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june 2018, berlinale forum

The Arsenal Board of Directors to Take On the Interim Leadership of the 2019 Forum

The board of directors of Arsenal, which consists of Milena Gregor, Birgit Kohler and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, is to take on the interim leadership of the 2019 Forum. With the support of the long-standing team, the three of them will carry out the leadership tasks for the 2019 Forum and thus also further emphasise the constitutive connection between Arsenal and the Forum.

june 2018, berlinale forum

Out Now: "Aus einem Jahr der Nichtereignisse" ("From a Year of Non-Events")

AUS EINEM JAHR DER NICHTEREIGNISSE (FROM A YEAR OF NON-EVENTS) by Ann Carolin Renninger and René Frölke is being released theatrically by Wolf Berlin as of June 14. A premiere with the filmmakers present will take place on June 13.

As the seasons change, the film paints a portrait of the everyday life Willi who is almost 90 years old and lives alone on a farm in northern Germany. It’s also a visual essay on the cycle of life, as the camera observes nature, captures fruit and flowers in bloom in all their glory. Textures equally come to the fore: the cat’s fur, the pattern on the coffee service, the structure of a marzipan cake; at times the camera photographs apples or plastic garden chairs as if they were still lifes. The images transcend mere depiction – they contain a feeling of evanescence, which is enhanced by the fragility of the Super-8 and 16-mm material used to film them. Even the black screens that appear when the reels are changed reveal the passage of time. (Birgit Kohler)

june 2018, berlinale forum

Cinema release: "El mar la mar"

arsenal distribution is releasing EL MAR LA MAR by Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki from June 7, accompanied by the Caligari Award tour. The film, a cinematographic exploration of the Sonora desert between Mexico and the United States, premiered as part of the 2017 Forum, where it received the Caligari Award. It masterfully weaves together 16 mm shots of nature and weather phenomena, animals, people and the tracks they leave behind with a polyphonic soundtrack, creating a multi-faceted panorama of a highly politicised stretch of land, a film poem that conjures up the ocean.

 

may 2018, berlinale forum

Section head change for Berlinale Forum

Christoph Terhechte will vacate his position as director of the Berlinale Forum in July of 2018. He was appointed to the Forum selection committee in 1997, and in June of 2001 he took over the Forum director’s position from Ulrich Gregor, founder of the section, which has been presented by the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art since 1971. Terhechte has also been a member of the Berlinale Competition selection committee since 2002. Christoph Terhechte now wishes to take on new career challenges.

may 2018, berlinale forum

IndieLisboa: Awards for „Our Madness“, „Drvo“ and „An Elephant Sitting Still“

OUR MADNESS by João Viana has received the Award for Best Portuguese Feature Film at IndieLisboa. André Gil Mata was awarded Best Director for his film DRVO (TREE). And AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL by Hu Bo received the Universities Award.

All three films had their world premieres as part of this year's Forum programme.

april 2018, berlinale forum

Out Now: "SPK Komplex" (SPK Complex)

Gerd Kroske's SPK KOMPLEX (SPK Complex) can be seen in selected cinemas as of April 19.

The film, which premiered as part of this year's Forum programme, examines a little known chapter in West German history in impressive, unpretentious fashion. A precise picture of the social climate leading up to the German Autumn emerges from painstakingly researched documents as well as from conversations with former SPK members.

Gerd Kroske will be presenting his film personally in some places, e.g. in Berlin's fsk cinema on April 21 and at the Wolf cinema on April 24.

april 2018, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "Spell Reel"

In 2011, an archive of film and audio material re-emerged in Guinea-Bissau that documented the liberation struggle against the colonial power Portugal (1963 - ’74). SPELL REEL (Germany/Portugal 2017) by Filipa César is the result of a multi-layered research and digitalization project in cooperation with the Guinean filmmakers and liberation fighters Sana na N’Hada and Flora Gomes. After studying film in Cuba in the early 1960s, the two began using the camera as an observer. The material that was found again was digitalized by Arsenal, to then be screened in various places, commented, discussed and newly imagined. An itinerant, transnational cinema has made the archive into a place between remote villages in Guinea-Bissau and European capitals, where people search for alternatives to a world in upheaval.

SPELL REEL, which premiered as part of the Forum 2017, opens April 12 in the cinemas. We will be previewing it at Arsenal on April 10th in the presence of the director and other guests. We will present other film materials and there will also be a Q&A. There will be further screenings at Neukölln’s Wolf Kino on 11.4 and on 13.4 in Wedding’s Archive Kabinett where the book “Luta ca caba inda. Time Place Matter Voice. 1967–2017” will also be presented.

april 2018, berlinale forum

The Forum in Paris

Like every year, the Goethe Institute in Paris is showing a selection of Forum titles as part of the "La Berlinale à Paris" series.

The series' opening film on April 11 is CASTING by Nicolas Wackerbarth (Germany 2017) followed by AUFBRUCH (DEPARTURE) by Ludwig Wüst (Austria 2018) on April 12. 11x14 by James Benning (USA 1977) and AGGREGAT (AGGREGATE) by Marie Wilke (Germany 2018) can be seen on April 26. On April 27 Sergei Losnitza's DEN' POBEDY (VICTORY DAY) (Deutschland 2018) will be presented by Birgit Kohler.

april 2018, berlinale forum

Cinéma du Réel: Grand Prix for "L. Cohen"

L. COHEN by James Benning has received the CINÉMA DU RÉEL GRAND PRIX at the International Documentary Festival in Paris. The work, which premiered as part of this year's Forum Expanded programme, shows a farm field in Oregon on a very special day.

march 2018, berlinale forum

New Visions Award for "Wild Relatives" at CPH:DOX

WILD RELATIVES by Jumana Manna has received the New Visions Award at Copenhagen's Documentary Film Festival CPH:DOX. The film which premiered in this year's Forum programme, loosely links together different narratives and biographies in Lebanon, Syria and Norway, opening up a space to reflect on biodiversity, resilience, global justice and climate change, as well as disasters caused by human hand and the ambivalent efforts made to overcome them.

february 2018, 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: AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL by Hu Bo, DEN' POBEDY (VICTORY DAY) by Sergei Losnitza, DIE TOMORROW by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, DJAMILIA (JAMILIA) by Aminatou Echard, PREMIÈRES SOLITUDES (YOUNG SOLITUDE) by Claire Simon and L. COHEN by James Benning.

february 2018, berlinale forum

Glashütte Documentary Award for "Waldheims Walzer"

WALDHEIMS WALZER by Ruth Beckermann has received the festival's main Documentary Award. This prize for the best documentary film is endowed with € 50,000, funded by Glashütte Original. A total of 18 documentary entries from the current programmes of the Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Berlinale Special and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections as well as the Culinary Cinema special series were nominated. The jury consisted of Cíntia Gil, head of Portugal's biggest doumentary festival Docliboa, German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger and the US-american journalist and filmmaker Eric Schlosser.

february 2018, berlinale forum

The Prizes of the Independent Juries

The independent juries of the Berlinale have awarded prizes to another two Forum films: The Conféderation Internationale des Cinémas D'Art et Essai (C.I.C.A.E.) awarded TEATRO DE GUERRA (THEATRE OF WAR) by Lola Arias, which also received the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. L'EMPIRE DE LA PERFECTION (IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION) by Julien Faraut was given the Award of the Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury.

february 2018, berlinale forum

Caligari Prize for "La casa lobo"

LA CASA LOBO by Cristóbal León und Joaquín Cociña receives this year's Caligari Award. The jury members were Margarete Wach (film-dienst), Vanessa Elges (Kommunales Kino Saarbrücken) and Peter Link (Kommunales Kino Lingen)

Here is what they said: A venture into the unknown is always an adventure and requires courage. Associated e-motions are moving, let dreams come alive and traumata digest. Permanence opens

up everlasting metamorphoses rich in detail. Impermanence even takes place in alleged stops.

Layers of abstraction offer another kind of historical and political occurrences. Lullabies such as „Sleep Child’s Sleep“ supplementary inspire rumination. A fascination initiated by the variation of Castilian- and German-speaking storylines, a mingling of fairy tales and 10,000ends of individual frames in breathtaking stop-trick with various materials develops a pulling effect for the view in: : LA CASA LOBO.

february 2018, berlinale forum

FIPRESCI Award for "An Elephant Sitting Still"

This year's FIPRESCI prize goes to AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL by Hu Bo, a honour which its director is sadly unable to accept. After completing the film, Hu Bo took his own life at the age of 29. The jury members were Ahmed Muztaba Zamal, Carlota Mosegui und Teresa Vena.

february 2018, berlinale forum

Forum Films on Festival Scope

For the first time this year the Berlinale offers a selection of films from different sections of the festival online. The cooperation with the streaming platform Festival Scope is intended to reach those interested in the Berlinale who are unable to attend the festival in person.

From the Forum programme FOTBAL INFINIT (INFINITE FOOTBALL) by Corneliu Porumboiu, TEATRO DE GUERRA (THEATRE OF WAR) by Lola Arias and 14 APPLES by Midi Z can be seen.

The festival rerun provided by Festival Scope is limited to Germany. Each of the films is available for viewing from the day after their respective Berlinale premieres until February 28.

february 2018, berlinale forum

Pub Cinema at silent green

The GESCHICHTEN VOM KÜBELKIND (STORIES OF THE DUMPSTER KID) premiered at the very first International Forum of New Cinema in 1971 and have now been digitally restored. The series revolves around a rebellious “Dumpster Kid” played by Kristine Deloup, who always appears in a red dress and has various anarchic struggles with society. Ula Stöckl and Edgar Reitz shot Geschichten vom Kübelkind in 1969 with only their friends. Their series of 25 16mm short films of different lengths was a way of positioning themselves outside of the standard cinema system, with guests at a sort of pub-cum-cinema in Munich able to “order” individual episodes from a menu. Together with the documentary DER FILM VERLÄSST DAS KINO: VOM KÜBELKIND EXPERIMENT UND ANDEREN UTOPIEN (FILM BEYOND CINEMA: THE DUMPSTER KID EXPERIMENT AND OTHER UTOPIAS by Robert Fischer, a selection of the unique films is now to be screened again.

In addition, a “pub cinema” much the same as the original screening set-up will be installed at silent green on February 19th, with these special screenings attended by Stöckl and Reitz.

 

february 2018, berlinale forum

"Shaihu Umar": Digital Screening of a Rediscovered Film

Before becoming Nigerian prime minister, writer Abubakar Tafawa Balewa landed a bestseller with his biographical novella "Shaihu Umar" from 1955. In 1976, Adamu Halilu adapted the material into a film, which is set in the late 19th century and revolves around an Islamic cleric telling his life story, which bears the marks of slavery. Long thought lost, the film rolls for several prints were rediscovered in 2016 in the archive of the Nigerian Film Corporation and restored by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art with the support of the German Foreign Office. The splendid new digital version of SHAIHU UMAR now receives its first screening at the Forum. An excerpt of the novella by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa can be found in this year’s programme brochure.

february 2018, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded Exhibitions and Openings

On Wednesday February 14, the 13th Forum Expanded opens its doors with the group exhibition "A Mechanism Capable of Changing Itself" at the Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg, where works by James Benning, Musquiqui Chihying and Gregor Kasper, Laura Horelli, Marta Hryniuk, Jane Jin Kaisen, Nesrine Khodr, Bahar Noorizadeh, Jen Liu, Ash Moniz, The Otolith Group, Song Sanghee, Kerstin Schroedinger and Ala Younis are on display. The day before, on February 13, the exhibition "We Are Not Worried In The Least" by Jasmina Metwaly opens at SAVVY Contemporary. This year's video installation at the Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Canadian Embassy, "Special Works School" by Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat & Alexis Mitchell) can be seen from Thursday February 15.

january 2018, berlinale forum

Forum Special Screenings

The Forum now completes its programme with a series of special screenings committed to an alternative view of film historiography.

Since its foundation in 1971, the Forum has always shone a spotlight on historical films too, shaking the foundations of a cinematic canon whose main interest lies in feature films from Western Europe and North America. This year’s programme once again stands in opposition to such views and is dedicated to cinema from Africa, documentary and experimental film, “anti-cinema” films and salacious b-movies and “dirty” films.

 

january 2018, berlinale forum

Forum 2018: In the Realm of Perfection and Elsewhere

This year, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art is putting on the Forum as part of the Berlinale for the 48th time. The main programme consists of 44 films, 35 of which world premieres. This year’s Special Screenings will be announced in a second press release.

21 years after his directorial debut THE DAY A PIG FELL INTO THE WELL, Korean director Hong Sangsoo makes a more auspicious return to the Forum. GRASS is another cheerfully melancholy story about the guests at a small café whose owner loves classical music. Kim Minhee, who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress in 2017, plays a café regular who always seems to be at the table in the corner writing on her laptop. She repeatedly draws inspiration from what’s happening around her, picking up the threads of the dialogue and spinning them further and sometimes even actively intervening in conversations. Is she perhaps the author of these relationship dramas in miniature, whose stores and themes mirror one another?

january 2018, berlinale forum

13. Forum Expanded — The programme is Complete

The selection for the 13th Forum Expanded programme, which opens at the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg on February 14 under the title “A Mechanism Capable of Changing Itself”, is now complete.

34 film and video works of all lengths and genres together with 15 instal-lations have been invited from a total of 27 countries.

This year’s programme once again includes a variety of works that use documentary techniques to examine and explore the potential for both cinema and music to question, illustrate, analyse and bring about change in such a way that they are capable of intervening in social and political events on the global stage. In so doing, they also expand the very con-cept of the documentary.

 

january 2018, berlinale forum

Special Birthday Screening: "Streetscapes (Dialogue)"

"Arrowplane stages the multiplication of a panning shot, applied to three landscapes." It was the artist, filmmaker and author Heinz Emigholz’s first film in the Berlinale Forum, back in 1974. A very good start! By 2017, 30 of his works had featured in the Forum or Forum Expanded, each one treating cinema anew. During the 1990s, the UDK's "Experimental filmmaking" series shaped Tuesdays at the Arsenal: The films and pre-screening introductions expanded the space of experimental film into an infinite form of thought, which inspired the 2012 "Think:Film" congress. Since 2008, Emigholz has also been enriching our program with a series of drawings and texts. All of this is more than reason enough to celebrate his 70th birthday by screening his latest film on January 15: STREETSCAPES (Forum 2017).

november 2015, berlinale forum

Forum titles at arsenal distribution

We are happy to announce new arsenal distribution titles from this year’s Berlinale Forum program: BALIKBAYAAN #1 OVERDEVELOPMENT REDUX III by Kidlat Tahimik, COUNTING by Jem Cohen, HOTLINE by Silvina Landsmann, THE DAYS RUN AWAY LIKE WILD HORSES OVER THE HILLS by Marcin Malaszczak and THE FORBIDDEN ROOM by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson. Kidlat Tahimik will be presenting his new film as part of a retrospective at Arsenal cinema in March 2016.

july 2015, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded Summer Screening: "Out on the Street"

Forum Expanded is presenting a summer screening of Jasmina Metwaly und Philip Rizk's BARRA FEL SHARE' (Out on the Street) at silent green Kulturquartier on July 14.

OUT ON THE STREET (Egypt 2015, 72 mins) is a film about a group of workers from one of Egypt’s working class neighborhoods, Helwan. In the film ten working-class men participate in an acting workshop. Through the rehearsals, stories emerge of factory injustice, police brutality, courts that fabricate criminal charges, and countless tales of corruption and exploitation by their capitalist employers. On a rooftop studio overlooking the heart of Cairo – presented as a space between fact and fiction – the participants move in and out of character as they shape the performance that engages their daily realities. The film interweaves scenes from the workshop, fictional performances, and mobile phone footage shot by a worker intended as evidence for the courts to stop the destruction of his workplace. This hybrid approach aims to engage a collective imaginary, situating the participants and spectators within a broader social struggle.

OUT ON THE STREET premiered as part of this year's Forum Expanded and can currently be seen as part of Jasmina Metwaly’s and Philip Rizk’s contribution to the German Pavillon at the Venice Biennale.

The screening at silent green Kulturquartier will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

april 2015, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded @ Oberhausen

We are presenting a selection of films that premiered as part of the Forum Expanded 2015 program and are now in our distribution range, at the International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen. WAYWARD FRONDS (USA 2014) by Fern Silva; Isabelle Prim’s CALAMITY QUI? / CALAMITY WHO? (Canada, France 2014); in Marwa Arsanios' HAVE YOU EVER KILLED A BEAR? OR BECOMING JAMILA (Lebanon 2014), the cover pictures of the Egyptian magazine Al-Hilal provide the starting point for a portrait of the Algerian freedom fighter Jamila Bouhired;ORCHARD STREET (USA 1955/2014), the first film by Ken Jacobs, is a document about the bustling Jewish Manhattan neighborhood in which he grew up.

february 2015, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded Think:Film No.3

In collaboration with Allianz Kulturstiftung, Forum Expanded presents a series of talks and panels with the title Think:Film No. 3 at Akademie der Künste.

On Saturday February 7th, this year's theme, "To the Sound of the Closing Door", will be discussed in four keynote presentations followed by several panels on the following days. Concluding, on Thursday February 12, the Think:Film Award will be given to a work from the Forum Expanded programme for the second time.

february 2015, berlinale forum

B-Scheme Films

The Forum presents two fims of the B-Scheme project , an archive project and film programme on film productions for black viewers in 1970s and 1980s South Africa, initiated by Darryl Els as part of "Visionary Archive".

Until the end of the Apartheid era, state funding was granted to numerous so-called B-Scheme films, which were shot by mainly white producers for black audiences. The 1973 gangster film JOE BULLETwas South African producer Tonie van der Merwe’s attempt to conquer a new market. Inspired in equal measure by the black pop culture of the time and the American Blaxploitation genre, Louis de Witt’s action-packed film about a manipulated cup final was one of the first to be shot with an all black cast. JOE BULLET offered its audiences a vision of life that did not correspond to the reality of most black South Africans under Apartheid. Although the film was not overtly political, it was swiftly banned and not screened for an extended period of time. Now this unique work has been restored and can be shown once again. UMBANGO (THE FEUD), directed by Tonie van der Merwe in 1986, is one of the few Westerns still in existence from this period, a typical Wild West story about the battle between good and evil. With the exception of one solitary gringo (who is shot dead at the very beginning), this hugely entertaining film was also shot with an entirely black cast. Director and producer Tonie van der Merwe will be our guest in Berlin for the screening of his films on February 6.

On February 11 Darryl Els will present his project during a "Visionary Archive" panel at the Akademie der Künste. Both films will can be seen again on February 14 and 15.

 

february 2014, berlinale forum

Think:Film Award for Amie Siegel

The Think:Film Award which was presented as part of Forum Expanded for the very first time this year goes to Amie Siegel for PROVENANCE. The award, established in cooperation with the Allianz Cultural Foundation, honors a work that creatively uses its medium in order to grasp and reflect geopolitical contexts artistically, to broaden the space of aesthetic experience, and to encourage mental changes of perspective. The award includes presentations at the Arsenal in Berlin and at the partner institution Cimatheque - Alternative Film Centre in Cairo. Jury members were Mohamed Beshir (Cairo), Marcel Schwierin (Berlin), Ala Younis (Amman).

february 2014, berlinale forum

Musical Extravaganza by Ja, Panik and Christiane Rösinger

Following the premiere of Georg Tiller's DMD KIU LIDT the members of the portrayed band Ja, Panik as well as Christiane Rösinger, Chris Immler and Maurice Summen will play piano versions of their songs on Friday February 14 at Alter Roter Löwe Rein (Richardstraße 31, Neukölln). Music starts 8 pm sharp.

january 2013, berlinale forum

Out Now: "For Ellen" and "Hiver nomade"

Still from For Ellen

This week, two films from last year’s Forum program, FOR ELLEN and HIVER NOMADE, go on general release. FOR ELLEN, the third film by So Yong Kim following IN BETWEEN DAYS and TREELESS MOUNTAIN, tells the story of an irresponsible rock musician attempting to reconnect with his young daughter after a long absence. Manuel von Stürler’s debut HIVER NOMADE, which recently received the European Documentary Film Prize, accompanies the difficult everyday life of two Swiss shepherds during the winter months.