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october 2020, berlinale forum

Forum 50 Follow-Up

As a follow-up to the 50th-anniversary Forum program at this year’s Berlinale, we will show two more films from the first Forum in 1971 this month, starting with LETTERA APERTA A UN GIORNALE DELLA SERA (Open Letter to the Evening News, Francesco Maselli, I 1970, 12.10.) A group of Marxist intellectuals responds to an appeal by an evening newspaper with an open letter in which they propose to head a delegation joining the war in Vietnam. When approval and interest begins to flow in from across Europe and even Vietnam’s Communist Party accepts the proposal, the group finds themselves in trouble. ICH LIEBE DICH, ICH TÖTE DICH (Uwe Brandner, BRD 1971, 19.10.) was described by its director as “a picture story from home.” A young teacher arrives at a remote village in Bavaria’s Altmühltal region. There, wealthy gentlemen have created a hunting ground for themselves at the edge of the wilderness. The friendship with the local gamekeeper develops into a love affair, which heralds the end of the fragile idyll.

february 2020, berlinale forum

Prizes of the Independent Juries for "Ping Jing", "Seishin 0" and "Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino"

The independent juries of the Berlinale have awarded prizes to another three Forum films: The Conféderation Internationale des Cinémas D'Art et Essai (C.I.C.A.E.) awarded PING JING (The Calming) by Song Fang. The jury consisted of Ariane Hofmann, Aliki Kalagasidu and André Soto.

The award of the Ecumenical Jury, worth 2,500 Euros, was given to Kazuhiro Soda's SEISHIN 0 (Zero). The prize goes to directors who have succeeded in portraying actions or human experiences that are in keeping with the Gospels, or in sensitising viewers to spiritual, human or social values. The jury consisted of Kodjo Ognandou Ayetan, Alexander Bothe, Rinke Dellebeke-van Hell, Melanie Pollmeier, James Thessin, jury president: Roland Wicher.

february 2020, berlinale forum

Caligari Prize for "Victoria"

VICTORIA by Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer and Isabelle Tollenaere receives this year's Caligari Award.

The jurors Lena Martin, Dagmar Kamlah and Thomas Klein said: "California City, the failed vision of a metropolis from an investor in the 1950s, forms the setting for a new beginning by an Afro-American family resettled from Los Angeles. Taking everyday life and spontaneous experiences as their basis, the filmmakers accompany the young father of the family. A hybrid documentary develops from this with fiction-film elements. Not only does Lashay T. Warren use his smartphone creatively for the relocation, but also enters linguistically into a remarkable dialogue with the absurd place in the desert. By insisting on and communicating from a subjective perspective, VICTORIA poses existential questions about urbanity and precarious living conditions, and creates new hope out of nothingness contrary to all the expectations."