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Berlinale: Off-Mediterranean


Don’t expect anything sun-kissed this year. French-Algerian director Tony Gatlif’s cross-genre Indignados (co-opening Panorama) follows African illegal immigrant Betty through the euro-beleaguered states of Greece and Spain where she observes varying forms of unrest currently rocking the continent.

Wilaya, from Spanish director Pedro Pérez Rosado (Panorama), examines the divergent lives of siblings from the Saharan refugee camp in Tindouf, Algeria, reunited by their mother’s dying wish to have them care for each other in a way that states have proved incapable of, while Death for Sale (Panorama) by Moroccan director Faouzi Bensaidi is an uneven but beautifully shot look at the youth unemployment that partly fuelled the Arab Spring.