January 2016, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded – The Programme is Complete

Photo: Pinelopi Gerasimou, Production still MODERATION, courtesy of Anja Kirschner

The Forum Expanded team has now finished the selection process for this year’s programme. 49 artistic works have been invited, including 32 films of different lengths, 15 installations, one lecture performance and a reading. The exhibition at the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg will open on February 10 already, one day before the Berlinale gets underway. The premiere screenings of the film programmes will take place in the auditorium of the same location and will be followed by comprehensive discussions. The central thread here is this year’s theme of "Traversing the Phantasm", which art theorist Helmut Draxler will introduce in a keynote lecture. In reference to theoretician Jacques Lacan, the concept of the phantasm is reflected in numerous ways in this year’s programme – as collective fantasies or (geo-)political realities of various different manifestations.

The works shown in the film programmes and the exhibitions set themselves the task of not just depicting such phantasms but also working their way through them. Subjects such as war, national statehood, arms exports, forced migration or capitalism are investigated as components of ideology and mythology using the language of cinema. The reference points here include genres such as science fiction (Larissa Sansour/Søren Lind, Clemens von Wedemeyer), war (Guy Maddin/Evan Johnson/Galen Johnson) or horror films (Anja Kirschner), Egyptian film and media history (Heba Amin, Islam Kamal, Mayye Zayed) as well as the work of directors such as Yvonne Rainer (Kerstin Schroedinger), Pier Paolo Pasolini (Anja Kirschner), Michelangelo Antonioni (Volker Sattel), Alain Resnais/Chris Marker (Joe Namy, Clemens von Wedemeyer), Ingmar Bergman (Maged Nader) or Jack Smith (Marie Losier). Museum and exhibition culture (Assad Gruber, Hila Peleg), the history of sculptures and monuments (Heinz Emigholz, Ahmad Ghossein, Joe Namy) or art concepts such as Lettrism (Mika Taanila) equally flow into new forms of expression within which the artists then position themselves.

Several of the films showing in the programme make reference to films that form part of the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art collection. The Forum programme also generates such references, just as some films in the archive stem from the festival programmes of the last decades. A list of such "reference films" available in the Arsenal archive as analogue prints will be published at the start of the festival. These films can then be viewed on editing tables in the newly set-up Arsenal screening facilities at silent green Kulturquartier.

An installation of the digital version of a Japanese short film will also be presented there that was shown at the Forum in 1984: XÉNOGÉNÈSE by Morishita Akihiko shows a man steadily disappearing behind scratches that run through the entire film. Due to the way the film was made, a new print could not be struck directly, as the scratches must be added by the filmmaker by hand. A newly produced analogue print will now receive its premiere as part of the Forum.

Film history will also be re-staged in the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada: in her 1969 film REASON OVER PASSION/LA RAISON AVANT LA PASSION, Joyce Wieland explores a famous sentence uttered by Canadian prime minister of the time Pierre Trudeau.

Film archives are also expressions of phantasms: what is collected there, how is it ordered and for what purpose? In keeping with last year’s "Visionary Archive" programme, film collections will be presented that grew out of specific moments in history: Afghan films which had to remain unfinished; films left behind by the Soviet Cultural Institute in Jordan; Indonesian propaganda films stored in an abandoned film lab in Jakarta; a batch of Nigerian films produced in the period following British colonial rule; films produced for a specific market, such as VHS productions in Cyprus; or films and videos that reveal violence and the exercise of power, such as in the former Yugoslavia or in Palestine. The Visionary Archives presentations will be taking place daily in the foyer of the Akademie der Künste from 13.2. onwards at 11 am.

The Prinzessinnengärten bar and the b_books bookstore will once again be on hand in the atrium of the Filmhaus at Potsdamer Platz.

 

Film

A BOY NEEDS A FRIEND by Steve Reinke, Canada/USA

ABU AMMAR IS COMING by Naeem Mohaiemen, Bangladesh/Lebanon/United Kingdom

AL MARHALA AL RABIAA (THE FOURTH STAGE) by Ahmad Ghossein, Lebanon/United Arab Emirates

BRING ME THE HEAD OF TIM HORTON by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Canada

BUNKER DRAMA by Mike Crane, USA/Lithuania

THE COMMUNIST REVOLUTION WAS CAUSED BY THE SUN by Anton Vidokle, USA/Kazakhstan

CONTINUITY by Omer Fast, Germany

LA CUPOLA by Volker Sattel, Germany

ESIOD 2015 by Clemens von Wedemeyer, Austria/Germany

EXPIRED by Islam Kamal, Egypt

FATHY LA YAEESH HONA BAAD ALA'N (FATHY DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE) by Maged Nader, Egypt

FROM THE NOTEBOOK OF... by Robert Beavers, USA

FUGUE by Kerstin Schroedinger, Germany/Canada

THE ILLINOIS PARABLES by Deborah Stratman, USA

IN THE FUTURE THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN by Larissa Sansour, Søren Lind, Palestine/Denmark/United Kingdom/Qatar

INVENTION by Mark Lewis, Canada/United Kingdom

KAMA TOHALLEQ AL TEYOUR (AS BIRDS FLYING) by Heba Amin, Egypt

THE LAMPS by Shelly Silver, USA

LE CORBUSIER [IIIII] ASGER JORN [RELIEF] by Heinz Emigholz, Germany/Denmark

MANNERLAATTA (TECTONIC PLATE) by Mika Taanila, Finland

MODERATION by Anja Kirschner, Greece/Italy/Egypt/United Kingdom

MUITO ROMÂNTICO by Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn, Germany/Brazil

NOW: END OF SEASON by Ayman Nahle, Lebanon/Syria

O PÁSSARO DA NOITE by Marie Losier, Portugal/France

THE RIGHT by Assaf Gruber, Germany/Poland

RUINA by Gabraz Sanna, Brazil

SIGN SPACE by Hila Peleg, Germany

STONES GODS PEOPLE by Joe Namy, Lebanon

TRANSMISSION FROM THE LIBERATED ZONES by Filipa César, Portugal/France/Germany

WADEE'AT TASALLUL (OFFSIDE) by Marwan Hamdan, Lebanon

WE DEMAND by Claudrena N. Harold, Kevin Jerome Everson, USA

ZAKERAT ABAD EL SHAMS (A STROLL DOWN SUNFLOWER LANE) by Mayye Zayed, Egypt

 

Performance

WHEN THE VENTRILOQUIST CAME AND SPOKE TO ME by Ahmad Ghossein, Lebanon

 

Reading

THE HANGING GARDEN OF SLEEP by Haytham El-Wardany, Germany/Egypt

 

Exhibitions

Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg:

A MINA DOS VAGALUMES by Raphaël Grisey, France/Brazil

CHAO JU ZUO YONG (ACTION AT A DISTANCE) by Yin-Ju Chen, Taiwan

BBR 1 – NO. 1 OF BLOSSOM BUD RESTRAINER by Liu Chuang, China

GIRL TALK by Wu Tsang, USA

HYGIENE / SWACHH by Pushpamala N., India

MLEETA by Sandra Schäfer, Germany

THE PINK DETACHMENT by Jen Liu, USA

KARTOSHKA (POTATO) by Lyusya Matveeva, Russia

PSSST LEOPARD 2A7+ by Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Germany/Lebanon/Greece

LES OXYMORES DE LA RAISON by Kader Attia, France

THE REFRAIN by Angela Melitopoulos, with the participation of Maurizio Lazzarato, Angela Anderson and Aya Hanabusa, Germany/South Korea

SAFE DISASSEMBLY by Andreas Bunte, Germany/Norway

TERRA NULLIUS OR: HOW TO BE A NATIONALIST by James T., Taiwan

Embassy of Canada – Marshall McLuhan Salon:

REASON OVER PASSION/LA RAISON AVANT LA PASSION by Joyce Wieland, Canada

silent green Kulturquartier:

XÉNOGÉNÈSE by Akihiko Morishita, Japan

 

Lectures, Panels and Discussions

TRAVERSING THE PHANTASM Keynote Lecture Helmut Draxler, Berlin

TRAVERSING PHANTASMS with NAAS ناس | Network of Arab Arthouse Screens Co-hosted with Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre, Cairo Visionary Archives

THE UNBELIEVABLE PHOTOS TAKEN BY THE CRAZY RUSSIANS WHO ILLEGALLY CLIMBED EGYPT’S GREAT PYRAMID Ala Younis, Jordan

ROTTING AWAY BEHIND LOCKED Doors Edwin, Indonesia

RECLAIMING HISTORY, UNVEILING MEMORY Didi Cheeka, Nigeria

IZMEĐU NAS/BETWEEN US – AN OPEN ARCHIVE PROJECT AT THE LIBRARY HAMDIJA KREŠEVLJAKOVIĆ – VIDEO ARHIV, SARAJEVO Clarissa Thieme, Germany, Nihad Kreševljaković, Bosnia and Herzegovina

HANNIBAL IN RAFAH: A RECONSTRUCTION OF ONE BLOODY DAY IN THE 2014 GAZA WAR FROM USER GENERATED VIDEOS Eyal Weizman, United Kingdom

VHS CYPRUS: A LOST HISTORY Constantinos Taliotis, Cyprus

WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED Mariam Ghani, USA, Latif Ahmadi, Afghanistan