This year’s title is taken from the song Changes by David Bowie. Upon its release 50 years ago, it was referring to his image as a musician, which wasn’t changing at the same tempo as his shifting identity. 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.
The two long films BLACK BACH ARTSAKH by Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri and SABA’ SANAWAT HAWL DELTA (SEVEN YEARS AROUND THE NILE DELTA) by Sharief Zohairy—both exceeding running times of 2 hours—will not be presented in the open air screenings. Instead, they will be screened at cinema Arsenal once cinemas can reopen again. These presentations will be in attendance of the filmmakers. Screening dates will be announced as soon as possible.
The exhibtion was cancelled for 2021. The selected works will be presented next year. Instead, the artist collective The Living and the Dead Ensemble has been presenting a work in the window of SAVVY Contemporary since May 20. The presentation will continue until June 16.
From June 9 to 20 open air at silent green, Open Air Kino HKW, and Atelier Gardens Freiluftkino @ BUFA.