The Scandinavian tradition of quality and entertaining children and youth films will be honoured at the 2011 Berlinale (February 10-20) as no less than seven films from Denmark, Norway and Sweden will compete for the Generation Crystal Bear award.
On top of the previously announced Norwegian film Liverpool Goalie that will screen at the Generation KPlus section for younger kids, two Norwegian titles were announced on Wednesday. Jørgen + Anne (photo) by Anne Sewitsky about a ten year-old girl who falls for the new boy in her class, is produced by Cinenord Kidstory. SF International handles world sales. Last year's Norwegian top grosser Twigson Ties the Knot produced by Paradox, will have its international premiere in Berlin. Sales are handled by Sola Media. The Danish 3D animation film The Great Bear by first time director Esben Toft Jacobsen, is the story of a boy who has to confront a giant bear to rescue his sister. The film produced by Copenhagen Bombay, with support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond will open in Denmark on February 10.
In the Generation 14Plus section, the Swedish entry She Monkeys has been added to the pre-selected Danish films Skyscraper and Rebounce. Directed by newcomer Lisa Aschan, She Monkeys is presented by production house ATMO as "a modern western about control, sex and creatures." World sales are handled by Yellow Affair.