The Berlinale’s Forum line-up includes new films from Corneliu Porumboiu, Denis Côté and Guillaume Nicloux.

The strand will include 28 world premieres and eight international premieres from every continent.

Porumboiu’s Al Doilea Joc (The Second Game) follows a football match between top Romanian teams Dinamo and Steau and the experience of the director’s father who refereed the game.

In L’enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq (The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq), French director Guillaume Nicloux has brawny gangsters kidnap controversial writer Michel Houellebecq, where he is held captive for days in a house outside Paris.

Canadian director Cote was last year nominated for the Golden Bear for Vic + Flo Saw a Bear.

Ken Jacobs’ The Guests is an expanded one-minute film turned into a 70-minute black-and-white silent film in 3D.

The strand’s Special Screenings will be announced soon.


WP = World premiere, IP = International premiere

The Airstrip by Heinz Emigholz, Germany - WP

Al doilea joc (The Second Game) by Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania - WP

Le beau danger by René Frölke, Germany / Italy - WP

Butter on the Latch by Josephine Decker, USA - WP

Casse (Scrap Yard) by Nadège Trebal, France - IP

Castanha by Davi Pretto, Brasil - WP

Cheol-ae-kum (A Dream of Iron) by Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, Republic of Korea / USA - WP

Chilla (40 Days of Silence) by Saodat Ismailova, Uzbekistan / Tajikistan / Netherlands / Germany / France - WP

The Darkside by Warwick Thornton, Australia - IP

L’enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq (The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq) by Guillaume Nicloux, France - WP

Forma by Ayumi Sakamoto, Japan - IP

Free Range – Ballaad maailma heakskiitmisest(Free Range) by Veiko Õunpuu, Estonia - IP

Das große Museum (The Great Museum) by Johannes Holzhausen, Austria - WP

The Guests by Ken Jacobs, USA - WP

Gui ri zi (Shadow Days) by Zhao Dayong, China / Hong Kong - WP

Huba (Parasite) by Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal, Poland / United Kingdom - WP

Ich will mich nicht künstlich aufregen (Asta Upset) by Max Linz, Germany - WP

Iranien (Iranian) by Mehran Tamadon, France / Switzerland - WP

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter by David Zellner, USA - IP

Kumun tadı (Seaburners) by Melisa Önel, Turkey - WP

Lajwanti (The Honour Keeper) by Pushpendra Singh, India - WP

Los Ángeles by Damian John Harper, Germany/Mexico - WP

La marche à suivre (Guidelines) by Jean-François Caissy, Canada - WP

N - The Madness of Reason by Peter Krüger, Belgium / Germany / Netherlands - WP

Nagima by Zhanna Issabayeva, Kazakhstan

Non-fiction Diary by Jung Yoon-suk, Republic of Korea - IP

Pădurea e ca muntele, vezi? (The Forest is Like the Mountains) by Christiane Schmidt, Didier Guillian, Romania / Germany - WP

Que ta joie demeure (Joy of Man’s Desiring) by Denis Côté, Canada - WP

Shemtkhveviti paemnebi (Blind Dates) by Levan Koguashvili, Georgia

She’s Lost Control by Anja Marquardt, USA - WP

Ship bun (10 Minutes) by Lee Yong-seung, Republic of Korea - IP

Souvenir by André Siegers, Germany - WP

Sto spiti (At Home) by Athanasios Karanikolas, Greece / Germany - WP

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely by Josephine Decker, USA - WP

To Singapore, With Love by Tan Pin Pin, Singapore

Töchter (Daughters) by Maria Speth, Germany - WP

Top Girl oder la déformation professionnelle (Top Girl or la déformation professionnelle) by Tatjana Turanskyj, Germany - WP

Und in der Mitte, da sind wir (And There We are, in the Middle) by Sebastian Brameshuber, Austria - WP

Zamatoví teroristi (Velvet Terrorists) by Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavol Pekarčík, Peter Kerekes, Slovak Republic / Czech Republic / Croatia - IP