Berlinale 2017 Lineup, Round 3
First seven films slated for Perspektive Deutsches Kino.
The first seven films are now set for Perspektive Deutsches Kino, the Berlin International Film Festival's showcase of young German talent. The 67th edition of the Berlinale runs from February 9 through 19, and so far, we've seen first rounds of titles slated for the Competition and Berlinale Special as well as the Panorama program. With descriptions from the festival…
Back for Good, directed by Mia Spengler. With Kim Riedle, Juliane Köhler and Leonie Wesselow. World premiere. Opening the Perspektive program, this is "the story of Angie, a former trash-TV starlet (Kim Riedle), her despised mother (Juliane Köhler), and her pubescent sister (Leonie Wesselow). By returning to the hick town of her childhood, Angie wreaks havoc on their relationships, so that all three have to redefine their roles in life. Back for Good is an ode to humanity—softly hummed while an auto-tuned pop song blares from the radio."
Eisenkopf (Ironhead), Tian Dong. World premiere. A documentary "about a young soccer team skilled in Shaolin kung fu. Tian Dong visits its young members at their sports school, and talks to them about their everyday lives and dreams. In doing so he paints an unsettling picture of China’s political situation."
Kontener (Container), Sebastian Lang. With Joanna Drozda and Anka Graczyk. World premiere. About "'two Polish ladies' who work at a dairy in Brandenburg. From the perspective of Maryna (Joanna Drozda), who narrates the story, the film depicts the last night before Tava (Anka Graczyk) disappears."
Mikel, Cavo Kernich. With Jonathan Aikins. World premiere. About "a young refugee who has left Nigeria for Berlin in search of a decent life with a properly paid job. It is the first medium-long film by Cavo Kernich, who with this work has completed his studies in 'narrative film' under Thomas Arslan at the Universität der Künste in Berlin."
Selbstkritik eines bürgerlichen Hundes (Self-criticism of a Bourgeois Dog), Julian Radlmaier. With Julian Radlmaier, Deragh Campbell, Beniamin Forti, Kyung-Taek Lie and Ilia Korkashvili. German premiere. Here, a "a bourgeois dog confesses how he has gone through multiple transformations, from a love-struck filmmaker, to an apple picker, a traitor of the revolution, and, last but not least, a four-legged creature. In a political comedy full of burlesque escapades, we meet Camille, a young Canadian (Deragh Campbell); Hong and Sancho, a pair of proletarians who believe in miracles; a mute monk with magical powers; and a bunch of strange field laborers who indulge in idealistic visions." Poster.
Tara, Felicitas Sonvilla. With Sasha Davydova, Leo van Kann and Lena Lauzemis. World premiere. A medium-length sci-fi film that asks the question, "What would happen if one day people in Europe had to flee?... A young woman called Mira (Sasha Davydova) tells of her flight from Paris. In search of a different life she takes a train heading east to the utopianesque town of Tara."
Ein Weg (Paths), Chris Miera. With Mike Hoffmann and Mathis Reinhardt. World premiere. It's a "cautious exploration of a long love relationship that ends in separation. Over 15 years, as son Max gradually grows up, we accompany Andreas (Mike Hoffmann) and Martin (Mathis Reinhardt) through the highs and lows in the daily life of a partnership. Shot like a documentary, with a small team and budget at real locations, Ein Weg develops with great intensity and flexibility—and through the process of editing finds its special form of telling a story over time."