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ED MEZA | Variety 2009-12-17
Berlinale's Generation unveils lineup

Coming-of-age dramas from Latin America and indigenous cinema from New Zealand and Australia are some of this year's highlights at the Berlinale's children-and-youth sidebar Generation.

Fest organizers on Thursday unveiled 19 international features unspooling at the event, which runs Feb. 11-21.

Among the selections are "Boy," by New Zealander Taika Waititi ("Two Cars One Night"), about a tragicomic encounter between a father and son in Maori rural society, which screens in the Generation Kplus section for younger kids; and "Bran Nue Dae," a musical look at the lives of young Aborigines in Australia that stars Geoffrey Rush. Latter unspools in the older-skewing Generation 14plus.

Also showing in Kplus is Thomas Burstyn's New Zealand-Canada co-production "This Way of Life" and Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio's Mexican drama "To the Sea."

A slew of Latin American works will unspool in 14plus, including Esmir Filho's Brazilian-French co-production "The Famous and the Dead"; Carlos Gaviria's Colombian entry "Portraits in a Sea of Lies"; and "I Miss You," a Mexican-Argentinean-Uruguayan co-production by von Fabian Hofman. The U.S. is repped by Jared Hess' "Gentlemen Broncos," Miguel Arteta's "Youth in Revolt" and "Road, Movie," an Indian-U.S. co-production by Dev Benegal.

Agostino Imondi and Dietmar Ratsch's German pic "Neukoelln Unlimited" and "Summer Wars," by Japanese helmer Mamoru Hosoda, screen in 14plus, while Korean-French co-production "A Brand New Life," by Ounie Lecomte, and French-Japanese selection "Yuki and Nina," by Nobuhiro Suwa and Hippolyte Girardot, unspool in Kplus.

Other Kplus entries include Ellen Smit's Dutch-Belgian "Eep!"; Asleik Engmark's "Knerten," from Norway; Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's Austrian-Italian "La Pivellina"; and, from Denmark, Birger Larsen's "Superbrother."

Among this year's Generation jury members are Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf, who won a Crystal Bear in 2008 for her debut film, "Buda az sharm foru rikht"; fellow award winner Philippe Falardeau ("C'est pas moi, je le jure!"); Australian children's film producer Kylie Du Fresne; Margret Albers, director of the German Children's Media Festival Goldener Spatz; and Irish scriptwriter and producer Rowan O'Neill ("The Race").

The jury awards a total of 10,000 ($14,349) in prizes from Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk, a German children's charity org.

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