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Berlinale Unveils Best First Feature Jury

Magazine article Screen International

Berlinale Unveils Best First Feature Jury

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A total of 27 films from various strands have qualified for the Best First Feature Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The Berlinale has announced the three filmmakers who will judge the festival's best first feature award.

Oren Moverman (Rampart), Taika Waititi (Boy) and Lucy Walker (Waste Land) will decide which debut feature will receive the [euro]50,000 award, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrecht).

27 films from the festival sections Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino are in contention for the prize, with the winner announced at the official award ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on Feb 16.

The festival has also revealed the ten books that will take part in Books at Berlinale within the scope of the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Interested producers will have the opportunity to speak with the international publishers and literary agents of the books, or even to option film rights directly. For more information and the ten books selected, visit the Berlinale website.

The films in contention for the best first feature award, and their respective festival section, are:Competition

Uroki Garmonii (Harmony lessons) - Kazakhstan/GermanyBy Emir BaigazinWith Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar AnadassovPanorama

Chemi sabnis naketsi (A Fold in My Blanket) - GeorgiaBy Zaza RusadzeWith Tornike Bziava, Tornike Gogrichiani, Zura Kipshidze, Avtand

Deshora (Belated) - Argentina/Colombia/NorwayBy Barbara Sarasola-DayWith Luís Ziembrowski, Alejandro Buitrago, María Ucedo

Habi, la extranjera (Habi, the Foreigner) - Argentina/BrazilBy María Florencia AlvarezWith Martina Juncadella, Martín Slipak, María Luisa Mendonça

Tanta Agua (So Much Water) - Uruguay/Mexico/Netherlands/GermanyBy Ana Guevara Pose, Leticia Jorge RomeroWith Malú Chouza, Néstor Guzzini, Joaquín Castiglioni

Workers - Mexiko/GermanyBy José Luis ValleWith Susana Salazar, Jesús Padilla

Youth - Israel/GermanyBy Tom ShovalWith Eitan Cunio, David Cunio, Moshe Ivgy, Gita AmelyForum

A batalha de Tabatô (The Battle of Tabatô) - Guinea-Bissau/PortugalBy João VianaWith Imutar Djebaté, Fatu Djebaté, Mamadu Baio

Das merkwürdige Kätzchen (The Strange Little Cat) - GermanyBy Ramon ZürcherWith Jenny Schily, Anjorka Strechel, Mia Kasalo, Luk Pfaff

Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) -Georgia/GermanyBy Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon GroßWith Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria

I aionia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeua (The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas) - GreeceBy Elina PsykouWith Christos Stergioglou, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Theodora Tzimou

La Plaga (The Plague) - SpainBy Neus BallúsWith Raül Molist, Maria Ros, Rosemarie Abella, Iurie Timbur, Maribel Martí

Mo Sheng (Forgetting to Know You) - People's Republic of ChinaBy Quan LingWith Hong Tao, Xiaodong Guo

The Weight of Elephants - New Zealand/DenmarkBy Daniel Joseph BorgmanWith Demos Murphy, Angelina Cottrell, Matthew Sunderland

Sieniawka - Germany/PolandBy Marcin MalaszczakWith Stefan Szyzszka, Stanislaw Cheminski, Jerzy SzlosarPerspektive Deutsches Kino

DeAD - GermanyBy Sven HalfarWith Tilman Strauß, Thomas Schendel, Judith Rosmair, Niklas Kohrt

Endzeit (End of Time) - GermanyBy Sebastian FritzschWith Anne von Keller, Alexander Merbeth, Sebastian Ganzert

Freier Fall (Free Fall) - GermanyBy Stephan LacantWith Hanno Koffler, Max Riemelt, Katharina Schüttler, Maren Kroy

Silvi (Silvi - Maybe Love) - GermanyBy Nico SommerWith Lina Wendel, Thorsten Merten, Sylke Pergold, Harald Polzin

Zwei Mütter (Two Mothers) - GermanyBy Anne Zohra BerrachedWith Karina Plachetka, Sabine WolfGeneration

AninA - Uruguay/ColombiaBy Alfredo SordeguitWith Federica Lacanio, Guillermina Pardo, Lucía Parrilla

Cita - Citaku Setinggi Tanah (Stepping on the Flying Grass) - IndonesiaBy Eugene PanjiWith M. …

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