february 2019, berlinale forum

Forum and Forum Expanded 2019

It's that time of the year again: As part of the Berlinale, Arsenal is putting on the 49th Forum and the 14th Forum Expanded. The Forum main programme consists of 39 films, 31 of which world premieres. It doesn’t consider itself some sort of ‘best of’ list, but rather gathers together a selection of films that try things out, take a stance and refuse to compromise. Some look back at the history of the 20th century, while others focus on what’s to come, even as they remain anchored in the here and now. Numerous films take the written word as their starting point, drawing on or making explicit reference to literature or working with letters, poems and other writings.

The 14th Forum Expanded is moving to a new location: The silent green Kulturquartier will open a new Berlin exhibition venue in the 1600 square meter subterranean Betonhalle on the grounds of the former Wedding crematorium, and the Forum Expanded group exhibition, which has been taking place annually since 2006, will be the inaugural event. The exhibition will be expanded into Ebensperger Rhomberg Gallery and Luxoom Lab, spaces also located on the silent green grounds. And for the first time, the exhibition duration will extend past the Berlinale festival dates until March 9. The exhibition opening will take place on February 6. This year’s Forum Expanded motto is „Antikino (The Siren’s Echo Chamber)“. The programme consists of 30 short and long films, 17 installation works, and a performance that point to life outside the echo chamber that we find ourselves in, and not just in social media.

february 2019, berlinale forum

Archival Constellations in Forum and Forum Expanded

The Forum’s objectives have always included the idea of looking at film history from the point of view of contemporary cinema. Living archive work produces new things of all kinds. More and more films are being digitised and restored. This doesn’t just allow significant moments from cinema to be called to mind, but also enables existing film historical narratives to be reconsidered in a present marked by transmediality and globalisation. The title “Archival Constellations” is at once an expression of this interplay between old and new and a reference to the collaborations and acts of community and solidarity which enable digitisation to help rewrite film history.

february 2019, berlinale forum

Forum Repeat Screenings

As always, the Arsenal Cinema will be screening a selection of this year's Forum titles over the coming week: BAIT by Mark Jenkin, FERN VON UNS (Far From Us) by Laura Bierbrauer and Verena Kuri, FOURTEEN by Dan Sallitt, MAN YOU (Vanishing Days) by Zhu Xin, NOS DÉFAITES (Our Defeats) by Jean-Gabriel Périot, OLANDA by Bernd Schoch and SO PRETTY by Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli.

february 2019, berlinale forum

Reduced Ticket Prices for Forum and Forum Expanded

In case you didn’t know: As an Arsenal member (and you can easily become one for 12€/9€ at the Arsenal counter) you can get tickets for all Berlinale Forum and Forum Expanded screenings for 6€ per screening or 24€ for 6 screenings!

january 2019, edition

New DVD releases: "Havarie", "Revision" and "And-ek ghes..."

Still from Havarie

After the THE HALFMOON FILES and DER TAG DES SPATZEN, we’re very pleased to release three further DVDs featuring films by Philip Scheffner, in cooperation with Filmgalerie 451: HAVARIE (2016), AND-EK GHES … (2016) and REVISION (2012). In his works, Scheffner has developed his very own style of political reasoning, which redefines what is and is not visible. He creates visual and auditory spaces, interweaving stories and conducting investigations whose points of connection remain open.

arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour - Cinema in the Plural

08:00 pm Cinema 2

Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte

Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte
Rainer Werner Fassbinder FRG 1971
35 mm 103 min

arsenal cinema: Film in the Present Tense

08:30 pm Cinema 1


Family Dinners

Bertha's Children

Merce Cunningham. First Performance of Stillness (in Three Movements) to John Cage's Composition 4'3'' with Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007

Roslyn Romance (is it really true?)

Optic Nerve

Naissance #2

I am Micro

The Watchmen

Shape Shifting




1. Part: Past Imperfect – Introduced by Marc Toscano
Anselmo Chick Strand USA 1967 16 mm 4 min
Family Dinners James Otis USA 1997 16 mm 7 min
Bertha's Children Roberta Friedman, Grahame Weinbren
USA 1976 16 mm 6 min
Merce Cunningham. First Performance of Stillness (in Three Movements) to John Cage's Composition 4'33'' with Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007
Tacita Dean USA 2007 16 mm 4 min
Roslyn Romance (is it really true?) Bruce Baillie USA 1976 16 mm 16 min
Optic Nerve Barbara Hammer USA 1985 16 mm 16 min
Naissance #2 John Price Canada 2012 35 mm 12 min
2. Part: The Elastic Now – Introduced by Peter Taylor, Philip Widmann, Ulrich Ziemons
I am Micro Shumona Goel, Shai Heredia India 2012 35 mm 15 min
The Watchmen Fern Silva USA 2017 35 mm 10 min
Shape Shifting Elke Marhöfer, Mikhail Lylov Germany/Japan 2014 DCP 16 min
Black Anouk De Clercq Belgium 2015 35 mm 5 min
Droga! Miko Revereza USA/Philippines 2014 Digital file 8 min
Cilaos Camilo Restrepo France 2016 DCP 13 min