Berlin International Film Festival 2021

Competition section with films aimed at audiences aged 14 and over.

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From The Wild Sea From The Wild Sea
From The Wild Sea and Cryptozoo
Cryptozoo (Country: US; Year: 2021; Director: Dash Shaw; Writer: Dash Shaw; Stars: Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Angeliki Papoulia, Zoe Kazan, Peter Stormare, Grace Zabriskie)
As cryptozookeepers struggle to capture a Baku (a legendary dream-eating hybrid creature) they begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a cryptozoo, or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden and unknown.
International premiere
The Fam (La Mif) (Year: 2020; Director: David Hourrègue; Stars: Axel Auriant, Lula Cotton-Frapier, Maxence Danet-Fauvel, Léo Daudin, Flavie Delangle, Lucie Fagedet, Zoé Garcia, Isma Kébé, Charlie Loiselier, Louise Malek, Robin Migné, Quentin Nanou, Sohan Pague, Coline Preher, Régis Romele)
Told episodically this docufiction hybrid intimately interweaves the life stories of young women who no longer have a real home with their own families.
World premiere
Fighter (Country: Republic of Korea; Year: 2020; Director: Jéro Yun; Stars: Lim Seong-mi, Baek Seo-bin, Oh Kwang-rok, Lee Seung-yeon)
As a North Korean in exile, Jina has no choice but to literally box her way through. With gentle force, she begins to stubbornly rebel against the everyday injustices which she experiences as an outsider from a disreputable country.
International premiere
From The Wild Sea (Country: Denmark; Year: 2021; Director: Robin Petré; Stars: Dan Jarvis)
The director considers the critical relationship between humans and wild animals and the consequences of climate change.
World premiere
Ninjababy (Country: Norway; Year: 2021; Director: Yngvild Sve Flikke; Writer: Johan Fasting, Yngvild Sve Flikke, Inga Sætre; Stars: Kristine Kujath Thorp, Arthur Berning, Nader Khademi, Tora Christine Dietrichson, Silya Nymoen, Herman Tømmeraas, Mathias Kolstad Eriksen, Anita Gulliksen, Frida Øystese Haave, Janne Heltberg, Olivia Voldheim Hernæss, Thorbjørn Hesland, Espen Leite, Kristian Mehlum Lie, Evelyn Rasmussen Osazuwa)
A baby has lodged itself unnoticed in her stomach, and if there’s one thing that Rakel knows: She doesn't want it. The life-hungry young woman has a blooming imagination and spends time illustrating her everyday life. Hence, the Ninjababy appears as a comic figure which accompanies Rakel through the madness that is called growing up.
International premiere
Stop-Zemlia (Country: Ukraine; Year: 2021; Director: Kateryna Gornostai; Stars: Maria Fedorchenko, Arsenii Markov, Yana Isaienko, Oleksandr Ivanov)
Docufiction hybrid capturing what it means to be a teenager in the modern world.
World premiere
The White Fortress (Tabija) (Country: Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Year: 2021; Director: Igor Drljaca; Writer: Igor Drljaca; Stars: Jasmin Geljo, Pavle Cemerikic, Sumeja Dardagan, Jasmin Geljo, Pavle Cemerikic)
What could be a beautiful fairy tale for some - boy meets girl - could also be the beginning of a horror film for Faruk. The young man is crushed between the dark world of his criminal cousins in Sarajevo and the discovery of love.
World premiere

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