Juanita Onzaga’s documentary short The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do has been selected for the Generation 14plus Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival (9-19 February). The animated feature Richard the Stork, which was co-produced with Flanders, also premiers in the Generation section.
Juanita Onzaga’s film, a cross between documentary and fiction, is set in Colombia, a country portrayed as a land of ghosts. The filmmaker follows her brother Pablo deep into the jungle in search of the spirit of their dead father. There, they uncover truths and attract unexpected company.
The 20-minute film was co-produced by acclaimed director Gust Van den Berghe (Blue Bird, Lucifer) and will have its world premiere in Berlin. In early December, Onzaga’s graduation film was awarded a Wildcard for Documentary by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). The Wildcard provides upcoming talents with a budget to realise a first funded film project.
In addition, the Generation Kplus section hosts the world premiere of Richard the Stork, an animated feature by Toby Genkel and Reza Memari. This German co-production tells the story of a sparrow who thinks he is a stork and confidently sets off on a winter trip to Africa in a literal rite of passage. Flemish co-producer is Walking The Dog (The Congress, A Monster in Paris).
Finally, Ruben De Gheselle and Monica Stan have been invited to participate in Berlinale Talents, the annual production summit and networking platform. A young composer, De Gheselle has already scored such short films as Norman, directed by Robbe Vervaeke; Grandma, directed by Karolien Raeymaekers; and Pieter Coudyzer’s Beast! And Romanian-Belgian scriptwriter Monica Stan teamed up with Kenneth Mercken to write the script of the latter’s debut feature, Coureur.