Berlin International Film Festival 2019

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Anbessa (Country: Italy, Ethiopia, United States; Year: 2019; Director: Mo Scarpelli; Writer: Mo Scarpelli)
Asalif and his mother defy Ethiopia’s omnipresent modern housing development culture, by continuing to live a life characterised by proximity to nature and rootedness in community. The boy counters the ruptures in his accustomed surroundings and the threat posed by the hyena that haunts his neighbourhood by reinventing himself as a hero: as Anbessa, the lion.
Documentary. World premiere. Kplus
Baracoa (Country: Colombia, Switzerland, United States, Cuba; Year: 2019; Director: Pablo Briones, Sean Clark, Jace Freeman; Writer: Pablo Briones; Stars: Leonel Aguilera, Antuàn Alemàn, Leonel Aguilera, Antuàn Alemàn)
Summer is long and hot in the tiny Cuban village. Nine-year-old Leonel and his 13-year-old friend Antuán are fighting boredom as best they can by catching tadpoles and argue about hairstyles, while the sea calls and a move to Havana is on the horizon.
Documentary. World premiere. Kplus
The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open (Country: Canada, Norway; Year: 2019; Director: Kathleen Hepburn, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers; Writer: Kathleen Hepburn, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers; Stars: Violet Nelson, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Charlie Hannah, Barbara Eve Harris, Sonny Surowiec, Jay Cardinal Villeneuve, Tony Massil, Aidan Dee, James Angus Cowan, Anthony Bolognese, Anesha Bailey, Lissa Neptuno, Charles Jarman, Paul Jarrett, Glenn Cho)
An intense encounter between two indigenous women on the streets of Vancouver plays out over the course of a single afternoon and evening.
World premiere. 14plus
Bulbul Can Sing (Country: India; Year: 2018; Director: Rima Das; Writer: Rima Das; Stars: Pakija Begam, Arnali Das, Manabendra Das, Manoranjan Das, Bonita Thakuriya, Pakija Begam, Arnali Das, Manabendra Das, Manoranjan Das, Bonita Thakuriya)
Portrait of a trio of friends: Bulbul, Bonny and Sumu. Threatened by the traditions of their patriarchal village community, their youthful light-heartedness is put to a hard test.
European premiere. 14plus
A Colony (Une colonie) (Country: Canada; Year: 2018; Director: Geneviève Dulude-De Celles; Writer: Geneviève Dulude-De Celles; Stars: Robin Aubert, Emilie Bierre, Irlande Côté, Noémie Godin-Vigneau, Cassandra Gosselin-Pelletier, Jacob Whiteduck-Lavoie, Robin Aubert, Emilie Bierre, Irlande Côté, Noémie Godin-Vigneau, Cassandra Gosselin-Pelletier, Jacob Whiteduck-Lavoie)
Running the tricky gauntlet of school life and first house parties, 12-year-old Mylia is having a tough time figuring out where she fits in. That is, until she gets to know her idiosyncratic schoolmate Jimmy. The boy from the neighbouring Abenaki reservation encourages her to cross externally defined boundaries.
International premiere. Kplus
The Crossing (Guo Chun Tian) (Country: China; Year: 2018; Director: Bai Xue; Stars: Gang Jiao, Elena Kong, Kai Chi Liu, Hongjie Ni, Carmen Soup, Sunny Sun, Huang Yao, Gang Jiao, Elena Kong, Kai Chi Liu, Hongjie Ni, Carmen Soup, Sunny Sun, Huang Yao)
A teenager joins a smuggling gang in a bid to realise her dream of seeing snow in Japan, but her life begins to fall apart.
European premiere. 14plus
Daniel (Daniel fait face) (Country: France; Year: 2018; Director: Marine Atlan; Stars: Théo Polgar, Madeleine Folacci, Aurélien Gabrielli, Emmanuelle Cuau, Théo Polgar, Madeleine Folacci, Aurélien Gabrielli, Emmanuelle Cuau)
Spooky stuff is afoot in a French school. All of a sudden, 10-year-old Daniel finds himself alone with Marthe – their encounter is both tender and troubling, and it seems to take place in a sort of vacuum.
International premiere. Kplus
A First Farewell (Di yi ci de li bie) (Country: China; Year: 2018; Director: Lina Wang)
Isa lives with his family in a Uighur village community. His mother’s illness and his best friend’s bad grades make life hard.
European premiere. Kplus
Goldie (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Sam de Jong; Writer: Sam de Jong; Stars: Slick Woods, George Sample III, Danny Hoch, Khris Davis, Mugga, DeShawn White, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Demi Singleton, Thaddeus Daniels, Ratnesh Dubey, De'Atchra Skerritt, Sienna Rivers, Jazmyn C Dorsey, Angela Griszell, David Mohr)
When her mother is imprisoned, Goldie’s first priority becomes the fight to keep child welfare services from tearing her and her siblings apart from one another as she tries to pursue her dream.
World premiere. 14plus
House Of Hummingbird (Country: South Korea; Year: 2018; Director: Bora Kim; Writer: Bora Kim; Stars: Jeong In-gi, Kim Sae-byeok, ParkJi-hu, Lee Seung-Yeon)
She roams the neighbourhood with her best friend, attempts to fall in love, is sent to the hospital with an unclear diagnosis. Untethered from the wider world, 14-year-old Eunhee floats through Seoul.
European premiere. 14plus
Kinder (Year: 2019; Director: Nina Wesemann)
Documentary about four kids who live in Berlin.
Documentary. World premiere. Kplus
Knives And Skin (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Jennifer Reeder; Writer: Jennifer Reeder; Stars: Kate Arrington, Tony Fitzpatrick, Tim Hopper, Marika Engelhardt, James Vincent Meredith, Robert T. Cunningham, Marilyn Dodds Frank, Ty Olwin, Raven Whitley, Audrey Francis, Grace Etzkorn, Genevieve Venjohnson, Ireon Roach, Kayla Carter, Haley Bolithon)
Trouble brews in small town America after the disappearance of a teenager.
World premiere. 14plus
Lotte And The Lost Dragons (Lotte ja kadunud lohed) (Country: Estonia, Latvia; Year: 2019; Director: Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits)
Lotte goes on the hunt for a fire-breathing dragon.
International premiere. Kplus
Stupid Young Heart (Hölmö Nuori Sydän) (Country: Finland, Netherlands, Sweden; Year: 2018; Director: Selma Vilhunen; Writer: Kirsikka Saari; Stars: Pihla Viitala, Ville Haapasalo, Mika Melender, Anton Kettunen, Rosa Honkonen, Katja Kukkola, Aamu Milonoff, Juha Ruokola, Jere Ristseppä, Leena Vanhamäki, Elsa Marjanen, Abshir Sheik Nur, Sonya Lindfors, Ephraime Lopanda, Pihla Viitala)
A pair of suburban teens suddenly find themselves trying to deal with an unexpected pregnancy.
European premiere. 14plus
We Are Little Zombies (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: Makoto Nagahisa; Writer: Makoto Nagahisa; Stars: Keita Ninomiya, Satoshi Mizuno, Mondo Okumura, Sena Nakajima)
Their parents are dead. They should be sad, but they can't cry. So they form a kick-ass band. This is the story of four 13-year-olds in search of their emotions.
European premiere.14plus

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