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: Big Cinema, Small Cinema # 29
: Squared, lined, patterned

04:00 pm Cinema 1

Tartans, Plaids, Backpipes



The Room of Chromatic Mystery

*Tartans, Plaids, Backpipes Petra Kraus-Karon
Germany 1990/1992 16 mm 11 min
*Filmstudie Hans Richter Germany 1926 16 mm 4 min
*Tusalava Len Lye UK 1928 16 mm 7 min
*The Room of Chromatic Mystery Arthur und Corinne Cantrill
Australia 2006 DCP 8 min

Moderated by Stefanie Schlüter
For everyone aged 5 and above
arsenal cinema: Women artists' program

04:30 pm Cinema 2

Weeks of Sand, Months of Ash, Years of Dust

Coyote’s Burden Basket

Wosa (Coyote’s Burden Basket)

You Want It Darker

Weeks of Sand, Months of Ash, Years of Dust
Rita Macedo Work in progress Digital file 19 min
Coyote’s Burden Basket Heike Baranowsky Germany 2018 Digital file 2 min
Wosa (Coyote’s Burden Basket) Heike Baranowsky Germany 2019 35 mm 10 min
You Want It Darker Sarah Oh-Mock Work in progress Digital file 20 min

Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers
Free admission
arsenal cinema: Magical History Tour – 
Between fiction and documentary: cinematic intersections and bridges

06:15 pm Cinema 1

Nanook of the North

Nanook of the North
Robert J. Flaherty USA 1922
35 mm OV 78 min

Eunice Martins on piano
arsenal cinema: Women artists' program

06:30 pm Cinema 2




Fake Maja Classen
Work in progress Digital file 15 min
Hydromanie Gudrun Krebitz
Work in progress 20 min
POOL:LOOP Christine Lang
Drehbuch-Lesung 20 min

Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers
Free admission
arsenal cinema: „Souls made great by love and adversity“
 – Frank Borzage retrospective

08:00 pm Cinema 1

I’ve Always Loved You

I’ve Always Loved You USA 1946
35 mm OV 117 min
Restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

arsenal cinema: Women artists' program

08:30 pm Cinema 2


Temporal Shifts

Horizon Zero Down

Florence Rachel Alliston
Work in progress Digital file 30 min
Temporal Shifts Clara Jo
Work in progress Digital file 30 min
Horizon Zero Down Marita Neher
Work in progress Digital file 30 min

Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers
Free admission