Postcard from the Berlinale

This piece on Forum expanded appeared on the frieze blog: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, “The Last Judgement” (2013), installation view at Forum Expanded Now in its eighth year, Forum Expanded is to Forum – the self-consciously avant-garde and experimental strand of Berlin’s annual film festival, the Berlinale – what expanded cinema is to cinema tout court. The programme of Forum Expanded goes resolutely beyond the traditional viewing formats and single screen projections of a standard length and size; shows video, installation and performance-based works alongside film; eschews classical approaches to narrative in favour of fragmented forms; and, though by … Continue reading Postcard from the Berlinale

Berlinale Forum 2013

This report appeared on the Sight & Sound blog: 727 Days Without Karamo Justifiably billed as “the most daring section of the Berlinale”, the Forum certainly doesn’t eschew standard narrative fare and for the most part stays well within the bounds of cinematic convention. Yet even if you’re not narratively inclined, this is still the place to be. Some of the quirkiest offerings both in this strand and in its younger offshoot Forum Expanded, now in its eighth year, melded documentary and fiction, art and cinema, in a genuine attempt at forging new cinematic forms. A case in point: Anja … Continue reading Berlinale Forum 2013