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BERLINO 2019 Forum

Il Forum della Berlinale preferisce il rischio alla perfezione

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- Il programma principale della 49ma edizione del Forum della Berlinale è ora completo e conta 39 film, tra cui 31 anteprime mondiali

Il Forum della Berlinale preferisce il rischio alla perfezione
Earth di Nikolaus Geyrhalter

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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 [+leggi anche:
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 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 [+leggi anche:
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 and Jean-Gabriel Périot with Our Defeats [+leggi anche:
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, 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 [+leggi anche:
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 - Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Austria) 
Die Kinder der Toten [+leggi anche:
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 - Kelly CopperPavol Liska (Austria) 
Progress in the Valley of the People Who Don’t Know [+leggi anche:
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 - Florian Kunert (Germany) 
The Last to See Them [+leggi anche:
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 - Sara Summa (Germany) 
The Portuguese Woman [+leggi anche:
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 - Rita Azevedo Gomes (Portugal)
Just Don't Think I'll Scream [+leggi anche:
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 - Frank Beauvais (France) 
Our Defeats [+leggi anche:
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 - Jean-Gabriel Périot (France) 
Retrospekt [+leggi anche:
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 - Esther Rots (Netherlands/Belgium)
Olanda [+leggi anche:
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 - Bernd Schoch (Germany)
Music and Apocalypse [+leggi anche:
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Max Linz (Germany) 
Years of Construction [+leggi anche:
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 - Heinz Emigholz (Germany)  
Heimat Is a Space in Time [+leggi anche:
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 - Thomas Heise (Germany/Austria) 
Bait [+leggi anche:
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 - Mark Jenkin (UK) 
Monsters. [+leggi anche:
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 - Marius Olteanu (Romania) 
African Mirror [+leggi anche:
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 - Mischa Hedinger (Switzerland)
Homing [+leggi anche:
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- Helvécio Marins Jr (Brazil/Germany) 
Serpentarius [+leggi anche:
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 - Carlos Conceição (Angola/Portugal)
So Pretty [+leggi anche:
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 - Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli (USA/France) 
The Stone Speakers [+leggi anche:
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 - Igor Drljača (Canada/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Khartoum Offside [+leggi anche:
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 - Marwa Zein (Sudan/Norway/Denmark) 
Leakage [+leggi anche:
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 - Suzan Iravanian (Iran/Czech Republic) 
Hormigas [+leggi anche:
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 - Antonella Sudasassi Furniss (Costa Rica/Spain) 
From Tomorrow on, I Will [+leggi anche:
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 - Ivan MarkovićWu Linfeng (Germany/China/Serbia) 
Belonging [+leggi anche:
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 - Burak Çevik (Turkey/Canada/France)  
A Russian Youth [+leggi anche:
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 - 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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