, but for the two children who have vanished without a trace.
International premiere. Kplus
Einstein And Einstein (Country: China; Year: 2013; Director: Baoping Cao; Stars: Jinglin Guo, Xueying Zhang)
China’s one-child policy has had a profound impact on Li Wan’s family. When she is 13 years old, she is given a dog named Einstein to console her for her father’s disinterest. But Li Wan is more interested in astrophysics and rebelling against social norms.
European premiere. 14plus
Finn (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2013; Director: Frans Weisz; Writer: Janneke van der Pal; Stars: Jenny Arean, Jan Decleir, Daan Schuurmans, Mels van der Hoeven, Mark van Eeuwen, Hanna Verboom)
Finn just has to learn to play the violin! Music entwines reality and dreams – and helps him see his dead mother again.
International premiere. Kplus
The Fort (Country: India; Year: 2014; Director: Avinash Arun; Writer: Avinash Arun, Omkar Achyut Barve, Tushar Paranjpe; Stars: Amruta Subhash, Archit Deodhar)
After moving, Chinu finds it difficult to adjust to his new surroundings. But gradually he makes new friends and gains more confidence.
World premiere. Kplus
Aunt Hilda Aunt Hilda
Aunt Hilda and Natural Sciences
Galore (Country: Australia; Year: 2013; Director: Rhys Graham; Writer: Rhys Graham; Stars: Ashleigh Cummings, Lily Sullivan, Toby Wallace, Maya Stange, Oscar Redding, Daniel Webber, Natasha Novak, Aliki Matangi, Kallum Humphries, Angus Murphy, Elena Pellone, Ben Toyer, Rylie Humphries, Daniel Ruspandini, Graham Gall)
A dramatic love triangle set against the backdrop of raging bushfires. The summer nights hardly cool off and the parties keep getting wilder. Falling in love for the first time is a mysterious thing and here lies the danger for Billie, Danny and Laura.
International premiere. 14plus
God Help The Girl (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Stuart Murdoch; Writer: Stuart Murdoch; Stars: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger, Cora Bisset)
An anorexic girl in Glasgow has ambitions to become a singer/ songwriter
European premiere. 14plus
Holiday (Feriado) (Country: Ecuador, Argentina; Year: 2014; Director: Diego Araujo)
In a remote region in the Andes, shy Juan Pablo meets self-assured Juano. A fragile romance evolves that transcends all class distinctions. Their tender explorations are set against a corruption scandal that shakes Juan Pablo’s rich banking family to the core.
World premiere. 14plus
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Jack et la mécanique du cœur) (Country: France; Year: 2013; Director: Stéphane Berla, Mathias Malzieu; Writer: Mathias Malzieu, Mathias Malzieu; Stars: Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz, Grand Corps Malade, Jean Rochefort, Rossy de Palma, Babet, Marie Vincent, Emily Loizeau, Arthur H.)
A cuckoo clock beats in Jack’s chest, instead of a heart. Falling in love is strictly forbidden, because strong emotions will cause his clock to tick wildly out of control.
International premiere. Kplus
Joy Of Man's Desiring (Hitono Nozomino Yorokobiyo) (Country: Japan; Year: 2013; Director: Masakazu Sugita)
After an earthquake, Haruna and her little brother Sotha are taken in by relatives. Nobody has told the boy that his parents are dead, a fact that weighs heavily on Haruna.
World premiere. Kplus
Natural Sciences (Ciencias naturales) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2014; Director: Matías Lucchesi; Writer: Matías Lucchesi; Stars: Paula Hertzog, Paola Barrientos, Sergio Boris)
There’s nothing to keep Lila at her boarding school high up in the cold and foggy mountains. This 12-year-old girl does not know who her father is but wants to find him. She sets out on a complicated quest for the truth.
World premiere. Kplus
Supernova (Country: Netherlands, Germany, Belgium; Year: 2014; Director: Tamar van den Dop; Writer: Tamar van den Dop; Stars: Gaite Jansen, Tamar van den Dop, Bob Schwarze, Elise van 't Laar)
Where Meis lives, absolutely nothing ever happens. She loses herself in wistful fantasies about love, sex and a world elsewhere.
World premiere. 14plus
That Boy Emil (Emil & Ida i Lönneberga ) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2013; Director: Alicja Björk, Lasse Persson, Per Åhlin; Writer: Hans Åke Gabrielsson; Stars: Elisabeth Carlsson, Siw Carlsson, Rebecka Englund, Gustav Föghner, Gustav Föghner, Hans Åke Gabrielsson, Hans Åke Gabrielsson, Lindy Larsson, Astrid Lindgren, Tilda Ramde, Tilda Ramde, EwaMaria Roos, Allan Svensson)
Little Emil just wants to help, but then everything always goes wrong. Banned to the shed, he’s supposed to think about his misdeeds – that is, until he gets into mischief again.
German premiere. Kplus. Out of competition
Violet (Country: Belgium; Year: 2013; Director: Bas Devos; Writer: Bas Devos)
In a shopping mall, Jesse’s best friend is stabbed to death right before his eyes.
World premiere. 14plus
We Are Mari Pepa (Somos Mari Pepa) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2013; Director: Samuel Kishi; Writer: Samuel Kishi, Sofía Gómez-Córdova; Stars: Alejandro Gallardo, Arnold Ramírez, Moisés Galindo, Rafael Andrade, Petra Iñiguez Robles)
The four boys in the band Mari Pepa have only one song in their repertoire. Yet music is their big hope. Friendships and dreams are suffering from the constraints of everyday life. A film as poetic as punk rock.
European premiere. 14plus
What We Do In The Shadows (Year: 2014; Director: New Zealand, US; Writer: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement; Stars: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, Jackie van Beek, Ben Fransham, Elena Stejko, Jason Hoyte)
Vampire mockumentary.
European premiere. 14plus
Wolfy, The Incredible Secret (Loulou, l'incroyable secret) (Country: France, Belgium, Hungary; Year: 2013; Director: Eric Omond; Writer: Grégoire Solotareff, Jean-Luc Fromental; Stars: voices of Malik Zidi, Stéphane Debac, Anaïs Demoustier, Carlo Brandt, Marianne Basler, Léonore Chaix, Sarah-Jane Sauvegrain, Patrick Paroux, Marie Berto, Rémy Roubakha, John Arnold, Paul Bandey)
A young wolf and his best friend, a rabbit, go in search of his heritage in a country of carnivorous hunters
International premiere. Kplus
The Word (Obietnica) (Country: Poland, Denmark; Year: 2014; Director: Anna Kazejak)
After a silly infidelity, Janek is doing everything to try to win back his girlfriend.
World premiere. 14plus

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