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Berlinale Unveils 44 Forum Titles, with Focus on Filmmakers from the Arab World

Berlinale Unveils 44 Forum Titles, with Focus on Filmmakers from the Arab World

The 46th Berlinale Forum will feature 44 films, including 34 world premieres, with a timely focus on films and filmmakers from the Arab World. Among these is Syrian-American director Avo Kaprealian’s “Manazil bela abwab” (“Houses without Doors”), featuring clashes on the streets of Aleppo filmed from the window of his housing block over the course of several years. 

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The three American independents in the Forum, which has a distinct international flavor, are “Kate Plays Christine,” another test of the boundaries of nonfiction from “Actress” director Robert Greene (world premiering at Sundance); Offer Egozy’s noir-influenced “Fantastic,” in which a telegram from a missing painter brings together an ambitious sheriff,
a former lover and two old acquaintances; and Ted Fendt’s “Short Stay,” the only film in the section to be screened in 35mm.

Read the full list of films to be presented in the Forum below. The 66th edition of the festival runs from February 11 – 21. 

A Magical Substance Flows into Me by Jumana Manna,
Palestinian Territories / United Kingdom / United Arab Emirates – WP

Akher ayam el madina (In the Last Days of the City) by Tamer
El Said, Egypt / Germany / United Kingdom – WP

And-Ek Ghes… by Colorado Velcu, Philip Scheffner, Germany
– WP

Aru michi (A Road) by Daichi Sugimoto, Japan – IP

Baden Baden by Rachel Lang, Belgium / France – IP

Barakah yoqabil Barakah (Barakah Meets Barakah) by Mahmoud
Sabbagh, Saudi Arabia – WP

Bein gderot (Between Fences) by Avi Mograbi, Israel / France
– WP

Dans les bois (The Wandering) by Guillaume Nicloux, France –

Deadweight by Axel Koenzen, Germany / Finland – WP

Dubina dva (Depth Two) by Ognjen Glavonić, Serbia – WP

Eldorado XXI by Salomé Lamas, Portugal / France – WP

Elixir by Daniil Zinchenko, Russian Federation – IP

Fantastic by Offer Egozy, USA – WP

Fei cui zhi cheng (City of Jade) by Midi Z, Taiwan / Myanmar
– WP

Le Fils de Joseph (The Son of Joseph) by Eugène Green,
France / Belgium – WP

Die Geträumten (The Dreamed Ones) by Ruth Beckermann,
Austria – WP

Havarie by Philip Scheffner, Germany – WP

by Kaori Momoi, Japan – WP

Homo sapiens by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Austria – WP

How Heavy This Hammer by Kazik Radwanski, Canada – IP

Ilegitim (Illegitimate) by Adrian Sitaru, Rumania / Poland /
France – WP

Inertia by Idan Haguel, Israel – IP

Kate Plays Christine by Robert Greene, USA – IP

Landstück (Piece of Land) by Volker Koepp, Germany – WP

Lao Shi (Old Stone) by Johnny Ma, People’s Republic of China
/ Canada – WP

Liliom Ösvény (Lily Lane) by Bence Fliegauf, Hungary – WP

Makhdoumin (A Maid for Each) by Maher Abi Samra, Lebanon /
France / Norway – WP

Manazil bela abwab (Houses without Doors) by Avo Kaprealian,
Syria / Lebanon – WP

Maquinaria Panamericana (Panamerican Machinery) by Joaquín
del Paso, Mexico / Poland – WP

Nikdy nejsme sami (We Are Never Alone) by Petr Vaclav, Czech
Republic / France – WP

P.S. Jerusalem by Danae Elon, Canada – EP

Posto avançado do progresso (An Outpost of Progress) by Hugo
Vieira da Silva, Portugal – WP

The Revolution Won’t Be Televised by Rama Thiaw, Senegal –

Rio Corgo by Maya Kosa, Sergio da Costa, Switzerland /
Portugal – IP

Les Sauteurs (Those Who Jump) by Moritz Siebert, Estephan
Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidibé, Denmark – WP

Short Stay by Ted Fendt, USA – WP

Ta’ang by Wang Bing, Hong Kong, China / People’s Republic of
China / France – WP

Tales of Two Who Dreamt by Andrea Bussmann, Nicolás Pereda,
Canada / Mexico – WP

Tempestad by Tatiana Huezo, Mexico – WP

Toz bezi (Dust Cloth) by Ahu Öztürk, Turkey / Germany – IP

Triviṣa by Frank Hui, Vicky Wong, Jevons Au, Hong Kong,
China – WP

Vlažnost (Humidity) by Nikola Ljuca, Serbia / The
Netherlands / Greece – WP

Yarden (The Yard) by Måns Månsson, Sweden / Germany – IP

Zhī fán yè mào (Life after Life) by Zhang Hanyi, People’s
Republic of China – WP

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