february 2020, arsenal cinema

50th Forum

The Berlinale Forum is 50: This offers a good opportunity to look back on it as well as to think about what the future might hold. By re-screening films shown in 1971, we will remember the Forum’s first year. Some of the films (such as W.R. – MISTERIJE ORGANIZMA by Dušan Makavejev) have attained cult status whereas others – like ICH-AUSSEN-OBJEKTE by Klaus Bessau - have almost been forgotten. In this case, there is no print left, only a very fragile original negative at risk of being damaged if run through a projector. The material of film – it becomes clear with retrospect – has a temporality. Loss and damage can only be prevented by continuous archival conservation and preservation work, such as that carried out by the Berlinale Forum and the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art.

february 2020, arsenal cinema

15th Forum Expanded
 – Part of the Problem

The Berlinale Forum is 50 and Forum Expanded is 15. The new decade has begun at a time when we are often speechless and yet it seems all the more necessary to find clear words. What does this mean for a program such as Forum Expanded? How does a time like this change the curatorial perspective? What do we expect from the works that we select? A film program is more than the sum of individual works. It creates connections, refers to the outside. Short film programs, where works are shown in succession, and film exhibitions, where works are shown next to each other, can make this all the more palpable. This is not new, but it seems to be more important than ever. Writing about the way victims of far-right violence are often considered individually, Nanna Heidenreich wrote the following Facebook post: “It is not - and this is important - about ‘everyone’ but there is a structure. We have to examine this.” The program’s selected works explore different subjects, including migration, racism, sexism, state violence, capitalism, colonialism, extractivism, the climate emergency, fear of the future, loss of history and much more. However, they all refer to themselves not as separate entities but as part of a larger structural system.

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.

arsenal cinema: Filmmakers' Choice

07:00 pm Cinema 2


Der warme Punkt

Meine Familie und Ich

The Magic Desk

Details 2 & 3

Eat My Makeup!

Permanent Residents

Moroccan Archaeologies

Agents Provocateurs: Artists, Strategies, Objects
*Der warme Punkt Thomas Struck FRG 1968
16 mm 20 min
*Meine Familie und Ich Sylvie Boisseau, Frank Westermeyer Germany 1997
DV OV/EnS 16 min
*The Magic Desk Lior Shamriz Germany 2008
Blu-ray OV/EnS10 min
Details 2 & 3 Avi Mograbi Israel 2004
DV OmE 9 min
*Eat My Makeup! Marie Loisier USA 2005
DVD OV 6 min
*Permanent Residents Isabell Spengler USA 2005
16 mm OV 10 min
Moroccan Archaeologies Nicolas Cilins France/Morocco 2011
Blu-ray OV 10 min

Presented by Nicolas Cilins and Frank Westermeyer
arsenal cinema: Filmspotting

08:15 pm Cinema 1


Babbeldasch

Babbeldasch Axel Ranisch Germany 2016
Digital file 88 min

Axel Ranisch, Ulrike Folkerts in person