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: Big Cinema, Small Cinema #24

04:00 pm Cinema 1


What Mozart Saw on Mulberry Street

Wenn ich erst zur Schule geh...

Rose for Red

*Aufsätze Peter Nestler FRG 1963 DCP 11 min
*What Mozart Saw on Mulberry Street
Rudy Burckhardt & Joseph Cornell USA 1956 16 mm 6 min
*Wenn ich erst zur Schule geh... Winfried Junge GDR 1961 35 mm 13 min
*Rose for Red Diana Wilson USA 1980 16 mm without dialogue 2 min

Moderated by Ute Aurand and Robert Beavers For everyone ages 6 and above
arsenal cinema: Vaginal Davis presents Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome followed by Late Night Fermentation Salon by Wu Tsang

06:00 pm

White Christmas

*White Christmas Harun Farocki FRG 1968
16 mm OV 4 min
White Christmas Michael Curtiz USA 1954
DCP OV 120 min
+ Late Night Fermentation Salon
At Gropius Bau

Presented by Vaginal Davis and guests Screening and Salon: 25 € (for Arsenal members 22 €), Screening only: 8 € (for Arsenal members 5 €) Online tickets at www.gropiusbau.de and at the box office at Gropius Bau
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour - Theatre and Film

07:00 pm Cinema 2

Vanya on 42nd Street

*Vanya on 42nd Street Louis Malle
USA 1994 With Julianne Moore, Wallace Shawn
35 mm OV 120 min

arsenal cinema: Leo McCarey Retrospective

08:00 pm Cinema 1

Once Upon a Honeymoon

Once Upon a Honeymoon USA 1942
With Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Walter Slezak
35 mm OV 115 min
Preserved by the Library of Congress