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Owls and Mice by Simone van Dusseldorp

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6 February 2017

Eight features and eight short films from the Netherlands or supported by the Dutch have been selected for the 67th Berlin International Film Festival that runs 9-19 Feb 2017.

Two Dutch co-productions are selected for Panorama: The Wound* by South African director John Trengove (Dutch co-producer: OAK Motion Pictures) and Centaur* by Kyrgyz filmmaker Aktan Arym Kubat (Dutch co-producer: Volya Films). The Wound is selected as Panorama's Opening Film and had its world premiere at the Sundance Festival. Furthermore, The Wound was supported by NFF+HBF programme (previously HBF Plus), a collaboration between the Netherlands Film Fund and the Hubert Bals Fund.

As in previous years Dutch youth cinema is strongly represented in the Generation competition. Feature film Owls & Mice* written and directed by Simone van Dusseldorp and produced by Lemming Film (NL) will have its international premiere in the Generation Kplus section. Owls & Mice is the sequel of the successful and award-winning Frogs & Toads*, from the same writer and director Simone van Dusseldorp.

No less than 6 short films from the Netherlands will screen in the Generation Kplus section. Animated short Sabaku* is directed by Marlies van der Wel and produced by Halal. Last year Marlies van der Wel's first animated short Jonas and the Sea* was also selected for Generation. Besides, five episodes of the documentary series 1-Minutes of Nature will have their world premiere in the Kplus section: Beetle, Birds of Prey, Kitten, Crayfish, Feeling like a Caveman. 1-Minutes of Nature is a series of short animated documentaries about children's relationship with nature. The series is directed by Stef Visjager & Katinka Baehr and produced by Radiomakers Desmet.

Selected for Generation 14plus is Brazilian feature Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!* (Não devore meu coração!) by Felipe Bragança. The film was co-produced by Dutch production company Revolver Amsterdam and had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Besides, the film was supported by NFF+HBF programme (previously Hubert Bals Fund Plus).

In Forum two Dutch documentary co-productions will world premiere: The Sea Stares at Us from Afar (El mar nos mira e lejos) by Manuel Muñoz (co-produced by CTM Docs) and Mzis qalaqi (City of the Sun) by Georgian filmmaker Rati Oneli. Mzis qalaqi was supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund.

Two Dutch short films are selected for Forum Expanded: The Brick House by Eliane Esther Bots and Tashlikh (Cast Off) by Israeli/Dutch filmmaker Yael Bartana. The Brick House is Eliane Esther Bots's graduation film from the Netherlands Film Academy. Tashlikh (Cast Off) is part of a project called Conditions of Political Choreography, a research project and exhibition initiated by the Center for Contemporary Art (Israel) together with the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Germany) .

Additionally, two feature films that received support from the Hubert Bals Fund for Script and Project Development will also world premiere at the Berlinale: Pendular by Brazilian director Julia Murat is selected for Panorama, and from China The Foolish Bird by Huang Ji and Ryuji Otsuka is presented in the Generations 14Plus section.

*) Supported by the Netherlands Film Fund

For a complete overview of the Dutch films and co-productions at the Berlinale and the European Film Market, including their screening times click here...:

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