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october 2019, berlinale forum

New Cinema Release: "Bait"

arsenal distribution is releasing Mark Jenkin's BAIT as of October 24. The film received its world premiere as part of this year's Forum programme, where it was hailed by audiences and critics alike.

BAIT is a black-and-white film shot on hand-processed 16mm.The picture-postcard idyll of the Cornwall fishing village is misleading. While fishing used to be a way of supporting oneself, wealthy London tourists have now descended and are displacing the locals, whose livelihood is thus threatened. The relationship between brothers Steven and Martin is also strained. Martin is a fisherman without a boat, since Steven started using it for far more lucrative tours for all the day-trippers. They’ve sold the family cottage and now it seems that the final battle to be fought is that with the new owners over the parking space next to the sea. Yet the situation soon gets out of hand, and not just because of the wheel clamp. Numerous close-ups of fish, nets, lobsters, wellington boots, knots and catch baskets bring to mind the theory of a montage of attractions. The depiction of the different social strata – one could speak of class relations – is also reminiscent of the tradition of social realism in British cinema. Above all, however, a whole lot of current political relevance is waiting to be discovered beneath the different layers of film historical references contained in the images. (Anna Hoffmann)

september 2019, berlinale forum

Out Now: "Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit"

HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT (Heimat Is A Space in Time) by Thomas Heise can be seen in selected cinemas from September 26.

Heise's monumental work, which premiered at this year's Forum, where it received the Caligari Award, draws on letters and other documents to trace the story of his family over four generations. Word and image merge into a piercing, deeply moving portrait of a family, a country and a century.

september 2019, berlinale forum

Forum and Forum Expanded @ Brussels

Forum and Forum Expanded will present a selection of this year's programme in Brussels as part of the 'German Film Festivals on Tour'-series, once again. Besides screenings of Forum films at the BOZAR cinéma, a selection of works from the Forum Expanded exhibition ANTIKINO (The Siren’s Echo Chamber) will be on show at Cinéma Galeries from September 4 - October 6.

The film programme at BOZAR opens on September 10 with Jean-Gabriel Périot's NOS DÉFAITES (Our Defeats) followed by a discussion with the director and Birgit Kohler, who was responsible for this year's programme as the interim head of the Forum. Further films to be presented on September 11 and 12 are DELPHINE ET CAROLE, INSOUMUES (Delphine and Carole) by Callisto Mc Nulty, A PORTUGUESA (The Portuguese Woman) by Rita Azevedo Gomes, ERDE (Earth) by Nikolaus Geyrhalter and MOTHER I AM SUFFOCATING. THIS IS MY LAST FILM ABOUT YOU by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese.

august 2019, berlinale forum

New Forum Selection Committee

Film critic, author and curator Cristina Nord, head of Berlinale Forum since August 1, 2019, has assembled a new programming team. The committee will begin its work in the coming days and is made up of five film experts: Joan Aguilar, Anna Hoffmann, James Lattimer, Cristina Nord and Jacqueline Nsiah. The programming committee will be assisted by a group of ten consultants, each putting their specific knowledge and networks at the service of Berlinale Forum.

august 2019, berlinale forum

Cristina Nord Is New Head of the Berlinale Forum

Picture of Cristina Nord

The film critic, writer, and curator Cristina Nord is the new director of the Forum. Since it was founded in 1971, the Forum has taken place as part of the Berlin International Film Festival, curated and organised independently by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art.

Cristina Nord (born in 1968) served as film editor for the cultural section of the daily “taz. die tageszeitung” in Berlin from 2002 to 2015. Her writing deals with a broad spectrum of film forms from the present and from film history. Alongside her award-winning print media work, Cristina Nord has been active as a lecturer and curator for a variety of institutions, including the Freie Universität Berlin, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and the Duisburger Filmwoche. After moving to the Goethe-Institut in 2015, Cristina Nord was the Brussels-based director of programming focusing on southwestern Europe, where she conceived and realised projects from all cultural sectors, all the while remaining closely associated with film and cinema.

july 2019, berlinale forum

Berlinale Summer Spotlight: "So Pretty"

Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli's SO PRETTY can be seen as part of this year's Berlinale Summer Spotlight at radioeins Freiluftkino Friedrichshain on July 16. The film carries out a literal re-reading of Ronald M. Schernikau’s “So schön”, superimposing the lives and politics of the West German gay scene of the 1980s onto a group of queers sharing an apartment in present-day New York. Both now and back then, the same question persists: how to organise being together and in love.

june 2019, berlinale forum

German Documentary Award for "Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit"

Thomas Heise's HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT (Heimat Is A Space in Time) has receievd the German Documentary Award. The prize worth 20.000 Euros is given as part of the SWR Doku Festival by the SWR and the MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg.

Heise's monumental work, which premiered at this year's Forum, draws on letters and other documents to trace the story of his family over four generations. Word and image merge into a piercing, deeply moving portrait of a family, a country and a century.

may 2019, berlinale forum

"From Tomorrow on, I Will" and "Querência" awarded in Jeonju

Two Forum films picked up major prizes at Jeonju International Film Festival: FROM TOMORROW ON, I WILL (Chun nuan hua kai) by Ivan Marković and Wu Linfeng received the Grand Prize of the International Competetion. Helvécio Marins Jr.'s QUERÊNCIA (Homing) won the Best Picture Prize.

Both films had their world premiere as part of this year's Forum programme.

april 2019, berlinale forum

Awards for "Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit"

HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT (Heimat Is A Space in Time) by Thomas Heise has received the main award of the international competition at Visions du Réel in Nyon. The award is endowed with 20,000 CHF.

The film also picked up the award for best documentary at the Crossing Europe film festival in Linz.

In his monumental work, Heise draws on letters and other documents to trace the story of his family over four generations. Word and image merge into a piercing, deeply moving portrait of a family, a country and a century.

The film had received its world premiere in this year's Forum programme and was given the Caligari Award.

april 2019, berlinale forum

Cinema Release: "La Casa Lobo"

arsenal distribution is releasing LA CASA LOBO (The Wolf House, Chile 2018) by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña as of April 4. The film is the winner of last year's Caligari award, which enables director Cristóbal León to go on tour with it through cinemas across Germany.

march 2019, berlinale forum

Awards for "Delphine et Carole, insoumuses" and "The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić"


Following its world premiere at this year's Berlinale Forum, DELPHINE ET CAROLE, INSOUMUSES (Delphine et Carole) by Callisto McNulty received two major awards at international film festivals in March: the Grand Prix for best documentary at the Forum International sur les Droits Humains (FIFDH) in Geneva and the Audience Award in the documentary category at the Festival International du Film de Femmes in Creteil. The Grand Prix of the international jury in Creteil was given to KAOTIČNI ŽIVOT NADE KADIĆ (The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić) by Marta Hernaiz, which premiered as part of last year's Forum programme.

march 2019, berlinale forum

Diagonale: "Waldheims Walzer" awarded

At this year's Diagonale - Festival of Austrian films, WALDHEIMS WALZER (The Waldheim Waltz) by Ruth Beckermann received the Franz-Grabner-Preis for best cinema documentary. The Prize is endowed with 5,000 Euros.

WALDHEIMS WALZER had its world premiere in the 2018 Forum and was screened and awarded at many international film festivals since.

february 2019, berlinale forum

Forum Expanded Exhibition open until March 9

This year's Forum Expanded exhibition at the silent green Betonhalle as well as the Ebensperger Rohmberg Gallery, the Luxoom Lab and SAVVY Contemporary on the same grounds can be seen until March 9.

The group exhibition "ANTIKINO (The Siren’s Echo Chamber)" gathers new works by Monira Al Qadiri, Heike Baranowsky, James Benning, Félix Blume, Harun Farocki, Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman, Shadi Habib Allah, Catherine Sullivan, Clarissa Thieme, Diana Vidrascu, Ute Waldhausen, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Evan Calder Williams and Anne Low, Billy Woodberry, Ala Younis, Akram Zaatari, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam.

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

Prizes of the Independent Juries for "Nos défaites", "Erde" and "Monștri."

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 NOS DÉFAITES (Our Defeats) by Jean-Gabriel Périot. Nikolaus Geyrhalter received the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for his film ERDE (Earth). Last but not least, the Tagesspiegel Readers' Jury awarded MONȘTRI. (Monsters.) by Marius Olteanu.

february 2019, berlinale forum

Caligari Award for "Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit"

HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT (Heimat Is A Space in Time) by Thomas Heise is the winner of this year's Caligari Award. The jury members were Lucas Barwenczik, Silke Johanna Räbiger und Wolfgang Peters. Their statement: Cracks running through landscapes are watched by the camera. Cracks are running through biographies told by photographies and documents. Historical documents take shape and can be experienced. History becomes a river running through a whole century of (family) history giving it an insistent voice. The poetry of diaries and letters remains unremarked by the director - he finds pictures for it. From this wealth of personal documents, which may not exist in a comparable form in the future, Thomas Heise builds an impressive, clear and truly great film.

february 2019, berlinale forum

FIPRESCI Prize for "Die Kinder der Toten"

This year's FIPRESCI prize goes to DIE KINDER DER TOTEN by Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska. The statement by jury members Eithne Mary O’Neill, Suncica Unevska and Ricardo Brunn reads: The actors are amateurs, as well as the directing, the make up looks cheap, the director's didn't even read the novel they were adapting. Everything could have gone wrong with this film, but it did not fail. Instead it brings life to a novel almost impossible to transpose by doing a silent film about the rise of the living dead, which is not only the rise of the repressed past, but also a rise of cinema, using the nearly dead format - super 8, reminiscent of home movies. The result is hilarious, edgy, at times confusing, funny and something not everyone will agree on. But this is cinema: We need to disagree!