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: Splendid Isolation: Hong Kong Cinema 1949–1997

07:00 pm Cinema 1


Da zui xia

Da zui xia Come Drink With Me
King Hu 1966
35 mm OV/EnS 91 min
Courtesy to Celestial Pictures Limited

arsenal cinema: New Arsenal Edition DVD – Specters of Freedom: Cinema and Decolonization

08:00 pm Cinema 2


La zerda et les chants de l’oubli

Deixem-me ao menos subir às palmeiras

*La zerda et les chants de l’oubli Assia Djebar Algeria 1982
DCP OV/EnS 59 min
Deixem-me ao menos subir às palmeiras
Joaquim Lopes Barbosa Mozambique 1972
Digital file OV/EnS 71 min

Catarina Simão, Tobias Hering in person
arsenal cinema: Splendid Isolation: Hong Kong Cinema 1949–1997

09:00 pm Cinema 1


Jin yan zi

Jin yan zi Golden Swallow Chang Cheh 1968
35 mm OV/EnS 104 min
Courtesy to Celestial Pictures Limited