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: In Memory of Marlene Dietrich

11:30 am Cinema 1


Marlene Maximilian Schell
FRG/France/ČSSR 1984 35 mm OV/GeS 95 min

Before the film screening: Scenic reading of the correspondence between Marlene Dietrich and Maximilian Schell with actors Claudia Michelsen and Ulrich Matthes in the two roles
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – The Voice, Language and Speaking in Film

07:00 pm Cinema 2

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder USA 1950
With Gloria Swanson, William Holden,
Erich von Stroheim, Buster Keaton
DCP OV 110 min

arsenal cinema: filmPolska - The Art of the Camera: Marcin Koszałka

07:30 pm Cinema 1

Czerwony pająk

Czerwony pająk The Red Spider Marcin Koszałka
Poland 2015 With Filip Pławiak, Adam Woronowicz, Julia Kijowska
DCP OV/GeS 90 min

Marcin Koszałka in person