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London — The Berlin Film Festival has announced the first six films in its Perspektive Deutsches Kino program, which showcases the work of up-and-coming filmmakers working in Germany.

“This year, I paid special attention to variety in content and cinematic aesthetics,” said section head Linda Soffker. “Directors who tell familiar stories using new images, with an interesting script, or filmmakers who take trips and find their subjects while travelling, or who explore and play with a genre, these individuals enrich young German film.”

Till Kleinert’s “Der Samurai,” which is a nightmarish thriller, world premieres as a midnight screening. Kleinert’s poetic, dialogue-free “Kokon” won the 2009 German Short Film Award.

Jons Jonsson’s “Lamento” is a quiet, touching film that revolves around survivor’s guilt following a suicide. The film won the First Steps Award, which is presented annually to the best graduation films from German, Austrian and Swiss film schools. »

- Leo Barraclough

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