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

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."

february 2017, berlinale forum

Think Film No. 5: Archival Constellations

Forum Expanded is presenting the 5th edition of the Think Film conference series on February 16, which is entitled "Archival Constellations" and takes place at the silent green Kulturquartier in Wedding. Eight archive presentations, three archive visits and a performance are planned. What role does the location of an archive play, whether as a shelter, repository, production facility or sometimes even as a danger zone? Archives are movable entities; they can make new connections which bring them to life. The film archive of the INCA (Instituto Nacional de Cinema e Audiovisual) in Guinea-Bissau thus also holds films from the former Soviet Union. Works from the Kiev School of Scientific Film ended up in a contemporary art context in similar fashion. The archive visits lead into Amos Gitai’s exhibition at SAVVY Contemporary as well as into the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art film archive, where concert footage (including that of Einstürzende Neubauten, Malaria, Nick Cave) from 1980s West Berlin can be seen that stems from the !K7 archive.

The day comes to a close with a special edition of the Rising Stars, Falling Stars series at which archivist and performer Ms. Vaginal Davis will be presenting a small 16mm excavation.

All lectures, panels and presentations will be held in English.

february 2017, berlinale forum

German Film critics' awards 2016

Two films from last year's Forum programme have received awards by the federation of German film critics: Ulrike Ottinger' CHAMISSOS SCHATTEN (CHAMISSOS'S SHADOW) was awarded as best documentary. HAVARIE by Philip Scheffner received the award as best experimental film.

february 2017, berlinale forum

Forum and Forum Expanded Magazine

We are very happy to be publishing a magazine again, which is intended to function as a looser way of getting to know the programme and the ideas behind it, providing supplementary information to both the programme brochure and the Forum film sheets available on our website. The magazine is not about attempting to show the whole picture or supplying the same pieces of information for each film, but rather about giving some spontaneous impressions of the wealth of references that came to mind during the selection process. The print magazine contains photos, interviews, articles and background texts, with selected translations of these available on our website. To make your reading experience easier, you will find QR codes and the web addresses of all the available translations in the magazine itself so that you can decide which version you’d prefer to leaf through.

february 2017, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded Exhibitions and Openings

On Wednesday February 8, the 12th Forum Expanded opens its doors with the group exhibition "The Stars Down to Earth" at the Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg, where works by James Benning, Jeamin Cha, Mike Crane, Noam Enbar, Oliver Husain, Karrabing Film Collective, Merle Kröger, Izadora Nistor and Philip Scheffner, Sandra Schäfer, Joe Namy, RIWAQ, Take to the Sea, Oraib Toukan and Katrin Winkler are on display.

The day before, on February 7, the exhibition The Law of the Pursuer by Amos Gitai opens at SAVVY Contemporary.

This year's video installation at the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Canadian Embassy, LAGO by Joshua Bonnetta can be seen from Thursday February 9.


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.

january 2017, berlinale forum

Cinema release: "Havarie"

Philip Scheffner's HAVARIE can be seen in selected cinemas across Germany from January 26.

The film had its world premiere at last year's Forum programme and was subsequently screened and awarded at many international film festivals.

The fsk cinema in Berlin is showing the film followed by q&a session with Philip Scheffner on January 27.

january 2017, berlinale forum

Forum 2017: Realistic and Surreal

The 47th Berlinale Forum is showing 43 films in its main programme, 29 of which as world premieres and 10 as international premieres. This year’s Special Screenings will be announced in a further press release.

This year’s programme shines a light on the sheer wealth of forms employed by the documentary, including films from Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. The spectrum could hardly be broader here, encompassing institutional portraits, long-term observational projects, and works that employ participatory, narrative, essayistic, ethnographic, political and experimental approaches. These are joined by various hybrid forms that cannot be clearly categorised as either fiction or non-fiction. One recurring motif is that of landscape, which is seldom relegated to the status of backdrop, but rather frequently takes on a leading role.

january 2017, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded: The Programme is Complete

The Forum Expanded curatorial team has now completed the 2017 selection. 44 artistic works from a total of 21 countries have been invited, including 28 films of various lengths, 15 installations and a performance. The opening of the group exhibition at the Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg already takes place on 8.2., one day before the start of the Berlinale. 13 video and sound installations are being shown there, once again supplemented by film screenings from 10.2. onwards. SAVVY Contemporary present the exhibition The Law of the Pursuer by Amos Gitai and the multichannel sound installation Lago by Joshua Bonnetta is being exhibited at the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada.

january 2017, berlinale forum

Chamissos Schatten (Chamisso's Shadow)

Almost exactly a year after the world premiere of Ulrike Ottinger’s most recent film, the 12-hour opus CHAMISSOS SCHATTEN, at the Berlinale Forum, Arsenal presents the four parts of her large-scale cinematic expedition to the Arctic, along Russia’s easternmost coast and the peninsula of Kamchatka on January 15, 22, 27 & 29. Each screening will be followed by a discussion with Ulrike Ottinger.

Inspired by the accounts of former explorers such as Alexander von Humboldt, Georg Wilhelm Steller, Reinhold und Georg Forster and Adelbert von Chamisso, Ottinger too kept a logbook, linking her own artistic and ethnographic viewpoint to the historical findings and visual depictions. So past and present meet and historical and cultural changes become visible. A field of tension emerges between the then and now, showing how inseparable the two are.

january 2017, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded 2017: The Stars Down to Earth

The selection process for the 12th Forum Expanded is currently being finalised. This year’s theme is "The Stars Down to Earth":

The search for ways to enable art to deal with an increasingly intangible reality forms an essential similarity between the selected works. Bringing one’s gaze back down to earth now seems more necessary than ever before. Yet how can one use film to take hold of something real when that very concept is ever harder to grasp? The films and installations in the programme approach this question by attempting to both look and listen as closely as possible.

december 2016, berlinale forum

Cinema Release "Baden Baden"

BADEN BADEN by Rachel Lang will be released in German cinemas from December 29.

The film which screened in the 2016 Forum tells of Ana, who returns to Strasbourg to be close to her best friend and beloved grandmother after a job goes sour. Moving between a hopeless affair, a self-set task and various farewells, she looks for her place in the world.

december 2016, berlinale forum

Our now: "Doomed Love - A Journey through German Genre Films"

VERFLUCHTE LIEBE DEUTSCHER FILM (DOOMED LOVE - A JOURNEY THROUGH GERMAN GENRE FILMS) by Dominik Graf and Johannes F. Sieverts can be seen in German cinemas as of now.

The Munich scene surrounding directors Klaus Lemke and Roland Klick produced wild films of a great physicality in the 70s and 80s, thus giving birth to a genre cinema that showed a Germany teetering on the abyss.

november 2016, berlinale forum

Grand Prix for "Life after Life" in Tokyo

LIFE AFTER LIFE (ZHI FAN JE MAO) by Zhang Hanyi has received the Grand Prix of the International Film Festival TOKYO FILMeX.

The film, which premiered in this year's Forum programme, tells a quiet ghost story that unfolds in a scrarred landscape, where the world of the living feels akin to a strange netherworld. The jury argued: "This film explores the slow, painful death of villages in the Chinese countryside ― without sentimentality or easy nostalgia. And it does so with a startling gender twist. Each image burns itself into the memory."

november 2016, berlinale forum

"Tempestad", "Havarie" and "Tales of Two Who Dreamt" awarded in Montreal

TEMPESTAD by Tatiana Huezo, TALES OF TWO WHO DREAMT by Andrea Bussmann and Nicolás Pereda and HAVARIE by Philip Scheffner have received awards at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). The jury of the International Feature Competion extended a Special Mention to TEMPESTAD. TALES OF TWO WHO DREAMT received a Special Mention of the National Competition. An HAVARIE was given the award for best editing. Shortly before, the film had already received the Award for Best International Feature at the Festival de Cinema Independente de Barcelona, L’Alternativa.

november 2016, berlinale forum

"Dubina Dva" wins Main Award in Kassel

DUBINA DVA (DEPTH TWO) by Ognjen Glavonić has received the main award at Kassel DokFest, The Golden Key for the most impressive documentary by an up-and-coming filmmaker. The prize is worth 5,000 Euros.

In 1999, the Serbian Army had the bodies of murdered Kosovars transported to Serbia to be buried there in secret. Images of the route today are connected with testimonies in voiceover to create a piercing essay on the mechanics of war crimes.

november 2016, berlinale forum

Cinema Release "Les Sauteurs – Those Who Jump"

arsenal distribution is releasing LES SAUTEURS – THOSE WHO JUMP by Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner and Abou Bakar Sidibé on November 17. In the film, which premiered in this year's Forum programme and screened at many international festivals since, Abou Bakar Sidibé documents his attempts to overcome the border between Melilla/Europe and Morrocco together with hundreds of other migrants from Sub-Sahara Africa. His subjective gaze is contrasted by abstract thermal images of the surveillance cameras.

november 2016, berlinale forum

Main Prize for "Havarie" in Duisburg

HAVARIE by Philip Scheffner has received the main award of the Duisburger Filmwoche - the ARTE-Dokumentarfilmpreis worth 6.000 Euros.

The jurors Alejandro Bachmann, Pepe Danquart and Antje Ehmann said: "93 Minuten, eine Einstellung, die unentwegt ein Boot mit Flüchtlingen im Mittelmeer fixiert. 'Fixiert' scheint das richtige Wort auch für die ästhetische Erfahrung, die HAVARIE seinen Betrachtern zumutet: Im Zerdehnen der Zeit, im Insistieren eines Blicks, in der Monotonie der Formen und Farben im Bild entschleunigt der Film den Bilderwahnsinn rund um die sogenannte „Flüchtlingskrise“. Die mit diesem Blick verwandten Diskurse, Geschichten, Ereignisse und Trivialitäten durchkreuzen das Bild auf der Tonebene, verleihen dem Bild Tiefe und sprengen es zugleich über die Grenzen des Kaders hinaus auf. Wenn am Ende der einzige Fixpunkt im Bild – das Boot der Flüchtlinge – scheinbar spurlos verschwunden ist, bekommt man eine Idee davon, was es bedeutet, wenn etwas verlustig gegangen ist – auf dem Meer wie im Bild."

november 2016, berlinale forum

Duisburger Filmwoche with many Forum titles

Quite a few titles from this year's Forum and Forum Expanded programme can be seen at the Duisburger Filmwoche taking place from November 7-13: HAVARIE by Philip Scheffner, RUDOLF THOME – ÜBERALL BLUMEN (RUDOLF THOME – FLOWERS EVERYWHERE) by Serpil Turhan, HOMO SAPIENS by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, DIE GETRÄUMTEN (THE DREAMED ONES) by Ruth Beckermann, LANDSTÜCK (PIECE OF LAND) by Volker Koepp and LA CUPOLA by Volker Sattel.

september 2016, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "Rudolf Thome – Flowers Everywhere"

RUDOLF THOME – ÜBERALL BLUMEN (RUDOLF THOME _ FLOWERS EVERYWHERE) by Serpil Turhan is being released by peripher Film on September 15. The film, which screened as special in this year's Forum programme, is a portrait "brimming with warmth, humour, and wit." (Birgit Kohler) "Rudolf Thome's idiosyncratic oeuvre was created with a continuity rare in German cinema – he has directed 28 feature-length films over more than four decades since 1968. The writing of the script for film no. 29 and the parallel efforts to secure financing form the thread that runs through this cinematic portrait, which consists wholly of conversations and observations around Thome’s home, a converted farm in Brandenburg. The filmmaker is nothing if not forthcoming, and the viewer has the opportunity to experience him in various other roles: as a gardener, a father, a cyclist, and a performer of his own persona."

Accompanying the relase, the fsk cinema in Berlin is showing three early works by Thome: "Detektive" (Germany 1968, 89'), "Rote Sonne" (Germany 1970, 90') and "Berlin Chamissoplatz" (Germany 1980, 112').

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.

march 2017

48th Berlinale Forum

The 48th Berlinale Forum will take place from 5-25 February 2018 as part of the 68th Berlinale. The submission regulations and online submissions portal for the 2018...

january 2017

Documentary Award: Nominated Forum Titels

For the first time this year, Berlinale is...sektionsübergreifenden Dokumentarfilmpreis. The following Forum titles have been nominated: EL MAR LA MAR Joshua Bonnetta by...

january 2017

Four Forum Films Up For First Feature Award

Three feature debuts from the Forum programme are up for the 50 000 Euro first feature award: ADIÓS ENTUSIASM (SO LONG ENTHUSIASM) by Vladimir Durán, CASA ROSHELL by Camila...