Guest blogger and DUB volunteer, Rosie Condon gives us all the Berlinale's secrets from Down Under. Here is a rundown of all the Australian and New Zealand films screening at the Berlinale this year.
There are some VERY exciting releases in the Berlinale 2018 program harking from Down Under. To help you narrow down your shortlist, we’ve pulled together a list of participants from Australia and New Zealand. You can thank us at the after party.
In order of appearance:
Paper Crane, Generation K+, 12’ (Australia 2018)
Screening: February 17,18, 21, 22
Its Sora’s 7th birthday and they are having her favourite sushi and cake. No friends are invited. She gazes longingly at a ball flying over the garden fence…Paper Crane by Melbourne's Takumi Kawakami is making its world premium in Generation K+ on Feb 17th.
Fire in Cardboard City, Generation K+, 9’ (New Zealand 2017)
Screening: February 17, 18, 21, 22, 25
What do you get when the city's on fire, and that city is made of cardboard…you get NZ's sole contender at Berlinale 2018 of course. From ‘Back of The Y’, director Phil Brough’s mini-blockbuster starts screening on 17th February.
Sekala Niskala, Generation K+, 86‘ (Indonesia / Netherlands / Australia / Qatar 2017; plays in Indonesian)
Screening: February 18,19, 20, 23
The seen - sekala - and the unseen - niskala- is the philosophical Balinese backdrop to Kamila Andini’s (Deakin Uni, Melbourne) 2nd feature film. Screening from the 18th Feb, expect dream sequences and magical parallel worlds.
Tangles and Knots, Generation 14+, 17‘ (Australia 2017)
Screening: February 18, 22, 24, 25
Set during a sticky summer in Sydney, Australia, Tangles and Knots follow the intimate relationship between mother and daughter, with their close bond being stretched and bent over the course of a party.
Gurrumul, Special, 96‘ (Australia 2017)
Screening: February 19, 20
Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. In this documentary, director Paul Williams tells the story of the family and community that supported Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu in the knowledge of his great gift.
Picnic at Hanging Rock, Series (E1-3), 105’ (Australia 2017)
Screening: February 19, 23
This iconic Australian story returns, telling the story of Valentine’s Day 1900 when 3 schoolgirls and their governess mysteriously disappear. Theories, paranoia, secrets - this tale is an Australian classic for a very good reason.
A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old-Girl, Generation K+, 20’ (Australia 2017)
Screening: February 20, 21, 22 23
This is a film about 12-year-old girls, made by 12-year-old girls, for 12-year-old girls, or anyone that has been a 12-year-old girl, or will be a 12-year-old girl, or wishes they were a 12-year-old girl. So that’s you. Writer and Director Tilda Cobham-Hervey (who you’ll know from Girl Asleep and 52 Tuesdays), wrote this short film/ documentary/ theatre piece with the starring 12-year old girls, so we know it’s going to be insightful!
The Hunter, Hommage, 101‘ (Australia 2011)
Screening: February 20, 24
A bio-tech company based in Germany sends professional hunter Martin David down under to hunt down and kill the last Tasmanian tiger in existence. William Dafoe masters his role, portraying a character confronting the natural world and its economic exploitation, set to the backdrop of the Tasmanian wilderness.
Lost & Found, Generation K+, 8‘ (Australia 2018)
Screening: February 20, 21, 22, 23, 25
In the lost-and-found box, the crocheted dinosaur wakes up, scrambles upright and peeks over the side. A beautiful short film combining tranquility with unexpected drama from directors Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe.
-Rosie Condon lives and works in Berlin, but is a New Zealander by birth and by heart. With a background in television, communications, set decoration, and photography, she is part of the Down Under Berlin teams' social media management and taking snaps of people enjoying the festival.