Berlin: Forum Sidebar Announces Lineup

European arthouse and experimental features dominate this year's Forum, including the latest from Romanian auteur Corneliu Porumboiu and France's Guillaume Nicloux.

The Berlin Film Festival's Forum sidebar is staying true to its calling as the most experimental of the Berlinale sections, unveiling a 2014 lineup that includes a raft of first features and avant-garde works from across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Among the highlights of this year's Forum are The Second Game, the latest from critically-acclaimed Romanian auteur Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective, 12:08 East of Bucharest) and The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, a crime drama featuring the controversial French writer of Atomized from director Guillaume Nicloux, whose The Nun appeared in Berlin's competition last year. Another Golden Bear contender from last year, Canada's Denis Cote (Vic +Flo Saw A Bear), returns with his Joy of Man’s Desiring in the Forum.

American actress and director Josephine Decker manages a unique double feature with both her directorial debut, Butter on the Latch, and her sophomore effort Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, screening in the Forum section.

An idea of the experimental nature of many of the Forum screenings comes from The Guests from U.S. director Ken Jacobs. The feature consists of a 3-D  digital enhancement of 1 minute of black and white silent film footage, extended to a 70 minute running length.

The 64th Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 6-16.

Below is a list of the films of the 2014 Berlin Forum.

The Airstrip
By Heinz Emigholz
World premiere

The Second Game
By Corneliu Porumboiu
World premiere

Le beau danger
By Rene Frolke
World premiere

Butter on the Latch
By Josephine Decker
World premiere

Scrap Yard
By Nadege Trebal
International premiere

By Davi Pretto
World premiere

A Dream of Iron
By Kelvin Kyung Kun Park
World premiere

40 Days of Silence
By Saodat Ismailova
World premiere

The Darkside
By Warwick Thornton
International premiere

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
By Guillaume Nicloux
World premiere

By Ayumi Sakamoto
International premiere

Free Range
By Veiko Ounpuu
International premiere

The Great Museum
By Johannes Holzhausen
World premiere

The Guests
By Ken Jacobs
World premiere

Shadow Days
By Zhao Dayong
World premiere

By Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal,
World premiere

Asta Upset
By Max Linz
World premiere

By Mehran Tamadon
World premiere

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
By David Zellner
International premiere

By Melisa Onel
World premiere

The Honor Keeper
By Pushpendra Singh
World premiere

Los Angeles
By Damian John Harper,
World premiere

By Jean-François Caissy
World premiere

N - The Madness of Reason
By Peter Kruger
World premiere

By Zhanna Issabayeva

Non-fiction Diary
By Jung Yoon-suk
International premiere

The Forest is Like the Mountains
By Christiane Schmidt, Didier Guillian
World premiere

Joy of Man’s Desiring
By Denis Cote
World premiere

Blind Dates
By Levan Koguashvili

She’s Lost Control
By Anja Marquardt
World premiere

10 Minutes
By Lee Yong-seung
International premiere

By Andre Siegers
World premiere

At Home
By Athanasios Karanikolas
World premiere

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely
By Josephine Decker
World premiere

To Singapore, With Love
By Tan Pin Pin
By Maria Speth
World premiere

Top Girl or la deformation professionnelle
By Tatjana Turanskyj
World premiere

And There We are, in the Middle
By Sebastian Brameshuber
World premiere

Velvet Terrorists
By Ivan Ostrochovsky, Pavol Pekarcík, Peter Kerekes
International Premiere

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