march 2020, department

Forum Repeat Screenings

As always, the Arsenal Cinema will be screening a selection of this year's Forum titles over the coming week: OUVERTURES by The Living and the Dead Ensemble, NAMO (The Alien) by Nader Saeivar, TÉLÉ RÉALITÉ by Lucile Desamory, Gustave Fundi and Glodie Mubikay as well as TIPOGRAFIC MAJUSCUL (Uppercase Print) by Radu Jude and LA CASA DELL'AMORE (The House of Love) by Luca Ferri.

february 2020, berlinale forum

Prizes of the Independent Juries for "Ping Jing", "Seishin 0" and "Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino"

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 PING JING (The Calming) by Song Fang. The jury consisted of Ariane Hofmann, Aliki Kalagasidu and André Soto.

The award of the Ecumenical Jury, worth 2,500 Euros, was given to Kazuhiro Soda's SEISHIN 0 (Zero). The prize goes to directors who have succeeded in portraying actions or human experiences that are in keeping with the Gospels, or in sensitising viewers to spiritual, human or social values. The jury consisted of Kodjo Ognandou Ayetan, Alexander Bothe, Rinke Dellebeke-van Hell, Melanie Pollmeier, James Thessin, jury president: Roland Wicher.

february 2020, berlinale forum

Caligari Prize for "Victoria"

VICTORIA by Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer and Isabelle Tollenaere receives this year's Caligari Award.

The jurors Lena Martin, Dagmar Kamlah and Thomas Klein said: "California City, the failed vision of a metropolis from an investor in the 1950s, forms the setting for a new beginning by an Afro-American family resettled from Los Angeles. Taking everyday life and spontaneous experiences as their basis, the filmmakers accompany the young father of the family. A hybrid documentary develops from this with fiction-film elements. Not only does Lashay T. Warren use his smartphone creatively for the relocation, but also enters linguistically into a remarkable dialogue with the absurd place in the desert. By insisting on and communicating from a subjective perspective, VICTORIA poses existential questions about urbanity and precarious living conditions, and creates new hope out of nothingness contrary to all the expectations."


february 2020, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded Post Screening Discussions

A big part of the Forum and Forum Expanded tradition is not just watching films and art works but also talking about them. All screenings are followed by discussions with the filmmakers and artists. Screenings at silent green are followed by extended panel discussions. From February 21 to 28, the filmmakers, artists and other invited guests will pick up and explore themes and discourses.

Here is an overview of the screenings and panel guests.

february 2020, berlinale forum

Discussions at silent green

In addition to the regular Q&As after Forum screenings, silent green Kulturquartier will host panel discussions following some of our films. From February 22 to 25, the filmmakers and other invited guests will pick up and explore themes and discourses from the films after the screenings.

Here you can find an overview of the films and discussions:

february 2020, berlinale forum

O.K. in the Forum Anniversary Programme

In 1970, the German entry to the Competition split the Berlinale: the black-and-white film O.K., directed by Michael Verhoeven and produced by Rob Houwer. Most of the members of the jury perceived it to be anti-American.

A major controversy flared up and the Berlinale ended without awarding the Bears. O.K. now returns to Berlin in 2020 as the official closing film of the Berlinale Forum’s anniversary programme.

january 2020, berlinale forum

50th Berlinale Forum: Galloping between Different Eras

The Berlinale Forum is celebrating its anniversary: 50 years of dedication to independent, adventurous, daring cinema. A perfect opportunity to look back at the past, celebrate what’s been achieved and think about what the future will bring. This dual gaze - backwards and forwards at the same time – characterises numerous films in the programme. Only those aware of what was can shape what will come.

december 2019, berlinale forum

The Berlinale Forum and Forum Expanded Present Their 2020 Anniversary Programme

The Berlinale Forum takes place for the 50th time in 2020. In collaboration with Forum Expanded, the section will be presenting the films shown in the year it was founded to celebrate this anniversary. Bringing the 1971 programme back to the big screen offers a way of examining an era as eventful in society as it was in culture. The relationship between the films, their historical context, and our own present day will form the subject of a day of panel discussions on February 27, 2020.

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...