December 18, 2008 / 3:46 AM / 10 years ago

Berlin's kiddie sidebar features drugs, hookers

BERLIN (Hollywood Reporter) - Drink, drugs, guns and prostitution: Judging by the subject matter of the selected films, the Berlin International Film Festival’s children and youth sidebar has come of age.

The British drama “Cherrybomb” stars “Harry Potter” sidekick Rupert Grint as a teenager out for a wild weekend of stealing and substance abuse.

“Katja’s Sister” looks at prostitution among Russian immigrants in Amsterdam. “Lala’s Gun” is a coming-of-age story centering on a Chinese boy’s journey to deliver a gun to his father. And “My Suicide” by U.S. director David Lee Miller tells the story of a teen romance between a geek and the most beautiful, but twisted, girl in school.

But the initial lineup for Generation 2009, announced Wednesday, also includes some more traditional kiddie fare. Movies include “Lippel’s Dream,” a fantasy tale based on the best-selling book by Paul Maar and featuring German stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Anke Engelke and Christiane Paul.

For the first time, the Generation sidebar will include a documentary: “The Inheritors” from filmmaker Eugenio Polgovsky, that examines the legacy of hard work in a Mexican family.

The final Generation titles will be announced in early January. The 2009 Berlin Film Festival is set to run February 5-15.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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