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:



Forum Extended Film Discussions
February 22 – 25, 2020 at silent green Kulturquartier

February 22, 2 pm
VICTORIA Belgium 2020, 71 min
Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Isabelle Tollenaere in discussion with Jacqueline Nsiah

The directors Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer and Isabelle Tollenaere met at film school. Since then, they have been closely involved with each other's artistic endeavors, taking on adviser’s or assistant’s duties during the process of making their films.

Jacqueline Nsiah is a programme director for the Africa Film Society in Ghana and oversees an African film platform at the Goethe-Institut as project manager. Since 2019, she is part of the Forum selection committee.

February 23, 8 pm
THE VIEWING BOOTH Israel / USA 2019, 70 min
Ra’anan Alexandrowicz in discussion with Susan Neiman
Host: Ulrich Gutmair

Ra’anan Alexandrowicz studied at Jerusalem’s Sam Spiegel Film and Television School. Following his debut, Rak B'Mikrim Bodedim, he continued making documentary films as well as his first fiction film James’ Journey to Jerusalem

Susan Neiman is an American moral philosopher. She has written extensively on the intersection between Enlightenment-era moral philosophy, metaphysics and politics. She has been director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam since 2000.

Ulrich Gutmair is a journalist. He has been writing about pop and history for daily newspapers and magazines for over twenty years. He has been the taz. die tageszeitung’s cultural editor since 2007.

February 24, 2 pm
WAS BLEIBT | ŠTA OSTAJE | WHAT REMAINS / RE-VISITED Germany / Austria / Bosnia and Herzegovina 2020, 70 min
Clarissa Thieme in discussion with Didem Pekün
Host: Dominik Kamalzadeh

Clarissa Thieme works in the fields of film, photography, performance, installation and text, combining documentary and fictional forms with a focus on the processes of memory, identity politics and strategies of translation. 

Didem Pekün is a filmmaker. Her work combines research and practice. In her essay films, she addresses how violence and displacement define and destroy life.  She is a founding member of the Center for Spatial Justice. Pekün is currently a fellow at Universität der Künste Berlin.

Dominik Kamalzadeh is film editor for the Austrian daily "Der Standard" and co-editor of the magazine "kolik-film" as well as a film curator.

February 24, 8 pm
Jonathan Perel in discussion with Heinz Emigholz
Host: Violeta Bava

Jonathan Perel's works have been exhibited at institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Museum of the Moving Image (New York), Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art (Berlin), and the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art. Perel lives and works in Buenos Aires.

Heinz Emigholz is filmmaker, artist, cinematographer, writer and producer. He has been a frequent guest of the Forum and Forum Expanded, most recently with the Streetscape series (Forum 2017), Two basilicas (Forum Expanded 2018) and Years of Construction(Forum 2019).

Violeta Bava worked as a programmer for the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) for twenty years. She was the co-director of the Buenos Aires Laboratory and she is the co-founder of the production company Ruda Cine. Bava is the Venice International Film Festival’s delegate for Latin American

February 25, 8pm
GRÈVE OU CRÈVE France 2020, 93 min
Jonathan Rescigno in discussion with Marie Wilke
Host: Stefan Grissemann

Jonathan Rescigno studied art and film in Metz and Strasbourg. In his short films and video installations, Rescigno deals with the shifting borders and social realities of his home region of Grand Est, located near the France–Germany border. Grève ou crève is his first feature-length film.

Marie Wilke studied documentary film and experimental media design. She works as an author, director and editor as well as a freelance lecturer for directing and script development. Her film AGGREGAT was shown at the Berlinale Forum in 2018.

Stefan Grissemann is the head of the cultural section of the weekly magazine “profil”. He has curated several cinema retrospectives in Europe and published books on modern Austrian film (among them “Sündenfall: Die Grenzüberschreitungen des Filmemachers Ulrich Seidl“, 2012).