The film program Fiktionsbescheinigung. 16 Cinematic Perspectives on Germany functions as a suggestion as to how the white German gaze can be countered with diverse, intersectional perspectives. It puts a spotlight on a chapter of German film production that has been unfairly neglected. In collaboration with bi'bak.
Fiktionsbescheinigung. 16 Cinematic Perspectives on Germany
The Berlinale Forum presents 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.
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?
Scholars, filmmakers, programmers and actors gather and exchange in a four-day digital discursive programme. The event took place in June during the Berlinale Summer Special. Here you can find the documenation and video recordings.
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.
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.