The 17-film selection that makes up the 51st Berlinale Forum focuses on works that deal with uncertainties in the world outside by embracing unpredictability in their plots and structures. It gives preference to the fragile over the proven, with more space dedicated to filmmakers at the start of their careers than their more established colleagues.
The sudden coincidence of stagnation and change which we are currently experiencing has changed our idea of time and space — and thus also cinema. This affects both how the selected works will be seen as well as this year’s festival format. As part of the Berlinale Summer Special, Forum Expanded film presents sixteen short films. They all show, in different ways, the contradiction between the inexorably advancing time and a reality, which foces us to a halt more and more frequently.
Fiktionsbescheinigung. 16 Cinematic Perspectives on Germany
The connections between culture in general, cinema in particular, society and racism are currently the subject of controversial discussion. The Berlinale Forum steps into the debate by presenting the film and discussion series "Fiktionsbescheinigung. 16 Cinematic Perspectives on Germany": an experiment in shared curatorial responsibility that puts a spotlight on a chapter of German film production that has been unfairly neglected.
Using his family history as an example, Louis Henderson explains why true solidarity does not mean that we need to be equivalent but how our shared experiences and common interests can be the basis of unity.
The film series “Fiktionsbescheinigung. 16 Cinematic Perspectives on Germany” poses the question: who is able to enter German cultural history, cinemas and the film canon and who is left outside? Who determines what is shown?
Tickets available from June 3
All tickets go on sale on June 3 at 10 am in the webshops of the respective open air cinemas. There you will also find the information about ticket prices, between 10 and 15 Euro depending on the venue and event, as well as possible discounts.