Berlinale’s Forum Section Sets Itself for Expansion

Berlin International Film Festival Logo - P 2012

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Experimental sidebar will include work influenced by William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, organizers say.

LONDON – Work influenced by historical figures such as William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin, an homage to Cocteau’s Orpheus and an adaptation of Ronald Tavel’s play The Last Days of British Honduras are among the items to be presented in an expanded Berlinale Forum section, organizers said Monday.

In addition to the exhibitions at the Kunstsaele Berlin and the various events to be held at HAU, Forum Expanded will also be presenting 10 film programs at the Arsenal and Delphi cinemas.

The program includes a wide range of different lengths and formats, with experimental techniques to the fore.

Projects include whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir by Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation, a film edited live in real time which shows a man under surveillance in a fictional East European city.

Another expanded forum highlight promised is a work influenced by Gysin, whose cut up method is taken up by Lebanese filmmaker Geith Al-Amine.

Elswhere Luc Moullet’s uncompleted project about two thieves (mother and daughter) in pursuit of a 35mm Aaton camera is updated in the form of French filmmaker Isabelle Prim’s La Rouge et la Noire.

And Pier Paolo Pasolini’s unfinished novel entitled Petrolio is Rosalind Nashashibi’s starting point for her film Carlo's Vision.

Eva Heldmann’s r I v e r r e d is an homage to Cocteau’s Orpheus, while The Last Days of British Honduras by Catherine Sullivan and Farhad Sharmini is an adaptation of Tavel’s play of the same name.

Forum Expanded, in the programmers own words, sets itself the task of taking cinema apart, putting it back together or even rediscovering it from anew.