Berlinale unveils programs for Forum, Expanded Forum and Short Films – Deadline

The second day of this week’s Berlinale announcements sees the selections for its Forum, Forum Expanded and Shorts programs revealed.

The Forum’s program features 17 films, mostly by filmmakers early in their careers, but with some established directors like Israeli documentary filmmaker Avi Mograbi and Berlin-based directors Chris Wright and Stefan Kolbe. In total, 14 are world premieres.

The selection of the Expanded Forum consists of short films, medium-length films and feature films, and will screen 17 films as well as artistic installations. In the Shorts program, a total of 20 titles will compete for the Berlinale awards this year. Scroll down for full alignments.

Yesterday, the festival unveiled its Generation and Retrospective programs.

Berlinale unveils generation and retrospective selections

As previously noted, buyers will have the option to view these films during the Virtual EFM, which runs from March 1-5. Juries will also be appointed to decide the rewards of the festival during this period. We hope audiences have a chance to see the films in theaters at a summer event scheduled for June.


From Where They Stood
France / Germany
by Christophe Cognet
with Christophe Cognet
* World premiere

Anmaßung (anamnesis)
by Chris Wright, Stefan Kolbe
with Nadia Ihjelj, Josephine Hock
* World premiere

Doch rybaka (Tzarevna scaling)
Russian Federation
by Uldus Bakhtiozina
with Alina Korol, Viktoria Lisovskaya, Valentina Yasen
* International premiere / First film

Esquí (Skiing)
Argentina / Brazil
by Manque La Banca
with José Alejandro Colin, Segundo Botti, Shaman Herrera
* World premiere / First film

The First 54 Years – A Short Handbook on Military Occupation
France / Finland / Israel / Germany
by Avi Mograbi
with Avi Mograbi
* World premiere

Night daycare (Night nursery)
Burkina Faso / France / Germany
by Moumouni Sanou
* World premiere / First film

United States
by Ephraim Asili
with Eric Lockley, Nozipho McClean, Chris Jarrell
First film

Jai jumlong (come here)
by Anocha Suwichakornpong
with Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Waywiree Ittianunkul, Sirat Intarachote
* World premiere

Just A Movement
Belgium / France
by Vincent Meessen
with Dialo Blondin Diop, Ousman Blondin Diop, Marie-Thérèse Diedhiou
* World premiere

Mbah Jhiwo (Mbah Jhiwo / Ancient Soul)
by Alvaro Gurrea
with Yono Aris Munandar, Sayu Kholif, Musaena’h
* World premiere / First film

No táxi do Jack (Jack’s Ride)
by Susana Nobre
with Amindo Martins Rato, Maria Carvalho, Joaquim Verissimo
* World premiere

Qué será del verano (What will summer bring)
by Ignacio Ceroi
with Ignacio Ceroi, Mariana Martinelli, Charles Louvet
* World premiere

A river flows, turns, erases, replaces
United States
by Shengze Zhu
* World premiere

Sichuan hao nuren (The good woman of Sichuan)
by Sabrina Zhao
with Weihang He, Ruobing Zhao
* World premiere / First film

Ste. Anne
by Rhayne Vermette
with Isabelle d’Eschambault, Jack Theis, Valerie Marion
* World premiere / First film

Taming the garden
Switzerland / Germany / Georgia
by Salomé Jashi

La veduta luminosa (The luminous sight)
Italy / Spain
by Fabrizio Ferraro
with Alessandro Carlini, Catarina Wallenstein, Freddy Paul Grunert
* World premiere

Extended Forum

Bach Artsakh black
Republic of Artsakh, 140 ‘
by Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri
* World premiere

Thailand / Singapore, 51 ‘
by Prapat Jiwarangsan
* International premiere

Saba ‘sanawat hawl delta al-neel (Seven years around the Nile delta)
Egypt, 331 ‘
by Sharief Zohairy
* International premiere

Selection of short films # 01

Shirt songs
Germany, 4 x 1 ‘
by Kerstin Schroedinger
* World premiere

* One of the four songs from the shirt will be screened in each selection

Lost on arrival
Netherlands, 8 ‘
by PolakVanBekkum
* International premiere

Böse zu sein ist auch ein Beweis von Gefühl (Fury is a Feeling Too)
Germany, 25 ‘
by Cynthia Beatt

Night for day
Portugal v Austria, 47 ‘
by Emily Wardill
* International premiere

Selection of short films # 02

13 ways to see a blackbird
Portugal, 31 ‘
by Ana Vaz
* World premiere

Italy, 31 ‘
by Anton Vidokle
* World premiere

The coast
India, 17 ‘
by Sohrab Hura
* World premiere

Selection of short films # 03

May June July
United States, 8 ‘
by Kevin Jerome Everson
* World premiere

Colombia / Canada, 43 ‘
by Pablo Alvarez Mesa

“레드 필터 가 철회 됩니다.” (“The red filter is removed.”)
Republic of Korea, 11 ‘
by Minjung Kim
* International premiere

Mudança (upheaval)
Germany / Portugal, 27 ‘
by Welket Bungué
* International premiere

Selection of short films # 04

After life followed by a red impasto pot
Finland, 9 ‘
by Jonna Kina
* World premiere

United States, 22 ‘
by Petna Katondolo
* World premiere

Zahlvaterschaft (homeland)
Germany, 22 ‘
by Moritz Siebert
* World premiere

Ahorita Frames
Germany, 22 ‘
by Angelika Levi
* World premiere


All your stars are just dust on my shoes
by Haig Aivazian
* International premiere

Black Beauty: for a shamanic cinema
Spain / United Kingdom / Belgium
by Grace Ndiritu
* World premiere

Jole dobe na (Those who don’t drown)
India / Japan / Sweden
by Naeem Mohaiemen
* International premiere

Medicine and magic
by Thirza Cuthand
* World premiere

Se hace camino al andar
by Paula Gaitán
* International premiere

Under the white mask: the film that Haesaerts could have made (Under the white mask: the film that Haesaerts could have made)
by Matthias De Groof
* World premiere

The song of the shirt
by Kerstin Schroedinger
* World premiere

Voices and seashells
by Maya Schweizer

Haiti / France / United Kingdom
by The Living and the Dead Ensemble
* World premiere

The Zama Zama project
USA / South Africa / Canada
by Rosalind Morris
* International premiere


Al motociclista no le cabe la felicidad en el traje (The happiness of the motorcyclist does not fit into his costume)
Mexico, 10 ‘
by Gabriel Herrera
with David Illiescas, Ángel Morales, Lisandro Robles, Ulises Robles, Estefanía Guerrero, Joel Ramirez
* World premiere

Les Attendants (The Waiting Men)
France / Indonesia / Singapore, 15 ‘
by Truong Minh Quý
with Gérard Thomas, Jean-François Geneste, Souleymane Sanogo
* World premiere

Blastogenesis X (Blastogenesis X)
Germany, 27 ‘
by Conrad Veit, Charlotte Maria Kätzl
with Charlotte Maria Kätzl, Conrad Veit, Juraj Černák
* World premiere

Deine Strasse (your street)
Switzerland, 7 ‘
by Güzin Kar
with Sibylle Berg
* International premiere

Easter eggs
Belgium / France / Netherlands, 15 ‘
by Nicolas Keppens
* International premiere

Das Glitzern im Barbieblut (Glitter Barbieblood)
Germany, 27 ‘
by Ulu Braun
with Gina-Lisa Maiwald, Mietze Maiwald, Dietlind Sommer, Milan Braun
* World premiere

International Day of Dawn Choirs
Canada, 15 ‘
by John Greyson
with Shady Habash, Sarah Hegazi
* World premiere

A love song in spanish
France / Panama, 24 ‘
by Ana Elena Tejera
with Yolanda Mathieu, Candido Ríos
* World premiere

Luz de Presença (A light present)
Portugal, 19 ‘
by Diogo Costa Amarante
with Diana Neves Silva, João Castro, Gustavo Sumpta, Luís Miguel Cintra, Fernando Soares
* World premiere

More happiness
United States, 13 ‘
by Livia Huang
with Tina Wonglu, Joyce Keokham, Rui Ying Lu
* World premiere

Nanu Tudor (My Uncle Tudor)
Belgium / Portugal / Hungary, 20 ‘
by Olga Lucovnicova
* World premiere

One hundred steps
France / Germany 29 ‘
by Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca
with Eabha Bourke, Mona Boutchebak, Malachy Bourke, Bob Quinn, Hakim Hamadouche
* International premiere

A thousand and one attempts to be an ocean
France, 11 ‘
by Wang Yuyan
* World premiere

Nigeria, 14 ‘
by Michael Omonua
with Ruby Akubueze, Brutus Richard, Amanda Oruh, Chimezie Imo
* World premiere

If you got a heart (Young Hearts)
France, 22 ‘
by Émilie Vandenameele
with Artus Antonini, Mathilde Le Borgne, Arthur Velten, Lucie Vincentelli
* World premiere

Strange object
United Kingdom, 15 ‘
by Miranda Pennell
* International premiere

Vadim na progulke (Vadim on a walk)
Russian Federation, 8 ‘
by Sasha Svirsky
* World premiere

Ventana (window)
United States, 11 ‘
by Edgar Jorge Baralt
with Edgar Jorge Baralt, Christina C Nguyen
* World premiere

Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban (the day is over)
People’s Republic of China, 24 ‘
by Zhang Dalei
with Kong Weiyi, Zhang Chen, Guo Yanyun, Zhao Hua, Hao Mengfu, Li Xuejian
* World premiere

Zonder Meer
Belgium, 14 ‘
by Meltse Van Coillie
with Lucie Wyns, Jeroom Smeyers, Lone Genar, Eva Binon, Patrick Vervueren
* International premiere

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