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 Historical documents take shape and can be experienced.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.

december 2018, berlinale forum

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.

The group exhibition will be expanded into Ebensperger Rhomberg Gallery and Luxoom Lab, spaces also located on the silent green grounds. And for the first time, the exhibition duration will extend past the Berlinale festival dates until March 9. The exhibition opening will take place on February 6.


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.

january 2019

Five Forum Films Up For First Feature Award

Five feature debuts from the Forum programme are up for the 50 000 Euro first feature award: EL DESPERTAR DE LAS HORMIGAS (Hormigas) by Antonella Sudasassi Furniss, MONȘTRI....

january 2019

Documentary Award: Nominated Forum Titels

Again, the Berlinale will present a Documentary Award open to selected films from all sections. The following Forum titles have been nominated: CHÃO (Landless) by Camila...

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...