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February 18, 2019

Three youth films and co-productions from the Netherlands have received prizes in the Generation competition of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.

#Bullyingstory by Eef Hilgers (produced by Tangerine Tree) celebrated its international premiere at Berlin and got a Special Mention from the Children's Jury in Generation Kplus: "A brave girl tells us her intimate everyday story in an unusual way. She gives us a glimpse into her emotional world and relates the struggle against dark thoughts. The internet and social media play a large role in her story. Through contact with other individuals similarly affected, she regains hope and shows that no one is alone."

The Generation Kplus International Jury gave a Special Mention to My Extraordinary Summer with Tess by Steven Wouterlood (produced by BIND Film): "The Special Mention goes to a unique tale that tactfully explores difficult discussions around mortality, loss and trying to find one's place in the world within an uplifting coming of age story full of light and infectious joy. This film teaches us about the importance of connection. It is full of surprises, humour and is accessible for all generations."
My Extraordinary Summer with Tess world premiered at the Berlinale and is director Steven Wouterlood's first feature.

The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus awarded the minority Dutch co-production Stupid Young Heart by Selma Vilhunen (NL co-producer: Windmill Film) the Crystal Bear for the Best Film. Stupid Young Heart has been doing very well at festivals since it world premiered at Toronto in September.
Youth Jury Generation 14plus: "This film takes up topics that are above all of great relevance for our age group. It examines motivations behind the current political shift towards the right and xenophobia in our society. With its combination of humour, seriousness and emotion, this film tells the story of a romantic relationship between two adolescents who experience little consistency in their lives. The radical coming-of-age of the protagonists is constantly overshadowed by the confrontation with racism and the search for identity."

For a complete overview of the Generation awards and juries: www.berlinale.de/en


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