The 68th Berlin International Film Festival will be held this year from 15 to 25 February in 32 different venues in Berlin, Germany. The 10 days program includes around 400 films from all around the world and will feature a number of Arab films of which three are supported by AFAC: What Comes Around (Al Gami’ya) by Reem Saleh will have its world premiere in the Panorama Section of the Berlinale. Jumana Manna’s Wild Relatives will also have its world premiere at the Berlinale Forum while Ziad Kalthoum’s documentary Taste of Cement will be screened as part of Lola At Berlinale section.
The 48th Forum of this year's Berlin International Film Festival will open on Friday 16 February at 6:00 pm with a cine-concert titled Georges Méliès’ Solitudes, presented in collaboration with AFAC in the framework of the Arab European Creative Platform (AECP). The cine-concert includes screening of recently restored archival prints of short films by French film pioneer and illusionist Georges Méliès, accompanied by solo musical performances by Khyam Allami, Tony Elieh, Abed Kobeissy, Magda Mayas and Sharif Sehnaoui, respectively. Besides Wild Relatives, The Forum will feature Three Arab films: Jahilya by Hicham Lasri, Apatride by Narjiss Nejjar, Tahia ya Didou by Mohamed Zinet.
Other Arab films will be featured in several sections of this year’s Festival including: The Invisible Hands by Georges Salameh, At Last, a Tragedy by Maya Shurbaji, In the Ruins of Baalbeck Studios by Siska, Land of Doom by Milad Amin, As Far As Yearning by Mohamed Soueid and Ghassan Salhab, Before I Forget by Mariam Mekiwi, RIOT: 3 Movements by Rania Stephan, Celluloid Corridors: Timehelix and Celluloid Corridors: Sermon by Mohamed A. Gawad, Dalia Neis and Andreas Reihse at the Forum Expanded. The Forum Expanded Exhibition will feature We Are Not Worried in the Least by Jasmina Metwaly while Three Centimetres by Lara Zeidan will be screened as part of the Generation 14plus section.
Director Karam Ghossein, who received the Audi Short Film Award for his AFAC-supported film Street of Death in 2017, will be in conversation with Maike Mia Höhne on Sunday 18 February at 4:00 pm at the Audi Berlinale Lounge.