november 2017, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "Casting"

CASTING by Nicolas Wackerbart can be seen in selected cinemas from November 2nd. The film, which premiered in this year's Forum and was acclaimed by critics and audience alike, tells of director Vera, who is unwilling to compromise when it comes to finding the right lead actress for a television Fassbinder remake. Acting assistant Gerwin delivers dialogues with a bevy of famous actresses and soon realises that this could be his big chance.

october 2017, berlinale forum

"Spell Reel" awarded at DocLisboa

SPELL REEL by Filipa César has received two awards at this year’s DocLisboa: Besides a Special Mention of the international jury it was given the Award by the José Saramago Foundation for Best Film spoken mostly in Portuguese, Galician or Creole of Portuguese origin comprising Competitions and New Visions.

At the start of the 1970s, a militant cinema movement recorded the battle for liberation in Guinea-Bissau and the country’s first years of independence. Filipa César’s experimental documentary reveals the traces left behind by this film practice today.


october 2017, berlinale forum

Out Now: "Streetscapes"

Heinz Emigholz' four films entitled "Streetscapes", which premiered as part of this year's Forum programme, can be seen in selected cinemas as of now.

2+2=22 [The Alphabet] (Germany 2017, 88') is a documentary of the recording sessions for the album ABC by German electronic music group Kriedler in Tblisi, Georgia. Sequences in the sound studio alternate with 26 street scenes and 26 views of the director’s notebooks. An event at the Casa do Povo cultural centre in São Paulo forms the starting point for Emigholz’s exploration of the architecture of Samuel Bickels, who designed numerous kibbutz buildings and museums in Israel from the 1950s into the 1970s: Bickels [Socialism] (Germany/Israel 2017, 92').

Streetscapes [Dialogue] (Germany 2017, 132') is a fictionalised dialogue between a film director and his therapist, based on the protocols of Emigholz’s own psychoanalysis sessions and filmed in buildings by Julio Vilamajó, Eladio Dieste and Arno Brandlhuber in Uruguay und Berlin.

Dieste [Uruguay] (Germany 2017, 95') is documentary about 28 buildings by Uruguayan architect and master of thin shell structures Eladio Dieste, supplemented in a prologue by views of three buildings by Julio Vilamajó constructed in Montevideo in the 1930s.

september 2017, berlinale forum

Oscar Candidates

Three Forum films are representing their countries at the race for the 90th Academy Awards in the foreign-language category: NEWTON by Amit Masurkar is India's entry to the awards, TEMPESTAD by Tatiana Huezo is sent by Mexico, and Laura Schroeder's BARRAGE is representing Luxembourg.

The nine final nominees, which are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as well as the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, will be announced in January 2018.

september 2017, berlinale forum

Deutscher Filmkunstpreis for "Casting"

CASTING by Nicolas Wackerbarth has received the 2017 Filmkunstpreis at the Festival of German Films in Ludwigshafen. The award which is endowed with 50.000 Euros was given ex aequo to CASTING and "Western" by Valeska Grisebach.

CASTING premiered in this year's Forum programme and was acclaimed both by the audience and (international) film critics.

september 2017, berlinale forum

The Forum on Tour in Brussels

The Goethe Institute in Brussels is presenting four films from this and last year's Forum programs as part of its "German Film Festivals on Tour" series at BOZAR. On September 18, the program opens with AUS EINEM JAHR DER NICHTEREIGNISSE (FROM A YEAR OF NON-EVENTS) by Ann Carolin Renninger and René Frölke (Germany 2017), followed by a Q&A with René Frölke and Birgit Kohler. The evening is completes with the screening of EL MAR LA MAR by Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki (USA 2017).

On September 19, CASA ROSHELL by Camila José Donoso (Mexico/Chile 2017) and TA’ANG by Wang Bing (China 2016) can be seen.

september 2017, berlinale forum

Cinema Release "In the Last Days of the City"

On September 7, arsenal distribution is releasing IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY (AKHER AYAM EL MADINA) by Tamer El Said in collaboration with Wolf. The film, which received its world premiere in the 2016 Forum programme and won the Caligari award, has been playing at numerous international film festivals since. It tells of Khalid who wanders through Cairo in search of ideas for a film, as the city and his private life seem to be falling apart in equal measure. Memories of better times and conversations with friends intertwine in this homage to a metropolis on the brink.


august 2017, berlinale forum

"City of the Sun" awarded in Sarajevo

CITY OF THE SUN by Rati Oneli has received the award for best documentary at the Sarajevo Film Festival. The film which premiered in this year's Forum programme, is a portrait of Chiatur. The Georgian town was once a proud ore-mining centre but today its remaining inhabitants eke out their livelihoods among the ruins of Soviet ambition. Work in the mines, darkness, music and theatre: the post-utopian portrait of life in the city of the sun.

july 2017, berlinale forum

Cinema Release "My Happy Family"

CHEMI BEDNIERI OJAKHI (MY HAPPY FAMILY) from this year's Forum programme can be seen in selected cinemas across Germany from Thursday July 13. The second film by Nana & Simon after IN BLOOM (Forum 2013) tells the story of an emancipation, expertly directed and brilliantly acted: On her fifty second birthday, Manna announces that she wants to leave her husband and find a place of her own. As most of the family live with her, they show little understanding.


july 2017, berlinale forum

Summer Berlinale

As every year, the so-called "Summer Berlinale" is showing a selection of titles from this year's festival at Freiluftkino Friedrichshain in July.

On this occasion the Forum is presenting CASTING by Nicolas Wackerbarth, which was a favourite with both audiences and film critics, on Saturday July 22.

For her first television film – a remake of Fassbinder’s “Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant” – director Vera wants the perfect cast. But the first day of shooting is fast approaching and the numerous casting sessions have yet to find a suitable actress to play the leading role. Although the producer and crew are getting ever more exasperated with Vera, Gerwin is happy about the extra work, as he earns his money as an audition reader, delivering the lines of dialogue to the starry candidates at the various castings. When the male lead suddenly has to back out, Gerwin thinks that this might just be his chance.

Director Nicolas Wackerbarth captures the complex essence of Fassbinder’s film and simultaneously creates a profound work of his own.

may 2017, berlinale forum

"My Happy Family" awarded at goEast Film Festival

MY HAPPY FAMILY (CHEMI BEDNIERI OJAKHI) by Nana & Simon has received the Award of the Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden as well as the FIPRESCI Award at the goEast Festival of Central- and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden. It is the directorial duo's second successful film after their critically-acclaimed and award-winning work IN BLOOM (GRZELI NATELI DGEEBI), which premiered in the Forum in 2013.

april 2017, berlinale forum

Hong Kong International Film Festival Awards

No less than five films from this year's Forum and Forum Expanded programme have received awards at the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival: MY HAPPY FAMILY (CHEMI BEDNIERI OJAKHI) by Nana & Simon received the main award of the international competition, the Firebird Award. NEWTON by Amit V Masurkar was given the Jury Award. The Firebird Award of the documentary comeptition was given to Tala Hadid's HOUSE IN THE FIELDS (TIGMI N IGREN) while INMATES (QIU) by Ma Li received the Jury Award.

The Jury Award of the short film competition went toTEN MORNINGS TEN EVENINGS AND ONE HORIZON by Nishikawa Tomonari.

april 2017, berlinale forum

The Forum in Paris

Like every year, the Goethe Institute in Paris is showing a selection of Forum titles as part of the "La Berlinale à Paris" series.

On April 21st, CASA ROSHELL by Camilla José Donoso and Rati Oneli's MZIS QALAQI (CITY OF THE SUN) will be presented by Birgit Kohler.

march 2017, berlinale forum

The Forum @ Cinémathèque de Tanger

Christoph Terhechte is presenting a selection of this year's Forum titles at the Cinémathèque de Tanger as part of the "Berlinale Spotlight" series from March 24-26.

The programme will open with Tala Hadid's TIGMI N IGREN (HOUSE IN THE FIELDS) which portrays two sisters in a remote Berber village in the Atlas Mountains.


march 2017, berlinale forum

48th Berlinale Forum

The 48th Berlinale Forum will take place from 15-25 February 2018 as part of the 68th Berlinale. The programme will be announced end of January 2018.

march 2017, berlinale forum

Cinema Release "Barakah Meets Barakah"

arsenal distribution is releasing BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH on March 9.

After its world premiere as part of last year's Forum programme, Mahmouds Sabbagh's "romantic comedy" was shown and awarded at numerous international film festivals.

The film tells of Bibi, a worldly-wise lifestyle icon, who meets Barakah, a civil servant from a humble background. A remarkably candid love story from Saudi Arabia which uses stabs of acerbic humour as a counterweight to the difficulties faced by the couple.

february 2016, berlinale forum

Forum Repeat Screenings

As always, the Arsenal Cinema will be screening a selection of this year's Forum titles over the coming week: AUS EINEM JAHR DER NICHTEREIGNISSE (FROM A YEAR OF NON-EVENTS) by Ann Carolin Renninger and René Frölke, CASA ROSHELL by Camila José Donoso, FOR AHKEEM by Jeremy S. Levine and Landon van Soest, MOTHERLAND by Ramona S. Diaz, MZIS QALAQI (CITY OF THE SUN) by Rati Oneli and NEWTON by Amit V Masurkar.

february 2017, berlinale forum

The Prizes of the Independent Juries

The independent juries of the Berlinale have awarded x prizes to Forum films: The prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) was given to SHU'OUR AKBAR MIN EL HOP (A FEELING GREATER THAN LOVE) by Mary Jirmanus Saba. The Conféderation Internationale des Cinémas D'Art et Essai (C.I.C.A.E.) awarded NEWTON by Amit V Masurkar. MAMAN COLONELLE (MAMA COLONEL) by Dieudo Hamadi received both the Award of the Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, which also gave a Special Mention to EL MAR LA MAR by Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki.

february 2017, berlinale forum

Caligari Prize for "El mar la mar"

EL MAR LA MAR by Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki receives this year's Caligari Award. The jury members were Sarah Adam (B-Movie e.V, Hamburg-St.Pauli), Fiona Berg (Kommunales Kino Weiterstadt) and Julia Teichmann (FILMDIENST).

Here is what they said: "The journey leads through the desert, a wasteland. Lying there like flotsam on a beach: a backpack, banknotes, an identity card, a name – the only name in EL MAR LA MAR. The voices that we hear are without bodies; are incorporeal. They tell of the sun, of the heat, of the beauty, of natural catastrophes. They tell of death, of hardship, of pain, and of survival. The endless expanse of the Sonoran Desert stretching between the United States and Mexico.

Light and shadows, space and time; the tracks in the sand and the objets trouvés unbalance our sense of time and place, converting the film into a physical experience. Migration, refuge, and politics: in the form of an audiovisual experiment, the two directors get straight to the heart of existential questions. The journey leads through the desert."

january 2017, berlinale forum

Forum Special Screenings

As usual, the Forum programme is accompanied by a series of Special Screenings which unearth cinematic gems and engage with film history. We are especially happy to present a programme entitled "Autour de Bouanani – Another Moroccan Cinema" focussing on Moroccan director Ahmed Bouanani (1938-2011) and his impact.

Although he himself was only able to complete one feature, he paved the way for the first generation of artistically ambitious filmmakers in his country, whether as a pioneer in working with archive material, as a trailblazer for an independent film aesthetic, or as a literary figure and the author of a history of Moroccan cinema yet to be published to this day.

november 2015, berlinale forum

Forum titles at arsenal distribution

We are happy to announce new arsenal distribution titles from this year’s Berlinale Forum program: BALIKBAYAAN #1 OVERDEVELOPMENT REDUX III by Kidlat Tahimik, COUNTING by Jem Cohen, HOTLINE by Silvina Landsmann, THE DAYS RUN AWAY LIKE WILD HORSES OVER THE HILLS by Marcin Malaszczak and THE FORBIDDEN ROOM by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson. Kidlat Tahimik will be presenting his new film as part of a retrospective at Arsenal cinema in March 2016.

july 2015, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded Summer Screening: "Out on the Street"

Forum Expanded is presenting a summer screening of Jasmina Metwaly und Philip Rizk's BARRA FEL SHARE' (Out on the Street) at silent green Kulturquartier on July 14.

OUT ON THE STREET (Egypt 2015, 72 mins) is a film about a group of workers from one of Egypt’s working class neighborhoods, Helwan. In the film ten working-class men participate in an acting workshop. Through the rehearsals, stories emerge of factory injustice, police brutality, courts that fabricate criminal charges, and countless tales of corruption and exploitation by their capitalist employers. On a rooftop studio overlooking the heart of Cairo – presented as a space between fact and fiction – the participants move in and out of character as they shape the performance that engages their daily realities. The film interweaves scenes from the workshop, fictional performances, and mobile phone footage shot by a worker intended as evidence for the courts to stop the destruction of his workplace. This hybrid approach aims to engage a collective imaginary, situating the participants and spectators within a broader social struggle.

OUT ON THE STREET premiered as part of this year's Forum Expanded and can currently be seen as part of Jasmina Metwaly’s and Philip Rizk’s contribution to the German Pavillon at the Venice Biennale.

The screening at silent green Kulturquartier will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

april 2015, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded @ Oberhausen

We are presenting a selection of films that premiered as part of the Forum Expanded 2015 program and are now in our distribution range, at the International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen.

WAYWARD FRONDS (USA 2014) by Fern Silva; Isabelle Prim’s <b>CALAMITY QUI? / CALAMITY WHO? (Canada, France 2014); in Marwa Arsanios' <b>HAVE YOU EVER KILLED A BEAR? OR BECOMING JAMILA (Lebanon 2014), the cover pictures of the Egyptian magazine Al-Hilal provide the starting point for a portrait of the Algerian freedom fighter Jamila Bouhired; <b>ORCHARD STREET (USA 1955/2014), the first film by Ken Jacobs, is a document about the bustling Jewish Manhattan neighborhood in which he grew up.
february 2015, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded Think:Film No.3

In collaboration with Allianz Kulturstiftung, Forum Expanded presents a series of talks and panels with the title Think:Film No. 3 at Akademie der Künste.

On Saturday February 7th, this year's theme, "To the Sound of the Closing Door", will be discussed in four keynote presentations followed by several panels on the following days. Concluding, on Thursday February 12, the Think:Film Award will be given to a work from the Forum Expanded programme for the second time.

february 2015, berlinale forum

B-Scheme Films

The Forum presents two fims of the B-Scheme project , an archive project and film programme on film productions for black viewers in 1970s and 1980s South Africa, initiated by Darryl Els as part of "Visionary Archive".

Until the end of the Apartheid era, state funding was granted to numerous so-called B-Scheme films, which were shot by mainly white producers for black audiences. The 1973 gangster film JOE BULLETwas South African producer Tonie van der Merwe’s attempt to conquer a new market. Inspired in equal measure by the black pop culture of the time and the American Blaxploitation genre, Louis de Witt’s action-packed film about a manipulated cup final was one of the first to be shot with an all black cast. JOE BULLET offered its audiences a vision of life that did not correspond to the reality of most black South Africans under Apartheid. Although the film was not overtly political, it was swiftly banned and not screened for an extended period of time. Now this unique work has been restored and can be shown once again. UMBANGO (THE FEUD), directed by Tonie van der Merwe in 1986, is one of the few Westerns still in existence from this period, a typical Wild West story about the battle between good and evil. With the exception of one solitary gringo (who is shot dead at the very beginning), this hugely entertaining film was also shot with an entirely black cast. Director and producer Tonie van der Merwe will be our guest in Berlin for the screening of his films on February 6.

On February 11 Darryl Els will present his project during a "Visionary Archive" panel at the Akademie der Künste. Both films will can be seen again on February 14 and 15.


february 2014, berlinale forum

Think:Film Award for Amie Siegel

The Think:Film Award which was presented as part of Forum Expanded for the very first time this year goes to Amie Siegel for PROVENANCE. The award, established in cooperation with the Allianz Cultural Foundation, honors a work that creatively uses its medium in order to grasp and reflect geopolitical contexts artistically, to broaden the space of aesthetic experience, and to encourage mental changes of perspective. The award includes presentations at the Arsenal in Berlin and at the partner institution Cimatheque - Alternative Film Centre in Cairo. Jury members were Mohamed Beshir (Cairo), Marcel Schwierin (Berlin), Ala Younis (Amman).

february 2014, berlinale forum

Musical Extravaganza by Ja, Panik and Christiane Rösinger

Following the premiere of Georg Tiller's DMD KIU LIDT the members of the portrayed band Ja, Panik as well as Christiane Rösinger, Chris Immler and Maurice Summen will play piano versions of their songs on Friday February 14 at Alter Roter Löwe Rein (Richardstraße 31, Neukölln). Music starts 8 pm sharp.

january 2013, berlinale forum

Out Now: "For Ellen" and "Hiver nomade"

Still from For Ellen

This week, two films from last year’s Forum program, FOR ELLEN and HIVER NOMADE, go on general release. FOR ELLEN, the third film by So Yong Kim following IN BETWEEN DAYS and TREELESS MOUNTAIN, tells the story of an irresponsible rock musician attempting to reconnect with his young daughter after a long absence. Manuel von Stürler’s debut HIVER NOMADE, which recently received the European Documentary Film Prize, accompanies the difficult everyday life of two Swiss shepherds during the winter months.

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