Berlin International Film Festival 2020

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White Riot and Death Of Nintendo
Alice Junior (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Gil Baroni; Stars: Anne Celestino Mota, Emmanuel Rosset, Thaís Schier, Surya Amitrano, Matheus Moura)
After moving to a conservative small town in southern Brazil, Alice, a transgender girl, has to confront her repressive new surroundings. But, full of courage, energy and self-confidence, the young YouTuber turns established stereotypes upside down.
Always Amber (Country: Sweden; Year: 2020; Director: Hannah Reinikainen Bergeman, Lia Hietala; Writer: Lia Hietala)
Documentary about youngsters with fluid identities.
Anne At 13,000 ft (Country: Canada, US; Year: 2019; Director: Kazik Radwanski; Stars: Deragh Campbell, Matt Johnson, Dorothea Paas, Lawrene Denkers)
Even in her job at a children’s day care centre, Anne prefers fun to actual work and often alienates those around her with her erratic behaviour.
Blue Eyes And Colorful My Dress (Ochite Mi Sini, Rokljata Sharena) (Country: Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Polina Gumiela; Stars: Zhana Henkes)
Three-year-old Zhana confidently explores the squares and streets of the housing estate where she lives. She makes friends and has little adventures.
Chronicle Of Space (Sthalpuran) (Country: India; Year: 2020; Director: Akshay Indikar; Stars: Neel Deshmukh, Anushree Wani, Sonia Mahale, Rekha Thakur, Shashank Shende)
After his father’s disappearance, eight-year-old Dighu seeks refuge from loneliness in his imagination and diary entries.
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Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness and Cuties
Cocoon (Kokon) (Country: Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Leonie Krippendorff; Stars: Lena Urzendowsky, Jella Haase, Lena Klenke, Elina Vildanova, Anja Schneider)
Nora grows through observation. Always at her big sister’s side, she drifts around the housing blocks and sees people being in love, being high, spiteful and tender. When Nora meets Romy, she suddenly feels trapped in her own skin, and she starts to recognize her true self.
Cuties (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Maïmouna Doucouré; Writer: Maïmouna Doucouré; Stars: Maïmouna Gueye, Fathia Youssouf Abdillahi, Demba Diaw, Medina El Aidi, Esther Gohourou, Ilanah Cami-Goursolas, Myriam Hamma, Maïmouna Gueye, Fathia Youssouf Abdillahi, Demba Diaw, Medina El Aidi, Esther Gohourou, Ilanah Cami-Goursolas, Myriam Hamma)
Amy, 11 years old, meets a group of dancers called "Cuties”. Fascinated, she initiates herself to a sensual dance, hoping to join their band and escape family dysfunction...
Death Of Nintendo (Country: Philippines, US; Year: 2020; Director: Raya Martin; Writer: Valerie Castillo Martinez; Stars: Noel Comia Jr., Kim Chloie Oquendo, John Vincent Servilla, Jiggerfelip Sementilla, Elijah Alejo)
Hunting ghosts to impress girls. Undergoing circumcision in order to finally become a man. A pop homage to puberty and adolescence.
Die Adern Der Welt (Country: Germany, Mongolia; Year: 2020; Director: Byambasuren Davaa; Stars: Bat-Ireedui Batmunkh, Purevdorj Uranchimeg, Algirchamin Baatarsuren, Enerel Tumen, Yalalt Namsrai)
When his father falls victim to a fatal accident, a young Mongolian herder strives to honour his legacy.
The Earth Is Blue As An Orange (Country: Ukraine, Lithuania; Year: 2020; Director: Iryna Tsilyk)
To cope with the daily trauma of living in a warzone, Anna and her children make a film together about their life among surreal surroundings.
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The Earth Is Blue As An Orange and Jumbo
Goddess Of The Fireflies (La Déesse Des Mouches à Feu) (Country: Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette; Stars: Kelly Depeault, Éléonore Loiselle, Caroline Néron, Normand D'Amour, Robin L’Houmeau)
Sex, drugs, love and death – for Cat it’s a year of first times and radical experimentation. With her parents in the midst of a nasty divorce, the 16-year-old seeks solace and liberation in ecstatic states.
Gunda (Country: Norway, US; Year: 2020; Director: Victor Kossakovsky)
Pigs, cows and chickens. Intimate portraits of living beings who wind up dead on a plate every day.
H Is For Happiness (Country: Australia; Year: 2019; Director: John Sheedy; Stars: Daisy Axon, Wesley Patten, Richard Roxburgh, Emma Booth, Joel Jackson)
Candice Phee has no end of enthusiasm when it comes to making other people happy.
Jumbo (Country: France, Luxembourg, Belgium; Year: 2020; Director: Zoé Wittock; Writer: Zoé Wittock; Stars: Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Sam Louwyck)
Jeanne, a shy young woman, works in an amusement park. Fascinated with carousels, she still lives at home with her mother. That’s when Jeanne meets Jumbo, the park’s new flagship attraction...
Los Lobos (Country: Mexico; Year: 2019; Director: Samuel Kishi Leopo; Stars: Maximiliano Nájar Márquez, Leonardo Nájar Márquez, Martha Reyes Arias, Cici Lau, Johnson T Lau)
Young brothers Max and Leo dream of going to Disneyland, but having just emigrated from Mexico to the USA they first have to settle in their new homeland. And they have to stick to the seven rules their mother has set down for them.
Monty And The Street Party (Mugge & Vejfesten) (Country: Denmark; Year: 2019; Director: Anders Morgenthaler, Mikael Wulff; Stars: Jens Jacob Tychsen, Anders Morgenthaler, Iben Hjejle, Stephania Potalivo, Nikolaj Kopernikus)
Dark clouds have gathered over Monty‘s perfect world: his best friend has decided she is too old to play with him, his mother is in love with her CrossFit trainer and his father has become depressed. And to top it all, the street party has been cancelled.
Mum, Mum, Mum (Mamá, Mamá, Mamá) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2020; Director: Sol Berruezo Pichon-Rivière; Stars: Agustina Milstein, Chloé Cherchyk, Camila Zolezzi, Matilde Creimer Chiabrando, Siumara Castillo)
Erin has drowned and her sister Cleo has to come to terms with a changed reality. Memories and pain cut into the present – but so, too, do new experiences.
My Name Is Baghdad (Country: Brazil; Year: 2020; Director: Caru Alves de Souza; Stars: Grace Orsato, Karina Buhr, Marie Maymone, Helena Luz, Nick Batista)
With her hair short, trousers pulled up high and sweater tucked into the waistband, 17-year-old Baghdad from São Paulo spends her days skateboarding with her mates. But her world of swag and freedom is also tainted by sexism and violence.
Naked Animals (Country: Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Melanie Waelde; Writer: Melanie Waelde; Stars: Michelangelo Fortuzzi, Luna Baptiste Schaller, Markus von Lingen, Luna Arwen Krüger, Marie Tragousti, Sammy Scheuritzel, Ulrike Hübschmann, Paul Michael Stiehler, Florian Schmidtke, Xenia Tiling, Marie Meissner, Katrin Beckmann, Gustav Stolze, Marianna Linden)
Coming-of-age drama focused on five young people in provincial Germany.
Ordinary Justice (Country: Italy, Switzerland; Year: 2020; Director: Chiara Bellosi; Stars: Daphne Scoccia, Bianca Leonardi, Sarah Short, Nicola Rignanese, Giovanni Anzaldo)
A day in court: a routine occurrence for some, for others a dramatic event. Out in the hall, two girls await the end of a trial impacting both their families.
Our Lady Of The Nile (Notre Dame Du Nil) (Country: France, Belgium, Rwanda; Year: 2019; Director: Atiq Rahimi; Stars: Amanda Mugabezaki, Albina Kirenga, Malaika Uwamahoro)
In the Rwanda of 1973, a Belgian-run Catholic boarding school prides itself on being an ‘institute for the elite’. Prejudice still flourishes among these privileged girls as anti-Tutsi sentiments are fanned into bitter conflict.
Paradise Drifters (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2020; Director: Mees Peijnenburg; Stars: Jonas Smulders, Tamar van Waning, Bilal Wahib, Joren Seldeslachts)
Yousef, Chloe and Lorenzo’s paths intersect on the concrete-jungle periphery of European affluent society. In their quest for intimacy and independence, each of them dares to make their own irrevocable decision.
Perro (Country: Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Lin Sternal; Stars: Joshua McCree, Miss Charyl)
When the local school is closed down, Perro has to leave his grandmother behind and move to the city in this documentary film about a quiet boy whose indigenous home is threatened by the planned construction of the Nicaraguan Gran Canal.
Pinocchio (Country: Italy, France, UK; Year: 2019; Director: Matteo Garrone; Stars: Roberto Benigni, Federico Ielapi, Rocco Papaleo, Massimo Ceccherini, Marine Vacth)
A faithful adaptation of the well-known story of Pinocchio, about a wooden boy who longs to be real.
Pompei (Country: Belgium, France, Canada; Year: 2019; Director: Anna Falguères, John Shank; Stars: Garance Marillier, Aliocha Schneider, Auguste Wilhelm, Vincent Rottiers, Judit Williquet)
A desert gang of young people busy themselves with digging for relics of a past civilisation. The group’s strict hierarchical order starts to rupture with the arrival of a girl called Billie, with whom Victor falls in love.
Schoolgirls (Las Niñas) (Country: Spain; Year: 2020; Director: Pilar Palomero; Stars: Andrea Fandos, Natalia de Molina, Zoé Arnao, Julia Sierra, Francesca Piñón)
In 1990s Spain, Celia’s cosmopolitan new classmate Brisa prompts her to start questioning the value system of her strict Catholic environment. Her newfound curiosity about pop bands and her own body is accompanied by questions about her family background.
Sisters In The End Of The World (Irmã) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2020; Director: Luciana Mazeto, Vinícius Lopes; Stars: Maria Galant, Anaís Grala Wegner, Felipe Kannenberg, Marina Mendo, Nicholas Perlin)
Two sisters travel to southern Brazil in search of their father. On the way, they see mysterious beings, fossils and rare natural events.
Sune - Best Man (Country: Sweden; Year: 2019; Director: Jon Holmberg; Stars: Elis Gerdt, Baxter Renman, Tea Stjärne, Fredrik Hallgren, Sissela Benn)
Torn between going on a school trip and attending a family celebration, Sune fears that either decision will disappoint a loved one.
Sweet Thing (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Alexandre Rockwell; Stars: Lana Rockwell, Nico Rockwell, Jabari Watkins, Will Patton, Karyn Parsons)
Nico and Billie are not protected by their dysfunctional and irresponsible parents, so the siblings embark on a journey with young Malik – full of cinematic references and intense moments of freedom.
Voices In The Wind (Kaze No Denwa) (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Nobuhiro Suwa; Stars: Serena Motola, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tomokazu Miura, Makiko Watanabe)
Eight years after the devastating tsunami, the wounds it left in Japan have still not healed. In her touching search for answers, Haru sets out on a long, eventful journey to her home town, where she lost her family in the flood.
White Riot (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Rubika Shah; Writer: Ed Gibbs, Rubika Shah)
Profiling punk reggae protest movement Rock Against Racism.
Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness (Country: Iran, France, Germany, Switzerland; Year: 2020; Director: Massoud Bakhshi; Writer: Massoud Bakhshi; Stars: Sadaf Asgari, Behnaz Jafari, Babak Karimi, Fereshteh Sadr Orafaee, Forough Ghajebeglou, Fereshteh Hosseini)
Maryam accidentally killed her husband Nasser and is sentenced to death. The only person who can save her is Mona, Nasser's daughter. All Mona has to do is appear on a TV show and forgive Maryam. But forgiveness proves difficult when they are forced to relive the past.

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