Peter Liechti's FATHER'S GARDEN - THE LOVE OF MY PARENTS is being released across Germany on 21st November. It premiered at the Berlinale in the Forum category and was awarded the Tagespiegel readers' prize. It has since screened at several festivals and received further awards, including at Busan, Nyon and Linz. FATHER'S GARDEN is a very personal film about the director's parents. It is distributed by Salzgeber.
arsenal distribution is releasing Hala Lotfys AL-KHOROUG LEL-NAHAR – COMING FORTH BY DAY from this year's Forum program on November 14. The film tells of Soad, who lives with her mother and bed-ridden father on the outskirts of Cairo. She has resigned herself to caring for her father and putting her own life on hold. But when she leaves the flat one evening and wanders alone through Cairo by night, it becomes clear just how far she has already distanced herself from her own needs. Hala Lotfy’s impressive debut COMING FORTH BY DAY focuses on the relationship between light and shadow, within and without, life and death.
Farhad Mustafa und Deepti Kakkar's POWERLESS has received the main prize of the national competition at this year's Mumbai Film Festival. It was the first time a documentary was included in the section and thus the first time a documentary received this important prize.
POWERLESS, which premiered in this year's Forum program, is about the electrical supply in an Indian city, the story unfurling along the tangled wires and tracing out lines of conflict of a diabolical complexity in the process.
Submissions for the 44th Berlinale Forum can still be made until October 31. To submit your film online, please go to berlinale.de. Please make sure that you read the regulations carefully before submitting your film. The 44th Berlinale Forum will take place from February 6-16, 2014.
In October arsenal distribution will be releasingHÉLIO OITICICA</link, which premiered at this year's Forum and was awarded both the FIPRESCI and the Caligari Award. Cesar Oiticica Filho’s first film is a visually striking found-footage documentary about the filmmaker’s uncle, Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980), one of the most important Brazilian artists of the 20th Century, whose oeuvre was a key focus of this year’s Forum Expanded program. Preceding the cinema release the film will be shown in Frankfurt/Main on September 29 and Arsenal cinema on September 30 as part of the Caligari Film Award Tour. More cities and venues to follow. To coincide with the theatrical release of HELIO OITICICA, the MMK Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt on Main has organized the first German retrospective of the Brazilian artist’s oeuvre. It will run from September 28 to January 12, 2014. With his vision of opening up art for society and society for art, Helio Oiticica was a precursor of participatory art. The observer’s active integration was the essential feature of his work, with which he tried to pry apart the traditional understanding of a piece of art.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which is taking place from September 5-15, is showing the three Greek films from this year’s Forum as part of its "City to City" program: I KÓRI (THE DAUGHTER) by Thanos Anastopoulos, I AIONIA EPISTROFI TOU ANTONI PARASKEUA (THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONS PARASKEVAS) by Elina Psykou and STO LYKO (TO THE WOLF) by Christina Koutsospyrou and Aran Hughes. Each year, the festival’s "City to City" program places a focus on filmmaking from a particular city or country. This year, Athens is in the spotlight, where a whole range of brave and original films have emerged during the crisis that make use of only the scantest financial means. A total of ten films will be shown as a part of the program.
IN BLOOM (GRZELI NATELI DGEEBI) by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß and A STRANGER (OBRANA I ZAŠTITA) by Bobo Jelčić have received main awards of the Sarajevo Film Festival: The Georgian film IN BLOOM was awarded "best film"; its two main actresses Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria shared the award for best female lead. The Croatian-Bosnian film A STRANGER was given the special jury award while its main actor Bogdan Diklić received the award for best male leading role. Both films premiered in this year's Forum program.
KID-THING from last year's Forum program can be seen in selected cinemas from August 22. David Zellner's film tells of 10-year-old Annie, who roams alone through forest and meadow, leaving a trail of destruction in her path, as school's been out for days already and there's no-one to look after her. But her confidence is severely shaken when she comes across a hole in the ground from whose depths a woman’s voice can be heard calling for help. As if guided by some magic power, she returns again and again to this place of mystery, first with sandwiches and walkie-talkies and later with a request. Although she’s a proper little brat, the film takes an empathetic look at lonely rebel Annie. She may bellow defiantly "I'm not scared of nothing!! into the hole but is frightened nonetheless, full of questions which no adult seems able to answer. The land that the Zellner brothers present us here is a run-down realm of the debilitated and the disturbed, their combination of hyperreal independent film motifs and fairy tale tropes generating something genuinely unique: disturbing, funny, brutal, offbeat and melancholy.
JAURÈS by Vincent Dieutre can be seen in selected cinemas from 8 August. arsenal distribution is releasing the film which received its world premiere in last year's Forum program. Also playing in selected cinemas is Nicolas Wackerbarth's HALBSCHATTEN from this year's Forum program.
A STRANGER (OBRANA I ZAŠTITA) and CIRCLES (KRUGOVI), both of which were shown in this year's Forum program, are the main winners of the Pula Film Festival in Croatia. Srdan Golubović's CIRCLES, a co-produktion from Serbia, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and France, received the main prize as well as 'best director' and 'best leading act' in the co-productions section of the national competition. The Croatian film A STRANGER by Bobo Jelčić was awarded 'best film' of the national competition as well as prizes for 'best director', 'best screenplay', 'best male and female leading act', 'best camera' and 'best art direction'. In addition, the film was given the main prize by the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (FEDORA) Jury.
Ramon Zürcher's THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT can be seen as part of this year's "Summer Berlinale" at the Open Air Cinema Friedrichshain on July 25. Each year, a few selected films which have been especially popular with audiences and critics during the festival are being repeated in the summer season. Further films on show are "Frances Ha" (Panorama), "Gloria" (Competition) and "Viktor und Viktoria" (Retrospective "The Weimar Touch").
SIENIAWKA by Marcin Malaszczak has received the First Feature Award at the Festival International de Cinéma Marseille (FID).
The jury awarded the film "for its boldness in the use of a fictional device that allows us to approach the main subject of the film from a different angle, while at the same time opening a perspective that challenges our gaze time and again."
In an unreal age, in a landscape scarred by open-cast coal mining, people still live; old men, their faces marked by deep lines. A cosmonaut in a weather-worn boiler-suit inspects the plundered earth: future, past and present come together in SIENIAWKA, a film of few words. The men in the ”outside world” live in the ”freedom” of a zone that bears the geographical, political and film historical marks of an apocalyptic present. Other men have fled to the ”inner world” of an institution, surrendering in resignation to rigid everyday routine. They wear gloomy pullovers and slippers, their soup is served in buckets, and they smoke together at the open window. But at some point summer has come and the light streaming through the birch trees is dazzlingly bright, full of promise. How real can life be in a place forgotten by history? Sieniawka is a small village in the border zone between Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic, a place known for its checkpoint and local psychiatric clinic. Life on an alien planet, barely an hour’s drive from Berlin.
Dorothee Wenner's Living Archive project "Family Affairs" – developed in close cooperation with Erika and Ulrich Gregor – is a personal, almost private – and yet hopefully insightful – collection of stories about single films in Arsenal's archive, which were either shown in the Berlinale Forum section or were purchased, given as gifts or arrived in Berlin via other channels. Indeed it has often been a question of chance and happenstance, preferences of taste, political convictions, financial restrictions or tactical moves that have brought certain films into our archive. On the occasion of Arsenal's 50th birthday, we are presenting the first series of these "netflicks" as part of Living Archive on our website and in the cinema foyer.
Peter Liechti's documentary FATHER'S GARDEN - THE LOVE OF MY PARENTS (VATERS GARTEN - DIE LIEBE MEINER ELTERN) has been awarded at the Swiss documentary film festival Visions du Réel in Nyon and at the Crossing Europe film festival in Linz. In Nyon the film received the Special Jury Award – SSA/Suissimage for the most innovative swiss feature or middle-length film out of all sections; in Linz it won the Award for European Documentaries given by the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean.
Closely knit yet poles apart: this is the ambivalent standpoint from which Peter Liechti turns his lens on his elderly parents and the story of their marriage. Alongside conversations that shift from slapstick to insanity and observations of daily life in his parents’ cramped, lower middle class apartment, a puppet theatre is also established as a second location. This forms the stage for scenes between mother and father to be reenacted by rabbit puppets; as a puppet, the son can also react in explosive fashion. Wild sound effects and music provide an additional level of commentary, generating disorder, disharmony, and distance. Drawing on specific biographies, this deeply personal film transcends the private to convey the tenor of life and sense of self of a generation from a bygone era: unsentimental yet full of empathy. (Birgit Kohler)
Ramon Zürcher's feature debut THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT (DAS MERKWÜRDIGE KÄTZCHEN) which premiered at the Forum this year, has been selected for the ACID programme and will be presented at the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival.
Every year, ACID presents 9 films in Cannes during the festival. Most of them do not have a distributor. The aim is to give visibility and public release to new talents. ACID's support does not stop after the presentation in Cannes. In partnership with 35 festivals, ACID presents the movies in France (Paris, La Rochelle, Lussas, Pau, Belfort etc) as well as abroad (Montreal, Bratislava, Tübingen, Linz, Prague, Lisbonne, Peasro…). This international opening is reinforced by a partnership with an independent international film sale company, Insomnia Word Sales. ACID helps the director and its production to find a distributor in France and when one is found, ACID works on the release as referred before.
The Thai government announced a countrywide ban on Nontawat Numbenchapol's FAHTUM PANDINSOONG (BOUNDARY), saying its content is "a threat to national security and international relations.” The film, which premiered in this year's Forum program, begins with footage of the so-called “red shirt” political protests that paralyzed Bangkok in 2010 and resulted in an armed standoff and the deaths of nearly 100 people. Nontawat then zeros in on one of the soldiers involved in the dispute and follows him to his hometown along the Thailand-Cambodia border, an area that has long been the focus of an occasionally violent border dispute between the two countries.
arsenal distribution will be releasing Denis Côté's BESTIAIRE in selected cinemas this month. The film, which was shown in last year's Forum program, can be seen as part of the retrospective "No Comfort Zone: Denis Côté's cinema" in the Arsenal cinema on April 18 and will be screening in the fsk cinema from April 25 with the director and the cinematographer attending the premiere.
A drawing course, a safari park and a taxidermist’s workshop: three settings in which humans and animals meet. The focus of observation is on relationships of sight and perception, which often reflect unequal power structures at the same time. In the process, the film also seems to be considering the question of how animals can be filmed. It’s nothing like the technically high-powered animal films of today, whose almighty cameras transcend the boundaries of water, land and air and no longer know nature’s secrets. Sober visual observation without commentary, with an often static camera watching proceedings from a fixed position with a keen eye for form and movement: horns in front of a concrete wall, nervous zebras’ legs in the cramped stalls, the precision contained in the taxidermist’s skilful hand movements. Carefully considered shots which allow the viewer time to reflect on beauty and the unfamiliar, on this domesticated wilderness in the midst of civilisation. This all allows a form of choreography to emerge to the accompaniment of the surrounding noises, a cinematic bestiary in which man too takes his place among the stoic, impassive, impatient, wild and rebellious animals.
At the 15th edition of the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) LA PAZ, VIOLA, I USED TO BE DARKER and MATERIA OSCURA received numerous awards. Santiago Loza's LA PAZ won Best Film of the national competition and was given the award of the Asociación de Cronistas Cinematográficos Argentinos (ACCA). VIOLA by Matías Piñeiro received the FIPRESCI award as well as the proze for Best Actress which was given collectively to María Villar, Agustina Muñoz, Elisa Carricajo and Romina Paula. Matt Porterfield won Best Director for his film I USED TO BE DARKER, and in the Human Rights Competition MATERIA OSCURA by Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti was voted Best Film.
Ramon Zürcher's THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT (DAS MERKWÜRDIGE KÄTZCHEN) has received the New Talent Grand PIX at CPH:PIX in Copenhagen. With his film Zürcher was chosen as the most promising new talent in the competition, among ten other debutating directors. In the jurys motivational speech at the award ceremony they said: "We spend an hour and a half in a stranger's kitchen, a location we all know. It shows the mystery of the mundane, everyday life through the magnifying glass of cinema. A film so specific it becomes universal". Along with the honour, Ramon Zürcher gets a cash prize of 15.000 Euros, meant to help the director develop his new next project.
IN BLOOM by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß has won the main prize of this year's "goEast" film festival in Wiesbaden. CIRCLES by Sudan Golubović received the Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director. Both films were part of this year's Forum program.
IN BLOOM tells a story set in Tbilissi, Georgia in 1992: The Soviet era is over and Georgia must fend for itself. Civil war is raging in the province of Abkhazia. For Natia and Eka, the barely fourteen-year-old protagonists of GRZELI NATELI DGEEBI, childhood is coming to an end. Eka is growing up without her father, rebelling against her concerned mother and her older sister. And Natia’s father, a choleric alcoholic, terrorises the entire family. The two friends cannot find peace outside of the family either – not in school, not on the street, and not in the bread lines. Chaos, insecurity, and fear of what the future might bring hold sway in everyday life. An admirer gives Natia a pistol with one single bullet. A little later, she’s abducted by another admirer. This first feature film by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß takes up the buried traditions of Georgian cinema, weaving together loud and soft, melancholy and missing love, eruptions of violence and a sense of the idyllic, precocious cold-bloodedness and childlike naïveté into a wonderfully rhythmic, exciting cinematic composition. A new generation of filmmakers has emerged in Georgia and is starting out by remembering its own history.
On March 22, Forum director Christoph Terhechte will present the New York premiere of Thomas Imbach's DAY IS DONE at UnionDocs. The film received its world premiere as part of the Forum 2011 as had Imbach's previous films LENZ and I WAS A SWISS BANKER. In 2007 the Arsenal presented a showcase of the Swiss filmmaker's work.
Combining over twenty years of 35mm film footage shot outside of his Zurich studio window with answering machine messages which mark the passing of time, Imbach builds the narrative of DAY IS DONE around personal autobiographical documents. The music of Bob Dylan, Syd Barrett, and John Frusciante help move this innovative hybrid doc.
As always, the Arsenal Cinema will be screening a selection of this year's Forum titles over the coming week:: Al-KHOROUG LEL-NAHAR (COMING FORTH BY DAY) by Hala Lotfy, LE COUSIN JULES (COUSIN JULES by Dominique Benicheti, A SINGLE SHOT by David M. Rosenthal, FATHER'S GARDEN - THE LOVE OF MY PARENTS by Peter Liechti, I USED TO BE DARKER by Matt Porterfield, COMPUTER CHESSby Andrew Bujalski and GRZELI NATELI DGEEBI (IN BLOOM) by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß. In addition, Shirley Clarke's PORTRAIT OF JASON can be seen again at the end of the month. The film has been restored by Milestone Films like the two other Shirley Clarke films "The Connection" and "Ornette: Made in America" shown in last year's Forum program, and will stay with arsenal distribution.
The independent juries of the Berlinale have awarded prizes to four Forum films: The Award of the Conféderation Internationale des Cinémas D'Art et Essai (C.I.C.A.E.) was given to the Georgian film GRZELI NATELI DGEEBI (IN BLOOM) by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß. KRUGOVI (CIRCLES) by Srdan Golubovic received the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, which also gave a special mention to SENZO NI NARU (ROOTS) by Kaoru Ikeya. The 22nd NETPAC Award (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) was given to the Palestinian film LAMMA SHOFTAK (WHEN I SAW YOU) by Annemarie Jacir, and the Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury awarded Peter Liechti's FATHER'S GARDEN - THE LOVE OF MY PARENTS.
HÉLIO OITICICA by Cesar Oiticia Filho receives both this year's Caligari- and FIPRESCI Prize. The Caligari Film Prize, presented by the German Association of Municipal and Cultural Cinemas in cooperation with the German magazine FILM-DIENST, includes a €4,000 endowment, half of which is given to the award recipient while the other half is used to fund the distribution of the winning film in Germany. In addition, the Trikoton company awards a blanket from their "Voice Knitting Collection" in which excerpts from Guiseppe Becce's score to the expressionist silent film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari are knitted into the design.
Ulrich Gregor, the founder and former director of the Forum will be in conversation with French documentary filmmaker and producer Claude Lanzmann today who is being honoured with a Homage and awarded the Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The German premiere of Lanzmann's nine-and-a-half hour documentary on the genocide of European Jews SHOAH, which mad cinematic history as an unparalleled masterpiece of commemorative culture was screened in the Berlinale Forum in 1986.
Born in Paris in 1925 to Jewish parents, Claude Lanzmann fought in the Résistance, studied philosophy in France and Germany, and held a lectureship at the then newly founded Freie Universität Berlin in 1948/49. He was an active supporter of the Algerian independence movement in the early 1960s.His exploration of the Shoah, antisemitism and political struggles for freedom infuse both his cinematic and journalistic work. His first cinematic work was made in 1972, the documentary POURQUOI ISRAEL (ISRAEL; WHY France 1973), in which he illustrates the necessity of Israel's founding from the Jewish perspective. In the film TSAHAL which screened in the 1995 Forum, he focuses on women and men who serve in the Israeli Army. SOBIBOR, 14 OCTOBRE 1943, 16 HEURES (France 2001), about the 1943 revolt in the Sobibor extermination camp in Poland, was also screened in the Forum, in 2002.
A key focus of this year’s Forum Expanded program is the oeuvre of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, who died in 1980. Oiticica is regarded as one of Brazil’s most famous artists and is primarily known for the interactive objects and participatory installations and environments he produced in the 1960s. Two installation of his BLOCK-EXPERIMENTS IN COSMOCOCA – PROGRAMA IN PROGRESS series can be seen in the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart and in the Liquidrom – the latter only once tonight whereby the audience is invited quite literally take a dip in order to experience the image and sound sequences from the pool. In today’s panel discussion at Kunstgewerbemuseum Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz will present a selection of unedited Super 8 fragments of Oiticica, including footage of Neville D'Almeida and Andreas Valetin, in dialogue with art historian Sabeth Buchmann's discussion of Hélio Oitica's concept of Quasi-Cinema, including BLOCK-EXPERIMENTS IN COSMOCOCA - PROGRAMA IN PROGRESS.
A Talent Campus panel discussion on February 12 focuses on the current state of filmmaking in the so-called “crisis countries” in southern Europe. The panellists are directors Elina Psykou (THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS), Salomé Lamas (TERRA DE NINGUÉM (NO MAN'S LAND) and Thanos Anastopoulos (I KÓRI (THE DAUGHTER)), all of whose films are showing in the Forum program.
As in previous years, the Berlinale is presenting selected films in cinemas across town. Forum films that can be seen are Nicolas Wackerbarth's HALBSCHATTEN (EVERYDAY OBJECTS on February 11 at Tilsiter Lichtspiele (6.30 pm) I USED TO BE DARKER and THE WEIGHT OF ELEPHANTS on February 13 at 6.30 and 9.30 pm at the fsk cinema. Benjamin Heisenberg will be hosting the screening and discussion at the Tilsiter Lichtspiele, Ulrich Köhler the ones at fsk.
A highlight of this year's Forum program is the special screening of CHEONGCHUN-EUI SIPJARO (CROSSROADS OF YOUTH), the oldest surviving Korean feature film and the only one by Ahn Jong-hwa to have been preserved on February 10. The end of the Japanese occupation, the division of the country and the devastating war between North and South did as much to destroy film historical heritage as carelessness in the post-war era. What has not been lost, however, are the memories of the art of mise-en-scène, the film narrators called "pyeonsa", the music and the costumes that all formed part of silent film performances in the 1930s. Taking these memories as his inspiration, director Kim Tae-yong ("Late Autumn", Forum 2010) has put together a modernised stage show complete with orchestra, narrators and singers to celebrate the rediscovery of this cinematic gem, which is now coming to Berlin.
To celebrate the international premiere of Matt Porterfield's I USED TO BE DARKER the lead actors Kim Taylor und Ned Oldham - who are well-known indie musicians both in the film and real life - will be playing at the Ackerstadtpalast on Saturday February 9.
Actress and director Isabella Rossellini will be awarded a Berlinale Camera on Saturday 9 at the Delphi theatre. Following the ceremony, the world premiere of MAMMAS will take place.
Isabella Rossellini is one of the most renowned actresses of international cinema. She has played roles in films by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Norman Mailer, Robert Zemeckis, Joel Schumacher, John Schlesinger, Peter Greenaway and many others. Above alle she achieved international fame for her performances in David Lynch’s films "Blue Velvet" (1986) and "Wild at Heart" (1990). Over the past years she has also made a name for herself as a producer and director. Isabella Rossellini was president of the Berlinale’s International Jury in 2011. She has also been a regular guest of the Festival. In 2007 she was narrator of Guy Maddin’s BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!, which screened in the Forum. In 2008 she presented her Green Porno series of short films in the Forum Expanded programme.
Once again, several events in this year’s Forum and Forum Expanded program are linked to the Living Archive project. On the first day of the festival two events will be taking place: a panel discussion "To Begin with the Archive" with project participants and the Forum Expanded curatorial team and the presentation of a restored version of a film from the 1988 Forum program, KYA HUA IS SHAHAR KO? (WHAT HAPPENDED TO THIS CITY?, Deepa Dhanraj, India 1986) by project participant Nicole Wolf. Two further panel discussions with Living Archive participants will be taking place on February 10 and 11.
The 8th edition of Forum Expanded opens on February 6 with the "Waves vs. Particles" group exhibition at Silent Green Kulturquartier (former Crematorium Wedding). The opening starts at 6 pm; the exhibition will then be open daily from 11 am to 7 pm. Another exhibition with works by Marie-Hélène Cousineau in the Marshall McLuhan Salon of Canada's embassy will be opened on February 7 between 5 and 7 pm and will then be open daily from 2 to 8 pm. In the Filmhaus installations by Basma Alsharif and Lucien Castaing-Taylor/Véréna Paravel can be seen from February 8, and an exhibition with works by Hélio Oiticica runs from February 6.
The 2013 program is now available online. Detailed information and screening dates of all Forum and Forum Expanded films and events can be found via the program menu point.
This year’s group exhibition is taking place in a new, unusual location: the silent green kulturquartier, the former Wedding crematorium. A calm space to focus perception and a place for projections of all kinds. Further exhibitions and installations will be taking place at the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada, the Arsenal Black Box, the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart and the Liqiudrom.
Alongside films and exhibitions, there is also the opportunity to get talking about new forms of cinematic knowledge production and means of perception on a daily basis at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, the Kunstgewerbemuseum and Arsenal. At a time characterised by instability, the area between art and cinema has come into its own whilst still remaining nameless. In recognition of this fact, the 8th Forum Expanded is also presenting works whose compelling nature is all the more surprising due to the fact that they deny simple categorisations. The final panel discussion in collaboration with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is dedicated to the question of how such open forms can be supported and funded.
Once again the program will be rounded off by a series of film historical rediscoveries, including the oldest surviving Korean silent film CHEONGCHUN-EUI SIPJARO, which will be screened at Delphi complete with a film narrator, singer and orchestra, and a series of films by Japanese director Keisuke Kinoshita.
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.
arsenal distribution will be releasing Rainer Kirberg's THE SLEEPING GIRL (DAS SCHLAFENDE MÄDCHEN) on January 17. The film received its world premiere as part of the Forum Expanded program in 2011. It opens theatrically in selected cinemas on January 17 and will be screening daily at Kino Arsenal from January 17-23 with the director and further members of the film team attending the opening night.
Social upheaval, times of transition and periods of change are at the heart of numerous films in the 2013 Forum programme. Attempts to find new certainties and realignments do not only characterise their subject matter but also play a key role in determining their formal approaches. European cinema is a particularly strong presence in this year’s programme, from both east and west.
Forum Expanded is presenting film programmes, exhibitions and discussions as part of the Berlinale for the eighth time already. As a flexible platform for artistic work, Forum Expanded sees its role in breaking new ground and tapping into new spaces each year. Over the last few years, the still nameless area between cinema and art has gained a degree of autonomy while retaining a sense of openness in the process. The programme draws its power and creativity by bridging the gap between the nervous energy of the typical festival premiere moment and the concentrated discussions held between artists and audiences at the Berlinale.
Manuel von Stürler's HIVER NOMADE (WINTER NOMADS) has won the European Documentary Award. The film had received its world premiere in this year's Forum program. The other nominees were "London: The Modern Babylon" by Julien Temple and "Le Thé ou l' Electricité" by Jérôme Le Maire. The European Film awards are voted for by the 2700 members of the European Film Academy.
arsenal distribution will be releasing another film from this year's Forum program: TEPENIN ARDI (BEYOND THE HILL) by Emin Alper. Following the release on November 15, the winner of this year’s Caligari Film Prize is touring selected cinemas with its director in attendance from November 16 - 19.
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