Arsenal: Berlinale Forum en Arsenal: Berlinale Forum 18 16 TYPO3 - get.content.right Wed, 16 May 2018 16:42:21 +0200 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. berlinale forum spalte normal startpage Wed, 16 May 2018 16:42:21 +0200 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Sun, 06 May 2018 21:48:40 +0200 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Mon, 30 Apr 2018 21:50:00 +0200 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:47:00 +0200 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:32:00 +0200 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Tue, 03 Apr 2018 10:56:30 +0200 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:30:00 +0100 49th Berlinale Forum The 49th Berlinale Forum will take place from 7-17 February 2019 as part of the 69th Berlinale. Online submission for 2019 will be activated in early September. berlinale forum spalte rechts Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:44:00 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:23:00 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:59:00 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:23:00 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:29:00 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:36:21 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:14:16 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:27:00 +0100 "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. berlinale forum spalte normal Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:49:00 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:50:16 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:09:24 +0100 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? berlinale forum spalte normal Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:49:00 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:04:09 +0100 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). berlinale forum spalte normal Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:56:00 +0100 13th Forum Expanded: "A Mechanism Capable of Changing Itself" In 1947, avant-garde cinema pioneer Maya Deren notes: "Marxism - only theory of politics which designed a mechanism capable of changing itself - as in the concept of the withering away of the state." Media scholar Ute Holl begins a paper on this film poet’s theories and conception of cinema, which takes the form of "a sustained inter-vention in the social and sensory relationships of all those who take part in this ongo-ing form of communication." The title of this year’s Forum Expanded programme is taken from this same paper, with "A Mechanism Capable of Changing Itself" referring to the specific agency possessed by cinema, which is especially well expressed in the rich spectrum of forms to be found in documentary works. Since its foundation, Forum Expanded has always placed a special emphasis on doc-umentary forms. This year once again the term encompasses archival works, fiction and experimental film, in the sense that the selected works function as an expression of a reality that represents a new take on the past while transforming it into a possible future. berlinale forum spalte normal Sun, 03 Dec 2017 18:05:00 +0100 Oscar Candidates Three Forum films are representing their countries at the race for the 90th Academy Awards in the foreign-language category: NEWTON by Amit Masurkar is India's entry to the awards, TEMPESTAD by Tatiana Huezo is sent by Mexico, and Laura Schroeder's BARRAGE is representing Luxembourg. The nine final nominees, which are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as well as the Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, will be announced in January 2018. berlinale forum spalte normal Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:26:00 +0200 Deutscher Filmkunstpreis for "Casting" CASTING by Nicolas Wackerbarth has received the 2017 Filmkunstpreis at the Festival of German Films in Ludwigshafen. The award which is endowed with 50.000 Euros was given ex aequo to CASTING and "Western" by Valeska Grisebach. CASTING premiered in this year's Forum programme and was acclaimed both by the audience and (international) film critics. berlinale forum spalte normal Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:15:00 +0200 The Forum on Tour in Brussels The Goethe Institute in Brussels is presenting four films from this and last year's Forum programs as part of its "German Film Festivals on Tour" series at BOZAR. On September 18, the program opens with AUS EINEM JAHR DER NICHTEREIGNISSE (FROM A YEAR OF NON-EVENTS) by Ann Carolin Renninger and René Frölke (Germany 2017), followed by a Q&A with René Frölke and Birgit Kohler. The evening is completes with the screening of EL MAR LA MAR by Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki (USA 2017). On September 19, CASA ROSHELL by Camila José Donoso (Mexico/Chile 2017) and TA’ANG by Wang Bing (China 2016) can be seen. berlinale forum spalte normal Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:41:00 +0200 Cinema Release "In the Last Days of the City" On September 7, arsenal distribution is releasing IN THE LAST DAYS OF THE CITY (AKHER AYAM EL MADINA) by Tamer El Said in collaboration with Wolf. The film, which received its world premiere in the 2016 Forum programme and won the Caligari award, has been playing at numerous international film festivals since. It tells of Khalid who wanders through Cairo in search of ideas for a film, as the city and his private life seem to be falling apart in equal measure. Memories of better times and conversations with friends intertwine in this homage to a metropolis on the brink. berlinale forum spalte normal Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:56:00 +0200 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Sun, 01 Nov 2015 10:55:00 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:52:00 +0200 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:04:00 +0200 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Sat, 07 Feb 2015 14:52:00 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +0100 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). berlinale forum spalte normal Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:11:00 +0100 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:14:00 +0100 Out Now: "For Ellen" and "Hiver nomade" 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. berlinale forum spalte normal Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:24:00 +0100