PARADISE DRIFTERS selected for Berlinale
Paradise Drifters, director Mees Peijnenburg's debut feature, is selected for the International Film Festival Berlin. The film, produced by Pupkin, will celebrate its international premiere in the prestigious Generation 14plus competition of the Festival and will be vying for a Crystal Bear and the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury endowed by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.
Paradise Drifters is a fragmented portrayal of three homeless young adults, Lorenzo, Yousef and Chloe. What starts off as a drift that must lead to money and opportunity appears to be a longing for human connection, security and mutual affection
Paradise Drifters is the third film that Mees Peijnenburg presents at the Berlinale. Both his short film A Hole in My Heart (2015) and his graduation film Even Cowboys Get to Cry (2013) were previously selected for the Generation14plus competition. Even Cowboys Get to Cry also screened at SXSW and won the Student Competition Audience Award at the Premiers Plans Film Festival.
In the Netherlands A Hole in My Heart won the Dutch Directors Guild Award for Best Short Fiction Film and Mees' TV film We Will Never Be Royals (2015) received the Golden Calves for Best Television Drama and Best Actor Television Drama at the Netherlands Film Festival.
Mees Peijnenburg developed Paradise Drifters at the Cannes Film Festival's Cinéfondation residency. The film is produced by Pupkin in co-production with VPRO, and is supported by the Netherlands Film Fund. International sales are handled by Orange Studio.
The 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival takes place 20 February - 1 March 2020.
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