Dates, Tickets and Partners of the Berlin Critics’ Week 2020
Tickets for the conference are available on the website of Theaterdiscounter.
In 2020, Berlin Critics’ Week renews its approach to thinking programmatically about the perspective of film criticism within the framework of a film festival. For the first time, there will be two special formats alongside our already established, thematically focused debates: on two evenings, we will invite two film critics to confront their views in a playfully antagonistic debate. We have also invited Vienna’s Diskollektiv to accompany one of our selected films with a contrasting surprise film. Afterwards, they will moderate a discussion, where the Critics’ Week will be the guests alongside the filmmakers. It will focus on the films shown, festival routines and the inner contradictions of curatorial demands.
An overview of all the debates can be found below.
For the sixth edition of the Berlin Critics’ Week, the German Film Critics’ Association is being supported by many sponsors and partners, amongst them the Capital Cultural Fond, the Stiftung Kulturwerk der VG Bild-Kunst and the Goethe Institute, Hotel Catalonia Berlin Mitte, Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Berlin University of the Arts and for the first time the car sharing service Miles.
We’d also like to thank the Cultural Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Filmnetzwerk Berlin, Eclair, Theaterdiscounter and our partner from the very start, Hackesche Höfe Kino.
Our media partners 2020 are EXBERLINER, taz – die tageszeitung and Texte zur Kunst.
All dates at a glance:
CONFERENCE: Cinema plural
A conference without a theme
What are the hopes of today’s filmmakers, critics and cinephiles? In 2020, instead of choosing a theme, we’re inviting friends old and new to voice their concerns, to discuss and find allies. Regardless of whether it’s against censorship or for a global cinephilia, what we’re after are novel ideas, solidarity and passionate debate. We want to place side by side that which is usually kept apart.
Hackesche Höfe Kino
Some people stand in their own way. Others overcome their small-mindedness and open up new paths. Regarding cinematic attempts at self-incapacitation and the fear of thoughtless acts of resistance.
[BORDEAUX], MA BILE
Dir. + DOP: Oliver Bassemir, DE/FR 2019, 10 min., French/English OwEs – World Premiere
IVANA THE TERRIBLE (IVANA CEA GROAZNICA)
Dir.: Ivana Mladenović, C: Ivana Mladenović, Luka Gramić, Gordana Mladenović, Miodrag Mladenović, Kosta Mladenović, DOP: Carmen Tofeni, RO/SRB 2019, 86 min., Romanian/Serbian OwEs – German Premiere
An outrageous film collides with the programme, raising questions over the ways cinema is categorised in the Critics’ Week. A collective revolt against curatorial conventions and catering to expectations.
Dir.: Silvia Maglioni, Graeme Thomson, C: Kostas Vassardanis, Tassos Raptis, Rinio Kyriazi, Ana Luz Arteaga, DOP: Thomas Favel, Graeme Thomson, Panagiotis Vasilakis, FR/GR 2019, 84 min., Ancient Greek OwEs – German Premiere
Curated by Diskollektiv
How does stylistic confidence relate to knowledge, and knowledge to lived experience? Regarding beautiful cinema that doesn’t have to reflect reality but cannot shine without a relation to the world – because perfect form is only the start.
Dir.: Sebastián Lojo, C: Marvin Navas, Carlos Morales, Daniela Castillo, Sandra Guerra, DOP: Vincenzo Marranghino, GT/AR 2020, 75 min., Spanish OwEs – German Premiere
Dir.: Garrett Bradley, DOP: Zac Manuel, Brian Richard, US 2019, 29 min., English OV – German Premiere
What happens when two people fight? To find out whether the image has the last word, we invite two writer colleagues to engage in a debate about the evening’s programme and to forthrightly react to the films that were screened.
SEVEN YEARS IN MAY
Dir.: Affonso Uchôa, C: Rafael dos Santos Rocha, Wederson Neguinho, Leonardo Ferreira, Maicon Felipe, Magno Pires, DOP: Lucas Barbi, BR/AR 2019, 42 min., Portuguese OwEs – German Premiere
THE LOST OKOROSHI
Dir.: Abba Makama, C: Judith Audu, Seun Ajayi, Tope Tedela, Ifu Ennada, Chiwetalu Agu, DOP: Mike Omonua, NG 2019, 92 min., Igbo / Pidgin / English OwEs – German Premiere
Should you keep at a distance from the action like a fly on the wall, or integrate yourself into the story? A debate about documentary attitudes, surprising intimacy, and how worlds are first created cinematically from encountered material.
ENTIRE DAYS TOGETHER (GANZE TAGE ZUSAMMEN)
Dir.: Luise Donschen, C: Miriam Stoney, André Lechelt, Colin Brand, Benjamin Alpmann, Carlotta Bartusch, DOP: Helena Wittmann, DE 2019, 23 min., German OwEs – German Premiere
Dir.: Valentina Pedicini, DOP: Bastian Esser, IT 2019, 94 min., Italian OwEs – German Premiere
After the screenings, we invite two people to a playful war of ideas. They shouldn’t find common ground, they should bring forth their disagreements. How differently can the films be regarded, understood, interpreted?
DOGS BARKING AT BIRDS (CÃES QUE LADRAM AOS PÁSSAROS)
Dir. + DOP: Leonor Teles, C: Vicente Gil, Salvador Gil, Maria Gil, PT 2019, 20 min., Portuguese OwEs – German Premiere
MY PUNCH-DRUNK BOXER (PANSORI BOXER)
Dir.: Jung Hyuk-ki, C: Um Tae-gu, Lee Hye-ri, Kim Hie-won, DOP: Kang Min-woo, KOR 2019, 115 min., Korean OwEs – International Premiere
SLOW CINEMA FAST
What’s the deal with Slow Cinema? From the speed of the editing to a film’s attitude towards story and plot – what are the potential benefits of idiosyncratic rhythms, and how do these relate to contemporary image production?
FOR THE TIME BEING (TAL DÍA HIZO UN AÑO)
Dir.: Salka Tiziana, C: Melanie Straub, Jon Bader, Ole Bader, Amalia Amián del Pino, Pilar del Pino, DOP: Tom Otte, DE/ES/CH 2020, 71 min., Spanish / German / English OwEs
Dir. + DOP: Luis Arnías, C: Manuela Maldonado, Maya Maldonado, Kathy Maldonado, Kimberly Forero-Arnías, Eva Arnías, VE/US 2020, 12 min., without dialogue – World Premiere
Re-runs on Sunday, March 1
10 AM Entire Days Together & Faith
12.15 PM Dogs Barking at Birds & My Punch-Drunk Boxer
2.45 PM For the Time Being & Malembe
4.15 PM Los Fantasmas & America
6.15 PM [Bordeaux], ma Bile & Ivana the Terrible
8 PM Seven Years in May & The Lost Okoroshi
10.30 PM Common Birds
Press contact: Savio Debernardis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Berlin Critics’ Week is organised by the German Film Critics’ Association.