Berlinale: Press Releases

Press Releases 2002


Jan 23, 2002:
A Window to the World of Cinema - the Selection of the Forum

The 32nd International Forum of New Cinema is once again a window to the world of cinema, with films from Argentina, Canada, the United States, Australia, Morocco and Tunisia, western and eastern Europe, Israel, South Africa, Vietnam, Korea, China and Japan. As always, the emphasis is firmly on socially-aware, subjectively-oriented and aesthetically unconventional works. The programme for 2002 includes new films by many of our guests from previous years, although most of the faces are new. More than a third of all the films are debuts.

The Forum selection committee has chosen 57 films from 27 countries from the 1300 works submitted. All the world`s continents are represented in the programme. The shortest of the films in the main programme is the 55-minute Australian musical One night the moon by Rachel Perkins, the longest at three-and-a-half hours is Belgian director Boris Lehman´s autobiographical essay Histoire de ma vie racontée par mes photographies (The Story of My Life Told by My Photographs).

Since 1981, Forum films have premiered at the Delphi-Filmpalast in Kantstrasse. For the second year running, the public will be able to see Forum films at the new Kino Arsenal in the Filmhaus on Potsdamer Platz. The Babylon cinema on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz is a new addition this year. After years of painstaking renovation, this traditional venue finally reopened last year. It will show the entire Forum main programme, as will the CinemaxX 3 on Potsdamer Platz. The CineStar 8 will be equipped with a video projector for the Forum, so that films in the video programme can be shown on a large screen for the first time.

23 January 2002