50th Anniversary Berlinale Forum Retrospective
Film festivals have long served as platforms for social-conscious filmmakers to bring about changes in cinema and society — and the Berlinale Forum has been at the vanguard of this cinematic revolution. Established in 1971 to accommodate so-called “difficult, dangerous films” considered out of place in the mainstream, this independently curated section of the Berlin Film Festival has provided a home to films seeking to engage with real-life issues in a crisis-stricken world.
Marking the Forum’s 50th anniversary, the broadway cinematheque and Goethe-Institut Hongkong present Reconstructing Realities, a programme comprising eight features and five shorts from the Forum’s inaugural edition in 1971, a time when the world was in the grips of social, political, cultural and sexual revolutions which remain far from over today.In addition, the programme will also host a screening and talk about German filmmaker Harun Farocki, who presented many of his experimental documentaries at the Forum before his premature passing in 2014.
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LOOKING FOR NEW ENTRY POINTS TO THE WORLD
Since its first edition in 1971, the Berlin Film Festival’s International Forum of New Cinema has sought to discover and showcase filmmakers offering innovative and piercing ways of representing the state of this ever-turbulent world. Defying the rigid categories deployed to place films in neatly delineated boxes, the Forum embraces barrier-breaking filmmaking transcending documentary and fiction in its reflection of reality. In this talk, the Forum’s co-founders Erika and Ulrich Gregor and its current head Cristina Nord will discuss both the roots and mission of this independently curated section and its impact on the history of cinema.
Venue︰ broadway cinematheque 1/F
Guest︰ Erika Gregor , Ulrich Gregor & Cristina Nord