With the 64th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival just a little over two weeks away (February 6 through 16), we’re already on our 12th lineup announcement—catch ’em all right here. Today, we have the complete lineup for Forum Expanded, a program launched in 2006, an offshoot of the Forum proper, a selection of works that, to put it plainly, push a little further into the art world. Along with films, we’ll find video and installations on view in various parts of the city. There’ll be a special focus this year on Cairo; and the Berlinale’s announced that “the first ever Think:Film Award will be presented during Forum Expanded. The jury consists of Mohamed Beshir, Marcel Schwerin and Ala Younis.”
Plus: “The question of ‘What Do We Know When We Know Where Something Is?’ is also to be pursued in three events exploring production locations and the cinematic construction of place: Filmmaker and critic Mark Peranson (La última película, Mark Peranson and Raya Martin, Canada / Denmark / Mexico 2013) and artist and filmmaker Morgan Fisher (Standard Gauge, USA 1984) will be talking about the semantic charge currently attached to the increasing disappearance of 35mm film material and how this relates to the concept of both World and Structural Cinema.”
…with occasional notes from the festival…
Gheith Al-Amine, The Sheikh Imam Project (Lebanon).
Monira Al Qadiri, Behind the Sun (Kuwait).
Kush Badhwar, Blood Earth (India).
Wojciech Bąkowski, Pogorszenie Widzenia (Poland).
Yael Bartana, Inferno (The Netherlands / USA). A “‘historical preenactment’ of striking impact.”
Mareike Bernien and Kerstin Schroedinger, Rainbow’s Gravity (Germany / United Kingdom).
Felipe Bragança and Helvécio Marins Jr. Fernando, que ganhou um pássaro do mar (Portugal / Brazil).
Roy Dib, Mondial 2010 (Lebanon).
Omer Fast, Everything That Rises Must Converge (Germany / USA). A “portrait of the day-to-day lives of four porn actors in split-screen.”
Philipp Fleischmann, Main Hall (Austria).
Dani Gal, Wie aus der Ferne (Germany / Austria).
Stefanie Gaus and Volker Sattel, Beyond Metabolism (Germany).
Stephan Geene, umsonst (Germany). “Paints a picture of Kreuzkölln, the Berlin neighbourhood that has emerged from Kreuzberg over the last 25 years following the fall of the Berlin Wall and has been subject to a generational change in the process. The film was produced in a collective context located in the same district, whose members include Karolin Meunier, producer Caroline Kirberg and cameraman Volker Sattel, both of whom will be taking part in the discussion.”
Friedl vom Gröller, Ma Peau Precieuse, Guilty until proven innocent, 66, Rue Stephenson, Poetry for Sale, Kirschenzeit, Nec Spe Nec Metu, Im Wiener Prater, Das neue Kostüm, and Warum es sich zu leben lohnt (Austria). Gröller “has been shooting short films on 16mm for over 40 years that attempt to capture different moments and feelings. Film scholar Christa Blümlinger will be discussing vom Gröller’s work together with the director herself.”
Juliane Henrich, schleifen (Germany).
Margaret Honda, Spectrum Reverse Spectrum (USA).
Shambhavi Kaul, Mount Song (India / USA).
Chris Kennedy, Brimstone Line (Canada).
Bruce LaBruce, Pierrot Lunaire (Germany / Canada). An adaptation of Arnold Schönberg’s composition. LaBruce will take part in a discussion with with lead actress Susanne Sachsse, conductor Premil Petroviç and Diedrich Diederichsen.
Marie Losier, Bim, Bam, Boom, Las Luchas Morenas (USA / Denmark / Mexico).
Maha Maamoun, Shooting Stars Remind Me of Eavesdroppers (Egypt).
Marcin Malaszczak, Orbitalna (Germany / Poland).
Ahmed Mater, Leaves Fall in all Seasons (Saudi Arabia).
Laura Mulvey, Faysal Abdullah and Mark Lewis, 23rd August 2008 (United Kingdom).
Jasmina Metwaly, From Behind the Monument (Egypt).
Joe Namy, Half Step (Lebanon).
Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Stone Cloud (Thailand).
Branwen Okpako, Fluch der Medea (Germany).
Amie Siegel, Provenance and Lot 248 (USA).
The Youngrrr, Another Colour TV (Indonesia).
JACK SMITH; BEYOND THE RENTED WORLD
Happening at the Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1) and the Berlinische Galerie. “John Zorn will be playing records from Jack Smith’s collection at HAU 1 to accompany several films from the program.” And Ken and Flo Jacobs and Jerry Tartaglia will take part in discussions of Smith’s work.
Milkbath Scene from Normal Love.
Boiled Lobster of Lucky Landlady Lagoon.
In the Grip of the Lobster.
Hamlet in the Rented World (A Fragment).
Gems, Clips and Shorts.
Heba Amin, Project Speak2Tweet: Case Study #1 (Egypt).
Hannes Böck, Fünf Skulpturen aus den ägyptischen Heiligtümern im Museo del Sannio, Benevento: n. 252 Hockender Pavian, Diorit; n. 253 Falke, Amphibolit; n. 255 Falke, Gabbro; n. 256 Hockender Pavian, Diorit; n. 280 Apis-Stier, Diorit. (Austria).
Azin Feizabadi, Chronicles from Majnun until Layla – Stage #1 & #2 (Iran / Germany).
Robert Fenz, Tea (USA).
Malak Helmy, Music for Drifting (Egypt). “In the church tower, Malak Helmy’s sound recordings of a carrier pigeon that flew to previously important places on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast can be heard.”
Judith Hopf, Lily’s Laptop (Germany). A “video piece [that] observes the flooding of a neo-bourgeois family domicile that could be located anywhere.”
Ken Jacobs, A Primer in Sky Socialism (USA).
Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Hangman and INTRANSIT (Thailand).
Firas Shehadeh, Guerilla 8-bit (Jordan).
Clemens von Wedemeyer, Afterimage (Germany). A “camera feels its way through the props store at the Cinecittà studios in Rome.”
Embassy of Canada, Marshall McLuhan Salon
Tyler Hagan, In the Similkameen (Canada).
Black Box at the Filmhaus
Minze Tummescheit and Arne Hector, Fictions and Futures #1 – Happiness in the Abstract (Germany/Norway). “Explores the trading of raw materials on the global stock market.”