The Berlin International Film Festival has announced the opening films for its Generation competition.
Opening the Generation 14plus competition will be Rebecca Thomas’s directorial debut, “Electrick Children,” the story of a young Mormon girl who breaks from her community.
Opening the Generation Kplus competition will be Alice Schmid’s Swiss documentary “Die Kinder vom Napf.” The film documents 50 mountain children over four seasons in the “Wil West” of Lucerne Canton.
Both films will premiere on February 10th.
Press release below:
Generation 2012: Opening Films and Guests
Once again the festival centre of Generation will be in the House of World Cultures(Haus der Kulturen der Welt). The two cinemas in this architectural landmark on the Spree River have a total seating capacity of around 1,400. They provide the perfect setting for the section’s opening celebrations and the festival premieres of its two competitions.
The Generation 14plus competition will open with the US directorial debut Electrick Childrenby Rebecca Thomas. The director and her leading actors Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Rory Culkin (Lymelife) and Billy Zane (Titanic) are expected on the Red Carpet for this world premiere at 7:30 p.m. on February 10. Garner plays a young Mormon who breaks out of her strict religious community and plunges herself into the nightlife of Las Vegas.
The Swiss documentary Die Kinder vom Napf will kick off the competition of Generation Kplus at 3:30 p.m. on February 10. Director Alice Schmid accompanies 50 mountain farm children through the four seasons in the “Wild West” of Lucerne Canton. For the international premiere, the filmmaker and the children from the mountain village of Romoos are coming to Berlin.
Generation is also expecting a number of other well-known guests for the premieres of their films. For Kronjuvelerna (The Crown Jewels): Bill Skarsgård (Shooting Star 2012) and Alicia Vikander (Shooting Star 2011). For Comes A Bright Day: Craig Roberts (Submarine), Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later), Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy) and Timothy Spall (The King’s Speech). For Lal Gece (Night of Silence): Ilyas Salman (Abbas in Flower). For ARCADIA: Ryan Simpkins (A Single Man), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone). The final list of guests will be released shortly before the festival begins.