February 2021, berlinale forum

16th Forum Expanded: The Days Float Through My Eyes

13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACKBIRD by Ana Vaz © Stenar Projects

The sudden coincidence of stagnation and change which we are currently experiencing has changed our idea of time and space—and thus also cinema. This affects both how the selected works will be seen as well as this year’s festival format, which is split into two and takes place on the Internet, inside and outside. The Forum Expanded film selection consists of four short film programmes, one medium-length film and two feature-length films, with a total of 18 films to be shown in March. Eight installations will also be shown in June.

This represents an experiment for Forum Expanded, which is organised by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art and is positioning itself at the place where cinema meets other areas of art and society for the 16th time. This year’s title "The Days Float Through My Eyes" is taken from the song "Changes" by David Bowie. Upon its release 50 years ago, it was referring to his image as a musician, which wasn’t changing at the same tempo as his shifting identity. Since last year, artists and filmmakers worldwide have been slowed down so much that their very existence is under threat in many cases. Even if the programme of the 16th Forum Expanded is also smaller than usual due to the pandemic, we would still like to declare our solidarity with them all.

The days pass and reality takes a hold of each and every one of them. The themes of the short film programmes revolve around history and memory, rituals and myths, colonialism and racism and a film practice of subversion and resistance. Among the various new productions is the restoration of the film Böse zu sein ist auch ein Beweis von Gefühl by Cynthia Beatt, in which she herself appears with Heinz Emigholz. The film was presented at the Berlinale Forum in 1984 and links questions of structural racism and discrimination to images of architecture in Berlin. In Ploy, Prapat Jiwarangsan explores labour migration in Singapore, while Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri’s Black Bach Artsakh recalls events in Nagorno-Karabakh.

With the start of the Egyptian revolution, Sharief Zohairy started travelling through the Nile Delta for a period of seven years. The result was the five-and-a-half-hour film Saba' sanawat hawl delta al-neel, which shows everyday life there and makes the genre of the travel film appear in a whole different light in these pandemic times. Kerstin Schroedinger’s one-minute clips, for which she pierced 16mm film with sewing needles, are a reminder of the meaning of materiality and the immediacy of the moment.

Curated by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (head curator), Anselm Franke (co-founder), Maha Maamoun and Ulrich Ziemons.

 

Films:

 

Black Bach Artsakh
Armenia, 140’
by Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri
* World premiere

Ploy
Thailand / Singapore, 51’
by Prapat Jiwarangsan
* International premiere

Saba' sanawat hawl delta al-neel (Seven Years Around the Nile Delta)
Egypt, 331’
by Sharief Zohairy
* International premiere

Short film programme #01

Songs of the Shirt
Germany, 4 x 1’
by Kerstin Schroedinger
* World premiere

One of the four Songs of the Shirt will be screened in each programme

Lost on Arrival
Netherlands, 8’
by PolakVanBekkum
* International premiere

Böse zu sein ist auch ein Beweis von Gefühl (Fury is a Feeling Too)
Germany, 25’
by Cynthia Beatt

Night for Day
Portugal / Austria, 47’
by Emily Wardill
* International premiere

Short film programme #02

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Portugal, 31’
by Ana Vaz
* World premiere

Autotrofia
Italy, 31’
by Anton Vidokle
* World premiere

The Coast
India, 17’
by Sohrab Hura
* World premiere

Short film programme #03

May June July
USA, 8’
by Kevin Jerome Everson
* World premiere

Bicentenario
Colombia / Canada, 43’
by Pablo Alvarez Mesa
German premiere

"레드필터가 철회됩니다." ("The red filter is withdrawn.“)
Republic of Korea, 11’
by Minjung Kim
* International premiere

Mudança (Upheaval)
Germany / Portugal, 27’
by Welket Bungué
* International premiere

Short film programme #04

After Life followed by Red Impasto Jar
Finland, 9’
by Jonna Kina
* World premiere

Kapita
USA, 22’
by Petna Katondolo
* World premiere

Zahlvaterschaft (Fatherland)
Germany, 22’
by Moritz Siebert
* World premiere

Ahorita Frames
Germany, 22’
by Angelika Levi
* World premiere

 

Installations

 

All of Your Stars are But Dust on my Shoes
Lebanon
by Haig Aivazian
* International premiere

Black Beauty: For a Shamanic Cinema
Spain / United Kingdom / Belgium
by Grace Ndiritu
* World premiere

Jole dobe na (Those Who Do Not Drown)
India / Japan / Sweden
by Naeem Mohaiemen
* International premiere

Medicine and Magic
Canada
by Thirza Cuthand
* World premiere

Se hace camino al andar
Brazil
by Paula Gaitán
* International premiere

Sous le masque blanc: le film qu’Haesaerts aurait pu réaliser (Under the White Mask: The Film That Haesaerts Could Have Made)
Belgium
by Matthias De Groof
* World premiere

The Song of the Shirt
Germany
by Kerstin Schroedinger
* World premiere

Voices and Shells
Germany
by Maya Schweizer

The Wake
Haiti / France / United Kingdom
by The Living and the Dead Ensemble
* World premiere

The Zama Zama Project
USA / South Africa / Canada
by Rosalind Morris
*International premiere

 

*World premiere is used to indicate that these films have not been shown to an audience yet. Since they will be available in online screenings to a professional audience (industry and press, during the European Film Market in March) only, they will keep their status World premiere until they will be presented publicly in cinemas or at festivals.

*International premiere is used to indicate that these films have not been shown outside their country of origin yet. Since they will be available in online screenings to a professional audience (industry and press, during the European Film Market in March) only, they will keep their status International premiere until they will be presented publicly in cinemas or at festivals.