youth days
In the films of the International Youth Film Competition, adolescent protagonists have to assert themselves in difficult situations. LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT takes us to Finland in the 1980s, as the abrupt end of a tender love story between two girls is told in flashbacks. The animated film THE SIREN, also set in this era, revolves around 14-year-old Omid’s struggle to get by in the besieged Iranian city of Abadan during the war with Iraq. SISTERS treats two siblings in a Latvian orphanage with different feelings about their pending adoption by a US-American family. In THE FANTASTIC THREE, the relationship between two brothers is also put to the test. In SISTER & SISTER, two sisters set off in search of their vanished father. 14-year-old Abby experiences an emotional roller coaster ride in the US-American drama EDGE OF EVERYTHING when she is forced to move in with her father and his new girlfriend. Finally, BESTIES – a Juliette-and-Juliette love story from the raw suburbs of Paris will be screening out of competition.

Shorts as openers