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Berlin's Young German Cinema Lineup Includes Word Acrobats and Skateboards

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire January 10, 2012 at 11:21AM

The 62nd Berlinale has rounded out its Perspektive Deutsches Kino lineup, which highlights young German cinema. Thirteen films, including three full-length documentaries and four features, make up the program. As previously announced, the selection will open with Katarina Peter's second documentary feature "Man for a Day," which follows a group of women who attend a workshop hosted by performance artist and drag king Diane Torr. Other highlights include Tamer Yiğit and Branka Prlić's self-financed production "Karaman," which tells the story of a Muslim woman seeking to immirgate to Germany against her family's wishes; Marion Hütter’s documentary "Rhymes and Rivals," which accompanies four "word acrobats" as they tour the world for a year; "This Ain't California," which Marten Persiel compiled from super-8 home movies and looks at the underground culture of "Rollbrettfahrer" (as skateboarders were known in communist East Germany); and the first feature from Jan Speckenbach, whose short film "Gestern in Eden screened in Cannes in 2008. The films in Perspektive Deutsches Kino: "Ararat" by Engin Kundag "Dichter und Kämpfer" (Rhymers and Rivals) by Marion Hütter (documentary) "DIE VERMISSTEN" (REPORTED MISSING) by Jan Speckenbach "Gegen Morgen" (Before Tomorrow) by Joachim Schoenfeld "Karaman" by Tamer Yigit and Branka Prlić "Man for a Day" by Katarina Peters (documentary) "Rodicas" by Alice Gruia (documentary) "Sometimes we sit and think, and sometimes we just sit" by Julian Pörksen "Sterben nicht vorgesehen" (Dying Not Planned For) by Matthias Stoll (documentary) "Tage in der Stadt" (Out Off) by Janis Mazuch "This Ain’t California" by Marten Persiel (documentary) "Trattoria" by Soleen Yusef "Westerland" by Tim Staffel
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Alice Gruia's "Rodicas"
Berlinale Alice Gruia's "Rodicas"

The 62nd Berlinale has rounded out its Perspektive Deutsches Kino lineup, which highlights young German cinema. Thirteen films, including three full-length documentaries and four features, make up the program.

As previously announced, the selection will open with Katarina Peter's second documentary feature "Man for a Day," which follows a group of women who attend a workshop hosted by performance artist and drag king Diane Torr.

Other highlights include Tamer Yiğit and Branka Prlić's self-financed production "Karaman," which tells the story of a Muslim woman seeking to immirgate to Germany against her family's wishes; Marion Hütter’s documentary "Rhymes and Rivals," which accompanies four "word acrobats" as they tour the world for a year; "This Ain't California," which Marten Persiel compiled from super-8 home movies and looks at the underground culture of "Rollbrettfahrer" (as skateboarders were known in communist East Germany); and the first feature from Jan Speckenbach, whose short film "Gestern in Eden screened in Cannes in 2008.

The films in Perspektive Deutsches Kino:

"Ararat" by Engin Kundag
"Dichter und Kämpfer" (Rhymers and Rivals) by Marion Hütter (documentary)
"DIE VERMISSTEN" (REPORTED MISSING) by Jan Speckenbach
"Gegen Morgen" (Before Tomorrow) by Joachim Schoenfeld
"Karaman" by Tamer Yigit and Branka Prlić
"Man for a Day" by Katarina Peters (documentary)
"Rodicas" by Alice Gruia (documentary)
"Sometimes we sit and think, and sometimes we just sit" by Julian Pörksen
"Sterben nicht vorgesehen" (Dying Not Planned For) by Matthias Stoll (documentary)
"Tage in der Stadt" (Out Off) by Janis Mazuch
"This Ain’t California" by Marten Persiel (documentary)
"Trattoria" by Soleen Yusef
"Westerland" by Tim Staffel

This article is related to: Berlin International Film Festival






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