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BERLINALE 2004 Germany

All about the Kinderfilmfest

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The first edition of Kinderfilmfest, the festival of children's films taking place during the next Berlinale (February 5-15, 2004) is starting off in grand style. There'll be the 14plus - films for the young generation competition, which will be holding its international opening on February 7 at the Atelier am Zoo in Berlin. The film that have been selected so far are linked by the common theme looking at the difficult period of adolescence, and the works are Scratch by the Danish director Anders Gustafsson, Jargo by the Icelandic filmmaker Maria Solrun, Behesht jaye digari Asti (Paradise is somewhere else) by the Iranian Abdolrasoul Golbon, United by the Norwegian Magnus Martens and Quality of life, directed by the American, Benjamin Morgan.

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"We've managed to select a significant number of international productions for this age group" said the festival director, Thomas Hailer "and we're very happy to be able to show these films in the appropriate setting ". In addition, the Kinderfilmfestival has decided to hold a retrospective of films made by a single film school: the initiative will be starting with the Israeli Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem, which will be showing 7 short films that tackle the difficult theme of growing up in a society affected by everyday violence.

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(Translated from Italian)

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