Two Canadian features added to Berlin lineup

Elle-Maija Tailfeathers
Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn's The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open will make its world premiere in the festival's Generation program.

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn’s The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open and Genevieve Dulude-De Celles’ debut feature Une colonie (“A Colony”) have been added to Berlin International Film Festival’s 2018 Generation program.

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, a Canada/Norway coproduction, will make its world premiere at the festival and compete in Generation’s 14plus section. Produced by Vancouver’s Experimental Forest Films, Vancouver-based Violator Films and Norway’s Film Farms, the drama follows a chance encounter between two Indigenous women who come from different experiences as they navigate the aftermath of domestic abuse. Cameras rolled on Tailfeathers’ (pictured) directorial debut in Vancouver this April.

Meanwhile, A Colony will make its international premiere in the Generation program’s Kplus competition. Produced by Montreal-based Colonelle Films, the coming-of-age drama tells the story of a shy 12-year-old girl who leaves her isolated community to attend high school. It took home three Borsos prizes at the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) earlier this month, including best picture. The film is distributed by Montreal’s Funfilm Distribution and is expected to be released in Quebec theatres on Feb. 1, 2019.

The Generation program, which is now in its 42nd edition, aims to reflect diversity and form on screen through a slate of youth-focused films. This year’s program presents a wide range of female perspectives. The full list of films participating in Berlin’s Generation program will be released in mid-January.