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.

december 2018, berlinale forum

14. Forum Expanded: New Spaces, More Time

The 14th Forum Expanded is moving to a new location: The silent green Kulturquartier will open a new Berlin exhibition venue and the Forum Expanded group exhibition, which has been taking place annually since 2006, will be the inaugural event. The 1600 square meter subterranean Betonhalle on the grounds of the former Wedding crematorium will soon serve primarily as a venue for film and video exhibitions, as well as for concerts and conferences.


november 2018, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "Yours in Sisterhood"

arsenal distribution is releasing YOURS IN SISTERHOOD by Irene Lusztig as of December 6, another film which premiered at this year's Forum.

Irene Lusztig’s documentary set-up succeeds in bringing a wealth of experiences from an earlier generation of the feminist movement into a complex dialogue with the present: In the film women from all walks of life read out and comment upon letters originally sent to the liberal feminist magazine “Ms.” in the 70s in a range of everyday locations across the US.

november 2018, berlinale forum

Out Now: "Aggregat"

AGGREGAT by Marie Wilke can be seen in selected cinemas across Germany from November 29. The film received its world premiere at this year's Forum and was shown and awarded at numerous film festivals since.

Calmly and soberly, AGGREGAT collects astutely observed and carefully arranged scenes from the daily life of media and politics in contemporary Germany.

november 2018, berlinale forum

Grand Prix for "Classical Period" in Belfort

CLASSICAL PERIOD by Ted Fendt picked up the main award of the International Film Festivals in Belfort. The film received its world premiere at this year's Forum.

"CLASSICAL PERIOD is a long, circling conversation around, away from, and back to an 1864 translation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy”. The translation is by Henry Longfellow, its endnotes are copious, the result of an over twenty-year engagement with the book.

The film presents a portrait of Cal, a friend since a decade, and some friends of ours. It is also a chance to record some places important to me: my grandmother’s house in South Philadelphia, the upstairs room of my friend Michael Carwile’s apartment.

People meet in sun-filled rooms, on street corners at dawn, and in shadowy apartments – their status as characters in a fiction always being thrown off-kilter by a camera and a microphone whose gaze and ears linger in a grey zone between objectivity and subjectivity." (Ted Fendt)

november 2018, berlinale forum

Cinema Release "An Elephant Sitting Still"

arsenal distribution is releasing AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL by Hu Bo as of November 15.

The film, which received its world premiere as part of this year's Forum programme where it won the FIPRESCI award, was praised by audiences and critics alike and has been shown and awarded at numerous international film festivals since.

Tragically, Hu Bo does not live to see the success of his directorial debut, as he took his own life at the age of 29 after completing the film.

november 2018, berlinale forum

"Aggregat" awarded in Duisburg

AGGREGAT (AGGREGATE) by Marie Wilke has received the „Carte Blanche“ Nachwuchspreis (Young talents award) of the Federal State of Nordrhein-Westfalen at this year's Duisburger Filmwoche. The jury members were Alejandro Bachmann, Pepe Danquart, Matthias Dell, Antje Ehmann, Tereza Fischer and Lena Stölzl.

AGGREGAT had its world premiere at this year's Berlinale Forum and was shown at many festivals since.

october 2018, berlinale forum

Forum Films at Duisburg

Five Films from this year's Forum programme can be seen at the forthcoming Duisburger Filmwoche: AGGREGAT (AGGREGATE) by Marie Wilke, DEN’ POBEDY by Sergei Loznitsa, SPK KOMPLEX (SPK COMPLEX) by Gerd Kroske, UNAS PREGUNTAS by Kristina Konrad and WALDHEIMS WALZER (THE WALDHEIM WALTZ by Ruth Beckermann.

The 42. Duisburger Filmwoche will take place from November 5-11.

october 2018, berlinale forum

Out Now: "Waldheims Walzer"

Following its cinema release in Austria, WALDHEIMS WALZER (THE WALDHEIM WALTZ by Ruth Beckermann can be seen in cinemas across Germany as of October 4.

The film received its world premiere as part of this year's Forum programme and was screend and awarded at many international film festivals since.

september 2018

49th Berlinale Forum

The 49th Berlinale Forum will take place from 7-17 February 2019 as part of the 69th Berlinale. The Deadline for Online submission has passed. The full programme will be...