THE WAYANG KIDS
MIJN BIJZONDER RARE WEEK MET TESS | MY EXTRAORDINARY SUMMER WITH TESS
NL/DE 2019. D: Steven Wouterlood. A: Laura van Dijk. 82 min. Feature. Dutch OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over. No age restriction. Recommended from age 9
On a family holiday on a Dutch island, the pondering ten-year-old Sam meets Tess, a fun-loving, fascinating and somehow strange girl who lives with her mother. Tess has a crazy plan that Sam is supposed to help her with: she wants to get to know her father, who is on holiday on the island and doesn’t know anything about his daughter. In the original story, the protagonists experience a summer adventure full of charm, heart and humour. Light-footed and profound at the same time, the film explores universal questions about family and friendship. (HA)
Winner “Children’s Jury Award”, Kristiansand Int. Children’s FF 2019 (Norway); “Grand Prize Feature”, NY Int. Children’s FF 2019 (USA); »Golden Slipper« as Best Feature Film for Children, Zlín Int. FF for Children and Youth 2019 (Czech Republic)
The film is presented with the kind support of Fraport AG
SAT, 21.9. | 3 pm | Caligari FilmBühne
MON, 23.9. | 9 am | Kino des DFF
Guest: Screenwriter Laura van Dijk
WED, 25.9. | 11 am | Cinema im Hafen 2
Guest: Screenwriter Laura van Dijk
THU, 26.9. | 11.30 am | CineStar Metropolis
Steven Wouterlood (*1984, Utrecht) studied media and art with a major in film direction. Since 2013 he works as a director and screenwriter, MIJN BIJZONDER RARE WEEK MET TESS is his cinema debut.
2018 MIJN BIJZONDER RARE WEEK MET TESS | 2016 ALLEN OP DE WERELD (TV series) | 2015 KONIGSDAG (short) | 2013 ALLES MAG (short) | 2013 HET MEISJE AAN DE OVERKANT (short)
UNE COLONIE | A COLONY
GIANT LITTLE ONES
CA 2018. D: Keith Behrman. A: Keith Behrman. 93 min. Feature. Eng. OV with Eng. ST. Suitable from age 12. Recommended from age 15
It’s Franky’s 17th birthday, and he’s having a real blast. The house to himself, party with all his friends and Priscilla, his girlfriend, can barely keep her hands off him. Franky is on cloud nine, but then he wakes up next to his best friend Ballas, and suddenly Franky’s world is upside down. High school becomes an ordeal, and his parents’ efforts to understand him are even more overwhelming. Only Ballas’ little sister Natasha “Tash” seems to understand him, but she also has to deal with her own problems. So it goes on, up and down in Frankys emotional roller coaster. (WB)
Winner “Golden Slipper” for Best Feature Film for Youth, Zlín Int. FF for Children and Youth 2019 (Czech Republic); “Dragon Award” and “Audience Award” for Best International Feature, Göteborg FF 2019 (Sweden)
In collaboration with the Embassy of Canada, Berlin
SUN, 22.9. l 12 pm l CINEMA
MON, 23.9. l 9 am l CineStar Metropolis
The canadian Keith Behrman (*1963, Shaunavon) achieved great success at festivals with her first short fiction film LA COUPE and her feature-length documentary about a high school, BIENVENUE À F.L. (including “Best International Short Film” at the Sundance Film Festival). UNE COLONIE is her first feature film.
2018 GIANT LITTLE ONES | 2002 ERNEST (short) | 2002 FLOWER AND GARNET
LANDET AF GLAS | LAND OF GLASS
DK 2018. D: Jeppe Vig Find, Marie Rønn. A: Jeppe Vig Find, Marie Rønn. 88 min. Feature. Danish OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over. Suitable from age 6. Recommended from age 10
Gentle clouds of fog lie over the forest. Everything seems peaceful. But Neia and the old Alva are on the run, chased by their persecutors. Some time later, 13-year-old Jas, whose father is travelling somewhere abroad again, roams through the same forest. The three meet in a shed on the family property. Immediately Jas feels that something magical is in the air. Although Neia and Alva look like people, they don’t seem to be human. They have lived in the woods for thousands of years, they tell him. Now they need the help of Jas. (StS)
Winner “Best Feature Film Director” and the “Children’s Jury Award”, Athens Olympia Int. FF for Children and Young People 2018 (Greece)
FRI, 20.9. | 8.30 am | CINEMA
MON, 23.9. | 11 am | Kino des DFF
Guest: Director Marie Rønn
WED, 25.9. | 8:30 am | CineStar Metropolis
Guest: Director Marie Rønn
Jeppe Vid Find and Marie Rønn have worked for many years as a duo in the fields of TV moderation, acting, screenplay, production and directing and are known in Denmark for their TV series for young audiences. LANDET AF GLAS (2018) is their feature film debut as an author/ director team.
Filmography (as team)
2018 LANDET AF GLAS | 2013-2015 VILDE VENNER (TV series) | 2009 PRUT OG PØLLE (TV series) | 2005-2007 LILLE NØRD (TV series)
DE/LU 2018. D: Markus Dietrich. A: Markus Dietrich. 93 min. Feature. German OV with Eng. ST. Suitable from age 6. Recommended from age 9
There’s plenty of superheroes already. Time for more stories about superheroines! For example, about twelve-year-old Sue, who can suddenly become invisible after a failed experiment in her mother’s research laboratory. Sounds like a freak or a monster? Not really. The worst thing is that the girl has felt for a long time anyway that nobody really sees and pays attention to her. However, when her mother is kidnapped, Sue’s super power is suddenly in demand. With her new friends App and Tobi she takes up the pursuit. And then suddenly, a lot of people are chasing them. (StS)
Winner “Children’s Jury Award”, OULU FF 2018 (Finland); “Audience Award”, FIFEM Montréal (Canada)
FRI, 20.9. | 10.30 am | Caligari FilmBühne
Guest: Director Markus Dietrich
SAT, 21.9. | 11 am | Kino des DFF
Guest: Director Markus Dietrich
MON, 23.9. | 9.30 am | CineStar Metropolis
Guest: Director Markus Dietrich
Markus Dietrich (*1979 in Strausberg) is a trained media designer and works as a freelance author and director. After SPUTNIK, INVISIBLE SUE is his second feature film and part of the initiative “Der besondere Kinderfilm”.
2017 INVISIBLE SUE | 2016 PRINZ HIMMELBLAU UND FEE LUPINE (TV series) | 2013-2015 SCHLOSS EINSTEIN (TV series) | 2012 SPUTNIK | 2010 EINE FESTE BURG (short)
DK/SE 2018. D: Poul Berg. A: Poul Berg, Kalle Bjerkø. 97 min. Feature. Danish OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over. Suitable from age 6. Recommended from age 10
When 13-year-old Benjamin finds out that his mother, a scientist, didn’t die in an accident as claimed, the gifted amateur hacker begins to question things. Together with his friend Savannah, he tries to decipher the secret of his mother’s disappearance. The trail leads to the Danish secret service and suddenly it seems to Benjamin that he can no longer trust anyone in his environment. With HACKER, director Poul Berg presents a fast-paced and cleverly staged genre film for a young audience. (CS)
MON, 23.9. | 8.30 am | CineStar Metropolis
WED, 25.9. | 9 am | CineStar Metropolis
Poul Berg (*1970 in Aarhus) is a director and scriptwriter. He has been involved in a number of TV series for children and teenagers. HACKER is his directing debut in feature films.
2018 HACKER | 2011 LIMBO (TV series) | 2009 MILLE (TV series) | 2006 ABSALONS HEMMELIGHED (TV series)
IN 2018. D: Priya Ramasubban. A: Priya Ramasubban. 90 min. Feature. Ladakhi OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over. No age restriction. Recommended from age 7
The nine-year-old Chuskit lives with her family in an isolated Tibetan mountain village and has been wheelchair bound since an accident. It is clear to her grandfather that the girl is destined to live at home, but Chuskit cannot accept this at all. She wants to go to school and tries everything to change her family’s mind. Based on a true story, the gripping Indian film shows the resoluteness and strength of a girl who takes her future into her own hands and overcomes all resistance. (HA)
Winner “Amnesty International Prize”, 48. Giffoni FF (Italy); “Golden Gateway Award” in the section “Half Ticket”, 19. Mumbai FF (India); “Global Zoom Prize”, 13. Children’s FF Seattle (USA)
FRI, 20.9. l 9 am l Kino des DFF
SUN, 22.9. l 4 pm l Kino des DFF
THU, 26.9. l 9:30 am l CineStar Metropolis
Priya Ramasubban (*1972 in Chennai) is an Indian director and scriptwriter who travels the world filming on behalf of National Geographic. Her stories are rich in nuances and without one-sided interpretations. She developed her feature film debut CHUSKIT on a mentoring scholarship with screenwriter Jolein Laarman.
2018 CHUSKIT | 2007 DIVINE DELINQUENTS
SHORT FILM COMPETITION 13+ PROGRAM 4 | 15+
MON, 24.9. | 9 am | CineStar Metropolis
Guest: Co-Director DARÍO Jorge A. Trujillo
WED, 26.9. | 11 am | CineStar Metropolis
Film program suitable from age 12. Recommended from age 15. With Eng. Subtitles or in Eng. OV (no German voice-over)
German premiere for all films.
ÚLTIMA ESTACIÓN | LAST STOP
MX 2017. D: Héctor Dávila Cabrera. 6 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST.
In a dark, bleak city, a man collides with the wrong bus driver on his way home. A dystopian scenario referencing BLADE RUNNER. (MW)
Héctor Dàvila studied film in Mexico City. He creates fictive and animated short films that are screened in Rotterdam, Ecuador and Cannes. In addition to his work as a director, he also works as an actor, painter and graphic designer.
2016 ULTIMA ESTACIÓN (short film) | 2010 EL GATO CON BOTOX (short film) | 2009 SILENCE AT SAD HILL | 2007 SEE HOW THAT FEELS | 2005 POLILUNGOS
LA VIE SUR MARS | LIFE ON MARS
FR 2018. D: Marie Léa Regales. 17 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST.
Maria is left alone with her pain after losing her older brother, who has died far too young. At a lake they used to visit together, time seems to stand still for a moment. But life on earth goes on. (DF)
Marie Léa Regales was born in Paris in 1993. After studying Editing, she made her first short film LES SIRÈNES, revolving around the topic of abortion, that has been screened at festivals in the USA and Europe. Her second short film LA VIE SUR MARS has been acquired by the French television channel France 2.
2018 LA VIE SUR MARS (short film) | 2016 LES SIRÈNES (short film)
NENN MICH NICHT BRUDER | DON’T CALL ME BRO
DE 2018. D: Gina Wenzel. 18 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST.
Cheyenne plays football and hangs around her boyfriend’s gang, in which drinking and bullying are on the daily order. One day, Dany shows up at training. When Cheyenne finds out his secret, she acts without thinking. (ES)
Gina Wenzel currently studies in the postgraduate program Media Arts at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Her short films have been screened at more than 130 national and international film festivals and won numerous film awards.
2018 NENN MICH NICHT BRUDER (short film) | 2017 Y (short film) | 2016 DER HIMMEL IST ÜBERALL BLAU (short film) | 2015 LILLY (short film) | 2014 COMING OUT (short film)
GB 2017. D: Antony Petrou. 15 min. Fiction. Eng. OV
The idyllic country life that Beth and her family lead becomes tarnished as Beth’s mother begins to hear mysterious noises from the woods, that no one else seems to hear. Beth wants to believe her mother and sets out to explore the phenomenon. (AK)
Antony Petrou is an award-winning filmmaker. He studied at the Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design. His debut feature film WE ARE MONSTERS was nominated for the »Michael Powell Award« at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film was screened in Great Britain and the USA and was acquired by Netflix in 2016.
2018 THE SOUND (short film) | 2014 WE ARE MONSTER | 2004 CHIP (short film)
DE 2018. D: Manuel Kinzer, Jorge A. Trujillo. 15 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST.
Darío is 17, loves carnival and really wants to be a dancer at the parade in his hometown Baranquilla. But his mother wants a man in the house who brings in money. Darío will have to choose. (JE)
Manuel Kinzer was born in 1977 in Kassel. He studied Visual Communication at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and Camera at the Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin. In 2007 he co-founded the production company »FILMGESTALTEN« with Florian Gerstenberg – the production company through which he has produced numerous short films since. DARÍO is his directing debut.
Jorge A. Trujillo Gil was born in Colombia in 1987 and grew up in Spain. He studied Audiovisual Communication in Salamanca and Film/Politics in Barcelona. He also participated in a number of social and journalistic projects in Spain and Colombia. In addition, he worked as an assistant director on a number of films. DARÍO is his directing debut.