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Berlin -- Drink, drugs, guns and prostitution: Judging by the subject matter of the selected films, the Berlin International Film Festival's children and youth sidebar Generation has come of age.

Brit drama "Cherrybomb," from Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn stars "Harry Potter" alumnus Rupert Grint as a teenager out for a wild weekend of stealing and substance abuse.

"Katja's Sister," from famed Dutch director Mijke de Jong -- who won Berlin's best children's film Crystal Bear prize in 2005 with "Bluebird" -- looks at prostitution among Russian immigrants in Amsterdam.

Chinese feature "Lala's Gun" by Ning Jingwu is a coming-of-age story centering on a 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, »


- By Scott Roxborough

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