FNE at Berlinale 2021: Films from Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2021 Berlinale's Generation

    Tabija by Igor Drljača Tabija by Igor Drljača

    BERLIN: The minority coproduction from Poland, Mission Ulja Funk by Barbara Kronenberg, and The White Fortress by Igor Drljača, from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Canada, have been selected for the 2021 Berlinale's Generation section.

    Mission Ulja Funk, a coproduction between Germany, Luxembourg and Poland, will have its world premiere in the Generation Kplus sub-section. The debut feature by Barbara Kronenberg follows 12-year-old Ulja, an energetic and clever researcher, who travels to Belarus in order to welcome the asteroid she discovered. The main characters are played by Romy Lou Janinhoff, Jonas Oeßel, Hildegard Schroedter and Luc Feit. The project was financed by the Polish Film Institute and received cash rebate support. Picture Three International GmbH is managing the international sales.

    The White Fortress / Tabija by Canadian/Bosnian director Igor Drljača will have its world premiere in the Generation 14plus sub-section. The Canadian/Bosnian coproduction starring Pavle Čemerikić, Sumeja Dardagan, Jasmin Geljo and Kerim Čutuna is about a teenager crushed between the dark world of his criminal cousins in Sarajevo and the discovery of love.

    Igor Drljača is also the producer with Albert Shin through Canada's TimeLapse Pictures, and Adis Djapo and Amra Bakšić Čamo are Bosnian producers through SCCA/pro.ba. Canada’s Gearshift Films is also coproducing.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 71st edition of the Berlinale will be held in two stages: from 1 to 5 March 2021 an online Industry Event (European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and Word Cinema Fund) for film professionals and accredited representatives of the press, and from 9 to 20 June 2021 the Summer Special will give the general public the opportunity to see the majority of the 2021 selected films in Berlin cinemas in the presence of the filmmakers.

    The Generation international jury will decide on their awards during the Berlinale Industry Event in early March, while the Crystal Bears of the Children’s and Youth Jury along with the prizes of the Generation international jury will be awarded during the Berlinale Summer Special.


    Generation Kplus

    Mission Ulja Funk by Barbara Kronenberg, credit: In Good CompanyMission Ulja Funk (Germany, Luxembourg, Poland)
    Directed by Barbara Kronenberg
    Produced by In Good Company
    Coproduced by Samsa Film, Shipsboy
    Supported by Mitteldeutschen Medienförderung, the Polish Film Institute, the Film Fund Luxembourg
    Developed with the support of the Akademie für Kindermedien and Der besondere Kinderfilm
    Generation 14plus

    The White Fortress / Tabija (Canada, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
    Directed by Igor Drljača
    Produced by TimeLapse Pictures and SCCA/pro.ba
    Coproduced by Gearshift Films