Special Mention to Generation Short

BERLIN. Kristoffer Kiøboe's "Son" about 13-year-old August who is forced to take on adult responsibility is honoured with a Special Mention at the Berlin Film Festival.

EMOTIONAL CONFLICT. August is caught between his parents and their painful divorce in Kristoffer Kiørboe's "Son," honoured with a Special Mention at Berlin. Photo: Martin Munch

Made with support from the Danish Film Institute's Film Workshop for young talents, "Son" was honoured on Friday at Berlinale's Generation 14plus awards ceremony. The film received a Special Mention from the International Jury.

Kristoffer Kiørboe's short film tells the story about 13-year-old August who is saddled with more responsibility than he can bear when his father gives him a puppy. August's parents are divorced and the wounds from the breakup are still fresh, especially for August's mother who won't let him keep the puppy. For August, his father's gift morphs into something more than a fuzzy pet, becoming a conflicted package of guilt, anger, divided loyalties and affection.

"Children shouldn't be responsible for anything else besides being children," says the director. Read interview Of Puppies and Men.

Kristoffer Kiørboe made his directorial debut in 2003. He later enrolled in the National Film School of Denmark, where he graduated in 2009. "Son," Kiørboe's first purely fictional film, is produced by Nina Helveg for Frame By Frame with support from the DFI Film Workshop.