Dutch Teen Spirit at Berlin
29 January 2018
Ten films from the Netherlands or supported by the Dutch have been selected for the 68th Berlin International Film Festival that runs 15-25 Feb 2018.
Dutch feature Cobain by Nanouk Leopold will world premiere in Generation 14plus. The film, which portrays a 15-year-old boy desperate to protect his self-destructive mother and her unborn child, is Leopold's sixth feature and is again produced by Circe Films. Her last film, It's All So Quiet, opened Berlinale Panorama in 2013.
The family feature film My Giraffe, directed by Barbara Bredero, produced by Lemming Film and about a young boy whose best friend happens to be a giraffe, will have its international premiere in the Generation Kplus section. Ceres, the full-length debut documentary of Janet van den Brand, co-produced by Tangerine Tree, will world premiere in the same section. The film is about four young protagonists as they go about their daily business on a farm. Additionally, The Seen and Unseen by Kamila Andini, which received Hubert Bals Fund support for Script and Project Development, will have its European premiere in Berlinale Generation Kplus.
Three Dutch co-productions will world premiere in Panorama: The Trial by Maria Ramos (Dutch co-producer: Conijn Film), Land by Babak Jalali, co-produced by Topkapi Films and The Omission by Sebastián Schjaer, co-produced by Volya Films. The Trial is a documentary about the impeachment of former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. Land tells the story of a family from a Native American community awaiting the return of the body of their dead G.I. son from Iraq. The Omission portrays the life of a young girl who moves to an inhospitable city in the South of Argentina both to save money and to realize an old dream.
Dutch co-production The Bed by Mónica Lairana (co-produced by Topkapi Films) will world premiere in Forum. The film portrays the final interactions between a couple in their 50's who are about to separate.
Last but not least, the Dutch short film Kiem Holijanda by Sarah Veltmeyer (produced by Submarine) is selected for Generation 14plus. It was also selected for 2017 Golden Calf Competition in The Netherlands. And the short experimental film Cinema Olanda Film by Wendelien van Oldenborgh is selected for Forum Expanded. This work of art was commissioned by the Mondriaan Fund for the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia 2017.
Looking to the future, the 2018 Berlinale Co-Production Market presents two projects from the Netherlands. Floor van der Meulen will present Methusalem (selected for Berlinale Talents Script Station) and producer Joram Willink from BIND will pitch his new project Mascot by Remy van Heugten (Son of Mine) during the Talent Project Market.