february 2018, berlinale forum

Forum und Forum Expanded 2018

It’s that time of the year again: For the 48th time, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art is putting on the Forum as well as the 13th edition of Forum Expanded as part of the Berlinale. The Forum main programme consists of 44 films, 35 of which world premieres. In addition, a series of special screenings committed to an alternative view of film historiography can be seen. Since its foundation in 1971, the Forum has always shone a spotlight on historical films too, shaking the foundations of a cinematic canon whose main interest lies in feature films from Western Europe and North America. This year’s programme once again stands in opposition to such views and is dedicated to cinema from Africa, documentary and experimental film, “anti-cinema” films and salacious b-movies and “dirty” films.

The Forum Expanded programme under the title “A Mechanism Capable of Changing Itself” consists of 34 film and video works of all lengths and genres as well as 15 installations from a total of 27 countries. This year’s programme once again includes a variety of works that use documentary techniques to examine and explore the potential for both cinema and music to question, illustrate, analyse and bring about change in such a way that they are capable of intervening in social and political events on the global stage. In so doing, they also expand the very concept of the documentary.

The main exhibition at Akademie der Künste am Hanseatenweg opens on February 14.

From February 15 an installation by artist-duo Bambitchell is presented in the Marshall McLuhan Salon at the Embassy of Canada.

“Think Film No. 6 – Archival Constellations”, an international symposium on themes relating to film archives and alternative archive projects, will take place on February 22 at silent green Kulturquartier in Berlin-Wedding. Film archives and projects from Nigeria, Egypt, Palestine, Mexico, Japan and India have all been invited to take part.

february 2018, living archive

"Archive außer sich": A New Arsenal Project

A long-term series entitled “Archive außer sich”, featuring research, event and exhibition projects, examines film heritage and its archives. At its basis is an idea from Living Archive: Research, digitalization and restoration of archives are part of an artistic, curatorial and/or academic practice.

What is a film archive today? What does the public expect from an archive and what present and future can archival constellations form? What new forms of navigation, including speculative ones, can be developed? Archives are laboratories for critical reflection in the “heritage” category, e.g. in relation to a past of colonialism and immigration or to political and aesthetic movements. Apart from yielding returns with regard to film history and theory, the project intends to contribute to the development of new prospects in cultural policy concerning film. Participating institutions: Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Film – Feld – Forschung gGmbH, Harun Farocki Institut, SAVVY Contemporary, pong GmbH, the “Film culture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation” MA program at Frankfurt’s Goethe University and the Seminar for Film Studies at FU Berlin.

The first events take place on 22nd February as part of the Forum Expanded event “Think Film No. 6 – Archival Constellations“.

february 2018, arsenal cinema

Magical History Tour
 – Lost Films Found

An immeasurable amount of lost or incomplete films are hidden in the shadows of film history. Films can disappear for all sorts of reasons: they fall victim to political upheavals, are inexpertly stored or given inadequate attention and thus damaged, or - as is the case for the nitrate film material that was widely used up into the 1950s - they succumb to chemical decay. Until the end of the silent movie era, films were deliberately destroyed on a regular basis because they were not considered valuable. Some 70 to 80 percent of all silent movies were lost. Databases, websites and campaigns of all kinds bear witness to the major efforts of institutions and individuals to unearth and make visible individual films. The British Film Institute once published a list of the “75 Most Wanted”, with Alfred Hitchcock's first feature film (1926) in first place - it hasn’t been found to this day.

With eight films, this month's Magical History Tour presents stories about loss and censorship, about seeking and (sometimes chance) finding.

arsenal cinema: Harun Farocki: Year by Year / Side by Side (3)

07:00 pm Cinema 1


Ein Tag im Leben der Endverbraucher

Die Umschulung

*Ein Tag im Leben der Endverbraucher
A Day in the Life of a Consumer Germany 1993
DCP OV/EnS 44 min
Die Umschulung RetrainingGermany 1994
Digital file OV/EnS 44 min

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour
 – Painting in Motion

07:15 pm Cinema 2


Die Straße

*Die Straße Karl Grune Germany 1923
35 mm 100 min

Eunice Martins on piano
arsenal cinema: Gadalla Gubara

09:00 pm Cinema 1


Tajouje

*Tajouje Gadalla Gubara Sudan 1979
DCP OV/EnS 92 min

Sara Gubara in person
arsenal cinema: Harun Farocki: Year by Year / Side by Side (3)

09:15 pm Cinema 2


Die führende Rolle

Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik

*Die führende Rolle The Leading Role Germany 1994
DCP OV/EnS 35 min
*Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik Workers Leaving the Factory Germany 1995
DCP English OV 36 min