Three Danish films in Berlin competition

Three Danish children's short films are selected to compete in Generation Kplus, Berlin International Film Festival (8-18 February 2007).

The films are: Louise N.D. Friedberg and Nimbus Film's "Blood Sisters", produced under New Danish Screen, and two graduate animation films from the National Film School of Denmark, Esben Toft Jacobsen's "Having a Brother" and Niels Bisbo's "The Girl Through the Telescope".

Bille August in BerlinBille August's new film, "Goodbye Bafana", is selected for the Official Competition. Based on a book of the same name by James Gregory and Bob Graham, the film tells the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela. The film is an international coproduction between Belgium, South Africa, the UK and Luxembourg.

David Dencik Shooting StarThis year's Shooting Star in Berlin is David Dencik. His breakthrough role was in Pernille Fischer Christensen's "A Soap", winner of the Silver Bear in Berlin 2006. Dencik can also be seen in two new Danish film to be released in 2007, Daniel Espinosa's directorial debut "Ghetto" and Simon Staho's "Daisy Diamond".

Molly Malene Stensgaard, International Jury memberMolly Malene Stensgaard, film editor and currently film consultant at the Danish Film Institute, is chosen to participate on the International Jury. Stensgaard has edited a long line of Danish films including the latest fare by Lars von Trier.

The MarketScreening at the festival Market are the following new Danish films: Morten Hartz Kaplers' "AFR", Michael Wikke and Steen Rasmussen's "Skymaster, A Flying Family Fairytale", Nikolaj Arcels "Island of Lost Souls", Anders Rønnow Klarlund's "How to get Rid of the Others", Christian E. Christiansen's "Life Hits", Tomas Villum Jensen's "Clash of Egos", and Giacomo Campeotto's "The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar II".

Short films screening at the market are "Little Man" by Esben Tønnesen, "Hvor ligger juleland?" by Liller Møller, and "Schhhh!" by Peter Hausner and Snobar Azedien.

Furthermore, the award-winning documentary "The Monastery", by Pernille Rose Grønkjær will screen at the market.

For further information:
DFI Berlin Filmfestivalenwww.berlinale.deDFI factsheetsBlodsøstre/Blood Sisters Drengen i kufferten/Having a Brother Pigen i kikkerten/The Girl through the Telescope
National Film School of Denmark press stills
Danish Film InstituteChristian Juhl Lemche, +45 3374 3464, cell +45 2148 8522, christianjl@dfi.dkAnne Marie Kürstein, +45 3374 3609, cell +45 4041 4697, Vicki Marie Synnott, +45 3374 3438, cell +45 5054 5011