The Berlin International Film Festival, whose 67th edition runs from February 9 through 19, hasn't quite completed the lineup for the Competition, but at Neil Young's place, you'll already find the first set of odds on the contenders for the Golden Bear.

Back in December, the Berlinale announced the first round of seven titles lined up for Perspektive Deutsches Kino, the festival's showcase of young German talent. Today's second round of seven completes the program.

Die beste aller Welten (The Best of All Worlds), directed by Adrian Goiginger. With Verena Altenberger, Jeremy Miliker, Lukas Miko and Michael Pink. World premiere. Follows "seven-year-old Adrian (Jeremy Miliker) into the extremely exciting and adventurous world of his heroine-addicted mother."

Final Stage, Nicolaas Schmidt. With Aaron Hilmer, Fynn Grossmann. Medium-length film. World premiere. "Stands out for the filmic balancing act it conducts between documentary observation and subtle staging."

Gabi, Michael Fetter Nathansky. With Gisa Flake, Florian Kroop, Britta Steffenhagen and Martin Neuhaus. Medium-length film. World premiere. A "cinematic attempt to find expression for what has so often been said but has still been unable to change anything."


Könige der Welt (We were kings), Christian von Brockhausen and Timo Großpietsch. World premiere. A documentary about the band PICTURES: "First known as Union Youth, the band came together at the turn of the millennium. With their mix of grunge and alternative they quickly became the German Nirvana. The film revisits a drug-filled past and accompanies their new start."

Millennials, Jana Bürgelin. With Anne Zohra Berrached, Leonel Dietsche, Jan Koslowski and Anna Herrmann. World premiere. A "documentary-style big city tale that follows the two protagonists, Anne Zohra Berrached and Leonel Dietsche, on their 'éducation sentimentale' around Berlin. Leo is a photographer and would finally like some recognition for his photos. Anne is a successful film director and wants a child, but since she has no partner, she has, in wise foresight, frozen a few of her eggs."

Die Tochter (Dark Blue Girl), Mascha Schilinski. With Helena Zengel, Karsten Antonio Mielke and Artemis Chalkidou. World premiere. "Approaches in an unusual way the problems children have after their parents split up. How must they redefine their positions and attitudes towards their separated parents when it comes to closeness and distance? Seven-year-old Luca (Helena Zengel)—in her desire to remain the only woman in her father’s life and, at the same time, the link between her parents - becomes a master manipulator."


Zwischen den Jahren (End of the Season), Lars Henning. With Peter Kurth, Karl Markovics, Catrin Striebeck and Leonardo Nigro. World premiere. "The world of Becker (Peter Kurth), the film’s protagonist, is very limited. After having served fifteen years in jail, he just wants to lead a quiet life in self-imposed solitude. But then the man whose life he destroyed eighteen years earlier returns to haunt him. It is Lars Henning’s second full-length fiction film and again he has reversed the victim-offender constellation conventional for this genre."