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BERLIN 2019 Forum

The Berlinale Forum favours risk over perfection

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- The main programme of the 49th edition of the Berlinale’s Forum section is now complete and boasts 39 films, including 31 world premieres

The Berlinale Forum favours risk over perfection
Earth by Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Forum will be celebrating its 49th edition during the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (7-17 February 2019), curated – after Christoph Terhechte stepped down this summer, following 17 successful editions – by an interim directorate consisting of the members of the board of directors of Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art, which originally instigated this programme and has been organising it ever since. Said members are Milena GregorBirgit Kohler and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus.

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The ambition that the independent section has always possessed – that is, to reflect on the medium of film, and expand the understanding of what it is and how it relates to the world, pushing "the boundaries of convention" in terms of form as well as message – is reaffirmed in this year's programme, the concept of which is not to present a "best of" list, but rather to gather together a selection of films "that try things out, take a stance and refuse to compromise", including by exploring other art forms besides film.

The main programme consists of 39 movies, 31 of which will screen as world premieres. Sixteen of these titles are European, and nine more are European co-productions. The whole selection includes many literary adaptations or works teeming with references to literature, such as a Super 8 silent-film version of Elfriede Jelinek’s ghost novel The Children of the Dead, an opulent rendition of Robert Musil's novella The Portuguese Woman [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rita Azevedo Gomes
film profile
]
 and an essayistic collage called An Open Rose, based on Rosa Luxemburg’s letters from prison, to mention but a few. As is customary, the documentary form is being granted a special place in the Forum section, represented, for instance, by two well-known European names in the field: Nikolaus Geyrhalter with Earth [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
film profile
]
 and Jean-Gabriel Périot with Our Defeats [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, in which scenes from May 1968, showing strikes and labour disputes, are restaged and discussed with high-school students.

This year’s Special Screenings, entitled “Archival Constellations”, have yet to be announced.  

Here is the list of all the films selected as part of the main programme of Forum 2019:

Earth [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
film profile
]
 - Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Austria) 
The Children of the Dead [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Kelly Copper and Pavol Liška
film profile
]
 - Kelly CopperPavol Liska (Austria) 
Progress in the Valley of the People Who Don’t Know [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Florian Kunert (Germany) 
The Last to See Them [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Sara Summa (Germany) 
The Portuguese Woman [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rita Azevedo Gomes
film profile
]
 - Rita Azevedo Gomes (Portugal)
Just Don't Think I'll Scream [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Frank Beauvais (France) 
Our Defeats [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Jean-Gabriel Périot (France) 
Retrospekt [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Esther Rots (Netherlands/Belgium)
Olanda [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 - Bernd Schoch (Germany)
Music and Apocalypse [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
Max Linz (Germany) 
Years of Construction [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
 - Heinz Emigholz (Germany)  
Heimat Is a Space in Time [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Thomas Heise (Germany/Austria) 
Bait [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 - Mark Jenkin (UK) 
Monsters. [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marius Olteanu
film profile
]
 - Marius Olteanu (Romania) 
African Mirror [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Mischa Hedinger (Switzerland)
Homing [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Helvécio Marins Jr (Brazil/Germany) 
Serpentarius [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Carlos Conceição (Angola/Portugal)
So Pretty [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli (USA/France) 
The Stone Speakers [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Igor Drljača (Canada/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Khartoum Offside [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
 - Marwa Zein (Sudan/Norway/Denmark) 
Leakage [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 - Suzan Iravanian (Iran/Czech Republic) 
Hormigas [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Antonella Sudasassi Furniss (Costa Rica/Spain) 
From Tomorrow on, I Will [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Ivan MarkovićWu Linfeng (Germany/China/Serbia) 
Belonging [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Burak Çevik (Turkey/Canada/France)  
A Russian Youth [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 - Alexander Zolotukhin (Russia) 
Landless - Camila Freitas (Brazil) 
The Blue Flower of NovalisGustavo VinagreRodrigo Carneiro (Brazil) 
Breathless Animals - Lei Lei (USA) 
Fourteen - Dan Sallitt (USA)
The Plagiarists - Peter Parlow (USA)
Demons - Daniel Hui (Singapore)
Far from Us - Verena KuriLaura Bierbrauer (Argentina) 
Fukuoka - Zhang Lu (Republic of Korea) 
And Your Bird Can SingSho Miyake (Japan) 
Lapü - César Alejandro JaimesJuan Pablo Polanco (Colombia)
Vanishing Days - Zhu Xin (China)
Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You - Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho) 
MS Slavic 7 - Sofia BohdanowiczDeragh Campbell (Canada) 
An Open Rose - Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon)
What We Left UnfinishedMariam Ghani (US/Afghanistan/Qatar)

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