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Filling up the Berlinale

As Sundance opens its doors in the USA Europe’s first major festival of the year, the Berlinale, wraps its programme announcements with New Zealanders making the cut in a couple of line-ups.

In the Berlinale Talents programme, Nikki Si’ulepa is named one of 250 participants who’ll take part in the six-day programme of events. Talents received 2,711 applications for the 2017 edition.

This year, the programme has ARRI as a partner. The company will present events focused on technical innovation in image and light design and digital post-production. The full Berlinale Talents programme will be published on 31 January.

Two NZ titles are named in the festival’s Generation line-up. Tearepa Kahi’s Poi E: The Story of Our Song gets its European premiere at the festival, having had a successful theatrical run here last here following its NZIFF premiere.

Having its world premiere at the festival will be Jackie van Beek’s first feature, The Inland Road (pictured, top), shot around Queenstown in 2015. van Beek’s short, Go the Dogs, played in the Generation line-up in 2011. Onscreen, she appeared in 2014 Generation selection What We Do in the Shadows.

The Berlinale runs 9 – 19 February. Berlinale Talents runs 11 – 16 February.

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