june 2019, berlinale forum

Berlinale Summer Spotlight: "So Pretty"

Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli's SO PRETTY can be seen as part of this year's Berlinale Summer Spotlight at radioeins Freiluftkino Friedrichshain on July 16. The film carries out a literal re-reading of Ronald M. Schernikau’s “So schön”, superimposing the lives and politics of the West German gay scene of the 1980s onto a group of queers sharing an apartment in present-day New York. Both now and back then, the same question persists: how to organise being together and in love.

may 2019, berlinale forum

Cristina Nord appointed as New Head of the Berlinale Forum

Picture of Cristina Nord

The film critic, writer, and curator Cristina Nord will assume the directorship of the Forum section starting on August 1, 2019. Since it was founded in 1971, the Forum has taken place as part of the Berlin International Film Festival, curated and organised independently by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art.

Cristina Nord (born in 1968) served as film editor for the cultural section of the daily “taz. die tageszeitung” in Berlin from 2002 to 2015. Her writing deals with a broad spectrum of film forms from the present and from film history. Alongside her award-winning print media work, Cristina Nord has been active as a lecturer and curator for a variety of institutions, including the Freie Universität Berlin, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and the Duisburger Filmwoche. After moving to the Goethe-Institut in 2015, Cristina Nord was the Brussels-based director of programming focusing on southwestern Europe, where she conceived and realised projects from all cultural sectors, all the while remaining closely associated with film and cinema.

may 2019, berlinale forum

"From Tomorrow on, I Will" and "Querência" awarded in Jeonju

Two Forum films picked up major prizes at Jeonju International Film Festival: FROM TOMORROW ON, I WILL (Chun nuan hua kai) by Ivan Marković and Wu Linfeng received the Grand Prize of the International Competetion. Helvécio Marins Jr.'s QUERÊNCIA (Homing) won the Best Picture Prize.

Both films had their world premiere as part of this year's Forum programme.

april 2019, berlinale forum

Awards for "Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit"

HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT (Heimat Is A Space in Time) by Thomas Heise has received the main award of the international competition at Visions du Réel in Nyon. The award is endowed with 20,000 CHF.

The film also picked up the award for best documentary at the Crossing Europe film festival in Linz.

In his monumental work, Heise draws on letters and other documents to trace the story of his family over four generations. Word and image merge into a piercing, deeply moving portrait of a family, a country and a century.

The film had received its world premiere in this year's Forum programme and was given the Caligari Award.

april 2019, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "La Casa Lobo"

arsenal distribution is releasing LA CASA LOBO (The Wolf House, Chile 2018) by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña as of April 4. The film is the winner of last year's Caligari award, which enables director Cristóbal León to go on tour with it through cinemas across Germany.

march 2019, berlinale forum

Awards for "Delphine et Carole, insoumuses" and "The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić"


Following its world premiere at this year's Berlinale Forum, DELPHINE ET CAROLE, INSOUMUSES (Delphine et Carole) by Callisto McNulty received two major awards at international film festivals in March: the Grand Prix for best documentary at the Forum International sur les Droits Humains (FIFDH) in Geneva and the Audience Award in the documentary category at the Festival International du Film de Femmes in Creteil. The Grand Prix of the international jury in Creteil was given to KAOTIČNI ŽIVOT NADE KADIĆ (The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić) by Marta Hernaiz, which premiered as part of last year's Forum programme.

march 2019, berlinale forum

Diagonale: "Waldheims Walzer" awarded

At this year's Diagonale - Festival of Austrian films, WALDHEIMS WALZER (The Waldheim Waltz) by Ruth Beckermann received the Franz-Grabner-Preis for best cinema documentary. The Prize is endowed with 5,000 Euros.

WALDHEIMS WALZER had its world premiere in the 2018 Forum and was screened and awarded at many international film festivals since.

february 2019, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded Exhibition open until March 9

This year's Forum Expanded exhibition at the silent green Betonhalle as well as the Ebensperger Rohmberg Gallery, the Luxoom Lab and SAVVY Contemporary on the same grounds can be seen until March 9.

The group exhibition "ANTIKINO (The Siren’s Echo Chamber)" gathers new works by Monira Al Qadiri, Heike Baranowsky, James Benning, Félix Blume, Harun Farocki, Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman, Shadi Habib Allah, Catherine Sullivan, Clarissa Thieme, Diana Vidrascu, Ute Waldhausen, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Evan Calder Williams and Anne Low, Billy Woodberry, Ala Younis, Akram Zaatari, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam.

february 2019, 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: BAIT by Mark Jenkin, FERN VON UNS (Far From Us) by Laura Bierbrauer and Verena Kuri, FOURTEEN by Dan Sallitt, MAN YOU (Vanishing Days) by Zhu Xin, NOS DÉFAITES (Our Defeats) by Jean-Gabriel Périot, OLANDA by Bernd Schoch and SO PRETTY by Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli.

february 2019, berlinale forum

Prizes of the Independent Juries for "Nos défaites", "Erde" and "Monștri."

The independent juries of the Berlinale have awarded prizes to another three Forum films: The Conféderation Internationale des Cinémas D'Art et Essai (C.I.C.A.E.) awarded NOS DÉFAITES (Our Defeats) by Jean-Gabriel Périot. Nikolaus Geyrhalter received the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for his film ERDE (Earth). Last but not least, the Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury awarded MONȘTRI. (Monsters.) by Marius Olteanu.

february 2019, berlinale forum

Caligari Award for "Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit"

HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT (Heimat Is A Space in Time) by Thomas Heise is the winner of this year's Caligari Award. The jury members were Lucas Barwenczik, Silke Johanna Räbiger und Wolfgang Peters. Their statement: Cracks running through landscapes are watched by the camera. Cracks are running through biographies told by photographies and documents. Historical documents take shape and can be experienced. History becomes a river running through a whole century of (family) history giving it an insistent voice. The poetry of diaries and letters remains unremarked by the director - he finds pictures for it. From this wealth of personal documents, which may not exist in a comparable form in the future, Thomas Heise builds an impressive, clear and truly great film.

february 2019, berlinale forum

FIPRESCI Prize for "Die Kinder der Toten"

This year's FIPRESCI prize goes to DIE KINDER DER TOTEN by Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska. The statement by jury members Eithne Mary O’Neill, Suncica Unevska and Ricardo Brunn reads: The actors are amateurs, as well as the directing, the make up looks cheap, the director's didn't even read the novel they were adapting. Everything could have gone wrong with this film, but it did not fail. Instead it brings life to a novel almost impossible to transpose by doing a silent film about the rise of the living dead, which is not only the rise of the repressed past, but also a rise of cinema, using the nearly dead format - super 8, reminiscent of home movies. The result is hilarious, edgy, at times confusing, funny and something not everyone will agree on. But this is cinema: We need to disagree!

february 2019, berlinale forum

Think Film No. 7: Archival Constellations

The annual symposium, which takes place in the context of Forum Expanded on February 14, focusses on unexplored, forgotten, or precarious film archives as well as archival projects in different places. Each of them is confronted with local challenges and problems, but they also always touch on global questions, thereby producing surprising connections. This year Think Film is taking place under the umbrella of the Arsenal project “Archive außer sich”, a collaborative series of interdisciplinary research, presentation, and exhibition projects that deal with our film cultural heritage and its archives. The symposium takes place at silent green. All panels, talks and presentations in English.

february 2019, berlinale forum

Films and Discussions @ silent green

In 2019, Forum and Forum Expanded will be using the Kuppelhalle at silent green Kulturquartier as a screening venue for the very first time. From February 8th-13th, this temporary cinema space will also host panel discussions following each screening with the filmmakers and other invited guests, which are intended to go beyond the scope of a standard Q&A and pick up and explore themes and discourses from the films.

february 2019, berlinale forum

"Aggregat" receives Preis der deutschen Filmkritik

AGGREGAT (AGGREGATE) by Marie Wilke received the Preis der deutschen Filmkritik for Best Documentary 2018. The film was one of the highlights of last year's Forum programme and went on to screen at many national and international film festivals.

february 2019, berlinale forum

Reduced Ticket Prices for Forum and Forum Expanded

In case you didn’t know: As an Arsenal member (and you can easily become one for 12€/9€ at the Arsenal counter) you can get tickets for all Berlinale Forum and Forum Expanded screenings for 6€ per screening or 24€ for 6 screenings!

february 2019, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded: Exhibitions and Openings

On Wednesday February 6, the 14th Forum Expanded opens its doors with the group exhibition "ANTIKINO (The Siren’s Echo Chamber)" at the new Betonhalle at silent green as well as the Ebensperger Rhomberg gallery and the Luxoom Lab, both of which are located on the same grounds. Until March 9, new works by Monira Al Qadiri, Heike Baranowsky, James Benning, Félix Blume, Harun Farocki, Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman, Shadi Habib Allah, Catherine Sullivan, Clarissa Thieme, Diana Vidrascu, Ute Waldhausen, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Evan Calder Williams and Anne Low, Billy Woodberry, Ala Younis und Akram Zaatari are on display.

On February 7, the exhibition SHADOW CIRCUS by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam opens at SAVVY Contemporary.

This year's video installation at the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Canadian Embassy, NOTES TO SELF by Christina Battle opens on the same day.

january 2019, berlinale forum

Archival Constellations

Still from The Second Journey (to Uluru)

The Forum’s objectives have always included the idea of looking at film history from the point of view of contemporary cinema. Living archive work produces new things of all kinds.

More and more films are being digitised and restored. This doesn’t just allow significant moments from cinema to be called to mind, but also enables existing film historical narratives to be reconsidered in a present marked by transmediality and globalisation. The title “Archival Constellations” is at once an expression of this interplay between old and new and a reference to the collaborations and acts of community and solidarity which enable digitisation to help rewrite film history.

january 2019, berlinale forum

Forum 2019: Risk Before Perfection

Still from MS SLAVIC 7

Arsenal is putting on the Forum as part of the Berlinale for the 49th time. The main programme consists of 39 films, 31 of which world premieres. This year’s Special Screenings are entitled “Archival Constellations” and will be announced in a second press release.

The Forum 2019 main programme doesn’t consider itself some sort of ‘best of’ list, but rather gathers together a selection of films that try things out, take a stance and refuse to compromise. Some look back at the history of the 20th century, while others focus on what’s to come, even as they remain anchored in the here and now. Numerous films take the written word as their starting point, drawing on or making explicit reference to literature or working with letters, poems and other writings.

january 2019, berlinale forum

14. Forum Expanded: ANTIKINO (The Siren’s Echo Chamber)

At a time when moving images are ubiquitous, transgressing media boundaries, if we can even still call it that, is defined by other parameters. Tensions between mainstream and underground, narrative cinema and avant-garde, art and cinema seem largely to have been dissolved. Today, the overriding questions are more and more about the relation of images to the real.

The 14th Forum Expanded is showing 30 short and long films, 17 installation works, and a performance that point to life outside the echo chamber that we find ourselves in, and not just in social media.

february 2019

50th Berlinale Forum

The 50th Berlinale Forum will take place from 20 February - 1 March 2020 as part of the 70th Berlinale. Information about online submissions can be found at the Berlinale...