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: Sex, Power and Ambiguous Animals

07:00 pm Cinema 2

Zen for Film


C’mon Babe (Danke schön)

Tausend Küsse an Wanda

Rat Life and Diet in North America

Vom Sterneschneutzen


*Zen for Film Nam June Paik USA 1964
16 mm without dialogue 8 min
*Kamen-Süd Riki Kalbe FRG 1990
16 mm OV/EnS 7 min
*C’mon Babe (Danke schön) Sharon Sandusky
USA 1988 16 mm OV 12 min
*Tausend Küsse an Wanda Eva Heldmann
Germany 1994 16 mm 24 min
*Rat Life and Diet in North America Joyce Wieland
Canada 1968 16 mm OV 16 min
*Vom Sterneschneutzen Karola Schlegelmilch
Germany 1993 16 mm 12 min
*Weissfilm Birgit & Wilhelm Hein FRG 1977
16 mm without dialogue 5 min

Presented by Anja Dornieden and Juan Gonzalez
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – Special and Visual Effects

08:00 pm Cinema 1

Tschelowjek s kinoapparatom


Chelovek s kino-apparatom
The Man with a Movie Camera
Dziga Vertov USSR 1929
35 mm OV/EnS 85 min
Showing first: *Vormittagsspuk Hans Richter
Germany 1928 16 mm 6 min

Eunice Martins on piano