Berlinale 2008 Generation

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1. City of Men (2007)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.

Director: Paulo Morelli | Stars: Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen, Rodrigo dos Santos

Votes: 15,071 | Gross: $0.31M

2. 32A (2007)

89 min | Drama

This story is set in the "in-between" time of a girl's life, when she is no longer a child and not yet a woman. We open with our heroine, Maeve, putting on her new snow white bra, and ... See full summary »

Director: Marian Quinn | Stars: Ailish McCarthy, Sophie Jo Wasson, Orla Long, Riona Smith

Votes: 355

3. A Little Night Fright (2007)

3 min | Short, Horror

When the bedtime story ends and the lights go out, a little boy exacts revenge on his tormenting older brother.

Director: Mischa Livingstone | Stars: Harrison Schelter, Max Schelter

Votes: 21

5. Ben X (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.

Director: Nic Balthazar | Stars: Marijke Pinoy, Greg Timmermans, Cesar De Sutter, Gilles De Schryver

Votes: 18,350 | Gross: $0.00M

6. Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (2007)

81 min | Drama, War

A young girl zealously wants to go to school and learn to read and write. Almost everywhere she is met with hostility or indifference. The only young boy who takes her to his school is ... See full summary »

Director: Hana Makhmalbaf | Stars: Abbas Alijome, Abdolali Hoseinali, Nikbakht Noruz

Votes: 2,039

7. You, Me and Him (2007)

Not Rated | 18 min | Short, Drama, Romance

When the plans for the future change, new bonds are created between Danilo, Lucas and Marcos. in between video-games and milk cups, pain and disappointment, they need to learn how to live together.

Director: Daniel Ribeiro | Stars: Daniel Tavares, Diego Torraca, Eduardo Melo, Eleio Calascibetta

Votes: 1,400

8. Gora samotsvetov (2005– )
Episode: Chepogi (2007)

14 min | Animation

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Director: Leon Estrin | Star: Albert Filozov

Votes: 16

9. Cherries (2007)

15 min | Short, Drama, Family

A class of teenage schoolboys are oblivious to their teacher's attempts to question them about the wider world. They are about to get a lesson they will never forget ... one that will change their lives forever.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Neil Dudgeon, Sam Spruell, Omari Carter, Alfie Allen

Votes: 82

10. Chop Shop (2007)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Alejandro, a resourceful street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his sixteen-year-old sister.

Director: Ramin Bahrani | Stars: Alejandro Polanco, Isamar Gonzales, Rob Sowulski, Carlos Zapata

Votes: 4,021 | Gross: $0.12M

11. Ciao Bella (2007)

86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Mustafa Moradi is aching to find a girlfriend. On the other end of the city, Linnea is desperately searching for a guy with style, courage and a burning passion.

Director: Mani Maserrat-Agah | Stars: Poyan Karimi, Chanelle Lindell, Oliver Wahlgren-Ingrosso, Mina Azarian

Votes: 891

12. A Tale of Two Mozzies (2007)

75 min | Animation, Family

Dagmar the dancing mosquito has the hots for Egon. But Egon, putting love on hold, is busy achieving the ultimate sprint on his bike and wants to see the world. When wicked red ant queen ... See full summary »

Directors: Jannik Hastrup, Flemming Quist Møller | Stars: Bjarke Kastbjerg Andersen, Kaya Brüel, Lisbet Dahl, Peter Frödin

Votes: 80

13. Dunya & Desie (2008)

98 min | Comedy, Drama

The story of two 18-year old best friends who grew up together in the suburbs of Amsterdam. Dunya is Moroccan, grown up with Ramadan, imams and Mecca. Desie is as Dutch as cheese and tulips... See full summary »

Director: Dana Nechushtan | Stars: Maryam Hassouni, Eva van de Wijdeven, Christine van Stralen, Theo Maassen

Votes: 996

14. Fighter (I) (2007)

100 min | Action, Drama

Aicha attends Kung Fu at her high school in Copenhagen. Her Muslim, Turkish father wants her to study hard and become a doctor but instead she starts training at a Kung Fu club where Emil helps with her training. They become friends.

Director: Natasha Arthy | Stars: Semra Turan, Nima Nabipour, Cyron Melville, Molly Blixt Egelind

Votes: 1,457

15. Firewood (2007)

14 min | Short, Drama

Sam meets up with her best friend Billy for a lazy afternoon in the sun. Unbeknownst to her life is about to change.

Director: Miikka Leskinen | Stars: Lynsey Beauchamp, Ashley George, Simon McLinden, Amy Tweed

17. Flower in the Pocket (2007)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

Two boys, Li Ahh and Li Ohm, grow up motherless. Their father, Sui, is a workaholic who shuts himself out of the world. The boys' quest to reach out to their father leads them to adopt a ... See full summary »

Director: Seng Tat Liew | Stars: Zi Jiang Wong, Ming Wei Lim, James Lee, Amira Nasuha

Votes: 173

18. Girls Room (2007)

PG | 10 min | Short, Comedy

A timid young girl's horrific trip to the school bathroom results in an unexpected friendship.

Director: Maria Gigante | Stars: Amri Berry, Erin Burniston, Hannah Doty, Alex Frisch

Votes: 42

20. Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

A coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl trying to fit into both a posh private school and an ordinary public school.

Director: Cathy Randall | Stars: Danielle Catanzariti, Cassandra Jinman, Talia Monaghan, Yen Yen Stender

Votes: 1,406 | Gross: $0.01M

21. The New Species (2008)

10 min | Animation, Short, Family

Three kids dig up a bone from an undiscovered species on the way to school.

Directors: Maris Brinkmanis, Evalds Lacis

22. João e o Cão (2008)

16 min | Short, Drama, Family

João lives on a shabby suburban estate. He is always in trouble with the grown-ups, who don't seem to understand that his flamboyant behavior stems from his insecurity and desperation.

Director: André Marques | Stars: Maria Emília Correia, Mauro Costa, Ricardo Figueiredo, Chandra Malatitch

Votes: 21

23. Juvenile (2007)

11 min | Short, Drama

The bittersweet story of a single parent father with a teenage daughter, and the day she brings home her new boyfriend.

Director: China Moo-Young | Stars: Louis Cordice, Louis Sheridan Cordice, Glenn Doherty, Sophie Shaw-Foucher

Votes: 18

24. Flatmates (2007)

21 min | Short, Drama

Two friends, Björn and Hampus, decide to move in together. If one ignores the fact that the two men are completely different, theirs is a close relationship. Being in love with your best ... See full summary »

Director: Magnus Mork | Stars: Sven Boräng, Jonas Eskilsson, Emilie Lidgard

Votes: 440

26. Kung Fu Kid (2007)

98 min | Action

A young martial arts student gets caught up in a series of Kung Fu adventures with a woman who manages a Chinese restaurant.

Director: Issei Oda | Stars: Zhuang Zhang, Ken Ayugai, Nanami Fujimoto, Arata Furuta

Votes: 126

28. Les vulnérables (2007)

14 min | Short, Drama

Set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, LES VULNERABLES is a coming-of-age story about a schoolboy who tries to prove his manhood to his once-famous, now-handicapped father by helping him ... See full summary »

Director: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt | Stars: Stewart Lunanga, Freddy Makondo, Benjamin Maneno, Pascal Bashombana

Votes: 7

30. Love, Peace & Beatbox (2008)

70 min | Documentary, Musical

A look at the rising beatboxing subculture in Berlin.

Director: Volker Meyer-Dabisch

Votes: 34

32. Gora samotsvetov (2005– )
Episode: Medvezhyi istoriyi (2007)

13 min | Animation

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Director: Mikhail Aldashin

Votes: 9

33. My Uncle Loved the Colour Yellow (2008)

9 min | Short, Drama

It's the summer of 1963 in the Swedish countryside. Today is Martin's 12th birthday and, as always, his shy uncle Helmer arrives at the party before anyone else. Also as usual, his birthday... See full summary »

Director: Mats Olof Olsson | Stars: Albin Johansson, Claes Månsson

Votes: 21

34. Munyurangabo (2007)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

From opposing ethnicities, Ngabo and Sangwa are tested when old-timers warn, "Hutus and Tutsis should not be friends." An intense and inspiring portrait of youth in Rwanda, 'Munyurangabo' ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Isaac Chung | Stars: Jeff Rutagengwa, Eric Ndorunkundiye, Jean Marie Vianney Nkurikiyinka, Jean Pierre Harerimana

Votes: 500 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Mutum (2007)

95 min | Drama

Thiago lives with his family on an isolated farm in the arid backlands of Minas Gerais, Brazil. As the story unfolds and Thiago is forced to confront separations and betrayal within the ... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Kogut | Stars: Thiago da Silva Mariz, Wallison Felipe Leal Barroso, Maria Juliana Souza de Oliveira, Brenda Luana Rodrigues Lima

Votes: 480

36. Spending the Night (2007)

12 min | Short, Drama

A young girl is going to spend the night at her boyfriend's place, his parents not being home. They rent a movie and have high expectations for the evening. But things don't really turn out the way they thought they would.

Director: Amanda Adolfsson | Stars: Natalie Minnevik, Bill Skarsgård, Karin Bjurström, Mats Rudal

Votes: 117

37. Nana (2007 TV Short)

6 min | Short, Drama

Nana's granddaughter thinks Nana's pretty special. She loves her Nana because she helps the old people, she's a good painter and other people love her too. Nana's got everyone under control.

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Kiara Gibson, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Noreen Robertson Nampijinpa

Votes: 36

38. New Boy (I) (2007)

11 min | Short, Drama

Captures the experience of being the new kid in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine year-old African boy.

Director: Steph Green | Stars: Olutunji Ebun-Cole, Simon O'Driscoll, Fionn O'Shea, Sinead Maguire

Votes: 945

39. Post! (2008)

13 min | Animation, Short

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Directors: Christian Asmussen, Matthias Bruhn

Votes: 28

40. Run (2007)

15 min | Short, Drama

A Samoan brother and sister live in fear of their over-protective widowed father who rules with a military regime in order to protect his children from a bleak future. The children learn ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Albiston | Stars: Tyrell Samia, Helayna Serri, Louis Sutherland, Nic Sampson

Votes: 38

41. The Tiny Fish (2008)

10 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Sergey Ryabov

Votes: 30

42. September (2007)

85 min | Drama

Set in the Australian wheat-belt in 1968, SEPTEMBER is a character driven film about two 15 year old boys - one black, one white - whose friendship begins to fall apart under the stress of ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Carstairs | Stars: Xavier Samuel, Clarence Ryan, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Kelton Pell

Votes: 373

43. Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Not Rated | 82 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

Director: Nina Paley | Stars: Annette Hanshaw, Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally, Manish Acharya

Votes: 4,473

44. Somers Town (2008)

Not Rated | 71 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

A black-and-white study of a social environment in London, concentrating on a pair of unlikely new friends and the girl they both fancy.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Piotr Jagiello, Ireneusz Czop, Perry Benson, Thomas Turgoose

Votes: 6,104 | Gross: $0.05M

46. Taua (2007)

15 min | Short, Drama

After a successful raid and having captured a rival village's leader, a war party must drag their huge canoe or "Taua" through the forest to reach the sea and escape with their trophy but ... See full summary »

Director: Te Arepa Kahi | Stars: Graham Hohapata, Fred Te Kani Dargaville Koro, Antonio Te Maioha, Reweti Te Mete

Votes: 17

47. The Air Ace (2007)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy